Incoming high schoolers grow the mindset that each of them is an important part of their school community and are responsible to and for themselves and each other. In a unit designed for the beginning of the school year, this orientation balances the needs of the individual and those of the learning community. Through high-engagement activities, learners practice foundational skills to support their success, including knowing about the school resources in place to support them. 9th graders will also become oriented to the school’s values and guidelines. As they look back to their middle school years and forward to their high school careers, 9th graders write and illustrate a short autobiography that describes where they’ve been and where they’re going as a learner. By sharing their stories and aspirations with peers, classmates learn in depth about each other and work to support individual and collective goals. This sense of community within the class culminates in a publication party.