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HIRING EVENT: Sunnyside Unified School District Job Fair - March 4th
Ready for your next career move? Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Wednesday, March 4th at Los Ranchitos Resource Center, 2054 East Ginter Road, from 4:00-7:...
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SUSD on Social Media
Following Sunnyside Unified School District on social media keeps you informed on what's going on in your school, your neighborhood and your community.   FOLLOW SUSD— facebook.com/...
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THE COLLEGE PLAN
Prepare for your child's future with guided after-school lessons! REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 14. MONDAYS | F E B . 1 7 - MA R . 9 6 : 0 0 P M - 8 : 0 0 P M The College Plan is a bilingual...
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CROSS COUNTRY ALL AMERICAN WINNER
  Yaxiri Ortiz Medrano, Sunnyside High School Senior, was awarded the Dairy Council/Arizona Coaches Association & American Leadership Academy’s All American Award for cross...
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BMX Rider of the Year
Kevin Peraza is the 2019 Vital BMX Rider of the Year!    By: kylecarlson - VITALBMX.COM Kevin Peraza, 2014 Sunnyside High School graduate, is only twenty-five years...
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NAU EDUCATOR OF THE MONTH
Laurice Clark, a teacher at Sunnyside High School, was nominated by her student, Melody, to be recognized by the Phoenix Suns as Educator of the Month for going above & beyond to...
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Amanda Ruelas - 2019 Danny Brower Scholarship Winner
An interview with Amanda Rueles (MCB, Biochemistry Minor 2021), Fall 2019 Danny Brower Scholarship winner.  Amanda Ruelas - Fall 2019 Danny Brower Scholarship Winner By: Michele...
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NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3–7, 2020   Tucson, AZ. February 6, 2020 — National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor...
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Information Regarding the Coronavirus
February 3, 2020 The Sunnyside Unified School District’s main priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, parents, and community. We are sending this information to school sites...
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Sunnyside Welcomes Tucson Sugar Skulls for Love of Reading Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunnyside Welcomes Tucson Sugar Skulls for Love of Reading Week   Tucson, AZ. February 6, 2020 — The Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) kicks off Love of...
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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...
Ready for your next career move? Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Wednesday, March 4th at Los Ranchitos Resource Center, 2054 East Ginter Road, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  We will be hiring teachers and support staff.    CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CURRENT OPENINGS  The Sunnyside Unified School District offers a comprehensive benefit package for eligible full-time and part-time employees. Benefits include: Medical/RX PPO500 PPO1500 High Deductible Health Plan Vision Dental Prepaid and DPPO Flexible Spending Account Dependent Care Account Supplemental and Voluntary Programs Supplemental Life, AD&D Disability, Illness and Cancer $25,000 District Paid Life Insurance  
Following Sunnyside Unified School District on social media keeps you informed on what's going on in your school, your neighborhood and your community.   FOLLOW SUSD— facebook.com/SunnysideUSD twitter.com/sunnysideusd instagram.com/sunnysideusd
Prepare for your child's future with guided after-school lessons! REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 14. MONDAYS | F E B . 1 7 - MA R . 9 6 : 0 0 P M - 8 : 0 0 P M The College Plan is a bilingual curriculum that is shared with families of sophomore high school students via four workshops and culminates in an on-campus vistation and completion ceremony. Early Academic Outreach is proud to partner with counselors and educators from these schools as we pilot this year's The College Plan series of workshops. REGISTER TODAY! Topics to be Discussed: Intro to The College Plan Breaking Down College Family and College Life Paying for College Desert View High School in the Auditorium https://bit.ly/2SjeRrH Sunnyside High School in the LRC https://bit.ly/2OLAO0f Workshops begin Mon, Feb 17, 6-8 pm Call 626-2300 if you have any questions.     The College Plan es una seria de talleres bilingües que se comparte con las familias de estudiantes de secundaria de segundo año a través de cuatro talleres y culmina en una ceremonia de finalización y vista en el campus. Early Academic Outreach se enorgullece de asociarse con consejeros y educadores de estas escuelas secundarias mientras realizamos la serie de talleres de The College Plan de este año. Registrese hoy!  Desert View High School en el auditorio https://bit.ly/2SjeRrH Sunnyside High School en la biblioteca https://bit.ly/2OLAO0f Talleres empiezan este lunes, 17 de feb, 6-8pm Lllamen al 626-2300 si tienen preguntas.
