East Williston Union Free School District
Through their successful encounters with literature from a wide range of time periods and cultures, our students develop the ability to understand and enjoy fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. They have learned to read critically and evaluate what they read with a recognition of the validity of their own informed point of view. They have learned to see reading as an essential human activity and leave school with the desire and ability to continue reading, considering, and discussing literature.
We aim to graduate students who are writers.
Our students have learned to communicate in a clear engaging prose that reflects who they are. Their writing is confident, articulate, correct and distinctive. Students should be able to write with relative ease in a variety of genres and for a variety of audiences. They can write literary essays and research papers with documented sources but can also use writing as an outlet for creativity and self-expression. For them, revision and editing are central to the writing process, and they are comfortable working both independently and collaboratively to move their writing from draft to publishable work.
We aim to graduate students who can communicate effectively.
Our students will know how to speak up and voice their opinions persuasively. They will have a strong and flexible vocabulary and command of spoken and written English. They will be confident and clear when speaking publicly. They will also know how to listen with respect and empathy and to ask thoughtful questions that probe beneath the surface.
We aim to graduate students who know how to gather and use information.
Our students should be able to find, evaluate, and organize information. They should be able to listen with discernment and to take notes that will enable them to share and respond to what they hear. They should be able to maneuver text and digital sources of information, to judge what is a reliable and useful source, and to use this information effectively and honestly, citing their sources appropriately. Students will be confident in new literacies as demanded by new technological advances and innovations by having experienced opportunities to explore these advancements and innovations within the curriculum.
We aim to graduate students who will make a positive impact on the world.
We hope our students have read widely enough and write well enough to feel a sense of well-being and stability in their present lives and to discover areas of future professional and personal fulfillment. Our students will have looked critically at the world and at the culture in which they live and will have had ample opportunity to write about, examine, and otherwise express their views. They are empathetic, tolerant, honest, and open. We are successful if our students can apply the skills they have learned in language arts classes to real life situations after they leave our school, and we have helped them develop a lifelong love of learning.