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About Our School

Mission and Vision

The Mission of Daves Avenue, as the premier school site of leaders, learners and teachers is to create a community of life-long learners and productive contributors to an ever-changing society.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to  Daves Avenue Elementary School!
We take great pride in providing a caring and challenging atmosphere where all students have an opportunity to succeed. We emphasize a collaborative environment between teachers, parents, administrators and community members to ensure the best educational experiences are available to every child.
Our program relates directly to the LGUSD Strategic Plan.  Students have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, as well as their unique interests and talents.  In addition to core academic instruction in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, our students benefit from a comprehensive program in Character Education, Music, Art, and Physical Education.  Technology is integrated into daily instruction in both lab and classroom settings.  In fifth grade, our students participate in a 1:1 laptop program throughout the day.  Students are able to explore their specific interests in sports, arts, math, and drama in the after-school programs offered on site through the Los Gatos Recreation Department. 
The philosophy of the entire staff is one of partnership. We value our community resources, as well as our parent support both at home and in the classroom.  Parents are encouraged to volunteer on the playground and in the library to support learning for all students.  Parents with special interests in the Arts, Music, Literacy or Math are also encouraged to volunteer as Clay Parents, Music Supporters, Literacy or Math tutors.  Additionally, parents are encouraged to become Asset Building Champion Readers to help maintain a caring school climate for all children. 
I am looking forward to a great year at Daves Avenue Elementary School! If I may be of further assistance to you during your time at Daves, do not hesitate to contact me at
Kit Bragg, Principal

A Brief History of Daves Avenue

With Special Thanks to Ellis Crosby and Carol Givens


First school year Kenneth McCoy - principal. There were six classrooms.


Ellis Crosby replaced McCoy. Mr.Crosby was principal until he retired on June 30th, 1981.


Four more classrooms added. (Front wing & administrative unit-Supply Office)

November 1956

Cafeteria completed.


Last wing next to playground completed.

September 1957

Newspaper article listed the following as expected enrollments:

  • Lexington - 185
  • Daves Avenue - 580
  • Louise Van Meter - 675
  • University Avenue - 560 (sixth - eighth grades) (Now the site of Old Town but that's another story)

The trees between the wings of the school were donated by teacher Carol Givens. (Her daughter-in-law, Nancy Givens, also taught at Daves Avenue.)  They are small leaf maples, seedlings from her home.The Modesto Ash trees, on the playground south of the buildings, are courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 328 and Brownie Troop 47.


There are now 19 classroom teachers(K-5), a music teacher, a secretary and a principal.


Learning Center and Library are built. The school now has 22 teachers, a librarian and assistant to the librarian.

1973 - 1978

Peak enrollment! 28 classroom teachers and 700 + students!  1976-77 - Early Childhood Education Program is initiated. There was much opposition from part of primary staff and some parents. By April of 1977, the program is in great shape with lots of parent and teacher support.


24 classroom teachers.  February 1, 1980 - Library and Learning Center were vandalized ($5000 damage estimated)


District Office moved to Daves Avenue and the Learning Center is divided to make room.

Charlene McKee replaces Ellis Crosby as principal.


Maury Nelson replaces Charlene McKee as principal of Daves Avenue.


Cleo Osborne replaces Maury Nelson as principal of Daves Avenue.


Susan von Felten became principal of Daves Avenue, replacing Cleo Osborne.   (Maury Nelson was interim principal for about six weeks prior to Ms von Felten starting in October.)


Cat Pirate mascot was revised to include his "Chest of Knowledge".  The artist was a friend of a Daves parent.  The H&SC implemented the board term from January to December providing transition and maintaining consistency during the summer.


October:  Daves H&SC sponsored our first "Fun Walk" which was a great financial and community building success.  The Cat Pirate was revised to be a slim, healthy runner by the chair's sister.

June 2005

Construction began at Daves Avenue School. Daves students were bused to Athenour School in the Union School District which was leased for the course of the project. The students voted to call the new campus Daves Away.  The Cat Pirate was turned into a bus driver for our Daves Away logo (drawn by Daves parent, Frank Pollifrone.)  The students attended Daves Away from August 2005 until December 2007.

January 2007

Return to campus on Daves Avenue.  Daves Avenue enrollment is 550 students.

January 2010

The H&SC sponsored a student contest to retire our pirate cat logo.  The surfer cat was drawn by 5th grader Ryan Bailey.

June 2010

The last class to be educated in the "old Daves" graduates.  They were kindergarteners in the old Daves then went to Daves away as first graders.