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Save the Date: 'COMUNIDAD' Education Showcase May 8
Sunnyside Unified School District is proud to the present 'Comunidad', the District's 5th annual community event (Previously Sunnyside Meet Yourself). The event will take place on Wednesday, May...
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Save the Date: 2019 Dollars for Scholars Reception April 24
Sunnyside District Alumni Association - Dollars for Scholars presents the 13th Annual Scholarship Reception sponsored by Midstate Energy. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th...
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A DISTRICT OF CHAMPIONS
Desert View alumna, Gabriella Soza 2018, is named Athlete of the Week by South Mountain CC. Soza went 4-9 (.444) at the plate with an RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. http://www.southmountaincc....
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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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Challenger Middle School receives 3D printer
By Raquel Rodriguez, KVOA News 4 Tucson TUCSON – Greg Jones, the Vice President of Smart force Development visited Challenger Middle School on Wednesday to announce his donation of a 3D...
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SUSD BENEFITS FROM PI BETA PHI'S LITERACY INITIATIVE
Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women at the University of Arizona and the Pi Beta Phi Tucson Alumnae Club have been selected to jointly distribute 20,000 new books to area schools, after-school programs...
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SUSD CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER JOINS EDUCATOR PANEL
Pam Betten , Sunnyside Chief Academic Officer (far right) presented at SXSW EDU on March 5th alongside the CEO of Open Up Resources, representatives from EL Education and educators...
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SUNNYSIDE STUDENTS ATTEND 2019 LULAC CONFERENCE
NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN LEADERS! Sunnyside High School upperclassmen at the#LULAC19 Conference pose for a quick picture with U.S. Presidential Candidate Julian Castro. From left to right:...
Sunnyside Unified School District is proud to the present 'Comunidad', the District's 5th annual community event (Previously Sunnyside Meet Yourself). The event will take place on Wednesday, May 8th at Sunnyside High School from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In addition to our student project showcase, the event will feature various student musical and fine arts performances, in addition to a panel discussion on "The future of public education". We will have food, games, and fun for the entire family!  IF YOU GO: Comunidad: Annual Education Showcase and Speaker Series When: May 8, 2019 Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Sunnyside High School FREE ADMISSION; food truck prices vary by vendor
Sunnyside District Alumni Association - Dollars for Scholars presents the 13th Annual Scholarship Reception sponsored by Midstate Energy. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th at Desert View High School Gymnasium from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The mission of the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars Chapter is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in  the Sunnyside District.  
Desert View alumna, Gabriella Soza 2018, is named Athlete of the Week by South Mountain CC. Soza went 4-9 (.444) at the plate with an RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs scored. http://www.southmountaincc.edu/athletics/
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    
By Raquel Rodriguez, KVOA News 4 Tucson TUCSON – Greg Jones, the Vice President of Smart force Development visited Challenger Middle School on Wednesday to announce his donation of a 3D printer bundle. Jones will be donating the MakerGear M3-SE Classroom Bundle which is valued at $3150. He met with principal Angelica Duddleston, teacher Tim Glass, and students as part of a The Miles For Manufacturing  5K event that supports local STEM classrooms. Smartforce Development at AMT is an advocacy effort that encourages young people to seek high technology careers in advanced manufacturing. “We make every possible effort to support STEM programs in schools. We believe that when students gain access to project-based learning in their classroom at an early age, that has a positive impact on the career pathways they choose…Working with local partners who have introduced us to the educational community in Tucson, we’ve selected Challenger Middle School to receive a 3D printer donation” Jones said. Challenger Middle School is expected to receive the 3D printer in the next couple of weeks.   Watch the KVOA news story here.
Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women at the University of Arizona and the Pi Beta Phi Tucson Alumnae Club have been selected to jointly distribute 20,000 new books to area schools, after-school programs, and community programs serving students from low-income families through the Fraternity’s annual Fraternity Day of Service. Sunnyside is one of several recipients of this generous book donation from the fraternity for women. Los Amigos Tech Academy Principal, Valerie Sandoval, with students Santiago Sanchez and Alyssa Gastelum at the Pi Beta Phi press conference.  "The books will be donated to children through local schools, after-school programs and community programs serving economically disadvantaged families," “Low literacy skills are directly linked to poor health, greater inequality, higher unemployment and less earned income. We believe illiteracy is America’s biggest challenge and that investing in family literacy is critical to the success of our families and nation,” said Lauren Sproull, the organization’s Director of Communications in a recent news release.   Five locations are selected annually for book distribution events based on greatest demonstrated need both in literacy and resources. In Pima County, 59 percent of 4th graders test below proficient in reading (Arizona State Department of Education, 2016) and 83.5 percent of Pima County preschoolers, about 20,400, are not ready for kindergarten (First Things First, 2015). The book distributions are part of Pi Beta Phi's Fraternity Day of Service, a major Pi Beta Phi literacy initiative under the organization's national philanthropic effort, Read > Lead > Achieve®. Fraternity Day of Service is an annual event encouraging Pi Beta Phi members to provide literacy-related service and advocacy efforts to their communities. The book distribution began on March 1st on the anniversary of the birthday of renowned children's book author, Dr. Seuss.  
Pam Betten , Sunnyside Chief Academic Officer (far right) presented at SXSW EDU on March 5th alongside the CEO of Open Up Resources, representatives from EL Education and educators from the Oakland Unified School District. Rather than solely focusing on arriving at the correct answer, Betten stressed, teachers can also use subjects like math to encourage creative thinking, analysis and reasoning as part of a student's process in arriving at a solution. SXSW EDU, a yearly offshoot of SXSW, fosters innovation in learning by hosting a community of optimistic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.   Click here to learn more.
NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN LEADERS! Sunnyside High School upperclassmen at the#LULAC19 Conference pose for a quick picture with U.S. Presidential Candidate Julian Castro. From left to right: SUSD Gov. Board Member, Consuelo Hernandez, Genesis Cuellar, Natalia Padilla, Paris Beniquez, Kassandra Carranza, and Az. Rep. Alma Hernandez.
The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board recognized Liberty Elementary School student, Adrianno Padilla who recently represented our District at the 2019 Pima County Spelling Bee at CDO High School. Congratulations Adrianno!
Craycroft Elementary School students earn Grand Awards at SARSEF (Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation) competition. 2 student projects win 1st place, third group takes 2nd place. Way to go Eagles! Project: To Stretch or Not to Stretch SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place Teacher & Category: Jade Rodriguez Chemical Sciences   Project: To Stretch or Not to Stretch SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place Teacher & Category: Jade Rodriguez Chemical Sciences Project: Flying High in the Sky SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place Teacher & Category: Terri Davis Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences  
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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Marsha
Flores
Principal
Star Academic High School
Anna
Castro
Administrative Assistant
Star Academic High School
Tara
Baxter
Teacher
Star Academic High School
David
Buff
Counselor
Star Academic High School
irene
diaz
office sub
Star Academic High School
Nola
Domenici
Health/Elective Teacher & Teacher Coach
Star Academic High School
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mathers
teacher
Star Academic High School
Lauren
Montes
Nurse Assistant
Star Academic High School
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Adriana
Morales
Parent Student Advocate
Star Academic High School
Joel
Palomarez
Academic Interventionist
Star Academic High School
Matthew
Taylor
Math Teacher
Star Academic High School
Angela
Uribe-Valencia
Media Center Technician
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

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