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Letter to Parents RE: Responsible Re-Opening Plans - Updated
July 2, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Families – Earlier this week, Governor Ducey announced the delay of in-person learning to August 17. However, this date reflects an aspirational hope that it will be...
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Summer Meals & WIFI (Updated)
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer through July 24. Meals will continue to be available for pick-up Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am....
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FREE Summer School – Enroll NOW!
Summer School is FREE Advance Credits - or - Recover Credits Open to incoming Freshman - 12th grade students We're accepting open enrollment NOW!   Online Learning Students...
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Responsible Reopening
Ver en español   Status: In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 2020-44 on June 29, Arizona will delay the school opening date for in-person...
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OUTSTANDING NOMINEES WANTED!
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Hall of Fame? DEADLINE is August 14, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.! If you know someone that has made...
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2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR COMMITMENT FORM
We are excited to have your student(s) back for the upcoming school year! Please let us know if you plan to return for the new school year in August 2020 by filling out this commitment form. Be sure...
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Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were...
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TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from...
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REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency...
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THANK YOU
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
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SUSD 2020 Virtual Graduations
Congratulations Desert View High School Seniors, Class of 2020! The SUSD Governing Board would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on all of their accomplishments. Please...
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DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD
CONGRATULATIONS TO DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC THEY RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD! There are nearly 890 units world-wide and they were 1 of 79 that earned this distinction...
July 2, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Families – Earlier this week, Governor Ducey announced the delay of in-person learning to August 17. However, this date reflects an aspirational hope that it will be safe for us to return in-person. The reality is, given the increase in COVID-19 cases across the state, we may have to move the in-person start date again. I believe this creates great uncertainty for our parents and staff. The effect of this uncertainty is the delay of essential educational services that students and families depend on. Although we are facing some challenging times, we are unwavering in our commitment to serve our students, families and staff. It is not in the best interest of our learning community to delay the essential educational services that students and families depend on. For Sunnyside, this means the first day of school will remain August 5th through remote learning. While starting school completely online is not ideal, I am confident that we are prepared for a remote learning environment given our track record of using technology as an essential instructional tool for the past 10 years. We are committed to offering your child a quality uninterrupted learning experience. Our teachers and curriculum staff have been working all summer to ensure that we can remotely deliver the same rigorous curriculum that would have been offered in person. This online experience will be different from what you experienced during the initial school closures. Our expectation is that teachers deliver content five days a week and require scheduled times for students to be online receiving instruction. For a more detailed description on this remote learning experience, please visit susd12.org/responsible-reopening. As you may know, we traditionally issue Chromebooks to 4th–12th grade students at the beginning of the school year and students are able to take these devices home. In order to accommodate the transition to K-12 remote learning, we will also provide a device to all K–3rd grade students. Your school will provide you with information about picking up devices prior to the first day of school. Furthermore, we are excited to share with you that we have implemented a new enrollment system that will allow families to complete the registration process entirely online. In the coming days, please look out for a letter that will have a code that is specific to your students’ registration. