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TILLER FRIDAY REFLECTIONS
From the desk of Dr. Tuin, THS Principal
Week Two of distance learning proved eventful. Teachers and students settled into more of a routine and a slightly known process. We received updated information on how long-distance learning might be in place, while still left with some important questions. Some reflected on silver linings in our situation, and good news continued to surface on the college front for senior Tillers.
I spent most of my time this week in virtual meetings with admin, secretaries and teachers. Planning, managing and executing are still daily functions that constitute my time. My email account has always had no trouble populating, and currently the email pace has reached another level.
One of the benefits on meeting with teachers is gaining an understanding of their week, and their interaction with students. Last week concerns emerged about the percentage of students participating in distance learning lessons and assignments. While a majority of students checked in and engaged from the beginning, there were still students missing. It seems the word is starting to get out now that we are still in session, just from a distance. While we still don’t know the exact parameters on grading, the work and learning going on now definitely counts. The TUSD Board of Education will offer more guidance next week, but distance learning provides an opportunity for students to learn, improve and show growth. Teachers have developed mini lessons, “check in” videos and assignments to support student learning. Additionally, teachers offered office hours to help with the learning process.
While the academic aspect of school continued, all be it in a much different format, extra-curriculars have not. Teachers, students and staff have tried to come up with some solutions, but it is no doubt difficult based on the restrictions. On Monday, TUSD announced the school building was shut down until May 1st. Then less than 24 hours later, the governor of California effectively extended school closings until the end of the school year. As I looked at my calendar this week to enter new meetings established, I gained a sense of the scope of activities being cancelled: all athletic seasons, done; International Food Fair, canceled; International assembly, canceled; Prom, canceled; Hello-Goodbye Assembly, canceled. The list went on in my mind as I contemplated some of these traditions dear to our students and staff. I paused from sadness. I think there will be grieving for all of us, mostly our seniors. However, despite the disappointment, there are still opportunities to celebrate our students. There is a TUSD committee formed to creatively address end of the year activities. ASB and school staff are also thinking about how we can make the best of a challenging situation. Two events we are not willing to cancel completely are Senior Reflections and Graduation. I can’t speak to exactly how those will work, but there is intent on figuring those two out for sure. Stay tuned.
While losing activities is painful for our students, especially our seniors, I was also reminded of important perspective during this time. Missing our normal schedule is an inconvenience, but there are people right now really suffering. Some have lost jobs, income and even family members. Both a
teacher and a student lost their mother this past week (no known connection to Covid19), and the prohibition on gathering makes that loss so much more painful to navigate. I know we have students and families who lost jobs during this time and are struggling. We empathize with you and want to be understanding as we try to do learning from a distance. When I think about it all, I feel sad, especially for our Tiller families impacted by this historic pandemic. Hang in there. While our primary function is to educate, we want to be supportive and connected most of all. One thing I have learned about this community, people are willing to help one another. We need that more than ever.
In the midst of the pain experienced this week, there were some silver linings. Multiple teachers and coaches shared how they have had the opportunity to connect with their own families. Coaches especially, sacrifice so much to pour into our student athletes. Many coaches have children of their own who no doubt get less of their mom or dad because their parents are so committed to growing, challenging and nurturing our students. Coaches don’t complain about this reality (their spouses might), and they willingly accept their important role in the lives of so many students. However, these past two weeks have offered a gift of time and connection for families. I have even heard of students sharing how they appreciate the time spent with their own family. My hope is that out of all this, we don’t forget about these lessons in months and years to come, and create some margin for each other to be connected at home and school.
We did receive some additional great news this week from college seniors. Many students are starting to hear about acceptance in colleges, and also financial packages available. I found out this week that three students offered acceptance with full financial benefits: Hailey Adams from Texas Christian University, Anaka Mahesh from USC and Natalia Murrieta from Stanford University. Additionally, I found out Monica Meza will attend Cal State Long Beach to earn a BFA in ceramics, and Victoria Shores was accepted to Howard University. All of these are exciting opportunities, and just a sampling of all the good news. Mrs. Vandal, the senior AVID teacher, sent me a list of all her students who were accepted into colleges. I am adding it all to the list! Please let me know your good news and I will add it to the list as well.
