Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
Welcome to the start of a new school year at Avalon K-12! I am so excited about what a new school year signifies - a fresh beginning, an opportunity to set new goals, and a chance to create lasting memories.
This year we welcome Vice Principal Chaires to Avalon. Mr. Chaires’ experience will be a great benefit to Avalon and provide the much needed support our school deserves.
Our dedicated faculty and staff have been working diligently to prepare an enriching and engaging educational experience for all our students. Our classrooms are ready to welcome kids! Additionally, the physical upgrades due to Measure E have been remarkable. Our buildings are beaming with a fresh coat of paint, new cement ramps, and all student spaces equipped with heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This is truly exciting as our school marks 100 years old in 2024.
This year, we will continue to uphold our school's values of grounded in fostering a culture of respect, collaboration, and excellence. We believe in the potential of every student and are dedicated to helping each individual reach their full potential. It is also of upmost importance to us that our students feel safe, heard, and supported.
I encourage parents, guardians, and families to actively participate in the various opportunities for involvement that our school offers. Whether it's volunteering in a classroom, chaperoning a field trip, supporting a school event, attending parent-teacher conferences, being part of ELAC or attending a parent/guardian workshop - your role is vital in the success of our school community.
As we embark on this new school year, let's approach it with a sense of curiosity, resilience, and a commitment to learning from both successes and challenges. I am confident that with the combined efforts of our dedicated educators, supportive parents, and motivated students, this school year will be remarkable.
Principal, Avalon K-12
Dear Avalon Community,
My name is Daniel M. Chaires and I will be serving as the Assistant Principal of Avalon K-12 School.
I started my education career in 2006 in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work at schools in various parts of our beautiful state including San Francisco, the Central Coast, and the Central Valley. I have previous experience at multiple levels, elementary, middle, and high school, which makes me excited to work at Avalon K-12, a school that uniquely encompasses all three.
I hold an unwavering belief in the power of teachers to impact the achievement of all students. I find joy in cultivating learners who are both curious and critical about the world around them, who also passionately pursue self-selected topics of interest. I endeavor to support a school environment where shortcomings and failures are not seen as indicators of intelligence, but rather viewed as natural opportunities for growth.
As I walk around I am inspired, not only by the natural beauty of Catalina, but by the work ethic of the community, the backbone of the island’s industries. Although I am in a position of leadership, I consider myself a student who is eager to learn from our children, their families, and the larger community. I also look forward to learning from, and growing with, a talented team of administrators, teachers, and classified school staff. I will serve the Avalon community with integrity and celebrate students for who they already are, while supporting them in every way to become all that they aspire to be.
Daniel M. Chaires
Vice-Principal, Avalon K-12 School
From kindergarten to graduation, Avalon School is committed to maintaining rigorous academic expectations and encouraging personal integrity in a safe and supportive environment while fostering development of the 21st century college and career skill set.
Every student acts with integrity, pursues success, and contributes positively to both themselves and society.
Thoughts are meaningful
Words are respectful
Actions are responsible
Thoughts create our reality. Think positively and deeply
Words are powerful. Speak appropriately and respectfully
Actions are represent us. Act responsibly and be kind to others
Avalon students will…
- Demonstrate independence
- Become self-directed learners
- Persevere through problem solving
- Construct and convey effective arguments
- Actively seek out diverse resources
- Demonstrate creativity, innovation and original thinking
- Build strong content knowledge
- Read purposefully and listen attentively to gain knowledge
- Share knowledge through writing and speaking
- Access prior knowledge to make connections with new content
- Read and write for both purpose and pleasure
- Comprehend, communicate and critique effectively
- Demonstrate a command of Standard English
- Assess soundness of reasoning
- Communicate clearly and support with evidence
- Use relevant evidence when supporting points in writing and speaking
- Respectfully question a text’s premises and assumptions
- Become digitally literate
- Use technology to enhance learning and productivity
- Understand the personal, ethical, social, and legal implications of the power of technology
- Know the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and medium
- Work productively in teams
- Understand that the process of teamwork is as valuable as the product
- Seek to understand other perspectives and cultures