The Crosswalk

Monthly Crossroads Newsletter

December 2019

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that December and the holidays are upon us! We are already at midpoint in the second academic quarter. It is my hope that our work thus far has been productive in increasing our students’ achievement and in encouraging each individual to perform at his or her best. Our teachers are continuing to challenge each student in every class. Recently, Crossroads English teacher and BCPS Teacher of the Year, Kristen Nielsen opened the world of writing and creative expression to our students! Ms. Nielsen invited authors Tiffany Jackson, Kwame Mbalia and Mark Oshiro to visit Crossroads Center. What a wonderful experience this was for our scholars! These famous fiction writers spent most of a morning with our students, providing coaching and encouragement for each of them to grow in their written expression. As they put it, writing can be difficult at times, but it is one of the greatest forms of expression there is. It is always my belief that motivated adults—coaches, authors, mentors, parents and teachers, not programs or technology are what help students to succeed. Ms. Nielsen is a fine example of the great instruction that occurs at Crossroads Center!

As in previous years, American Education week was very successful at Crossroads Center. We welcome parent involvement and participation in all aspects of our school. But, you don’t have to wait until American Education Week to become involved! We can always use some extra volunteer help, but also, feel free to stop in at any time to see what is happening at Crossroads.

As we ramp up for the holidays, look for notices from your child’s community for honor roll celebrations. Each community at Crossroads will be highlighting our students’ achievements and attendance in December. Of course, once we return from winter break, it won’t be long until the end of the year assessments will begin. Performance on assessments like the MCAP and HSA are becoming graduation requirements. Please encourage your child to be present every day and to take advantage of the opportunities that we offer at Crossroads, for academic achievement. Instruction that is personalized for success is available at Crossroads, but students must be present to take advantage of it.

As we complete 2019, let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for your wonderful support and encouragement. I want to wish every family in the Crossroads Community happy holidays and the best of everything for this special season. Together, lets have a great 2020!


John S. Ward


From the Health Suite


The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

· Fever* or feeling feverish/chills –temperature greater than or equal to 100° Fahrenheit

· Cough

· Sore throat

· Runny or stuffy nose

· Muscle or body aches

· Headaches

· Fatigue (tiredness)

· Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Children younger than 5 years old have a greater chance of having problems with the flu. Most children will get better without needing to go the doctor.

Children with a long term condition such as asthma and diabetes are more likely to have a severe problem if they get the flu.

A child of any age with severe signs of the flu should go to the doctor. If you are unsure call your doctor and ask if you child should be examined.

While your child is sick provide them with plenty of clear fluids and make sure they get plenty of rest.

To reduce the spread of the Flu-

  • Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after his /her fever is gone without fever reducing medications.
  • Do not allow them to share food or drink
  • Keep them in a separate room
  • Try to have one person as the caregiver

Virtues Project and Mind Over Matters

The Virtues for the month of December are Mindfulness, Patience, Serenity, and Flexibility, in conjunction with December’s theme of Mindfulness Matters, focusing on Coping Skills. As the holidays approach, we will be focusing on patience and flexibility as key skills for coping during this season.

Community News

Antarctic Community

November was an exciting month as we ended first quarter and celebrated thirteen students on Honor Roll! We also had thirteen students earn perfect attendance, which helped lead the seventh grade to winning the schoolwide attendance incentive and enjoy a trip to the movies! Thanks to everyone who came out for our Family Fall Festival, we have over 200 people in attendance and a ton of fun

Honor Roll: Kenneth A, Jaden B, Zachary B, London C, Taylor G, Diamante G, Kamon G, Madalyn H, Ciarra J, Marlon J, Anthony M, Hezekiah M, Devin Y.

Perfect Attendance: Angel A, Taha G, William H, Madalyn H, Da’jinae J, London C, Breona C, Taylor G, Boluwatife O, Jayden T, Diamonte G, Hezekiah M, Star P.

In December we have started our homeroom contests which homerooms work as a team to avoid focus room referrals in order to earn points. The homeroom with the most points in a two week span earns a free period of games, snacks and celebration. The first winners were Mr. Letsch’s homeroom, but it was a close competition at the end. Our next contest starts December 9th. We also have a winter celebration December 20 along with our famous Holiday School Store that students may purchase presents for themselves, friends and/or family using Crossroads cash. We wish everyone a happy and restful winter break!

Indian Community

  • Indian celebrated their first quarter honor roll students and AVID inductees with a breakfast ceremony that was shared with an overwhelming turn out of parents and family members.

  • We will be taking the first field trip in Crossroads history to Washington, D.C on December 16th to visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

  • We will be hosting our annual “Holiday Store” on December 20th to give students a chance to purchase gifts for their loved ones with their earned Crossroads Cash. We will also have a wrapping paper station so gifts will be ready to go for students to take home and enjoy.

  • Our AVID students will be working on their passion speeches for the month of December. The dates for presentations are TBD, and as always, parents are welcome to join.

Pacific Community

Meet a Pacific Teacher:

Ms. Brown is our English 9 and AVID teacher. She came to Maryland from North Carolina to attend Towson University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education. Ms. Brown is currently attending graduate school to become an Administrator in education. She has high expectations for her students. Prior to coming to high school, Ms. Brown taught grade 8, English Language Arts. She enjoys spending time with her son and family. Ms. Brown is a jeopardy fanatic and hopes to be a contestant on the show one day. You can contact her at

Selected ninth grade students attended Towson University on November 21st. They participated in a guided tour and ate in the dining hall. This college-bound experience allowed our students a glimpse into college life. Additional tours are schedule throughout the school year. For more information, contact Ms. Demeris Brown, AVID teacher.

Selected students from the Pacific community were invited to the a meet and greet of “Project Lit” authors on Monday, November 25, 2019. They will have an opportunity to meet some of their favorite teen authors, ask questions and learn about upcoming book endeavors!

Arctic Community

Congratulations to our SPARC students who have earned credits!

  • Mary Rose F -Econ
  • Josh B- English 9
  • Dajah O- Econ
  • Aiden B- Earth Systems
  • Tatiana B- Health

Congrats to Arctic Science students with A’s

IPC: Unit 1 LC 2

  • Nate G
  • Ceasr C

Mod 3: Living Systems

  • Shemera C
  • Mariah L
  • Hunter P
  • Amauri R

Mod 4: Living systems

  • Pheonix A 99%
  • Latajia C
  • Shane K100%
  • Nick S
  • Sharonda T

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Spotted in November

Upcoming Events

Collaboration with Baltimore County Public Library, White Marsh Branch

12/6, BCPL will be visiting our Yearbook Club and offering 3D Design instruction to our yearbook club members

12/10 BCPL visits Middle School lunch! MS students will have the opportunity to check out books for free and find out what other resources BCPL has to offer (comes to high school on 1/7)

PBIS December

12/6/19 Clubs

12/11/19 Eastern Regional

12/18/19 Frozen 2 Incentive Trip

12/20/19 Clubs