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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing governing board for their support and dedication to our students, staff, and community. The governing board are elected representatives of the community who accept the responsibility to identify community attitudes and opinions and district needs that require short- and long-range strategies that are responsive within the budgetary limitations of the district. TUHSD is fortunate to have a governing board that focuses on student academic achievement, supports our staff, and encourages relationships with our community partners. Thank you to Ms. Corina Madruga, president; Mr. Freddie Villalon, vice president; Mr. Steven Chapman, member; Mr. Devin Del Palacio, member; and Dr. Kino Flores, member for your commitment to making TUHSD the best district in the west valley!

We had a very successful summer school and Future Freshman Academy on the campus of Westview High School. Overall, more than 800 students enrolled in the credit success portion of summer school with 1,381 course enrollments. Our blended learning courses had 743 enrollments with nearly 500 students participating. The Future Freshman Academy had over 300 course enrollments with 159 students participating and the Math Academy had 183 students enrolled with 366 course enrollments. On June 27 we had our summer school graduation with nearly 40 students who successfully completed their summer school courses to be eligible to graduate. Congratulations to our newest graduates!  

Over the summer many of our students are representing our district in various competitions across the country. Such was the case with students from TUHS who competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia; students from LJCHS, SLHS, TUHS, and WHS who qualified and competed at the 2019 Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida; students from CCHS, LJCHS, SLHS, TUHS, and WHS who qualified and competed at the 2019 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas; students who qualified from LJCHS, SLHS, and WHS and competed at the 2019 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership conference in Anaheim, California; and LJCHS students who qualified and competed at Educators Rising in Dallas, Texas. A busy summer for sure!

Recently we had over 60 school site administrators, security, maintenance, cafeteria, and transportation personnel and district office staff attend a Stop the Bleed Training, First Aid-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) instruction in order to help keep our school sites and office buildings safe. We do this in our continuing efforts to be prepared for any emergency that might occur at one of our campuses. TUHSD provides this valuable instruction so that staff members can provide a measure of assistance until first responders can arrive. Cafeteria, maintenance, transportation, and district office staff received the training on a volunteer basis. Site administrators and security attended the training as part of the district’s emergency operations plan. Thank you to the leadership of Mr. Derek Fahleson, director of athletics and safety/security, and the commitment of our employees for stepping up and receiving this very valuable training to benefit our students.

We are excited about the opening of our newest school, West Point High School, later this month. We will welcome freshmen and sophomores for their first day of school on Wednesday, July 31. It has been a year-long journey, but the wait will soon be over. Thanks for our partners, Chasse Building Team and ADM Group, for working with us to truly create a beautiful gem in the oasis of the west valley. West Point High School is spectacular! We look forward to the West Point High School Dragons joining our Tolleson Union High School District family. It’s going to be a great school year. 

Mark your calendars for the 2019–2020 school year:

  • July 31 - First Day of School for Freshmen Only (All students at West Point High School)
  • August 1 - First Day of School for All Students
  • August 15 - TUHSD Parent Night at All School Sites

    If you would like to keep up with news and information about our district and schools, the best way to do that is to check our website for important information. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    TUHSD Do It With Pride!

    Sincerely,

    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez
    Superintendent

    West Point High School

    The Tolleson Union High School District's newest high school will be at Avondale Blvd. and Encanto Blvd. in the City of Avondale. We expect the new school to open for the 2019–2020 school year.

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