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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

In the blink of an eye, we have gone from graduation in May, to summer school, to summer vacation, to back to school for the 2021–2022 school year. What a whirlwind it has been. As we welcome back students to in-person learning for the beginning of what we expect to be a great school year, we need to acknowledge that the pandemic continues to be present in our community and has not gone away. 

That is why we will continue to follow all public health guidelines. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, we highly recommend indoor masking on K-12 campuses. Please wear a mask for the health and safety of all students, staff, and visitors. Furthermore, we encourage close adherence to all COVID-19 mitigation strategies at all TUHSD facilities.

We invite you to review our COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Throughout the school year, TUHSD will continue to review the guidance and safety protocols of all federal, state, and local agencies, and we will update our protocols as needed. We will communicate all health and safety updates directly to our parents via the information that we have on file for you. This is a great reminder: please make sure that your schools have the most up-to-date contact information for you. If not, please contact your local school immediately to update your information.

We look forward to serving our students in-person and on-campus this year. Our teachers are prepared to support each and every student that enters their classrooms. From core classes to elective and extracurricular classes, we are here to serve our students. We continue to have a united focus on student academic achievement with additional attention to their social and emotional needs. Together, we will make this a successful year creating lasting relationships and memories, and we will “Do iT With PRIDE”!

Celebrations and Hidden Gems

  • The West Point engineering team placed in the top nine in the country at the SkillsUSA national leadership and skills conference. The Dragons are proud of how far they have come in only two short years. They are already strategically planning for their return to the SkillsUSA national championship in 2022.
  • Tolleson Union High School is in the news. The Arizona Republic is capturing time-lapse photography and drone footage of the football field as part of a docuseries they are producing highlighting the Tolleson Union High School football season.
  • We are pleased to announce that we have a winner in the 2021 Arizona district seven artistic discovery contest sponsored by the office of Congressman Ruben Gallego. A panel of local artists judged the entries. The student winner for best digital art award was a student from Sierra Linda High School, Dacoda R. She won for a piece titled, “Two-Headed Calf”. Congratulations to Dacoda for displaying such wonderful artistic talent and for sharing it with Congressman Gallego’s office. 
  • A huge congratulations to Sierra Linda’s Erica P. for winning the 40 KG wrestling title at the cadet world championships. The SLHS junior and The Arizona Republic’s 2019–2020 all-Arizona girls wrestling team selection won the women’s wrestling 40 KG (88 pounds) weight division finals at the 2021 cadet world championships that took place July 19-25 in Budapest, Hungary. She achieved a national individual title in the USA wrestling girls folkstyle nationals championships’ 16U division’s 94-pound weight class and helped lead the Arizona girls wrestling club to a national team title at the event that month. In May, she won another individual title in the 2021 women’s nationals world team trials cadet division’s 40 KG weight class in Irving, Texas. That additional individual title qualified her to join team USA for the cadet world championships, which was her fifth personal feat this year. Her sixth accolade was becoming the first Arizona girl to earn the world of wrestling’s trinity award in Tulsa, Oklahoma for winning three major national club events this year at the kickoff classic, Tulsa nationals, and Reno worlds. The ultimate point of her remarkable run was taking a victory lap for her home country after winning the world championship. 

As always, please keep checking our district website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to see all of this year’s graduation photos.

    Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!

    Sincerely,

    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez
    Superintendent

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