At Sunset Middle School, our overarching goal is for our students to grow academically, socially, and intellectually in a safe and positive environment. The foundation of our school is built on three equally important facets: a commitment to a comprehensive academic program, quality professional development, and maintaining positive relationships with parents and community. Our school is committed to providing students the best education with highly qualified and dedicated staff who model for our students a true commitment of what it takes to be successful in education. All of our teachers set the highest expectations which are key to obtaining high school achievements and to provide students a positive experience while attending Sunset Middle School.
Committed to implementation of the Professional Learning Community philosophy, our teachers will set new pathways to provide student support services and to promote best teaching practices. Practices that promote student respect and do not accept anything less than a student’s continual improvement with the vigilant support of every teacher on campus.
Sunset offers a comprehensive program, including standards based curriculum, a fully equipped computer lab, and an excellent music program for all students. The entire community is committed to ensuring the success of all Sunset students. To this end, Sunset Middle School staff, parents, the Board of Trustees, District administration, and the broader community work collaboratively and cooperatively for the benefit of each student.
This webpage has been compiled to provide parents and students with helpful information regarding our staff, programs, and the rules and procedures that govern our daily operation. Please take the time to view our entire website and add it to your “favorites” list as a reference. If you have any questions regarding our school and its programs, please contact the Sunset Middle School office.
Daily Schedule Information
School begins each day for students in Grades 5th -8th at 8:00 a.m for Sunset Middle School. Students may arrive to the campus no earlier than 7:30 since there is no supervision available prior to this hour. Students should not arrive later than 8:00 AM since they will be considered tardy and will receive detention after 3 or more tardies. Your cooperation is most important in insuring that students are lined up and ready for class each and every day. This is part of our efforts to teach students responsibility. The day ends at 3:00 p.m. for all students everyday unless they are participating in band, sports or other extra-curricular activities.
During Early Release Wednesdays students in grades 5th – 8th are excused to go home at 2:00 o’clock and no activities will be scheduled during an Early Release. Parents should pick up their students no later 2:05 since no supervision will be available for them. The Early Release schedule allows us to continue our emphasis on professional growth for staff and broaden our pursuit of improving student achievement. Professional development opportunities directly impact the services we provide to our students. The modified schedule, in combination with our other staff development days, assist us in expanding our knowledge base and remain consistent with current educational practices. If you ever have questions regarding our Early Release format or any other professional development opportunities, I welcome you to contact me.
After School Program
The only available after school care for 2015-2016 is for students in the ASES program at Sunset School. This program is currently being operated by the Boys and Girls club and students who attend are enrolled on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Kenia Calderon, after-school program at 661-401-4938.
The amount of money we receive from the government and District monetary incentives are tied to our attendance rate. In a school district our size, attendance is extremely important not only fiscally but to ensure our students are able to meet their academic goals. It is extremely important that your child is in school, on time each day, to insure our funding. Please plan family vacations around the academic and testing schedule. Winter break is December 21-January 11 and testing will begin after Spring Break which runs from April 14 to April 17. School ends on Thursday May 26, 2016. Please schedule family outings or trips, and appointments during the breaks in the school year, after school, on staff development days or after May 26, 2016. Each year our attendance is impacted as families take extended trips during the academic year. Please help us maintain our attendance rate by working together with us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, we realize how working together and communicating we can have a successful year for student learning. You may want to keep this letter for future reference and you may also want to review the Student Handbook with your students during their first week of school. A Handbook that provides additional information on dress code and other school-related matters critical for each student’s success. The staff and I look forward to the new school year. We welcome the opportunity to work together with you in the education of our shared students. It is our belief that working cooperatively, we can insure the success of each and every student.
Sunset Middle School Principal