Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Hello Parents,
As you likely know, I was honored to be selected as the new principal for Parkmont.  I just wanted to reach out and let each of you know how privileged I feel to have been selected to lead such an outstanding school.  I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and to working together to keep Parkmont moving forward in a positive direction, serving the students of our community.  
As you are likely wondering who I am, here's the scoop. I have been in the district for fourteen years.  I started at Hopkins Junior High School in 2000 as an 8th grade history teacher but after my first year, the district restructured the boundaries and I lost my position.  I ended up at Centerville as a Spanish teacher and I did that for another five years.  At that point, I moved into school counseling.  I was a transition counselor between Washington and Centerville for one year and then as a full time counselor at Centerville for another three years.  In 2010, I was appointed as the vice principal (the title has now been changed to assistant principal) at Hopkins.  So, I was nine years in the Parkmont attendance area and I am looking forward to returning after a four year hiatus.
I have learned a lot through these various positions and feel ready for the new challenge of leading a school.  Although good teaching and learning apply to all levels and I know the foundation students need to have to be successful at the junior high level, I have much to learn as I move into the position at Parkmont, especially given the transition to Common Core and the New Generation Science Standards.
On a more personal note, I have been married to my wife, April, for 19 years and we have six children.  We have three boys and three girls.  Our oldest daughter, Haleigh, is a sophomore in high school. Our second oldest, Caleb, is in the 8th grade.  Elise is a 6th grader.  Maryn is in the 2nd grade and Joshua is in kindergarten.  Our youngest child, Levi, will turn 4 this month.  So, I can say that I know from a parent's perspective what elementary school is like and I am grateful for the hard work that elementary teachers do for my own children every day. 
In closing, I know and understand that trust is earned and I pledge to work hard next year to gain your trust.  I know that many of you have been in this community for many years and I sincerely hope you will believe that your opinions and viewpoints are valued and welcomed by me.  Please do not hesitate to reach out and share what you hope to see happen at Parkmont.

- Principal, Kade Petersen



  • Effective July 1, 2013, the Office of Pupil Services will be officially known as the Office of Student Support Services (SSS). The SSS will include the Language Assessment Center (LAC) and School Nurses, as well as the new Centralized Enrollment Center (CEC). Due to these changes, the enrollment process for new Transitional Kindergarten (TK) – 6th grade students will be conducted in the new Centralized Enrollment Center effective July 8, 2013. Therefore, elementary school enrollment will end on Friday, June 14, 2013 and elementary schools will no longer enroll new students for the 2013/14 school.   For further information, please call (510) 657-2350 after June 17, 2013 and ask for the Centralized Enrollment Center.

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