  Yaxiri Ortiz Medrano, Sunnyside High School Senior, was awarded the Dairy Council/Arizona Coaches Association & American Leadership Academy’s All American Award for cross country at the American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, AZ. She received the award due to her performance in the sport, her academics as well as leadership and community service. There were a total of 7 female cross country runners that earned the award in the whole state of Arizona.          
Kevin Peraza is the 2019 Vital BMX Rider of the Year!    By: kylecarlson - VITALBMX.COM Kevin Peraza, 2014 Sunnyside High School graduate, is only twenty-five years old, but he's already a veteran to the BMX game. Everything aligned for Kevin in 2019 and we're proud to name him as the Vital BMX Rider of the Year award! From his worldwide shoe launch tour with Vans, to his emphasis on mentoring the next generation with the Mongoose Am Jams, to impressive performances at FISE and the Vans BMX Pro Cup events, Kevin checks all of the boxes on what it really means to be great in this world - and he does it all with a smile on his face. Kevin took ever seventy flights this year and spread his BMX message all across the globe. He's never been more dialed on his bike and his signature style has never been more prominent. Stay tuned for a one-on-one video interview with Kevin dropping very soon. Congratulations, Kevin. Thank you for making BMX a better place!  
Laurice Clark, a teacher at Sunnyside High School, was nominated by her student, Melody, to be recognized by the Phoenix Suns as Educator of the Month for going above & beyond to help students succeed. Ms. Clark was recognized at the January 10th game in Phoenix. When asked why Ms. Clark should be selected, Melody wrote: “Mrs. Clark should be selected as the educator of the month because she is a reliable, trustworthy, kind, and caring teacher. She helps her students with anything they need. She goes above and beyond to see her students succeed and will advise them about opportunities they should take. She gives great advice for her students, especially if it's an opportunity for colleges and our future. She will seek her way into seeing the best in her students. She cares a lot about her students not only in their education, but also on how they feel. She does her very best of being a teacher and does not give up on her students at all. She's the type of person to see the best in everyone. She's overall been my favorite teacher and will continue to be. Mrs. Clark deserves to be the educator of the month, she's a hard-working teacher and would love to see her students thrive.”
An interview with Amanda Rueles (MCB, Biochemistry Minor 2021), Fall 2019 Danny Brower Scholarship winner.  Amanda Ruelas - Fall 2019 Danny Brower Scholarship Winner By: Michele Vaughan   Publish Date: Dec 11, 2019   "I find it really interesting to learn about how cells work and how they make life." How did you feel when you found out you won the Danny Brower scholarship? I was so excited and so happy that I was able to get an MCB scholarship; it's an honor! Paying for college is really hard and it's going to be such a big help and stress reliever. I also have a Wildcat Excellence Award and I have worked in a lab since my freshmen year to help pay for college.  Tell me about working in Dr. Anderson's lab. I went to Sunnyside High School in Tucson and was enrolled in the BIOTECH Project both my junior and senior years. I was also in the KEYS Research Internship Program and through the BIOTECH Project and KEYS, I met Dr. Nadja Anderson. I kept crossing paths with her through these programs! The summer before my freshmen year, I worked the KEYS program and after that program Dr. Anderson asked me to work in her lab, so I started working in her lab my freshmen year and I worked in her lab for two years. What did you do in Dr. Anderson's lab? I prepped the lab experiments that went out to the high schools for the BIOTECH Project. I had to make sure all the reagents were right and everything they needed to do the experiment was included. I also helped with some MCB outreach events. I liked seeing how excited the younger kids were about science. I loved hearing them say "I love science!"  Then you were accepted into The Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) - tell me about that. When I first applied to UBRP, I didn't get accepted, and then I got the Margaret Bilson Research Fellowship Award and was able to be a part of UBRP. UBRP assigned me to Dr. Curtis Thorne's lab and I worked there all summer. Dr. Thorne's lab is a cancer research lab and he does colorectal cancer research. My project focuses on using molecular cloning to analyze cellular division. A common hallmark of cancer is excessive cell division. Proteins that are involved in cell communication and signaling, one class being called a kinases, can often tell cells to divide when they really should not or vice versa. I am using the process of molecular cloning and CRISPR/CAS9 to insert parts of genes that encode for kinases whose inferred normal function is to suppress cellular division. With the help of CRISPR/CAS9 (a protein complex that can remove, add or alter sections of DNA), I am going to knockdown kinases in normal human colonic epithelial cells to analyze if not having this kinase expressed induces, suppresses, or has no effect on cellular division.  