Dear El Segundo Community, Parents, Students, Faculty and Support Staff,
Welcome back to the 2018-19 school year! We are beyond excited to have your children attend school within the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD), where we are dedicated to providing students with an outstanding educational experience. As I watched parents walking to school with their children on the first day of the school year, I likened it to a snapshot of Americana. We are part of a truly unique community where families work in tandem with our schools to provide the best for our students. As I begin my fifth year as superintendent of ESUSD schools, I am constantly reminded of the honor it is to serve this fine school district and community.
It’s going to be an exciting year of action and change as we prepare to develop a new set of district goals for 2019 and beyond, once the new members of the ESUSD Board of Education are elected in November. At its July 10, 2018 meeting, the current ESUSD Board of Education voted to place a facilities bond measure (Measure ES) on the ballot for the upcoming election on November 6, 2018. Additionally, we are proud of the continued progress and significant achievements ESUSD has made in the past year.
ESUSD is committed to ensuring each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The District is working to continually improve and refine our policies and procedures relating to the safety of our most precious resource, the children of El Segundo. We have created a new School Safety web page to provide a convenient location for parents and community members to access updates and communication relating to safety matters, as well as social emotional learning, in our schools.
The landscape of public education is changing, and ESUSD continues to work to improve its student learner profile through innovative teaching practices and programs. Consider this: More than 50% of jobs today require some degree of technology skills, and experts say that percentage will increase to 77% in the next decade. By the time kindergartners of today become the graduate of 2030, the world will be vastly different from anything previous generations have experienced. Education is changing from a standardized system to a learner-centric educational environment that supports adaptability to the needs and potential of each student.
ESUSD is dedicated to helping students build the following new 21st century learning skills: empowered learner, digital citizen, knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative communicator and global collaborator. ESUSD is using this skill set as building blocks to create a new Graduate Profile (which is a nationwide effort). A graduate profile is a documented guide a district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when the graduate.
We want all ESUSD students to be fully equipped with this strong skill set when they graduate so they are well prepared for college and career. ESUSD will continue to employ Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools’ resources and collected data from tests and surveys to determine the best next steps to expand digital learning opportunities in ESUSD at the elementary and secondary levels. To remain relevant to students and parents, ESUSD must continually evaluate our educational processes and practices.
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 we can Build a Better Future Together by preparing ESUSD students to be 21st century learners, workers, and citizens.
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District