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2019 Graduation and Promotion Dates and Times
Congratulations to all of our high school graduates and 8th graders earning promotion certificates. To ensure everyone gets to enjoy these ceremonies, the Sunnyside Unified School District will...
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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...
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Benefits Open Enrollment: May 1-31
It's that time of the year again! Sunnyside offers an extensive benefits package for eligible employees that provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage options based on your...
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DVHS Senior Wins Arizona Poetry Out Loud Competition, Heads to D.C.
By: Arizona Commission on the Arts   Edgardo Aguilar is AZ’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona...
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Fry's donates $2,500 to Los Amigos Garden Project
Los Amigos Technology Academy was awarded $2,500 by Fry's Food Stores in honor of earth day. The garden at Los Amigos was established through a grant partnership between the ...
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CTE - National Day of Signing at PCC
On Thursday, February 14th Desert View High School and Sunnyside High School seniors participated in the National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day at Pima Community College (PCC)....
Congratulations to all of our high school graduates and 8th graders earning promotion certificates. To ensure everyone gets to enjoy these ceremonies, the Sunnyside Unified School District will LIVE stream the following graduations/promotions: (Click on listed time to access the live stream). Apollo Middle School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 10:45 AM • 2:15 PM Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM Challenger Middle School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM • 2:00 PM Sierra 2-8 School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM Star Academic High School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 •  6:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:00 PM) Desert View High School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 -  • 7:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:30 PM) Sunnyside High School - Thursday, May 23, 2019 • 7:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:30 PM)  
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    
It's that time of the year again! Sunnyside offers an extensive benefits package for eligible employees that provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage options based on your individual needs. With lots of options available, you and your family can save for medical costs during retirement, plan for the medical needs of your new family, or ensure you're ready for the unexpected. ALL employees must re-enroll or enroll between May 1st-31st (for benefits to take effect September 1, 2019). Do not confuse these two dates! BENEFIT ELECTIONS FROM 2018-19 WILL NOT ROLLOVER. We are now on a 10 month plan year and our insurances will be effective September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 with the new plan year beginning July 1.  Ready to move forward? Log-in to your iVisions portal http://visions.susd12.org/ess to review your options and make your selections for the next plan year (which takes effect September 1, 2019).   Attend one of our info sessions! Desert View High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 7th 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Sunnyside High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 14th 2:00pm - 3:00pm  Palo Verde Room - District Offices Wednesday, May 1st 7:30am - 9:30am  Thursday, May 9th 10:30am - 12:30pm  Wednesday, May 15th 7:30am - 9:30am  Wednesday, May 22nd 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Wednesday, May 29th 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Do more research! Visit the Sunnyside Benefits page to get started     "OK. I HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS" Q: What's the period to select in open enrollment? May 1-31st. No exceptions.  Q: When are this year’s open enrollment benefits elections effective? September 1, 2019   Q: Do I need to do anything during open enrollment? Yes. All employees need to log onto their iVisions portal and select benefits and/or assign a beneficiary for their district paid $25,000 life insurance policy Q: If I don’t want benefits, do I need to do anything? Yes. All employees need to log onto their iVisions portal to assign a beneficiary for their district paid $25,000 life insurance policy Q: Has anything changed this year? Yes. Dental Insurance is now Delta Dental and you have 3 options (PPO Base, PPO Buy-Up and HMO) Vision Insurance is now Superior Vision Rates have changed across all insurances Q: Where can I find information regarding open enrollment? All information is posted at https://www.susd12.org/Human-Resources/benefits and we will be sending weekly emails with additional information. Q: Do I have to attend an Open Enrollment meeting? Although we highly suggest all employees attend an open enrollment meeting, these meetings are NOT mandatory this year. If you cannot attend an open enrollment meeting, please consider reviewing the presentation at https://www.susd12.org/Human-Resources/benefits. Q: When are the open enrollment meetings? Desert View High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 7th 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Sunnyside High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 14th 2:00pm - 3:00pm  Palo Verde Room - District Offices Wednesday, May 1st 7:30am - 9:30am  Thursday, May 9th 10:30am - 12:30pm  Wednesday, May 15th 7:30am - 9:30am  Wednesday, May 22nd 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Wednesday, May 29th 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Q: I need help with enrolling online, where can I get assistance? The Benefits Office is holding 2 all day sessions at Los Ranchitos Learning Resource Center (LRC). Please attend one of these sessions if you need help. Computer Enrollment Assistance Los Ranchitos LRC  Friday, May 17th 7:30am - 4:30pm  Friday, May 31st 7:30am - 4:30pm    "WHAT'S THIS 10-MONTH PLAN YEAR ALL ABOUT?!" Q: My communication says that 2019/2020 will be a 10-month plan year, what does that mean? Our plan year for 2019/2020 will run from September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Open enrollment for the 2020/2021 plan year will be in May 2020 and the 2020/2021 plan year will begin on July 1, 2020. Q: Will I be covered in the summer? As long as you enroll in May for the 2020/2021 plan year and return to work at the start of your contract for the 2020/2021 school year, you will not experience a lapse in coverage for your insurances. Q: Why are we having a 10-month plan year? We are changing our plan year from September 1 to July 1 in order for employees to have a plan year start date that is closer to our open enrollment (May). This will allow our employees to be able to make better choices because the plan year will begin 1 month after open enrollment instead of 3 months later. Q: Since our plan year is shorter, will we have the same number of deductions from our paycheck? No. For the 2019/2020 benefit year only, we will have 18 deductions for your benefits - for the 2020/2021 benefit year we will return to 21 deductions.   "PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT WELLNESS DISCOUNTS. WHAT ARE THEY?" Q: How do I know if I am a Wellness Participant? There are a few ways to tell: When you log onto your iVisions portal, you will see the lower premium for your medical insurances You can log onto www.umr.com to view your wellness points (you must have earned 50 points by March 31, 2019 in order to be eligible for the premium credit) Q: What does it mean to be a Wellness Participant? You completed 50 points by participating in wellness activities by March 31, 2019 and you are now eligible for a $25.00 per pay period reduction in your medical insurance premiums. Q: If I am not a Wellness Participant, how can I become a Participant? All you need to do is earn 50 wellness points by March 31, 2020 to be eligible for the $25.00 per pay period reduction in your health insurance premiums for the 2020/2021 benefit year! Unfortunately, it is too late to participate for the 2019/2020 benefit year but please participate in the program for the next benefit year and see the savings! (Wellness Program details are outlined in your Employee Benefits Guide) Q: I didn’t know about the wellness program - how did you communicate this? We communicated the wellness program in many ways. Please see the information at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1okI9IPXDfVfmB-xGQa6IYIDKblUOfLSiPYM1k2LWFzk/edit?usp=sharing.   "I AM RETIRING." Q: I am retiring at the end of this school year, do I still need to participate in open enrollment? Yes. If you are participating in… Regular retirement and ESI: Make your elections for September 1, 2019 so that you are offered COBRA with the elections that you would like for the new plan year. BERP: Make your elections for September 1, 2019 and the benefits office will send you an invoice for your portion of the premiums.  
By: Arizona Commission on the Arts   Edgardo Aguilar is AZ’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019. The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix on Saturday, March 16. Ten students, representing schools from Tucson to Ganado, a chapter of the Navajo Nation, recited poems by a diverse array of literary luminaries, including Jimmy Santiago Baca, Maya Angelou, and Natalie Diaz. After two rounds of recitations, four students advanced to the final round. From these four, Edgardo Aguilar was named State Champion while Helena Häber, a senior at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, was named first runner-up. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition delivered in high schools in all 50 states and three territories through partnerships with State Arts Agencies. Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, with support from regional partners, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Phonetic Spit, and William Cordeiro, PhD, a Flagstaff-based poet and lecturer at Northern Arizona University. 2019 Arizona State Champion Desert View Senior, Edgardo Aguilar   2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finalists: (students in bold advanced to final round) Edgardo Aguilar, Desert View High School, Tucson Sylvia Dale, Ganado High School, Ganado Sharmila Dey, University High School, Tucson Becca Driggs, Highland High School, Gilbert Zaquia George, City High School, Tucson Helena Häber, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix Aslihan Hadinoglu, Coconino High School, Flagstaff Abby Noel, Verrado High School, Buckeye Daniel Noon, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix Sophie Weinzinger, Coconino High School, Flagstaff 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Judging Panel An esteemed panel of judges evaluated the recitations, including two Poets Laureate: Rosemarie Dombrowski, Poet Laureate, City of Phoenix Joy Young, performance and teaching spoken word artist Phoenix Laura Tohe, Poet Laureate, Navajo Nation Cynthia Wheeler, Storyteller “Beginner’s luck or perhaps I have found something that calls to me” Aguilar’s achievement is all the more impressive considering this is his first year participating in Poetry Out Loud. Prior to the competition, Aguilar commented on his road to state finals: “Beginner’s luck or perhaps I have found something that calls to me, either way, my first year of Poetry Out Loud has been quite a trip. I am just grateful to have made it this far.” Aguilar was accompanied at the event by his coach and AP English Teacher, Teresa Driver. As State Champion, Aguilar receives $200 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, (with an adult chaperone) to compete at the National Finals. Additionally, his school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. As runner-up Häber receives $100 and her school receives $200 for the purchase of poetry books. Reflecting on his experience thus far, Aguilar said, “I only hope what I have learned from this situation brings me closer to becoming a decent human being.” The Competition Continues The Poetry Out Loud national semifinals will be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 30, at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Nine finalists will then advance to the national finals, also held at Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 1. A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends are awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship award for the National Champion.   https://azarts.gov/news/edgardo-aguilar-is-arizonas-poetry-out-loud-state-champion/
Los Amigos Technology Academy was awarded $2,500 by Fry's Food Stores in honor of earth day. The garden at Los Amigos was established through a grant partnership between the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fertile Ground, volunteers from Fry's Food Stores refreshed the school's garden area in preparation for the summer growing season. Volunteers worked side by side with Los Amigos 4th and 5th grade students who are a part of the after-school 21st Century Gardening Club, they removed weeds, prepared the soil for planting and learned to plant fruit and vegetable plants.  Los Amigos Librarian, Jennifer Flores, oversees the after-school Gardening Club which helps students physically connect with nutrition education, understand the process of growing healthy foods and recognizing environmental stewardship. Being a part of a gardening club helps students increase their awareness of the environment, natural resources, conservation, composting and recycling.    
On Thursday, February 14th Desert View High School and Sunnyside High School seniors participated in the National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day at Pima Community College (PCC). This event mirrored the NCAA's National Signing Day for students who commit to playing sports in college, this is a unique opportunity for seniors to be recognized in front of their parents and others. As done with collegiate athletic signings, new students inked their intentions to complete a technical program at Pima Community College. Sunnyside School District had approximately 50 students from each high school scheduled to attend Pima College Signing Day, 16 students signed for study in Manufacturing, and 7 in Administrative Justice. Last year, more than 2,400 students signed commitments nationwide. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/video/2019/02/15/pcc-hosts-cte-letters-intent-signing-day/

