An honors breakfast to celebrate the academic achievements of Crossroads West students took place last month at United Methodist Church in Champlin. Crossroads West is a high school dedicated to students 18 to 21. The school provides students multiple pathways to earn a high school degree and other credentials to enter the job market or continue their education.
Nancy Chave, the principals of Crossroads West located in Champlin and Crossroads Alternative High School in Coon Rapids, said to attend the breakfast, students had to have an average of a 90 percent academic achievement for the first trimester.
“It is important we focus on our strong academic achievements because that’s the vehicle to our college and career path after high school,” Chave said. “So many of our students have never been honored for their academic efforts that I wanted to validate their efforts.”
Students and family members enjoyed pancakes, egg bake and sausages prepared by members of United Methodist Church. The church works with Crossroads as part of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Faith and Community Partnership.
Chave was pleased families came to the event. “It’s important they see that their students are moving toward graduation and college and career paths for their futures,” she said. “So often parents are frustrated and despairing if their students did not graduate on time so this gives them hope and a new perspective.”
Through the event, which featured certificates handed to students by advisors and door prizes, Chave hopes students gained a sense of pride and were affirmed that the school and community supports their efforts.
Student Montaine Williams of Andover likes Crossroads West because he said the teachers make it a good environment and the students are friendly. He said it makes a difference that the students are older and more mature.
Williams’ mother, Denise Welch, said the setting has been good for her son.
“The teachers and students work together on how the student is learning and getting their assignments in; it’s more of a collaboration,” Welch said. “For his learning style and how he learns, I think this has worked to help him be more successful.”
Both enjoyed the breakfast. Williams said it was “terrific” and his mother said it was a “nice reward” for the students.
Williams hopes to attend St. Cloud State University and possibly study accounting or engineering.
Dustin Decheine-Rickbeil of Anoka likes Crossroads West because of the laid back atmosphere and the ability of students to work at their own pace. His favorite class is English because the students “talk about everything.” His mother, Lori Desheine, also likes the smaller environment and said it’s a good school for her son.
Desheine enjoyed the breakfast because it gave the students “something to look forward to.” His mother saw it as a “nice incentive” for the students.
Desheine plans to go to college and hopes to someday work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Krista Mattson of Anoka likes Crossroads West because of its support system and the staff’s encouragement for students to earn a high school diploma. Mattson, who hopes to be a preschool or kindergarten teacher, enjoyed the honors breakfast.
“It’s nice to be acknowledged for our hard work,” she said.
Crossroads West will hold its first graduation Jan. 24 at United Methodist Church. Anyone with questions about Crossroads West can contact the school at 763-433-4500 or visit the school’s website at www.anoka.k12.mn/crossroads.