MISSION & VISION

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Mission

At Evergreen Middle School, we provide a safe, inclusive environment where students engage in an authentic, cultural, and inquiry-based exploration of the world in order to become agents of change.

Our Vision

We work collaboratively with all stakeholders to offer:

  • An inquiry-based exploration of Bushwick and the larger community in order to honor the culture and history of where our students live and to expose students to other communities and cultures

  • An advisory program that provides the social and emotional learning opportunities that students require in order to be their best selves, both socially and academically

  • Hands-on and project-based learning experiences grounded in promoting social justice and social awareness

  • Opportunities for student voice, including: giving students choice in their academic tasks, instituting student cogens, creating various student councils, administering student surveys, inviting students to sit on leadership teams, student choice in clubs

Instructional Focus

Students Teachers will create relevant, realistic problem-solving performance tasks that include authentic discussions thereby transferring the cognitive load to students. This will enable students to immerse themselves in in-depth reflective learning and engage with rich mentor texts, resulting in high-level discussion, writing and increased interest in reading.


Curriculum

At Evergreen, we believe that language and literacy have the power to heal, inspire and lead students to become agents of change in their lives and beyond. Students read relevant, engaging, self-selected texts that inspire them to think deeply, reflect and grow. We aim to empower students to be critical readers. We want them to be able to see themselves in the texts they read resulting in authentic writing which demonstrates strong voice and purpose.

Reading with Power and Passion

Reading is a truly astounding process. What the brain needs to do in order to look at letters, transform them into words, and then make meaning of those words is nothing short of wondrous. As educators, we want to share the power of reading with our students, but because reading is such a complex and involved process, great expertise is needed to support students in developing their reading skills.

Educating Powerful Writers

Though we live in an age of email and digital texts, writing skills are more important than ever. Text messaging, emailing, blogging, tweeting, and the like, in the end, are simply forms of written communication that rely on the use of words. How effectively we use those words matters. Good writing skills are critical for our high school students as effective communication is a necessary component not only of education but also of the world of work and of life in a democratic society. Because writing is used extensively in higher education and in the workplace, our students must be able to communicate well, using the forms of writing that serve them well, such as editorials, presentations, reports, research, proposals, memos, and literary analyses. However, the ability of students to express themselves creatively should not be understated. While only a handful of students might find their place as professional writers, crafting fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction has value and offers students ways to ponder, share, and reflect on the deeper questions of life. All forms of writing require skill, clarity, fluency, and precision, and while high school writing includes more practice with information and argument writing, fiction, memoir, and poetry are still important.

Students at Evergreen receive instruction in the four core subjects; English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science and Social Studies. In addition, students receive instruction in Spanish, Technology, Physical Education, Health, Art, and Music.