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Summer Learning Camp
Summer Learning Camp is Open to all K-12 Students Summer Programs will include Math, Literacy, English Language Development, Counseling, and Enrichment. Student enrollment is based on a first come...
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Weekend Academy - Credit Recovery
Need to make up High School English Class Credits? Recover credits and catch up by attending SUSD's Weekend Academy. Students can make up a semester's credit by attending classes for 4...
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Spring Job Fair
We are now hiring for the 2021-2022 school year! Applying is fast and easy!  Fill out an application for the position you are interested in (follow the links below). Schedule an...
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Covid-19 Sunnyside Testing
Sunnyside Unified School District is partnering with Health 1st Solutions and Arizona Bilingual to offer free COVID-19 testing for our students, staff and members of the community.  Open to...
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FREE School & Weekend Meals—UPDATED!
SPRING BREAK MEAL DISTRIBUTION Spring Break Meal Distribution will take place on Monday, March 29th at Sunnyside High School from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Families may pick up meals for the week of...
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Letter to Parents RE: Back to In-Person Instruction
March 11, 2021 Dear Sunnyside Families — I would like to share some important information regarding Governor Ducey’s most recent Executive Order and to also provide further clarification about...
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PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Locations
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E...
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AZ Find - Helping Children Succeed
Do you have concerns about your child’s development or progress in school? What Is Child Find? Child find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA ’04)...
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The MEL Center Demo Project
The building located at 5101 S. Liberty Avenue, also known as the MEL Center will be demolished starting on Monday, March 15. The scope of work is as follows: 1. The Contractor is responsible...
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Sunnyside Opening Day 2020
July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more...
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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...
Summer Learning Camp is Open to all K-12 Students Summer Programs will include Math, Literacy, English Language Development, Counseling, and Enrichment. Student enrollment is based on a first come, first served basis.   Summer Learning Camp is a Free, 5 Day a Week, Full Day Learning Experience!   Transportation available Breakfast & lunch included Safe learning environment Academic focus Fun activities Certified teachers Professional staff Kinder–8th June 1–25 High School June 1–28 Hours are different for every level: Elementary 8:00am – 1:30pm Middle 8:30am – 2:00pm High School 7:30am – 2:30pm Registering is Fast and Easy! Please Register K-8 and High School Students Separately K-8 Students H.S. Students    
Need to make up High School English Class Credits? Recover credits and catch up by attending SUSD's Weekend Academy. Students can make up a semester's credit by attending classes for 4 weekends.   When: Our next session starts Friday, February 12th. (4 Week Session) 3:45 pm - 7:45 pm (Fridays) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Saturdays) To enroll please contact your school's counselor immediately. (Click here for a Counselor Directory) Instruction is currently remote, when schools reopen for hybrid, session will switch to hybrid.   Cost: $25 dollars for all 4 weeks Sessions are open district wide program open to all high school students   A New Session will also begin on March 19th. (Enrollment deadline is February, 16th)  
We are now hiring for the 2021-2022 school year! Applying is fast and easy!  Fill out an application for the position you are interested in (follow the links below). Schedule an interview at the corresponding school (follow the links below). Interviews will take place at the following schools: Rivera Elementary School April 7, 2021 • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Submit Application and view job listings Schedule an Interview Desert View High School April 7, 2021 • 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Submit Application and view job listings Schedule an Interview Sunnyside High School April 28, 2021 • 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Submit Application and view job listings Schedule an Interview   Please Note: If you are applying for multiple positions, please set up an interview at each of the schools listed above. Schools will accommodate both virtual and in-person interviews.   If you have any questions please contact us: Human Resources & Operational Development 2238 East Ginter Road Tucson, Arizona 85706 Phone (520) 545-2003 Fax: (520) 545 2023
Sunnyside Unified School District is partnering with Health 1st Solutions and Arizona Bilingual to offer free COVID-19 testing for our students, staff and members of the community.  Open to all SUSD staff, students and community on the following dates:   Tuesday, April 20th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunnyside High School, Auditorium No appointment necessary   Thursday, April 22nd 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Desert View High School, Auditorium No appointment necessary   Tuesday, April 27th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunnyside High School, East Gym No appointment necessary   Thursday, April 29th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Desert View High School, Gym No appointment necessary   Tuesday, May 4th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunnyside High School, East Gym No appointment necessary   Thursday, May 6th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Desert View High School, Gym No appointment necessary   Tuesday, May 11th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunnyside High School, East Gym No appointment necessary   Thursday, May 13th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Desert View High School, Gym No appointment necessary   Tuesday, May 18th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunnyside High School, East Gym No appointment necessary   Thursday, May 20th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Desert View High School, Gym No appointment necessary Parking will be available in the front administration parking lot. Security monitors will be on site to guide you to parking and to the testing area. Please download, print and fill out the form prior to attending the testing event. | Download Form Blank forms will be available on-site if you are not able to print out your own form.​ Testing is AVAILABLE for ages 5 and up. Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent/guardian OR have a signed consent form. This test is an anterior nasal swab. Results will be provided within 48 hours and will be delivered directly to the individual via email or phone call. The lab uses personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, and gowns), cleans, and disinfects when finished.  
