Crossroads uses a blended learning model that incorporates self-paced learning inside the classrooms. Self-paced instruction is any kind of instruction that proceeds based on learner response. Self-pacing in the classroom allows students to progress at a pace that suits the learner. Learners who work at a fast pace have the opportunity to gain competency quickly. Learners who perform at a slower pace have the opportunity for repetition without being pushed ahead too quickly.
Self-pacing is flexible but requires time management for submissions and meeting deadlines. In order to facilitate completion of the current year's curriculum by the last day of school, all work has target dates.
Being intentional, managing class and home time, asking for help, and adjusting as needed, are essential for success in self-paced learning.
Students are expected to stay on pace by completing their assignments throughout the duration of their course(s) by attending campus or virtual class regularly, scheduling one-on-one tutoring, and preparing ahead. Failure to adhere to these expectations may adversely affect learning and ultimately a student’s grade.
For the self-paced classroom to be effective, CCS teachers help monitor the students' level of understanding to determine whether immediate re-teaching or acceleration is necessary. Since grades alone are not always an indicator of a student's understanding, each student should make us aware when they are struggling with a concept or ready to move forward.
For whatever reason, content that a student failed to learn, can easily be assessed to reveal student misconceptions or errors in understanding, thus clarifying which content to reteach. Our teachers present previously reviewed content using a new method or approach to help our students master core concepts and elevate their learning to the next level.
CCS students have numerous opportunities for review, remediation, or academic acceleration. Parents and students need to collaborate and experiment to determine what is most effective for them and notify student services as soon as possible with requests to revise their schedule and adjust their pace.
Welcome to the BEST in education!
No School: January 17th & 18th
Industrial Days: Wednesday, January 19th 2022
Victoria College will be on campus to bring a variety of craft tools and activities for all grade levels! Students will actively participate in a variety of trades: welding, carpentry, powerline, pipefitting, plumbing, and electrical. Hands on projects for everyone!
Students not usually on campus on Wednesdays are invited to attend! Join us!
Open House: Thursday, January 27th 5pm-6pm
Join us for Open House! Lots of information about afterschool activities, including new art classes, sports options and more! Be on the lookout for additional information!
Best of the Best: Ends January 31st
Thank you for voting us Best of the Best the last two years in a row! Don’t forget to vote for 2022 below:
Progress Reports: End of the month!
Adult Prom 2022:
Save the date! Saturday April 30th 7pm-11pm
Tickets on sale soon! More fun info to follow!
Update on Staff:
Please continue to pray for Mr. Streeter and Amy Folbre. Both are on a path to healing with lots of prayer and support and the best of care at MD Anderson!
Lord, we come before You today in need of Your healing hand. Help us be faithful in prayer and put our hope in You. May the Holy Spirit guide and comfort and strengthen us. Your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration, and we thank You for the miracles You still perform today. Today we claim those promises. We believe in the healing power of faith and prayer, and we ask You to begin Your mighty work in us. Please reach down and surround us with supernatural healing, peace and strength and give us the faith to believe that all things are possible with You. Protect us from Satan's lies and discouragement and let Your miraculous work in us begin.
In Jesus name, Amen.
We are nearing the end of our Fall Term with just a few weeks left before break! The holidays are quickly approaching, and the month of December gets busier and busier. Having worked hard all semester, the students will be ready for a break and the opportunity to recharge their batteries. We've had a busy and productive term with lots to tell you and a few reminders to give too.
School closes Thursday, December 16th at noon and the Spring Term begins on Monday, January 4th 2022.
The New Star
Our Christmas Play is a very special event and a tradition we’re grateful to continue. The students are so excited about performing for you and their enthusiasm and enjoyment is matched only by the quality of performance they give! Your talented children are giving their best! Thanks to all the staff who are working so hard to enable the students to perform successfully. And a special thank you to Gina Fojt for planning the drama, leading rehearsals, and coordinating all the elements into a finished production! We can’t wait to see it! Join us!
The New Star: Wednesday, December 15th at 10am. Students are free to leave after the performance.
Noon Dismissals: We dismiss at noon on Wednesday November 15th and Thursday November 16th
Looking for some family fun?
