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Message from Our Superintendent

February 2023 Superintendent Message:

Dear Tolleson Union High School District Community,

February is the month of love, and we want to let our parents and community know how much we love our students! They are the best part of our job. Just ask any teacher, administrator, or staff member, and they will tell you that we do our jobs with a united focus on student academic achievement. We have the best students and the best district in Arizona, hands down! I am always so proud of everything that our students accomplish throughout the year. We all have a lot to celebrate. Speaking of celebrations, here is just a sample of what our students and staff have accomplished recently.

Students from the Chinese Dragon Dance Team at West Point High School were part of a story by ABC 15 on the Lunar New Year celebrations that took place towards the end of January. The students were hard at work, practicing twice a week leading up to their Lunar New Year performance. The students indicated that they all learned how to work as a team and that the opportunity was truly exciting. As a result of the ABC 15 story airing, organizers of another Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Mesa reached out to the West Point High School Chinese Dragon Dance Team with an invitation to perform at their celebration.

Back in December, the district got a call from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications with regards to Christine Devine, a news anchor in Los Angeles, who happens to be a former Tolleson Union High School graduate. Ms. Devine came to Arizona to speak at the ASU Cronkite graduation and indicated that she had an interest in meeting with TUHS students to talk about the importance of staying in school and going on to college. As a result, Ms. Devine spoke to students in the new TUHS Performing Arts Center and was thoroughly impressed with the total renovations at her former campus. She shares TUHSD’s focus on the importance of education and student academic achievement with a goal of college-going students. She is hoping to come back to visit more TUHSD students and share her personal story and message of preparing for college and what our students can accomplish when they put their minds to it.

We are proud to announce that the teacher/student team of Samantha Ness and Aiden Kerbs from Copper Canyon High School will represent Arizona at a great civic event in Hawaii this summer. National History Day, which includes the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor amongst others, selected sixteen teacher/student high school teams to participate in the “Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute”. This is an all-expense paid program that offers an exceptional opportunity to study World War II history in Hawaii. The program provides an opportunity for each teacher/student team to research the context of World War II in the Pacific. The team also researches the life of a local “Silent Hero” who died during World War II and is buried in or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. The teacher/student team will then share a “eulogy” of their Silent Hero graveside at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Congratulations Ms. Ness and Aiden!

Important dates to note for the month of February:

  • Friday, February 17: Winter Recess (No School)

  • Monday, February 20: President’s Day (No School)

Just a reminder to check our district website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed for the latest TUHSD information.

Sincerely,

Nora Gutierrez

Nora Gutierrez
Superintendent

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