TUSD can proudly boast a 95.5% graduation rate, one of the highest in the State of California. Our students are constantly being recognized for their academic and extra-curricular activities. Whether they are being accepted to the college of their choice, or receiving honors in debate, choir, robotics, athletics, or dance competitions, our students are able to achieve their goals because of the talented team of teachers, classified employees, and administrators that work tirelessly to ensure their success. I have always said that our goal is to maximize student achievement. We are able to accomplish this goal because our educators focus on growth models for each individual student, making certain their educational needs are met. During the month of May we celebrated the week of the teacher, the nurse, and the classified employee, please remember to thank them for their unwavering commitment and service.
I am very excited that three of our schools – Jefferson Middle School, Richardson Middle School, and West High School – are the recipients of the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. These schools were chosen because they represent learning centers where students succeed as a result of dynamic teaching and a collaborative learning community.
Every year we have students throughout our District being awarded numerous scholarships for their accomplished academic records. This year we are proud to have two North High students, Jacqueline Tayra and Ahsan Zaman, receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. The scholarship is given to those deserving students who have a record of exceptional academic performance, a dedication to community services, and an initiative to be a leader among their peers. Both Jacqueline and Ahsan embody these distinguishing qualities and I am confident that they will be successful in their future educational endeavors beyond North High.
Our District is very fortunate to have an engaged parent population and they are an essential component to our continued success. The hundreds of parents that volunteer countless hours at our schools and support classroom learning with their time are a priceless resource. Our active parents have helped us build our parent partnerships collaboratively, for the benefit of all our students. Together, our schools, our families, and our community should be proud of the exemplary work they do.
As this school year wraps up, I would like to express my appreciation to all of our community partners for their unparalleled support of our District. I look forward to a busy summer of planning for the upcoming school year. I hope everyone enjoys their summer and see you in September.