Message From The Principal

Greetings Central Avenue Families!                                                 

Welcome to a new school year! Our staff have been preparing for an excellent school year and you can expect us to be at our very best! At Central Avenue, we believe that families play an integral part of student success. We appreciate your partnership and the role you play by ensuring your child is getting enough rest each night, has a designated place to complete homework, reads (or is read to) at least 20-30 minutes per night, and is at school on time, ready to learn.

Each Fall, we test all students to obtain a baseline of reading and math skills using a districtwide screener called Fast Bridge. We look forward to sharing the results of these assessments with you during student-led conferences to set end-of-year goals for your child.

I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to join PTA. Central Avenue has one of the strongest PTA’s in our school district and by joining, you show that you support a national children’s advocacy organization, and you help Central Avenue’s PTA as they give support to educational programs and family events like the Harvest Carnival, Popcorn Fridays, Accelerated Reader Reward Day, and more! It’s $12 for a single membership or $20 for a 2-person membership. You can join by going to or follow the link:

I look forward to partnering with you! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, good news, or concerns! 253-298-3200 or


Mrs. Tonya Middling, M.Ed.

Principal, Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling
Principal, Central Avenue Elementary
(253) 298-3200