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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

To say that the 2019–2020 school year was different than other years is an understatement. We have never experienced a school year quite like this one. I want to thank you for your support and patience through these challenging times. 

We are excited to announce graduation celebrations on June 29.

  • Sierra Linda - 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Sierra Linda campus
  • Westview - 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Westview campus
  • Copper Canyon - 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Copper Canyon campus
  • La Joya Community High School - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at La Joya campus
  • Tolleson Union High School - 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at TUHS campus
  • University High School - 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at TUHSD District Office

Principals sent out details to seniors concerning entry, exits, and protocols on Tuesday, June 16.

As a gesture of goodwill and celebration, we had graduation signs made for each school to hand out to their seniors to celebrate their milestone accomplishment. We know that our students appreciated it. Be sure to look in your neighborhood for the signs.

While our spring semester wasn’t the ideal situation, I can tell you that all of our teachers, administrators, classified employees, and District Office staff did everything they possibly could to do right by our students. Within the first week of school closures, we began teaching online for students to continue learning. Our teachers rose up to the challenge and did a great job supporting their students in a new way. We offered weekly meal packs that started almost immediately after our schools closed down. We offered technology to those students that didn’t have it. We provided information on resources that were available to families in our state. Our staff members reached out and did wellness checks with our families. We communicated frequently with our families via social media, our website, phone calls, texts, and emails, all to keep you updated with information. I cannot think of a harder working group of people that all came together, under difficult circumstances, to do their best for our students. 

Now, as we move into summer school, the online learning continues. Our teachers and administrators are working hard to make sure that students catch up if they need to, get ahead for next year if they are so inclined, and that the month of June is a productive month in the quest for academic achievement. 

Please note that our meal distribution will continue during the summer, but we're making some changes. Starting on June 1, meal distribution moved to mornings from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. at three locations: Sierra Linda, Tolleson, and Westview High Schools. Five-day meal pack distribution dates are June 1, June 8, June 15, and June 22. Meal pack distribution on the last week of June will be on Tuesday, June 30, due to graduation celebrations being on Monday, June 29. Please be sure to take advantage of this free service that our wonderful Food Service Department provides.

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      Sincerely,

      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez
      Superintendent

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