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Superintendent's Corner

I am not convinced that there are words to describe it. Exciting. Incredulous. Overwhelming. Absolutely FANTASTIC! 

Tuesday, September 30, we received the official notice that Avalon School had been designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. At 12:30, I announced to our student body, teachers and staff that we had earned the most prestigious designation. It is symbolic of the best of the best of the 100,000+ U.S. schools. 

As the announcement spread, one could hear the cheers from the classrooms and hallways. Students, teachers, staff and administration hugging and smiling and yes, even tears of pride for what this accolade truly symbolizes – hard work, challenges, support and a commitment to excellence and student learning. Not an arbitrary award but one based on five years of data and a detailed curriculum for PK3 – 12th grades - a comprehensive curriculum that takes our students to the next step, the next level and beyond. 

I extend my sincere congratulations to our students, our faculty, staff, administration, board of trustees and parents for their dedication to the education of our students. WE DID IT! Together we make a difference! 

Best regards, 

Dr. David Del Bosque, Supt.


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News and Announcements

Red Ribbon Week Activities ~ October 27-31

Red Ribbon Week Activities ~ October 27-31 We are preparing for Red Ribbon Week October 27 -31! Activities for the week include: Coloring contests for grades PK-2, Poster contest for grades 3-5 and the Optional Poster Contest for 6-12.

Dress-out days for all students in grades PK-12 - All students must follow dress code rules when participating (Click to see the info for each dress-out day Monday - Friday)
Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest! The 3rd annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest is underway and we can't wait to see what our entries will be this year! Read the rules and award divisions on the flyer sent home last week and attached below.
A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL!

A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL! The selection of Avalon ISD as a NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL was announced at a press conference today at 12:30 p.m. CST by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. As teachers, students, staff and administrators gathered around computer monitors and Smartboards to watch the announcement, the excitement for our school grew as the time drew closer.

A few facts and figures about this year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools:
• 337 schools were selected from 47 states, U. S. Virgin Islands and DoDEA schools in Germany and Japan
• Of these, 287 are public (traditional, charter, choice, and magnet schools) and 50 private schools
• There are 25 K-12 schools; 239 Elementary Schools, 25 Middle Schools and 48 High Schools
• 289 are being recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools and 48 are being recognized as Exemplary Gap Closing Schools

We are so proud to be honored with this prestigious award by the United States Department of Education. More to come as we celebrate and let it sink in a little more

Go to these links to view more, including the office National Blue Ribbon school profile page:

http://www.nationalblueribbonschools.com/

http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners/14tx257pu_avalon_school.html
Updated Faculty Emails List

Updated Faculty Emails List An updated faculty email list has been posted below. Once upgrades and changes were settled, emails were once again verified or corrected on site.
Accountability Ratings for 2014

Accountability Ratings for 2014 District and campus ratings for 2014 were released to the public today by the Texas Education Agency. Avalon ISD received the rating of "Met Standard", as well as four Distinction Designations (cont).
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Upcoming Events

Costume Day!

Date: 10/31/2014
Red Ribbon Week

Date: 10/31/2014
Daylight Saving Time Ends - FALL BACK!

Date: 11/2/2014
End of 2nd Six Weeks

Date: 11/4/2014
Srs - Cap & Gown Presentation

Date: 11/6/2014
Senior Parent Night

Date: 11/7/2014, 7 PM 7:20 PM
Location: HS Ftbl