The Crossing Connection - e-newsletter - March 2008
Transforming lives through education, by focusing on the heart and mind.
Please give us a call if you would like to get involved in any way.
2930 South Nappanee St
Elkhart, IN 46517
The Crossing is fortunate to have many students who are natural leaders. In the past, there leadership has not always been positive, but they are very gifted leaders. The Crossing has developed a Leadership Academy in collaboration with the Oakwood Academy in Syracuse, IN. Ten times during this semester, the natural leaders from 6 campuses are transported off campus and participate in extensive training in how to be an effective leader at the Crossing, in our community, and ultimately, in running the city. Students participate a wide variety of teaming activities including rope courses, rock wall climbing, graffiti art and other activities that enhance their leadership skills.
We have a dream
Written for Martin Luther King Week
Tim Guikema - Student at Elkhart Crossing
We have a dream - that one day we will have friends that are true, and that are real, and that together we will decide what is best in life. We have a dream that cliques will one day disappear, and that we will show who we truly are; inside and out.
|School provides results
Twenty-five West Noble staff members focal group, choose the Crossing in Ligonier as their community service project. West Nobel Principal, Nate Lowe was granted permission to purchase eight gallons of pain the the brushes need to go with them. Thursday February 21st, the Crossing students started to prep the main and upper floor for painting. By 1:30 the students has painted the first floor themselves. The West Noble staff arrived and started on the upper floor of the Crossing. We also had several teachers cleaning the kitchen and washing windows. When everything was said and done, everything we planned was accomplished. The staff and students at the Crossing are very grateful for all of the support that we are given from West Noble Community Schools.
|New transportation for Crossing students
The Crossing is extremely appreciative for the new bus and trailer that have been provided by the recent fund raising event hosted by the Goshen Rotary. The Rotary raised over $36,000 in the last few months to work with Rob Cripe at Turtle Top to manufacture an incredible vehicle to transport Crossing students to their many activities. Thank you Goshen Rotary and Turtle Top. (insert picture of Rob and students with Check.
The Crossing Educational Center is so thankful for the many skilled volunteers who help our organization function. There is a network of volunteers who help with office work, tutoring, reading to students, mentoring, providing meals, and the list goes on. Each volunteer represents another opportunity for students’ lives to be forever changed by the kindness of others. Are you looking for a way to get involved? Contact Kristie Cerling to get started.
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2 v8 AWD runs and drives $2,000.
This car was donated to our Auto Tech class. The proceeds go toward paying for the teachers salary.
Anyone interested can contact Scott Keyser, our Auto Tech teacher.
Substance Abuse Coordinator
We are happy to announce that a much needed program has started at the South Bend Crossing. The newly formed Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Group currently has six participants and that number is rapidly expanding. The group is educational and dynamic, with lively discussions, videos, and some ‘field trips’ are in the works. We are planning to expand the program to other Crossing locations and include individualized counseling sessions in order to better serve our entire student population. Groups are led by Karen Bartow who is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor. If you have questions about the program or would like to contact Karen, you can leave a message for her at (574) 830-1206.
Summer School Offerings
It may be cold outside, but it is time to start thinking about summer. Summer school will be offered at several of our Crossing locations. During the month of June, all core classes (math, English, science, and social studies) are offered. Additionally there are some elective courses that are available to students. Adventure PE trips to several western locations, English trips to Canada, and numerous other lifetime opportunities for students will be available. Each of these experiences will help students earn needed credits. ISTEP remediation courses in August can give students a jump start for the school year in preparation for the GQE and getting back into the school mindset.
Whether a student attends the Crossing during the school year, wants to work ahead, or needs to re-take a class, The Crossing Educational Center can be a valuable summer school resource for all. Check the Crossing website for updates, or contact Kathy Waymire at 830-1206 for additional information.
Items Needed At Our Crossing Campuses
A special thanks to Elkhart General Hospital, Citi Financials (Mishawaka), Mor-Ryde Inc., Jackson Hewitt, Keystone RV, and many other business and individuals who have provided our schools with used furniture. We are very proud of how we can offer a quality education with reduced costs through community donations.
As we continue to expand our enrollment and facilities, we are in need of additional used furniture items including standard chairs for our computer labs, and several couches. If you would like us to pick up these items, our students would be happy to join us in picking up these items at your home or business.
- 2 plastic hanging wall trays
- 7 Small 2 by 3 bulletin boards
- Book Cases
- 2 medium 4 by 6 dry erase boards
- Small bulletin boards
- Used Laminator
A T T E N T I O N !
The Goshen School site is in need of some TLC. We will be having a work day at the Goshen Crossing on Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Anyone who is interested in helping for all or part of the time may call Marcie for more information at 215-8914 or just show up. Below is a list of some things we will be doing.
- Scrubbing Carpets
- Room cleanup
- Trim work
- Hauling off furniture and trash
- Recovering seats
- General Cleaning
This is badly needed and we plan on having fun!
Do you know a student who is falling behind in credits or who wants to work ahead? The Crossing Educational Center’s night school is a place to accomplish either of those goals. On Monday evenings Goshen and Elkhart Crossings both offer night school opportunities. If a student has failed a class and needs to re-take it, the cost is $125 for the student to work at his own pace and accomplish the task. Many students find the smaller environment, the individual pacing, and the use of technology a great way to earn the missed credit.
For some students, tight schedules prohibit a student from getting all the classes they need. By attending night school on Mondays, a student can open up some schedule time for additional course load at the high school. Contact the Crossing office at 830-1206 for additional information.
Students Take Ski Trip
A picture is worth a thousand words - We had a great time skiing!!
1.5 years at the Crossing
I have a very loving and supporting family. I also have 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
I went to Laville Jr./Sr. High School and I slacked off the whole time I was there. Since I have been going to The Crossing, I have improved and made better choices in life.
The Crossing has been the best thing that has ever happened to me education wise. I probably would have dropped out and did nothing with my life.
I have learned a lot about God. I thank Steven Reynolds for that, and I believe God will show me every step I need to make in life to be successful.
A welcome addition to the Middlebury Crossing staff this year is Aaron Hartong. He graduated last May from Taylor University, with a Bachelor of Science degree, Secondary Social Studies Education with a focus in History, Government, and Psychology.
One of Aaron’s favorite pastimes is training/riding horses, but he also enjoys farming in general, hunting/fishing, and sports (although his “hobby” of hurting his ankle has kept him in and out of sports this past year). He has brought his love of farming and horses to the students at The Crossing. He describes one of his best Crossing moments as “seeing my boys work together on my farm and have a blast doing it. These boys ask me everyday when they can come over again and work… of all things, work!”
Aaron’s advice to students is: “No matter who else disappoints you here on earth, God will never leave you nor forsake you; He wants to use you to further His kingdom, and he has equipped you already to accomplish this.”
Crossing graduation day will be a special day for Aaron; not only will he know he has impacted students’ lives, he is getting married! We look forward to continued success and fun with Aaron Hartong on the Middlebury staff.
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