Mrs. Pat Avilla

Phone: (925) 606-4702 #6574


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Mrs. Pat Avilla

Dear Cougar Families and Friends,

It is my honor to serve as Principal of Christensen Middle School. Christensen enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of a dedicated partnership between the school staff and parents who promote and inspire our students to strive toward personal excellence in all that they do.

My greatest initiative is to provide leadership that will facilitate a school environment that promotes excellence and fosters a love of learning. The Christensen staff collaborates on a regular basis to ensure we continue to grow in our established goals of successful implementation of California State Standards. We are committed to developing our student's critical thinking skills both academically and socially. We implement teachings from Choose Love to help in developing character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, courage, caring and cooperation. At Christensen we celebrate the challenges that are a natural part of being a middle school student. School is hard work. We are here to put forth our greatest efforts to grow to our highest potential. In order to stretch and grow, we will encounter difficult tasks. We expect our students to look forward to the difficult tasks and to talk through the challenge before them. As our school leader, I ask our parents to applaud your students for problem solving, for sticking to a difficult task, and for communicating their thinking process. Pride and a sense of accomplishment comes from achieving challenging tasks.

Communication is imperative to the overall success of our school. Please watch for school events on the school website, on our PTA Facebook page, in our monthly events calendar and during upcoming PTA meetings. We strive to communicate with you in the way(s) that are the most convenient for your family. Please be sure to confirm with your child’s teacher how you can best access information about what is happening in the classroom.

Please know if you have a question or a concern that we are here to provide the information you need. I respectfully request that, should a concern arise, you speak with your child’s teacher first. The teacher works closely with your child on a daily basis and knows her or him best. If your concern is not resolved, then please contact me by e-mail at or call the office to schedule an appointment or a telephone meeting: 925 606-4702 #6574 I look forward to seeing and talking with you around the campus as well!

In closing, I’d like to share a favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” ~Margaret Mead (1901-1978) I share this specific quote because it represents what I see in the unique culture here at Christensen Middle School. It is through the close and collegial partnerships with everyone associated with Christensen, I am confident we will inspire excellence in our students as they learn and grow.

Pat Avilla
Christensen Middle School