Tustin High School News

Week of September 18, 2023

This Week At Tustin High...

Tustin High School is one of 12 TUSD community schools in TUSD that includes Benson, Beswick, Estock, Guin Foss, Heideman, Loma Vista, Nelson, Columbus Tustin, Sycamore Magnet Academy, Tustin Ranch and Utt. What is a community school and what does that mean for us? Community schools are a strategy for collaboration between educators, local community members, families, and students to strengthen conditions for learning and healthy development. In addition to rigorous instruction, we organize resources, support and opportunities in and out of school so that students can thrive.

Before learning can take place, basic needs first have to be met. In addition to our monthly food distribution, we opened a Community Center on campus in March. Students can pick up snacks, school supplies, or shop for clothes in the Community Closet. Our on-campus pantry allows us to stock non-perishable food for families experiencing economic hardship. We provide basic medical, dental and vision services on campus through our partnership with Families Together of Orange County.

A culture of care and belonging is key in a community school. Our teachers utilize strategies to increase engagement and collaboration between students. ASB and Tiller News Media connect our community in fun and creative ways. Through a team of support staff that includes counselors, mental health specialists, school social worker, health office staff and community liaison, we are able to support students holistically to address academic, social emotional and health needs. We are opening a Student Support Center on campus to provide additional mental health support - stay tuned for more info!

As a community school, we connect with families through community events such as parent and student workshops, our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and family art nights. We want THS to be a place of belonging for all. Be on the lookout for a district survey to share your input on how we can better serve our students and families. Mark your calendars for Family Art Night on October 4 and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration/Report Card Night on October 18!

We are excited for our work as a community school, and that all Tillers will have support to achieve at their highest levels! If you are interested in learning more about our community school plan, please reach out to our Community School Specialist, Pat Hsieh, at phsieh@tustin.k12.ca.us.

Upcoming Dates & Events

Monday, September 18

  • Princeton University Presentation - Lunch in Room 806
  • Baseball Parent meeting-Cafeteria 5:00-6:45pm

Tuesday, September 19

  • San Diego State University Campus Visit - Lunch in the Plaza
  • Flag Football at Foothill (time TBD)
  • Girls Tennis @ Crean Lutheran - 3:15 pm
  • Girls Volleyball vs Crean Lutheran Triple Header - FS 3:15/JV 4:30/V 5:30
  • ELAC Meeting - 6 pm (Community Center - Rm 805)

Wednesday, September 20 - LATE START SCHEDULE

  • Physics Guest Speaker during CCR with OC Fire Authority
  • Honor Roll Celebration during Snack
  • Boys Water Polo @ Oceanview - 3:15 pm
  • Flag Football @ Millikan - 3:30 pm

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

Saturday, September 23

  • Saturday School @ 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Girls Volleyball Tournament @ Portola HS
  • Wrestling Tournament @ 7:00 am-5:00 pm - Sports Pavilion
  • MUN Conference at Rancho Santa Margarita HS


Please enjoy this week's Tiller News Today!

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Wednesday, September 20, is a Wednesday LATE START. Please follow the schedule below.

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School Attendance Matters!

Regular, on-time school attendance is vital to the success of all students. Across TUSD, our goal is to have all children present in school every day and on time. We are grateful for our partnership with parents and guardians to help us ensure student success. Important information regarding building strong habits early in your child's academic career and keeping your student on track through middle and high school is included. We encourage all of our families to review TUSD attendance policies and communicate with your school's office regarding absences due to illness. Thank you for continuing to support student success through regular, on-time attendance at school.

From the TUSD Newsletter

PTO Update

Here are a few ways to get involved with PTO, even if you can't make it to a meeting!

There are a few upcoming opportunities to volunteer. Please email tustinpto@gmail.com to sign up!

  • Tiller of the Quarter on Tuesday, October 17 - help set up and serve food to students selected for Tiller of the Quarter and their teachers.
  • Dino Dash on Sunday, November 5 - Help out at the THS booths at Dino Dash

For Parents & Guardians of English Learners

We would like to invite you to join us for the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:00 pm in Room 805. ELAC advises the Principal on the plan and budget for the English Learner program at THS. We highly value your input and partnership in supporting student success. Agendas are linked below and posted on the ELAC webpage of the THS website.

Dinner will be provided, as well as a bag of groceries for each family who attends, while supplies last. Please complete the form below to RSVP so we can prepare accordingly.


Sign Up for Dino Dash!

The Dinosaur Dash is a community run, walk, and bike event benefiting the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. There's something for everyone--a 2k fun run, chip-timed 5k and 10k runs, and Bike Tours for all riding levels (50k, 15k, and a family-friendly 5k). All proceeds go back to supporting students and instructional programs in TUSD!

For every registration associated with Tustin HS, $10 will be donated to a teacher or program of your choice. Please sign up using this REGISTRATION LINK.


Tiller University & Freshmen Parent Academy!

Hello Students and Parents!

Please save the date! Tiller University will be on Tuesday, September 26th which is open to all grade levels! Parents and students choose multiple workshops with reps from various college systems, preparing for the financial aid process, and learn about dual enrollment with our local community college partners. For all new 9th grade families, we will be hosting a special Freshmen Parent Academy that will cover graduation/college admission requirements, support and resources for families, and tips on how to be involved!

Come grab some tacos while getting informed! No RSVP required鈥nd yes you can earn hours off detention for attending this evening! 馃槉 I hope to see you there!

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THS Main Line: 714-730-7414

Attendance Office (leave a message anytime day or night) - ext 87175

Counseling Office - ext 87160

College & Career Center - ext 87806

Discipline Office - ext 87155

Community Liaison - ext 87159

Library - ext 87103

Student Store - ext 87104

WE TIP HOTLINE 844-714-0861