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Message from our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

Fall is in the air, and there is a welcome “chill” in the Arizona weather. The nice mornings and even nicer evenings are perfect for the fall athletic season here at TUHSD. Many of you have come out to support our local high school football teams and we appreciate you doing so. In fact, why not come out and support all of the fall sports including boys and girls golf, swimming/diving, volleyball, and cross-country. And don’t forget cheer!

Also happening in the fall is our bond election. TUHSD, as well as two of our partner districts, will be going for either override or bond elections. TUHSD specifically, will be going for a bond election. Please read our factual information on our bond election, in both English and Spanish.   

Great news! We have been approved to participate in Sprint’s 1Million Project. Copper Canyon and Westview are the two schools that qualified. The internet has created amazing opportunities for education. Seventy percent of teachers are now assigning internet-based homework, connectivity isn't a luxury, it's an absolute necessity for students. Nearly half of 14- to 18-year-olds report using a library computer primarily for homework. Students lacking home internet access are cut off from a future of possibilities. That's why Sprint and the Sprint Foundation will change the lives of 1 million high school students by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential.

As part of the program, TUHSD received 800 tablet devices that we will share with our students who do not have Internet connection at home or who have a limited Internet connection and/or no computers. The plan covers the next four years, and every year we will receive additional devices depending on availability and needs. The 8” tablets include a wireless card for the Internet connection, an internal hot spot, and they come with unlimited text and voice plan. Westview High School and Copper Canyon High School are in the process of identifying eligible students to enroll in the program. We have a joint press conference planned to distribute devices on Monday, October 9. Be sure to follow TUHSD social media for coverage of this amazing opportunity for our students and their families. 

We are always looking to provide our students with opportunities that will expand their horizons and enhance their education. With this in mind, the Sierra Linda High School Art Club, led by art teacher Ms. Valentina Dima, and Mr. David Murrieta, took students to the Heard Museum recently to see the Frida Khalo/Diego Rivera exhibit. The students appreciated this great cultural experience, as they were able to see firsthand the passion that Frida and Diego had for creating art.

Finally, here in the Tolleson Union High School District we never lose sight that student achievement is our highest priority. It is the most important goal that we can have as an educational institution. Know that we will always strive to do what is best for students, including providing opportunities and access to technology to facilitate learning and student achievement. 

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. 

Thank you for your continued support.

TUHSD Do It With Pride!

Sincerely,

Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez
Superintendent

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