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Welcome To tJUHSD

Message from our Superintendent

Dear TJUHSD Families,

As spring starts to emerge, we are excited to bring you the latest news from TJUHSD. It's an exciting time, filled with many accomplishments and achievements across academics, athletics, arts, and agriculture.

Academic Triumphs: Our commitment to academic excellence continues not only in our classroom, but also as our students compete in various academic contests throughout our county and state. We are proud to announce that our students have excelled in various academic competitions, including Science Olympiad, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and the Tulare County Poetry Live! event. The Tulare Union Science Olympiad team placed third at the Tulare County Science Olympiad competition and advanced to the NorCal Science Olympiad competition in April. Our students also excelled at the Region 8 FCCLA competition. Congratulations to Tulare Western students, Khloe Arzola for placing first in innovative foods, Marissa Velasquez for placing second in bread making, and Ashley Ybarra for placing first in creative cakes, as well as placing first overall in the foods category. These students will also move forward to the FCCLA State competition in April. Also, our students once again dominated the 2024 Tulare County Poetry Out Loud competition. The Poetry Out Loud champion is Mission Oak student, Alondra Gutierrez. Alondra is also the new Tulare County Youth Poet Laureate and will represent Tulare County at the California Poetry Out Loud competition. Congratulations also to Sabrina Castillo from Tulare Union who placed second overall in the Poetry Out Loud competition. A big thank you to all our educators who work tirelessly to create an environment that fosters critical thinking, creativity, and a passion for learning.

Athletic Achievements: During the winter season, our fields and courts showcased not only thrilling victories, but also the sportsmanship of our student-athletes. Four of our winter sports teams were league champions: MO girls basketball, TW girls soccer, TW boys wrestling and TW girls wrestling. Additionally, all our girls and boys basketball teams and our boys soccer teams made the playoffs. Tulare Union and Tulare Western girls soccer also made the playoffs. We had multiple wrestlers qualify for the CIF Central Section Championships: TU boys wrestling—three, TW boys wrestling—four, MO boys wrestling—six, TU girls wrestling—one, and TW girls wrestling—four. Congratulations to Arieana Gutierrez, the Division 2 Girls Wrestling champion, and Dominic Wilson the Division 4 Boys Wrestling champion and for also placing sixth in the state. This is Dominic’s second time placing in the state. Genesee Castro from Tulare Western also qualified for state. The dedication and discipline demonstrated by our student-athletes not only contributes to their success on the playing field, but also instills values that will serve them well beyond high school.

Artistic Expression: Creativity is also alive at each of our sites, with our visual and performing art programs providing a platform for students to express themselves. Our district is partnering with the Tulare Chamber to provide our community with an opportunity to see first-hand the work of our talented students. This event will take place in conjunction with the "Cars on K" event on April 6. Our drama programs have also been busy putting on their plays. Mission Oak did a great job with "Beauty and the Beast," and Tulare Western with "Mama Mia." We are looking forward to Tulare Union’s play, "Westside Story," as well as spring performances from our choir and dance programs. Our music programs also had a successful winter guard and percussion season. Congratulations to Mission Oak’s winter guard for ranking first in the South Valley Winter Arts Association Silver Division and Tulare Union for ranking first in the Gold Division. We also had students from our district who were selected to participate in the Tulare/Kings Music Educators Association (TKMEA) honor band. The honor band is composed of the top high school musicians in the two counties. From visual arts to performing arts, our students continue to inspire us with their creativity and passion for the arts.

Students holding medals and certificates

Cultivating Success in Agriculture: Our agricultural programs are also thriving. Students are gaining hands-on experience in farming practices, animal husbandry, and agribusiness. The agricultural curriculum not only equips students with practical skills, but also fosters an appreciation for the vital role agriculture plays in our community. The following FFA teams competed in various events throughout the state: Citrus, Water Issues, Grapevine Pruning, and Cotton. Congratulations to the Grapevine Pruning team for placing fourth overall in the state. Our students also swept the Sequoia FFA Sectional Speaking competition. Congratulations to the following students:

FFA Creed Recitation

  • First Place: Eva Gomes
  • Third Place: Zoey Yenigues
  • Fourth Place: Juleydy Monje

Prepared Public Speaking

  • First Place: Gianna Fernandes
  • Second Place: Madison Dutto
  • Third Place: Lilyanah Ribeiro

Job Interview

  • First Place: Brenda Monje
  • Second Place: Sophia Gonzalez
  • Third Place: Lilian Babb
  • Fourth Place: Julia Van Scyoc

The agricultural curriculum and FFA experience not only equip students with practical skills, but also foster an appreciation for the vital role agriculture plays in our community.

Looking Ahead: As we celebrate the achievements of our students, we are excited to share that we are making progress on our construction projects. If you drive by Mission Oak, you will see lots of action associated both with our Aquatics Complex and Auto/Construction Building. The Auto/Construction Building should be ready in the fall and Aquatics Complex in early spring. We have also hired teachers for the Auto and Construction classes. TJUHSD remains committed to providing a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in all aspects of life.

Two photos of the future CTE building

Two photos of the future aquatics building

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in the growth and success of our students. Together, we are shaping the leaders, innovators, and contributors of tomorrow.


Lucy Van Scyoc

Dr. Lucy Van Scyoc
TJUHSD Superintendent