IN THE CLASSROOM
In the Classroom
Sunnyside features high academic standards coupled with the recognition that children have different needs and strengths. We provide a stimulating and well-rounded education for our diverse students, addressing academic, social, physical, and emotional needs. Our teachers and enrichment instructors work hard to ensure that every child is challenged and supported.
All of our superb faculty are credentialed teachers, and they actively pursue ongoing professional development. In addition, the teachers are ably assisted in the classrooms by student teachers, parents, and other volunteers.
In the 2014- 2015 academic year, SFUSD completed its transition to the Common Core Standards. SFUSD will transition to the Next Generation Science Standards over the next two years.
Teachers at Sunnyside use a variety of resources to teach grade-level curriculum and differentiate learning based upon student understanding. The SFUSD adopted materials for Elementary Schools are:
California Treasures English Language Development (K-5) (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 2010) Teachers are now using the English Language Arts SFUSD PK-12 Scope and Sequence to plan for instruction from the Common Core Standards. Treasures is a supplemental resource for English Language Arts. We have been expanding our library of guided reading materials to facilitate small-group reading instruction and support and continue to build robust classroom libraries.
The Math Department of SFUSD created rigorous math units for supporting student learning in mathematics. These Math Tasks and performance assessments are supplemented by: Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, California Everyday Mathematics, 2008, Gr. K-5.
Harcourt School Publishers, Reflections: California Series, 2007, Gr. K-4
Oxford University Press, Oxford History-Social Science Program for California, 2005, Gr. 5
Delta Education, Full Option Science System (FOSS), 2007, Gr. K-5
Science and History/Social Studies are taught using a variety of projects and investigations matching grade-level goals.
In addition, we go beyond the basics to integrate hands-on learning via Art, Music, Movement, Poetry, Technology, and Gardening. Everyday learning includes a combination of individual work, small-group activities, and large-group discussions. Classroom lessons are also complemented by field trips that give children real-life experiences in science, the arts, and our community. We believe that learning should be multi-dimensional, tactile, and creative.
Sunnyside wants all of our students to become fluent, engaged readers and writers. Sunnyside engages in Academic Response to Intervention (ARTI) where students who are not performing at grade level are provided ‘strategic’ or ‘intensive’ support. Students who are at /above grade level are also provided ‘challenge’ support to expand beyond their capacities. The SFUSD Central Office provides a full time Academic Response to Intervention Facilitator Teacher on Special Assignment, Alyssa Hansen, who will provide targeted ‘intensive’ intervention instruction to learners when identified with assessments as needing this support. The Sunnyside PTA provides a reading specialist to work with students who have been identified by their teachers as needing extra support in acquiring critical reading skills. Also, collaboration among the school, PTA, and the ExCEL afterschool program provides Reading Partners agency to Sunnyside to support ‘strategic and intensive’ support to readers. This research-based, nationally renowned program provides one-on-one tutoring twice a week for students identified by their teacher and the ARTI team as needing support.
Sunnyside has a well-stocked and well-used library. Our Librarian and Digital Literacy teacher, Lark Graham, works with students to help them choose books weekly to learn library and research skills. Each class will also conduct weekly technology projects toward digital literacy. The new expanded position is jointly funded by the SFUSD Central office (60%) and Sunnyside’s site budget (40%). The library/media center is in its new home in the Ruby Bell Building on the 2nd floor of our new wing.
All Sunnyside families have access to BrainPop, an educational website with homework help, aligned with state standards. The PTA pays for this program.
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PTA Academic Support Committee oversees the PTA-funded enrichment programs - math, technology, SEEdS, literacy, and history. We also support teachers with supplies, field trips and professional development. To join or learn more about the committee, please email