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OFFICERS Zachary Boyers, Chair Vander Corliss, Treasurer Richard Brickson, Secretary Jason Heisserer, EdD, Head of School
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Alan Breckenridge
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SMART & GOOD
Introducing Practical Arts: design on a mission
Get to know our newest faculty members
The City Is Our Campus Where we went and whom we met this fall
WINTER 2018 10 Everyone Has a Voice Crossroads students share their talents
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Ruby Curry Charles R. Daniel, III Meghan Devereaux Baumstark ’89 Nicole Fondren Karen Handelman Mike Holley Paula Lemerman Stefanie London Kathryn Miller Henry Powers ’00 Hon. Calea Stovall-Reid Heather Testa Kathie Thomas
FRIENDS In the last issue of Current Connections, we shared our revised Mission Statement, the result of a year-long process during which I engaged the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and others to explore our common commitments, language, and purpose. Our revised mission refines our direction; it is the result of an effort to find words that better engage our aspirations, inform our work, challenge, and inspire us. The concepts in our mission are both difficult and doable. They apply across our roles in the life of our school and they carry with us when we go. As a Crossroads community, far and wide, I believe all of us are called to this challenging work. Thank you for your partnership. With great expectations,
On the Cover: The Class of 2018 celebrated the end of their final fall semester with a beloved Crossroads tradition, ice skating at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.
Jason Heisserer, EdD Head of School
ANATOMY OF A MISSION STATEMENT Crossroads
We are engaged in active and ongoing effort.
We model high standards for participation and performance from students, faculty, staff, and community.
School strives to be an exemplary and engaging
We promote learning â€” intellectual, social, and emotional â€” across our academic programs, activities, and relationships.
We promote dedication and persistence as vital components of community growth.
learning community committed to justice and equity.
We equip students with skills, content knowledge, and habits that support postsecondary success.
We intentionally cultivate the attention and commitment of all community members.
Shared values and characteristics help to forge and support authentic relationships.
We aim to create and apply policies, procedures, and practices that produce equitable impacts and outcomes for minority groups.
We aim to provide fair access to organizational resources across all identity groups.
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SMART AND GOOD
Introducing THE PRACTICAL ARTS DEPARTMENT ACROSS OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY, WE ASK STUDENTS TO THINK CRITICALLY, SOLVE PROBLEMS CREATIVELY, AND ACT WITH EMPATHY. WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO PUT KNOWLEDGE INTO PRACTICE, TO USE INTELLIGENCE AS A TOOL.
It’s nothing new for Crossroads students to see themselves as makers and builders. This year, though, we’ve brought our technology, design, building, making, and leadership instruction together with the creation of the Practical Arts Department, dedicated to the teaching of practical skills relevant to our contemporary world. In 2015, Crossroads received a $65,700 grant from the Innovation Technology Education Fund, a local, nonprofit foundation that “supports innovation in education by funding advanced technology in the classrooms of public, private, parochial, and charter schools in the greater St. Louis area.” “A lot of ideas and passions were focused by the grant,” says department chair Mark Norwood. The funds supported summer construction of the Crossroads MakerSpace — a collaborative work environment including tools from no-tech to high-tech — in the chemistry classroom used by Rich Bright in the 1990s and 2000s.
Next, students and faculty spent the 2015-2016 school year outfitting the space with a CNC machine, Arduino microprocessors, 3D printers, and metal, fabric, and woodworking tools. With the MakerSpace up and running, faculty members from fine art, computer science, math, and social studies seized the opportunity for deeper collaboration and coordination across disciplines. They embraced “design thinking” — which begins with a call to empathize — as the foundation for a new department in Practical Arts, fundamentally aligning with the mission of the school. In its first year, the department will offer seven courses, providing a range of pathways for all students to engage with the Practical Arts, with a goal of inspiring continued exploration of the STEAM fields — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics — especially among groups underrepresented in these vital areas of study.
Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. TIM BROWN, CEO OF IDEO
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY OLIVIA SMITH 10TH Olivia got her first sewing machine when she was nine years old, and is partly responsible for launching the Crossroads sewing program which began as a student-led activity. During that semester, Olivia “upcycled” a Crossroads t-shirt by making a throw pillow that has made a permanent home in Ms. G’s office.
ERNEST MCCARTER 10TH In 8th grade, Ernest began learning in class about homemade electronics, and “I wanted to do something with it,” he says. He’d noticed that a friend who had limited use of one hand struggled to type as quickly as his peers, and “I decided to make a one-handed keyboard.” Ernest considered how to program the buttons to achieve important keyboard functions, and 3D printed the pieces for his prototype.
