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  1. OPENING OF SCHOOL 2009-2010

  2. Welcome Dr. Manuel L. IsquierdoProud SuperintendentSunnyside USD

  3. Welcome SUSD Governing Board

  4. Employee associations Sunnyside Education AssociationChris Walden-JonesPresident Sunnyside Classified Employees AssociationManny “Rebel” PortilloPresident Sunnyside Administrators AssociationLorena EscárcegaPresident

  5. Superintendent’s Cabinet Dr. Jeannie FavelaAssistant SuperintendentStudent Services Raúl OchoaAssistant SuperintendentOperations and Facilities Planning Hector EncinasChief Financial Officer Anna MaidenExecutive DirectorHuman Resources Bernie CohnAdministrative DirectorElementary Schools Steve HolmesDirectorLanguage Acquisition and Development/Special Asst. to the Superintendent for Project Graduation Monique SoriaDirectorPublic Relations and Organizational Development

  6. New Administrators Art BasurtoDirectorTransportation Bernie CohnAdministrativeDirectorElementary Schools Hector EncinasChief Financial Officer Steve HolmesDirector, LADSpecial Asst. to Supt. Eneida OrcíInterim PrincipalLiberty Elementary School Linda SwangoInterim PrincipalLos Ranchitos Elementary

  7. Welcome SUSD Governing Board

  8. Demographics Staff • Certified 1,128 • School site administrators 37 • Central administrators 29 • Support staff 1,044 District Student Enrollment 17,306 • Hispanic 87.7% • Anglo 5.6% • Native American 4.1% • African American 2.1% • Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% English Language Learners • Grades K-5 42.1% • Grades 6-8 23.4% • Grades 9-12 16.2% • K-12 31.6% Eligible for free and reduced meals • 14,434 students 83.6% Homeless 5.8% Graduation Rate 63%

  9. Sunnyside and the State’s Image Parent literacy challenges 49th in funding in nation Dropout factory Cultural intolerance Poverty High mobility Corrective action Reading below grade level ELD Model Low funding Low graduation rate Crime and violence Underperforming schools Low expectations

  10. Sunnyside and the State’s Image What is real? What is a stereotype? What is an excuse?

  11. The Dropout Crisis • Nationally, nearly one in five high schools has weak promoting power (<60%). • Arizona is one of 15 states that collectively house almost 80% of the country’s high schools producing the highest number of dropouts. Sunnyside High School and Desert View High School made the nation’s “dropout factory” list in a follow-up brief given to the Associated Press from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Based upon data for the graduating classes of 2004-06, 35 high schools in Arizona—one in five—made this list of schools that qualified by having weak promoting power (<60%).

  12. Sunnyside and the State’s Image Parent literacy challenges 49th in funding in nation Dropout factory Cultural intolerance Poverty High mobility Corrective action Reading below grade level ELL Model Low funding Low graduation rate Crime and violence Underperforming schools Low expectations

  13. Sunnyside’s Challenge We will continue our commitment to improve the public’s perception of our community and confidence in our ability to educate, graduate and prepare our students for the world of work and college.

  14. The New Generation NxT LeVeLDance Group Desert View High School Glenna Hood and James Merino Sponsors, Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG)

  15. Digital JournalU.S. School District Electrifies With Free Laptops Cox CommunicationsCox Brings Stars into Reach for Many AZ School Boards Assoc. Laptops motivate Sunnyside District students, bridge digital divide Letter from General Colin Powell, (Retired) The world is watching

  16. Goal One: Graduate A record number for SUSD - 715 graduates in the Class of 2009, up from 598 in 2008

  17. Goal One: Graduate Graduation begins in elementary school

  18. Goal One: Graduate Desert View graduate Stephanie Celaya-Serventi was named a 2009 Gates Millennium Scholar; her studies will be paid in full through postgraduate work. She is one of 1,000 Scholars selected from 20,000 applicants. Sunnyside High graduate Nicole Esquivel received the Arizona Legislators Latino Caucus Cesar Chavez Award. Dollars for Scholars awarded $73,500 in scholarships to 64 SUSD graduates in 2009.

  19. Project Graduation:The Digital Advantage

  20. Goal One: Graduate Sunnyside Unified School Districthad an outstanding2008-2009 year!

  21. Graduation 2009 715 Diplomas!!! 406....SHS 278....DVHS 31......STAR

  22. Project Graduation: The Digital Advantage PYRAMID OF INTERVENTIONS - FRESHMEN INTERVENTION NEEDS TIER 1- 505 DIGITAL ADVANTAGE COHORT TIER 2- 83 Students: PROFILE:Students with a 2.5 or higher but less than 95% attendance INTERVENTION:Referral to advisory Teachers and Ignite mentors to foster connections to the school TIER 3- 142 Students: PROFILE:Student with 95% attendance, but lower than a 2.5 GPA INTERVENTION:Individual student plan of action working with GEAR-Up; family contact; referral to Reading Plus Cohort 2012 Pyramid of Interventions (TIERS 2-5) Cohort 2012 Pyramid of Interventions (TIERS 2-5) TIER 4- 163 Students: PROFILE: Less than a 2.5 GPA, less than 95% attendance, failing 0 – 1 class INTERVENTION:Intervention by counselors; potential to earn partial summer school scholarships for credit recovery TIER 5-267 Students PROFILE:2 F’s or more, less than 95% attendance INTERVENTION:Intervention by counselors; potential to earn partial summer school scholarships for credit recovery Even with a laptop initiative, challenges remain.