School Staff

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Patricia
Gamez
Principal
Rivera Elementary School
Cecilia
Moreno
Office Manager
Rivera Elementary School
Julia
Bernstein
Teacher
Rivera Elementary School
Lenika
Diaz
Teacher
Rivera Elementary School
Gina
Gutierrez
Office Assistant - 240
Rivera Elementary School
B0nnie
Hertzog
Speech Language Pathologist
Rivera Elementary School
Morgan
Knox
3rd Grade Teacher
Rivera Elementary School
Hanah
Knox
Teacher
Rivera Elementary School
Rosemary
Nogales
Sub Monitor
Rivera Elementary School
Peter P Salazar
Salazar
Teacher
Rivera Elementary School
Rivera Elementary School
5102 South Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-3900
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-3916

At Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School we have three important programs that help shape our students. The Character Counts! approach to education promotes 6 ethical values known as the Six Pillars, KIND Kids through the Ben’s Bell Project to promote kindness and the AVID Program which engages students with preparing for the college or career of their choice. We also have many enrichment programs such as 21st Century After School, EL Education and Conceptua Math that help our students grow academically.

School Details
Year Opened: 
2007
Grades: 
K-6
Enrollment: 
600
Mascot: 
Raptors
Colors: 
Red and Blue
Uniforms: Required
Tops: No Uniforms Are Required
Bottoms: .

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.

  • 21st Century Programs
  • 6 Pillars - Character Counts
  • 6th Grade Awareness of Transition
  • AzMERIT Walk
  • Band & Orchestra
  • Basketball
  • Be Kind Campus
  • Folklorico
  • Pets Partner
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Student Council
  • SUN Services
  • Therapy Dog
  • U of A Nutrition Partnership
  • UpBeat
  • Zumba

Events

  • Celebration of Learning - April 5th
  • AZMerit Testing April 10-17
  • Jump Rope For Heart Assembly - April 24
  • School Carnival - April 27