January 6, 2017 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 19
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Campus Update

¡Bienvenidos! to our Argentinian Visitors

On Wednesday, four Argentinian students and their chaperone landed in the Roanoke Airport as their first step into their four-week stay as North Cross students. The sophomores and juniors are from Corrientes, Argentina, the hometown of Spanish teacher Marianna Hermosilla. Over the next four weeks, they will take courses in history, sciences, English, and current US affairs, all while becoming more familiar with American culture. They will also assist in all levels of Spanish classes. 

In order to participate in this program, the students had to demonstrate outstanding academic skills and strong English language skills. The goal is to help these students become more comfortable with the English language and culture of their host country. Please make them feel welcome!

Dust off those platform shoes and get ready to groove on over to the CAC on February 4th for our Annual Winter Gala and Auction. This year's theme recaptures the glam and glory of the iconic 70s disco club, Studio 54. Plan to enjoy a feast for the eyes, ears and tastebuds. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks, but for now, just know that this will be a fabulously fun way to make a serious difference. All of the proceeds from the night directly benefit our students this year. So why wait? Buy your tickets or table online now. You may also email Jennifer Burtch at jburtch@northcross.org charge tickets to your student account or split a table with friends.

Academic Update

Senior Speech This Week 

Wednesday morning, Rebecca Benson ’17 presented her DeHart Speech topic to the Upper School assembly. Her talk, entitled: Nature and Its Effect on People, discussed the ways in which spending time outdoors can help a person's health, happiness and satisfaction in life. In contrast, she cited the recent rise in childhood obesity rates and tendency toward sedentary lifestyles, such as video games and television, as a detriment to our population's health. The talk was inspired by her time spent in a low-tech summer camp (one outlet and lightbulb per cabin) over the past several years. You can listen to the talk in its entirety by visiting the Featured Content section of onCampus.

Board Bio: Sarah Boxley Beck ’98

Pictured: Sarah Boxley with her husband Carl and children Anna Belle and William ’29.

Education: BA in Economics from Wake Forest University
Professional Background:
Marketing for a mutual fund company and then in pharmaceutical sales

What was a highlight for you as a student at North Cross? Long-term friendships.

What is your favorite North Cross tradition? The annual Fat Pencil ceremony.



Arts Update

A Work in Progress

For the Upper School's submission to the Winter Gala and Auction, art teacher Amy Jackson found a way for everyone to contribute; and we mean everyone. As a base for the painting, Jackson had every student enrolled in the Upper School, from freshmen to seniors, sign the canvas. The signatures served as an abstract scaffolding for what is becoming an impressionist/abstract landscape. In addition, many students have since lent their brush strokes to complete the composition. These detail photos offer a sneak peek at this extraordinary and truly original effort. The work will be featured in the online auction which will open in two weeks.

Logan Gallery Gets Back to Nature and Beyond

Nature is surely playing some tricks on us this winter, but let's not forget how colorful and gorgeous it can be. Remind yourself by visiting our latest installation in the Logan Gallery in Old Slack. Hours are 8-4, Monday through Friday. The name of the show is Nature and More: In Color, a mostly painting exhibit featuring bold colors and brush strokes and mutlimedia collages. A feast for the eyes. Thanks to Karen Sewell and Mary Tousman for offering their pieces to show. The artwork will be on display through the end of the month.

Athletics Update

Girls’ Varsity Basketball Tonight!

Looking for something to do on a chilly Friday night before the snow really starts coming down? How about cheering on our Raiders at their home game against Roanoke Catholic? The game starts at 7pm.

Or, if you want a more wintry option, head over to the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey game at 7pm. It's too late to get the discounted tickets we sold earlier, but they're still pretty affordable (between around $13 and $15), and if you tell the ticket window you're with North Cross, you can get seats near our section (Section 7). The PA is donating $5 to FOTA for every ticket they sold, and at last count, they were up to over 150 tickets!


Swimming's latest meet brought the Raiders these impressive results.

Boys Swimming:

North Cross 95  /  Sw Va Home School 50
North Cross 91 /  Fishburne 66
Liberty Christian 98  /  North Cross 71

Girls Swimming:

North Cross 101.5  /  Sw Va Home School 57.50
North Cross 104  /  Liberty Christian 47

The most recent scores from our athletic contests are below. Can't wait for Crossties? Scores can always be found by visiting the Scoreboard feature of onCampus.

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