  23. ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF 2008 COHORT 598 Diplomas FOCUS AWARENESS FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION Site-Based Intervention Plan / Summer School / Credit Recovery Site-Based Intervention Plan /Summer School/ Credit Recovery/ GED

  24. ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF 2009 COHORT AS OF 3RD QTR- ON TRACK 713 Site-Based Intervention Plan / Summer School / Credit Recovery Counselor Intervention / Summer School / Credit Recovery / GED

  25. Sunnyside HS Attendance Data- 1st Semester 2008-2009 Year

  26. Desert View HS Attendance Data- 1st Semester 2008-2009 Year

  27. Desert View HS Attendance Data- 2nd Semester 2008-2009 Year

  28. Sunnyside HS Attendance Data- 2nd Semester 2008-2009 Year





  33. Digital Advantage Metrics • SUSD is proud to announce the awarding of 844 laptops to our students in 2008-09! • 505 awarded to freshmen • 339 awarded to sophomores, juniors and seniors • Freshmen who received laptops participated in after-school programs • On-line: 60 students enrolled for .5 credit courses • CS&C ELL computer-based program: 80 students enrolled • Parent meetings/training: Sponsored by school sites, GEAR UP, and Pima Community College • Parent Engagement meetings throughout the year to provide updates on the progress of Project Graduation and other district information • COX Communications partnership: • Audio/visual for graduation ceremonies • Internet for students receiving laptops • Financial contribution to The Digital Advantage

  34. Digital AdvantageCoverage/ Awards/ Recognitions/ Presentations Media Coverage • Newspapers • ASBA Journal • E-journals • Television • Radio interviews Recognitions • 2009 ASPRA*tions Award to SUSD Public Relations from Arizona School Public Relations Association for marketing of The Digital Advantage • City of Tucson Proclamation declares April 9, 2009 as Digital Scholars Day • Finalist for 2008 Common Ground Award Hosting national summits • Goal One: Graduate Summit – America’s Promise Alliance Youth Symposium, Nov. 13, 2008 at Sunnyside High School • National LULAC – Campaign for High School Equity Dropout Prevention Discussion and Parent Advocacy Workshop, March 5, 2009 at Sunnyside High School

  35. Goals for today’s presentation • Celebrations • Challenges • District responses and opportunities • Star Teachers and Pride of Sunnyside

  36. Historical Context • Blueprint for Student Achievement, SMART goals • Project Graduation – The Digital Advantage • Failure is NOT an Option • HOPE, Courageous Leadership Academies • Shaping Corporate Culture – organizational efficiency

  37. District Challenges • Corrective action / Performance labels • Budget crisis • Organizational efficiency • ADM - attendance accounting • Auditor General • English Language Development • Change – staying focused and maintaining momentum

  38. ChallengesFinancial • National economic crisis • State of Arizona is facing a $2 billion deficit that will have an impact on education • FY 2010 - SUSD is facing a $2.9 - $4.8 million deficit

  39. Challenges – Financial History July 2008 – SUSD adopts a $98.7 million FY09 M&O budget May 2009 - SUSD directed to reduce its FY09 M&O budget to $96.7 million. Expenditures are reduced to $96.7 million level. July 2009 – SUSD adopts a $93.8 million FY10 M&O budget. Prior Year expenditures @ $96.7 million – SUSD facing a $2.9 million deficit. September 2009 – SUSD directed to reduce it FY10 M&O budget to ???? (a budget of $91.9 = $4.8 million deficit)

  40. SUSD’s Response • Students and quality first instruction need to be the first priority • Reduce programs first, personnel second • Maintain staffing & sectioning allocations • Academics have priority over activities • Achieve savings through maximizing alignment & efficiency

  41. Responses - Financial • $2.9 million savings formula $1.1 million repurposing aides $1.8 million staffing & sectioning • $4.8 million savings formula • $2.9 above plus: • ESI contract savings $0.4 million • Prevention Specialist funding change $0.3 million • Organizational efficiency (hiring freeze in non-instructional areas, attrition savings, Homebound Program refinement) $0.2 million • Implement furloughs as a last resort - $1.0 million • Attendance Student: ADM is the lifeblood of all school districts. Keeping absences below 5.7% through first 100 days ensures maximum funding. Staff: No one can do your job better than you. Reducing staff absences also will result in reduced substitute costs. • Organizational efficiency

  42. Thank you Sunnyside Education Association Sunnyside Classified Employees Association Sunnyside Administrators Association for your leadership in our community and for organizing the Rally for Public Education.

  43. ChallengesEnglish Language Development • Two-hour model disallowed and now we must change our position • Four-hour mandate • Corrective Action • Withholding of funds • Segregation of students • Additional financial burden – no new funds

  44. Governing BoardCourageous leadership District’s courageous previous position

  45. Between a rock and a hard place

  46. SUSD’s Response The Sunnyside Unified School District will comply with the mandated time requirements. To offset the effects of segregation, we are committed to ensuring that ELLs in the Language Development Blocks receive a high quality curriculum provided by a high quality teacher.

  47. ELD rationalefor four-hour block • Castañeda v. Pickard decision • Supreme Court Flores decision • Equal Educational Opportunities Act • Opportunities for focused, targeted and systematic development of language and literacy K-12

  48. ELD Guiding Principles • Resource neutral-Implement within current budget constraints • Minimization of adverse impact -Implementation shall not have a negative impact on mainstream classrooms. • Access to the Literacy CORE -It is strongly recommended that schools use their current reading/Literacy adoption for a portion of the four-hour block and accommodate for the needs of English language learners. • Explicit development of language -Schools are encouraged to use the current Language Development materials and best practices to develop the four Domains of Language. • Deliberate interactions with language models -Opportunities must be made available for ELLs to integrate with mainstream students.

  49. Challenges AYP andArizona LEARNS • District in Corrective Action • Schools not meeting AYP • Schools not meeting Arizona LEARNS standards

  50. District Improvement History