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Remote Learning - A guide for First day of school.
Students will be logging in to their classrooms 3 times per day where they will interact live with their teacher and classmates, work in small groups, and access resources and receive assignments....
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Remote teaching - A guide for teachers
The following resources are designed to support teachers in teaching remotely.
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School Meal Pick-Up Questionnaire
Please fill out this survey so that we can prepare an accurate amount of meals for our schools and bus pick up areas. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/...
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Summer Meals & WIFI (Updated)
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer through August 4th. Meals will continue to be available for pick-up Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am....
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Start of school announcement
Please watch this video as Superintendent Holmes shares important information about the start of school.   Mire este video que les comparte nuestro Superintendente Holmes con...
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School Meal Application - Online
Our Free or Reduced Meal Application is now Online! We just made it easier for you to fill out your student's meal application. The process is easy and only takes a few minutes....
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OUTSTANDING NOMINEES WANTED!
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Hall of Fame? DEADLINE is August 14, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.! If you know someone that has made...
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Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were...
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SUSD 2020 Virtual Graduations
Congratulations Desert View High School Seniors, Class of 2020! The SUSD Governing Board would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on all of their accomplishments. Please...
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TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from...
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REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency...
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THANK YOU
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
Please fill out this survey so that we can prepare an accurate amount of meals for our schools and bus pick up areas. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7eWZykS2_kgjPaKLNnCw4faOkRTeoQuZU3CuwF6CuZLNGMg/viewform
Students will be logging in to their classrooms 3 times per day where they will interact live with their teacher and classmates, work in small groups, and access resources and receive assignments. Attendance will be taken during the Login times. 
The following resources are designed to support teachers in teaching remotely.
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer through August 4th. Meals will continue to be available for pick-up Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am. Summer Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites (Updated for July 1st - July 24th) Below is a list of sites where our school buses will be set up through the month of June to distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. Mission Manor Elementary Bus Bay Summit View Elementary Bus Bay Los Ninos Elementary Bus Bay Rivera Elementary Bus Bay 801 E. Drexel Rd. (at Drexel Elementary) S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) Student parking lot in front of Sunnyside High School (Bilby & Campbell) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Gallego Intermediate Bus Bay Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd) Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Sierra 2-8 School Bus Bay Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Summer Meals – School Distribution Sites (July 1st - July 24th) You may also pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the following school locations: Craycroft Elementary School - 5455 E Littletown Rd Elvira Elementary School - 250 W Elvira Rd Los Amigos Tech Academy - 2200 E Drexel Rd Apollo Middle School - 265 W Nebraska St Meals must be taken to go and if you show up to pick up breakfast, you may take the lunch with you as well.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were invited to a Google Hangout meeting for what they thought would be a discussion about graduation plans. Superintendent Steve Holmes and high school principals as well as District counselors conspired the surprise meeting to actually deliver the news that they were the recipients of a “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship. One of this year’s scholarship winners is Adilene Escalante Duran, a senior at Sunnyside High School. “My goal ever since I have been a little girl was to attend the University of Arizona, and now that the time is here I am looking for every opportunity possible to begin my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only helping me but my family as well.” The Sunnyside Alumni Association awarded $50,750 in scholarships to support Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students in their college plans. The scholarships ranged from $500 - $5,000 and were made possible through contributions from district employees, professional associations, community organizations, businesses, and individual donors. The goal of the Sunnyside Alumni Association is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in SUSD.    About SUSD At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.   ### Below is the class of 2020 students who will receive scholarships: Dafne Flores - Sunnyside High School Angel Arvayo - Desert View High School Gloria Hernandez - Desert View High School Nataly Demara - Desert View High School Adilene Escalante Duran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Hernandez - Sunnyside High School Rachel Taylor - Desert View High School Jenny Nguyen - Desert View High School Anakaren Lugo Valencia - Sunnyside High School Robert Canady - Desert View High School Jessica Vasquez Espinosa - Sunnyside High School Valeria Mendoza - Sunnyside High School Ysenia Dorame - Desert View High School Aram Collins - Desert View High School Liliana Delgado - Desert View High School Lorenzo Gomez Leon - Sunnyside High School Brianna Rodriguez - Desert View High School Daniela Navarro - Sunnyside High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Isabella Espinoza - Desert View High School Natalia Padilla - Sunnyside High School Irais Rios - Desert View High School Mason Prieto - Desert View High School Yaxiri Ortiz - Sunnyside High School Gabriel Carbajal - Sunnyside High School Veronica Lopez - Desert View High School Analecia Ortiz - Desert View High School Izabella Brown - Desert View High School Yasmin Renteria - STAR Academic Center Victoria Balderrama - Sunnyside High School Mario Chavez - Sunnyside High School Cecilia Silva - Desert View High School Alexia Beltran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Rea - Desert View High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Victoria Herran - Desert View High School Janiza Ballesteros - Desert View High School Atziry Palomares - Desert View High School Michelle Murguia - Sunnyside High School Jordan Rocha - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Mariana Barnett Fernandez - Desert View High School Jaylen Pallanes - Desert View High School Rebeca Altamirano - Desert View High School Beatriz Izaguirre - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Paola Estrada - Sunnyside High School Carlos Frias - Sunnyside High School Vanessa Silva - Sunnyside High School  
Our Free or Reduced Meal Application is now Online! We just made it easier for you to fill out your student's meal application. The process is easy and only takes a few minutes.  Proceed to Meal Application NEED A PAPER APPLICATION? - See "How to submit a Paper Application below. How to Submit a Paper Application? Download the Application Print and submit pages 1 & 2 to either your child's school or mail in the application to: Department of Food & Nutrition - Application’s Office 2238 East Ginter Rd - Tucson, AZ 85706 PLEASE NOTE: We need only ONE application for all children in your household that attend school in SUSD. Things you'll need If you participate in SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR you will need to know your case number (not your card or account number) If you do not participate in any of the above assistance programs, you will need to report your total household income. In that case... If anyone in your household has a job, you may need to reference the earnings statement or pay stubs to report your gross income, which is different that the amount you actually receive in your paycheck. If anyone receives Social Security or retirement benefits, you may need to gather the benefit statements to report the amount and frequency of the payments. You may also need to reference other financial documents for additional sources of income. Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free or reduced price benefits. Frequently asked questions My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out a new one? Yes. Eligibility for free or reduced price meals only lasts for one school year. However, eligibility for the previous year carries over for the first few days of the new school year, or until the new eligibility determination is made. Please complete a new application for each school year. Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one free and reduced meal application for all students that attend school in Sunnyside USD in your household. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit. My household participates in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Are my children eligible for free meals? All children in households are eligible for free meals when at least one household member is receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). If you participate in other assistance programs, contact Sunnyside USD to see if you qualify for school meal benefits. You may qualify for free meals! What if my household does not qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits based on income, but I have a foster child? Foster children who are formally placed by State Welfare Agency or Court in a caretaker household are eligible for benefits regardless of household income. I adopted a foster child. Are they still eligible for free meals? Congratulations on the adoption! And the answer is maybe. If your child was approved for free meals before the adoption went through, then your child is still eligible to receive free meals for the rest of the school year. But next year the child will no longer be eligible for free meals based on foster status, though they may still qualify based on household income, so we encourage you to submit an application. I get WIC. Can my children get free meals? Participation in the Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC program, does not automatically qualify your children for free or reduced price school meals. You will need to qualify based on your household income by completing this application. My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or other assistance benefits, contact Sunnyside USD. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals. Will my child or I be subject to public charge if I apply for or receive school meal benefits? No, the non-cash benefits received through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Programs are not subject to public charge consideration. In other words, you will not be deported, denied entry to the country, or denied permanent status because you apply for receive school meal benefits. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, each application is reviewed by the district to determine eligibility. We may also ask you to send proof of your household’s income. What information will I need to fill out the application? If you have this information handy, it will make the application process fast and easy. If you participate in SNAP, TANF, FDPIR you will need to know your case number (not your card or account number). If you do not participate in any of the above assistance program, you will need to report your total household income. In that case… If anyone in your household has a job, you may need to reference the earnings statements or pay stubs to report your gross income, which is different than the amount in your paycheck. If anyone receives Social Security or retirement benefits, you may need to gather the benefit statements to report the amount and frequency of the payments. You may also need to reference other financial documents for additional sources of income. Still not sure if you have everything you need? Don’t worry. Each page of the application contains