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Principal's Message

Dennis Ducharme

Dennis DuCharme

To Parents and Students of the Laton Community,

It is my distinct pleasure to serve as Principal, and I am looking forward to working together to meet all challenges both present and into the near future. I have worked for almost three decades here in Laton Unified School District, and I have enjoyed every year of teaching and worked administratively. In each of these opportunities, I have been very grateful to be part of helping and contributing to make educating our students a positive experience.

Today, my vision is essentially that Laton Elementary and Conejo Middle School will provide all students with a safe and nurturing environment which is connected to a core curriculum.  This environment is engagingly rich and rigorous with respecting diversity in students’ learning styles. To focus on recognizing the following, “I have one guiding principle: Excellent Instruction in Every Classroom.”

Equally important is the mission to cultivate the potential in every student to thrive as a global citizen by inspiring a love for learning, importance of civic engagement, and by challenging and supporting every student to achieve academic excellence. My clear desire is that every student should embrace the full richness and cultural diversity of our Laton community and prepare themselves to make positive contributions to our world.

In closing, I again would like to express that I am here as a public servant to be willingly available and to fully embrace school improvement.  It is for the purpose of serving students and their families who have entrusted their children’s education to our teachers and us who support their work.



Mr. Dennis Du Charme
Principal Laton Elementary & Conejo Middle School


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