November Rhythm

Jason HeissererUncategorized

Friends, Before I begin writing on any given day, I go back and review my journal or what I shared around that same time in previous years. This year, I noticed that each November I begin writing to our community about diversity, inclusivity, and equity more frequently than at other time of the school year. I wonder about this. What …

Two Successful Mastery Learning Projects

Jason HeissererUncategorized

We welcome two new students to the small handful of Crossroads students who have proposed and successfully completed Mastery Learning Projects. We are very proud of the initiative, hard work, and new expertise of these two young women. Makayla and Emily presented their completed projects a week ago; they will now be invited to serve on the Mastery Learning Review …

Circle of Concern

Jason HeissererUncategorized

Friends, How do we develop a network of mutuality? How do we remain true to our mission and provide space for a range of differences, whether those are differences in identity or ideology? How do we practice listening and empathy? These questions have been on my mind as the result of a few conversations this week, and I have two …

Poetry Out Loud

Jason HeissererUncategorized

What is Poetry Out Loud? As part of their English class curriculum, every student at Crossroads will participate in Poetry Out Loud every year. This is a national recitation contest, conducted in all 50 states by the National Endowment for the Arts. Students are asked to memorize and recite a poem by a published poet. Last year, 5,000 students competed …

A Message from the Head: After Election Thoughts

Jason HeissererUncategorized

Friends I am trying to think and to write quickly this morning; I have been awake and thinking much of the night. Brittyne shared with me via text that our students in Washington, DC are distressed: some are very angry and some very hurt by the outcome of this election. I have received emails from parents who are also distressed, …

Chess News: 11/2

Jason HeissererUncategorized

First Saturday Chess Tournament: Saturday, November 12th Meet at Maplewood-Richmond Heights HS, 8 am The Gateway Fall Open will be held on November 12th at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, 7539 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143.  Students who are interested should sign up on the list outside Howard’s room by Friday, November 11th. We will meet at Maplewood at 8 am …

Mastery Learning Project

Jason HeissererUncategorized

There is an educational opportunity called the Mastery Learning Program open to Upper School students; it is designed to allow students to explore a topic or execute a project that falls outside the boundaries of typical high school courses.  For example, a student could choose to write a children’s book in Spanish, how to apply for a grant, construct a …