Taft Union High School District

Excellence by design

Excellence by Design



    TUHSD students laptop check-in will start next week 5/22-5/24 Please take the time to check all the below.


    • 1.  I have made sure my laptop is in one piece along with a good screen.
    • 2.  I have my charging cord.
    • 3.  I have reported damage to my laptop (if needed) to the Tech Department - including cracked screen, cracked outer shell, damaged buttons, etc.
    • 4.  I have uploaded all photos, videos, files, etc. to Google Drive and understand my device will be completely erased over the summer for next year.  (Seniors will need to transfer documents to a personal Gmail if access is still desired)
    • 5.  My name tag is on my bag
    • 6.  I have removed any stickers NOT issued by the district.
    • 7.  My district-issued label is on the cover of my laptop.  Contact IT if you need a label.
    • 8. Make sure bag is empty of all trash and personal items.



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  • Sam Barnes was awarded the 23rd Congressional District of California 2017 Merit Award by Congressman Kevin McCarthy


    Taft Union High School senior Sam Barnes was awarded the 23rd Congressional District of California 2017 Merit Award by Congressman Kevin McCarthy on May 11.

                Barnes was one of 18 Kern County high school seniors to receive the honor after being nominated by their principals.

                “This award embodies superior academic achievement while also recognizing positive values students and educators represent every day,” McCarthy said.

                Barnes has a 4.6-grade point average and is in a tight race for valedictorian. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. The son of David and Julie Barnes was awarded two scholarships from the Fred Holmes Foundation and another from the Colorado School of Mines that will pay his way entirely.

                Barnes is a scholar-athlete. The 6-foot-2 water polo captain set the South Sequoia League record with most goals in a season this school year with 100. He also finished seventh in the Valley in the 100 breaststroke in swimming. He plans to play water polo at the School of Mines.

                Each of the 18 seniors also chose a teacher who inspired them. Barnes, like 2014 valedictorian Clayton Wikoff, chose English Department chairwoman Caroline Schoneweis. Barnes said of his mentor, “She was a role model all my life. She treats everyone with respect.” Respect is a two-way street and Schoneweis said of Barnes, “I think Sam is smarter than I am but I appreciate that he let’s me push some English facts in there.”


    Schoneweis and Barnes

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    Click Here for Final Exam Spring 16-17 Schedule

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    Please Click HERE for Disneyland Grad Nite Dress Code and Prohibited Item List

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    TUHS Geocaching SS TB Race Finish Line Lunch


    Come join us from 11:35 AM until 12:35 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the TUHS Board Room. The general public is welcome and access is on the southwest corner of the campus through the board room door. This is a school sanctioned event. We will have some pizza, but feel free to also bring your own food and/or drinks too. We will have a log to sign, trackable's to trade, and review the winners!

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TUHSD Mission Statement



    Taft Union High School District’s mission is to collaboratively and deliberately plan and implement learning experiences that will inspire excellence and achievement.




    The following are the principles that will guide the work of Taft Union High School District:



    Continually acquiring new information and modifying existing knowledge and skills



    Working collaboratively toward common goals



    Operating in a manner that is visible, predictable and understandable



    Demonstrating fairness, honesty and consistency



    The will to do the right things and to do things right

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