These college plans are good reminder that this pandemic thing will eventually end. There is still more inconvenience, disappointment and pain to come, but it will pass. Life will go on, and our current freshman, sophomores and juniors will come back next year with a fresh start, probably more appreciative of their Tiller experience. For seniors, they will move on to the next chapter of their life also with an appreciation for their Tiller experience, and hopefully for family and relational connection. While it is a challenging time, it is still a good time to be a Tiller.
Senior #accepted List:
Hailey Adams – accepted Texas Christian University; plans, attend Texas University
Anaka Mahesh – accepted, UCLA, USC; plans – Engineering at USC
Monica Meza – accepted, Cal State East Bay,Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Northern Arizona
University; plans – BFA in Ceramics at Cal State Long Beach
Natalia Murrietta – accepted, Standford, Northwestern University in Chicago, Carnegie Melon University in Pennsylvania; plans – engineering at Stanford.
Victoria Shores – accepted, Howard University
Savannah Thorn – accepted, UCLA
Citlali Aguilar – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Morningside College, Univ of La Verne, UC Merced
Monica Aguilar – accepted, Chapman University
Bryan Alarcon – accepted, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona Univ., Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Yolanda Allen – accepted, Cal State San Bernardino
Yoli Allen – accepted, Cal State Long Beach
Cesar Alvarez – accepted, Cal State Domingquez, Vanguard Univ., Cal State Fullerton, Cal State LA,
Natalie Anaya – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Emely Andrade – accepted, Cal State Channel Islands
Andy Arellano – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ., Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton
Brian Arriaga – accepted, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside
Charene Bailey – accepted, Univ of New Mexico, Grand Canyon Univ, San Fracisco St, Hawaii Pacific Univ
Hannah Barajas – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ, Cal State Channel Islands, San Franciscio State
Giselle Barrera – accepted, Cal State Fullerton, Cal St Los Angeles
Yalen Bastida – accepted, Northern Arizona Univ, Cal State San Berdardino, Cal State Bakersfield, St. John’s New York, Grand Canyon Univ, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Univ of New Mexico, UC Riverside
Raj Birla – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Mariah Bohorquez – accepted, Cal State Long Beach
Sydney Busa – accepted, Humbolt State Univ, Cal State Channel Islands, Cal State Dominguez Hills, San Francisco State Univ, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii Pacific, Univ of Oregon
Lisbeth Cabrera – accepted, Concordia Univ, Grand Canyon Univ, Humbolt State Univ, Chico State Univ, Cal State Fullerton, Univ of New Mexico, Azusa Pacific Univ, Hope International Univ.
Emanuel Calderon – accepted, Univ California Merced
Karla Campos – accepted, Grand Canyon University, San Francisco State Univ
Cristobal Camboy – accepted, Humbolt State Univ, St. Mary’s Twickenham
Jennifer Cano – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Colorado Mesa Univ
Janet Carrasco – accepted, Vanguard University
Cassie Castro – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton
Guadalupe Castro – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona
Ruth Cinco – accepted, Vanguard Univ, Concordia Univ, Grand Canyon Univ, Morningside College, Cal State Fullerton
Alex Cox – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ, Hope International Univ, Cal State Channel Islands, Humbolt State Univ
Clarice Diaz – accepted, Morningside College, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Charlene Ducusin – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ, Humbolt State Univ, Cal State Bakersfield, Dominican University, Colorado Mesa Univ, Whittier College, Hope International Univ, Cal State Fullerton, Univ of La Verne, Mills College, Univ of the Pacific
Leslie Felix – accepted, Univ of La Verne, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz
Jocelyn Flores – accepted, Grand Canyon Univ, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Ashley Fraga – accepted, San Francisco State University
Brian Gallardo – accepted, Grand Canyon University, Cal State Fullerton
Ricardo Garcia Hernandez – accepted, Grand Canyon University
Lileny Garcia – accepted, Cal State Dominquez Hills, UC Merced, Chico State Univ
Ricky Garcia – accepted, San Francisco State
Saul Gomez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez, Grand Canyon Univ, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Fresno State University
Bryanna Gutierrez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Cynthia Guzman – accepted, Cal State Fullerton University
Jeremy Haugh – accepted, Cal State Dominquez Hills University
Destiny Hernandez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills University
Samantha Hernandez – accepted, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Northern Arizona Univ
Sergio Jimenez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills University
Lizbeth Ledesma – accepted, Cal State Fullerton, Sacramento State University
Arely Lira – accepted, Northern Arizona University, Concordia University, Cal State San Marcos, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton
Trisha Macias – accepted, Cal State Dominguez, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Monterey Bay, San Francisco State University
Jenny Martinez – accepted, Cal State Los Angeles University
Veronica Martinez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Northridge University