detailed instructions and explanations about the information you must include, and you can gather additional information then. Who should I include in my household? A household is defined as a group of people, related or unrelated, that usually live together and share income and expenses. Don’t forget to include people if you support them financially, regardless of whether they earn or receive income including: Foster children Children that are away at college or boarding school Grandparents Extended family members that are living with you Foreign exchange students that are living with you People that are not currently living with you, but are only away on a temporary basis (like kids that are away at college) Family members of the armed services who are away from home because they are activated or deployed People living away from home for an extended period of time (such as parents who live and work away from home) Other people who stay at your house and you provide with shelter, utilities, clothing, or food. You should NOT include: Renters Boarders Children who do not live with you (such as children that live permanently with other relatives or friends) Children for whom you do not have custody and therefore do not live with you (if you have joint custody, see the help question: WHAT IF I SHARE CUSTODY OF MY CHILD? What if I share custody of my child? If time is split between houses, both parents may apply for benefits. If the eligibility statuses are different, the highest level of benefits will apply. For example, if you qualify for free meals but your child’s other parent does not, no matter which house your child is staying at, he or she can still receive free meals. However, if either parent chooses not to have your child receive free meal benefits while residing with them then that parent may simply pay for the meals. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You may ask for a hearing by calling or writing. Please review the information provided in the Letter to Household on the next page of the application for more details. What is a child income? Child income is money received from outside your household that is paid directly to your children. Many households do not have any child income. I’m not sure on which income frequency to select. What are the differences between the income frequencies? Weekly – You usually receive 1 paycheck each week. With this frequency you usually receive 52 paychecks per year. Every two weeks – You usually receive a paycheck every other week. Generally, you receive it on the same day each pay period, such as every other Friday. You usually receive 2 paychecks per month, though some months may differ. It usually equates to 26 paychecks per year. Twice per month – You usually receive 2 paychecks per month on certain scheduled days of the month, such as the 15th and 30th Depending on that day in the month it could fall on any day of the week. With this frequency, you usually receive 24 paychecks 24 a year. Monthly – You usually receive 1 paycheck during the month. With this frequency you typically receive 12 paychecks per year. If you receive an hourly income, you can convert it to a weekly frequency: Multiply your hourly rate by the number of hours you typically work in a week to get your Weekly income. (Example: $10 per hour X 40 hours per week = $400 per week) Annual income conversion – Multiply: Weekly income amount by 52 Every two weeks amount by 26 Twice per month amount by 24 Monthly income amount by 12
Please watch this video as Superintendent Holmes shares important information about the start of school.   Mire este video que les comparte nuestro Superintendente Holmes con información importante sobre el comienzo de la escuela.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from Tucson Values Teachers! Ms. Betten was one of five teachers to receive this award this week. Ms. Betten was nominated by several of her students who submitted a video nomination highlighting ways she is going above and beyond with virtual instruction.  Watch the student nomination. Winning teachers received flowers, $250 cash courtesy of Helios Education Foundation, a $50 gift card to Office Depot thanks to the South Tucson Cyber Lions, plus another $100 gift card for additional school supplies.
Congratulations Desert View High School Seniors, Class of 2020! The SUSD Governing Board would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on all of their accomplishments. Please watch this special message from our Governing Board members.   Previous Graduations   Sunnyside High School - Wednesday, May 20th @ 7pm Star Academic High School - Tuesday, May 19th @ 7pm
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency plan should the school closures continue this fall. Please know that regardless of the circumstances, we are committed to continue to offer students and families the necessary resources. Your feedback is valuable, so we invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us in our planning process. Queremos agradecerles por apoyar a sus estudiantes, por medio de esta encuesta sobre el aprendizaje remoto. Mientras planeamos para el próximo año escolar, debemos considerar un plan de contingencia en caso de que el cierre de la escuela continúe este otoño. Tenga en cuenta que, independientemente de las circunstancias, estamos comprometidos a seguir ofreciendo a los estudiantes y sus familias los recursos necesarios. Sus comentarios son valiosos. Les invitamos a participar en esta breve encuesta para ayudarnos en nuestro proceso de planificación. Click on the link below to take the survey. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para completar la encuesta.  https://bit.ly/2WyK3p0
We are excited to have your student(s) back for the upcoming school year! Please let us know if you plan to return for the new school year in August 2020 by filling out this commitment form. Be sure to fill one form out for each student that will be returning. Please note that this is NOT an official enrollment or registration form. You will be able to complete your enrollment when schools reopen.   ¡Estamos emocionados de tener a su (s) estudiante (s) de regreso para el próximo año escolar! Infórmenos si planea regresar para el nuevo año escolar en agosto de 2020 completando este formulario de compromiso. Asegúrese de completar un formulario para cada estudiante que regresará. Tenga en cuenta que este NO es un formulario oficial de inscripción o registro. Podrá completar su inscripción cuando las escuelas vuelvan a abrir.    