ALEX ZAN 12TH In 10th grade, Alex constructed a “Makey Makey Piano,” programming the Crossroads locker doors to play a range of pitches. Next, he made a $50 computer known as a raspberry pi and 3D printed a case to house it. This year, Alex helped develop the new Robotics activity, “the coolest activity ever.”
ADELAIDE KOZIOL 12TH Last fall, Adelaide took MakerSpace I and enjoyed “using tools I never thought I would or could use.” So this year, as part of her Mastery Learning Project, she tried her hand at computer-aided manufacturing using the CNC machine and made her own bodhrán, a type of Irish frame drum she has long studied as a musician.
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Faculty CHRISTA DENNEY FINE ARTS
MIKE POMATTO SOCIAL STUDIES
MARK NORWOOD MATHEMATICS
ACTIVITIES Robotics Students compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge, a national competition in which teams design, build, and program a robot to compete in head-to-head challenges. MakerSpace Students conceive, design, plan, and execute their own projects in an environment of experimentation and collaboration. Metalworking Students work with non-ferrous metals as they learn to cut, file, sand, and solder, designing functional pieces such as bracelets and rings. Sewing Through sketches, students plan and create their own stuffed animals or soft sculptures made with repurposed materials. 6 | CROSSROADS COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
HAVE YOU MET OUR NEWEST TEACHERS? SARAH TOLCH SCIENCE
Sarah joins us after years of experience teaching in St. Louis-area independent schools. A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Chemistry from St. Louis University, she was drawn to Crossroads because of “the commitment to diversity work and community engagement.” Subjects: Earth and Environmental Science (7th grade); Intro to Biology and Chemistry (8th grade); Advisor, 8th grade; Member, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism (ABAR) Steering Committee;Faculty Collaborator, Robotics
WORLD LANGUAGES, SPANISH Matt is a St. Louis native and Crossroads alumnus. He grew up around travel and language — he’s been to 47 countries so far — and has studied Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University, and in Madrid. He joins Crossroads after 11 years teaching at Priory. Subjects: Spanish A and B (middle school); Spanish 1 and 2 (upper school); Advisor, 7th grade
Not only is Gretchen new to Crossroads, this is also her first winter in St. Louis. It was anticipation of an empty nest next year that spurred her family’s move. “I was ready for city life again and all the intellectual stimulation that a city brings,” Gretchen says. After an international childhood, her early career was in mutual fund marketing. She joins us after 20 years teaching at Casey Middle School in Mt. Vernon, IL.
Chaley recently completed her degree in mathematics and secondary education at St. Louis University. During her student teaching at Clayton High School, she was asked to step in as lead teacher, a testament to her confidence and effectiveness in the classroom. Chaley follows her mother, also a math teacher, into education. An embrace of a holistic approach to teaching and learning is part of what drew her to Crossroads.
Originally from China, Olivia came to St. Louis during her undergraduate years through an educational partnership between Guangxi Teacher University and Webster University, studying English and education. She joins Crossroads part-time after four years as a Kindergarten teacher at The Chinese School, a St. Louis Language Immersion School.
Subjects: American Government and Citizenship (7th grade); World Culture and Geography (8th grade); Advisor, 8th grade
Subjects: Algebra 1 (9th grade); Geometry (10th grade); Honors Geometry (10th grade); Advisor, 9th grade
WORLD LANGUAGES, MANDARIN
Subjects: Mandarin 4 and 5 (upper school)
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THE CITY IS OUR CAMPUS
CAMPUS VISITORS CBABI BAYOC
Celebrated local painter Cbabi Bayoc, father of three Crossroads students, spent a morning in our lobby at work on a portrait of American soul and jazz musician, Gil Scott-Heron. Music and family are two of Cbabi’s central subjects.
Artist Kristen Trudo visited students in English elective Authors from the Margin to discuss The Radical Tenderness Project, an ongoing digital and print project which uses photography and text to explore the theme of tenderness in the lives of people with marginalized identities.
Last summer, Crossroads was accepted into the Swarovski Waterschool program run by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Education Team member Elizabeth Flotte spoke to 7th graders about how scientists use the macroinvertebrates (a.k.a. critters) in local waterways to determine the overall health of the water.
