Category Archive for: ‘Pioneer News’

SMS Student Earns Engineering Internship at CSULB!

DannaA note from her teacher, Ms. Sun:  There are some chances in our lives that pass by as fleeting moments, and if we are not vigilant, determined, and unwavering, they disappear like dreams.  Danna Gonzalez, a 7th grader at Sussman Middle School, is a student who took full advantage of a moment in her life and found success through her drive, ambition, and outstanding persona.  Sussman Middle School is delighted to announce Danna’s acceptance into the Cal State Long Beach Engineering Girls Internship.  Danna seemed, on paper, similar to other applicants- stellar grades, school involvement, and impressive standardized test scores, but her wonderful personality, charming charisma, and mature professionalism gave her the edge she needed to set her apart.  Cal State Long Beach selected a mere 12 students for this prestigious program and acknowledged that Danna’s demeanor and genuine interview responses along with her thoughtfully written essay set her apart from other candidates.  Sussman’s pride in Danna’s acceptance and elation of her entry into this impressive internship cannot be more immense.  Congratulations to Danna Gonzalez!

Teacher Wins Grant!

Chavez GrantMrs. Chavez, SMS art teacher, received a grant for $500 from the Downey Federal Credit Union. Leslie was one of only sixteen teachers who were selected! Congratulations Leslie!

SMS “Fingerprint Portraits”

These are some of the “fingerprint portraits” created by Sussman Middle School students.  Each student’s  fingerprint was enlarged and students used tracing paper and followed the fingerprint lines to wrote all about themselves. Then, the tracing fingerprint photo was removed so only the words remained.  Great job, artists!

Fingerprint 5Fingerprint 4Fingerprint 3Fingerprint 2Fingerprint 1

Art Teacher Displays Work in Gallery

Chavez Art ShowSussman’s own art teacher, Leslie Chavez, displays her work at Santora Gallery in Santa Ana.  Nice work!

Aftermath November/December 2014

Aftermath Calendar November/December 2014

Click on the above link to access the current Aftermath calendar.

1st Prize Goes to…

CC Door Ferera


Congratulations the Ms. Ferera’s first period class on winning first place in the Character Counts Door Decorating Contest.


Students enjoyed a doughnut and juice party today to honor their creativity and excellent character.  Great job!

Back to School Night is Coming Soon!

SMS’s Back to School Night is on Thursday, October 9, starting at 6:45.  Come and meet your child’s teachers and find out more about our great school!  Look below  to view the complete Back to School Night schedule.

Back to School Night Schedule

It’s Lucky to be at Sussman!

Arora BikeSussman’s own Vice Principal, Dr. Arora, won a new beach cruiser bike at Downey Unified district wide health fair that took place in Sussman’s cafeteria on September 10.  Congratulations, Dr. Arora!

Congratulations to Mr. Alvarez, Our New Dean of Students


Hello! My name is Jesus Alvarez and I am the Dean of Students at Sussman Middle School.  I have been at Sussman for the last 18 years where I started as an Instructional Assistant running our In School Suspension program for 5 years.  I then moved on to become one of Sussman’s Math teacher for 13 years, and now I am very excited to be Sussman Middle School’s first Dean.


Jesús Alvarez

Dean of Students
Sussman Middle School

Sussman Welcomes New Vice Principal, Dr. Anita Arora

VP AnitaHi Everyone!

I’m Anita Arora, your new Vice Principal!  This is my 9th year in education.  I started as a high school English teacher (grades 9-12) and AVID teacher (grades 9-11) in Chino while coaching tennis and swim. During my teaching tenure, I became part of the WASC Leadership team, helped coordinate AVID, and became the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, while playing the role of Administrative Designee as needed.   For the past three years I have been the Assistant Principal at Claremont High School and now I am very proud and excited to join the Sussman Family!

The past few years have brought a lot of fun and excitement in my life.  I recently got married to my husband, Reza, and re-located to Santa Monica.  I also just completed my doctorate from USC this past May, which was where I completed my MA and teaching credential (both Multiple and Single subject) as well.  My undergrad years were spent as a BRUIN! at the University of Los Angeles, California.  I am extremely passionate about education and as you can see with my years in school as a student, I strongly believe in always being a life-long learner.   I believe that all students can and will learn and it is our job to help them reach their greatest potential.  More than anything, I am here to be a partner and support all of you in any way I possibly can as we embark on this journey into Common Core, twenty-first century learning while developing strong students of character who are ready to face the competitive global society equipped with the skills necessary for success.

I hope to get to know each and every one of you in the first few weeks of school so please feel free to come by and say hi!

Looking forward to an exciting and eventful school year!

Go Pioneers!

Anita Arora, Ed.D.


Sussman Middle School

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