Principal's Corner: A Modernized School
In the Fall of 2019, Sunnyside Elementary School's staff and students returned to a newly-modernized school. The 18 million dollar renovation provided new playgrounds, updated classrooms, new technology, extensions to our parking lot, and so much more.
Over 74 days during the Summer of 2019, the school had been taken "down to the studs" and classroom interiors and exteriors were treated with new surfaces, including doors, carpets, windows, and walls. Many of the structures of the school, including the lunch arbor and roofing, were replaced.
On September 20th, 2019, A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to honor the new building. Superintendent Francisco Escobedo and Board President Laurie Humphreys addressed students, staff and parents. With the old school having served Sunnyside Elementary's community since 1959, this was a historic event.
Staff worked diligently to prepare the new school for the arrival of students. Students returned to the new building feeling energized. The school continues to make significant academic progress as students becoming better readers, writers, and mathematicians.
For several years, the school has benefited from a combination of character education and social-emotional learning. Each month, students participate in an interactive lesson that builds character, understanding and community among our students. Each month, we recognize students for positive character that they have displayed around our school.
This important work focuses on proactively educating our students on what it means to be a good person. We want our students to learn to be good students, but it is just as important (if not more!) that they learn to be good people. With this lens, we have crafted a program that instills values of strong character and social-emotional learning to our students.
Our school motto has always been "Bright futures begin at Sunnyside." As a newly modernized school, we have a beautiful new facility, a strong community and culture, and student academics that continue to increase. I encourage families to join us in supporting their child's education by becoming involved in our school community. Thank you for your partnership!
The staff of Sunnyside School endeavors to provide students an instructional program and a learning environment which
• Mastery of grade level standards.
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
• Creativity and an appreciation for the arts.
• Responsibility and self-discipline.
• Motivation for lifelong learning.
• Acceptance and appreciation of others.
• Knowledge of physical and emotional well being.
• Technological literacy.
Our motto, "Bright Futures Begin at Sunnyside," supports our vision that each of our students does indeed have a bright
future and that when staff and parents and community work together on behalf of the children, we form a powerful alliance
that will enable each child to reach his or her potential. To achieve our vision we are committed to ensuring that all
students are provided a dynamic, well-balanced education in a nurturing, accepting, child-centered, environment where
learning is viewed as a worthwhile, life-long adventure.