The Back to School Issue
August 15, 2014
 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 1
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Headmaster Update

Dr. Proctor Visits Argentina

During his summer break, Dr. Proctor visited the Yapeyú School in Corrientes, Argentina. The purpose of the trip was to help establish contacts among local school administrators with the hope of creating future exchanges between faculty and students.

Click here to see photos from his trip to Argentina at

Community Update

Classes Begin on Monday, August 25

The “Back to School” page on the school website contains important information for families preparing for the start of school. Links to the Emergency Contact Form, carpool instructions, the student handbook, supply lists, athletic forms, and school dress code are just some of the items available on the page.  

Emergency Contact Form
All families must complete the school Emergency Contact Form for 2014-15. This form is used to verify your current contact information and must be updated annually. The form also gives the school permission to treat your child should they fall sick or have a mishap at school. Students will not be allowed to attend field trips or other off-campus events until this form is completed. Click here to fill out the Emergency Contact Form.

Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form
New this year, students in ECP-8th grade are required to complete a Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health FormThis form must be submitted to the school by August 25 if you child is enrolled in ECP-8th grade. If you do not have a copy of your child's current record at home, you can contact your child’s physician and request the office to print, copy, or fax the health record for you. Please mail, fax, or deliver the records to Aileen Fleming, School Nurse, by August 25. The fax number to the lower school is 540-989-8246Click here to download the form.

Football Team Goes â€œBack 2 School” 

The Varsity Football team, led by coaches Stephen Alexander and Alex Hash, spent last Sunday afternoon volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Back 2 School Blast. Approximately 1,500 Roanoke area kids were provided a number of back to school services, including immunizations, physicals, haircuts, new shoes, book bags, and school supplies.

Twenty-three members of the team volunteered at the “Back 2 School Blast.” Players assisted patrons with parking and helped with crowd control.

Academic Update

Chaney Earns National Spanish Exam Scholarship

Nicole Chaney ’14 (right) received a $1,000 National Spanish Exam Senior Scholarship, Second Place Award. To be considered for the award, students must maintain above a 75 on the National Spanish Exam each year, write an essay in Spanish, provide recommendations and a transcript, and submit a videotaped interview in Spanish. Nicole is the third student from North Cross School to receive this scholarship. Past recipients include Stephanie Till ’11 and Shariq Hashmi ’13.

Over 100 Chinese Students Attend NCS Summer Program

For two weeks this summer, students from mainland China visited Roanoke and participated in the North Cross School Chinese Summer Camp. The program was organized by Robert Robillard, Director of the Global Studies Program and Stephen Belderes, Director of Summer Programs. Students in the program ranged in age from 12 to 16 and stayed with host families in the Roanoke area. Click here to read the article at

Athletic Update

New “Raidermobile”

The school has purchased a new bus to be used primarily for athletic travel for large teams. When several large teams are traveling on the same day, the bus will be used by the team traveling the farthest. On occasion, the bus will also be used for school trips. The bus is scheduled to be completed and delivered by the start of the school year.

Two-time Olympian Keli Smith-Puzo Works with Field Hockey Team

Keli Smith-Puzo, olympian and ambassador for the game of field hockey, conducted a multi-day clinic for North Cross’ Girls’ Field Hockey team this week, helping to take them to the next level.

Head Coach Katherine Kelly was thrilled to have an Olympian work with her team. â€œThis was a tremendous opportunity to be coached by Keli. She has a passion for the game and is able to share her experience, not only on skills, but on what it takes to be a great team. We have some great players who are getting noticed by college programs, like Avery Sturm who plans to go on to college and play for Keli’s husband, Inako Puzo, Head Field Hockey Coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Our team is among the many successful teams at North Cross. We’re gaining momentum because we’re practicing hard during the season and the girls are attracting others to the program. They are a positive group of girls who do the right things, and others want to be part of that.” Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 25

Formal Dress Day
First Day of Classes
Grades ECP Group A–12

8:30 a.m.: Convocation, Carter Athletic Center

Tuesday, August 26

First Day of Classes
ECP Group B
6 p.m.: Boosters Club Meeting, Lemon Dining Hall

Thursday, August 28

3:10 p.m.: Dismissal for Labor Day Weekend

Friday, August 29

School and Administrative Offices Closed

Monday, September 1

School and Administrative Offices Closed

Tuesday, September 2

Classes Resume

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