February 12, 2018

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  Virtues for this Month

February: Diligence and  Perseverance
Diligence is doing what needs to be done with devotion, dedication, and determination.

Perseverance is pushing on despite difficulty and hardship.

  Head's Note

Since the middle of January, I have been conducting individual contract discussions with the faculty and staff. Each year, these discussions provide an important opportunity to reflect on where we are as a school as well as set goals for the coming year. As is the case in each of the independent schools where I've served since the early 1990s, it's always hard to hear of colleagues' plans to leave the school during these conversations. But I always make an effort to focus on the positives for the remaining part of the year and support any transitions.
As they become known, the school will begin to advertise for open positions and review candidate files. And in the coming weeks, I'll form search committees, conduct interviews, observe teaching demonstrations, and contact references for the most qualified candidates who have applied for these positions. As new educators join our faculty, the school will introduce them to our community in the Weekly. But in the meantime, feel free to stop by if you have questions or if you know candidates who may be interested and qualified for these new roles.

Yours truly, Brad

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To read Brad's blog posts on the DailyUV, please click here.

  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office!
Please mark your calendars for reenrollment starting in two weeks. Contracts are expected to be released on February 28, with contracts for financial aid recipients to be released four weeks later on March 30. Reenrollment contracts are extended to current families before new contracts are released to prospective families.
There has been strong interest in admissions again for next year. There is limited space available for new students in most classes, so it will be very important to enroll by the deadline of March 15 (April 12 for financial aid recipients). Enrolling by the deadline will allow us to know what spaces are available for new students. Contracts for new students are released starting on April 2.
Have a wonderful week! -Warmly, Marilyn

  Summer Programs 2018

We are delighted to open our registration and share course descriptions for the  2018  Crossroads Summer Programs! Taught by Crossroads faculty, local instructors, or in collaboration with other educational organizations in the Upper Valley, all of our programs are designed to be both engaging and fun. Most programs run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily with a free early drop-off beginning at 8:00 am and a free extended day option from 3:30-5:00 pm. All programs are open to both Crossroads students and other students in the area. Please click here for more information or to register . Please note that some programs fill up quickly so early registration is recommended. In the coming weeks, we will also list additional programs that are currently being developed. Feel free to forward this information to friends and neighbors in the area who may be interested in summer programs for their children or want to learn more about our school. Thank you.

  School News

From the Health Office 

Please consider participating with your child in the "On Doctoring" program at Geisel School of Medicine. Dr Adam Weinstein, a pediatrician at DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine, is coordinating the pediatric program for medical students. This will be an excellent learning opportunity for the Geisel students but also for our Crossroads students who may have an interest in health care or medicine. For more information, please click here.

Math Club Updates
The Math Club students have been very busy this fall and winter! Congratulations to our students for their amazing performances in Mathcounts and AMC-8. It would not have been possible without the tireless support of Alison Gorman, our Dartmouth graduate student volunteer, Daryl DeFord, and Crossroads Academy parent Wayne Chin.
Mathcounts Chapter Competition: Crossroads Places First
Congratulations to the ten Crossroads students who participated in the Mathcounts Chapter Competition hosted at the Richmond Middle School last Thursday, based on their performance on the school-wide test: Matthew Adner (8), Riley Chin (7), Xavier Kahn (7), Liana Lansigan (8), Audrey Lewellen (7), Maxine Park (8), Saia Patel (8), Mikey Rieger (8), Brynne Spaeth (7), Cecy Sweeney (8).
Six Crossroads students placed in the top 12 as individuals and competed in the live, head-to-head competition Countdown Round: Liana (11th), Cecy (10th), Audrey (8th), Brynne (6th), Riley (5th), and Maxine (1st). Maxine also placed 1st in the Countdown Round. Saia, Matthew, and Xavier were tied within one point of the top 12.
The Crossroads team of Brynne, Maxine, Riley, and Saia placed 1st, with the highest score on the team test.
Thank you to Ann Rightmire (7), Amica Lansigan (6), and Aidan Brody (6) for attending all of the practices and preparing as alternates!
Mathcounts School Competition Results
Congratulations to all Crossroads math students in sixth grade math and above that participated in the Mathcounts School Competition! The ten top scoring students in grades six through eight participated in the Chapter Competition.
The top scoring students in each Middle School grade included:
Sixth Grade
1st: Amica Lansigan
2nd: Aidan Brody
3rd: Eli Hoffer
Seventh Grade
1st: Riley Chin and Brynne Spaeth
2nd: Audrey Lewellen
Eighth Grade
1st: Maxine Park
2nd: Matthew Adner and Saia Patel
Winner of the largest score increase between last year and this year: Mikey Rieger (8)
School Champion: Maxine Park (8)
School Runner-Up Champion: Roxane Park (5)
Crossroads Students in Grades Four Through Eight Participate in the AMC-8
This past November, twenty-eight Crossroads students participated in the national American Mathematics Competition exam for students through eighth grade (AMC-8).
Congratulations to all of the students who participated-more than a third of our students placed in the top 25 percent of the country on this highly competitive exam taken by more than 102,000 serious mathematics students across North America. This is particularly notable given the number of younger students in grades four through six that chose to take the exam.
The AMC-8 school-level awards for Crossroads go to:
Gold: Maxine Park (8), also Distinguished Honor Roll (top 1%)
Silver: Riley Chin (7), scored in the top 5%
Bronze: Roxane Park (5), also Achievement Roll (6th grade and younger scoring in the top 7%)

  Parent Association News

   Family Arts Night

Technology Protocol and New Recommendations (2/13 and 2/27)
The PA would like to invite parents to a forum for discussion and feedback regarding Crossroads Academy's new Digital Media Policies. The Technology Task Force at Crossroads Academy has worked diligently on developing a new policy to best support a culture of respect, balance, and responsibility. Copies of this policy will be coming home with students for you to review, and we would like to invite your feedback at two meetings this month in the Lora Robins Library on Tuesday, February 13, at 8:00 am and Tuesday, February 27, at 6:00 pm.  

For more information on our draft document, please click here.

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