100 Mile Club

We love our 100 Mile Club! Starting off the day with a bit of exercise is not only a great way for our kids to burn energy so they can focus better in school, but also exercise increases your immune system for about 3 hours after exercising so they have less chance of picking up a cold or flu virus during the day. It starts at 8:20am every day.

Accelerated Reader & Whale Tales

The Whale Tales program is a wonderful way to get your K-2nd graders interested in books and excited about reading.  The Whale Tale Volunteers  provide a library for your kids to check out books during designated class days and times.  The Accelerated Reader program is alive and kicking at Peterson.  Parents can look up books your child is reading ( and find out the reading level of the book and the amount of points it is.  Also, parents can log in to Renaissance Home Connect at and enter your child's user name and password and see which books they have already tested on, and my favorite feature, parents can sign up to receive email notifications of when their child took a reading test!


Every year our PTA provides funding for our awesome assemblies.  The kids love them and appreciate our school allowing us to provide them.  Some assemblies are grade appropriate, like "Fiddling with History" for 5th grade, "History Brought to Life" for 4th grade; however, we also have school wide assemblies like "Imagination Machine" and others to come, stay tuned!


The PTA yearbook crew puts long hours and lots of creative effort into yearbooks every year and the students look forward to signing them and seeing their photos. Thanks yearbook volunteers! To order your child's yearbook go to and search John R Peterson Elementary.

Health and Fitness Week

This week is a great reminder for all of us to continue healthy lifestyles and add a few new healthy habits (and reduce the unhealthy ones!). This year it is Oct. 22nd-26th.

Science Fair

The science fair has been part of our fall Open House every year for every grade.  It is amazing to wander through the classrooms and see the progress of learning from Kinder to the inventions of 5th grade. Save the Date for Feb 28th, 2019.

Educational Programs


Accelerated Reader program

Award-Winning Preschool Academy

Gate Center Program

Mind Math & Mind Music

Whales Tales reading program

Student-Focused Programs


After school clubs & classes

Character Counts program

Student Council

YMCA on campus

Unique to Peterson


California Distinguished School

Butterfly Garden

Music & PE Teachers

Participation in community-based projects and events

We "Go Green!" on campus