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2018 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...
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Elisama Gurrola wins Los Mezquites Cross Country Invitational
By: Andy Morales, AZ Max Preps.com Sunnyside hosted the 26th Annual Los Mezquites Cross County Invitational Saturday morning and Blue Devil standout Elisama Gurrola-Burgueno came through with a...
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7th Annual Sunnyside Foundation 'Funding our Future' Luncheon
The Sunnyside Foundation invites members of our community to attend the 7th Annual Funding our Future annual fundraiser luncheon on Thursday, September 27th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at Casino Del...
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2018-19 Bus Stop Locations and Times
Find Bus Stops by using your home address or school. Or request and/or confirm transportation services. Search By Home Address Search by School Request/Confirmation Form...
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Tia Tsosie-Begay profiled in Tucson Values Teachers' documentary
Los Niños Elementary teacher, Tia Tsosie-Begay is one of three local educators profiled as part of the short film, Teaching in Arizona. Tia Lei Tsosie-Begay is a member of the Navajo tribe from...
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Star Teacher & Pride of Sunnyside honorees
Please take a moment to congratulate our Star Teacher and Pride of Sunnyside honorees. Click here for more images from the event.  The annual event was created to recognize the valuable...
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Sunnyside Hall of Fame Dinner Nov. 17
The Sunnyside Alumni Association will host the 2018 Hall of Fame dinner. This year's event will take place November 17th at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School at 5:00 p.m. The annual...
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 as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    
By: Andy Morales, AZ Max Preps.com Sunnyside hosted the 26th Annual Los Mezquites Cross County Invitational Saturday morning and Blue Devil standout Elisama Gurrola-Burgueno came through with a win on the course and a win on the awards stand. Prior to receiving her first-place plaque, the senior took control of the microphone and serenaded the crowd with a little rap music. “It’s our home course but it’s still a little tough,” Gurrola-Burgueno said. “I always feel no matter what I have to push myself, especially when I have a big lead.” Gurrola-Burgueno came in with a time of 23:00 to outdistance the field by over 30 seconds with Baboquivari junior standout Autumn Nelson taking second with a time of 23:32. St. Augustine sophomore Brenda Torres took third with a time of 24:09.5. As a team, Nogales and Baboquivari tied with 51 points and Sahuarita recorded 55 for third place on the girl’s side. For the boys, Amphitheater senior standout Gamar Garem recorded a time of 18:08.2 to take first by an equally impressive margin with Flowing Wells senior Brandon Gonzalez coming in second with a time of 18:38.6. Sunnyside senior Javier Mendoza took third with a time of 18:55. “It felt really easy today,” Garem said. “It was very a very good run and smooth.” Garem was the 2017 Division III 800-meter run champion for the Panthers. The Flowing Wells boys scored 58 points to take the first-place trophy, Sunnyside took second with 84 points and Cholla came in third with 86. Legendary Sunnyside and Pima Community College cross country coach Jim Mielke was on hand for the invitational and his presence helped bridge the gap between the Blue Devils of old and the current runners training under guidance of current Sunnyside coach Marco Rodriguez.
The Sunnyside Foundation invites members of our community to attend the 7th Annual Funding our Future annual fundraiser luncheon on Thursday, September 27th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at Casino Del Sol Resort as we gather to honor educators and community champions including:  Jose Gastelum, Director of Secondary Schools, Sunnyside Unified School District  Daniel Dong, 8th Grade Science and Mariachi Instructor at Lauffer Middle School Raul Aguirre, CEO/President, REA Media Group Hughes Federal Credit Union The event features—  Honorary Chair: Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle, Educator Extraordinaire Keynote Address: Edmund Marquez, Allstate Insurance Agencies For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Diane Bissell, Executive Director at (520) 437-1163 or via e-mail at info@sunnysidefoundation.org.    
