English Department

Program LeaderJane Day, Department Head
Phone781-861-2320 x69254
OfficeLHS, Room 228
Admin. Asst.:
Suzanne Rooney 781-861-2320 x69254


Dear LHS Students and Families,
For the first time, the English Department is assigning a common summer reading text to rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. This assignment will culminate in a visit from the text’s author in the Fall!
Specific assignments should be reviewed in the 2019 Summer Reading document, but we encourage all families to first read the letter posted here. This document introduces our common reading initiative and provides reading resources for students and families.
Best wishes for a relaxing summer,
Jane Day

Jane A. Day, English Department Head

Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421
781 861 2320  X69254

Mission Statement

The English program at Lexington High School is designed to improve all students’ writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking skills.  Across grade levels, courses reinforce the skills and habits of mind students need to be life-long learners.

Students will:

  • learn to produce coherent and cohesive writing, use precise vocabulary, and develop topics with purposeful structure and organization; and to write for multiple purposes and multiple audiences.  Students develop the perseverance they need to approach writing as a process through prewriting, peer review, and revision.
  • develop an interest in reading and learn to consume culture critically: they think critically about what they read and the world in which they live.  Students read literature from multiple genres, cultures, and times to inspire discussion and reflection about what it means to be human.
  • respond critically and thoughtfully to each other through discussion and to present information for multiple purposes and audiences.
  • practice fruitful and responsible collaboration in the classroom and across multiple online platforms.