El Segundo Unified School District

News and Announcements

Dr. Jennifer Tedford Named Principal of El Segundo High School

At the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) Board of Education meeting on June 13th, the Board appointed Dr. Jennifer Tedford as the new Principal of El Segundo High School. Dr. Dylan Farris reported the hiring process included paper screening to identify highly qualified candidates, two rounds of comprehensive interviews with panels reflective of all stakeholders, a finalist interview, a comprehensive reference check, and a validation visit to Dr. Tedford’s current school district. For the validation visit, an ESUSD team met with close to 38 individuals who shared firsthand the significant positive impact Dr. Tedford directly had on the lives of students, faculty, parents, and the community-at-large. In the end, Dr. Jennifer Tedford was unequivocally the best selection to lead El Segundo High School. Click headline for more.
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El Segundo High School Senior Gillian Cornwall Wins Women’s Aspirations in Computing Award

El Segundo High School senior Gillian Cornwall was recently honored with an Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) at the LA and OC Metropolitan Affiliate’s award celebration. The award not only recognizes IT skills and computing knowledge, but also solid leadership ability, excellent academic history and plans for related post-secondary education. Cornwall has twice been runner-up for the award before being selected as this year’s winner. Click headline for more.
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El Segundo High School Engineering Students Achieve First Place in Chevron’s 2017 Regional Design Challenge

Two teams of El Segundo High School (ESHS) engineering students achieved first place and fourth place respectively in the 2017 Chevron Design Challenge regional competition in late April. Under the guidance of ESHS Faculty Advisor Jennifer Cho, ninth grade students Gabriella Desch-Obi, Noelle Kartvedt and Spencer Moore earned first place; and Fiona Elliott, Charlene Kim and Jake Layne earned fourth place. Click headline for more.
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Dr. Jack Plotkin Named Director of Innovation and Student Support Services for ESUSD

At the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) Board of Education meeting on May 23rd, the Board appointed Dr. Jack Plotkin as the new Director of Innovation and Student Support Services for the 2017/18 school year. With the upcoming retirement of Dale Lofgren, Executive Director of Pupil Services, Dr. Melissa Moore, ESUSD Superintendent chose to restructure the position and combine innovation with student support. The new position attracted a large and highly competitive pool of applicants. Dr. Dylan Farris reported the hiring process included paper screening to identify highly qualified candidates, two rounds of comprehensive interviews with a panel of stakeholders, a finalist interview, and a reference check. In the end, Dr. Jack Plotkin has proven he was the best selection to lead and serve as Director of Innovation and Student Support. Click headline for more.
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El Segundo High School Class of 2017 Takes a Walk Down Memory Lane; Seniors in caps and gowns visit Richmond Street and Center Street Schools in nostalgic visit

Students in El Segundo High School’s (ESHS) Class of 2017 will put on their caps and gowns for the first time on June 2 and walk to the elementary school from which they got their humble beginnings over a decade ago. The elementary school students and staff will line the hallways and corridors to welcome and congratulate the alumni. Click headline for more.
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Dr. Melissa Moore Receives Scholarship to Global Summit as Leading Educator

El Segundo Unified School District Superintendent Melissa Moore has been recognized as a leading educator and awarded a full scholarship to attend the upcoming “ASU GSV Summit” for a gathering of some of the greatest minds in education and workforce innovation. Moore is one of only 500 superintendents out of approximately 13,500 school districts nationwide to receive this honor. Click headline for more.
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El Segundo Long Range Facility Master Plan

The El Segundo Unified School District Long Range Facility Master Plan describes short-term and long-range facility recommendations. This document is a plan that the Board of Education will use to guide ongoing maintenance and care decisions for our district facilities and identify key facility modernization and new construction projects based upon the District’s goals, Boards’ priorities and funding availability. Project designations are considered flexible and the priority level timeline may be adjusted accordingly. Click headline to review the document in its entirety.
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El Segundo Unified School District Has the Highest Graduation Rate in the Region According to California Department of Education

El Segundo High School achieved the highest rate of graduates in the region in 2016, with 99.4 percent of its senior class taking home diplomas! The overall graduation rate for the El Segundo Unified School District is 98.9—also the highest in the region. ESUSD percentages far exceed the state’s average graduation rate of 83.2 percent.

California’s high school graduation rate increased for the seventh year in a row and reached a record high for the class of 2016, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this week.

Click headline to link to the Daily Breeze story published April 11, 2017 about grad rates in the South Bay.
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El Segundo High School Choir Tours Hawaii for Performances and Cultural Exchange

This year, the El Segundo High School Choir’s spring performance tour took 50 students on a memorable trip to paradise.

Under the guidance of ESHS Choir Director Gianna Summers, the choral students had prepared for their trip to Hawaii since the beginning of the school year and were ready for five days packed with musical performances and cultural experiences. Click headline for more.
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