December 14, 2018
A Note from the Acting Head of School...
Dear Parents,

At Crossroads School, we strive to individualize our learning plans for each student to best meet their needs. We use this principle in academics as well as social or life skills.

Recently, we have been working on making improvements to our individualized behavior plans. In our weekly staff meetings, teachers share information about students which allows us to coordinate our approach. It is to the student's advantage when we can be consistent throughout the school system. When we notice repeating patterns of inappropriate behavior, it triggers the need to implement a “Behavior Contract.”

First, staff confer and prioritize the behavior which needs addressing. It is more common for there to be several areas of concern but we can’t expect our students to change everything at once. So, we prioritize and tackle one component at a time.

The Behavior Contract has several key components.
  • Preamble of Cooperation- The contract is presented to the student from the start with a statement that we are here to support the student and work together to create success.
  • Behavior Goal- The general objective is written in one sentence.
  • Clarifications of the Objective- Specific examples provide clarification so students can understand what behaviors are expected.
  • School Rule- The general school rule or value is stated so students understand the context for this behavior contract.
  • Support and Consequences- A list of ways the staff will support the student in reaching the goal and a clearly defined list consequences with escalating severity for continued infractions are provided.

The contract is presented to the student in a meeting lead by our Head of Social Development, Mr. Mitch Pengra and attended by at least one of the student’s teachers. As with any contract, it must be signed by all parties to signify understanding and agreement with the terms. Sometimes, if appropriate, a parent will be asked to attend this initial meeting.

The format of the contracts are consistent but the content of each is unique.  It’s individualized and that’s exactly the point. Our staff can take the needs of each child into account when formulating the contract. The behavior goals and consequences are unique to the student.  The student will carry a copy of the contact with them in their daily binder and a log, similar to the ones used with our daily Goal Sheet, to track success throughout the day.

Providing our students with the tools they need and modeling the steps to improving is at the core of what we do at Crossroads.
Debi Mishael
Board Chair & Acting Head of School
(713) 977-1221 x101
Spirit Week is Next Week! December 17-21
I can't wait to fill the newsletter with all the fun photos that will surely be taken next week!
Main Event -
Chaperones Requested
The students are certainly excited for our final day of school before the Winter Break. A trip to Main Event is always a highlight for kids. We will have all faculty on hand but would love to have additional parents along with us. The students and staff are being transported by bus. Parents may join the bus ride or meet us at The Main Event center in Stafford. We plan to be there from 9:30 AM-1:00 PM and will then return to the school for the afternoon.

We have arranged to be the first ones to arrive at The Main Event, and have 90 minutes of time as a group before it opens to the public! This will help us to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for our students. This is typically a busy business with lots of sound and light stimulation. An early in the day trip when public schools are still in session should make this one of the calmest times to visit Main Event! Please contact the school office if you are able to join us on this field trip.
It's Cold Outside!

It's been cold outside and you've probably been reaching into the closet to pull out rarely used outer garments to keep cozy. How do they fit? Are you finding they've shrunk over the years while waiting to be used?

Don't toss them or worse, don't but them in the back of the closet to take up space. Now is the time to donate your "previously loved" coats and jackets to those in need. You will feel warmer knowing that you have made a cold day a little easier for someone else.

We are collecting coats through December 21 in the school office.
As you say goodbye to 2018 and consider your end-of-year, tax deductible donations, we ask that you contribute to our Annual Giving Campaign. Every contribution helps.
 
Crossroads, like most non-profit schools, cannot operate without the generous support from our donors. Tuition only covers a portion of our expenses so donations are crucial to meeting our Annual Operating Budget.
 
One parent recently described it well when she said, “Other schools either brush issues under the rug or over react. Crossroads makes the effort to fix.” 
 
We strive to give students the tools they need to advocate for their best learning style and to be functioning, contributing members of society. We recognize that all students are unique and learn in different ways. A supportive environment with creative and flexible “Outside the Box” Thinking is essential.
Help us fulfill our mission by contributing today.

Parents will soon receive a donation appeal card in the mail. If you have already made a contribution, please pass this card along to relatives or friends who would like to support the school.
Contributions can be mailed to the school address or donate online at: www.paypal.me/CrossroadsHouston

Got Lego People?

Do you have extra Lego people laying around? We are looking for additional Lego people for a school project.
Crossroads School Events & Reminders

Winter Break: December 24, 2018 through January 4, 2019
School Closed: MLK Day January 21, 2019
Early Dismissal: January 28-31, 2019

CROSSROADS SCHOOL, Inc.
5822 Dolores St.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 977-1221