Cros-Lex claims Sanilac County Academic Games title

For the first time in 29 years, the Pioneers' Academic Games team claimed the county championship.  The competition was held Saturday, February 22 in the Fine Arts Theater at St. Clair County Community College.  Pictured below is the championship team and coaches.

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Cros-Lex launches Rachel's Challenge in all school buildings

Croswell-Lexington Schools is implementing the positive program called Rachel’s Challenge.  The program strives to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999.  Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Each of Croswell-Lexington Schools hosted presentations for students on February 10-11.  In addition to the student assemblies, the district also sponsored a community presentation on Tuesday, February 11.

“I heard the presentation from Rachel’s father at a superintendent’s conference and its focus on how Rachel treated people had a tremendous impact on everyone in the audience,” said Cros-Lex Superintendent Kevin Miller.  “We love the focus on students supporting other students and on random acts of kindness.  We have spoken to administrators in districts where the program has been held and it’s had a tremendously positive influence.”

The universal message of kindness and compassion told by Rachel’s story has been heard in several countries reaching audiences totaling more than 17-million. The Scott family and other certified presenters have reached millions more on media outlets like CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Oprah, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity.

Cros-Lex High School Principal Theo Kerhoulas believes the program will have a huge impact on the district’s students, and in turn, the community.  

“We are really proud of the students in our district,” Kerhoulas said.  “This program will help strengthen our belief that - when one Pioneer goes down there needs to be ten more there to pick him/her up.”

Rachel’s Challenge, based in Littleton, Colo., combats bullying by helping schools create safe learning environments. According to the non-profit’s website, the group aims to reestablish civility, provide social and emotional education and improve academic achievement by engaging students in the learning process. The organization also works to train adults to inspire, equip and empower students to affect permanent positive change.

For details on the program at Croswell-Lexington Community Schools, call Dr. Kevin Miller at Cros-Lex Schools at (810) 679-1000 or Mr. Theo Kerhoulas, high school principal at (810) 679-1502.  For more information about Rachel’s Challenge, call (877) 895-7060 or go to

Hawks family pledges $250,000 in scholarships for Cros-Lex students

Jarold and Marijean Hawks of Jeddo have pledged $250,000 for scholarships to the St. Clair County Community College Foundation’s All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow.The donation will establish the Jarold and Marijean Hawks Cros-Lex Scholarship Fund. To be eligible for the scholarship, college freshmen and sophomores must have graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and submit an essay. Awards will vary up to a maximum of $3,000 annually. 

“I want to give back to the community,” Jarold Hawks said. “If you give a person an opportunity to achieve, they can apply these achievements to other areas in their lives. It’s all about creating opportunities these students wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Jarold graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School and attended what was then Port Huron Junior College and went on to co-establish Black River Manufacturing. He is now retired.

"I am so proud that Mr. and Mrs. Hawks have dedicated money to help us achieve our mission of sending more students on to college," said Cros-Lex Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller. "This is the epitome of giving back to the community in which you live and changing the lives of young people through college education."

Cros-Lex nationally recognized for its Title I efforts

Meyer Elementary School in the Croswell-Lexington School District has been named a Distinguished School by the National Title I Association.  Meyer’s recognition is for exceptional student performance for two or more years. The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition since 1996. Only two schools from Michigan were selected for this special recognition.

“We have a high level of commitment to the success of all our students,” said Donna Barrier, Meyer Principal. “The work we do every day to provide solid instruction and individual student support helps to make student growth and achievement a reality. We are truly honored to be nationally recognized, and proud to be part of a district that is leading the way toward helping every student reach their fullest academic potential.”

Based on a combination of academic achievement of their students and the creative and innovative programs that contribute to their success, the schools selected in the individual states as National Title I Distinguished Schools join about one hundred other distinguished schools nationwide in making a difference for our nation’s Title I children.

“This is a tribute to the great work our entire staff does working with our Title I teachers to educate and remediate low income children in our district,” Superintendent Kevin Miller said.

Distinguished schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community.  What makes National Title I Distinguished Schools’ stories especially powerful are the documented student achievement gains that have resulted from their innovations.  

“The work of the staff, with support from the whole community in our district, continue to make numerous opportunities possible for all students,” said Julie Western, Curriculum Director.

“This does not just happen; it takes hard work with a vision!   We are very proud of the entire Meyer Staff and this special award!”
Both Cros-Lex Elementary Schools "Beat the Odds"

For the second consecutive year, the Michigan Department of Education has announced that both Cros-Lex Elementary Schools, Frostick Elementary in Croswell and Meyer Elementary in Lexington, are being honored as "Beating the Odds" schools.  

"We are so proud of our elementary schools," said Dr. Kevin Miller, Superintendent of Croswell-Lexington Schools.  "We know all the outstanding things we do for elementary students, but it sure is nice to be recognized by the state for our efforts!  Our teaching staff and aides are committed to excellence and we simply refuse to let any child slip through the cracks. 

Beating the Odds recognizes Michigan schools that are finding ways to overcome identifiable risk factors associated with low student achievement, such as economic status or race and ethnicity.  
"This award is so well-deserved by the awesome staff and students at Frostick," said Julie Western, who was Principal at Frostick until July before taking over as the district's Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  "It speaks volumes for what happens each day for students and it is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the staff.  Meeting the individual needs of each child to reach his/her full potential has always been the most important goal of Frostick and our district.  I am so proud of each and every person who has worked so hard to make this happen!" 

Meyer Elementary was honored for the third consecutive year as a Beating the Odds school. "Our ongoing results reflect the day to day commitment by our staff to support student achievement," said Donna Barrier, Meyer Principal.  "We challenge each student to perform to his/her highest potential. We have an amazing collaborative culture at Meyer. We are willing to do whatever it takes to help our students to be successful."