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An important Message from our Governing Board
We are a community in pain and we grieve with you over the murder of George Floyd. We say his name and a too-long list of others we hold in our hearts. We see the outcry of grief, frustration and...
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Superintendent Letter to Parents
May 21, 2020 Dear Sunnyside District Families,   We hope this letter finds you in good health. We very much appreciate your patience as we have been  adjusting, like you, to the...
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Apollo Middle School: 2020 Promotion Ceremony
Congratulations Apollo Middle School Class of 2020!
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FREE Summer School – Enroll NOW!
Summer School is FREE Advance Credits - or - Recover Credits Open to incoming Freshman - 12th grade students We're accepting open enrollment NOW!   Online Learning Students...
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Summer Meals & WIFI
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer at the same school sites and school bus locations that have been distributing meals since the school closures began. Meals...
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TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from...
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2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR COMMITMENT FORM
We are excited to have your student(s) back for the upcoming school year! Please let us know if you plan to return for the new school year in August 2020 by filling out this commitment form. Be sure...
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Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were...
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THANK YOU
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
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REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency...
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DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD
CONGRATULATIONS TO DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC THEY RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD! There are nearly 890 units world-wide and they were 1 of 79 that earned this distinction...
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Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
Congratulations Apollo Middle School Class of 2020!
We are a community in pain and we grieve with you over the murder of George Floyd. We say his name and a too-long list of others we hold in our hearts. We see the outcry of grief, frustration and anger as our communities gather to have their voices heard to call out these injustices.  This all weighs heavily on our students, family and staff and we are all struggling to find hope in these tough times. As a learning community that is centered on equity, we must call out the acts of injustice that continue to occur in communities of color across this nation. We stand in solidarity against racism and violence against black communities. The Sunnyside Unified School District values diversity and inclusion and believes in the dismantling of systemic racism. Let our differences be the thread that unites us and makes us stronger.  
May 21, 2020 Dear Sunnyside District Families,   We hope this letter finds you in good health. We very much appreciate your patience as we have been  adjusting, like you, to the unforeseen ways in which our lives have changed in the last few months.  Parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators have all shown incredible resilience and I’m proud  of how the Sunnyside community has answered the call in so many ways to ensure that our students  continue to be served. As the school year comes to an end, I would like to share some important  information with you:  Laptop Technical Support  As you know, all students who will return to the District for the upcoming school year have been allowed  to keep their laptops over the Summer Break. If you find yourself in need of technical assistance, please contact the HelpDesk by visiting ​help.susd12.org​. The preferred method is to contact the HelpDesk by filling out the online form, but you may also call (520) 545-4357.   Summer Meals We will continue to offer grab-and-g0 breakfast and lunch this Summer at the same school sites and school bus locations that have been distributing meals since the school closures began. Meals will continue to be available through June 30th, Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am (WIFI will also be available). For a complete listing of all meal distribution locations, please visit ​susd12.org Summer School Do you have a soon-to-be high school freshman who wants to get a jump start on High School? Do you have a student who wants to advance or repair credits? We are currently enrolling incoming Freshmen through 12th grade students in our FREE summer school. Be sure to visit ​susd12.org​ for a complete list of  courses and detailed information. Lastly, I know that many of you have questions about the upcoming school year. Students returning to school safely is critically important. For this reason, we are working collaboratively with staff and local health officials on a plan to start school on August 5th in a manner that keeps students and staff safe. In the next few weeks we’ll be sending you a survey, and we would really appreciate your input to help guide  our decision making as we plan for a reopening. I want to wish you all a safe and enjoyable Summer Break, and remember that we are #SunnysideUnified! Sincerely, Steve Holmes Superintendent View or Download the PDFs sent to parents: Spanish | English