Los Niños Elementary teacher, Tia Tsosie-Begay is one of three local educators profiled as part of the short film, Teaching in Arizona. Tia Lei Tsosie-Begay is a member of the Navajo tribe from Northern Arizona who came to Tucson from the Navajo Reservation in 1998 to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. In 2002, Tia graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and again in 2005 with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been a general education teacher for students in grades first through fourth, and also taught physical education teacher for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Tia also has spent several years coaching and mentoring others as a Title I Program Facilitator. She says her most satisfying days are when she feels that a student is able to articulate learning in their own words. She also strives to find ways to fund her students’ personal libraries because she believes that books should be in everyone’s home. The film will be screened at the Let's Talk Ed event on September 20th, as part of the 10th Anniversary of Tucson Values Teachers.   
Please take a moment to congratulate our Star Teacher and Pride of Sunnyside honorees. Click here for more images from the event.  The annual event was created to recognize the valuable contributions of teachers and staff. Schools select a Star Teacher and one out-of-classroom employee to represent the Pride of Sunnyside. They are honored as they reflect the finest qualities: Caring, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for excellence in serving our students, families and colleagues.  We look forward to celebrating them in our schools and across the District. Individuals will be honored for their contributions to our learning community at a breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Desert View High School. The 2018 honorees are: Apollo Middle School                    Jennifer Pfafflin (Star Teacher), Elizabeth Skeggs (Pride) B.L. Lauffer Middle School            Kristen Pope (Star Teacher), Barry Baker (Pride) Challenger Middle School             Ruby Vidal (Star Teacher), Viviana Garcia De Ortiz (Pride) Craycroft Elementary                   Zak Poirier (Star Teacher), Stephanie Encinas (Pride) Desert View High School              Erin Rouse-Shott (Star Teacher), Toni Bustamante (Pride) Drexel Elementary                        Ramón Sotelo (Star Teacher), Rosenda Valdez (Pride) Elvira Elementary                         Amanda Morris (Star Teacher), Linda Guerrero (Pride) Esperanza Elementary                  Claudia Valenzuela-Garcia (Star Teacher), Marni Shaner (Pride) Gallego Primary Fine Arts             Lily Del Valle (Star Teacher), Nereyda Gonzalez (Pride) Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts     Carl McCurry (Star Teacher), Kathleen Conner (Pride) Liberty Elementary                       Tracy Vincent (Star Teacher), Stephanie Olivas (Pride) Los Amigos Tech Academy            Hilaria Courtright (Star Teacher), Aida Martinez (Pride) Los Niños Elementary                   Gabriela Serrano (Star Teacher), Robert Menchaca (Pride) Mission Manor Elementary           Mary Anne McDonough (Star Teacher), Delma Figueroa (Pride) Ocotillo Learning Center               Julia Mandros (Star Teacher), Connie Gallego (Pride) Rivera Elementary                        Arlene Urquides (Star Teacher), Maria Villa (Pride) Santa Clara Elementary                Gloria Platt (Star Teacher), Krystina Swaim (Pride) Sierra 2-8 School                         Melissa Monk (Star Teacher), Kimberly Zambrano (Pride) Star Academic High School           Lyn Racz (Star Teacher), Celia Plasencia de Tamayo (Pride) Summit View Elementary             Stephanie Shay (Star Teacher), Monica Robinson (Pride) Sunnyside High School                 Victor Vigbedorh (Star Teacher), Debbie Dewoody (Pride) Central Office                               Debra Helmey (Pride) Food Services                               Maria Luz Moctezuma (Pride) Maintenance                                Jaime Contreras (Pride) Transportation                             Ben Gonzales (Pride)                
The Sunnyside Alumni Association will host the 2018 Hall of Fame dinner. This year's event will take place November 17th at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School at 5:00 p.m. The annual dinner is the signature fundraiser for the Alumni Association/Dollars for Scholars, which last year awarded close to $70,000 in college scholarships to graduates from Sunnyside, Desert View and STAR Academic High School.  The Hall of Fame awards were established to honor individuals or groups who have made notable contributions to the Sunnyside educational system, the community, or their chosen profession. The awards also honor those who have exhibited leadership and innovations that have contributed to academic success and the quality of life for the Sunnyside community. Previous inductees include Steve Holmes Ned Norris, Jr.  Dr. Eugenia Favela Andy Townsend Maria Elena Wakamatsu U.S. Congressman, Raúl Grijalva