Jennifer Medina – accepted, Grand Canyon University
Juliann Melara – accepted, Humboldt State University, Cal State Dominguez Hills, San Francisco State, Chico State University
Martin Melarejo – accepted, Grand Canyon University, Humboldt State, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Mylene Molina – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton University
Johan Monroy – accepted, University of La Verne
Fazia Najibullah – accepted, Cal State Fullerton, Chico State University
Carolina Naxi – accepted, San Francisco State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Stanislaus
Phi Nguyen – accepted, University of La Verne, Hult Univ, Domican University, Berry College, Georgia State Univ, Sacramento State, Chico State, Cal State Fullerton, San Francisco State, UC Riverside, Chapman University
Vincent Nguyen – accepted, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Univ of Nevada Las Vegas
Aline Ollua – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Northern Arizona Univ, Humboldt State, Cal State Channel Islands, Univ of New Mexico
Vanessa Ortiz – accepted, University of Portland, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Long Beach, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State San Luis Obispo
Hashim Patel – accepted, Grand Canyon University, Cal State Fullerton University
Maria Perez – accepted, Univ of New Mexico, Grand Canyon University, San Francisco State, Chico State
Lesly Ramirez – accepted, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona
Catherine Rios – accepted, Vanguard Univ, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Los Angeles
Julitza Rodriguez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Univ of La Verne, Concordia University, Cal State Fullerton
Andrea Rojas – accepted, Cal State Los Angeles University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton
Hannia Rojas – accepted, Grand Canyon University, Concordia University, Hawaii Pacific University, Cal State Fullerton
Hilsi Romellon – accepted, University of Oregon, Cal Poly Pomona, San Francisco State, UC Irvine
Alan Ruano – accepted, Cal State Fullerton, Vanguard University, Chapman University, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount University
Sebastian Rubio – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills University
Chris Sanchez – accepted, Humboldt State, Hawaii Pacific Univeristy
Fatima Sanchez – accepted, San Francisco State University
Josue Sanchez – accepted, Univ of New Mexico, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona,
Manny Segura – accepted, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Kameron Sok – accepted, Cal State Fullerton
Diana Solis – accepted, University of La Verne, Morningside College, Whittier College, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton
Saul Soto – accepted, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton
Jessica Tacalo – accepted, Grand Canyon University, Chico State, UC Merced
Fatima Teodoro – accepted, Humboldt State, Grand Canyon University
Ave Thompson – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Denise Torres – accepted, Northern Arizona, Univ of New Mexico, Grand Canyon University, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State University
Irvin Torres – accepted, Cal Poly Pomona
Jacob Torres – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Joline Tu – accepted, Grand Canyon University
Vionda Valencia – accepted, Humboldt State, Concordia University, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton
Kelly Vargas – accepted, Vanguard University, Grand Canyon University
Melanie Vasquez – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, University of New Mexico, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Grand Canyon University
Cynthia Vela – accepted, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Grand Canyon University, Cal State Fullerton
Genessis Villapando – accepted, Northern Arizona University, Concordia University
Olivia Williams – accepted, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Grand Canyon University, University of Alabama, Texas Tech, University of Houston, Cal State East Bay, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara
Vanessa Zuniga – accepted, Cal State Fullerton University
Reese Marcosa – accepted/recruited, Bethesday University in Anaheim; plans - Business Administration & play baseball
Dhaval Vora – accepted, UCLA; plans - Engineering
Ava McInnes – accepted/recruited, University of California San Diego; plans - play volleyball
Taylor Kelly – accepted/recruited, San Francisco State University; plans to play softball
Parker Cadacio – accepted/recruited Emery Riddle University in Arizona; plans to play baseball
Desaraie Sales – accepted/recruited, Sacramento State, Concordia University; plans to run XC and track
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Monday, November 4th from 6-8 PM at THS
TUSD is holding its 2019 College and Career Fair on Monday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tustin High School. The 34th annual event is open to all TUSD high school students and their parents. Over 90 colleges, universities and military academies will have representatives hand out literature and answer questions about their institutions. Students and parents will be able to gather information on campus locations, curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition and living expenses. There will also be workshops on financial aid, higher education options in California and out-of-state, and NCAA eligibility. Additionally, community colleges, Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and career technical education programs will share their programs with Tustin Unified high school students.
