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From the Principal of Atwater

My Pic.jpgHello, my name is Terry Burge and I am the new principal of Atwater Elementary.  I am excited to be here in such an incredible area of Los Angeles.  I am grateful that the district selected me to be your child's educational leader.  I have been with the district for 17 years beginning my teaching career just down the street.  I have a strong background in instruction as an instructional coach and specialist.  I am humbled and proud to lead your children toward success in their lives.  The students, parents and staff have been overwhelmingly supportive these first few months.   

My staff and I are continuing in the direction we have set out since the beginning of this year morphing to the California Common Core Standards.  We are continuing to participate in professional development to help us to continue to provide our students with the curriculum, knowledge, and skills necessary for success not only in their next grade but in all endeavors they attempt in life. I firmly believe that these standards will develop self-discipline and personal motivation that will encourage lifelong success.  In order to maximize student achievement, all Atwater Cubs are expected to adhere to the following:

The Atwater Avenue Elementary School's Code of Behavior:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible

Again, I would like to reiterate how proud and excited I am to lead such a wonderful school.  I would like to thank you again for visiting our school's website.  I look forward to working with you in the future as we continue to build, "One School, One Community, One Atwater."  If you have any additional questions and/or concerns, please contact our school at (323) 665-5941.


Terry L. Burge, Principal