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Mrs. Cross

My name is Mrs. Cross. This is my 15th year teaching and my eighth year at Grapeland Elementary! I taught sixth grade for five years, kindergarten for one year, 2/3 combo class for a year,  and third grade for six years. I love being a Grizzly and excited to be here! Being surrounded by amazing students who demonstrate kindness and respect and such supportive parents makes this an amazing place to be!

I’m originally from New Hampshire, but have been living in California for eighteen years. My husband and I have two wonderful daughters,  Madison (12) and Emelia (9) who attend school within the Etiwanda School District. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, going to the river , and skiing.

I attended University of New Hampshire at Keene where I received my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Geography. After several years to enhance my education I earned my master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Brandman University. 

I’m looking forward to getting to know your child and working with you! It is important that we all work together as a team in order to help your child learn and grow.


  • Spirit Day is every Friday so remember to wear purple, gray, black, or Grizzly wear. 

  • Homework is always due daily unless otherwise noted. Be sure to check the weekly news or Rooms for any changes.

  • Friday Folders come home on Fridays with your child's work. Please go through it with them and return it to school with your child on Monday. This is the only weekend homework.  (days are subject to change)

  • Reading is the number one KEY TO SUCCESS so encourage your child to read daily for 15-20 minutes.

  • Library is every Tuesday

  • PE Days- Wednesday and Friday

Upcoming Events

8/7 ~ 8/18~ iReady Window

8/21~ Watch Dog Kick Off

8/24~ Board Mtg

8/28~ Fall Intramural ( more info to come)

8/31~ Great Grizzly Assembly

9/1~ Coffee w/Admin

9/4~ No School

9/5~ Picture Day

9/8~ Barnes & Noble Event (Melissa De La Cruz)

9/11~ Non Student Day

9/19 ~ Barnes and Noble Event ( Katherine Applegate)

9/22~ Great Grizzly Assembly

9/25-9/29~ Parent Teacher Conference Week ( early dismissal)

Homework Assignments/ Weekly Newsletter-