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Message from Our Superintendent

Dear TUHSD Community,

October brings those long-awaited cooler temperatures and allows us to enjoy being outside again. I hope everyone enjoys fall break from Monday, October 8 through Friday, October 12, 2018. I hope you will be able to relax and spend time with friends and family! 

One thing that is hot right now is the buzz on our new high school, West Point High – home of the Dragons! We recently broke ground on the new high school. At the event, we had the support of our municipalities, elected officials, and community members, including Luke Air Force Base. Please visit our social media platforms for renderings and QR codes to view a virtual tour of the new campus. The buzz on West Point High School has officially begun!

This year we have added Mr. Derek Fahleson as our new director of athletics and safety/security. Mr. Fahleson was formerly the assistant principal for athletics at La Joya Community High School. He oversees athletics district-wide, ensuring that our athletics programs provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our students. Mr. Fahleson said, “Our goal is to develop programs that offer a safe, enjoyable experience for kids. We want to give students an opportunity to develop to their full potential and, in the meantime, make sure they are meeting the academic expectations that give them that privilege.” Mr. Fahleson also oversees safety and security, making sure that the district and its schools take every precaution to provide a safe environment for all our students.

Our students are also a continuing sense of pride for TUHSD. The City of Tolleson recently chose Kaiden Fesler, a student at University High School, to be a youth interviewer. For this contest, The City of Tolleson sought students interested in broadcasting and being in front of television cameras. The Tolleson Youth Interviewers had the opportunity to interview Mayor Tovar and Vice Mayor Rodriguez on-camera.

Celebrating student academic achievement, I would also like to spotlight Faith Cisneros, University High’s female student of the year last year as a junior. Faith was recently granted a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Faith placed in the top 50,000 of 1.6 million juniors who took the PSAT. 

Finally, we invite you to our district’s sixth annual career and college fair on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the campus of Copper Canyon High School. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the various colleges and universities in Arizona and other parts of the country. Please note this important day on your calendar.

    As always, remember to check our website for important upcoming events. To learn more about our district, follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. 

    TUHSD Do It With Pride!


    Nora Gutierrez

    Nora Gutierrez

    West Point High School

    The Tolleson Union High School District's newest high school will be at Avondale Blvd. and Encanto Blvd. in the City of Avondale. We expect the new school to open for the 2019–2020 school year.

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