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Principal's Message

Ahoy Pirates

Russ Ottey on board!!

I've been at Peterson as the interim principal beginning January 7 and will be here until the end of March. It has truly been my pleasure getting to know the staff, students, and parents that make Peterson an excellent environment for student learning.

Brad Syth will return in April to finish out the school year in the interim principal position.

Both Brad and I are retired administrators. Myself after serving as principal for 17 years in the Cupertino Union School District and Mr. Syth here in Santa Clara. My own children attended Peterson and then had Mr. Syth as their principal in high school. My wife was a kindergarten teacher at Sutter, and yes some of the students here at Peterson had Mrs. Ottey as their teacher. We now live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and although looking forward to returning in April, have been enjoying the California weather.

There will be a new principal at Peterson for the 2019/20 school year. Interviews will be occur during the April time frame and the district is hoping to be able to introduce the new principal before the end of the school year.

My students, your children, have been welcoming, respectful and just awesome middle school students! I thank you for the important job you do as parents and value the school/home partnership.

If you drop off and pick up your child(ren) in front of the school you'll see me out there. 

It's great to be a "Pirate" at Peterson!

Russ Ottey





Interim Principal Contact Information
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