March 3, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 25
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Campus Update

Spring Break Reminder

The school will follow the original dates on the calendar for Spring Break. Classes will dismiss at their normal time on Friday, March 4, and we will resume classes on Tuesday morning, March 15.

Special “Meet Me Tuesday!”

Since school will not be in session on Monday, March 14, the next "Meet Me Monday"  to collect donations for the Big Flea sale will take place on Tuesday, March 15, the first day of classes after Spring Break. Join us at the storage building in the bus parking lot near the baseball field between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. with your donations. Donations are tax deductible. If you have any questions about donations, please call Elise DeMoss at (540) 529-9285.

Host Families Needed

Eighteen rising seniors from our North Cross–Xinhe School campus in Shanghai will be at North Cross for three weeks in May for intensive English courses in preparation for the SAT.  The hosting experience is enriching for families and our students. 

“Hosting a child from another country for the second time, Sallie and I have been enriched by the experience and believe it has been an enlightening experience for our own girls.  We've been able to learn about other countries and their cultures as we've tried to share our American culture and family experience with our international students.” ~ David Lake

If you are interested in this host family opportunity, please email Lauren Horner.  

:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Development Update

As you may be aware, a major function of the Development office is to support our school’s operations and programs through three fundraisers each year—the Annual Fund, The Winter Gala, and the Big Flea Sale. We are responsible for raising $465,000 through these fundraisers.

North Cross is a very generous community and, by seeing all that you do, we know you care deeply about the quality of the educational experience of each and every student.  

So, how are we doing this year? Learn more about our year-to-date goals/results and what you can do to help, by following the link below.

:: Read the full Development update

Summer Programs

The 2016 Summer Program catalog is now available online. Aside from the standard Enrichment Programs, Middle School Madness workshops, sports camps, and academic offerings, two new programs are offered this year. Bricks 4 Kidz is offering two STEM-based programs to the Enrichment Program. Rising 8-10th graders can enjoy a week of outdoor adventure with Roanoke Mountain Adventures. Summer programs run June 6 through August 12.

Visit the Summer Programs page on the school website, or download a catalog for more information. The application is also available as a download.  If you have specific questions about Summer Programs, please contact Stephen Belderes at (540) 588-8320.

:: Download the Summer Program catalog

Jump Rope for Heart

Each February, the Lower School Physical Education department participates in the American Heart Association's “Jump Rope For Heart.” Students in grades 1-5 jump rope for an hour to honor the donations they have collected over a two-week period. Prior to the event, the students enjoy a jump rope unit of study during PE class. Additionally, the students learn about the benefits of developing heart-healthy habits and how being physically active can be fun. This year the students raised a North Cross School record amount of $8,500—making North Cross the number one fundraising school so far this year in southwest Virginia!

SCA Sponsoring Blood Drive

In conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, the North Cross SCA will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Carter Athletic Center game gym. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with signed parental consent) and may schedule an appointment at

Click here to download a flyer with more information.

Academic Update

Global Studies Speaker

Continuing the Global Studies theme of â€œWomen” this year, Crystal Bright will address upper school students in Fishburn Auditorium on Thursday, April 7 at noon. Parents and members of the North Cross community are invited to attend this event.

A musician and world traveler, Crystal will mix music with a discussion of global influences on her music. Her music reflects her educational background in Anthropology and Ethnomusicology and her experiences playing and singing various styles – Mariachi, Chinese, Balinese Gamelan, Ugandan, Samba and more. Crystal resides in North Carolina and was named an “Artist on the Rise” at FloydFest in 2013.  Photo by Christopher Lubinski.
:: Learn more about Crystal

Dr. Seuss Day

Students and teachers in the ECP program celebrated Read Across America Day on Wednesday by visiting Dr. Seuss themed stations in the lower school. The students also welcomed a special visitor to the Cartledge Multi-purpose room for a reading of “Fox in Socks”.
:: View photos on our Facebook page

Lower School SEAD Program

Beginning Tuesday, March 15, all lower school students will take part in a unique eight-day Science, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) project in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The program is structured to stimulate cross-grade, multidisciplinary exploration of literature, performance, communication, and design. The common component to the program will be the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. This is the first time a project like this has been attempted using elementary aged students.
:: Learn more about the program

Candle Power

Just before lunch today, Jennifer Landry’s STAD class raced putt-putt boats. The boats are designed to run using only candle power. Earlier this term the students made a version of the boats using hulls we made from juice cartons and the boiler out of soda cans. The latest generation of boats employed metal hulls and boilers made from various materials. While the boats do not go very fast, the process taught the students about about pressure, hydraulic vs pneumatic systems, and patents. The original putt-putt boat was patented over 100 years ago.

Black History Month

Tuesday afternoon, middle and upper school students attended the annual Black History Month assembly in Fishburn Auditorium. Jerel L. Rhodes was the keynote speaker this year. Rhodes is the founder of Rebounding Roanoke, an educational-based non-profit organization focused on the youth of the Greater Roanoke Valley. Rebounding Roanoke now serves as the umbrella for The Renaissance Academy, Scholarly Gents, and the Elite Life & Learning Educational Academy.

CrossWalk Program Update

Started in the fall of 2013, the CrossWalk Program provides individualized instruction in language and math for bright students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences in grades ECP Level 3–Kindergarten through 8th grade. The goal of the program is to return students to a mainstream education fully prepared to realize their highest potential by ninth grade. Students in the program spend part of their school day in the classroom with their grade level peers.

With three full-time faculty members, and one part-time Orton-Gillingham trained volunteer, the program currently has 18 students enrolled. Last year the average CrossWalk student advanced two years in reading ability over the course of just nine months.

If you think the CrossWalk Program might benefit your child, contact your classroom teacher or email Kit Prillaman, Director of the CrossWalk Program, at to learn more.
:: Visit the CrossWalk Program site

Art Update

Oh, Say, Can They Sing

Last Friday afternoon, members of the North Cross School Chorale performed the Star-Spangled Banner before the ceremonial swearing-in of John P. Fishwick, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Alison Burton ’16, Jack Fishwick ’16, Tristin Johnson-Hodges ’16, Walter Mann ’16, and Adrienne Spring ’16 performed under the direction of Choral Director Mr. Andrew Miller.

:: Watch a video of the performance

Athletic Update

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Raiders Win Conference, Move on to State

Last Saturday at Roanoke College, the boys’ varsity basketball team defeated Hargrave Military Academy to claim the VIC Division II crown. A layup by James Nworah ’18 (left photo by Don Petersen) with just 10 seconds left was the difference for the Raiders in the 59-57 win. 
:: Read the story published at
On Tuesday, the team entered the first round of the VISAA tournament and defeated Richmond Catholic 61-50 at the Carter Athletic Center. Jordan Lowery ’16 led the way for the Raiders with 17 points. (Right photo of Chase Overton ’17 by John Wimmer)
:: Read the story published at
In the second round of the VISAA tournament on Wednesday, the team traveled to Woodbridge, VA and faced a tough Christ Chapel Academy team. The Raiders lost 59-31.

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