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is at the forefront of our decision-making. As we responsibly move forward with planning for an in-person 5 days a week return on August 17th or at some other date in the 2020-21 school year, we will provide you with updates on how we will implement the health guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pima County Health Department. Lastly, as a parent of two school-aged children myself, I hear your concerns and share the stress of this ever-changing situation with you. Your child’s principal will be providing more communication throughout the next few weeks prior to school starting remotely on August 5th​. I thank you for your patience, trust and commitment to the Sunnyside learning community. I am confident that together we will emerge from this stronger and better. Sincerely, Steve Holmes Superintendent 2 de julio, 2020 Estimadas familias de Sunnyside – A principios de esta semana, el gobernador Ducey anunció el retraso del aprendizaje en persona hasta el 17 de agosto. Sin embargo, esta fecha refleja una esperanza anhelada de que estaremos seguros para regresar a clases en persona. La realidad es, dada el aumento en los casos de COVID-19 en todo el estado, es posible que tengamos que mover la fecha de inicio en persona nuevamente. Yo pienso que esto crea una gran incertidumbre para nuestros padres y el personal. El efecto de esta incertidumbre es la demora de los servicios educativos esenciales de los que dependen los estudiantes y sus familias. Aunque nos enfrentamos a tiempos difíciles, estamos firmes en nuestro compromiso de servir a nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal. Esperar una fecha final de nuestro estado no es lo mejor para nuestra comunidad de aprendizaje ya que esto demora los servicios educativos esenciales de los que dependen los estudiantes y sus familias. Para Sunnyside, esto significa que el primer día de clases permanecerá el 5 de agosto a través del aprendizaje remoto. Si bien comenzar la escuela completamente en línea no es lo ideal, estoy seguro de que estamos preparados para un entorno de aprendizaje remoto dada nuestra trayectoria en el uso de la tecnología como una herramienta de instrucción esencial durante los últimos 10 años. Estamos comprometidos a ofrecerle a sus hijos una experiencia de aprendizaje sin interrupciones y de calidad. Nuestros maestros y el personal del plan de estudios han estado trabajando todo el verano para garantizar que podamos entregar de manera remota el mismo plan de estudios riguroso que se hubiera ofrecido en persona. Esta experiencia en línea será diferente de la que experimentaron durante el cierre inicial de la escuela. Nuestra expectativa es que los maestros entreguen contenido cinco días a la semana y requieran tiempos programados para que los estudiantes estén en línea recibiendo instrucción. Para una descripción más detallada sobre esta experiencia de aprendizaje remoto, visite susd12.org/responsible-reopening. Como ya sabrán, tradicionalmente emitimos Chromebooks a los estudiantes en 4o a 12o grados al comienzo del año escolar y los estudiantes pudieron llevarse estos dispositivos a casa. Con el fin de acomodar la transición al aprendizaje remoto K-12, también emitiremos dispositivos a nuestros estudiantes de K-3er grado. Su escuela les proporcionará información sobre los pasos para recoger el dispositivo de sus alumnos antes del primer día de clases. Además, nos complace compartir con ustedes que hemos implementado un nuevo software de inscripción que permitirá a las familias completar el proceso de matriculación en línea. En los próximos días, busquen una carta que tenga un código específico para la matriculación de su (s) estudiante (s). La seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal están a la vanguardia de nuestra toma de decisiones. A medida que avanzamos responsablemente con la planificación de un regreso en persona de 5 días a la semana el 17 de agosto o en otra fecha en el año escolar 2020-21, se les proporcionarán detalles sobre cómo planeamos implementar las pautas de salud descritas por el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Pima. Por último, como padre de dos niños en edad escolar, entiendo sus inquietudes y comparto el estrés de esta situación siempre cambiante con ustedes. El director de la escuela de sus hijos proporcionará más comunicación durante las próximas semanas antes de que las clases comiencen de forma remota el 5 de agosto. Les agradezco su paciencia, confianza y compromiso con la comunidad de aprendizaje de Sunnyside. Estoy seguro de que juntos saldremos de esto más fuertes y más capaces. Atentamente, Steve Holmes Superintendente View or Download the PDFs sent to parents:  July 2, 2020 - Spanish | English Jun 19, 2020 - Spanish | English May 21, 2020 - Spanish | English
We will continue to offer grab-and-go breakfast and lunch this Summer through July 24. Meals will continue to be available for pick-up Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 10am. Summer Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites (Updated for July 1st - July 24th) Below is a list of sites where our school buses will be set up through the month of June to distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. Mission Manor Elementary Bus Bay Summit View Elementary Bus Bay Los Ninos Elementary Bus Bay Rivera Elementary Bus Bay 801 E. Drexel Rd. (at Drexel Elementary) S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) Student parking lot in front of Sunnyside High School (Bilby & Campbell) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Gallego Intermediate Bus Bay Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd) Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Sierra 2-8 School Bus Bay Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Summer Meals – School Distribution Sites (July 1st - July 24th) You may also pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the following school locations: Craycroft Elementary School - 5455 E Littletown Rd Elvira Elementary School - 250 W Elvira Rd Los Amigos Tech Academy - 2200 E Drexel Rd Apollo Middle School - 265 W Nebraska St Meals must be taken to go and if you show up to pick up breakfast, you may take the lunch with you as well.
