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Dalton School Building

Email Principal: Laura Clarke

500 East Tenth Street

Azusa, CA 91702

Phone (626) 815-5245 

FAX (626) 815-5248



School Hours

Early Bird Kindergarten Programs:

M- F 8:15 AM - 1:10 PM

Late Bird Kindergarten Programs:

M, T, W, and F 9:15AM- 2:10PM

TH - 8:15 - 1:10

First Grade - Third Grade:

M, T, W, and F 8:15AM - 2:10 PM

TH - 8:15 - 1:28

Fourth and Fifth Grade:

M, T, W, and F 8:15AM - 2:37PM

TH - 8:15 - 1:30

Minimum Days All Students K - 5th:

8:15 AM - 1:15PM


Opportunities for Parents

Dalton is committed to developing partnerships with parents and providing educational opportunities.  Here are just a few of the exciting offerings Dalton has to involve our community:

  • "Grassroots" English as a Second Language Classes Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-10:30
  • Parent Teacher Association Meetings Monthly
  • Parent Room for increased parent involvement
  • ELAC Meetings 5 Times per Year
  • School Site Council Meetings Monthly
  • Coffee with the Principal Meetings Monthly
  • Families in Schools Trainings for parents in the fall
  • Dalton parent representation on the Superintendent's Parent Roundtable (see principal for details)
  • Dalton parent representation on the School Site Council (see principal for details)
  • Dalton parent representation on the PAC+ (see principal for details)
  • Dalton parent representation on Families in Schools (see principal for details)
  • Dalton parent representation at Parent University (see principal for details)

Fidget Spinners

Ms. Maeda capitalized on the Fidget Spinner craze by engaging her Third Grade students in a Math and research project.


State Testing

Students participated in an assembly and activities to encourage them to "Do Their Best" on the state test!  This included "bridging" and dedicating their tests to someone they respect.  APU students joined in the planning and focused on testing tips!  Primary classrooms "adopted" upper grade classrooms and showed their support, too!


Dalton Students Love STEM!

Fifth Graders in Mr. Miranda's class enjoy the robotics lessons in Project Lead the Way!

Room 6 enjoyed engineering an area that can withstand the forces of erosion.


Principal's Reading Challenge

Students who completed the Principal's Reading Challenge earned a picnic and fun activities.  The rain didn't damper the excitement, though!  Everything was moved indoors and was enjoyed by everyone!


Golden Days Parade 2017

Former Dalton student, Josie Garcia, and current Dalton Fourth Grader, Naomi Razo,  served as announcers at this years' Azusa Golden Days Parade!


Lunch with the Principal

Students earn PAW Tickets by making appropriate behavior choices at school  and following school rules.  For 20 PAW Tickets, students can purchase "Lunch with the Principal."  Our last theme was Star Wars, and we had a great time together!

PTA Dine Out Fundraiser Night

Staff and families supported Dalton School by attending the PTA Dine Out Fundraiser Night at Panda Express in Azusa.  Money was raised to provide more opportunities for our students.


Back to School Night and School Upgrades

Mrs. Poe, one of our second grade teachers, welcomes parents at Back to School Night under the new air conditioning and heating units funded by Measure K!


Positive Behavior at Dalton School

Dalton School is a PBIS School, which stands for "Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports."  PBIS promotes teaching positive behavior in a multi-tiered system of support.  One way we teach positive behavior is through school-wide assemblies that illustrate our behavior motto; "Be Positive, Act with respect, Work together, be Safe (PAWS).

Promotion Activities

Dalton Kindergartners promoted to First Grade

Dalton 5th Graders promoted to Middle School


Dalton Students go to College!

Dr. Kathleen Tallman from the APU Science Department provided a lesson to Dalton students in the lab at the university.  Students learned about microorganisms that live in pond water, like paramecium, euglena and amoebas.


Volunteer Tea

Dalton parents are so appreciated!  A morning event was planned to thank them for all they do for Dalton, including a breakfast, award ceremony and a token of our appreciation.


Elementary Band Concert

Dalton 5th Graders participated in the district band concert.  20 students at Dalton have been learning their new instruments this year to prepare for this event!  They did a great job!


Readers Are Leaders Field Trip

Kindergarten through Second Grade students took a walking field trip to the Azusa City library for the "Readers are Leaders" annual program.  Important community members read stories and had meaningful conversations with our students.  It was a great experience for everyone!


Dalton Calendar

Spring Festival!

Dalton PTA sponsored a fun Spring Festival, which was an evening for our community to gather and enjoy our time with one another.  We had games, activities, food and fabulous entertainment by the Foothill Middle School Band.  It was a smashing success!



Dalton Elementary Teacher of the Year 2017

Shannon Maeda was selected by Dalton teachers and parents as the 2017 Dalton Teacher of the Year!  This award is so well-deserved!  She does an amazing job, every day, making sure that students are reaching their potential in every way!

