From the Principal

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. As the summer closes, the Cross Hill Academy administrative team and teachers are hard at work preparing for your arrival and school year. As the Principal of Cross Hill Academy, I welcome you back and hope that your summer has been relaxing and full of learning experiences. As we prepare for you, you can prepare for the first day by doing the following:

1. Complete your Summer Reading. Just click on the SUMMER READING LIST LINK LISTED on our HOMEPAGE. There is still time!!!
2. Purchase your school supplies. The links for each grade level are at the bottom of the page.

I BELIEVE in all of you and this year each of you will experience how much CHA BELIEVES in you, too. All that will be left is to BELIEVE in yourself!

Looking forward to seeing you all opening day!

Brian S. Gray
Principal of Cross Hill Academy

School News and Events

Family Welcome Center

Our parent center is now open for our entire school community. The room is located on the 1st floor and is a place for parents to gather, use one of the four computers, and access community information. Staff can offer free referrals, information, and services available to all students and their parents. Families in need should contact the school.

NYS Teacher of the Year Nominations

Read the attached information to nominate a teacher for this prestige award.

Criteria Information for NYS Teacher of the Year
PTSA Uniform Drive

The PTSA is asking for donations of new and or gently used uniforms. The required uniform includes: khakis pants, shirt or dress and either a blue or green top. Parents can drop clothing off in the main office. Any size for boys or girls is greatly appreciated!

Dignity Act Liaison

Mrs. Maria Salvador

Title I & Title III Parent/Guardian Workshop

All parents/guardians are welcomed to join us on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 8:00am - 9:00am for a workshop titled "Making Sense of your Child's Common Core Score." A light breakfast will be served.

From the Desk of Ms. Westphal, Library Media Specialist: How to Search for eBooks in Follett Destiny

Our Collection Includes: Easy, Chapter, Non-Fiction and Many Professional eBooks

• Log into http://crosshill.ypschools.org
• Click on the Follett Destiny eCatalog Tab
• Click on our School Name listed under Elementary/Middle Schools
All Students: Username (type your 6 digit student ID#) & Password (type student)
* All School Staff: Username (type your 1st initial, last name) & Password (type your ID #)
• On the catalog page select Follett Shelf to browse and borrow eBooks
• Select Material Type: There are 98 Interactive eBooks. Each of these eBooks has an infinity symbol on the cover, which means an unlimited number of patrons may browse and read these eBooks at the same time. You will have two choices: Have the eBook read to you or click sound off and read the eBook yourself. Some eBooks will include a multiple choice quiz.
• There are 75 Follett eBooks. Each of these eBooks has only one copy. You can check out any eBook by dragging the eBook into the checkout box. After reading the eBook you can write a review. Each review will be read by Ms. Westphal. If it is approved it will be posted to our website.
• You may also use the Digital Resource Link at the top of the page to browse our Interactive eBooks that are available from Capstone Library or Lerner Books.
 • You can also search for a title by typing the title or authors name in the Find Field. All websites are reviewed by educators.
 • Once you check out an eBook you will select from the catalog page your MyInfo Tab to open and read your eBook. All eBooks will check in automatically after 14 days.
 • Finally, when you are done browsing or checking out eBooks click your name in the top right corner and click Logout.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

Remember: You can Browse and Read our eBooks 24/7, 365 days a year

Any questions Email Ms. Westphal: cwestphal@crosshill.ypschools.org

Visit the Library Media Center for electronic resources, database subscription login information and exciting websites.

Click on one of our many database subcriptions to browse our various eBook collections. Select books to read online or download books to your eReader.

Click on the tab WEB OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to browse books from anywhere for your reading pleasure. Stop by the Library Media Center to make your selection.

Yonkers Public Schools News


Click here for important flyers, forms, and materials that were recently distributed for students, parents, and families.


Please read our PTSA ByLaws, which can be located under the School Resources Tab. Join us for our General Membership meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 6:30pm in the Library.

Click here to visit the PTSA Group Page which includes current memos and newsletters!
Apply for membership!
The PTSA has sponsored Box Tops for Education. Box Tops will be collected through June so continue to clip and send in your Box Tops to support our school.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 24
Holiday Recess - Schools Closed
Thursday, December 25
Central Office Closed - Christmas Day
Christmas Day
Holiday Recess - Schools Closed
Friday, December 26
Central Office Closed
Happy Kwanzaa
Holiday Recess - Schools Closed


Today, 12/21/2014
High: 41 Low: 29
Mostly cloudy
14% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/22/2014
High: 46 Low: 38
Slight chance rain
39% chance of precipitation.