October 14, 2016 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 10
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Campus Update

Smells like School Spirit…

This week, our campus was buzzing with excitement for Homecoming weekend. Middle and Upper Schoolers held spirit dress days ranging from tacky to cozy; the entire school took part in Red & White day and the Pep Rally. See the gallery below to get your dose of what it means to be a Raider.

Homecoming • Dedication of Cook Field

This afternoon at the Football game, Upper School's Homecoming Court will be crowned, followed by Volleyball's critical match on Friday as they face number one seated Timberlake Christian Academy; Volleyball is tied at number 2 with Amelia Academy.

This weekend we invite the entire North Cross Community to be a part of an historical event as we honor and celebrate the dedication of one man, Richard Cook, who has meant so much to our students in his 44 years of teaching and to the birth of Roanoke's soccer scene. We dedicate Cook Field in his honor at 1:30 on Saturday. We would love to see you and your family there.

Friday, October 14
4:00pm   Homecoming Football game on Thomas Field
7:00pm-9:30pm   MS Fall Dance in Lemon Dining Hall
6:00pm   Varsity Volleyball Game in CAC Game Gym: The Raiders are ranked number 2, tonight they face the number 1 ranked Timberlake Christian Academy, show your support!

Saturday, October 15
12:00pm   Varsity Field Hockey Game on Thomas Field
1:30pm   Cook Field Dedication on Cook Field
2:15pm   Varsity Soccer Game
7:00pm-9:00pm   Alumni Party at Headmaster's House
8:00pm-Midnight   US Homecoming Dance at the Taubman Museum

It's almost time for our fall book fair!

Wednesday, October 19 thru Friday, October 28

This fundraiser benefits our school library and offers a wide variety of books for all ages, as well as activity kits, gift items, and other fun products. Book fair takes place in the Hancock Library and will be open for extended hours on several evenings. Be on the lookout for more information coming home! In the meantime, visit our Book Fair page: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/northcrossschool

We are also looking for volunteers to help with book fair set-up, for the sales table during our fair, for assistance with wish lists for younger students, and for packing up the book fair when we are done. Please click https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/okN2E0XZq to sign up if you can help.

Hands on fire safety for lower schoolers

This week marked National Fire Prevention Week and our students got a special lesson on fire safety from the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department.

This weekend at Roanoke GO Outside Festival, there will be an unprecedented collaboration between Roanoke County, City and Salem City fire departments—all thanks to the dedication of the McKinnon family. We encourage all families to take the time to form a fire escape plan with the guided help available at the Festival.


Academic Update

A Living Lesson

Middle Schoolers have been very busy in their Life Science classes. From raising trout to calculating annual average temperature in the Valley using leaf shapes, Mrs. Patterson's students are understanding more about the world we live in. Above, Sofia Hanson ’21 counts and separates the newly arrived trout eggs. Quickly becoming a North Cross tradition, these eggs will be hatched and raised by students and then released into a stream in the spring. Click the button to view a gallery for more of Middle School's latest living lessons.

¡Bienvenidos! to Our Newest Lower School Spanish Society Members

This Wednesday, members the fifth grade were inducted into the Lower School Spanish Society. The Lower School Spanish Society, Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (Spanish Society of Friendship) for those who have a strong interest in the Spanish language and culture and sharing it with others. Videos of the two classes inductions can be seen onCampus in the Featured Content section or on the Lower School Spanish group page.

Staff Story: Alex Hash

Pictured right: Alex with his daughter Lexi ’22. Alex and his wife have two other daughters here, Teea ’24 and Ayden ’31, and son Jarion ’17.  

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Education: Virginia Western Community College—A.A.S.
Current Position: Community Outreach Coordinator, Middle School Football Head Coach
Year Appointed: 2012

What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? My passion is serving our community, and being able to allocate our resources here to better our overall community has been very rewarding. I really enjoy watching our students perform community service, and enhancing the school's role in the Roanoke Valley. Watching our school become more diverse and representative of our community is what motivates me to continue being an advocate for NCS.

Arts Update

New Venue Announced!

This year's Coffeehouse will be on campus and held in the ambient and roomy Lemon Dining Hall. The event will be held on November 4 from 6:00 - 8:30pmNew this year: you can purchase your tickets online at: http://www.northcross.org/the-fota-coffeehouse.html. On the website, you can also download performer and art submission forms there.

Bring Home the Baby (Grand, that is!)

Exciting news: FOTA has found a lightly used Yamaha GH-1 baby grand piano locally and entered into an agreement to purchase it! But we need your help! We are still a few dollars short of the price and then need a couple things to go with it. Help us bring home this baby grand by donating to one of the following!!

Yamaha baby grand piano — remainder still needed:  $1,400
Quilted piano cover:  $475
Heavy duty piano dolly:  $750

You can write a check to "NCS Friends of the Arts" and drop off at Old Slack Hall or contact Ellen McGimsey at remcgimsey@cox.net. Help fill our hallways with the sound of music for years to come.

Athletics Update

Cross Country Celebrates Seniors

Before their meet against Fuqua School, the senior members of the Cross Country team (shown left to right between coaches: Remus Li, David Jeremiah, Rebecca Benson, and Charlie Lemon), were honored for their last year of competition as a Cross Country Raider. Coach Ed Dickenson and Assistant Coach Lauren Horner presented each of the four team members with flowers as parents looked on. North Cross went on to win the meet with the Middle School placing first with Elijah Lee-Spurell and both Boys and Girls Varsity teams finishing in the top five and four spots, respectively with Chester Pruitt placing first for Boys and Grace Graham first for Girls.

Puff Piece: Play Like a Girl

This week's Homecoming celebration met its match with the third annual Powder Puff Football Game in which Upper School junior and senior girls compete against their younger classwomen. Despite a valiant effort, the younger students lost to their older counterparts 21-0 — but all had a winning time. Director of Athletics Eric Lawrence refereed the game.


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

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