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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

As we enter the final weeks of the first semester, our focus is on student academic achievement. Teachers are teaching bell-to-bell, and students are studying hard for their finals. Every school is offering tutoring for students to successfully complete their courses. Check with your school for schedules and tutoring opportunities.

There are many wonderful events and celebrations coming up in December, such as choir, band and orchestra performances, dance recitals, Noche de Navidad (ballet Folklorico and Mariachi performances), festivals, and a host of holiday activities driven by our fabulous performing arts teachers and their talented students. They help make the holiday season so festive, and we are very proud of their hard work and willingness to make this holiday season such a special time for all. 

Thank you to our dedicated and committed voters! Our bond passed with a comfortable margin! We are thankful for our voters who, time and time again, show their support for public education and our district. We truly appreciate your continued support. Thank you!

We are happy to report that our district has received Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 20, 2018, from both the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of School Business Officials International. We appreciate the leadership of our chief financial officer, Mr. Jeremy Calles, and the TUHSD team for these recognitions.

The Sierra Linda High School Bulldog Marching Band recently competed statewide against 30 marching bands. Going into the competition, they were ranked 9th in the state. I am proud to share that the Bulldogs took home the first-place trophy! This means that they are the new AZMBA 1A state champions! They also took home the award for best color guard, best general effect, and best musical group awards. In addition, Sierra Linda came in second place at the Arizona State Marching Band Championship on November 16, missing first place by just half a point. There is so much to celebrate when it comes to our amazing students!

Recently, students from across the district had the opportunity to attend the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference held in Phoenix at the convention center. It was an honor to provide opening remarks at this very special conference for Hispanics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from across the country. Students from University High School took first place in two categories at the convention. Tolani Olatunde and Syed Ali won for Engineering Design and Hunter Hileman won the Dream Pitch for an environmentally-friendly product.

Students from the Leadership Academy at West Point High School were selected as the winners in the Arizona School Boards Association/Grand Canyon University #InspiringChange student contest. They earned a trip to Grand Canyon University for 50 students for a campus tour and exclusive presentation by “undercover teen” and Count Me In founder, Shane Feldman. We are excited for the invitation to participate in the GCU experience and we hope that our Leadership Academy students enjoy this great opportunity. 

Note that the last day of school for the first semester is Friday, December 20. Classes resume for the second semester on Monday, January 6. We hope that our students and their families enjoy this special time off and rest up for the start of the second semester. We wish the same for our hard-working staff including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, and classified staff. You all deserve the time off, and we know how hard you work throughout the year. Enjoy the time off with your families and friends. 

Mark your calendars:

  • December 23 – January 3 - Winter Break (schools and district office closed)
  • January 6 – Start of 2nd Semester 

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      Happy holidays! We’ll see you in the new year!

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      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez

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