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2019 Online Summer School Registration Now Open
  Enroll for Summer School Online! Whether you want to get caught up or get ahead, Summer School Online has it all! How to Register? Step 1: Verify which class you need by...
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Sunnyside District Receives Life-saving Donation
The Sunnyside Unified School District held a press conference with community partners, Tucson Electric Power and the American Heart Association to announce a gift of 15 CPR kits donated to District...
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28th Annual Noche de Las Estrellas at AVA Amphitheater
    Join us for a star-studded evening filled with Folklorico and Mariachi performances from various Sunnyside schools along with special guest performer, Alexis Montoya....
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JUSTIN POSEY, NINE-TIME USA BMX AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPION VISITS WITH SUMMIT VIEW STUDENTS
JUSTIN POSEY, NINE-TIME USA BMX AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPION, AND EDUCATION AMBASSADOR VISITED WITH Summit View Elementary SUSD STUDENTS TO HELP BRING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING TO SCHOOLS ALONG...
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Sunnyside Soccer Team wins 5A State Championship!
SCOTTSDALE — The coronation of Sunnyside as a state champion had a rocky start. But less than 30 minutes in, it seemed inevitable. Most did not believe the Blue Devils (24-0-2) would complete an...
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Sunnyside DECA earns AZ State Honors
This past week DECA members participated in the annual DECA State Competition in Phoenix.  I am so excited to acknowledge Sunnyside DECA's accomplishments.  We had several awards that were...
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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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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....
  Enroll for Summer School Online! Whether you want to get caught up or get ahead, Summer School Online has it all! How to Register? Step 1: Verify which class you need by visiting with your school counselor Step 2: Pay your fee at the Bookstore after April 15th or online at https://public.susd12.org/summerschool.aspx Step 3: Submit proof of payment (picture of receipt) with your name and the class you choose to maggiej@susd12.org or call 520-360-9914 You may only take one class at a time, but there is no limit on total classes How Much Does It Cost? Enrollment requires a $25 fee that is refundable if completed by 8/7/2019. Enrollment Payments accepted at the Sunnyside High School or Desert View High School Bookstores starting April 15th.  What classes are offered? English English 9 - 12 Electives Introduction to Art Strategies for Academic Success Physical Education Health Art History Career Explorations Languages Spanish 1 and 2 French 1 and 2 Social Sciences World History 1 and 2 U.S. History 1 and 2 Government Economics Science Integrated Science Biology Chemistry Physics Questions? For more information contact Maggie Johnson at 520.360.9914 email: maggiej@susd12.org or call DVHS Counseling Office at 520.545.5109 or SHS Counseling Office at 520.545.5309 Brought to you by Sunnyside Online Success Academy (SOSA) #quepasa-image { display: none; }
The Sunnyside Unified School District held a press conference with community partners, Tucson Electric Power and the American Heart Association to announce a gift of 15 CPR kits donated to District high schools via a generous donation from the Marley Foundation and Tucson Electric Power.  These type of training resources are critical now that Arizona Senate Bill 1137 mandates all high school students are trained in CPR as part of their graduation requirements. Sunnyside and Desert View High School have hosted CPR trainings via the Academy of Medical and Allied Health Careers, a program of Pima County JTED.  Wendy Erica Werden Manager of Community Investment and Philanthropy with Tucson Electric Power talks about the longstanding partnership between TEP and the Sunnyside District. TEP funds a wide-range of initiatives via community grants and other partnerships.   The all-inclusive kits are designed to work with DVD/streaming content to provide another avenue to teach hands-only CPR to students. Through this gift the District will make a tremendous impact in creating the next generation of lifesavers.  Mike Deitch, a Community CPR Manager based out of Los Angeles with the American Heart Association coaches Sunnyside Asst. Superintendent, Dr. Eugenia Favela on the proper way to perform chest compressions. Mike travels across the country to conduct Train the Trainer events for the American Heart Association.  SB 1137 was passed in 2016 with a three-year phase in. The bill states that by the 2019-2020 school year, every student in a public or charter high school in Arizona must learn-hands only CPR at least once in their high school career. CPR/First Aid kits were donated by the Marley Foundation and TEP. Each kit is valued at $650.    Related links: Sunnyside schools now equipped with CPR Kits, April 3, 2019. By: Eric Fink, KVOA.
    Join us for a star-studded evening filled with Folklorico and Mariachi performances from various Sunnyside schools along with special guest performer, Alexis Montoya. Proceeds of the event benefit student academic scholarships. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.; concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at Sunnyside High School or online at tickets.casinodelsol.com ($10)
JUSTIN POSEY, NINE-TIME USA BMX AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPION, AND EDUCATION AMBASSADOR VISITED WITH Summit View Elementary SUSD STUDENTS TO HELP BRING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING TO SCHOOLS ALONG SIDE Pima County School Superintendent's Office , DUSTIN WILLIAMS. The program is based on a two-part, Next Generation Science Standards curriculum (field + classroom) that helps students get a first-hand understanding of physics, design, math and other concepts. The program is funded by USA BMX, a JAVITS Grant and, Mongoose Bicycles. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2XkbGzI    