Summer School is FREE Advance Credits - or - Recover Credits Open to incoming Freshman - 12th grade students We're accepting open enrollment NOW!   Online Learning Students receive instruction and complete assignments completely at their own pace independently of other students enrolled in the class. Remote Learning Students receive instruction and interact with a teacher via video conferences with assignments and deadlines provided as the course progresses.      Don't have a laptop? - No Problem! Laptops available with Security Deposit.
Ver en español   Status: In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 2020-44 on June 29, Arizona will delay the school opening date for in-person learning to August 17, 2020. However, for Sunnyside, this means the first day of school will remain August 5th through online learning. As COVID-19 continues to evolve, our plans are being constantly evaluated as we monitor public health trends and guidelines as they relate to Pima County.  A more detailed plan will be presented at the July 14th Governing Board meeting. Remote Learning We look forward to welcoming you back on August 5th through online learning! We are committed to offering your child a quality uninterrupted learning experience. Our teachers and curriculum staff have been working all summer to ensure that we can remotely deliver the same rigorous curriculum that would have been offered in person. This online experience will be different from what you experienced during the initial school closures. Learn more about Remote Learning Safety Measures & Guidelines Please visit susd12.org/safety to view the health and safety measures that are being considered to keep students and staff safe.  As we plan for a responsible reopening, please know that we are closely following guidance from federal and state agencies including the CDC, the Arizona Department of Education and the Governor's Office. CDC Guidelines ADE Guidelines K–12 Online Learning Available Sunnyside isn’t new to digital learning spaces. Our successful legacy of delivering instruction through technology gives families a safe re-entry plan that will deliver uninterrupted learning experiences through an online only option. Click the button below to visit our enrollment page where you will find our enrollment form and more helpful information about this process. Enroll Today! Communications Letters to Families: July 2, 2020 - Spanish | English Jun 19, 2020 - Spanish | English May 21, 2020 - Spanish | English Parent Survey Results Thank you for your feedback, families! We have received over 4,000 survey responses to date. This data is important as we meet with the various committees throughout our planning process. Survey Results     View in English   Estado: De conformidad con la Orden Ejecutiva 2020-44 del Gobernador el 29 de junio, Arizona retrasará la fecha de apertura de la escuela para el aprendizaje en persona hasta el 17 de agosto de 2020. Sin embargo, para Sunnyside, esto significa que el primer día de clases permanecerá el 5 de agosto. a través del aprendizaje en línea. A medida que COVID-19 continúa evolucionando, nuestros planes se evalúan constantemente a medida que monitoreamos las tendencias y pautas de salud pública en relación con el Condado de Pima. Se presentará un plan más detallado en la reunión de la Junta de Gobierno escolar del 14 de julio. Apredizaje Remoto ¡Esperamos darle la bienvenida el 5 de agosto a través del aprendizaje en línea! Estamos comprometidos a ofrecerle a su hijo una experiencia de aprendizaje ininterrumpida y de calidad. Nuestros maestros y el personal del plan de estudios han estado trabajando todo el verano para garantizar que podamos entregar de forma remota el mismo plan de estudios riguroso que se hubiera ofrecido en persona. Esta experiencia en línea será diferente de la que experimentó durante el cierre inicial de la escuela. Aprendizaje Remoto El aprendizaje ocurrirá completamente en un modelo remoto en línea (en casa) con expectativas de experiencias de aprendizaje independientes. Medidas de seguridad Visite susd12.org/safety para ver las medidas de salud y seguridad que se están considerando para mantener seguros a los estudiantes y al personal. Aprendizaje en línea K – 12 disponible Sunnyside no es nuevo en los espacios de aprendizaje digital. Nuestro exitoso legado de brindar instrucción a través de la tecnología brinda a las familias un plan de reingreso seguro que brindará experiencias de aprendizaje ininterrumpidas a través de una opción solo en línea. ¡Complete su formulario de registro hoy! Formulario de inscripción Comunicaciones Cartas a las familias: 2 de julio de 2020 - Spanish | English 19 de junio de 2020 - Spanish | English 21 de mayo de 2020 - Spanish | English Resultados de la encuesta para padres ¡Gracias por sus comentarios, familias! Hemos recibido más de 4,000 respuestas a la encuesta hasta la fecha. Estos datos son importantes a medida que nos reunimos con los diversos comités durante nuestro proceso de planificación. Resultados de la encuesta Pautas de reapertura Mientras planeamos una reapertura responsable, sepa que estamos siguiendo de cerca orientación de agencias federales y estatales, incluidos los CDC, el Departamento de Educación de Arizona y la Oficina del Gobernador. CDC Guidelines ADE Guidelines
