Dear El Segundo Community, Parents, Students, Faculty and Support Staff,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to have your children attend school within the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD), where we are Transforming Education for a Changing World through alearner-centric, future-forward, and innovative-minded approach to educational leadership and excellence. As I begin my sixth year as superintendent of ESUSD schools, I am honored to be a part of this community where families work together with our schools to provide students with an outstanding educational experience.
In the last five years, ESUSD has received more than 20 awards from outside agencies recognizing its educational excellence. And in 2018, thanks to the voters in this community, ESUSD successfully passed $92 million General Obligation Bond Measure to improve aging school facilities and technology. As projects outlined in our Long-Range Facilities Master Plan get underway, ESUSD will regularly communicate how Your Bond Dollars Are Building a Better Education in this community. A complete list of ESUSD’s noteworthy accomplishments from 2014-2019 is available on our website here.
We are kicking off this academic year with a refreshed identity for ESUSD in the form of an official logo and motto (in bold above) as communication tools and a visual representation of ESUSD’s values, vision, and “personality.” This identity builds upon the thoughtful research and discussion that went into the creation of ESUSD’s Graduate Profile, which gives us a really clear picture of ESUSD’s mission, what we do, what values we embrace, and what process we use for developing our students.
I am pleased to introduce the new ESUSD Graduate Profile made up of the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that we believe students should possess when they graduate from high school.This profile will help guide and align our educational practices to help students achieve the profile competencies identified. A school district’s adoption of a Graduate Profile is a nationwide movement to address the shift necessary in education to prepare students for the jobs of the future.
ESUSD is committed to ensuring each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The District continues to 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 School Safety web page to provide a convenient location for parents and community members to access updates and communication related to safety matters, as well as social emotional learning, in our schools
The coming year will be marked with continued growth and change guided by the new ESUSD 2019-2023 Goals for Our Future currently in development. During Board Workshops, the Board of Education (BOE) and I drafted the 2019-2023 Goals document by reviewing ESUSD strengths, areas of improvement, programs or services that should be discontinued, and potential ideas for new programs and services in the future that align with the Graduate Profile. In the next few months, we will seek stakeholder feedback, make any needed revisions, and bring the 2019-2023 Goals for Our Future recommendations to the BOE for approval at its November 12, 2019 meeting.
ESUSD is fortunate to have an exceptionally talented faculty, classified staff, and administrative team who are committed to the ongoing cycle of improvement. The District is generously supported by the El Segundo Education Foundation that fundraises tirelessly to supplement our robust educational programs. And, our Board of Education is committed to transforming education for a changing world to ensure our students are prepared for the jobs of the future. Rounding out this strong support team for the benefit of our students are parents and community members—we invite you all to engage with ESUSD. Let’s make it a great year!
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District