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Sierra Linda High School
Tolleson Union High School District

Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to the Sierra Linda Guidance and Counseling Department. We offer our counseling program to students, parents, and staff. Our counselors strive to reach all students and help them prepare for their academic future.

We address students’ needs in three main areas: Academic, Career/Post-Graduate, and Personal/Social. Students first meet counselors during pre-registration activities in 8th grade and will continue to meet with counselors each year for assistance as they make their way through their High School experience.

The staff is committed to the students and the academic excellence of the school and looks forward to working with all parents and students each year. At Sierra Linda, we encourage parents and students to communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators with questions, concerns, and good news regarding your student. Open communication is a vital component for successful and positive school experiences.

For college scholarship information, please visit our Scholarship page. Please feel free to contact the counseling office for any and all concerns that you might have.

Our Counseling Staff

The Counseling Center hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for your convenience. Students may schedule appointments through Mr. Messersmith to see a counselor before or after school and during lunch. Parents can make appointments by contacting Mr. Messersmith as well.


Kristeena Torres, Guidance Counselor (623) 474.7711

Eugene Messersmith, Guidance Clerk (623) 474.7711
The guidance clerk answers your questions or directs you to the proper person.

Dawn Kearney, Registrar (623) 474.7706
Ms. Kearney is instrumental in maintaining students' schedules and transcripts.

Beverly Perez, Records Clerk (623) 474.7719
Ms. Perez is responsible for accurately maintaining all student records and accounts.

Daisy Hernandez, Guidance Counselor (623) 474.7711
Ms. Hernandez works with all freshman (last name A-N) and students receiving special services.

Chad Outcult, Guidance Counselor (623) 474.7711

Denise Saldamando, Guidance Counselor (623) 474.7711
Ms. Saldamando works with sophomores, junior, and seniors (last name G-N).

Joely Sanders, Guidance Counselor (623) 474.7711
Ms. Sanders works with sophomores, juniors, and seniors (last name A-F) and houses college information for juniors and seniors.

Taylor Perez, Social Worker (623) 474.7716

Curriculum & Instruction

Upcoming Events

GCC High School Senior Day

Save the date! Glendale Community College's high school senior day is Saturday, April 16.

Senior Day Flier

Senior Saturday Day

Maricopa Community Colleges invite students and family members to senior Saturday day on Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Receive hands-on assistance with registration, enrollment, advisement, and financial aid. Please see our flyer for more information.

University of Arizona Updates

Need to Know

Come and visit the UA campus!

We would love to have your school on our campus. Please be sure to check out how you can bring your students to UA. If you can't bring a group to campus, encourage your students to sign up for the Arizona Experience and travel to campus on their own.

The Arizona Experience is a full day, open house-style event. Students will have the opportunity to explore UA by choosing from a wide variety of breakout sessions.

The program dates for the 2015–2016 year are:

  • Friday, October 9
  • Saturday, November 21
  • Saturday, January 30
  • Friday, February 19
  • Saturday, March 5
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Saturday, April 9

Tu Universidad, Tu Futuro Hispanic/Latino College Day

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 
Student Union Grand Ballroom | Tucson, AZ

Students will learn why being an Arizona Wildcat is an experience like no other — from world-class academics and research to a campus rich with history and tradition. The University of Arizona is a truly diverse community.

Need to Know

New Tour Registration System

Our new tour registration system is live! Students can now register for a campus tour without logging into UA Future!

Students can still choose an honors, engineering, or SALT info session option in addition to their campus tour. Students can also indicate they are interested in a residence life tour and the site will redirect them.

Wildcat Promise is back!

The Wildcat Promise deadline is fast approaching!

  • Wildcat Promise One
    • Submit a complete application by October 15, 2015.
    • Students will receive notice of decision through their UA Future account on November 5, 2015. They will also receive official notification in the mail.
  • Wildcat Promise Two
    • Submit a complete application by November 5, 2015.
    • Students will receive notice of decision through their UA Future account by December 3, 2015. They will also receive official notification in the mail.

Rolling admission will apply after these dates, and students will receive a decision within two to four weeks.

UA Future
Your student's prospective student account previously called "MY UA" is now called UA Future! This is the system they will use to check their admissions status and materials requested and received.

ACT/SAT Scores
Beginning with fall 2016 applications, the University of Arizona will no longer accept ACT/SAT test scores that have been listed on a high school transcript. All test scores need to come directly from either College Board or ACT in order to be used for merit aid and Honors College consideration.

CTE News
CTE is now a part of the 16 core courses! Check how CTE fits into ABOR's guidelines, along with the other core course competency requirements.

Good to Know

American Indian Studies
The University of Arizona now offers an undergraduate degree in American Indian studies through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences! View the courses students can take for the major.

UA Online
UA Online now offers 24 undergraduate degrees! Check out the full list of online undergraduate programs and don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

If you have any general questions, feel free to contact your school’s counselor. We are happy to help.

Bear Down!
Office of Admissions
University of Arizona
(520) 621.3237

ASU Honors College

To give the seniors in your high school class of 2016 the best chance of receiving positive Barrett admission decisions, here are two easy steps to follow:

  • Encourage your students to submit a complete ASU application by the November 1 ASU VIP admit deadline, or even earlier if possible. Recommend applying to ASU four to six weeks before the first Barrett deadline of November 15. ASU applicants need to submit an application fee and send official high school transcripts. They should also submit official SAT or ACT test scores. Standardized test scores are not mandatory for ASU admission, but are required for the Barrett application and ASU merit scholarship consideration.
  • Promote the Barrett Priority Action Deadline. With limited spaces available for fall 2016, we urge prospective honors college students to have complete honors college applications on file by Sunday, November 15. Prospective students may start and even submit the free Barrett application almost immediately after they have applied to ASU and received their ASURITE ID and password. The Barrett application includes a 500-word essay and requires two letters of support (with at least one of the recommendations being academic in nature.)

If your students would like to learn more about Barrett, they can schedule a visit that includes an information session and tour. E-mail or call us at (480) 965.2359 with any questions about the Barrett application process.

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