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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message from Dr. Stuart Payne

Dear Citrus Hills Families,

As the newly appointed Principal of Citrus Hills Intermediate I would like to welcome you to our school website. Although new to Citrus Hills Intermediate School, I am not new to school administration and this year marks my 15th year as a Principal (8 years in Irvine and 7 years in Corona-Norco). I am very much looking forward to serving the Citrus Hills community where I have deep admiration for the teachers and staff; it is truly an honor to be working at the school where both of my children once attended and had an excellent intermediate experience as Jaguars.

As we are now well underway with our 2021-22 school year, we face yet another year under COVID restrictions and the challenges associated with an on-going pandemic. To date, our school has returned to a normal full-time schedule and we have updated our school safety protocols to reflect the changes required from ever-evolving health mandates.  That being said, our high academic expectations and social-emotional goals remain consistent as we continue to focus on creating a welcoming environment in which all students feel safe.  Citrus Hills also remains a place where we will continue to promote rigor and engagement in all subject areas, as well as promote a growth mindset by fostering creativity and intellectual curiosity.

Through our Jaguar PAWS school-wide behavior expectations, we support personal growth in our students by recognizing and encouraging pro-social behaviors, by developing empathy for others, and by promoting personal responsibility for oneself.  By working together with our Citrus Hills families, we will challenge our students to be critical thinkers, cultivate good citizens, and prepare our students for college and career readiness.

I look forward to partnering with our parents and staff in serving each student who enters our doors, so if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback you would like to share, we encourage you to reach out to our dedicated staff or administration.

Go Jaguars!

Dr. Stuart Payne


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