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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

With one month under our belts, we are off to a great start for the 2019–2020 school year. We want to thank our students and their parents for your support to ensure students are prepared and ready to learn every day. We have been preparing all summer long for a great opening of school and it seems to have come to fruition. Of course, this could not happen without the wonderful and hardworking staff at our schools. We have great leadership at each and every one of our schools and those leaders have hired the most highly qualified teachers as well as a great support staff. Our entire staff is committed to providing excellent support to ensure student academic achievement as we partner with you to prepare them for college, career, and life.

Since the opening of school, we have had a parent night at each campus. We hope that you took advantage of the opportunity to visit our schools and meet your child’s teachers. It is so important for our staff to get to meet our students’ parents face-to-face and interact with you in a positive way. We also hope that you take the opportunity throughout the school year to visit our campuses for all the activities that will be taking place including football games (which will be starting soon); performing arts performances, such as music, dance, and drama; sporting events; and seasonal festivals. Our high schools are truly a part of the community that surrounds them. We take pride in the beautiful facilities that we are able to provide for our students. We hope you are as proud of our high schools as we are. They are truly hidden gems, as are our talented students.

We have some new faces at some of our schools (as well as some familiar ones). In January of last school year, we announced that Ms. Brandi Haskins was leaving La Joya to become the new principal at West Point High School. It is such a wonderful luxury to have a veteran educational leader at a new high school. Ms. Haskins is doing a great job there with her administrative team. With Ms. Haskins leaving for West Point High School, that left an opening at La Joya, which has been expertly filled by Ms. Stacie Almaraz. Ms. Almaraz previously spent some time in our school district and in particular at La Joya. Now she is back to lead the Wolf Pack at La Joya Community High School. We know that Ms. Almaraz will do a great job there. 

The district office has also seen a few changes to the superintendent’s cabinet with Dr. Rosalva Lagunas taking over the helm as our director of grants and federal programs. Dr. Lagunas will oversee all of our grants including Title I and Title II, which provide funds for so many of the programs that help our students achieve and excel. 

Also at the district-level, Mr. Tony Aguirre is our new director of information technology. Mr. Aguirre brings a wealth of experience in making sure that we have the best technology to support our students and teachers throughout the school year. 

Mark your calendars in September:

  • September 2 – Labor Day Holiday (District Closed)
  • September 11 – All Staff In-Service (No School for Students)

    With that, we’ll talk to you next month to let you know about all the wonderful things that our students and staff members are up to. Please make sure to follow us on social media by checking out our website. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.

    TUHSD Do It With Pride!

    Sincerely,

    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez
    Superintendent

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