Why did you choose The University of Arizona? I had a lot of connections and had credits from when I was in the BIOTECH Project. I went to Meet MCB and saw there was a lot of research going on at the University of Arizona and I knew the university would give me a lot of opportunities in science. Why did you choose MCB as your major? Since I was in the BIOTECH Project at Sunnyside High School and had dual enrollment with MCB at the university, I wanted to continue with MCB. I really like studying cells and I wanted to see where MCB would take me. After I took more MCB courses, it solidified my decision. It's really cool to learn about cells. Cells look out for me and I don’t even have to ask them to; it just happens and I find it really interesting to learn about how cells work and how they make life! What has been your best experience at UA? So far my best experience has been working with Dr. Anderson in the BIOTECH Project because I got a lot of exposure to outreach to the community about science. I learned how important it is to communicate science and engage with a younger generation so they can enjoy science and not be scared of it. What MCB classes have you like most and why? Cancer Biology with Dr. Justina McEvoy has been the best class I've ever taken! I find myself doing more research outside of class because it's so interesting. What skill have you learned that you think will be most useful when you graduate? I learned a lot about how to look at different points of view and I think that is really useful. I think looking at different sides of things to get the whole picture instead of cherry picking information that fit my point of view is important and I think this skill will be useful in the future by helping me make decisions. In the SORT (STEM Outreach and Recruitment Team) class taught by Dr. Lisa Rezende, we read a book about pseudo-science. Every week we would have a conversation in class about different points of view and where we get information to form our point of view. I learned that the average person won’t read a scientific journal publication and I learned how and where people get information to make decisions. What are your plans post-graduation? I'm not entirely certain yet! I may enter the workforce to gain experience in another kind of research so I have some exposure outside of cancer research to see what kind of research I would be interested in as a career. I hope one day to get a PhD and I want to get experience outside of cancer research so I can decide what to focus on for my PhD. What are your hobbies and interests outside school? I'm really into fashion. I go to thrift stores and buy clothes and redesign and upcycle the clothes. My favorite one I upcycled was a really long dress that looked like a grandma dress and I made it into a cute summer skirt and top. I love the balance of this creative work with my love of science!   Article on UofA website:  https://bit.ly/2PSCtku
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3–7, 2020   Tucson, AZ. February 6, 2020 — National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  School counselors work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program. “School counselors work with all students to help them develop a sense of identity and find their confidence as learners. They also provide support to students who have additional needs,” says NJ Utter, director of career and technical education/JTED. “Whether they are taking students to a career exploration event or facilitating a support group for kindergartners developing appropriate interactions with other students, school counselors work closely with other school staff to help support academic achievement as well.” More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.  Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website schoolcounselor.org.   ###   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 fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.    
February 3, 2020 The Sunnyside Unified School District’s main priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, parents, and community. We are sending this information to school sites and parents. You may have heard a great deal and may have many concerns about the new virus called 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and has now spread to multiple countries, including the United States. No cases have been confirmed in Pima County at this time. The following is a summary of the information about Coronavirus from the Pima County Health Department’s website (https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452 ). Please be assured that the District works closely with the Pima County Health Department (PCHD), and they provide guidance to the District in case of any outbreaks or major health concerns. At this time there is no vaccine currently available for the Coronavirus, and the immediate health risk for the general public is low. However, as with any new infectious disease, precautions are important. Please follow the recommendations from the PCHD regarding prevention of illness: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 2020 Tucson Gem Show Concerns Health officials have agreed that the risk for exposure to the new coronavirus is low, especially if you do not come in contact with an individual who has traveled to or from Wuhan, China. The PCHD is in close contact with the City of Tucson and Gem Show organizers, so that important information can be shared quickly. The PCHD is prepared to take action on any guidance by State and Federal partners in case a greater need is identified. The recommendations for prevention continue to be emphasized. We will continue to provide information to schools and parents about the coronavirus. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact your school site.   3 de febrero de 2020  La prioridad principal del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Sunnyside es la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, el personal, los padres de familia y la comunidad. Estamos enviando esta información a las escuelas y a los padres de familia. Es posible que hayan escuchado mucho y tenga muchas preocupaciones sobre el nuevo virus llamado “2019 Novel Coronavirus”, que comenzó en diciembre de 2019 en Wuhan, China y ahora se ha extendido a varios países, incluido los Estados Unidos. No se han confirmado casos en el Condado Pima en este momento.  