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New SUSD Governing Board Members Inducted
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva...
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Sunnyside High School Boys Soccer Ranked #4 Nationally
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Sunnyside High School Boys Varsity team, ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps heads into the match against Cienega, rallying behind their coach, Casey O'Brien...
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Applications for College Academy for Parents due Jan. 25
The College Academy for Parents (CAP) is a FREE, comprehensive 12-week program that works with elementary school parents to develop a college plan for their children. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR...
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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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Join our team! Sunnyside Unified School District Job Fair: Jan. 26
Kickoff your next career move! Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Saturday, January 26th at our spring 2019 Job Fair at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rd. from 8:00-...
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Reading Under the Stars comes to Apollo Middle School on Feb. 11
Reading Under the Stars is a literacy event sponsored by the Sunnyside Literacy Council and the Sunnyside Unified School District.  The goal of this annual event is to raise awareness of the...
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Teacher Excellence Award for December 2018 presented to Mission Manor's Donita Montgomery
Tucson Values Teachers and OfficeMax/Office Depot presented the December Teacher Excellence Award on Tuesday, Dec. 18 to Donita Montgomery, a 5th grade math and science teacher at Mission Manor...
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva Dong. The two members of the Governing Board were officially sworn in at last Tuesday's meeting. For information about upcoming Governing Board meetings, agendas, and livestream, please visit https://www.susd12.org/Admin/governing-board and click on the resources link at the bottom of your web browser or mobile device. 
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Sunnyside High School Boys Varsity team, ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps heads into the match against Cienega, rallying behind their coach, Casey O'Brien this Thursday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m. How good are the Blue Devils this year? Good enough for the Arizona Daily Star's to tag them one of the best teams in Tucson sports as we head into 2019. Expect to see lots of action from Adrian Virgen, Manny Quiroz and Ulysses Torres-Palacios. Playing at home, Sunnyside is on track to become just the fourth Tucson boys soccer team in history to win an undefeated state title behind Salpointe (1985), CDO (2010) and Tucson High (2014).  So yeah...they're that good.    IF YOU GO: Varsity Boys Soccer Sunnyside High School v. Cienega 1725 E. Bilby Rd. Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:00 p.m.
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    
Kickoff your next career move! Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Saturday, January 26th at our spring 2019 Job Fair at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rd. from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Our District is seeking certified, classified, administrative and professional non-teaching personnel to be part of a learning organization where everyone's a learner.  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  
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Reading Under the Stars is a literacy event sponsored by the Sunnyside Literacy Council and the Sunnyside Unified School District.  The goal of this annual event is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and to engage Sunnyside families in a wide range of literacy-related events. This year's event "The Heart of Literacy" will take place on February 11, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Apollo Middle School. The event will be devoted to making informed choices regarding health information and learning more about the resources available to our families. Several health screenings will be available as well as information on nutrition, meal programs, pharmacy programs, and fitness and wellness.  School performances and activities will be offered for children, including yoga classes by YMCA instructors and book giveaways! Refreshments will be available.  Please complete this FORM if you would like to participate in the event. Deadline to submit the form is January 11, 2019. Thank you!   Reading Under the Stars 2019: The Heart of Literacy  February 11, 2019 Apollo Middle School  265 West Nebraska Street 5:00-6:30 p.m.    
Tucson Values Teachers and OfficeMax/Office Depot presented the December Teacher Excellence Award on Tuesday, Dec. 18 to Donita Montgomery, a 5th grade math and science teacher at Mission Manor Elementary School in Sunnyside Unified School District. Montgomery, who is in her 19th year of teaching, has spent her last three years at Mission Manor. In addition to teaching, Montgomery coordinates the 21st Century Program at her school, providing tutoring and enrichment opportunities for more than 200 students on campus. She was nominated for the award by her daughter, Adriana Montgomery. “My mom gets to work two hours early, tutors, then teaches a full day, and then stays after school for two hours to tutor again before coming home to my brother and me to help us with our homework...She is always there for any and all of her students, past or present. She is the best teacher anyone could hope for and I am very proud of her. She deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and dedication to teaching.”

School Staff

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Tiffany
Emerson
Principal
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Raymond
Assistant Principal
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Vandervort
Assistant Principal
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Sarah
Valencia
Office Manager
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Alvarez
Office Assistant
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Arredondo
Teacher
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Bejarano
Teacher
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Brown
Parapro - Special Education
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Coronado
Office Assistant - 225
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Drake
ParaPro
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Hansen
Music Teacher - Steel Pan
Sierra 2-8 School
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Harakal
Teacher
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Hernandez
Teacher
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Lindell
Counselor
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Lopez
Parapro 191
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Mary
Martella
School Psychologist
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Paco
Instructional Coach
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Rothrock
Native Amer Ed. Program Advisor
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Shiromanie
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Stout
Teacher
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Valerani Knoblich
Long Term Substitute/ Physical Education
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Wojno
Counselor
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Zwerk
2nd Grade Teacher
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Anglen
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Teacher
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Sierra 2-8 School
5801 South Del Moral Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-4800
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-4816

We are committed to academic excellence for all students by cultivating a community that is respectful, responsible, and reliable.

Sierra 2-8 School will ensure all members of the educational community reach a high level of academic achievement as determined by the Common Core Standards. We will commit to a comprehensive system of support to assure this outcome based on rigor, relevance and relationships to ensure student success.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1988
Grades: 
2-8
Enrollment: 
1170
Mascot: 
Ram
Colors: 
Purple and Gold
Uniforms: Required
Tops: White, Gray or Black Polo Shirt
Bottoms: Khaki 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.

  • 21st Century After School
  • Astronomy Club
  • Athletics
  • Band and Orchestra
  • Be Kind - Bens Bells
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Cimi Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Library Club
  • Mariachi
  • Physical Education
  • Piano Club
  • Social Justice Club
  • Special Olympics
  • Steel Drums
  • Tutoring
  • Native American Program
  • "We The People"

Events

  • 20/20 Reading Event
  • Book Fairs
  • Community Service Projects
  • Family Holiday Festival of Books
  • Literacy Night
  • Math and Science Night
  • Science Fair - SARSEF