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer at the same school sites and school bus locations that have been distributing meals since the school closures began. Meals will continue to be available through June 30th, Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am. Summer Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites Below is a list of sites where our school buses will be set up through the month of June to distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. Student parking lot in front of Sunnyside High School (Bilby & Campbell) San Xavier Education Center Gallego Primary Loop E. Bantam Rd. & Via Noche Buena (before via noche buena facing East, park over the curb at the small empty lot) E. Rex St. & Belvedere Ave (NE corner facing West) S. Columbus Blvd & E. Mesquite Desert Trail (at the basketball court) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Old Nogales Hwy & Lumber (park on Old Nogales facing North) Challenger Bus Bay Fiesta Ave & Santa Louisa St 31 W. Los Reales (in the common area the ramada) 10,000 S. Nogales Hwy (just South of Dollar General) Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd) Sierra 2-8 School Bus Bay Randall Blvd & Calle Antonia San Fernando & Los Reales (park on Los Reales Westbound) 4444 E. Benson Hwy (by the Club House) Common Center on South Egret Dr. (between East Curlew Ln. & East Cedarbird Dr) E. Hermans Rd. & S. Wilmot Rd (empty Lot) S. Swan Rd & Mouse Trail (at the loop facing South) S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) S. Masterson Ave & E. Alvord Rd. (NE Corner) E. Olive St. & S Vaquero Pl. (SW Corner) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) W. Melridge St. & S Santa Clara Ave. (facing East on the SW corner) E. Rex St. & Columbus Blvd. (facing East on the SE corner) E. Felix Blvd. & Lansing Strav. (facing East in the empty lot) Gallego Intermediate Bus Bay 5000 S. Country Club Rd. 801 E. Drexel Rd. (at Drexel Elementary) 6910 W. Santa Clara Ave. (at Santa Clara Elementary) Summer Meals – School Distribution Sites You may also pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the following school locations: Craycroft Elementary School - 5455 E Littletown Rd Elvira Elementary School - 250 W Elvira Rd Los Amigos Tech Academy - 2200 E Drexel Rd Mission Manor Elementary School - 600 W Santa Rosa St Summit View Elementary - 1900 E Summit St Apollo Middle School - 265 W Nebraska St Los Ninos Elementary - 5445 S Alvernon Way Rivera Elementary - 5102 S Cherry Ave Santa Clara Elementary - 6910 S Santa Clara Ave Drexel Elementary School - 801 E Drexel Rd Meals must be taken to go and if you show up to pick up breakfast, you may take the lunch with you as well.
Summer School is FREE Advance Credits - or - Recover Credits Open to incoming Freshman - 12th grade students We're accepting open enrollment NOW!   Online Learning Students receive instruction and complete assignments completely at their own pace independently of other students enrolled in the class. Remote Learning Students receive instruction and interact with a teacher via video conferences with assignments and deadlines provided as the course progresses.      Don't have a laptop? - No Problem! Laptops available with Security Deposit.
We are excited to have your student(s) back for the upcoming school year! Please let us know if you plan to return for the new school year in August 2020 by filling out this commitment form. Be sure to fill one form out for each student that will be returning. Please note that this is NOT an official enrollment or registration form. You will be able to complete your enrollment when schools reopen.   ¡Estamos emocionados de tener a su (s) estudiante (s) de regreso para el próximo año escolar! Infórmenos si planea regresar para el nuevo año escolar en agosto de 2020 completando este formulario de compromiso. Asegúrese de completar un formulario para cada estudiante que regresará. Tenga en cuenta que este NO es un formulario oficial de inscripción o registro. Podrá completar su inscripción cuando las escuelas vuelvan a abrir.    