IN THE CLASSROOM
Special Academic Events
Sunnyside Elementary participates in California’s History Day Program, a part of National History Day. This intensive research project encourages students to think critically about history while developing their research, writing and presentation skills.
Sunnyside fifth graders spend several months conducting in-depth research on a historical topic of their own choosing, and then present their research at the San Francisco History Day fair. Winners move on to the California State History Fair in Sacramento. Sunnyside has sent students to the state competition for the past three years!
Download PTA Newsletters to read more: January or May.
Every January, our fourth and fifth grade classes participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students compete in a spelling bee here at Sunnyside, and our school winner moves on to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the SF Chronicle. The winner of that bee moves on to the national level.
To foster a love of reading, the PTA sponsors a Winter Break Read-A-Thon. Each student records how many minutes s/he read during the break. The grade-level winning classrooms and students receive Scholastic Books certificates and prizes.
Special Science Events
Sunnyside has a long tradition of innovative schoolwide science events. From Rube Goldberg Day to the Burmese Water Festival, our students are exposed to creative and cross-curricular science activities every year.
In addition, every year, fourth and fifth grade students participate in our school science fair. They develop a question, conduct experiments, and present their results to the judges and the Sunnyside community.
For more details, see our science page.