SPRING BREAK MEAL DISTRIBUTION Spring Break Meal Distribution will take place on Monday, March 29th at Sunnyside High School from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Families may pick up meals for the week of Spring Break at this time.   FREE MEAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school or designated bus stop Monday–Friday (excluding holidays) to receive a school lunch and a breakfast to go for the following morning at the following times: Schools – 10:30am – 1pm Bus Route – 11am – 12pm     School & Weekend Meal Distribution Sites You may pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the school locations listed below, Monday – Friday 10:30am–1pm. In addition, all sites will now distribute weekend meals. This means that on Fridays you may now pick up a total of six meals per student: 2 Friday meals, 2 Saturday meals and 2 Sunday meals.  Apollo Middle School Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Craycroft Elementary School Challenger Middle School Desert View High School Drexel Elementary School Elvira Elementary School Esperanza Elementary School Gallego Primary Gallego Intermediate Liberty Elementary School Los Amigos Elementary School Los Ninos Elementary School Mission Manor Elementary School Ocotillo Learning Center Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School Santa Clara Elementary School Sierra 2 - 8 School Star Academic High School Summit View Elementary School Sunnyside High School Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites Below is a list of sites where school buses will distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11am–12pm. 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. S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd)  * this route will now be delivering meals at E Bantam Rd & Via Noche Buena Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Santa Clara Ave. and Melridge St. 9776 S. Nogales Hwy (near Family Dollar) San Xavier Education Center Felix and Lansing Strav.    
March 11, 2021 Dear Sunnyside Families — I would like to share some important information regarding Governor Ducey’s most recent Executive Order and to also provide further clarification about what this means for our district. On March 3, 2021, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-04 which states that all districts shall return to in-person, teacher-lead instruction no later than the Monday following a scheduled spring break, or on March 15. Following the executive order, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released additional guidance to provide school districts with further clarification. The guidance provided by ADE states that regardless of the community wide spread of COVID-19, elementary schools must open for full time instruction, five days a week. Upon clarification with our legal counsel regarding the executive order and ADE guidance, it was determined that we needed to comply with the order, but could start the 5 days a week requirement after our scheduled Spring Break. What this means for SUSD is that beginning April 6, 2021, all elementary schools in our district will be required to open five days a week. All students who are currently in hybrid will be allowed to return to school for full in-person, teacher-led instruction, five days per week, if families choose to do so. Students who are in remote learning may continue to learn remotely. The data tracker provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that Pima County is currently in the “substantial transmission” category of risk. For this reason, SUSD middle and high schools will remain in the same instructional model. In other words, students who are in hybrid will continue to attend school for in-person hybrid only during their assigned A or B track. Students who are remote will remain in remote learning. This is in compliance with the executive order which states that communities in substantial transmission can remain in reduced attendance/hybrid learning mode for middle and high school students. We will continue to monitor the data tracker and follow the CDC school opening guidance for any recommended changes to the current model for middle and high school students. Although all of the mitigation efforts will continue to be enforced, the six foot distancing requirement will be difficult if not impossible to implement at the elementary school level given the 5 full day in person expectation and the size of our classrooms. However, we still expect that schools attempt to keep a six foot distance to the greatest extent possible. Remember that you can learn more about our mitigation efforts by visiting our website’s “Reopening Page”, or by clicking HERE. If you wish to make any changes to the current instructional model for your child, please contact your school Principal for accommodations. I would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we attempt to comply with federal and state requirements regarding opening schools. Steve Holmes Superintendent View or Download the PDFs sent to parents:  March 11, 2021 January 27, 2021 January 13, 2021 December 10, 2020 November 11, 2020 September 9, 2020 July 2, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 May 21, 2020
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Morris K Udall Center "Tuesday through Sunday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 8am-5pm Address: 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, 85715 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County, City of Tucson Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   El Pueblo Community Center "Monday & Wednesday Saturday" Times: "5pm - 8pm 7am-Noon" Address: 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: Call El Rio Health 520-670-3909 Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: City of Tucson, El Rio Health Testing Vendor: El Rio Health   Ellie Towne Center "Wednesday 12/9, Friday12/11, Sunday 12/13 *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: "7am - 12pm Sunday hours are 7am-1pm" Address: 1660 W. Ruthraff Road, Tucson, 85705 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   West Congress Parking Garage "Thursdays *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: 6am-9am Address: 400 