School Staff

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Eneida
Orci
Principal - Elementary
Drexel Elementary School
Gloria
Orozco
Office Manager - Elementary
Drexel Elementary School
Blas
Aguilar
Parapro - Special Education
Drexel Elementary School
Manuela
Amparano
Custodian
Drexel Elementary School
Holly
Baron
Counselor
Drexel Elementary School
Patricia
Dalton
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Danielle
Espinoza
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Martha
Flores
School Psychologist
Drexel Elementary School
Irene
Garcia-Lopez
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Adam
Guenthner
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
John
Howe
Academic Behavior Support Specialist
Drexel Elementary School
Nova
Kline
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Marianne
LaFrenierre
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Alessa
Lozano
Parapro -
Drexel Elementary School
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Mansvi
6th grade teacher
Employee Benefits
Drexel Elementary School
Miriam
Martin
Health Office Administrative Assistant
Drexel Elementary School
Karen
Martinez
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Mayela
Nieves
Parapro - Intervention
Drexel Elementary School
Pamela
Orona
Office Assistant
Drexel Elementary School
Snehalatha
Rakam
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Jhoanna
Ramirez
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Ana
Ramirez
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Monica
Riddle
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Jose
Robles
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Lucia
Teplitz
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Claudia
Torres
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Leslie
Whiteley
Certified Speech and Language Pathologist
Drexel Elementary School
Panchita
Acosta
Parapro - Special Education
Drexel Elementary School
Martha
Ainza
Custodian
Drexel Elementary School
Sonny
Carroll
Parapro - Intervention
Drexel Elementary School
Yolanda
Garcia
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Johnny
Hernandez
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
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Christina
Jeter
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Estevan
Macias
Campus Monitor
Drexel Elementary School
Margaret
Macias
Teacher Coaches
Drexel Elementary School
Leanna
Montiel
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Jennifer
Paquette
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Ednna
Peralta
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Shandelle
Ratliff
Long Term Substitute
Drexel Elementary School
Sarah
Rawdin
Nurse Specialist
Drexel Elementary School
Laura
Reed
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Mark
Richter
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Melinda
Rodriguez
Office Assistant
Drexel Elementary School
Elizabeth
Romero
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Maritza
Santa Cruz
Parapro - Intervention
Drexel Elementary School
Ramon
Sotelo
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Ann
Techau
Teacher
Drexel Elementary School
Rosenda
Valdez
Lead Custodian
Drexel Elementary School
Raul
Velez
Crossing Guard
Drexel Elementary School
Drexel Elementary School
801 East Drexel Road
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-2700
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-2716

At Drexel we unconditionally provide an educational environment from a caring staff whose goal is to make a positive impact on students’ academic achievement and well-being. We employ AVID strategies which are best instructional practices when using a rigorous curricula to ensure our students are college and career ready. Along with parents and community, we provide students with a rigorous academic instruction that enables them to be successful in a diverse and positive learning environment. Each student is responsible, respectful, and safe.

The vision of Drexel Elementary School is to provide innovative learning opportunities for all students to become college and career ready individuals, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and compassionate citizens.

21st Century Learning

Drexel Elementary offers free 21st Century Learning Center programs before and/or after school. These programs are designed to offer a broad array of activities that reinforce and compliment the student’s regular academic program. After school programs offer a nutritious snack and Transportation. For more information on this school’s 21st Century Learning Center programs, contact the school office.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1986
Grades: 
Pre K-6
Enrollment: 
525
Mascot: 
Panthers
Colors: 
red and black
Uniforms: Required
Tops: any color collared shirt
Bottoms: khaki, navy blue or black

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.

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Band & Orchestra
  • Student Leadership Club
  • Student Wellness (SWAT)
  • U of A Nutrition Network (UANN)
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Yearbook Club
  • Full Time Kindergarten
  • Native American Advisor-Chandra Claw
  • S.U.N. Itinerant Teachers
  • Exceptional Education Teachers
  • Be Kind Campus

Events

  • Student of the Month
  • "Caught Being Good" with the Principal
  • Pride Assemblies (quarterly)
  • Community Carnival
  • College Academy For Parents
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Career Day
  • Grandparents' Day Breakfast
  • Cafecito with the Principal