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were invited to a Google Hangout meeting for what they thought would be a discussion about graduation plans. Superintendent Steve Holmes and high school principals as well as District counselors conspired the surprise meeting to actually deliver the news that they were the recipients of a “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship. One of this year’s scholarship winners is Adilene Escalante Duran, a senior at Sunnyside High School. “My goal ever since I have been a little girl was to attend the University of Arizona, and now that the time is here I am looking for every opportunity possible to begin my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only helping me but my family as well.” The Sunnyside Alumni Association awarded $50,750 in scholarships to support Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students in their college plans. The scholarships ranged from $500 - $5,000 and were made possible through contributions from district employees, professional associations, community organizations, businesses, and individual donors. The goal of the Sunnyside Alumni Association is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in SUSD.    About SUSD At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.   ### Below is the class of 2020 students who will receive scholarships: Dafne Flores - Sunnyside High School Angel Arvayo - Desert View High School Gloria Hernandez - Desert View High School Nataly Demara - Desert View High School Adilene Escalante Duran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Hernandez - Sunnyside High School Rachel Taylor - Desert View High School Jenny Nguyen - Desert View High School Anakaren Lugo Valencia - Sunnyside High School Robert Canady - Desert View High School Jessica Vasquez Espinosa - Sunnyside High School Valeria Mendoza - Sunnyside High School Ysenia Dorame - Desert View High School Aram Collins - Desert View High School Liliana Delgado - Desert View High School Lorenzo Gomez Leon - Sunnyside High School Brianna Rodriguez - Desert View High School Daniela Navarro - Sunnyside High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Isabella Espinoza - Desert View High School Natalia Padilla - Sunnyside High School Irais Rios - Desert View High School Mason Prieto - Desert View High School Yaxiri Ortiz - Sunnyside High School Gabriel Carbajal - Sunnyside High School Veronica Lopez - Desert View High School Analecia Ortiz - Desert View High School Izabella Brown - Desert View High School Yasmin Renteria - STAR Academic Center Victoria Balderrama - Sunnyside High School Mario Chavez - Sunnyside High School Cecilia Silva - Desert View High School Alexia Beltran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Rea - Desert View High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Victoria Herran - Desert View High School Janiza Ballesteros - Desert View High School Atziry Palomares - Desert View High School Michelle Murguia - Sunnyside High School Jordan Rocha - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Mariana Barnett Fernandez - Desert View High School Jaylen Pallanes - Desert View High School Rebeca Altamirano - Desert View High School Beatriz Izaguirre - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Paola Estrada - Sunnyside High School Carlos Frias - Sunnyside High School Vanessa Silva - Sunnyside High School  
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency plan should the school closures continue this fall. Please know that regardless of the circumstances, we are committed to continue to offer students and families the necessary resources. Your feedback is valuable, so we invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us in our planning process. Queremos agradecerles por apoyar a sus estudiantes, por medio de esta encuesta sobre el aprendizaje remoto. Mientras planeamos para el próximo año escolar, debemos considerar un plan de contingencia en caso de que el cierre de la escuela continúe este otoño. Tenga en cuenta que, independientemente de las circunstancias, estamos comprometidos a seguir ofreciendo a los estudiantes y sus familias los recursos necesarios. Sus comentarios son valiosos. Les invitamos a participar en esta breve encuesta para ayudarnos en nuestro proceso de planificación. Click on the link below to take the survey. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para completar la encuesta.  https://bit.ly/2WyK3p0
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from Tucson Values Teachers! Ms. Betten was one of five teachers to receive this award this week. Ms. Betten was nominated by several of her students who submitted a video nomination highlighting ways she is going above and beyond with virtual instruction.  Watch the student nomination. Winning teachers received flowers, $250 cash courtesy of Helios Education Foundation, a $50 gift card to Office Depot thanks to the South Tucson Cyber Lions, plus another $100 gift card for additional school supplies.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC THEY RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD! There are nearly 890 units world-wide and they were 1 of 79 that earned this distinction. The cadets met each of the 6 formal goals they set for themselves this academic year, as part of that goal they completed over ,2457 hours of community service. Way to go Jaguars!    