W. Congress, Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Downtown "Monday, Wednesday & Friday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 2pm Address: 88 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Walk-up Sponsors: Pima County, Downtown Tucson Partnership, TEP Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Tucson International Airport - Baggage Claim "Friday through Monday (Starting 11/20/21) *Closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 11 am - 6 pm Address: 7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85756 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://www.labfinder.com/TUS/ 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Pima Community College West Campus "Mondays (Starting 11/16/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus "Wednesdays (Starting 12/2/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College East Campus "Fridays (Starting 12/4/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 8181 E. Irvington Rd., Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute
Do you have concerns about your child’s development or progress in school? What Is Child Find? Child find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA ’04) that requires states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, ages birth through 21 years, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. This includes children who are highly mobile, such as migrant or homeless children, children suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade, private school students, and homeschool students. The Arizona initiative for child find is referred to as AZ FIND. Developmental and Educational Services for Children Ages Birth through 21 Years Some children have more difficulty learning than others. They may have trouble achieving milestones in one or more of the following developmental or academic areas: Vision and Hearing Motor Control or Coordination Behavior or Social Skills Speech or Communication Skills Cognitive or Academic Skills A referral for early intervention or special education services can come from a parent, guardian, foster parent, family member, teacher, counselor, or the student who finds learning difficult. The earlier you express your concerns, the sooner your child’s needs will be identified and the sooner he or she will receive the help needed to succeed. Help for Infants and Toddlers Children ages birth to 2 years 10 1/2 months are screened through the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) to determine if early intervention services are needed. Early intervention brings professionals, working in partnership with parents and families of children with special needs, together to support infants’ or toddlers’ growth, development, and learning. If you have questions about your child’s development, an AzEIP specialist will talk with you about your concerns and observe your child. If your child is found eligible, a plan will be designed to include strategies, activities, and supports to achieve desired outcomes related to your child’s needs. Make an online referral at www.azdes.gov/azeip. For more information, call (602)532-9960. Help for Preschool and School-Aged Children Your local school district, or the charter school your child attends (for school-aged children), screens children ages 2 years 10 1/2 months through 21 years. Public schools use an informal screening process to check your child’s development and academic progress. Screening must be completed within 45 calendar days of the date you notify the school of your concerns. When a concern is identified through screening procedures, you must be notified within 10 school days and informed of procedures to follow up on your child’s needs. For example: Your child may be referred to the school’s child study team for pre-intervention services;or, If screening results indicate your child may have a disability, a comprehensive evaluation will be necessary to your child’s determine eligibility for special education and related services. A team, of which you will be a member, will meet to begin the process. Screening and evaluation are free. All information contained in the screening or evaluation is confidential. Contact your local school district or the charter school your child attends. For children attending private schools, contact the principal at the school district in which the private school is located. Be Involved! Family engagement has a positive influence on your child’s academic success and emotional development. Set high expectations and establish goals. Communicate frequently with teachers to monitor your child’sachievements. Ask for ideas and materials to help your child learn at home. Reward progress and celebrate accomplishments. Volunteer for classroom and schoolwide activities. Attend community events and workshops that promote learning and social growth. Contact Irma Gomez-Sanchez (520) 545-3600 Ocotillo Early Learning Center 5702 S Campbell Avenue  Tucson, AZ 85706 AZFIND@azed.gov or www.azed.gov/specialeducation/parents  or call 1-800-352-4558 or 928-637-1871   Downloads: AZ Find Flyer (Eng) AZ Find Flyer (Spa) Giraffe Flyer (Eng) Giraffe Flyer (Spa)
The building located at 5101 S. Liberty Avenue, also known as the MEL Center will be demolished starting on Monday, March 15. The scope of work is as follows: 1. The Contractor is responsible for contacting the proper utilities agencies to retire the necessary utilities (natural gas, water, and/or electricity) prior to demolition. 2. Demolition and removal of structures shall include removal of the entire identified structure(s) and contents. 3. Construction limits. The selected contractor is to properly contain and dispose of any and all asbestos containing and dispose of according to Neshap guide lines. 4. Contractor will dispose of materials as required by local, state and federal guidelines. Arizona Revised Statute and ordinances related to storm water drainage, dust, debris that may impact the area. 5. All floor slabs, foundations pilings, steps, and other above ground materials 6. All all-weather, impervious surfaces including concrete shall be removed. 7. Fences belonging to SUSD shall be removed. 8. Removal and disposal of any propane tanks and all piping, will be in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) has worked with Pima County to address all asbestos issues. SUSD has been issued a Neshap permit and the safety concerns related to the removal of asbestos in a building has been addressed.  The district has been issued a demo permit based on the health and welfare of the students, and the community. 
