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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

We heard a recurring theme from the speeches that our seniors gave at our commencement ceremonies—"We did it!” Our district can echo the same. We, too, “did it"; we got through one of the most challenging and trying school years ever. Moreover, we did it by being innovative, patient, adaptable, and resilient. Those were also common themes in our senior students’ speeches. It took all of us to be all of the above… and then some. Students needed to be “innovative, patient, adaptable, and resilient.” So did teachers and school staff. So did administrators and district office personnel. It isn’t that we were not already all those things, it’s that those traits stood out during this unprecedented school year. 

The challenges we all faced and conquered felt overwhelming and insurmountable at times. However, as we all took a collective breath, we realized “we can do this!” And we did do it. The culmination being the wonderful in-person graduations that we saw recently at State Farm Stadium on May 24. 

I was so proud to see all our students in their caps and gowns along with their equally proud family members in the audience. Even though our students were wearing masks, I knew they were smiling underneath them. To one of the most resilient groups of graduating seniors that I have ever seen, I say to you, “Go forth and make us proud!” And I know that you will. I have every confidence that you will. How else can you sum up a graduating class that netted $44.7 million in scholarships during a pandemic year? That is absolutely amazing and a tribute to your desire to not let COVID-19 derail your academic achievements.

However, the learning does not end there. We pick right back up on June 1 with the start of our summer academies. There will be two summer school sessions offered; one beginning on June 1 that will go until June 15, Monday through Friday; and a second session beginning on June 16 and running through June 30, Monday through Friday. All schools in the district will be offering morning and afternoon sessions. And just like we did on May 24, we look forward to summer school graduation on June 29.

In addition, don’t forget that we will also be offering a July online-only summer learning opportunity. Students can register online through Tolleson Virtual High School. All credits earned will transfer to Tolleson Union High School District schools. The online summer learning runs from July 1 to July 16, Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Finally, I want to leave you with a recent celebration of one of our own. Congratulations to Mr. Felipe Mandurraga, principal at Tolleson Union High School, on his selection as the recipient of the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Distinguished Administrator Award for the Secondary Division. This recognition is indicative of the quality leadership that Mr. Mandurraga has provided at his school, as well as the overall respect and professional appreciation given to him by his peers. This is a much-deserved recognition. Congratulations, Mr. Mandurraga! 

As always, please keep checking our district website and our Facebook and Twitter pages to see all of this year’s graduation photos.

Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!

Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez
Superintendent

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