SCOTTSDALE — The coronation of Sunnyside as a state champion had a rocky start. But less than 30 minutes in, it seemed inevitable. Most did not believe the Blue Devils (24-0-2) would complete an undefeated season and win their first state soccer title, according to coach Casey O’Brien. “It’s a big chip; it is a big chip,” O’Brien said. “It’s not a little chip. Every single day we wake up, and it feels like something goes against us. Our season has been tough. On paper, it looks great. It looks like it was easy; we just cruised through. But absolutely not. The last 365 days have been trying.” It was all worth it Wednesday night at Coronado High School. The top-seeded Blue Devils scored three times in an 11-minute span of the first half and coasted to a 4-0 win over Gilbert Campo Verde for the 5A boys state title. It was Sunnyside’s first win in three trips to the final. “It means a lot to us,” said Fabian Mendoza, who scored the first two goals on Wednesday. “We’ve been working since the beginning of the year. It was our goal to go undefeated and to win a state championship.” With the defending state champion Coyotes (24-2-1) having to pay close attention to big Manuel Quiroz, who is second in the state with 39 goals, the Blue Devils had plenty of other ways to go. Sunnyside’s Fabian Mendoza celebrates his first of two goals. “There were a lot of people who doubted us. But we came together and made everything happen.”   “We all believed in each other,” Mendoza said. “There were a lot of people who doubted us. But we came together and made everything happen.” Seventeen minutes in, Quiroz put the ball on goal, and the rebound was punched in at close range by Mendoza. Less than four minutes later, Quiroz was going up the left wing, drawing Campo Verde goalkeeper Jacob Zimmerman out. Quiroz crossed to Mendoza, again in front of the goal, and Sunnyside led 2-0. In the 28th minute, the Coyotes were whistled for a foul just outside the box on the right side. Adrian Virgen took the free kick from 20 yards out, bending the ball to the right of the wall, and just inside the right post for the third score. Campo Verde didn’t have an answer. The Blue Devils defense did what it had to do, and keeper Jesus Gutierrez turned away the few shots on target. Quiroz got free for a capper in the 75th minute. “I don’t care about the goals, I just care about the win,” Quiroz said. “It’s our first final. We didn’t have any experience being here, but we started playing better toward the end.” The Blue Devils lost in their two other appearances in the state final, losing in the Class 5A-II title match in 2007 and the 4A final in 1992. Third-year coach O’Brien said Sunnyside’s run was not expected.   “Absolutely not,” he said. “I don’t know what our expectations were; maybe people just don’t know what we have down there. Maybe it’s just taken a long time to get it to click, but when you get everybody working in the right direction, we have a fantastic group of kids.” The group started to garner attention throughout the season, becoming nationally ranked by MaxPreps.com. The only blemishes on the season were ties to rival Desert View on Dec. 18 and 4A champion Salpointe Catholic on Jan. 10. “They work harder than I’ve seen anybody work because they wanted it more than anyone else,” O’Brien said. “Once you get them to realize how good they are, and open their eyes, we have a lot more than maybe they anticipated.” Sunnyside used superior passing skills and an aggressive offense to pepper the Coyotes all evening. The Blue Devils were eliminated by Chandler in the quarterfinals of the 6A tournament a year ago and went out in the play-in round a year before that. Campo Verde was in its third straight final, finishing as the runner up in 2017. It lost in the quarterfinals in 2016 Sunnyside completed a 4A-5A boys sweep for Tucson after Salpointe won the 4A title Tuesday night.  
This past week DECA members participated in the annual DECA State Competition in Phoenix.  I am so excited to acknowledge Sunnyside DECA's accomplishments.  We had several awards that were presented to our SHS Chapter--We received the Elite Chapter Award for all the community service we organized and participated in this year, the Diamond Club Award for our monetary contributions for student DECA scholarships and the THRIVE Chapter Activities Award for all the DECA activities we have participated in as well.  However the real accomplishments went to my student winners:   Lesslie Meza--1st Place in Entrepreneurship Promotion Paulina Salazar--Top 10% on the State Marketing Exam Yamillet Cruz-Casillas--Executive Award--DECA Participation/4.0 GPA Paulina Salazar--Executive Award--DECA Participation/3.8 GPA Mikaela Ruiz and Elisia Sanchez--5th Place Community Service Project Yamillet Cruz-Casillas and Paulina Salazar--National THRIVE Winners    
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. The event will feature student musical and fine arts performances, food trucks, community partners, and our featured panel discussion, The Future of Public Education. The panel discussion will take place in the LRC from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Sunnyside Student Council President, Patrick Robles.  Distinguished panelists include: Dr. Curtis Acosta, Asst. Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education, University of Arizona South Steve Holmes, Superintendent, Sunnyside Unified School District Dr. Francesca Lopez, Assoc. Dean and Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, University of Arizona Elisa Vasquez, Project Coordinator EdLeader21 A student panel discussion will take place from 5:15-6:00 p.m. in the LRC.   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
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    
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  
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/

