John R. Peterson Elementary School

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Welcome to Peterson!


These are exciting times in education with changes being made to curriculum, instruction, funding, and assessment.  Peterson students continue to demonstrate a spirit of accomplishment, building a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility that strengthens our school and community. They demonstrated pride in their school and community in many ways. I am proud and honored to be a part of Peterson’s on-going efforts to ensure every student is college and career ready.


Last year was a fabulous year for our students. Huntington Beach City School District ranked at the top of all school districts in Orange County on the Smarter Balanced assessment given to all 3rd-8th graders last spring. Peterson students performed exceptional well on SBAC with 61% of 3rd graders, 79% of 4th graders & 83% of 5th graders meeting achievement standards in Language Arts. In Math, 68% of 3rd graders, 81% of 4th graders & 69% of 5th graders met achievement standards. This success is due to the dedicated work of our teachers from Preschool to 5th grade, and your commitment as a family to your child’s success in school.


Academic achievement requires a team effort of staff and parents. In an effort to strengthen this team, we must keep you informed as to your child’s progress, school events, and support services. We encourage you to visit our website at Sign up for email updates, like us on Facebook at PetersonElementaryHB, follow us on twitter @PetersonElemHB, and Instagram at PetersonElementaryHB. And, take a moment to listen to automated phone messages from your principal. When I call I promise it is important information regarding our school.


I would like to take this opportunity to invite parents, grandparents and community members to join our PTA, participate in our many PTA events, School Site Council and our English Learner Advisory Committee. Your ideas and vision help to guide our school now and for years to come.  I encourage you to become involved in any way  you can. We want your input! Please visit our PTA website at to find out how you can get involved at Peterson Elementary!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. You can stop by or call the office to set up an appointment to meet, or you can email me at


This is going to be another amazing year at Peterson Elementary School! 

Dr. P
Dr. Constance E. Polhemus
Peterson Elementary School
Huntington Beach City School District
"Every day is a good day when you run or cycle at the beach!"