Respect, integrity, inclu- sion, collaboration, curiosity: these values are an expression of our French American International School community. In a pro- cess last year that involved faculty and staff, students and
parents, school leaders and trustees,
we identified and defined values that
express our school culture and complement our long-standing mission
statement. The work of determining
these values was truly inclusive and
collaborative, with faculty and staff
working in cross-divisional groups,
students debating in class, parents
discussing over coffee, trustees
wordsmithing in meetings—all to
hone a statement respectful of our
French and American roots, worthy
of the intellectual aspirations of our
mission, and reflective of our multinational, multilingual, and multicul-tural school community.
This effort was not an academic
exercise. Inspired by our outgoing
Board Chair, Tex Schenkkan, who
last year completed six years of
Board leadership, this is work at the
heart of our mission as a school. That
mission—to teach critical thinking
and cross-cultural communication,
in the context of academic rigor and
diversity—matters more than ever,
as global, national and local events
last year affirmed. How we go about
what we do matters just as much.
The way that we treat each other as
we work, learn, and play in school
shapes the quality of our character,
as individuals and as a community.
I am grateful to Tex for his guidance
in this effort, and in so many things,
and I thank him for his commitment
to the quality of our school’s culture.
In this issue of La Lettre, we explore the many ways that we live our
mission and values at French American and International High School.
Thanks to myriad lower school sustainability initiatives, young students
tackle environmental issues together
and develop respect for the planet
we share. The Design Faire fosters
critical thinking, collaboration, and
curiosity for students in grades 3-12.
Our Global Travel Program engages
fifth through twelfth graders in life-changing cross-cultural encounters
that build respect for other cultures.
Middle schoolers examine the Syrian
Refugee Crisis while International
High School students form a Diversity Leadership Council to cultivate
inclusion in our school community.
Student awards and exploits in the
Arts and Athletics demonstrate how
they meet and exceed their commitments school-wide. Finally, our
Annual Report or Communiqué
highlights our parents’ integrity as
they generously support our school
through their giving.
These values will be at the heart
of our work in the coming year, as
we undertake a community-wide
strategic planning process. Led by
the Board of Trustees and focusing
on questions of our school’s identity,
our students’ experience, our campus community, and our financial
sustainability, the process will use
surveys, focus groups, and community conversations to engage all of us
in a discussion of our future. While
remaining respectful of our roots and
true to our mission, we will create
a shared vision of our future and a
plan to achieve it.
MELINDA BIHN, Ed.D.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Le respect, l’intégrité, l’inclusion, la collaboration, la curiosité : ces valeurs sont le reflet de la communauté du Lycée International Franco-Américain. L’année
dernière, dans le cadre d’un
processus auquel ont participé les
enseignants et le personnel, les
élèves et les parents, les directeurs et
les membres du conseil de gestion
de l’établissement, nous avons
défini les valeurs qui caractérisent
la culture de notre établissement
et renforcent sa mission établie
de longue date. L’identification de
ces valeurs est le fruit d’un travail
véritablement ouvert et collaboratif.
Les personnels enseignants et
administratifs ont mené des
débats avec les élèves en classe,
des discussions avec les parents
autour d’un café, des réunions
du Conseil de gestion pour en
affiner la formulation respectueuse
Living Our Values
HEAD OF SCHOOL