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Thad
Dugan
Principal - Middle Schools
Apollo Middle School
Lea
Lopezgamez
Assistant Principal - Middle Schools
Apollo Middle School
Eneida
Orci
Assistant Principal - Administration
Apollo Middle School
Daniel
Alvarez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Edward
Armijo
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Steven
Brown
Media Center Technician
Apollo Middle School, Star Academic High School
Asiah
Bruner
Community Liaison
Apollo Middle School
Lydia
Campbell
Librarian
Apollo Middle School
Sonia
Cota-Shade
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Valera
Deming
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Maximiliano
Encinas
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Jeffrey
Fennema
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Gallardo
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Abigail
Gallego
Office Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Yaneth
Grijalva Vasquez
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Ruth
Heaton
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Marisa
Herrera
Speech & Language Pathologist
Apollo Middle School
Rebeca
Hugues
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Samara
Hutzler-Moule
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Elizabeth
Kupar
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Vincent
Lombardi
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
John
Lopez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Mark
Lugo-Gomez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Deborah
Mercier-Burmeister
School Psychologist, PhD, NCSP
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Moctezuma
Cafeteria Manager
Apollo Middle School
Tracy
Mortara
Office Manager - Middle
Apollo Middle School
Sharreen
Mortensen
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Janet
Olvera
Counselor
Apollo Middle School
Aida
Orendain
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
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Nadia
Orozco
Math Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Kimberly
Ortega
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Lindsay
Pino
Academic interventionist
Apollo Middle School
Ryan
Schuhmacher
Long Term Substitute
Apollo Middle School
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Megan
Stoermer
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Julia
Vasquez
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Cuauhtemoc
Velazquez
Dance Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Ricky
Villegas
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Amalia
Aguilar
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Christina
Bojorquez
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Celina
Borquez
Computer Clerk
Apollo Middle School
Adrian
Corrales
Substitute
Apollo Middle School
Trisha
Cortez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Vilma
Curiel
Attendance Clerk
Apollo Middle School
Roxana
Davila Chavarin
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Paulette
Dixon
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Manuel
Duarte
Information Technologies Technician
Apollo Middle School
Rachael
Eggebeen
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Claudia
Felix Ballesteros
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Richard
Fimbres
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Natalie
Galarza
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Linda
Garcia
Health Office Administrative Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Theresa
Gonsalves
Teacher Coaches
Apollo Middle School
Cindi
Holtzman
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Dolly
Kansal
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Richard
Katz
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Senorina
Lopez
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Wayne
Marvin
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Kathy
Mayorga
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Angelica
Mckenzie
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Teresa
Mortara
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Kristine
Nesslinger
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Christopher
Olivas
Head Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Alejandrina
Ortega
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Maritza
Ortiz
Office Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Amy
Padilla
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Tammye
Paz
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Jennifer
Pfafflin
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Edaena
Poroj
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Emilie
Puig-Mendez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Galla
Purwin
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
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Blanca
Quintana
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Quintana
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Edward
Robles
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Josefina
Rojas
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Michelle
Sotelo
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Linda
Spores
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Alfred
Tapia
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Kassandra
Velasquez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Vanessa
Veliz
Academic Interventionist
Apollo Middle School
Luisa
Verdugo
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Jennifer
Warnstedt
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Joy
Yakovlev
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Apollo Middle School
265 West Nebraska Street
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-4500
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-4516
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Apollo Junior High was named after the Apollo 11 Moon Mission. The Apollo mascot The Eagle was the lunar module that took astronauts to the moon. Legend has said that the C-building at Apollo was built in the shape of the lunar module if you were to look down at the building from space.

In Partnership with the community, Apollo Middle School prepares all students for college and career readiness by sharing real world experiences, team building, and empowering students to reach their highest potential.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1971
Grades: 
6-8
Enrollment: 
600
Mascot: 
Eagles
Colors: 
Forest Green and Gold
Uniforms: Required
Tops: White or Forest Green Polo Tops
Bottoms: Black or Khaki Pants or Shorts

School Activities

Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.

  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Girls and Boys Soccer
  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Band & Orchestra
  • AVID
  • The Science of Sport
  • Culture Club
  • Garden Club
  • Special Olympics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Wellness

Events

  • Student Recognitions-Student of the Month, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance
  • 21st Century Celebration
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