February 10, 2017 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 24
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“Black History is Our History”


Today North Cross honored Mr. Peter Lewis for his contributions to education and the advancement of less fortunate youth through his Apple Ridge Farm summer program. Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, presented Mr. Lewis with a plaque during the North Cross School Black History Month Assembly. Also honored was Mrs. Annette Lewis (no relation), Director of TAP in Roanoke for her continued and outstanding contributions to the Roanoke Valley community. Singer Nefeteria Hash was our musical guest. (Read More to see photos.)

Afterwards, the Upper and Middle schools, faculty, staff and guests were, in a word, inspired by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's presentation. Dr. Strayhorn is a professor and researcher at The Ohio University where he is also the director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise there.

Campus Update

The Last Days of Disco

The CAC was transformed into the iconic 70s disco club Studio 54(0) this past Saturday and anyone who entered was transported to that golden sequined era complete with disco balls, lounge, 70s inspired cuisine, and specialty drinks—not to mention a flash mob, celebration video, and live and silent auctions! Thanks to all who participated, this year we surpassed our fundraising goals and set a record for professional development! If you couldn't make it to the gala but would like to give directly toward helping our teachers grow and develop, visit our online giving page. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the special individuals who gave a tireless effort towards making sure disco lived on for just one more night.

Summer is Coming.

We're ready, are you? This year we are excited to announce our new online catalog and registration for our Summer Programs. On the site you can filter by age, gender, date and more. Check out the variety of academic, sports and creative camps we have in store for this summer. Registration is open!

Winners Announced!

by David Lake, Director of Admission

This year's $1,000 winners:

Heath Long (LS)
Rex Owen (LS)
Nathan Carey (MS)
Lanaya Cephas (MS)
Lennon Kuehl (MS)

What a pleasure it was to call people and tell them their child's name was drawn and that they would receive the $1,000 credit for next year's tuition. It was very special as Director of Admission to be able to make that call, hear their reactions, and receive their thank you's.

Academic Update

Finding Their Family Trees

Seventh graders are beginning a journey into their personal history by researching their relatives and family connections and then presenting a paper on their findings. Over the coming weeks, we'll be following the students through their discoveries. The project in Mrs. Slaughter's history class begins with a family tree. Students must document as many connections, as far back as possible. To aid in this endeavor, the students visited the library last week to use digital resources like Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com and other archival websites. With the assistance of Mrs. Holley, students hunted down military records, old yearbook photos and relatives they knew little or nothing about. Next, they'll have to do some digging in their own short histories and draft an autobiography before moving onto the more robust family history which includes interviews and historical events.

An invitation to parents: If you have the bug to discover more about your family tree, feel free to visit the library where we have a grant-funded Ancestry.com classroom subscription that is accessible only on campus.

DeHart Speeches: Naima Rasul

On Monday, Naima Rasul ’17 delivered her senior speech on Service Dogs. She outlined the skills unique to these animals, such as those trained to sense changes in blood sugar for diabetics, the training, cost and time involved in honing these skills and the various uses and applications for service animals. She was introduced by her younger sister, Narmeen Rasul ’18. You can listen to the talk in its entirety and see more photos by visiting the Featured Content section of onCampus.

Up next:

Monday, February 13:  Zack D'Houbler
Tuesday, February 14: Josh Greenway
Wednesday, February 15: Natalie List

All are welcome to attend. Speeches begin at 8:00am in the Fishburn Auditorium.

Board Bio: Ian McDade

Pictured: Ian with his wife Victoria, and their three children (l to r) Scout ’27, Wynne ’23 and Teddy ’31.

Hometown: Roanoke
Education: B.S. Biology and German, Hampden-Sydney College 

Professional background: I am a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch. I've been in the finance industry for over 21 years. I help publicly traded companies manage the equity compensation they provide their employees, and help mitigate the fiduciary liability companies incur managing retirement plans.


Arts Update

27th Annual Studio School Art Show Reception

This Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm Logan Gallery will host an artists' reception for the Studio School exhibit now on display. Not only is this a great chance to see a wide variety of artistic styles and media, but it's also a chance to meet and talk with many of the artists themselves. We hope you'll join us for this unique opportunity.

Athletics Update


The most recent scores from our athletic contests are below. More scores from this week and past can always be found by visiting the Scoreboard feature of onCampus.

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