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Profile photo: Substitute teacher Donna Severidt shows Sahuarita Intermediate School third-graders Gracie Flores, 8, Theresa Baldwin, 9, and Jacob Mitter, 9, how to make paper rockets.

Banner photo: Angelina Kosik-Roden, 11, and Chloe Winegardner, 11, work on robots at Sahuarita Intermediate School on Wednesday.


SUSD plans for traditional graduation ceremony

(Originally posted on February 10, 2021)

Sahuarita Unified School District is planning a traditional commencement ceremony for the 2021 graduations of Sahuarita High School and Walden Grove High School.

The decision comes after SUSD surveyed parents and seniors about what they would like to see for the celebration this year. Originally, SUSD notified families that they were planning a drive-thru ceremony, however, many survey respondents indicated they wanted something more traditional.

There are still some unknowns that will depend on the health metrics, such as how many people will be able to attend as guests.

For more information, see my latest at


Connect Our Students program

(Originally posted on February 3, 2021)

With an increased need for technology and internet access in remote learning formats, a coalition made of members from different local organizations created the Connect Our Students program.

They are helping connect low-income students who may not have reliable internet due to their rural location or financial struggles. 

They have been able to serve over 30 students and are still connecting more.

The program operates on donations and some grants.

For information on the program and how to donate see my latest story.

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SUSD's enrollment number decline is beginning to flatten

(Originally posted on January 20, 2021)

Sahuarita Unified School District, like school districts across the state and entire country, saw a large decline in enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming into the new semester, which is currently fully remote, the enrollment decline is beginning to flatten out.

Superintendent Manny Valenzuela said "we've still not turned to positive yet but the slope of the decline has slowed a bit, which is encouraging."


SUSD extends remote learning

(Originally posted on January 8, 2021)

The Sahuarita Unified School District will extend fully remote learning until Jan.31 due to COVID-19 concerns.

The district announced the decision on Friday, citing the high number of COVID-19 infections currently in the state and guidance from the Pima County Health Department.

SUSD is planning a phased return to hybrid learning starting on Feb.1. They plan to bring grades K-5 back for hybrid classes on Feb.1, followed by middle school students on Feb. 8 and high students on Feb. 21.