Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
I look forward to another exciting and rewarding year serving as your principal here at Courreges Elementary School. We are thrilled to celebrate our recent success in scoring very well on the 2017 state CAASPP testing, which was administered last school year to all 3rd-5th grade students. This will certainly be a busy year for our teachers and students as they engage further in teaching and learning new methods in CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) in the area of mathematics. Additionally, all students (K-5) will expand their progress in reading by taking the Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) reading assessment, as well as being exposed to enhanced learning opportunities and instructional standards that will further prepare them for college and career readiness.
More than ever, I am impressed and invigorated by the progress and growth of our students at Courreges. Our students not only continue to show tremendous academic growth from year to year, but they have become more technologically savvy and been given the social and academic skills to work collaboratively and effectively with students and teachers in their classrooms.
For those of you new to Courreges, let me introduce myself. This is my 17th year working as an administrator in the Fountain Valley School District. Prior to Courreges, I served as principal at Fulton Middle School from 2006–2011, principal at Moiola School from 2003–2006, and assistant principal at Masuda Middle School from 2001–2003. Prior to working in the FVSD, I was a middle school instrumental music teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in business economics, a master’s degree in education from National University, and an educational administrative credential from UC Irvine. I have three children of my own: Brittany, 21; Miranda, 16; and Conner, 14.
Welcome again to the 2017–18 school year. I look forward to leading all of the students, teachers and parents through another productive and academically prosperous year at Courreges Elementary School.
Chris Christensen, Principal