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Transgender students topic of conversation

In light of federal officials’ recent decision to withdraw guidance on transgender students in schools, educators are hosting a community conversation about how to ensure transgender youth have the support they need to be successful in school.

The CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, the YWCA and the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families are hosting the free event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the YWCA Tucson, 525 N. Bonita Ave.

Russell Toomey, chair of the youth development and resilience initiative and associate professor at the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences, will be joined by a transgender high school student, a parent of a transgender student and an elementary school principal with experience helping transgender students excel. Eve Rifkin, director of college access at City High School, will moderate the panel.

Students, teacher help bring speed humps

Two students at Sunnyside High School and a teacher at Sierra 2-8 School will be recognized by Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres for their work in facilitating a traffic study.

Last spring, students Ruben Corral and Jesus Armenta — now Sunnyside High School freshmen — worked with Sierra 2-8 teacher, Melissa Monk, on a community development project to petition signatures to begin construction on a series of speed humps to curb speeding in the area directly in front of Sierra 2-8.

The speed humps were funded through the Ward 5 budget.

Sunnyside leaders receive recognition

The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents has honored two administrators from Sunnyside Unified School District at its 2017 annual conference.

Summit View Principal Mary Montaño received the outstanding administrator of the year award, while chief academic officer Pam Betten received the lifetime achievement Award.

The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents’ mission is to promote effective leadership that produces the best outcomes for Latino students.

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