We can’t wait to see CCS student Myra Fitzsimmons perform at the Crossroads Strings Holiday Concert!
Crossroads Strings: Please join us for an evening of music with works by Brahms, Grieg and a selection of Christmas melodies.
Friday December 10th at 7pm
Free Admission: Victoria East High School Auditorium
Thank you for your Food Bank of the Golden Crescent donations! Over 23,000 resident in our area (over half being children and seniors) count on The FBGC each week for food they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. Thank you for “helping heal the hurt of hunger”! Many families have been blessed through your generosity.
Report Cards: December 20th
Please take care and stay healthy during this holiday season!
Class Rings and Custom Jackets
Thursday, November 4th at 9am
Initially Yours will be on campus for any high school student wanting a jacket! With such a large variety of materials, patches and embroidery available to help build a perfect jacket, you can personalize it ANY way you want!
What can you expect that day?
Please join us to help your child get fitted, pick out and design their jacket! We will also have information on class rings for our graduates!
School Jackets Custom Jackets Letterman Jackets Varsity Jackets
Customize your jacket today!
Order Senior Class Rings for 11th and 12th grade graduates!
Hello parents and guardians!
Such good things all over campus! And more to come! We will let you know when we have upcoming events and campus speakers! We are booking them daily!
Guest Speakers: Thank you Chelsea Ganaway for teaching our upper elementary about Goal Setting. Mrs Ganaway is a Prevention Specialist in the Youth Department at Mid-Coast Family Services. We can’t wait for you to come back!
Why is it important to teach kids how to set goals? Goal setting helps students with self-belief and self-confidence by increasing awareness of one’s strengths and of one’s weaknesses. It facilitates effective visualization and clarifies the path ahead, while encouraging prioritization, and defining reality by separating it from wishful thinking.
Proper goal setting techniques can improve overall decision making and help students stay motivated to succeed. Again, we want to thank Chelsea Akin Ganaway and Mid-Coast Family Services for providing such a wonderful program! Mid-Coast Family Services provides a wide array of programs to help foster the development of positive social and physical environments that encourage healthy and drug-free lifestyles..
Their programs promote a proactive process to address health and wellness for youth, families, and communities in the general population. You can read more about them here: http://www.midcoastfamily.org
ART is IN THE HOUSE!
THIS WEEK: NOON DISMISSAL
Wednesday the 13th & Thursday the 14th, we dismiss at noon.
Please make arrangements to have your child picked up by noon. Thank you!
Why do we dismiss at noon?
*Great article on the importance of Teacher Workdays: Edutopia March 16, 2008
Why Is Teacher Development Important? Because Your Child Deserves the Best!
Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators.
Ongoing Professional Development
It is critical for veteran teachers to have ongoing and regular opportunities to learn from each other. Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture.
REPORT CARDS: This Week!
SMILE! Pictures days!
OCTOBER 19th Grades 1st -4th, 11th -12th
OCTOBER 20th Grades 5th -7th, 8th - 10th
* Seniors, bring your cap & gown. If you don’t have one yet, no worries, one will be provided! Parent info: Cap/Tassels & Gown – Seniors can order their cap and gown from GraduationSource.com, Amazon, or any company you choose. Students may select the colors and styles of their graduation regalia to reflect their own personal style and not necessarily our school colors, which are purple, black, and silver.
October 25th -28th
Parents will be notified if their student needs a conference. As always, parents are welcome to schedule a conference regardless. Please call the office at 361-212-3078. We look forward to speaking with you.
Dress Up Week
October 25th – 28th
MONDAY 25th: PJ day!
What a great way to start the week!
TUESDAY 26th: Sports Day!
What Sport do you play?
Wear your jersey or represent your favorite team!
WEDNESDAY 27th: Fanatic Day!
Are the biggest fan? From Star Wars to Football to Marvel Comics…
Embrace your inner fandom!
THURSDAY 28th: Movie Character Day!
Got a favorite comic book or movie character?
* As always Dress Code still applies. If in doubt…don’t.
Keep an eye out, next month is: Thanksgiving!!!