August 19, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2016-17, Issue 2
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Head of School’s Message

The Work of Diversity

I just left a meeting with David Lake, our new Director of Admission, who told me that we have students attending North Cross next year from 7 different nations, 8 if you count the U.S. Combine that with our new Tailored Tuition program that makes North Cross more affordable, our CrossWalk program for high ability students with dyslexia, and efforts to reach out to students of color, and we have an incredibly rich campus community. 
On Wednesday, we kicked off our new school year by inviting Dr. Gene Batiste (pictured right) to campus to help guide our faculty and staff toward making our campus more inviting to people with diverse backgrounds. Following this six-hour workshop, Dr. Batiste met with parents and students in an evening session. Dr. Batiste is considered a national expert on diversity in independent schools and for thirteen years, served as a Vice President of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Campus Update

McKinnon Memorial Fountain Dedicated

The McKinnon Memorial Garden, created in loving memory of Patrick and Logan (two Lower School students who were tragically lost to us early spring) was dedicated on Thursday, August 18 in a small, private, ceremony. It was attended by the boys' parents, Lindsay and Tom, and their godparents and grandmother. Head of School Chris Proctor lead a small contingent of the North Cross community. The event was followed by a reception at the Proctor’s home to thank the many individuals who made donations to the McKinnon Memorial Fund. The reception was planned by Ellie Proctor and BJ Preas, who was the spiritual and financial force that made all of this possible.


Get onCampus—Even Before School Starts!

All of the databases are up to date and we encourage those of you who have yet to log on to explore our new secure online community application, onCampus. We strongly encourage you to do so before the beginning of school in order to verify your information and choose what contact details you would like shared with the North Cross community.

We have two tutorials that will hep you login for the first time and explore the many features of this virtual community program. Be sure to use the e-mail address you have on file with the school for communications. Should you have any questions during this process, you can contact your division's administrative assistant, or e-mail the onCampus Help Desk at

Welcome to Our New Staff 

In addition to the new faculty members announced last week, we are also glad to welcome some new faces to our administrative offices: 

Lilly Judge has hit the ground running, literally, as our new Varsity Field Hockey coach whose team started practices August 1. She will also serve as our Girls Lacrosse coach in the spring. Originally from Annapolis Maryland, Lilly is a recent graduate of Roanoke College where she earned her degree in Health and Exercise Science. Although, only playing one year of field hockey in her senior year of high school, Lilly fell in love with the sport. Also a lacrosse player, she began playing lacrosse at the age of 8 and continued her lacrosse career at Roanoke College for 4 years. Coach Judge has had a passion and desire to enter the world of coaching and to use her degree in the advancement of this personal goal. “After being in the difficult position of locating a coach in the middle of the summer, Coach Judge offered an almost seamless transition for our field hockey girls as they begin their conditioning in August.” commented Coach Lawrence.

Jessica Schindhelm began her role as Director of Marketing this summer. Jessica is a parent with two children, Annie ’25 and Oscar ’28. Prior to her full-time job as a parent and part-time work as a graphic design freelancer, Ms. Schindhelm spent over 15 years in the design and communications industry, primarily in the non-profit sector. 

Alexander Vance takes over as Aquatics Director at the Carter Athletic Center.

In addition to these new faces, existing employees have taken on new roles. Click below to read more.


Arts Update

Logan Gallery’s Latest Installation

Logan Gallery has welcomed its first showing of the school year, Art Visions: Kaleidoscope of Art.

Art Visions was formed by a group of 12 artists to share artistic ideas and visions and to be active participants in the local art community. Their gallery provides a unique venue for these 12 artists to show and sell their work, as well as provide a place for the artists to paint and conduct classes. The works displayed at Logan Gallery in Old Slack Hall will be on display now through September 30.

Academic Update

Making the Ranks

The University of Virginia recently released their magazine with details on the class of 2020. North Cross is proud to have a substantial presence within the group representing the Roanoke area—20% to be exact. Of the students from this area, 27 hail from Roanoke County, 24 from the city and 8 from Salem. And in all three of those areas, 12 North Cross graduates are residents. These 12 students, of the 14 North Cross graduates accepted, made their choice to attend the university.

Athletics Update

North Cross and Roanoke Catholic Partnering in Community Service

Pictured: North Cross vs. Roanoke Catholic c. 1982This past January, athletic directors and coaches from Roanoke Catholic and North Cross announced plans to resume their football rivalry on August 26 following a seven-year drought. 
The big game opens the door for more than just a renewed rivalry, though. North Cross Coach Stephen Alexander and Roanoke Catholic Coach Bob Price have seized the opportunity to rebuild relations among the teams by scheduling a joint community service project on Saturday, August 20 from 10 am - 1 pm.


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