School Staff

Theresa
Tenace
Principal - High Schools
Star Academic High School
Anna
Castro
Administrative Assistant
Star Academic High School
Craig
Bal
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Steven
Brown
Media Center Technician
Apollo Middle School, Star Academic High School
Cindy
Bullock
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Yolanda
Carpio
Attendance Clerk
Star Academic High School
Irene
De Osorio
Cafeteria Manager
Star Academic High School
Nola
Domenici
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Kate
Gilbert
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Usha
Madhyanam
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Christopher
Moffett
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Lauren
Montes
Health Office Administrative Assistant
Star Academic High School
Celia
Placencia De Tamayo
Custodian
Star Academic High School
Lyn
Racz
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Antonio
Romano
Substitute
Star Academic High School
Belinda
Stevens
Counselor
Star Academic High School
Matthew
Taylor
Math Teacher
Star Academic High School
Arcelia
Velasquez
Cafeteria Helper
Star Academic High School
Alyssa
Acevedo
Campus Monitor
Star Academic High School
Tara
Baxter
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Jeff
Clark
Lead Custodian
Star Academic High School
Justin
Mathers
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Adriana
Morales
Parent Student Advocate
Star Academic High School
Monica
Neice
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Jenny
Neill
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Robert
Solis
Teacher
Star Academic High School
Star Academic High School
5093 South Liberty Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-2300
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-2316
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Our Vision

Every student who learns best in non-traditional ways, are at risk of failing or dropping out of school due to being behind in credits, or who have dropped out of school and are now returning to complete their graduation requirements will graduate from Star Academic High School completely prepared for their chosen career or college choice.

 

Our Mission

To empower every student with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency so that they graduate as learners who are college, career and community ready.                                                          

 

Values

  • Every student is provided an opportunity to achieve at their own pace and in their own way
  • Diversity in students’ experiences and backgrounds are honored
  • Taking responsibility for every action
  • Kindness toward students, teachers, staff and community
  • Respectfulness and caring for every Star family member
  • Genuine relationships between all members of the Star family

 

School Details
Year Opened: 
2003
Grades: 
10-12
Enrollment: 
299
Mascot: 
Lions
Colors: 
Black and Gold
Uniforms: Required
Tops: uniforms not required
Bottoms: uniforms not required

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.

  • JTED
  • Student Leadership
  • Boys Basketball
  • Fine Arts

Values

  • Every student is provided an opportunity to achieve at their own pace and in their own way
  • Diversity in students’ experiences and backgrounds are honored
  • Taking responsibility for every action
  • Kindness toward students, teachers, staff and community
  • Respectfulness and caring for every Star family member
  • Genuine relationships between all members of the Star family