Crossroads Elementary is one of two elementary schools in Saint Paul operating on a year-round calendar. Research indicates students' academic performance on a year-round calendar at least matches those of traditional calendars while performance from low income and second language students has been found to consistently show an increase. All students and staff have been found to remain more refreshed and alert throughout the year.
One of the greatest advantages cited to a year-round calendar is the availability of additional learning opportunities through Intersessions. Our year-round calendar is roughly nine weeks on and three weeks off. This amounts to the samenumber of student days as a traditional calendar with the extended summer break broken into three week breaks in November, February, and May. During two of those three weeks off, we offer optional programming. Intersession targets those students in need of additionalinstruction to reach grade level as well as for those students wishingto extend their learning beyond their classroom. Students on Academic Improvement Plans are expected to attend at least two of the three Intersessions. Intersessions are open to all Crossroads students (except half-day Kindergarten program) that return the registration form by the due date. Registrations turned in late will be placed on awaiting list. See Table 1 for important dates related to Intersession.
Table 1: 2013-2014 Intersession Dates Intersession Period Intersession Dates Registrations Due Fall November 18-26 September 24, 2013 Winter February 11-14 & 18-21 January 10, 2014 Spring May 6-9 & 13-16 March 25, 2014
An Intersession day focuses on math, reading and writing instruction. We also attempt to build in enrichment opportunities into the experience. Students in grades 3-5 choose from a menu of Exploratory Studies class offerings in the afternoon. A $50.00 registration fee is charged for each student with a maximum cost of $125.00 per family.
We continually are seeking to improve and welcome any feedback you might offer on the program. Please email Celeste Carty firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or suggestions.