School Year Comes to an End

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,

This week, 363 seniors from Canutillo High School walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.  The CHS class of 2021 has received over $2.4 million in scholarships! Congratulations to Valedictorian, Andrea Contreras, who will attend The University of Texas at El Paso in the fall. Salutatorian, Erick Valdez will be attending Notre Dame in the fall.  

Graduation is one of the most joyous times of a school year. This year's commencement is particularly special because of the great challenges our students and staff have endured for the past 16 months. It marks a new beginning for our departing seniors - not only are they moving on to college, but they are also breaking free from the grips of this pandemic.

It is our hope that they will take lessons learned from the health crisis, such as the value of grace, gratitude and humility, and apply them to building a better future for themselves and their fellow citizens.

As our graduates leave the halls and classrooms where so many great memories were made, we are enthusiastically planning for new facilities to accommodate their successors. The Just for Kids Committee has been touring the district and actively deliberating on a building plan for the future. Our third Just for Kids Committee took place this Tuesday, with fresh insights and new faces. Additional committee members along with students joined us at Bill Childress Elementary, on the last day of school for Canutillo ISD.

Following a campus tour highlighting opportunities for improvements, the committee learned more details about the Facility Master Plan developed to identify deficiencies district-wide. A presentation on athletics and career and technical education also provided context for student opportunities and facility needs.

Our fourth meeting will occur next week at Canutillo Elementary School, on Wednesday, June 16 at 5:00 p.m.

As the school year comes to end, we are ready to kick off summer school!  To meet the unique needs of our students this year, our district-wide Summer SALT (Sustaining Academic Learning Together) program includes over 25 programs being offered throughout the district.  This large-scale effort has been made possible because of the many school nutrition workers, bus drivers, teachers, administrators, and support staff who have stepped up to operationalize summer programming at all campuses, and at all levels.  It starts Monday, June 14, 2021.  Contact your campus for more information.

Lastly, we value the service of our Canutillo ISD Police & Security Department who keep our students and staff safe. Canutillo ISD is not defunding our Police & Security Department and is not eliminating police or security from our campuses. Any claims to the contrary are simply false and designed to mislead the community.

Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools