Beatty Bobcats,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the interim principal at Patricia Beatty Elementary School. It is truly an honor to become a part of the Bobcat family and community. Even though I have only had limited interactions with the faculty and parents thus far, I can already tell that it is a unique and special place that I am incredibly excited to join.

My passion for education and supporting the success of all students has been shaped over the past 25 years in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles, primarily in Riverside Unified School District. I spent 19 years as a teacher before moving into educational leadership, most recently serving for 3 ½ years as the assistant principal at Chemawa Middle School. I am excited and eager to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

We are experiencing an unprecedented time in education with many challenges. I can assure you I share in Beatty’s commitment to caring for our children each and every day while providing them the best possible learning environment. I believe wholeheartedly that every student deserves a quality education and that only happens when the school and the families work together for the best interests of our children. With that in mind I will be calling on all of our faculty, staff, and parents to work together so we can best serve our children.
Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the success established at Beatty by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community members. To begin that process, I plan to offer a virtual “Meet and Greet” via Zoom in the next two weeks. Details will be sent out in a future message. 

I look forward to a great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that you would like to discuss.


Mark Colwell Principal Patricia Beatty Elementary School (951)276-2070



What's Happening

We hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and strong. As we navigate this school year we are doing our best to communicate with each of you to ensure that you have as much information as possible.


We want to remind you that you chose the In-Person Program as your student’s program choice for the 2020-21 school year.   This means that when we return, your student will be returning to the school site for instruction in Phase II of our reopening plan.  We have been working tirelessly to prepare our school and classrooms for your student’s arrival.  The students will be divided into Group A or Group B to ensure that a safe number of students is on campus at any


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A & B Cohort

We hope you are staying safe and healthy. 

The RUSD In-Person Attendance Guidebook is now available. This guidebook serves to provide Riverside Unified families with information related to in-person attendance at school facilities for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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Principal's Message

Patricia Betty Elementary School opened the doors to students on August 27, 2007.  Named for a local author of children's books, Patricia Beatty's campus has a small orange grove to commemorate her book, "The Queen's Own Grove."  The site was built to relieve overcrowding in one of the oldest sections of Riverside.  Students and teachers enjoy access to the most recent educational technology, as each classroom is equipped with interactive devices.   Beatty became and AVID Elementary School during the 2013-14 school year, joining other RUSD schools in our district. 

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