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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

Fall is finally in the air, along with pumpkin spice and everything nice. As we enjoy cooler temperatures, November finds us squarely in the middle of not only the autumn season, but on the back end of the first semester of the 2021–2022 school year. We are proud that we have been able to provide in-person learning with health and safety measures in place to protect our students, staff, and their families. We have been able to offer a full sports season that continues as this month leads us into playoff competitions for those sports teams that qualify. Extracurricular programs are up and running as well, with performances and concerts taking place in our performing arts centers. Clubs and organizations are meeting and moving forward with activities again. It is great to see the smiles and pride on student’s faces as I visit campuses and see them actively participating in their classes and activities.

I would like to acknowledge and thank our students, with support from their parents, as well as our staff for following health and safety guidelines. Student academic achievement is our top priority as we prepare them for college, career, and life. Working together, we will be able to keep our schools open and students learning and growing. 

Celebrations and Hidden Gems

We are happy to see that University High School’s National Blue Ribbon recognition made the front page of the West Valley View recently. University High School continues to garner attention and accolades for this recognition, which will continue when they travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the award in person. We will be sure to share pictures on social media. I would also like to acknowledge the important role that Tolleson Union High School plays in the success of University High students. University High and Tolleson Union High work together for the success of all students. 

Keep your eyes on our social media pages for information on an upcoming Tolleson Union High School District Night with the Phoenix Suns. We were all excited to follow the team as they did so well last season. We are in the process of picking a Suns game for all Tolleson staff, students, and their families to attend and cheer the Suns on for the upcoming season. Look for the link on our Facebook and Twitter accounts soon!

We will be recognizing our veterans at the November 16 board meeting (via Zoom). Veterans Day allows us to honor our military veterans for their service to our country. It is a day to salute our heroes for the sacrifices they made for our nation and freedom. We are proud to honor our TUHSD veterans for their service.

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving break from November 22 through 26. We hope that you take this time off to spend with family and friends, following the CDC guidelines of course, so that you and your students can stay safe and healthy.

Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day Holiday (No School)
  • Monday, November 22–Friday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

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

    Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!


    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez

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