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Message from our Superintendent

September 2, 2021

Dear TJUHSD Families,

It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks from the end of the first semester and the start of winter break! The best part of the semester has been welcoming our students back to full in-person learning. Although we continue to make adjustments to our practices to provide a healthy and safe environment, we are excited that our students are once again able to participate and excel in extracurricular activities.

We have much to celebrate this semester! During the fall sports season, our athletes and coaches did an excellent job representing our schools and district. Congratulations to the Mission Oak Volleyball team and the Tulare Western Boys Cross Country team for their Valley Championships. Congratulations also to our Tulare Union student, Ria Bhakta, for her Division 3 EYL individual title in girls tennis. We also had multiple teams win league championships and the following teams made it to the playoffs: MO, TU and TW Football, TW Volleyball, TW Girls waterpolo, TU and TW Boys waterpolo, TU and TW Girls Tennis, TU and TW Girls Cross Country, TU Boys Cross Country, and TU Girls Golf. Our Opportunity Education schools also have the opportunity to participate in the Central Valley Athletic Conference League with our Tech Prep/Countryside Volleyball team earning first place in volleyball.

Beyond sports, our students also received recognition for their achievements in performing arts, agriculture, and character counts! History was made at the FFA National Conference with our FFA Ag Issues team earning a national championship. Congratulations to Avery Coelho, Emma Coelho, Madeline Lew, Aidan Champagne, and Duncan Champagne. The following graduates also earned the prestigious American FFA Degree at the national conference: Clay Costa, Jacob Fernandes, Madelyn Fernandes, Dakota Mendonca, Arie Prins, Joseph Pinheiro, and Amy Swall. We are very proud of our students and how they represented our district. Our marching bands from each of our comprehensive schools also had an excellent season and earned multiple awards at the various competitions. Our students were also well represented at the TCOE Character Counts! Awards for exemplifying the six pillars of character.

In addition to our student recognitions, Tulare County Office of Education held its annual Excellence in Education Awards in October, and two of our staff members received recognition for their contributions to education. Genaro Casas is an English Language Development (ELD) teacher and ELD coach at Tulare Union and was honored as a finalist for the Teacher of the Year category. Danny Pierotte is our director of facilities and was honored as a nominee for Administrator/Manager of the Year. We appreciate all that Genaro and Danny do on a daily basis to support our students and staff. We have an amazing staff who truly cares about our students and their success.

We also have exciting news in regards to our facilities. The new Tulare Union Science Building is in full use this semester. Our Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event for the building in October. Our board of trustees also approved the building of an aquatics complex and a Career Technical Education (CTE) building at Mission Oak High School. The aquatics complex will consist of a 50-meter pool with a 4-lane warm-up, and the CTE building will consist of an auto shop and wood shop. The completion date for both of these projects is fall of 2024.

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is important for our students to make sure they take advantage of all the support we have available. Each of our sites offers multiple tutoring opportunities for our students. Please reach out to our staff for more information regarding these opportunities. I would also like to wish our families a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.

Please see our TJUHSD Newsletter.

    Sincerely,

    Lucy Van Scyoc

    Dr. Lucy Van Scyoc
    TJUHSD Superintendent