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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community, 

As we start the second month of the second semester, we witness something that only comes once every four years… Leap Year! The month of February this year has 29 days rather than the normal 28. What are you going to do with your extra day this month? Now here’s a rundown on what our district and schools have been up to since the beginning of the second semester. Last month, more than 180 students from our district attended the 4th Annual Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life conference at Grand Canyon University. The conference looked to inspire attendees to create lasting ways to combat bullying, depression and suicide at their schools. The conference was free of charge and open to all schools in Arizona. More than 3,500 students from across the state attended the conference. There were 157 schools representing 54 school districts. Every school in the Tolleson Union High School District was represented. In attendance were also educators, law enforcement personnel, behavioral health experts and elected officials from various cities. 

Speaking of the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life conference, congratulations to Sierra Linda’s Jeremiah Aguinaga on being named a Difference Maker at the conference. Alaina Owen, a peer counselor at Sierra Linda said about Jeremiah, “he is an amazement to me. I first met him last year when he 'appeared' in my class on the recommendation of several of his teachers, including several of his AP teachers. His unassuming nature and quiet voice make people overlook him, but that doesn't last for long. Ms. Owen stated that last year, Jeremiah attentively learned how to mediate, learned new skills, and made friends throughout the class. This year he ran for peer counseling president and won. His personal presence has grown, and while he is still respectful and soft-spoken, Jeremiah is definitely not overlooked. 

At TUHSD, we value our relationships with our local professional sports teams. Prior to the winter break, Arizona Cardinals football player, Joe Walker, read a book to the Copper Canyon ELD students as part of their Milk and Cookies program. The player was accompanied by Big Red, the Cardinals mascot. Safeway and Albertsons stores sponsored the cookies and milk. Copper Canyon's ELD Department received $2,000.00 in gift cards to Safeway. As the event ended, Joe Walker and Big Red handed out autographed tote bags. Thanks to the Arizona Cardinals for partnering with our district. 

Finally, we will be having a Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, February 22 for teaching positions only. If you know of someone who is looking for a great opportunity to work with our students, please pass along this information to them. The Job Fair will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at West Point High School, 11620 W. Encanto, Avondale, AZ. 85392. 

Mark Your Calendars:

  • February 17 – President’s Day (No School) 
  • February 22 – TUHSD Certified Job Fair at West Point High School from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

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      Nora Gutierrez

      Nora Gutierrez
      Superintendent

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