Catalina Island

Catalina Kid’s First Day of School: A Little Sad Summer is Over, But Exciting That the New School Year Begins

Avalon Faculty 2015-16
The first day of school arrived yesterday, Wednesday, September 2, for Avalon’s 635 students attending Avalon Schools. It was a day of excitement for many students, ready to embark on a new year of learning, sports and friendships. But perhaps for the kindergarten class, this new chapter in their lives was exciting and scary at the same time and an emotional day for their parents.

This year there are 308 young students in the elementary school, ready to learn reading, writing and arithmetic and all the other skills that will enable them to become successful learners.The middle school has 134 students and the high school has 193 students, all working hard so at the end of their journey through Avalon Schools they will have the academic requirements to pursue their dreams.

Avalon Schools has three new teachers this year: Julie Boekeleide, who is the art teacher, replacing Anita Rockwell who retired after last semester. There are two new special education teachers: Kathryn Beasley, who works with special education students in the second grade through 12th grade, and Brianna Sanford who works with high school special education students.

Parents should plan on attending Back to School Night, to get to know your chilren’s teachers. For the elementary grades Back to School Night will be on September 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will also be a Book Fair onSeptember 16. Back to School Night for the secondary grades is on September 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The mission of Avalon Schools is: 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.

Avalon Schools’ vision is: Every student acts with integrity, pursues success, and contributes positively to both themselves and society.

Photo credit: Patti Engel, Avalon Schools’ Athletic Director