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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

Welcome to October! Things are finally cooling down from the hot summer with our evenings and mornings extremely pleasant this time of year. October also marks the beginning of the third month of the school year. Soon, the holidays will be upon us but for right now, students are starting to hit their stride as they settle in for the first semester of the school year. Fall sports are in full swing, and our campuses are alive with drama and musical performances, choir concerts, and dance presentations. It’s a great time of year here in the Tolleson Union High School District. With that said, I would like to highlight some of the accomplishments from our wonderful students and staff members.

First and foremost, I am most proud of our students and their willingness to help others. To that end, in 2019, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sponsored their Pennies for Patients fundraiser in our district, and we are happy to report that TUHSD schools raised a total of $7,595.41. That is outstanding! La Joya and Westview led the charge in donations for our seven campuses, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was very impressed with the efforts of our students. Great job, students!

We all know how important the census is and the upcoming 2020 census is no exception. An accurate count ensures that our communities get all of the federal dollars we need for infrastructure and amenities that make our communities great places to live, work, and play. We are pleased to partner with the City of Tolleson and Mayor Anna Tovar as the city establishes the Tolleson Complete Count Committee. Members of my staff and I were present recently for the signing of a proclamation recognizing the importance of the 2020 census in the City of Tolleson. We look forward to helping the city get the word out on the census and also having our students and schools take an active role in promoting this to their parents and local communities. I have also been asked to partner with the City of Avondale and look forward to working with them as well. Stay tuned for more information. 

We are so proud of Westview math teacher, Sam Olderbak, who has been accepted into the 2019 cohort of the Desmos Teaching Fellowship! The mission at Desmos is to help every student learn and love math. The Desmos Fellowship was created to better connect with teachers across the United States and Canada and learn from their unique backgrounds and experiences. This year, Desmos received over 600 applications from teachers all across North America. Mr. Olderbak was one of only 40 people accepted. As a Desmos fellow, Mr. Olderbak now has many opportunities to extend his participation in upcoming fellowships and beyond. Congratulations, Mr. Olderbak! 

Also, Cesar Vargas Montoya, a sophomore student at Westview High School, is the Arizona poster winner for the Nation Cyber Security Awareness campaign. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safe online. NCSAM is spearheaded by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). The annual campaign takes place each October, joining forces with a range of organizations to expand cyber security awareness and education on campuses around the globe. Congratulations, Cesar. 

Also at Westview, photo and art teacher Russ Cannizzaro has been selected for inclusion into the 2020 editions of three prestigious texts for international artists. Current Masters, International Contemporary Artists, and Important World Artists are exceptional publications where the best galleries and museums in the world select their artists to represent and collect their body of work.

Mr. Cannizzaro said that he is “both grateful and humbled to be included next to the masters who have inspired and taught him.” Congratulations, Mr. Cannizzaro.

I hope you enjoy time with family and friends over fall break on October 7 through October 11. Schools will be closed that week, however, the district office will be open Monday through Thursday to serve you. 

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      Sincerely,

      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez
      Superintendent

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