October 1, 2015
To Parents and the TUHSD Community,
The first week of October is here and another successful year is underway in the Tolleson Union High School District. October is a time of homecoming games, fall plays, choir concerts, report cards, and fall break. October is also National Principal Month and an opportunity to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the principals of TUHSD. I want to thank our school leaders for their dedication to our students, staff, and schools. Thank you Mr. Molina (Tolleson Union High School), Dr. Wilson (Westview High School), Mrs. Haskins (La Joya Community High School), Ms. Marsit (Copper Canyon High School), Mr. Madrid (Sierra Linda High School), Mrs. Thompson (University High School), and Mr. Johnson (James A. Green Continuing Education Academy/Lighthouse Academy). These seven educational leaders have dedicated their careers to helping Arizona students excel.
TUHSD principals are committed to their schools. They are the first to arrive on campus and usually the last to leave after cheering on students at games, watching a choir performance, or attending a site council meeting. They are managers of the facilities, facilitators of educational programs, planners of student activities, communicators of campus news and events, and most importantly, leaders of learners. They have a multitude of day-to-day administrative responsibilities that keep their schedules full, but they never forget that their primary duty is taking care of our students. We are indeed lucky that our TUHSD principals take this duty seriously.
TUHSD principals know and embrace their leadership roles to the fullest and, as such, are sources of support and inspiration for their students and staff. We often see them in classrooms speaking with students or coaching teachers. They collaborate with their peers to ensure that all TUHSD campuses are working toward the same educational goals. They are preparing their students for the future that awaits them after graduation.
Principals also have a profound influence on students; they support and encourage each one. You can find Mr. Molina greeting students each morning as they arrive on campus. Dr. Wilson created a club council as a way of getting input from students. Mrs. Haskins never misses lunch duty and talks to as many students as possible during each lunch. Ms. Marsit has student clubs nominate teachers of the month. Mr. Madrid walks the sidelines of games and talks to athletes. Mrs. Thompson has class meetings and uses the movie Stand and Deliver as a means of motivating students. Mr. Johnson meets personally with every student who enters CEA and LA. TUHSD principals know their students and their students know them. They give of themselves each and every day.
While TUHSD principals support teachers and students, they are also very supportive of parents and their school community. They plan meet-the-teacher nights and open houses. TUHSD principals encourage parental engagement and welcome parents and community members to their schools. They realize that the partnerships they establish with parents and the community will bring resources and support to all students.
Yours in education,
Dr. Lexi Cunningham
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College and Career Fair
We will have our annual college and career fair from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, at Sierra Linda High School, 3434 S. 67th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Check out this college and career fair flyer for a partial list of which universities, colleges, trade schools, and branches of the military will be eager to share their information for post-secondary opportunities. We hope to see you there!
Tax Credit Contributions
Take credit for your student’s success! Here is an opportunity to make an important contribution to our students while receiving an income tax credit for the full amount. You can contribute up to $200 (or $400 per married couple) toward extracurricular programs like athletics, character development, and academia such as Advanced Placement Testing. Our students thank you for your contribution!
To contribute, go to our Extracurricular Tax Credits page to contribute online or to print out a tax credit contribution form.
Tutor Bus Availability
Is your student attending after school tutoring? Are you aware that bus transportation is available for students following their tutor session? Check out the tutor bus schedules for first and second semesters.
TUHSD on Social Media
Did you know that Tolleson Union has its very own Facebook page and Twitter account? You can see and read about exciting events happening in our district. These outlets are also a great way to receive important information that we want you to know.
Our utility usage report has been updated.View the new utility graphs on our Facilities page under the Departments tab.
Seeking Special Education Teachers
Tolleson Union High School District is currently seeking special education teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Apply and interview now for a letter of intent. For more information please contact:
Thanks to the support of voters who in the fall of 2012 elected to have TUHSD join the Western Maricopa Education Center, a Joint Technical Education District. West-MEC provides students who attend schools in its member districts with career driven educational opportunities they may not have at their home school. While continuing to attend school in TUHSD, students may be eligible to take coursework leading often time to industry certifications in the following programs Aesthetician, Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, Aviation Technology, Avionics, CNC Precision Manufacturing, Cosmetology, EMT, Fire Science, HVAC-R, Medical Assisting, Medium Heavy Diesel, Veterinary Sciences, & Welding Technology. Contact your school's West-MEC Rep in the Guidance Department for more information, or visit West-Mec's website for program and application information.
Facility Rentals Information
Embracing the school/community partnership, TUHSD makes its facilities available to the public on a fee basis. To obtain information on facility rentals, contact Joanna Peterson at (623) 478-4038.