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(520) 545-5300
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(520) 545-5316

Sunnyside High School, opened in 1955, is home to 2,400 students in Tucson, AZ. Sunnyside offers a wide variety of extracurricular programs, advanced placement courses, and specialized career and technical training programs. As a part of the Sunnyside Unifed School District, Sunnyside High School is a celebrated historical pillar of the Tucson community.

Sunnyside is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a comprehensive high school that offers a plethora of rigorous and challenging courses. The foundation of its success is based in its Freshman Academy. This school within a school serves as a foundational environment which prepares incoming 9th graders for their tenure as high school students.

Once students have advanced into the upper grade levels they are invited to join one of three College and Career Academies. Each academy focuses on a career pathway where students can earn college credit, industry certifications and take part in work experiences and internships. This combination of core and elective classes has evolved Sunnyside into a culture of college and career readiness.

Additionally, the use of AVID instructional strategies and ample enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses has propelled graduation rates and record amounts of scholarship offerings. This focus on learning and real world experiences has prepared our students for life after Sunnyside.

 

School Details
Year Opened: 
1955
Grades: 
9-12
Enrollment: 
2314
Mascot: 
Blue Devils
Colors: 
Royal Blue and White
Uniforms: Required
Tops: Uniforms Not Required
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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.

  • Freshman Academy
  • Athletics (10+)
  • Honors/AP Courses (15+)
  • AVID
  • MESA
  • Skills USA/Career Tech Student Orgs
  • National Honor Society
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi
  • Folklorico
  • Transition Club
  • College & Career Academies
  • JTED/CTE Programs (10+)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Air Force ROTC
  • DECA
  • Blue Devil News
  • YES Club
  • SWAT (Student Wellness)
  • Yearbook
  • FBLA
  • Award winning Auto CTE/JTED programs
  • Choir