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every friday is cougar spirit day!

All students and staff should wear the school colors red, black, and white to show their school spirit

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Azusa Unified officially debuted Center Middle School's new $200,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lab during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 21. The classroom serves as a preparatory conduit for students who will go on to Azusa High School's Engineering Pathway or Gladstone High School's Medical Academy.

The lab, fully funded through AUSD's 2014-17 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), features learning solutions supplied by PITSCO Inc., a leading STEM educational provider.


Enjoying after-school programs at Center

Think Together, Girls on the Move, Flag Football​

Cookies With Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Linda Kaminski visited Center staff for cookies and conversation.  The Leadership students welcomed Dr. Kaminsky and proudly shared Center Middle School bright spots.  Dr. Kaminski answered staff questions and provided clarifications.  

Coffee with the Principal

red ribbon week: comfy clothes day

red ribbon week: band performance

Red Ribbon week: Paws off drugs poster

Students and staff "pledge to keep their hands of drugs" by putting their handprint on a long poster during lunch.

center middle school chocolate fundraiser april 14 - april 28



Center's Health-aide Mrs. Lana Gonzalives is recognized as...

Center's Classified Employee of the Year!​

8th grade boys basketball

Center's 8th grade basketball team participate in the Annual Championship Competition and places 2nd! Congratulations!

avid corner

Center's AVID students present their future career PowerPoint at our annual AVID parent meeting.

Canned food drive

Congratulations to the two homerooms that brought in the most canned food items! Both Mrs. O'Haney and Mrs. Ye's classes brought in a total of almost 500 canned goods!

think together

Center's Think Together Girls Volleyball Team places 4th at Think Together's Regional Tournament. Karla Hernandez-Palacios receives the Sportsmanship Award for her team.


Avid Corner

In the AVID elective, students have an opportunity to participate in tutorials twice a week. Essentially what happens is students bring in problems they have trouble with in their core classes, and present them to the “tutorial” group. This group consists of 5-6 students and a college tutor. The problem is written up on a “tutorial request form” requiring the student to access “prior knowledge” about the problem, beforehand. The group then helps the student to solve the problem by using inquiry to “lead” the student to the solution, with the guidance of the tutor. Students take notes throughout the tutorial. After the student is done, the next student goes up from the group, and so on. This activity acts as a wonderful support to the achievement levels of AVID students in their core, academic classes.

Center's Leadership class at Murray Elementary School

Center's Leadership class with their adviser​​ Miss Zabala visit Miss Gaytan's 4th grade class at Murray Elementary School to discuss middle school while doing an arts and crafts activity.

Contact Us

Center Middle School

5500 North Cerritos Avenue

Azusa, CA 91702

(626) 815-5184


EMAIL Principal

Saida Valdez

EMAIL Assistant Principal

Diana Rojas

EMAIL Secretary

Yolanda Alapizco 

EMAIL Counselor

Ana Sanchez

We Welcome Parents

When visiting our school you must check into the office.  You are welcome to visit, and we encourage you to volunteer.

If you need to check your child out early from school, please come to the office.  You need to sign them out, and we will call and have them come to the office.



This week 7th grade A.V.I.D. students spent their time writing Christmas letters to troops over seas. These troops have been away from their families for a long time so the students wanted to thank them and wish them a merry Christmas.


-Lourdes Torres

Parent Center

Parent Engagement at Center Middle School: Not only do the parents support their children, but they also engage in weekly activities. This week's activity was to construct a family tree.

Center Middle School Host Unincorporated Azusa ​​Community Meeting

Board President Yolanda Rodriguez-Peña visits Center's STEM LAB

red ribbon week: crazy socks day

brain awareness week