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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

We are in the midst of the beautiful fall weather here in the Valley of the Sun. November marks the beginning of a very busy holiday season and begins to usher just a few more months of the first semester. Wow. It goes by so fast, doesn’t it? It just seems like yesterday that we were doing the ribbon-cutting at West Point High School. Nevertheless, we plan on making the next couple of months of the first semester full of learning, enlightenment, and high academic achievement. We will be teaching until the last minute of the last day of the semester making use of all of our instructional time to keep our students sharp prior to some well-deserved time off over winter break. 

Since we are in the month of Thanksgiving, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of the wonderful community celebration that is our Tolleson Thanksgiving Day Dinner held every year in the cafenasium of Tolleson Union High School, 9419 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson, AZ. On Thursday, November 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Tolleson Service Committee’s 37th Annual Mickie Diaz/Dr. Charles A. Landis Thanksgiving Day Dinner is taking place. Dinner is free, and we would like to invite everyone. Traditionally, over 2,000 people enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with 1,800 served and 150 takeout meals available beginning at 1:00 p.m. for those that can’t make it to the event. Generous food donations allow this to happen from community partners, businesses, and individuals. Student volunteers from Tolleson Union High School District schools and adult volunteers have been part of the annual event for more than nineteen years. I invite you to come out and enjoy this great community celebration.

And now for some celebrations. The engineering sciences teacher at West Point High School, Gabi Gabaldon, and 11 of her engineering students attended the first EPICS event of the year at ASU. Students participated in design challenges in groups made up of students from around the Valley. West Point had two students who were on a winning team. EPICS is an engineering design project program through ASU.

Congratulations to Luis Hernandez, a student from La Joya Community High School. He won the Paint Phoenix Purple Domestic Violence art contest in the city of Phoenix’s teen dating violence logo/slogan contest. The representative from the city of Phoenix said that she was amazed and honored to have such talented young people in our community and appreciated the time that Luis took to participate in the contest to help bring awareness to teen dating, violence, and healthy relationships.

Finally, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Tolleson Union High School District has its very own online high school! Tolleson Virtual High School (TVHS) is making its soft debut this semester but will be ramping up enrollment starting in January 2020. The administration for TVHS will be Travis Johnson, director of Alternative Education, and Sienna Guerra, TVHS Administrator. We know that they will do a great job in leading this additional learning opportunity for our students. TVHS is committed to developing the potential of all students by providing a flexible learning environment. The alternative setting will help students achieve a quality education aligned to state and national standards. Our new virtual high school will help our students achieve their academic goals by providing them the resources to learn their way, on their own timeframe.

The district will close for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. We will be recognizing our staff members that are veterans at the November 12 governing board meeting.

We will also close for Thanksgiving break on November 25 through 29. I hope you will enjoy this time with your family and friends and reflect on the people that make a difference in your lives.

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      Sincerely,

      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez
      Superintendent

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