9th Grade Mission Statement
Our mission as 9th grade English teachers is to bring students in from 60 different middle schools and explicitly give them a common set of classroom reading and writing skills that they will build on in future English classes at LWHS. We want to help students learn about who they are in an English class and who they are in relationship to the texts they read. We are committed to a mindful representation of authors and texts so that no text and no student is marginalized by fact of a particular identifier. We understand writing as an intellectual exercise and a documentation of learning, but it is the learning that’s important. English class is not about possessing knowledge as much as it is about collaboration, empathy, and figuring things out.
—Catherine Fung, Linnea Ogden, Jennifer Selvin and Monica West 2017
12th grade mission statement
As 12th grade English teachers, our mission is to build on the reading, writing, reflective, analytical, and interpersonal skills that students have been developing through their previous three years at LWHS. As students enter their adult lives, they are prepared to engage in civic dialogue and action. Through the study of diverse texts, we hope to come to an understanding of the societal and institutional conditions underlying justice and injustice, the positions from which we enter dialogues, and strategies for dialogue that allow us to serve more than ourselves.
—Jennifer Selvin, Suzanne Shimek, Catherine Fung, and Robin Von Breton, 2017