We are excited to have your student(s) back for the upcoming school year! Please let us know if you plan to return for the new school year in August 2020 by filling out this commitment form. Be sure to fill one form out for each student that will be returning. Please note that this is NOT an official enrollment or registration form. You will be able to complete your enrollment when schools reopen.   ¡Estamos emocionados de tener a su (s) estudiante (s) de regreso para el próximo año escolar! Infórmenos si planea regresar para el nuevo año escolar en agosto de 2020 completando este formulario de compromiso. Asegúrese de completar un formulario para cada estudiante que regresará. Tenga en cuenta que este NO es un formulario oficial de inscripción o registro. Podrá completar su inscripción cuando las escuelas vuelvan a abrir.    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors   Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were invited to a Google Hangout meeting for what they thought would be a discussion about graduation plans. Superintendent Steve Holmes and high school principals as well as District counselors conspired the surprise meeting to actually deliver the news that they were the recipients of a “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship. One of this year’s scholarship winners is Adilene Escalante Duran, a senior at Sunnyside High School. “My goal ever since I have been a little girl was to attend the University of Arizona, and now that the time is here I am looking for every opportunity possible to begin my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only helping me but my family as well.” The Sunnyside Alumni Association awarded $50,750 in scholarships to support Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students in their college plans. The scholarships ranged from $500 - $5,000 and were made possible through contributions from district employees, professional associations, community organizations, businesses, and individual donors. The goal of the Sunnyside Alumni Association is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in SUSD.    About SUSD At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter.   ### Below is the class of 2020 students who will receive scholarships: Dafne Flores - Sunnyside High School Angel Arvayo - Desert View High School Gloria Hernandez - Desert View High School Nataly Demara - Desert View High School Adilene Escalante Duran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Hernandez - Sunnyside High School Rachel Taylor - Desert View High School Jenny Nguyen - Desert View High School Anakaren Lugo Valencia - Sunnyside High School Robert Canady - Desert View High School Jessica Vasquez Espinosa - Sunnyside High School Valeria Mendoza - Sunnyside High School Ysenia Dorame - Desert View High School Aram Collins - Desert View High School Liliana Delgado - Desert View High School Lorenzo Gomez Leon - Sunnyside High School Brianna Rodriguez - Desert View High School Daniela Navarro - Sunnyside High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Isabella Espinoza - Desert View High School Natalia Padilla - Sunnyside High School Irais Rios - Desert View High School Mason Prieto - Desert View High School Yaxiri Ortiz - Sunnyside High School Gabriel Carbajal - Sunnyside High School Veronica Lopez - Desert View High School Analecia Ortiz - Desert View High School Izabella Brown - Desert View High School Yasmin Renteria - STAR Academic Center Victoria Balderrama - Sunnyside High School Mario Chavez - Sunnyside High School Cecilia Silva - Desert View High School Alexia Beltran - Sunnyside High School Samantha Rea - Desert View High School Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School Victoria Herran - Desert View High School Janiza Ballesteros - Desert View High School Atziry Palomares - Desert View High School Michelle Murguia - Sunnyside High School Jordan Rocha - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Mariana Barnett Fernandez - Desert View High School Jaylen Pallanes - Desert View High School Rebeca Altamirano - Desert View High School Beatriz Izaguirre - Sunnyside High School Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School Paola Estrada - Sunnyside High School Carlos Frias - Sunnyside High School Vanessa Silva - Sunnyside High School  
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - TEACHER EXCELLENCE AWARD   This morning Ms. Kasie Betten, English teacher at Desert View High School was surprised with the Teacher Excellence Award from Tucson Values Teachers! Ms. Betten was one of five teachers to receive this award this week. Ms. Betten was nominated by several of her students who submitted a video nomination highlighting ways she is going above and beyond with virtual instruction.  Watch the student nomination. Winning teachers received flowers, $250 cash courtesy of Helios Education Foundation, a $50 gift card to Office Depot thanks to the South Tucson Cyber Lions, plus another $100 gift card for additional school supplies.
