What an exciting week we’ve had here at school! Monday we kicked off Spirit Week with College Day. The Crossroads campus was teeming with different college colors, logos and pride. Tuesday was Career Day. An architect, a chef, a geologist, and a police officer all come to share information about their careers. It was a fantastic learning experience for our students. I want to thank Ms. Sundus, Mr. Steven, Mr. Jeremy, and Mr. Nasar for generously donation their time and knowledge with our staff and students.
Tuesday was also our first day of
with Barbara Radnofsky. Barbara is a professional mediator who came to Crossroads and worked with our students last year. We are thrilled that she was able to return this year and continue teaching our students how to mediate and overcome conflicts. These are very important life skills. She will be working with the students for a total of four session in the coming weeks . There will be a culminating presentation for all of the parents on
November 8th, at 11:00 am.
Wednesday, the school was abuzz with everyone’s favorite sports teams. The Astros dominated as a fan favorite, but there were a few other teams represented. Thursday was dress like your favorite book character day. Ms. Azmae's ELA class has been reading the Wizard of Oz and it came to life on campus. The variety of costumes from the students, (and staff...see below) was truly magical and brought a smile to my face.
The afternoon was spent on our Teal Pumpkin project where the science classes got together to do some pumpkin themed science experiments. They were able to hypothesize and test different types of friction on various inclined planes that they had identified around campus and then determine how different levels of force affected speed. On Friday, many of us took advantage of our final day of Spirit Week enjoying the comfort of staying in our pajamas all day long. It was indeed a long week of excitement and fun!
Finally, a very important news item from this week is that report cards have been distributed through Alma today; you should've received your student's report card via email by now. I want to take a moment to explain how the report cards work this year as they are a bit different than past years.
The report cards are more detailed with regard to what the students are doing in class based on the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for the individual core subjects
. The addition of more information about what each student is working on in each class has increased the length of the report cards. Having said that, there will be many categories marked N/A on the reports which means that the category has not been covered yet with your child. The students will still have grades for each subject, as in the past, and these grades are represented by their achievement on assignments based on their individual levels. These grades are based on your individual child’s improvement and/or mastery of their subjects, not always by grade level expectations. With the distribution of the report cards, we have officially completed our first quarter of school. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me with any questions about the comments or grades received on your child’s report card.
Thank you, again, for trusting Crossroads with the education and care of your child and we are looking forward to a successful second quarter of classes, already under way!