From the TUSD Superintendent:
It is an honor to serve as Superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District. Every day students are nurtured and challenged to prepare for a successful future. Our goal is that all students thrive now and in the future. Tustin Unified and the community have always made facilities planning a priority, and we still have significant facilities needs:
Most schools in Tustin are over 50 years old.
- Many permanent classrooms have never been renovated.
- Campuses require utility upgrades including electricity, water, gas, and sewer.
- School safety upgrades are needed.
- Assembly areas are insufficient for current enrollments.
I am proud that Tustin Unified is taking the initiative to actively address these challenges. Last year the District embarked on updating its Long-Range Facilities Master Plan with over 600 participants.
We are now sharing our process and needs with the community to gather further input. We are working diligently to engage with the community to share the significant needs for modernized classroom buildings that ensure high quality outcomes for all students. Great schools protect our investment, improve our quality of life, and protect property values.
Now we need to hear from you. What do YOU think? What are YOUR questions?"
Gregory A. Franklin, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District
2019-2020 AP EXAM REGISTRATION
September 1st - November 1st
HOW TO REGISTER:
Step 1: Go to the online test registration site: https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/53570
Step 2: Create an account using your personal email and cell number
Step 3: Choose which exams you will take
Step 4: Follow payment instructions and submit/send payment
$105 per exam / $15 per exam if approved for fee waiver*
*submit a request for fee waiver if you qualify for free & reduced lunch*
$150 per exam - $45 late fee and NO fee waivers will be honored
Must cancel before 11/1/19 to receive refund of $100 / $10
NO REFUND if you cancel after 11/1/19
Questions? Contact Mrs. Hagstrom or Mr. Tanara
THS PEER TUTORING PROGRAM
The Peer Tutoring program is designed to help students achieve greater success by connecting students with their peers. The goal is to build an academic support system in which student-to-student help is offered to anyone who needs tutoring in any subject in order to strengthen students’ skills and improve their overall achievement. Peer tutors will be available to help other students as needed during Tutorial on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you would like to be a peer tutor please complete the Peer Tutoring Application Form and this Checklist Page. You can complete the application by following the link below or you can pick up a paper application from the Student Services Office. Two teacher recommendation signatures and a parent/guardian signature are required to complete the application. Applications must be submitted and Checklist/Signature Page must be turned in to the Student Services Office by Monday, September 23rd.
“Go” For Outstanding Attendance!
The Tustin Unified School District (TUSD) is partnering with Data Impressions & Microsoft to highlight students who model outstanding attendance. Data Impressions and Microsoft have generously donated 30 Microsoft Surface Go (or similar) devices to continue the TUSD attendance incentive program into a fifth year! One computer will be given away at the end of the school year at every school site in TUSD. All students who maintain outstanding daily attendance at TUSD’s schools will have a chance to win!
For program details, rules and eligibility information, please view or download the flyer.