SUSD Remote Learning Parent Survey We want to thank you for supporting your student(s) in this remote learning environment. As we plan for the upcoming school year, we must consider a contingency plan should the school closures continue this fall. Please know that regardless of the circumstances, we are committed to continue to offer students and families the necessary resources. Your feedback is valuable, so we invite you to participate in this brief survey to help us in our planning process. Queremos agradecerles por apoyar a sus estudiantes, por medio de esta encuesta sobre el aprendizaje remoto. Mientras planeamos para el próximo año escolar, debemos considerar un plan de contingencia en caso de que el cierre de la escuela continúe este otoño. Tenga en cuenta que, independientemente de las circunstancias, estamos comprometidos a seguir ofreciendo a los estudiantes y sus familias los recursos necesarios. Sus comentarios son valiosos. Les invitamos a participar en esta breve encuesta para ayudarnos en nuestro proceso de planificación. Click on the link below to take the survey. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para completar la encuesta.  https://bit.ly/2WyK3p0
This is how the Sunnyside community rises in challenging times. THANK YOU to our essential employees for coming in each and every day to serve our students and community!
Congratulations Desert View High School Seniors, Class of 2020! The SUSD Governing Board would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on all of their accomplishments. Please watch this special message from our Governing Board members.   Previous Graduations   Sunnyside High School - Wednesday, May 20th @ 7pm Star Academic High School - Tuesday, May 19th @ 7pm
CONGRATULATIONS TO DESERT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC THEY RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD! There are nearly 890 units world-wide and they were 1 of 79 that earned this distinction. The cadets met each of the 6 formal goals they set for themselves this academic year, as part of that goal they completed over ,2457 hours of community service. Way to go Jaguars!    
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Hall of Fame? DEADLINE is August 14, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.! If you know someone that has made significant contributions to the Sunnyside School District and/or community, has a distinguished achievement in their chosen profession, has exhibited leadership and introduced innovations that have contributed to the academic success and the quality of life for our community? Please nominate them!  Nominees must have an established association with Sunnyside School District but do not have to be a graduate of Sunnyside School District, may be a current or past employee or a member of the greater community. Nomination Form | Nomination Rubric The mission of the Sunnyside District Alumni Association, a chapter of the national Dollars for Scholars scholarship award organization, is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in  the Sunnyside District. The Association raises funds for scholarships, and inducts honorees into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The Sunnyside District Alumni Association has established the Hall of Fame to honor individuals or groups who have made notable contributions to the Sunnyside educational system, the community and/or their chosen profession.   The Sunnyside District Alumni Association | Dollars for Scholars Chapter Since 2004, the Alumni Association has awarded $515,500 in scholarships to 435 graduates of Desert View High School, Sunnyside High School and Star Academic High School.   Students, apply now for a Dollars for Scholars scholarship! Scholarship Sponsor Agreement  The Sunnyside Alumni Association was named the 2011 National New Chapter of the Year by Dollars for Scholars/Scholarship America. The Hall of Fame honors individuals or groups who have made notable contributions to the Sunnyside educational system, the community, and their chosen profession. Any person or group interested in nominating a candidate for the Hall of Fame may contact the Association at 940-1951. Membership Form   All Sunnyside District graduates and friends of the District are invited to become members of the Association. **** If you experience problems viewing the nomination form, right-click your mouse button and select "Download linked File As..." to save the file to your computer.
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    
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