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Message from our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

April starts the all-important assessment season with AzMERIT testing starting on April 4. AzMERIT stands or Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching. High School students take the assessment if they are receiving credits for any of the following courses:  Freshmen English, Sophomore English, Junior English, Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra II.  It is important that students study, take, and pass the AzMERIT test, as it is based on the new standards and will tell teachers and parents if their students are college and career-ready upon graduation from high school. About 7,000 students in the Tolleson Union High School District will take the computer-based test. Mark your calendars and make sure your student is well rested and ready to test on the following dates:

  • April 4, 6, 7: Westview High School, La Joya Community High School, and Sierra Linda High School
  • April 11, 12, 13: Tolleson Union High School, Copper Canyon High School, and University High School

TUHSD students continue to excel and make us proud. Our district was well represented at the 2017 Youth of the Year Celebration held at the Arizona Biltmore. Westview High School's Elizabeth Lambert and La Joya Community High School's Celia Rodriguez represented their respective schools with honor as finalists in this competition. The event was a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona. While neither young lady was selected as the 2017 Youth of the Year, both are number one in our hearts.

La Joya Community High School Physics teacher, Zachary Kovach, was recently recognized as one of the top physics educators in the nation by being named one of nine regional Teachers of the Year by the Physics Teachers Education Coalition, or PhysTEC, a national organization that promotes physics education. This recognition landed Mr. Kovach on the front cover of the West Valley View. Congratulations to you too Mr. Kovach - keep up the good work!

Believe it or not, we only have two more months left in the school year and we will soon be sending another class of young adults into the workforce or to colleges and universities in-state and across the nation. It is quite a humbling responsibility to say the least, but we are up to the task and both happy and proud to prepare our students for life after high school. This job cannot be accomplished alone, it takes a community; I would like to thank our outstanding Governing Board, administrators, teachers who are closest to the students, and support staff for always focusing on academic achievement and the success of our students.

Finally, you have been doing a great job of following us on social media! We are up to 1,016 “likes” on our Facebook page and a recent tweet on TUHS Coach Andronic’s recognition as AZCentral’s Sports Awards Soccer Coach of the Year was one of our most trending tweets with over 125 “likes” and 35 re-tweets. If you want to stay informed on everything that is happening in our district or at any of the high schools, connect with us on social media. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.

TUHSD Do It With Pride!

Sincerely,

Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez
Superintendent

Featured Authors

TUHSD is proud to feature guest author messages.

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  • StudentWestview High School junior Bailey Heath gives us her thoughts on what it's like being a junior.

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