The Principal's Message

Crossroads South Middle School

January 2016


Bonnie H. Capes, Principal

Sondra Hinson & Mark Kmiec, Assistant Principals


  • 1/18 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. DAY
  • 1/20 - Incoming Freshman Night @ SBHS
  • 1/21 - SB Parent Academy - Self-Regulation Strategies
  • 1/25 - BOE Meeting 7pm
  • 1/30 - Education Foundation - Murder Mystery Dinner Event


  • 2/4 - Crossroads NORTH Musical
  • 2/5 - Crossroads NORTH Musical
  • 2/6 - Crossroads NORTH Musical
  • 2/8 - BOE Meeting 7pm
  • 2/9 - PTO Meeting *Note: This is a date change*
  • 2/12 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
  • 2/15 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day
  • 2/17 - Staff v. Student Basketball Game
  • 2/22 - BOE Meeting 7pm
  • 2/24 - Crossroads SOUTH Musical Performance for 5th Graders
  • 2/25 - Crossroads SOUTH Musical
  • 2/26 - Crossroads SOUTH Musical
  • 2/27 - Crossroads SOUTH Musical


Welcome to 2016! I hope that you have had a smooth transition to the new year. Just prior to break, we had three amazing Winter Concerts from the Music Department and I thank those of you who were in attendance to support your children. Since the start of the new year, we have been very busy at Crossroads South. Please read the following information carefully.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Mrs. Capes


  • 8th GRADE SCHEDULING FOR HIGH SCHOOL: All of our 8th graders have completed two days of Career Exploration. Students were able to do research on various jobs based on their personalities and interests. SBHS counselors met with all of our 8th graders on January 14th at Crossroads South. Students will receive packets with information on various electives, credits, and specific graduation requirements. The 8th grade Parent Night will be held at South Brunswick High School on January 20th at 7 pm.
  • GO VIKINGS: Our Basketball teams and wrestling teams have been busy bringing a great name to Crossroads!! In addition, our Math Counts team and Academic Challenge Team have both enjoyed great success! Go VIKINGS!!
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BEE WINNERS: Since break, Mrs. Nancy Maurer coordinated the Spelling Bee and Mr. Michael Bottino coordinated the Geography Bee. Congratulations to all participants and a special congratulations to the following:


Aadi R. from Delta, Winner

Sarina Z. from Omega, Runner Up


Girish S. from Beta, Winner

George K. from Apollo, Runner Up


  • CHANGE IN DISMISSAL: If you are planning to pick your child up early, please send in a note alerting the school.
  • ATTENDANCE: Daily attendance in school is a critical factor in the success of your child. Please do your best to minimize the number of days your child is absent from school or is taken out early for appointments. Should your child exceed the number of acceptable days absent as determined by NJ State Law, you will receive a letter from the school.
  • BUS REMINDERS: Please note: Students are NOT allowed to ride any other busses, even if a parent gives permission. The transportation department does not allow this practice, as they cannot plan for additional students riding our already full busses.


As you may know, one of our district-wide dashboard goals is for the Homework Committee to conduct research and engage in learning that will lead to a white paper by the end of the year. In addition to book studies, short readings, and interviews, our research includes parent, teacher, and student surveys grades 5-11. We are seeking information from multiple sources in order to collect rich data to support our research and learning.

We invite you to participate in our SBSD Parent Survey of Homework. Please use the link below to access the Google survey. We want to remind you that the survey is anonymous, and that we are simply interested in gathering information about homework. We ask that you complete the survey by midnight on SUNDAY, January 17th.

The Homework Committee thanks you for responding to this survey.


This year, we have FOUR major school goals to guide our work. These are also district goals and part of the district "Dashboard" - our guiding tool to focus our work. Please read below for further information on the school goals here at Crossroads South.

  • SELF REGULATION: Self - regulation is the ability to monitor and control our behavior and emotions. It also allows us to adapt our behavior and emotions according to the situation at hand. In essence, self -regulation is the ability to practice self-control, inhibition and persist through a task despite its difficulty and lack of enjoyment. Self-regulated learning strategies help to prepare learners for lifelong learning and the important capacity to transfer skills, knowledge, and abilities from one setting to another. Further reading:
  • WELLNESS: The district has taken on the challenge to promote wellness and healthy living throughout our professional and personal work. Many teachers have infused "wellness" strategies into his/her classrooms and will continue to do so.

  • BYOD: If you have not already seen our INCREDIBLE BYOD Video, produced by Ms. Hinson and Mr. Sears...please view it here: BYOD VIDEO

  • RECONCEPTUALIZING SPACE: We are re-looking at Crossroads South in terms of the greater facility and how to best use the physical space, as well as looking at the arrangement of individual classrooms. Teachers have been very creative in "reconceptualizing" his/her teaching spaces.


We hope you had a wonderful break! As always, please feel free to contact us with any needs your child may have.

Also, we thought you may appreciate this article from the NY Times on children and academic anxiety/stress. CLICK HERE!

Barbara McCarthy

Ext. 3937




Alpha 8th

Beta- 8th

Allison Young

Ext. 3943

Apollo- 6th

Aurora -6th

Delta -7th



Please join the PTO! Your membership dues go towards supporting assembly programs, events for the students, and mini grants to support our program. Please send in your membership NOW!


Please send in your BOX TOPS! Although your children are in Middle School, we still collect any and all box tops. This is a quick and easy way to gain funds for our school. We will collect all year!