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Message from our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

Much has happened in high schools across the country recently. Parents/guardians, we need your help. We want your students to be safe and secure during school hours. Please talk to your student and ask them NOT to participate in any walk-outs. Ensuring your child’s safety is our #1 priority. When students jump fences, run across traffic, or congregate at non-school locations, their safety becomes a concern for all of us. We provided a safe and secure opportunity on Friday, February 23 for students and staff that wanted to participate at all TUHSD campuses to respectfully observe 17 minutes of silence in remembrance and support of those who lost their lives at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. We felt the need to provide a safe space to gather on school property and allow our students and staff to show their respect and solidarity for the victims in Florida. School administrators and staff were present and students either returned to class or went to their lunch period following the observance. Please continue to support us to ensure the safety and security of your children and impress on them the need to be in school and stay on campus during school hours. We need your help and support to keep your children safe.

March signals the start of the spring season and that means that a well-deserved break is coming up the week of March 12–16 for our students and staff. It is our hope that students, teachers, administrators, and support staff will use this time to refresh and rejuvenate to be ready for the final semester and upcoming testing season. There will be no regular classes the entire week, other than students attending Intersession on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Please check with your local high school for more information on Intersession opportunities. 

This time of year, high school seniors across the district are making tough decisions on where they will go after graduation. Will it be college or career? Acceptance letters are pouring in and tough choices are being made on which college to attend. Other students may continue their journey in a career that they prepared for through CTE (Career & Technical Education) courses while in high school. Also, this time of year signals letter of intent signing season with many of our student athletes choosing their colleges and universities to play their respective sports. Recently, Tolleson Union High School Wolverines, Curtis Rondeau and Dayvon Durhart, signed letters of intent to attend Phoenix College on football scholarships. Davon Jones from La Joya Community High School signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Mary to play football. In addition, Ana Rivera from Sierra Linda High School signed her letter of intent with Phoenix College to play soccer. Congratulations, student athletes. We look forward to hearing news of their success in collegiate sports.

The Tolleson Union High School District strives to provide our students with a well-rounded education, including exposure to the arts. Some students from the district were invited to attend the Broadway musical production of Hamilton at Grady Gammage Auditorium on the campus of Arizona State University. The Hamilton Program is affiliated with the Broadway musical production of Hamilton, and part of the program invites high school students to create a performance piece, such as a poem, song, or monologue from the Broadway play. We are happy to share that two Sierra Linda High School students, Yehoshua Temesgen and Llulian Giron Aguierre, were selected to perform their piece “Feeling Like I’m Trapped.” Over 40 schools participated in this program, although only 14 performances were chosen. Congratulations to these two outstanding Sierra Linda students for their recognition and accomplishment!

The C-SPAN Bus will be making a stop at La Joya Community High School on March 7. The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, highlighting C-SPAN's public affairs programming and resources. To launch the new bus, C-SPAN, in partnership with its cable and satellite affiliates, kicked off a "50 Capitals Tour" this September, heading to every U.S. state capital.

Enjoy your spring break and we look forward to welcoming you to our campuses ready to learn after break! Our focus remains on student academic achievement with our staff teaching bell-to-bell every day.

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    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez

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