November 6, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 11
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Headmaster Message

The Core of our Curricula

This message was originally published in my “Education Matters” column in the October 2015 issue of The South Roanoke Circle. While this article was written for a broader audience on a topic that has generated a lot of discussion in the realm of public school education, at North Cross we understand that an independent school curriculum is not bound by the restrictions of SOL testing and Common Core.

What should be left up to local jurisdictions, the individual states, or the Federal Government to decide? That’s a pretty broad question so let’s narrow it down a bit and focus on my particular area of interest and expertise: education. Let’s narrow it even further and focus on “Common Core.” Why? Because education is a national, regional, and a local issue that has been a contentious one for local, state, and national governments.

Read the rest of the message on our Crossties Blog

Campus Update

Student United Way

Student United Way would like to thank everyone in the Middle and Upper Schools for supporting the October “Jean and Krispy Kreme Day” on October 28. North Cross raised $925.55 for The United Way of the Roanoke Valley. In photo, Bruce Farrell ’17 (left) and Rebecca Benson ’17 (right) presented a check during their recent Student United Way meeting.

Read more about the program on the Crossties Blog.

Holiday Greenery Sale

The Boosters want to help you decorate your home and office for the holidays with garland, paper whites, poinsettias (red and white), and wreaths from Townside Gardens. The greenery will add ambiance and fragrance to the season and make wonderful gifts—for teachers, office associates, family, and neighbors. All proceeds raised by Boosters are used to benefit the athletic department. 

Download a pdf order form.
Order forms are due to division assistants by Wednesday, November 18.  Pickup is after carpool in the CAC on Tuesday, December 1.

Last Day for Online Book Fair

Many thanks to all those who visited and supported our Book Fair, and to our volunteers who helped to make each day run smoothly. We are excited to report our sales total is $8,239.52. Right now, we have an additional $189 from online sales as well. Scholastic has a wonderful resource catalog with a wide range of library bound titles that will add significantly to our offerings in Hancock Library. We will be taking all of our profits in Scholastic Dollars, as that raises our profit from 25% to 50%, and also gives us a 5% bonus. This bonus alone amounts to $411.98.  Currently, our total Book Fair profits are over $4,500!

From this profit, 18 books were purchased from the Book Fair for the library, as well as 9 books from teacher wish lists. We also offer our thanks for the 27 books donated to the library this year! There were 71 books purchased for teachers (up from 52 last year, and 33 in 2013), plus the 9 purchased with Book Fair funds, for a total of 80 books for teachers and students to enjoy in their classrooms! In the coming weeks, more new materials will be purchased for our library...and all have been made possible by your generous support of Book Fair! Thank you!

Academic Update

Social Media Presentation

Yesterday students from the Middle and Upper Schools attended a presentation on “The Dangers of Social Media and Internet Safety.” Stephen Anders from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force talked about cyberbullying, best social media practices, and how to avoid dangerous online situations.

A parent workshop will be offered on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30-6:30 in Lemon Dining Hall for those who were unable to attend the session offered yesterday.

Eighty-two Radishes

Back in September, the kindergarten students planted radish seeds in the Lower School Garden. This morning they were ready to pick. The students, working with Melanie Harrison and Emily Brown, pulled up 82 radishes! Some of the radishes and salad greens were given to the cafeteria and served at lunch today.

Read more and see photos on the Crossties Blog.

Meeting Jon Huntsman

Last Monday, approximately 15 Global Studies students had the chance to attend an address at Roanoke College by Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China. The reflection below was written and submitted by Jane Ward ’16 (right in photo with Mr. Huntsman), a Global Studies student.

My favorite part about the speech was how Mr. Huntsman did not talk solely about politics; he made the speech interesting through adding personal stories about his life. My favorite was a story about an interaction Mr. Huntsman, as an eleven year old, had with Henry Kissinger and how that experience came back to him later in life.

Read the rest of the reflection on the Crossties Blog.

Teacher Feature: Robin Garrett

Hometown: Buena Vista, Virginia
Education: Radford University—B.S.
Hollins University—M.A.T.
Year Appointed: 2011
Current Position: Middle School English, Middle School SCA

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

The Garrett Family (in photo from left): Left: Robin with her daughter, Addison. Right: Robin with her husband, Jeremy.

Art Update

Coffeehouse Tonight!


Join us tonight at 6 p.m. for the FOTA Coffeehouse in the Whitman Theater on the Virginia Western campus.

For those needing special assistance, please park in Lots 11 and 15 near the Whitman Auditorium. All other guests can park in Lot 7 near Webber Hall. Please do not cross Colonial Avenue on foot, use the skywalk or take our complimentary shuttle! Download a parking map.

Visit the Coffeehouse page for more information.

New Show in Logan Gallery

The TECAC Gallery show, including “Rebecca” by Susan Bradbury in photo, is currently on display in Logan Gallery. The Electric Company Artists’ Co-op (TECAC) is an art gallery in Bedford, VA that is owned and operated by artists from Bedford, Forest, Huddleston, Lowry, Lynch Station, Moneta, Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, and Wirtz, VA. The show is on display in Logan Gallery until November 24.

Learn more about the show.

Athletic Update

Middle School Tennis Finishes Undefeated

By defeating Lucy Addison Middle School yesterday by a score of 27-6, the Raiders won the Roanoke City Middle School Tennis League. The team, playing in their first season in the league, finished with a record of 6-0. In photo, doubles partners Lea Almahameed ’22 (left) and Meade Greer ’22 (right) were all smiles yesterday.

All-Conference Honors

This week Eric Lawrence announced that the following student-athletes who were named to All-Conference teams in the Virginia Independent Conference (VIC) and the Blue Ridge Conference (BRC). The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team was announced last week in Crossties.

VISAA state play-offs begin next week. Dates, times and locations can be found on the Athletic Calendar, on the home page, and on the Athletics page.

Boys’ Varsity Cross Country (VIC)
  • Walter Mann ’16—All-Conference
  • Chester Pruitt ’18—All-Conference
  • Harry Pearson ’19—All-Conference
  • Ed Dickenson—VIC Coach of the Year
Girls’ Varsity Cross Country (VIC)
  • Adrienne Spring â€™16—All-Conference
  • Rebecca Benson â€™17—All-Conference
Varsity Field Hockey (BRC)
  • Shaida Campbell ’17—1st Team All-Conference
  • Campbell Lake ’16—1st Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team
  • Margaret Lawrence ’17—1st Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team
  • Morgan Sturm ’17 â€”1st Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team
Girls’ Varsity Tennis (BRC)
  • Helen Schmedtje ’17—1st  Team All-Conference
  • Caroline Lystash ’20— 2nd Team All-Conference
Varsity Volleyball (BRC)
  • Amy Eggleston ’16—1st Team All-Conference
  • Natalie List ’17—2nd Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team
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