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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

‘Tis the holiday season at TUHSD. As we approach the end of the first semester and winter break, we are grateful that in-person learning, in addition to fall sports and extracurricular programs, have successfully taken place this year. It has been incredible seeing the joy on student’s faces as they fully participate in classes, clubs, sports, and other activities once again. I want to thank students, staff, and parents for their ongoing support following the district-wide policies and guidelines of wearing masks at all times while indoors. We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Together we can keep our students and staff safe by continuously following health and safety guidelines as determined by the CDC.

Celebrations and Hidden Gems

We want to congratulate the students and advisors with the La Joya and Copper Canyon digital media CTE for setting new records with a total of 48 state awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association 2021 high school journalism awards announced earlier this fall. This breaks the high mark for both programs and also makes the Tolleson Union High School District one of only two districts in the state to have two programs with 20 or more state awards. Congratulations to students and advisers at both Copper Canyon and La Joya. Great job!

Sierra Linda High School is proud to announce that they have a Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers $2,500 grant winner. This marks the second time that Dr. Petra Chavez has been awarded this grant! Dr. Chavez said she would like to create a lab environment on Sierra Linda’s campus to emulate a university level physics and engineering lab in hopes that students will develop a sense of excitement that promotes forward thinking in the realm of physics and engineering. Congratulations, Dr. Chavez, on a job well done!

Will you be joining us on December 10 to support the Suns as they take on the Boston Celtics? We want to invite you, your friends, and your entire family to come and celebrate TUHSD with the Phoenix Suns! Let’s rally the valley and support the Suns. Follow this link on Facebook for details on ordering your tickets. 

I want to wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season. Winter break is on Monday, December 20, 2021, through Friday, January 2, 2022. I hope you will enjoy this time to connect and celebrate with family and friends during this well-deserved break! We look forward to seeing students and staff back on campuses next semester on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, December 17, 2021 - Last Day of Fall Classes
  • Monday, December 20–Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break (No School)
  • Monday, January 3, 2022 - Classes Resume for Second Semester

Please continue to check our district website and our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed for the latest information on TUHSD. 

    Be safe, and happy holidays!


    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez

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