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Principal's Message

Dear Suva Elementary Community, 

I am pleased to inform you that effective November 4, 2021, I will be the new Principal of Suva Elementary School. For the past twenty-four years, I have dedicated myself to serving the Bell Gardens community in different capacities. I have served the community as an Attendance Officer, Alternative Education Teacher, Bell Gardens High School Teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment supporting English Learners, and as Program Specialist both at Bell Gardens High School and District Office. I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Suva Elementary team, where we will continue to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. 

As we continue transitioning to in-person instruction, we will strive to provide a safe learning environment for our staff and our students. My goal is to work closely with all parents. Through work with the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) and in any other capacity, together we will work to support our district’s vision: “Empowering Students to Achieve Academic Excellence as Model Citizens.” 

We at Suva Elementary believe in the potential of every student and will continue to provide a rigorous learning environment to prepare all students for college and career success as 21st Century Learners. In closing, I am proud to lead such an amazing team of teachers and staff that I know are completely dedicated to the success of our students. I look forward to learning more about you and your child/children as we work together to continue providing a positive, engaging and safe learning environment for all students. 


Richard Williams 

Principal, Suva Elementary School



The new Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in K-12 math and language arts. 


The adoption of the Common Core Standards by 45 states will align academic expectations for students across the majority of the United States.  


The rigor of the new standards will better prepare students to meet the demands of college and/or the work place in the 21st century.  The standards focus on reading not just literature, but non-fiction text.  Our school has subscribed to “Time 4 Kids” to provide our students with more access to informational text.


Our teachers have been attending Common Core training provided by the District and at our school site.  We are proud to have several of our teachers participating on District Curriculum Committees which are designing new Common Core lessons to be used throughout the District.