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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

To say the events of the past few weeks have been unprecedented is an understatement. Many school districts, including our own, have had to deal with situations that we rarely have seen in our state. As a result, we had to cancel school for a few days, as did many school districts across the state. It is time to get back to work and continue to educate our students for the remainder of the school year, with a focus on student academic achievement.

I sincerely apologize for the impact this has had on your students’ academic success and to you and your family personally. I want to thank you and the entire Tolleson Union High School District community for your patience, understanding and support through this difficult situation. Working together, we will all strive to do what is best for our students, staff, and the future of education in the state of Arizona.

I am pleased that the district will receive additional funding necessary to increase compensation for our teachers and staff, as they so truly deserve. Our goal is to continue to retain highly qualified teachers at the Tolleson Union High School District. I value our staff and appreciate their dedication to our students.

Please know that our students will meet the educational minutes required by the State Department of Education, therefore it will not be necessary to extend the academic school year for our students. We will keep the original calendar as posted for all students, which means that graduation will remain on Wednesday, May 23 and the final day of school will remain on Friday, May 25.

I would like to highlight some of our recent successes!

We received great media coverage last month regarding our Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life program at Westview High School. ABC15, AZFamily (Channels 3 and CBS5), KJZZ, and Univision all showed up to highlight our students’ efforts to combat bullying on their school campus. Ms. Nicole Biscotti, a Spanish teacher and PBIS coordinator at Westview, opened up her classroom and her student ambassadors did a great job representing their school.

Recently, the Mesa Convention Center hosted the JAG (Jobs for Arizona Graduates) Annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon. Many of our students won individual awards. We are especially proud of La Joya Community High School for receiving the biggest and most prestigious award. Each year, the coveted JAG Legacy Award goes to the program of the year, which recognizes the JAG program, that not only demonstrated excellence in their youth-led career association activities, but has also accomplished the overall program goals by ensuring JAG youth improve their grades, attendance, and stay on track for graduation. The JAG program at La Joya Community High School met and exceeded these major academic milestones and they were presented with the award at the awards luncheon. Congratulations to La Joya’s JAG coordinator, Cathy Garcia, and the students for their hard work and dedication in receiving this coveted award.

The Tolleson Union High School District is hiring for the summer and 2018-2019 school year! You can find job openings posted on the district website on the Human Resources page

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    Sincerely,

    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez
    Superintendent

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