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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

Congratulations to our summer school graduates! We had 152 dedicated students graduate on June 29. We are so very proud of these seniors that did it with pride and stayed focused to complete their high school education. Thank you to all parents, guardians, teachers, and staff, as well as friends and family who supported them along the way. They are now ready to move on to the next chapter of their lives of college, career, and life. We wish them everything good in the future and much success!

As we hit the middle of summer, our June summer school sessions are behind us. We want to thank the students who made the decision to give up part of their summer vacation to attend classes. These students gave up fun to either catch up or get ahead in preparation for the start of the 2021–2022 school year. We had 4,305 students registered for the summer programs. We also want to thank the teachers and staff who stepped up and taught summer school so that our students could continue their learning. We truly appreciate you all. 

The learning doesn’t stop there. We are offering July summer school classes at both La Joya Community High School and online through Tolleson Virtual High School from July 1 through July 16. This summer session will provide current TUHSD students the opportunity to obtain high school credit. The classes are free, and students must register online through Tolleson Virtual High School

In the meantime, as we get ready for the start of school in August, I want to share some of our good news over the past several weeks. Congratulations to TUHSD Governing Board Vice President, Mr. Freddie Villalon, who recently received the Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AZALAS) award and recognition as the most outstanding governing board member of the year. Mr. Villalon has been on the TUHSD Governing Board for over 20 years, making decisions that positively affect the students in our district.

In addition, TUHSD’s Business Services Department, under the direction of our chief financial officer, Mr. Jeremy Calles, was recently notified that it had received a certificate of excellence in financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International. The recognition was for the district’s FY2020 comprehensive annual financial report.

We have a National Merit Scholar from University High School! Rook W. Bowman is looking at attending ASU in the fall, focusing on ecology as a major. All winners of National Merit Scholarship awards come from the finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. A variety of information is available for evaluation, including the finalist's academic record, information about the school's curriculum and grading system, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Rook and University High!

We are happy to announce that a former Westview student has become one of the newest second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Adrian Ledesma graduated recently from West Point Military Academy. Francisco J. Cardoza, captain and senior marine instructor for Westview High School’s MCJROTC, stated that Adrian “has definitely represented Westview in an outstanding manner and demonstrated the values of pride, performance, and perseverance.” Congratulations to Adrian.

TUHSD commits to preparing and providing the best education possible for our students. We look forward to serving you this coming school year with our continued focus on student academic achievement!

Mark Your Calendar

  • August 3 - First Day of School for Freshmen Only
  • August 4 - First Day of School for All Students
  • August 19 - TUHSD Parent Night

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

Be safe and stay Tolleson strong!

Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez

Superintendent Award

Congratulations to Superintendent Nora Gutierrez for being named ASA's All Arizona Superintendent for Large Size School Districts!

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