Please mark your calendars for June 11 from 8:30-10:30 am for our annual Move-Up Ceremony. This is a “dressy” morning as it is our final assembly and one of great celebration and joy. Our students have much to be proud of.
This year, I will be “moving up” with all of your children. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Head of School. I have seen such growth in your children as they prepare to move to the next grade. I am so proud of your children. In a kaleidoscope of moments, I have seen those hands shoot up with enthusiasm during a music class, I watched our youngest students learn to problem-solve in math, I noticed their writing change from inventive spelling to college level works that are published. I have seen our faculty engage, inspire, and connect with our students.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our Head of School Search Committee, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Brad Choyt as Crossroads Academy’s next Head of School. The Board was unanimous in its support of the Search Committee’s enthusiastic recommendation of Brad based on an extensive and highly competitive eight-month search process. His term will begin on July 1, 2015.
When my family and I began the search for a school we could embrace and support in the coming years, we created a list of ideal qualities: a warm and nurturing environment, a place that knew its values and embraced high standards, a school that had a strong programmatic foundation but remained open to mission-appropriate innovation, a location that attracted a vibrant, diverse community where a wide variety of perspectives were valued, and a school that fostered meaningful intellectual and moral pursuits that helped children reach their full potential. But our eight-year-old daughter, Thea, put it most succinctly. She wanted to find a school, she said, “Where people are really nice, there’s a lot of learning and we can make amazing friends.” Without knowing it then, she quite aptly captured the essence of Crossroads.
Each year, as the culmination of our music program, all Middle School students (with voluntary participation from Lower School students) produce an outstanding musical theater production. Parental support for this program is critical to its success. Due to the demands of such a production, some rehearsal time is scheduled beyond school hours. For parental convenience and planning purposes, rehearsal times are communicated to parents well in advance.
Occurring late in the spring, this event is planned by our physical education teacher with the assistance of the faculty. Cooperative games are the focus of the day. In support of our mission, younger students are paired with older students to encourage cross-grade play and community building.
Crossroads Academy is an independent, coeducational day school committed to academic excellence and moral integrity. We inspire our students to love learning, act honorably, and contribute actively to intellectual, cultural, and civic life.