June 28, 2010


Crossland Ninth Grade Center held a two-week summer academy to develop leadership skills among incoming freshmen.  Called “Mission I’m Possible,” the academy was held June 7-18, 2010, with almost one hundred students participating. 


All of the students recently completed the eighth grade at either Acton Middle School or Granbury Middle School and will be entering the ninth grade at Crossland when school begins in August.  Each one had to meet certain criteria in order to be invited to participate in the academy, and school officials placed an emphasis on academic performance and leadership potential.


The academy began on June 7 with development of a social contract and team-building activities followed by a full day on the ropes course at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.  Through rotating sessions, the program also emphasized healthy lifestyles, etiquette, and college and career information.  Participants also served as reading mentors to elementary students attending summer school at Emma Roberson Elementary School.


The group visited several area colleges:  Baylor University, Hill College, Tarrant County College, Tarleton, Texas State Technical College, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Students also toured the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Cowboys Stadium, and the state capitol building.


A highlight was an educational opportunity during the stop at the Fort Worth museum.  Students had a chance to interact over the Internet with the crew of the Plastiki, a unique catamaran built primarily of used plastic bottles.  The vessel is sailing across the Pacific Ocean to highlight the amount of plastics and other refuse dumped into the ocean.  The two-way conversation was possible through Skype, a software application that enables Internet-based voice conversations.  Several Crossland students were able to ask questions of crewmember David de Rothschild.


The academy culminated on June 18 with a banquet attended by students, parents, and staff.


Leading the academy was assistant principal John Dafoe.  Teachers and staff assisting with the academy were Dan Allard, Trisha Bagby, Anja Carlisle, David Clements, Gloria Click, Janna Daniels, Rhonda Guerra, Stephen Hartzoge, Rene Jackson, Mark Kirk, Donna Morgan, Lynn Pool, Jo Reddell, Preston Rose, Brian Tewell, Kayla Tucker, and Pat Yelverton.

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