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What does it take to be successful in a De Smet Jesuit English class?
Nick Dressler, English Teacher

The successful student brings with him a willingness to work with his instructor and collaborate with his classmates in an effort to gain and then master college-preparatory reading and writing skills. The successful student also employs a growth mindset, looking to improve himself and his community both in-person and digitally, both inside and outside of the classroom. To do this, he must bring his real self to class every day and he has to utilize the English skills he learns not only to advance to the next grade level and eventually to college but also to better serve those around him immediately and in the future. In other words: the successful student assimilates traditional English skills and uses them creatively and authentically in real-world scenarios.