El siguiente es un resumen de la información sobre Coronavirus del sitio web del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Pima (https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452). Tengan la seguridad de que el Distrito trabaja en estrecha colaboración con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Pima (PCHD) (por sus siglas en inglés) y que brindan orientación al Distrito en caso de brotes o problemas de salud importantes.  En este momento no hay una vacuna actualmente disponible para el Coronavirus, y el riesgo inmediato para la salud del público en general es bajo. Sin embargo, como con cualquier nueva enfermedad infecciosa, las precauciones son importantes.  Sigan las recomendaciones de la PCHD con respecto a la prevención de enfermedades:  • Lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón.  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.  • Quedarse en casa cuando esté enfermo.  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.  • Cubrirse la tos o estornudos con un pañuelo o su codo/manga.  • Limpiar y desinfectar objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.  2020 Tucson Gem Show - Preocupaciones  • Los funcionarios de salud han acordado que el riesgo de exposición al nuevo coronavirus es bajo, especialmente si no han tenido contacto con una persona que ha viajado hacia o desde Wuhan, China.  • El PCHD está en contacto cercano con los organizadores de la Ciudad de Tucson y Gem Show, para que la información importante se pueda compartir rápidamente.  • El PCHD está preparado para tomar medidas sobre cualquier orientación de las asociaciones estatales y federales en caso de que se identifique una mayor necesidad.  • Las recomendaciones para la prevención continúan siendo enfatizadas.  Continuaremos brindando información a las escuelas y los padres sobre el coronavirus. Si tienen alguna pregunta o inquietud específica, comuníquense con su escuela. 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunnyside Welcomes Tucson Sugar Skulls for Love of Reading Week   Tucson, AZ. February 6, 2020 — The Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) kicks off Love of Reading Week on Monday, February 10, 2020, through Friday, February 14, 2020. Two Sunnyside schools will open their doors to Tucson’s professional indoor football team, the Tucson Sugar Skulls, this year. Defensive Linebacker, Robert Metz, and Sugar Skulls Head Coach, Dixie Wooten, will be reading to 4th and 5th graders at two SUSD elementary schools this year. “We want to be involved throughout the community, but Sunnyside has a special place in my heart because I went to elementary school in the district at Elvira and Los Ranchitos,” said Team President, Jay Gonzales. “It’s a school district near where we do business every day so we feel like we can be part of the Sunnyside community.” Members of the media are encouraged to notify SUSD Director of Public Information, Marisela Felix, if they wish to visit SUSD schools. Robert Metz will be at Esperanza visiting 5th graders on February 11th at 1 pm Esperanza Elementary 2353 E. Bantam Rd. Dixie Wooten will be reading to 4th and 5th graders at Mission Manor on February 13th at 1 pm 600 W. Santa Rosa St.     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 fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.   ###
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    
TEENAGE PARENT PROGRAM SUNNYSIDE INFANT CENTER Sunnyside High School 1725 E. Bilby Road Tucson, Arizona 85706 520-545-5355 Philosophy The Sunnyside Infant Center is set up for the convenience of parenting students enrolled in the Sunnyside Unified School District. We believe that an important function of the center is to provide seNices, support, and quality care for the infants of teen parents while they attend school. We strive to establish an atmosphere in which infants are safe to explore their environment, and provide daily experiences in all areas of development, including gross motor, fine motor, sensory, social, emotional and intellectual development. We use the Arizona Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines as a guide for lesson planning. Hours of Operation The Sunnyside Infant Center is open from 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We are open each day that school is in session. As a parent, you have access to the center any time it is open. The center does not provide transportation. Administration The Sunnyside Infant Center is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services and is a child care center within the Teenage Parent Program in the Sunnyside Unified School District #12, located on the campus of Sunnyside High School. The center is covered by liability insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Inspection reports are located on site and available upon request. Enrollment Information Eligibility - Infants 2 weeks to one year of age are eligible for enrollment. If the infant is walking when he/she turns 1 year old, their last day of enrollment in the center will be the Friday of that week. If the infant is not yet walking when they turn 1 year old, they will remain enrolled until they are "steady on their feet." This means they can take several steps without falling down or holding onto anything, and/or can stand unassisted from a sitting position. However, if the one-year-old presents a safety issue for the younger infants, your child's enrollment will need to be evaluated. Infants of mothers and fathers in the TAPP program are eligible for enrollment as well as district staff, faculty, and the local community, space providing. DES is accepted. The Sunnyside Infant Center does not take drop-ins. The special needs of any infant will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Fees - $39.00 per full day (6 hours or more) and $28.00 per part day (less than 6 hours). There is a non-refundable $30.00 fee at the time of registration. 

