October 7, 2016 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 9
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Campus Update

A lunch with a legacy

Despite torrential downpours, the legacy picnic had a great turnout, even if it was indoors. Parents who are alumni joined their kids who now hold the Raider torch for a fun family meal and the continuation of a heartwarming North Cross tradition. We love keeping our alumni close to campus whenever possible, and if we need to use their kids to get them here, then so be it! Thanks to all of those who came out and thanks to Mother Nature for the break in the weather so we could get a good group photo!

Mark your calendars for Homecoming Week!

We are gearing up to welcome back our alumni for Homecoming next weekend with our special Cook Field Dedication we hope you all will attend as many events as you can: 

Wednesday, October 12:
2:20pm; Powder Puff Football game on Thomas Field

Friday, October 14; RED & WHITE DAY!
1:15pm   Fall Athletics Pep Rally in the CAC Game Gym
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

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 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!  

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 contact Amy Holley at aholley@northcross.org if you can help.

FOTA makes full use of onCampus

Community groups in onCampus are a great way to keep everyone informed of announcements, events, links and pictures or videos of past happenings. A great example of this is our Friends of the Arts page. Thanks to Ellen McGimsey and her team of parent volunteers, they've made great use of onCampus' features. 

When you check it out, be sure to have your student download and complete the Art and Performer submission forms available there for this year's Coffeehouse on Friday, November 4, 2016.


Academic Update

The classroom outside

Sometimes our students just need to take it outside. Our teachers made the best of some beautiful weather early this week and brought their classrooms into the courtyard by Old Slack. Fourth graders did some mental math on the Mental Math Path, where students challenged each other on their quick calculating skills. Nature rubbed off on our ECP1 students in the most colorful way possible when they used sidewalk chalk to make tree rubbings on the different barks outside, continuing their work in the five senses. 

MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished Alumnus shares his big strides with tiny polymers

On Thursday, 2015 MacArthur Fellow and North Cross alumnus, Dr. William R. Dichtel ’96, visited campus to accept the Distinguished Alumni Award and share some of his team's research with the Middle and Upper School students through lectures and his visit to Jennifer Landry's Upper School chemistry class.

Dr. Dichtel made a last-minute change to his presentation to the class as he had just learned some wonderful news: his past professor and now colleague at Northwestern, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry that morning along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa for their work in creating "molecular machines." Dichtel was a postdoctoral student of Fraser Stoddart's when he was a student at UCLA and played a part in the research celebrated today. In honor of Stoddart's recognition, he shared more about his groundbreaking work with the class.

Teacher Feature: Annie Robertson

Pictured right: Annie with her husband Wes and son Neil at the Virginia Scottish Festival.

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: B.A. in English, Hollins University; M.A.T., Hollins University
Current Position: First Grade Teacher
Year Appointed: 2014

Where did you grow up? Roanoke, VA
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? My first experience at North Cross was as a student in Pre- Kindergarten in 1992! I vividly remember doing center rotations and practicing independent, task-based skills based on Montessori methods.

Arts Update

Logan Gallery tells a tale of two artists

This week a new installation, "A Tale of Two Artists" features the debut of two very different, Lindsey Hall (her piece shown above, left) and Upper School teacher Joe Harris (his piece on the right). Lindsey Hall’s works combine repurposed and found pieces into a vintage inspired textural landscape, while the daring forms, shapes and colors of Joe Harris, imply a bold world in which bright hues and organic lines move and define each other. Experience them both and walk away with a new perspective on art. The gallery is open to the public Monday thru Friday, 8 to 4 and the show will be on display until November 2.

Athletics Update

A Big Win for Volleyball and Breast Cancer Prevention

Volleyball not only enjoyed their win over Parkway Christian Academy last Friday, but they also celebrated their rallying effect on the community, raising over $1,000 to donate to Carilion's Every Woman's Life program which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to under- or un-insured area women. Natalie List ’17 and Katherine Lake ’18 presented the donation at that night's Pack the Gym in Pink game. The team went on to shut out Parkway 3 games to 0.

Varsity Volleyball is tied with Amelia Academy as #2 in the 1st state poll. Both teams find themselves behind Timberlake Christian School, making next week's (10/14) homecoming match-up against TCS a great showdown!

Scoreboard and Stats Recap

  • The middle school tennis and soccer teams are both undefeated
  • GV Tennis is ranked #3 in the state D2 poll
  • GV Field Hockey is still ranked #5 in the state D2 poll
  • BV Soccer is ranked #5 in the state D2 poll
  • BV Football remains undefeated at 5-0 and ranked #2 in the state D2 poll
  • GV Volleyball is undefeated in BRC play with an overall record of 20-1- Tied for 2nd in the state D3 poll!
For the complete listing of this week's and past scores, visit the Scoreboard under the News section in onCampus.

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