Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2015’

New Principal at SMS!

May 20, 2015

Downey Unified Appoints New Sussman Middle School Principal 

DOWNEY, CALIF., May 19, 2015 – The Downey Unified Board of Education proudly announced on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the appointment of Dr. Robert Jagielski as the new principal of Sussman Middle School. Jagielski will begin in this position on July, 1, 2015, with plans of continuing to propel the school forward.

Jagielski started his career in education for the Alhambra Unified School District in 1988 as a bilingual instructional aide, quickly moving up to an ESL teacher and program coordinator. In 1992 he joined Downey Unified, making Griffiths Middle School his home for five years where he was also an ELD teacher/coordinator, taught Social Studies and coached a variety of sports. Jagielski then transitioned to the high school level, becoming the vice principal in 1997 and later the assistant principal at Downey High School. Serving as a high school administrator for eight years, Jagielski prided himself on being thoroughly involved in student centered concerns.

This focus, along with completing his doctoral degree, spearheaded him to the District Office, where he became the Director of Student Services in 2005. Working closely with many community organizations, Jagielski has been the president of Gangs Out Of Downey (GOOD), supervisor of True Lasting Connections, and a CHARACTER COUNTS! certified trainer, consultant and coalition member.

Dr. Jagielski will not only serve as the new principal of Sussman Middle School, he will also continue his relationship with the Josephson Institute’s CHARACTER COUNTS! acting as the liaison for Downey Unified.

“I am humbled and blessed at the opportunity to serve as the principal of Sussman Middle School,” stated Jagielski. “Being at Sussman since January as a form of administrative support led me to want to be a part of their great staff, students and programs. I look forward to leading the Sussman team as we prepare 21st Century students to be college and career ready.”


About the Downey Unified School District 

The Downey Unified School District provides a comprehensive curriculum supporting three high schools, four middle schools, 13 elementary schools and one adult school. The district is committed to developing all students to be self-motivated learners and productive, responsible and compassionate members of an ever-changing global society. Our highly qualified staff foster meaningful relationships with students, parents, and the community while providing a relevant and rigorous curriculum in facilities that advance teaching and learning. It is the vision of Downey Unified to have all students graduate with a 21st Century Education that ensures they are college and career ready, globally competitive and citizens of strong character.

Downey Unified School District Gallegos Administration Center 11627 Brookshire Avenue, P.O. Box 7017, Downey, California 90241-7017 (562) 469-6500, FAX: (562) 469-6515 

CONTACT:  Ashley Greaney Public Relations Coordinator (562) 469-6513;

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SMS Student Earns Engineering Internship at CSULB!

DannaA note from her teacher, Ms. Sun:  There are some chances in our lives that pass by as fleeting moments, and if we are not vigilant, determined, and unwavering, they disappear like dreams.  Danna Gonzalez, a 7th grader at Sussman Middle School, is a student who took full advantage of a moment in her life and found success through her drive, ambition, and outstanding persona.  Sussman Middle School is delighted to announce Danna’s acceptance into the Cal State Long Beach Engineering Girls Internship.  Danna seemed, on paper, similar to other applicants- stellar grades, school involvement, and impressive standardized test scores, but her wonderful personality, charming charisma, and mature professionalism gave her the edge she needed to set her apart.  Cal State Long Beach selected a mere 12 students for this prestigious program and acknowledged that Danna’s demeanor and genuine interview responses along with her thoughtfully written essay set her apart from other candidates.  Sussman’s pride in Danna’s acceptance and elation of her entry into this impressive internship cannot be more immense.  Congratulations to Danna Gonzalez!