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Norrix
Audiologist
Ocotillo Learning Center
Joel
Peralta
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Jessica
Quezada
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Esther
Quezada
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Francisca
Real
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Felicia
Robinson
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Jose
Rosales
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Rosemary
Sanchez
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Alice
Sherron
Certified Speech & Language Pathologist
Ocotillo Learning Center
Anissa
Soto
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Griselda
Velasquez Boward
Certified Speech and Language Pathologist
Ocotillo Learning Center
Alfredo
Villegas
Child Development Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Denise
Zanin
Cafeteria Manager
Ocotillo Learning Center
Louise
Alcantar
Custodian
Ocotillo Learning Center
Patricia
Alcorta
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Erica
Alvarez
Office Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Kristi
Arroyos
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Alexis
Bernal Pina
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Phyllis
Blankinship
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Roxanna
Carlos
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Elizabeth
Carvajal
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Jessica
Castillo
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Joey
Cortez
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Melvin
Creel
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Mercedes
Delavara
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Julie
Diaz
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Veronica
Dominguez
Certified Speech and Language Pathologist
Ocotillo Learning Center
Deborah
Eisen
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Kathy
Fetter
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Connie
Gallego
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Valerie
Garcia
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Irma
Gomez-Sanchez
Certified Speech & Language Pathologist-Childfind
Ocotillo Learning Center
Stefanie
Gonzales
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Georgina
Gonzalez
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Elisa
Gonzalez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Caroline
Greene
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Francisco
Grijalva
Campus Monitor
Ocotillo Learning Center
Gail
Hallett
Certified Speech and Language Pathologist
Ocotillo Learning Center
Adriana
Hernandez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
AnnaMarie
Irons
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Adelina
Jaurigue
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Nadia
Jordan
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Catherine
Kelly
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Vikki
Leger
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Mirna
Lizarraga
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Rebecca
Lopez
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Vynnizzia
Lopez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Lori
Macias-Ramirez
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Julia
Mandros
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Kenya
Marinez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
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Maria
Martinez
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Nuvia
Mazon Bocanegra
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Christina
Moreno
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Debra
Murrieta
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Maria
Paramo
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Harry
Parks
Lead Custodian
Ocotillo Learning Center
Marisa
Patino
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Laura
Portillo
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Maria
Quezada
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Rosalba
Ramirez
Childcare Worker
Ocotillo Learning Center
Ramona
Real Garcia
Custodian
Ocotillo Learning Center
Fabiola
Reyes
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Lisneida
Rodriguez
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Carmen
Romero
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Victoria
Rosales
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Bella
Rosete Vidal
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Lindsay
Santana
Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Sandra
Sotelo
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Diane
Torres
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Linda
Velazquez
Teacher
Ocotillo Learning Center
Karina
Villa
SPED Personal Care Assistant
Ocotillo Learning Center
Carmen
Vingochea
Classified - Sub Parapro
Ocotillo Learning Center
Ocotillo Learning Center
5702 South Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-3600
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-3616
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The Ocotillo Early Learning Center is a high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood center serving children ages birth to seven of all abilities in an inclusive, nurturing and stimulating environment. Young children develop physically, emotionally and intellectually in a stimulating, supportive environment that incorporates creative exploration, self-expression and diverse learning experiences.

School Details
Year Opened: 
2010
Grades: 
Preschool - 1st
Enrollment: 
650
Mascot: 
Coyotes
Colors: 
Colors of the Rainbow
Uniforms: Required
Tops: Black, White or Gray
Bottoms: Black or Khaki

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.

  • The Zoo Field Trip
  • Fire Station 1 Field Trip
  • Botanical Gardens Field Trip
  • Nutcracker Ballet Field Trip
  • UA Presents Field Trip
  • U of A Farms Field Trip
  • TROT - Therapeutic Riding of Tucson
  • U of A Music First Program
  • Book Fairs
  • Fall Fiesta
  • Family Reading & Math Nights
  • Kinder Promotion
  • Open House
  • Spring Carnival
  • Uof A Music First Performances Winter Performances