Read Across America!

Dalton School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in a big way!  Activities were planned for the whole week, including a book character parade!


APU Science Department Provides Learning Activities for Dalton

Dr. Kathleen Tallman brings her APU students to Dalton to provide interactive learning activities for Dalton Students.  It is a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and immersion in science for all of Dalton's kids!


Kindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of School

Are those 100 year old people in a Dalton classroom?  No!  The Kindergarten students participated in many activities to learn the concept of 100, while dressed like 100 year olds!


Family Magic Night was a Hit!

After a delicious spaghetti dinner, Dalton staff and families enjoyed an Animal Magic Show, sponsored by our amazing PTA!


Dalton's Classified Employee of the Year!

Dalton Instructional Aide Vicky Pollock was honored at the AUSD Board Meeting for being the 2016/2017 Classified Employee of the Year!


Holiday Family Craft Night

Look who joined the Dalton families for the PTA-sponsored craft movie night!  Is that Santa and Mrs. Claus?  Many thanks to AUSD Board Member Jeri Bible-Vogels for her support of our event!



Long Beach Aquarium Visits Dalton School

Special thanks to the Dalton PTA for bringing the Long Beach Aquarium to school for an amazing experience!  Students of all ages learned about creatures that live in the Pacific Ocean.  They were given the opportunity to touch many wonderful animals, including a live shark!


Veteran's Day Ceremony

Dalton students honored community veterans with a beautiful tribute of song, sentiments and patriotic spirit.


APU Science Partnership


APU college students, under the direction of Dr. Tallman, collaborated with Dalton students to learn about the circulatory system. Action research and inquiry produced excellent learning outcomes!   Activities included

  • dissecting a real sheep heart
  • walking through a large floor diagram of the heart 
  • Collecting data on heart rates before and after exercise

Halloween Zany Zumba Night

The PTA sponsored a wonderful event at Dalton for families and staff to get together and enjoy games, food and Zumba in our Halloween costumes.  Everyone had a great time!IMG_7503.jpg

Walk to School Day

Dalton and the Azusa Police Department partnered up for Walk to School Day. It was a great opportunity for students to learn safe,  healthy habits and join together as a community.  



Golden Days Parade

Dalton fifth grade student, Josie Garcia, was an official announcer during the annual City of Azusa Golden Days Parade.  She did a great job!  We may have a future broadcaster at our school!


Azusa Library Bookmobile Visits Dalton School

Students really enjoyed using their library cards and selecting their own reading books from the Azusa City Library Bookmobile.  It is a great way for students to get excited about reading!

Dalton Students Getting Hands-On With Math


Dalton teachers have been hard at work to implement our new Math Program, Everyday Mathematics.  This program address California Common Core State Standards and addresses the skills students need to really understand Math concepts and apply them effectively. These skills, which focus on critical thinking, will prepare students for college, career and beyond.  

Dalton Promotes a Positive School Environment

Our students teach one another the importance of PAWS!  PAWS is an easy way for Dalton Bobcats to remember the school-wide behavior expectations of:  be Positive, Act with respect, Work together and be Safe!

Great Nutrition Information

Check out our Nutrition Services' new web site which features good information on nutrition, exercise and keeping your children healthy.

Did you know...this generation of young people is the first that is forecast to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents? 1 in 3 or 4 children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime. The prevalence of overweight kids among 6 to 11 year olds has doubled in the past 20 years and tripled for teens.


Principal's Corner

Message from the Principal

Laura Clarke

I am thrilled to be back at Dalton School after several years in different administrative positions within Azusa Unified School District.  I enjoy working with the staff and community to build success for our students.  I am happy to meet with any parents who are considering enrolling their child at Dalton or who have any questions about our programs.

Dalton Elementary School is a student-centered campus focused on student success. The administration, teachers, support staff, and community work closely together to ensure every child has opportunities to succeed. We continuously work to expand our programs and to stay up-to-date with our instructional practices. 

The academic program is based on California State Standards and Common Core and provides rigorous challenges for students at all levels. Assessment data informs staff of the needs of students and guides adjustment to curriculum and lesson planning. Teachers and administration work closely together to identify the needs of each grade level along with the specific needs of individual students. The local community is very supportive of the programs at Dalton. Volunteers make a significant difference in supporting programs and special events at the site.

I am happy to meet with you, answer any questions you might have or just get to know you a little better.  If you would like to meet with me, please feel free to contact the office at 815-5245 to make an appointment.  If email is better for you, my email address is LClarke@azusa.org.

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Workshop Day

Dalton students participated in Workshop Day, which is a fun experience to select an activity that interests them.  These activities begin with the reading of a piece of literature, followed by an enjoyable activity based on the story.


Project Lead the Way

Dalton Kindergarten students in Mrs. Servin's Class engineer projects as part of the Project Lead the Way Instruction and activities.