June 12, 2017
Weekly News

Crossroads Academy presents the musical The Wizard of Oz

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  Virtue for this Month

June: Loyalty

Loyalty is being faithful and true to our duties, relations, and ideals.

  Head's Note

As we conclude our 25th anniversary year and begin our next quarter century, I wanted to take a moment to thank our entire community for making the 2016-17 school year so successful! Over the last twelve months, Crossroads has grown significantly in ways that are too numerous to mention, and none of these exciting areas of growth would have been possible without the incredible support of our community and the hard work of many.
I often think of a school's growth paralleling that of a human, with developmental stages such as childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Neuroscientists will tell you that the human brain isn't fully developed until the age of twenty-five and now that our school has reached this particular milestone, I am especially excited for what the next phase of our development will bring. With our high academic standards and meaningful character education program, excellent faculty and staff working with talented students, an engaged and supportive board, strong enrollment and annual giving, ever-increasing partnerships in the community, and our amazing parents and grandparents, Crossroads is poised for many great things in the years to come. It is an exciting journey that we are on, and I am grateful you are part of it.
Here's wishing you and your family all the best for a restful, enjoyable, and fun-filled June, July, and August. We will miss spending the days with our students over the next few months but already look forward to welcoming our next classes of kindergartners through eighth graders back to our campus in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!

-Yours truly, Brad
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  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office! It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone. The Admissions Office has been humming with activity this year; forty-five prospective families visited campus and thirty-six prospective students visited classrooms, and I am happy to say that our classes are filling up for next year! The surest way to peak interest in Crossroads out in the community is through word-of-mouth, so I want to thank you for being great ambassadors for our school this year and for helping to bring many new families into the Crossroads community. I look forward to joining each of you next year, along with the new families, as we continue to build our amazing school!
Wishing you all a wonderful summer! -Warmly, Marilyn
P.S. Don't forget to join the Where in the World is Crossroads Academy? admissions initiative this summer. While you enjoy the beautiful summer days --on the beach, at the farmer's market, on vacation, at camp--take a picture of yourself or your children with a Crossroads sticker or spirit gear. Email the photo to me, and we will post it on the Crossroads Facebook page. 

On Friday, June 9, in honor of the Middle School musical, two Lower School classes shared their own productions. First the second graders watched the kindergartners perform "The Little Red Hen."

Later in the day, the younger students visited the second grade classroom to watch eight short puppet shows that were written as a culminating activity to the history unit on immigration. This is where it starts!

  School News

Please Welcome Carol Williams as our New Assistant to the Faculty

Franny McClogan has chosen to return to graduate school next fall to pursue a degree in education. Over the last few weeks, Brad Choyt, Gena Doyle, and Marj Martin have conducted a new search and are delighted Carol Williams has accepted the position.
Carol Williams is a former Montessori middle school science teacher, hailing from Litchfield, CT. She has been coming to NH for nearly thirty years and now lives in Enfield year-round. Carol has two children, who are young adults and no longer live at home. She loves being outdoors playing sports including hiking, playing tennis, biking, canoeing, skiing, and skating. Other times, she simply enjoys being in a garden and relaxing. Carol has lived abroad and, most recently, taught English to students in a remote village in Nepal.

Carol earned an environmental studies degree from Colby College and an MBA from Cornell University. She loves working with students and seeing their eyes light up as they learn. She is really looking forward to getting to know Crossroads Academy, its teachers, students, and parents.

Hats Off...

Congratulations to eighth grader Andrew Huang who participated in the American Regions Mathematics League math competition at Penn State University on June 3, 2017. This was a high school competition that Andrew was invited to participate in as a member of a team of fifteen NH students. Andrew earned a medal as the top individual for the NH state team. This was quite an accomplishment as his teammates ranged up to seniors in high school. 

Live Feed of Graduation via The Cube (6/13)
Crossroads is very pleased that we now have the capability through a service called "The Cube" to allow for live feeds of some of our school events. A live feed event will be shared via a link within a Weekly News item like this one and can be forwarded to others who would like to watch the event in "real time." The first event we will be offering this capability for will be graduation this Tuesday (6/13) at 4:00 pm. To access its live feed, please click on this link shortly before graduation begins.
Please note: If you see "Stream is yet to begin" after the scheduled start time of the event, "The stream was interrupted" during the event, or if you have any other technical glitches, please try refreshing your browser periodically until the stream begins.
Feel free to share the link above with extended family members or anyone else who wishes they could attend graduation but is unable to. We hope you enjoy this new capability, and we look forward to sharing more Crossroads events in the future in real time via The Cube!

Graduation (6/13)
Graduation is the culmination of the Crossroads experience. It speaks to our academic and character education programs, community, and the deep relationships that form over the years. All Crossroads families are invited to attend this beautiful event on June 13 at 4:00 pm in the Bancroft Campus Center. It will include student speeches, music, thanks, and farewells. Attire is dressy, and all students attending must be accompanied by their parents. A reception for graduates, their families, and the faculty follows the ceremony.

From the Health Office

ALL Together is a community resource for teen substance misuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and advocacy.

Every year, ALL Together surveys the community regarding substance use in the Upper Valley. They have asked Crossroads Academy to assist as partners in helping them disseminate the survey to parents. You may review (and take) the survey by clicking here.

For more information on All Together, visit here.

Eighth Grade Class Gift--The Tree House Classroom
Over the years, the eighth grade has continually challenged itself to give back to the school. This year we would like to support the construction of a tree house to expand classroom space on campus. We picture a beautiful and quiet outdoor space surrounded by nature to gather and hold classes throughout the year. To enable our dream of this special structure that has been designed by a Crossroads parent to become a reality, we need your help.  If you click here, you can donate $100 or more toward a shingle that can have your name burned onto it and that will be used as part of an outside wall of the tree house classroom. We hope you agree that this is a unique way of showing your support towards a project that Crossroads students and faculty will enjoy and appreciate for years to come.

Thank you for your support!
~Class of 2017
Do You Still Need Plans for Your Children this Summer?

It's not too late to register for Crossroads Summer Programs.
We are delighted to share course descriptions and registration information for the 2017 Crossroads Summer Programs! Taught by Crossroads faculty, other local teachers, or in collaboration with non-profit 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 others in the area. Please click here to sign up. Additional programs are now being developed and will be available for registration soon.

  Parent Association News

Lunch Program
This week follows the "Week A" menu. Contact Gwen Martin with any questions. 

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