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FREE School & Weekend Meals—UPDATED!
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 (...
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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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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...
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*  *starting June 1, 2021, meals will no longer be distrubited at bus stop locations   Meal Distribution Sites Starting June 1, 2021, pick-up (drive-thru) meal service will be available at the following sites Monday – Friday from 10:30am – 1pm: Summit View Elementary School Elvira Elementary School Mission Manor Elementary School Sunnyside High School Desert View High School Summer Meals are free to anyone under the age of 18.   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.  
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
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    

School Staff

Thad
Dugan
Principal - MS
Apollo Middle School
Lea
Lopezgamez
Assistant Principal - MS
Apollo Middle School
Eneida
Orci
Assistant Principal - M
Apollo Middle School
Frank
Basurto
Coach (out)
Apollo Middle School
Christina
Bojorquez
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Michelle
Bonham
7th Grade Science Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Celina
Borquez
Attendance Clerk
Apollo Middle School
Victor
Bueno
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Lydia
Campbell
Librarian
Apollo Middle School
Trisha
Cortez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Sonia
Cota-Shade
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Manuel
Duarte
IT Tech
Apollo Middle School
Rachael
Eggebeen
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Jose
Figueroa
Coach (out)
Apollo Middle School
Richard
Fimbres
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Shannon
Fojtik
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Cindy
Gambone
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Amanda
Gamez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Norma
Garcia
Office Assistant
Apollo Middle School
Ramon
Garnica
Crossing Guard
Apollo Middle School
Debbie
Hall
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Matthew
Hammond
Media Center Technician
Apollo Middle School
Ruth
Heaton
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Marisa
Herrera
Certified SLP
Apollo Middle School
Cindi
Holtzman
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Manish
Joshi
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Andrea
Joshi
AmeriCorps Comm Sch Coord
Apollo Middle School
Elizabeth
Kupar
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Julie
Macias
SPED Personal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Wayne
Marvin
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Kathy
Mayorga
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Angelica
Mckenzie
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Noemi
Morales
School Counselor
Apollo Middle School
Cecilia
Moreno
Office Manager
Apollo Middle School
Stephen
Myers-Fulgham
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Janet
Olvera
Counselor
Apollo Middle School
Nadia
Orozco
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Jesus
Perez
Physical Education Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Lindsay
Pino
Academic Interventionist
Apollo Middle School
Juan
Pompa
Pathways To Teaching
Apollo Middle School
Edaena
Poroj
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Emilie
Puig-Mendez
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Rey
Reyes
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Raven
Rico
8th Grade ELA
Apollo Middle School
Joy
Schaefer
Nurse Specialist
Apollo Middle School, Challenger Middle School
Michelle
Sotelo
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Shanna
Syme
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Tello
7th Grade Math Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Luisa
Verdugo
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Veronica
Villegas
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Joy
Yakovlev
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Amalia
Aguilar
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Edward
Armijo
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Steven
Brown
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Asiah
Bruner
Community Liaison
Apollo Middle School
Guadalupe
Cadena
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Valera
Deming
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Paulette
Dixon
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Claudia
Felix Ballesteros
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Gallardo
Head Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Abigail
Gallego
Office Assistant - 225
Apollo Middle School
Theresa
Gonsalves
Teacher Coach
Apollo Middle School
Yaneth
Grijalva Vasquez
Cafeteria Helper
Apollo Middle School
Richard
Katz
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Senorina
Lopez
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Adrianna
Mendoza
Health Office Admin Assis
Apollo Middle School
Suzanne
Mendoza
Pathways to Teaching
Apollo Middle School
Maria
Moctezuma
Cafeteria Manager
Apollo Middle School
Teresa
Mortara
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Tracy
Mortara
Office Manager - Middle
Apollo Middle School
Sharreen
Mortensen
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Mayela
Nieves
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Nicholas
Nogales
Coach (out)
Apollo Middle School
Aida
Orendain
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Kimberly
Ortega
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Alejandrina
Ortega
Custodian
Apollo Middle School
Amy
Padilla
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Tammye
Paz
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Galla
Purwin
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Blanca
Quintana
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Edward
Robles
Cafeteria Helper - 208
Apollo Middle School
Jose
Robles
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Ryan
Schuhmacher
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Linda
Spores
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Apollo Middle School
Julia
Vasquez
Cafeteria Helper -189
Apollo Middle School
Ricky
Villegas
Campus Monitor
Apollo Middle School
Jennifer
Warnstedt
Teacher
Apollo Middle School
Apollo Middle School
265 West Nebraska Street
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-4500
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-4516
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Apollo Junior High was named after the Apollo 11 Moon Mission. The Apollo mascot The Eagle was the lunar module that took astronauts to the moon. Legend has said that the C-building at Apollo was built in the shape of the lunar module if you were to look down at the building from space.

In Partnership with the community, Apollo Middle School prepares all students for college and career readiness by sharing real world experiences, team building, and empowering students to reach their highest potential.

School Details
Year Opened: 
1971
Grades: 
6-8
Enrollment: 
633
Mascot: 
Eagles
Colors: 
Forest Green and Gold
Uniforms: Required
Tops: White or Forest Green Polo Tops
Bottoms: Black or Khaki Pants or Shorts

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.

  • Cross Country
  • Flag Football
  • Girls and Boys Soccer
  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Band & Orchestra
  • AVID
  • The Science of Sport
  • Culture Club
  • Garden Club
  • Special Olympics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Wellness

Events

  • Student Recognitions-Student of the Month, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance
  • 21st Century Celebration