Dear El Segundo Community, Parents, Students, Faculty and Support Staff,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I join our team of award-winning educators in the El Segundo Unified School District’s mission to provide students with an optimal learning environment that prepares educated, productive, compassionate citizens to meet the challenges of a global society in the 21st Century.
During the two years I have served as Superintendent, I have discovered the joy of working with exceptionally talented students and colleagues who are committed to achieving innovative and meaningful progress together. I am proud to be a part of this organization and the El Segundo community. I would like to congratulate the District on a number of significant accomplishments and awards received in the past year, which are highlighted here.
Although we value ESUSD’s history and tradition of excellence, it is important to acknowledge that our learning organization has more recently experienced significant change. Common Core standards were introduced, and we have a completely new state assessment system for student performance and progress. In addition, there are new funding formulas and accountability plans for public schools. Today, we are not the same school district we were just a few years ago. District-wide, there has been a 36 percent change in faculty since 2014 due to additional instructional programs and natural attrition of personnel.
To address this change, I believe “Together We Can” move forward by strengthening our collective commitment in achieving student success. The District has made great strides in the last year and our plan is to build on those successes with the continued implementation of the ESUSD 2015-18 Goals for Our Future, which were developed through direct feedback from key stakeholders.
ESUSD is continuing to implement program refinements according to our long-range plan. New programs added this year include Spanish for fourth and fifth grade, Advanced Placement Art History, an elementary art teacher, and Where Everyone Belongs (WEB)—a program to smooth students’ transition to middle school. I have also challenged ESUSD faculty to embrace continuous improvement in teaching practices by actively using data to make informed decisions about student learning.
My goal, as your Superintendent, is to ensure that the highest quality instruction is delivered daily, our campuses are safe, secure and well-maintained, money is spent wisely, and that our El Segundo Unified School District graduates are successfully prepared to meet their college and career goals.
I encourage parents and community members to engage with the ESUSD, and welcome opportunities to continue building partnerships that support the education of our children. I am confident that together we can succeed in preparing ESUSD students to be 21st century learners, workers, and citizens.
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District