Escondido union school district

2310 Aldergrove Avenue • Escondido, CA 92029 • 760.432.2400







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Escondido Union School District Goes Green!

In the past, our schools sent home loads of flyers in students’ backpacks. As part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly and to embrace innovative technology, we are moving from paper to a digital flyer delivery. Effective October 24, 2013, eflyers will be sent directly to parents’ email inboxes as well as posted on school websites for easy access. All flyers may be accessed by clicking the menu bar belowthe  logo.

Every year, our schools will save tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. In addition, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.

School-approved eflyers will keep you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events. And our children's backpacks will be a little bit lighter!

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Superintendent's response to the Review of Instructional Program for English Learners

May 2015
Dear EUSD Staff, Parents, and Community,
Continuous improvement is the mark of a great organization! If we fail to reflect on our current practices without taking into account constructive feedback, we are likely to remain complacent. In a bold effort to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible, the district commissioned the services of a team of researchers to assess our instructional programs for English Learners. The research team conducted interviews with various stakeholders, in addition to collecting data through observations.  
The findings of the report revealed that in order to keep up with the increasing rigorous demands of the new California State Standards, our district needs to:
  • Increase the instructional rigor for our English Learner students
  • Provide ample opportunities for students to engage in meaningful conversations with one another
  • Apply just enough support to ensure access to complex disciplinary practices and texts
  • Explicitly teach metacognitive and metalinguistic strategies for making meaning of text and to have students express their own opinions and arguments, in other words, help students become aware and understand their own thought processes and develop their ability to reflect on the use of both literal and implied language
This all begins with creating and communicating a streamlined and coherent vision of quality pedagogy for our English Learners. These findings now provide a road map of specific recommendations that will ensure success for all of our students. I have no doubt that with quality assistance and supports, our students and staff will realize success. With the support of the Board of Education, I am confident that we will do what is in the best interest of our students and community!  


Mayo del 2015

Estimados empleados del Distrito Escolar de Escondido, padres de familia, y miembros de la comunidad,
¡La mejora continua es la marca de una gran organización!  Si no reflexionamos sobre nuestras prácticas presentes sin tomar en cuenta aportaciones constructivas, es probable que sigamos en la autocomplacencia.  En una medida audaz para asegurar que nuestros alumnos reciban la mejor educación formal posible, el distrito escolar contrató los servicios de un grupo de investigadores para asesorar nuestros programas de enseñanza para los estudiantes del idioma inglés – English Learners.  Este equipo de investigación llevó a cabo entrevistas con varios de los grupos de personas interesadas, además de recompilar datos durante sus observaciones.
Las conclusiones del informe indicaron que para mantenerse al tanto con las demandas rigorosas crecientes de los estándares académicos estatales – California State Standards, nuestro distrito escolar necesita:
  • Incrementar el rigor de enseñanza para los estudiantes del idioma inglés – English Learners;
  • Brindar amplias oportunidades para que los alumnos puedan participar en conversaciones significativas entre sí; 
  • Brindar el suficiente apoyo para cerciorar el acceso a prácticas y textos disciplinarios complejos;
  • Enseñar explícitamente las estrategias metalingüísticas y metacognitivas para crear sentido del texto y para que los alumnos expresen sus propias opiniones y explicaciones, o sea, ayudarles a los alumnos a tomar conciencia de y entender sus propios razonamientos y desarrollar su capacidad para reflexionar sobre no solo el lenguaje implícito sino también el lenguaje literal.
Todo esto empieza con crear y comunicar una visión coherente y simplificada de pedagogía de calidad para nuestros estudiantes del idioma inglés – English Learners.  Estas conclusiones ahora aportan una hoja de ruta de recomendaciones específicas que asegurarán el éxito para todos nuestros alumnos.  No tengo ninguna duda que con los apoyos y asistencia de calidad, nuestros alumnos y personal lograrán éxito.  Con el apoyo de nuestra mesa directiva de educación – Board of Education, estoy seguro que haremos lo que será para el beneficio propio de nuestros alumnos y comunidad.

Luis A. Ibarra, Ed.D.
Superintendente de Escuelas
Distrito Escolar de Escondido


Excellence in Escondido Public Schools

Conway Elementary School students have spent the summer on a “Learning Expedition” — connecting school to community through a Summer Learning Lab. Read more...


Several teachers and classes from EUSD's Project LIVE digital video group were honored at the 2015 California Student Media Festival

EUSD received 11 Awards at the Festival/Showing:

  • After School/Extra-curricular, P.A.L.S., Juniper School, Cindy Krier and Liz Henderson,Teachers
  • School Information, Drop, Cover, and Hold, Juniper School, Suzanne Catalanotto, Teacher
  • Most Original Concept, Shadows of the Past, Juniper School, Suzanne Catalanotto, Teacher
  • Best Overall Elementary, Drop, Cover, and Hold, Juniper School, Suzanne Catalanotto, Teacher
  • Foreign Language, ASL, L. R. Green School, Olivia Hannigan, Teacher
  • Thematic, Spending Wisely, L. R. Green School, Kim Buhler and Mitchell de Neve, Teachers
  • Science/Health, The Desert Movie, Pioneer School, Terri Price and Julie Brackx, Teachers
  • Special Education, How to Make a Piñata, Rock Springs School, Crystal Waterman, Teacher
  • Best News Writing, The Best of MTV, Mission Middle School, Tamara Whitney, Teacher
  • Best PSA, Electro Zombies, Mission Middle School, Tamara Whitney, Teacher
  • History/Social Science, The Adventures of Howard Carter and Waterboy, Mission Middle School, Tamara Whitney, Teacher


Alex McCurdy of Conway School received the Rookie Teacher of the Year Artissimo Award from the San Diego Arts Educators Association. Suzanne Adkins from Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences was awarded the Artissimo Award for Middle School Administrator. Congratulations to both.