Avalon School Parent Newsletter

Vol. 7 April 2019

Hire a Lancer Job Fair a Great Success.

On March 12, over 20 local businesses participated in our first Hire a Lancer Job Fair! The job fair, which was part of Avalon's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, was an opportunity for our partners in the hospitality and tourism industry to meet students and recruit for spring/summer positions. Over 60 students and recent alumni took advantage of the job fair to speak with prospective employers, as well as apply and interview for future positions. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make this event a success!

4th Graders visit LBCC at part of Long Beach College Promise

On Friday. March 22, Avalon's 4th graders visited the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) at Long Beach City College (LBCC) with their peers from four other schools in Long Beach. This annual field trip, and the corresponding 5th grade trip to CSULB, plant an early seed for upper elementary students that college is an attainable goal.

While at LBCC, the students toured portions of the campus and participated in a college jeopardy game. Students prepared for their visit with an in-class curriculum that covered a variety of topics including:

  • High school graduation vs. college preparation
  • Multiple pathways to higher education
  • Post-secondary options: 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, and trade schools
  • The connection between post-secondary education and increased career options
  • Academic behaviors and skills for school success (study habits, study skills, and organization)

Since 2009, roughly 41,500 fourth graders have visited LBCC as part of as part of the Long Beach College Promise and Academic and Career Success Initiative.

Avalon Students to go behind the scenes at Long Beach Grand Prix!

Banc of California, Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach have partnered to bring about 150 high school students for a day of learning at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday, April 12.

The students, juniors and seniors from Cabrillo, Jordan, Long Beach Poly, McBride, Millikan, Sato, and Avalon, have been selected because they are studying engineering, green power and business at their respective schools.

The students will tour race paddocks at the Grand Prix, where race teams prepare their cars for the racetrack, as well as pit lane, the Lifestyle Expo and get to watch the cars run on the track. They will also receive lunch and the opportunity to hear a number of guest speakers from the racing community, courtesy of Banc of California.

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Testing Begins!

Immediately after spring break Avalon students will begin taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) also known as SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 12 will also take the California State Science Test (CAST). These online adaptive tests measure progress towards both grade level mastery and college and career readiness. Test results are used to target instruction and help all students achieve their educational potential.

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Parent Guide to Understanding is a two page flyer published by the CA Department of Education to explain the who, what, when, where, why and how of the CAASPP. Parents and students can also view sample test questions and access practice tests via the CAASPP portal

Click the following link to learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium or watch the video below to learn more about SBAC tests.

The Importance of School Attendance

Your child’s daily, on-time attendance is critical to their success in school. And while some challenges to your child’s attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence.

2 absences per month x 10 months = 20 absences per year. That's a full month of school!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

The website Absences Add Up is a great resource for parents wanting to learn more about the effects of chronic absenteeism, as well as those wishing to better understand the reasons why students miss school, and those looking for ways to encourage better attendance in their children.

Parent Resources

Tips and Resources for Parents

Beginning with this month's newsletter we will be including links to various articles and resources for parents. If there is an article, website, book, or other resource that you have found particularly helpful and would like to share it with your fellow parents, please contact Carol Henderson at (310) 510-0790 x 150 or cjhenderson@lbschools.net
How to Talk with your Kids about Vaping

Vaping's popularity has exploded, taking many families, schools and healthcare providers by surprise. Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers information about vaping and what parents can do to prevent it. A downloadable fact sheet is also available.

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

Everybody feels anxious sometimes. The key is to not let your stress impact your kids. This article from the Child Mind Institute provides insight on how a parent's anxiety level effects children & suggestions for managing stress in a healthy way.

How to Help Your Child Prepare for State Testing

There are a number of ways that parents can support students before and after taking a standardized test. The Colorín Colorado website offers tips from a variety of sources to help parents help students prepare to do their personal best.

Upcoming Parent Involvement Activities

School Site Council

Wednesday, April 3rd, 4pm

Avalon School Library

This elected body consists of Teachers, Parents, Students and Administration.

Parent Safe and Civil

Monday, April 8th, 5pm

Rm 124

Safe and Civil meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month in the Library.


Tuesday, April 9th, 4pm

Avalon School Library

Normally, PTA meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Library.

CTE Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 9th, 5pm


Coming Soon

Activities and Events Calendar

Click here to add the Avalon School Activities and Events Calendar to your Google Calendar

Annual UPC Notification

The Long Beach Unified School District annually notifies its students, employees, parents or guardians of students, and other interested parties of the Uniform Complaint Procedures process (UPC). Click the links below for more information about the UPC.

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UPC) Annual Notice 2018-19

Title IX

A Safe Place to Learn Act