HALLE SPARKS ’13
Halle Sparks, a senior in Kansas State University’s Food Science Institute, visited Howard Granok’s AP Environmental Science class to talk about her field of study, which integrates topics from chemistry, food production, nutrition, and food security.
Civitas Associate Bobbi Kennedy presented an introduction to Model United Nations to our 7th grade students. She will be returning to assist them in identifying critical issues for their selected countries, and to help the group prepare for their General Assembly simulation.
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#1 IN CIVIL RIGHTS
Students from Leadership: In Theory and Practice hosted representatives from the Missouri History Museum, who presented to juniors and seniors about St. Louis’s unique role in the national Civil Rights movement. The presentation was drawn from the museum’s exhibit #1 in Civil Rights, which runs through April 15, 2018.
Journalist Stephanie Hanes presented to students about her work reporting from Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, the subject of her newly released book, White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa.
Storyteller and Executive Director for the Metro Trans Umbrella Group, which brings together trans, gender queer, androgynous, and intersex people and their allies, visited students in Authors from the Margins, taught by Head of School, Jason Heisserer.
ST. LOUIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTER
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM
MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM STEINBERG SKATING RINK
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CATHEDRAL BASILICA ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY ST. LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER
THE CITY MUSEUM
OUR CAMPUS EXTENDS BEYOND OUR BUILDING, BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE.
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EVERYONE HAS A VOICE
RECOGNIZING FALL ATHLETES BRENDAN KING 12TH
MALASIA TAYLOR 11TH
ALL-CONFERENCE, BOYS’ SOCCER
1ST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE, GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL
Brendan was one of our team captains and dedicated himself to helping unite the squad throughout a challenging season. He served as the anchor of the entire defensive team.
Malasia was the libero this season, helping transition the ball so the offense could attack. She was the best back row player in the conference, as well as a team captain.
KELLEN KING 12TH
ALL-CONFERENCE, BOYS’ SOCCER
Kellen was a team captain and helped solidify the back line. When asked to transition to the offensive side of the field this season, Kellen didn’t miss a beat.
ZOE VENABLE 10TH
1ST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE, GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL
Zoe had an explosive offensive season for the Current. She led the team in attacks and had arguably the best serve in the conference, all the while maintaining her role as happiest player on the court.
Student-Led Dialogues This fall, students and faculty collaborated to host the first session of Student-Led Dialogues, addressing the subject Racism at Crossroads. With guidance from School Director Kim Townsend, grade-level facilitators worked together for several weeks in advance to create guidelines and a general structure for discussions. During the sessions, they offered background information and encouraged respectful conversation around this challenging subject matter, while faculty advisors took on a supporting role.
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What are they doing now? Edward McFowland III ’05 An Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Edward McFowland III has received a $47,500 grant from Adobe intended “to encourage both theoretical and empirical development of solutions to problems in marketing.”
Ellie Turner ’14 As a 2017 Summer Fellow with the Monument Policy Group, Ellie Turner spent time in Washington, DC exploring her passion for politics and preparing for what’s next after college graduation.
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Annie Chappell ’17 Annie Chappell represents the third generation in her family to attend Oxford College of Emory University. In her freshman year, she has followed her grandfather, father, and uncle into athletics, playing on the women’s soccer team. Her father was a founder of Emory’s club baseball team in 1985; Annie wears his number, 20, on the field.
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Erin Falker ’06 Art and culture magazine Hyperallergic featured Erin Falker’s work as Assistant Curator at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, where she helped develop the special exhibition Say it Loud: Art, History, and Rebellion, “a twopart exhibition that commemorates the 1960s rebellions, observes the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, and compares the uprisings of the past to the upheavals that shocked our nation in the 21st century.”
Homer Dula ’17 In his first year at the University of Kansas, Homer Dula has been selected as a SELF Fellow, class of 2021. Named for Al and Lila Self, the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program was established in 2007 “to identify and develop students who have a passion for engineering and possess a ‘fire in the belly’ mentality.”
Elaina Grimm ‘17 Last summer, Elaina Grimm attended the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program in Washington, DC, organized by Running Start, a non-partisan group that supports young women in politics. The program introduces high school students to the ins and outs of political leadership through workshops and meetings with women candidates and elected officials.
Condolences To Ellie ’14 and Catherine ’12 Turner on the loss of their father, Keith Turner, in September of 2017. To Catherine Gass ’91 on the loss of her father, William Gass, in December of 2017. To Justin Early ’89 and Jacob Ruwitch ’15 on the loss of their father and grandfather, Gilbert Gordon “Chic” Early, in October of 2017.
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