September 23, 2016 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 7
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Campus Update

CrossCurrents Speaker and Dialogue Series: Read Montague, Behavioral Neuroscientist

Thursday, the Upper School and community members were invited to attend the inaugural presentation of CrossCurrents, the annual speaker and dialogue series at North Cross. Read Montague, PhD, who is a parent and a professor/researcher in the Department of Physics and at VTCRI, Virginia Tech, presented a talk entitled: Reading the Mind in the New World of Neuroscience. Dr. Montague is also a professor at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Montague delivered a TEDGlobal talk on computational psychiatry in 2012. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation, and Global Studies and interested students attended a lunch with Dr. Montague in the dining hall immediately following. Missed it? You can listen to his talk on YouTube at

Reminder: Picture day Tuesday, Formal Dress

All students except for seniors will need to be in formal dress for Tuesday, September 27 when school pictures take place. If you have misplaced your form, you can download it here, and return it with payment on or before Tuesday to your child's teacher; our picture day ID is SH246023Q0. For guidelines on dress, visit our dress code section of our website.

Seniors will be taking their Senior portraits on Thursday, September 29. No special dress is required.

Mark your calendars: Fall Back-to-School Picnic

Friday, September 30
6:00–8:00pm •
Behind Old Slack

Go to the JV and Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Soccer games starting at 4:30, then bring your family and join us for more games and food! Hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and water & lemonade! Sponsored by the NCS Parents’ Association.

Academic Update

AP Scholars Announced

At the Upper School Assembly on Friday, fourteen seniors were honored for their outstanding achievement on the AP exams they took in May:
  • Three students were named AP Scholars (those who received a score of 3 out of a possible 5 or higher on three or more exams): Caroline McGimsey, Charles Lemon (absent), and Helen Schmedtje.
  • Six were named AP Scholars with Honor (an average of 3.25 or more on all AP exams taken and 3 or higher on 4 or more of these exams): Lucas Arnold, Rebecca Benson, Shaida Campbell, Ashtyn Gerhart, Natalie List, and William Wells.
  • Five seniors achieved AP Scholar with Distinction by earning at least a 3.5 on all exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams: Enkhbileg Dendev, Areej Hashmi, Zack H'Doubler, Margaret Lawrence, and Naima Rasul.
Members of the class of 2016 were added to the recognition, giving North Cross a total of 35 AP Scholars for the May exams. Given that these tests are for college-level courses, we are very impressed that the then-juniors were able to achieve such heights. We can't see how well they'll do this May!

We do more before 12:00pm …

Even though it was a half day for students today due to VAIS accreditation meetings, we still managed to fit in quite a bit. Click the gallery link below to see more of what happened in and outside of the classroom before students headed out for the weekend.

Snapshot: Middle School Orientation

The sixth grade class (a sampling of which is shown here), visited Camp Roanoke on Friday for their Middle School orientation trip. Students worked as teams to solve group problems (such as balancing a board with their body weight as shown in this week's header image), scaled the climbing wall, and generally just had a good time hanging out together (pun shamelessly intended). More photos in the Featured Content section of onCampus.

Teacher Feature: Lisa Cone

Pictured right: Lisa with her four children: Michael, and triplets Lauren, Kelsey, and Rachael 

Hometown: Huntington, New York
Education: B.S. in Elementary and Middle School Education; M.S. in Educational Administration; Ed.S. in Reading 
Current Position: Fifth grade language arts and history teacher
Year Appointed: 2014

Where did you grow up? I grew up at the beach on Long Island. Even though I miss the sand and surf, I love living in Roanoke. The mountains are beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly!
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I'm handy. I built a tree house all by myself for my four children.

Athletics Update

Rank and File

Since we couldn't say it better ourselves, our latest rankings from our Athletics Director Eric Lawrence:
  • There are 7 weeks left of the fall athletic season! (8 wks for Boys Varsity Football)
  • Girls Varisty Tennis is ranked #3 in the state Division II poll
  • Girls Varsity Field Hockey is ranked #8 in the state DII poll
  • Boys Varsity Soccer is ranked #5 in the state DII poll
  • Boys Varsity Football remains undefeated - 1st Poll to come soon
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball is undefeated in BRC play - 1st state poll to come soon
Raider on!

With the Assist

Katherine Lake ’18 broke the school's all-time assist record in Girls Volleyball on Wednesday with her 1,171st assist in their game against New Covenant! She's pictured above with Coach Terri Craig and the winning game ball.

Keep the spirit up and support them this Friday for DIG PINK. JV starts at 4:30 and Varsity at 6:00. Wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness; spectators will be able to purchase pink ribbons for $1, $5 for Memory/Survivor name readings. Proceeds benefit Carilion's Every Woman's Life program.

While you're there, leave your car with the Boosters and they'll have it shined up by the end of the game. More details on the Boosters page on onCampus.

Scoreboard Recap

For the complete listing of this week's and past scores, visit the Scoreboard under the News section in onCampus.

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