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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

It’s 2020! It sounds like such a futuristic year, but I can tell you that here in the Tolleson Union High School District, we are all about the future – our students’ futures!

We hope that you had a wonderful and restful holiday season. Remember that classes resume for the second semester on Monday, January 6. 

Our second semester promises some important milestones for our district. We expect the completion of Phase 2 of the West Point High School buildout will be sometime during the middle of spring. That will be very exciting for our district, the community, and of course, our students and their families. 

We are also looking forward to the opening of Sierra Linda High School’s Performing Arts Center that should also be ready for performances mid-spring. This new facility will allow our talented students at Sierra Linda to have a state-of-the-art performance venue worthy of their outstanding theater, musical, band, and choir groups. We look forward to seeing you there as well. And again, thank you to our voters!

On the heels of the recent holidays, we wanted you all to know what a great job our students did in gathering food and toys for children and families as part of their schools’ respective food and toy drives. The La Joya Student Council, in collaboration with Future Business Leaders of America, held their 3rd Annual Toy Drive in December. The West Valley View took notice and the students collected 432 toys for children, which they donated to the Department of Child Safety for distribution to kids during the holidays. Way to go students!

Meanwhile, over at Sierra Linda High School, thanks and kudos go to the amazing staff and the non-profit Homeless Youth Connection, who so graciously gave wrapped Christmas presents to some of the school’s students and their siblings to help brighten their holiday. Social worker Taylor Perez said, “I am beyond grateful to work with so many people who pour into our students each day. Thank you for helping to give our students and families a wonderful Christmas Holiday.” This is what we do at each and every one of our schools. We care for each other. 

Speaking of Sierra Linda, Native American student, Candice Joe, has received the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Award from the Phoenix Indian Center. Candice received one of the High School Student of the Year Awards. She is a senior and is a member of the National Honor Society with a GPA of 3.85. Congratulations to Candice!

Several TUHSD groups performed at the ASBA/ASA 62nd Annual Conference: La Joya Community Band, Westview Choir, Westview JROTC, and Sierra Linda Wind Ensemble. Governing board members and superintendents throughout the state of Arizona appreciated the performances and posting of the colors by our amazing students.

I want to share another exciting opportunity for our students that focuses on academic achievement and college/career readiness. I am happy to announce that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $8.7 million to ASU and the Be A Leader Foundation with the goal of getting more underserved Arizona high school students into college. This will benefit our district in that under the new grant, 23 high schools in the Phoenix, Mesa, and Tolleson Union districts will work with Access ASU and the Be A Leader Foundation to develop strategies to increase college enrollment among graduating students. We value our partnerships with ASU and the Be A Leader Foundation and look forward to working with them in conjunction with this grant to provide our students a path to college. 

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not share with you that the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board authorized me as superintendent to work with legal counsel to become part of a lawsuit against JUUL, the nation's largest manufacturer, distributor, and seller of electronic cigarettes. Our top priority in the Tolleson Union High School District is the safety and health of our students and it is our duty to protect our young adults, and that is why our governing board saw the need for our school district to join this fight for the well-being of our students. We will keep you posted on the progress of the lawsuit. 

Mark Your Calendars:

  • January 6 – First Day of 2nd Semester
  • January 20 – MLK/Civil Rights Holiday (No School)

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