Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Welcome to Russell Elementary School!

It is my honor to serve as principal of Russell Elementary School for the fourth year.  I have proudly worked in public education for the past 22 years.  I have been a classroom teacher, a teacher on special assignment, and an elementary school principal in the Garden Grove Unified School District for 13 years.  My multicultural background has always helped provide me with the insight into the challenges and strengths that our culturally diverse families bring to our schools. 

It is my pleasure to announce that beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Russell Elementary School will become the Russell Elementary Language Academy!  Students will learn to speak, listen, read and write in both Spanish and English as part of their instructional day.  Students will learn all academic content (language arts, math, science, and social science) in both languages.  All instruction is provided by state credentialed teachers who have been trained to teach in English and Spanish.  All students who enroll in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten will be placed in the Biliteracy Program.  Students will have the opportunity to earn the Pathway to Biliteracy Award from the Orange County Department of Education. 

Students begin the Biliteracy Pathway in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten and move up a grade level each year within the program.  Students in other grade levels will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish after school.  All of our students will develop their skills in both languages and they will be better prepared for the global job market where they will have a competitive edge. 

In addition to the benefits of our new Language Academy, current Russell Elementary students thrive in our supportive, caring environment with teachers who help all students reach high academic standards. Every student has one-to-one access to Chromebooks and iPads and engages with innovative technology as part of daily instruction.  Russell has a schoolwide focus on college-readiness and is one of the few elementary schools to offer the AVID College Readiness program, which equips students with essential skills, builds a growth mindset, and prepares them for success in high school, college, and future careers.  Russell offers free after-school tutoring and enrichment opportunities, several extra-curricular opportunities including computer coding, art, and athletics.

Visit the “About Our School Page” to learn more about Russell Elementary Language Academy. We believe that schools and families must work together to ensure the success of our students. We provide many fun opportunities for parents to get involved.

I look forward to another wonderful year. If my staff or I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at (714) 663-6151.

Respectfully,
Kai Chang