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    
July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more divided on the public health impact of this pandemic, which has placed school reopening at the center of a political debate. Although starting school remotely is not ideal, scientific evidence along with recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pima County Health Department suggests that the high level of community transmission supports the need for schools to remain closed for in-person instruction. It is most certain that we will stay in a remote learning situation minimally until after Labor Day. As educators, we are accustomed to using data to inform our decisions and will continue to do so in making decisions for in-person learning moving forward.  However, the COVID-19 virus is not the only issue of debate our Nation is contending with. The killing of George Floyd has exposed long-standing racial inequities in every aspect of American life and has forced a deep reckoning across society. From mass protests to intimate conversations with family and friends, conversations about race and equity are part of a national dialogue. For this reason, schools must find their place in the conversation and look at ways to improve the systems that perpetuate inequalities for children.  I would like for us to reflect on the following questions throughout the year as we have further discussion on equity: What are systemic patterns or practices in our schools or departments that foster inequalities and limit students’ future opportunities for success? What biases (unconscious or conscious) do we hold about the community and students we serve that may impact our approach to student learning? For those of us who don’t interact with students, how can we examine some of our own internal biases to create a work environment that is more inclusive of all? The conversation on equity is not new to the Sunnyside Learning Community. Equity is the foundation of our Graduate Profile and is central to the formative assessment process we have been implementing for the past few years. Drawing meaning to our work in the context of equity must be more intentional as we dive deeper into our own personal improvement of practice regardless of the position we hold in the organization.  On a personal level, much of my family conversation about race this summer took place while watching the movie version of the Broadway musical, Hamilton. The significance of diversity in the cast (led by mostly Black and Latino actors) and music (hip hop and R&B), and historical backdrop provided for rich discussions on multiculturalism and institutional issues of race that I know were critical and important for my family to engage in given the events that were happening across the globe.  As we embark on this year of many unknowns, I ask that we look at the opportunities that lie ahead for the students we serve. My hope is that we seek not to return to normal- which implies going back to the status quo - but that we learn from this experience and challenge our system to provide better and more equitable educational opportunities for the children in our community. As Hamilton would say, let’s “not throw away our shot”! Let’s seize the moment to revolutionize our students’ experiences so that they are College, Career, and Community Ready. In solidarity with you, Steve Holmes Superintendent

School Staff

Ricky
Torres
Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Craft
Assistant Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Jon
Schubel
Assistant Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Andrea
Aguiar
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Margarita
Alvarado
Cafeteria Helper -189
Sunnyside High School
Elizardo
Arismendez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Stephanie
Arnold
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Daniel
Bartley
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Magdalena
Benavidez
Case Manager
Sunnyside High School
John
Bentley
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Yolanda
Bonillas
Office Assistant - 225
Sunnyside High School
Dennis
Boyd
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Toni
Bustamante
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Monika
Cabrera
College Advisor
Sunnyside High School
Guadalupe
Camacho-Diaz
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Alice
Catalano
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Brian
Chumacera-Ortega
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Melany
Coates
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Christina
Collins
School Psychologist
Sunnyside High School
Maria De Los Angeles
Contreras
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Pauleth
Contreras Yanez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Coody
EMS Instructor
Sunnyside High School
Fernanda
Cortina Zatarain
Cheer Head Coach
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Delahanty
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Chester
Delgado
Assistant Coach
Sunnyside High School
Nicholas
Duddleston
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Erik
Ellison
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Cynthia
Elsner
Substitute - Certified
Sunnyside High School
Jeff
Ensign
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Escobar
Attendance Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Espinosa
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Eric
Estrada-Grijalva
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Sarah
Fraser Mirock
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alejandrina
Gallardo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Erika
Garcia
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Breanna
Gonzales
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Luis
Gonzales
Cook - FS
Sunnyside High School
Monterris
Goshay
