Start SMART!

September 15, 2020

9.15.2020 Thanks to the many wonderful people who donated to this project over many months, we have completed our Start Smart project, with the installation of a new online server as of yesterday. The switchover to Microsoft 365, which took place over the late spring through the summer months, has helped greatly with instruction and therapy, communications, reporting, collaborating, and security. The transfer of storage from our old server to our new one will provide the added storage we need, and the power to operate on all fronts technologically. This part of the process will be completed in the coming weeks!

We’re so grateful to everyone who contributed!

Megan & Jeff Britton

Teri Ardia

Henry E. Niles Foundation

Phyllis McGill

Haun Welding Supply

Rite Aid Foundation, KidCents Program

CDPHP  

                    Fort Plain Central School District 

CAP COM

Our new needs for technology are specific equipment items that are needed by therapists and in classrooms, many new needs that have arisen due to COVID-19. Please watch for opportunities to donate!


4/29/2020

Here’s some good news in the midst of so many Covid-related anxieties. Our project is in motion! The changeover to an online server is in progress! This aspect of our technology development is finally fully funded! A $5,000 grant from CAP COM has come in to help with our Technology Development project, and we are deeply thankful for this generous gift to fund our online server.

http://crossroadcenter.org/thank-you-cap-com/

Hudson Valley Communications and Microsoft are initializing the set up and changeover.

We’re incredibly grateful for the wonderful support this project has received. Our list below is updated to thank every single person and foundation who has brought this project to life!

This morning, Emily Devito from WNYT came to the school and interviewed Kelly Young, Executive Director and Vicki Ramotar, Resource Development Specialist. We were able to tell her about the CAP COM grant and the other supporters who have given to make this long-term dream come true for our school. Additionally, it gave us a great opportunity to share our story, and tell about how the current covid situation has effected our students, families and staff, and how it has changed our service delivery. We spoke about the way technology, which we always struggle to fund to keep pace with what public schools offer, has become even more important now, and even more magnified in use than before.  We’re so thankful for the opportunity, which will be on Channel 13 today at noon.

♥♥♥   WATCH our interview with Emily Devito!


4.17.2020

We’d like to provide an update on our Technology Development project. We are using technology on every front more than ever as we forge through this strange time. However, in terms of our online server project, we are on hold with installation at this time. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the date was pushed back so that the company we are working with could fine-tune our needs and ensure we wouldn’t lose anything in the transition. And then, we had the school closure and all was paused until things settle back to normal again.

In the meantime, you can be assured that technology overall is more important to us than ever. Our needs increased literally overnight in this area. Below you can get a glimpse of one of our families engaging in lessons with Mrs. Rebecca, Room 5’s teacher, just yesterday.

Thank you, again, to those who have supported our needs in so many ways.

Contributions to this project are still needed. Please note that you’d like your donation to be applied for Technology Development, when you make your gift. Thank you!!

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at Crossroads.

Thank you to the following people for donating to this campaign, and helping with Technology Development at Crossroads!

Megan & Jeff Britton

Teri Ardia

Henry E. Niles Foundation

Phyllis McGill

Haun Welding Supply

Rite Aid Foundation, KidCents Program

CDPHP  

                    Fort Plain Central School District 

CAP COM


Will you join us in raising money to upgrade our technology?  

We need to raise money to upgrade our technology here. We are working to launch a new server in the coming weeks and need help.  

This project will help to improve technological accessibility for our students, increase communications and security, and further access to instruction and safety.

Crossroads is a nonprofit school with a huge mission – helping children with and without special learning needs to gain the skills that are so important in life and will allow them to move on to schools in their own communities, enjoy life and be productive.

We accomplished a lot here in 2019 – our playground shade cover, adding a new classroom for toddlers, and enhancing our services and programming for social skills and curriculum, to name a few things.

We can’t do all that we do with love alone, and so fundraising efforts are always happening. Grants and donations from a wonderfully generous community of supporters has made these things and more possible.

At this time, we are buckling down to raise money for upgrading our technology. Our on-site server has become outgrown, and we are going to upgrade to an online server. Technology is an essential foundation for every single department here, used by students and staff every hour of the day.

In this era, technology is tied into instruction and preparation inextricably. Our objective here is to help our students keep pace to some extent with what their counterparts in other settings are doing, to have similar opportunities for learning using technology, as well as learning to use technology, and to access new and effective programs, applications, and information when appropriate. Our school’s technology needs are many. Access to the internet, through a server, is a basic need to everything we do here.
We have an onsite server, which we have outgrown. Computers are used by students and staff members in
every one of our classrooms and instructional areas, in our clinic and by offsite clinicians, as well as in all
administrative and supportive areas of our program.

Teachers, therapists and other employees will be using technology throughout their school week with and for students. Students attend Crossroads 5.5 hours per day, and our school runs full-year. Daily schedules include programming in a variety of areas including academics and special education, speech and language, physical education, art, music, physical and occupational therapy, social and play, lunch and snack. Staff members also will use this upgrade for reporting, Individualized Education Plans, internal communications and correspondence with parents, districts, donors and other constituents.

Implementation is taking place in the coming weeks. We have secured approximately $5,020 in designated funds for this project from grants and donations. As well, there are grants pending that we remain hopeful for. Since a gap still remains, we are hopeful for donations for this project.

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