BIO 20: Don’t forget to click on the attachment to see the Crossroads celebrity highlighted in this week’s BIO 20 page!
News from the Admissions Office
You’ve seen us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter, watched us on YouTube, and now you can listen to us here and on the following Upper Valley Radio stations: KIXX 100.5, WGXL 92.3, WMXR 93.9, and WTXL 1400 AM. Crossroads Academy alumnus (’03) and recent University of Richmond graduate Andrew Keller shares his appreciation for the education he received here at Crossroads.
Time is experienced differently in schools than it is, perhaps, in any other environment. Each day, teachers plan what they will teach (future), review what they previously taught to create “stickiness” for new information (past), and launch daily lessons (present). It is said that teachers make an average of 3,000 decisions in a given day. Many of these decisions involve this special form of “time travel.” Thus, our children progress.
Simultaneously our faculty participates in teams, small groups, and as a whole in the process of moving the school forward. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss parent and student feedback, educational research, what’s new in the news, issues surrounding technology, and societal matters that affect not only what we teach but how we teach it. We also share what we have learned through professional development opportunities afforded us by the school, and undertaken on our own. As a result, instructional techniques improve, new materials are introduced, and novel program enhancements become a part of the fabric of our school. Creative by nature, these changes stimulate more conversation, and the cycle continues.
While we are working on the “micro” level, our Board engages in the same process from the “macro” level. Through thoughtful discussion and research, they seek to support our growth as an educational institution. Their goal is to take the 30,000-foot view to ensure our school’s future.
It’s a wonderful, inclusive process. One teacher remarked to me that it’s a lot like working in an employee owned company; everyone has a stake in the success of this remarkable school. Everyone participates. I thank each employee, each student, each parent, and each Board member for their part in the evolution of our school. — Onward and upward, Jean
Community Service, Virtue, and Psalm for This Month
March Virtue: Honesty is truthfulness: loving the truth, telling the truth, and living truthfully in word and deed. Psalm 15
From the Health Office
There have been some concerns about head lice in the Upper Valley community. Although we do not routinely perform head checks at school, we actively work with families who have head lice to help eliminate the problem at school. It is helpful for parents to check heads on occasion, particularly after camp experiences, travel, or exposure to other children who have had head lice. What to look for: small insects the size of a sesame seed that shy away from light, making them difficult to see. Look for nits (lice eggs) that are tiny, yellowish-white, oval eggs attached at an angle to the side of hair shafts. Nits are most commonly found near the nape of the neck, around the forehead, and behind the ears. Nits close to the scalp usually indicate an active case of head lice. Note any excessive itching of the scalp. If lice are found in your child’s hair, please contact the school immediately. Please call me with any questions or need for treatment options.
Congratulations to Alexandria Coffin for making the 2012 Vermont Girls’ Select hockey team. She will skate with girls from CT, RI, NH, and ME in the New England Yankee Conference Hockey Festival the weekend of March 23-25.