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Maricela
Gracia
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Karina
Guevara
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
JALAL
HADDAD
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Neville
Hamlett
Head Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Nestor
Hernandez
Yearbook Consultant
Sunnyside High School
Johanna
Jimenez
Athletic Trainer
Sunnyside High School
Danielle
Khambholja
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Mary
Kreuziger
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sue
Latta
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Angel
Lopez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Beatriz
Lopez Valdez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Destiny
Lopez-Cuevas
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Monica
Lucero
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Monica
Luna
Program Specialist
Sunnyside High School
Briseyda
Luquez
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Mary
Lyons
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Bridget
Machado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Gloria
Machado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Luz Eliza
Marquez Morales
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
David
Martin
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michael
Martinez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Jorge
Mazon
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Lucedes
McBroom
Academic Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Dale
McCauley
Maintenance Worker
Sunnyside High School
Michelle
McDonough
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sandra
McIntosh
Personal Care Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Jeffrey
Meadows
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Mirna
Mercado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
I
Miller
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Molina-Vega
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Nilsa
Montijo
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Abel
Morado
Interim Asst Principal HS
Sunnyside High School
Eunice
Murrieta
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michael
Navarro
HS Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Navarro
Office Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Adriana
Nunez Quijada
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
John
O'Connor
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Rosalia
Ochoa
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Claudia
Osuna
Health Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Pete
Palomarez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Joel
Peralta
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Dale
Perkins
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Anthony
Pike
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Glenn
Posey
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Heather
Quinn
Math Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Adam
Ragan
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Susana
Rios
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
John
Rodriguez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Everardo
Rojas Rios
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Robin
Rudic
School Psychologist
Sunnyside High School
Rubi
Soto
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Mick
Stewart
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Stephen
Stoddard
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Cruz
Strange
Registrar - 261
Sunnyside High School
Tommy
Taggart
Student Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alfred
Tapia
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Nancy Anne
Turner
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Margarita
Valdez de Navarro
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Rita
Valenzuela
College Advisor
Sunnyside High School
Elisa
Vasquez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Cristian
Vazquez Moreno
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Vergara
Office Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Prashant
Verma
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sheryl
Wehn
Special Education Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Welch
Cafeteria Manager
Sunnyside High School
Daniel
Wickland
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Markes
Williams
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Caren
Zimmerman
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alba
Acosta
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Olga
Acosta
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
David
Ahumada
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Laura
Aleccia
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Myrna
Alvarado
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Javier
Alvarez
Utility Worker - FS
Sunnyside High School
Evangelina
Alvarez de Laguna
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Chelsea
Andrews
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Zelika
Araiza
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ivinia
Arismendez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jose
Baca
Folklorico Instructor
Sunnyside High School
Dustin
Barr
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kristen
Biddle
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Denise
Bravo
Parent Student Advocate
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Campas
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Castillo
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ruben
Cazares
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Peter
Chen
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Aida
Clavero
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Linda
Coe
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Denise
Coffey
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Crystal
Cook
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Cota
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Danehy
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alma
Davis
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Alexandre
De Backer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Dara
De La Ossa
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Esmeralda
De La Vara
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Judith
Del Castillo
Office Manager - High
Sunnyside High School
Armando
Escalante
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Belinda
Felix
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
James
Ferguson
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kurt
Fischer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
James
Fish
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Susan-Marie
Flanigan
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Irma
Fraijo
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Galindo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Graciela
Garcia
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Garcia
Attendance Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Claudia
Garcia
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Consuelo
German
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Brenda
Glass
Computer Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Geraldine
Gonzales
Media Center Technician
Sunnyside High School
Emilia
Gonzalez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Roseanna
Gonzalez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jovita
Gonzalez
Presch Care Center Sup
Sunnyside High School
Priscila
Gutierrez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Bianca
Guzman
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Michelle
Haden
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Angela
Haufe
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Hernandez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jose
Huguez
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Dashrath
Kachhap
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Fotios
Kourouniotis
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Gregory
Latta
Athletic Trainer
Sunnyside High School
Anthony
Leon
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
George
Leon
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Laura
Leon Cuiltre
Infant Development Assist
Sunnyside High School
Delia
Loera
Baker/Cook
Sunnyside High School
Jonathan
Lomax
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Lopez
Cafeteria Manager
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Lopez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Shane
Lourenco
IT Tech
Sunnyside High School
Barbara
Lozano
Parapro - 191
Sunnyside High School
Barbara
MacDonald
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Francisco
Macias
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Joseph
Martin
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Roberto
Martinez
Mariachi Instructor
Sunnyside High School
James
Mauler
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michael
Meadows
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Tiffany
Mendibles Munoz
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Guillermo
Mendoza
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Gabriel
Moraga
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sadequn
Nahar
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sonia
Noriega
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Juanita
Noriega de Vega
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
John
O'Brien
Athletic Director
Sunnyside High School
Francisca
Ochoa
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Vicente
Ochoa
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Oquita
Cafeteria Helper - 208
Sunnyside High School
Aida
Ortiz
Office Assistant - 208
Sunnyside High School
Megan
Paielli
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sarah
Palmer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Joel
Palomarez
Academic Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Raymond
Pina
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Diana
Quijada
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michele
Quintana
Accounting Clerk
Sunnyside High School
David
Ramirez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jordan
Randolph
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Perla
Raygoza
Data Quality Specialist
Sunnyside High School
Romualdo
Rebello
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Pamela
Robles
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Rodriguez
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Vanessa
Rodriguez
Office Assistant - 225
Sunnyside High School
David
Rodriguez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Marco
Rodriguez
Lead Acad Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Viridiana
Rodriguez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Orlando
Rodriquez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ruben
Romero
Program Facilitator
Sunnyside High School
Manuel
Salmeron
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jonah
Schmidt
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Elva
Schmidt
Cafeteria Helper - 261
Sunnyside High School
Umesh
Sharma
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Elsa
Sierra
Lead Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Priscilla
Sinteral
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Katherine
Street
Librarian
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Thibaut
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Randy
Trujillo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Steven
Uyeda
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Pauline
Van Os
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Brisa
Verdugo
TSW Technician
Sunnyside High School
Victor
Vigbedorh
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kryc
Villegas
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Phorrest
Willis
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Celina
Zamora
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Howard
Zlamal
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sunnyside High School
1725 East Bilby Road
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-5300
Fax Number: 
(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 Unified 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
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.

  • 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