September 25, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 5
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Campus Update

Bonfire Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather forecast for tonight, the Back-to-School Bonfire has been cancelled. At this time, there is not an available slot in the school calendar to reschedule the event this fall.

Delayed Opening on Monday

There will be a full faculty and staff meeting on Monday, September 28. Classes will not start until 9 a.m. Teachers will be available to greet students beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Condolence Card

The upper school students signed and sent a condolence card to WDBJ7 a few weeks ago. Members of the WDBJ staff took time to pose with the card earlier this week to say thanks to our students. From left are Joe Dashiell, Amanda Kenney, Leo Hirsbrunner, Kimberly McBroom, and Noell Saunders.

Fall Outdoor Programs

This fall, North Cross School is offering outdoor education activities for middle and upper school students. The mountain biking and stand up paddleboarding trips in October and November will place an emphasis on exploration, skill building, fun, and safety. To facilitate this program, the school will be partnering with Roanoke Mountain Adventures. RMA is owned and operated by James Revercomb ‘06 and Jim Revercomb ‘76

Click to download a form with additional information about the program.

Welcome New Eaton Hall Students and Families

This week we would like introduce new Eaton Hall students and families who attended New Student Orientation. Click to access the link via the password-protected Raiders’ Digest page on our website. Type in the password “raiders” when prompted, and help us extend a warm Raider welcome to our new students and families when you see them on campus.

Cub Pack Helps Clear Trails

Before the start of the school year, North Cross School Cub Pack 23 spent a Saturday morning helping to prepare the cross country trails for the upcoming season.

Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more about the pack and see a larger photo.

Academic Update

Making the Garden Grow

Fall planting is underway in the lower school garden. This week and next, the fourth and fifth graders are working with teacher Betsy Cook planting fall vegetables: beets, turnips, radishes, spinach, and a variety of  salad greens. 

Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more and see photos.

Thirty-three Earn “AP Scholar” Designation

Last May, juniors and seniors "sat" for Advanced Placement Exams. Thirty-three North Cross School students, representing the Class of 2015 and 2016 combined, earned recognition from the College Board for their positive results on their cumulative exams while in secondary school.
Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to read the full list of names. Students are listed with their graduation year and grade when they enrolled at North Cross School (in parentheses).

Teacher Feature: Nitza Plaski

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Education: University of North Florida—B.A., University of Florida—M.A.
Year Appointed: 2009
Current Position: Upper School Spanish, Sponsor, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

In photo: Nitza Plaski with daughter Sofía Plaski ’23

Click here to read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

Set Construction Space Needed

Mr. Andrew Miller is looking for an empty space, like a warehouse or garage, to build sets and props for our upcoming theatre productions. The size of the area only has to be as big as a two-car garage. The crew would need to be able to set up tools, building materials, use electricity, and leave materials on-site during the months of October through the end of April. If someone can donate the use of space to the drama department, or accept a small donation from us for their kindness, it would be appreciated! This is necessary so the school can continue to use Fishburn Auditorium on a daily basis. Please contact Andrew Miller at if you would like to help.

Athletic Update

Lowery Featured in Virginia Preps

Earlier this week, Jordan Lowery ’16 was featured in the PROSPECTS section of A subscription is required to view the post, so we have provided the text on the Crossties Blog.

Click to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more.

Craig Sees Bright Future for Volleyball

This summer, Terri Craig (in photo) was brought in to help bring new life to the North Cross volleyball program. A 2004 graduate of Ferrum College, she set the career record for assists. Since then, Terri has coached volleyball throughout the Roanoke Valley. Click to learn more about Terri on the Crossties Blog.

On Monday night, the varsity volleyball team lost 0-3 to Liberty Christian Academy. Game scores were 16-25, 7-25, 16-25. Natalie List ’17 had four kills, two aces, two blocks, and five digs. Amy Eggleston ’16 contributed four kills and eight digs. Katherine Lake ’18 had nine assists and three digs.

Soccer Wins VES Tournament

Last Saturday, the boys’ varsity soccer team won the Seven Hills Soccer Tournament at VES in Lynchburg. Game summaries are listed below.
North Cross 9, Trinity Christian 0
Dylan Lowe ’17 scored three goals, Jaime Dooley ’16 added two goals, while Luke Carter ’17, Sam Sawyer ’16, and Joseph Cartledge ’16 each had one goal. Felipe Gracia ’18 and Michael Fleming ’16 combined for the shutout.
North Cross 3, New Covenant 0
Jack Cranwell ’16, Joseph Cartledge ’16, and Jaime Dooley ’16 scored for the Raiders, Gray Pollock ’18 and Joe Cranwell ’18 each had an assist. Felipe Gracia ’18 and Michael Fleming ’16 combined for the shutout.
North Cross 2, Trinity Episcopal 1
Jack Cranwell ’16 and Dylan Lowe ’17 each scored. Luke Carter ’17 had an assist. Felipe Gracia ’18 had one save, Michael Fleming ’18 had four saves.

Wednesday afternoon, the team traveled to Richmond and defeated Highland School by a score of 3-1. Jaime Dooley ’16 scored two goals and Dylan Lowe ’17 added one for the Raiders. Felipe Gracia ’18 contributed four saves in the win.

Raiders Win Home Meet

At their second home meet of the season, the varsity cross country teams won the boys’ and girls’ team races. Walter Mann ’16 (in photo by Marlo Pearson) set a personal record of 19:25 on the challenging 5K course. Chester Pruitt ’18 finished third while Harry Pearson ’19 was fourth. The boys’ team tallied a score of 22 to defeat Blue Ridge School (33 points) and Carlisle School (67 points).

North Cross took three of the top four places in the girls’ varsity race. Adrienne Spring ’16 finished second with a time of 25:26 and was followed closely by Maddy Bradley ’19 in third place and Rebecca Benson ’17 in fourth. The other teams did not field enough female runners to qualify in the team competition.

Anna Lemon ’21 was the first North Cross runner (third overall) in the developmental 3K race with a time of 12:21. Daniel Byrnes ’21 and Grace Graham ’21 placed fourth and fifth respectively in the field of 19 runners.

Aquatics Update

The CCA Marlins, a year-round USA-Swimming competitive swim program owned by North Cross School, is coming off an excellent summer season. The Marlins won first place for Medium Size team in the Virginia State Age Group Championships.

Two new coaches have joined the program this fall. Leigh Tharrington was recently hired to replace Eva Steib, who spent 17 years with the Marlins program. Leigh brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy to the program. For more information about the Marlins program, contact Greg Lake at glake@ccamarlins.comLeigh Tharrington at, or call the Marlins office at (540) 989-7284 ext 313. You can visit the website Marlins group size is limited and almost at capacity. 

Louis Tudor, a well-known coach and swimmer in the Roanoke area, is assisting the younger age group programs and heading up our Marlins Master program. All North Cross parents, grandparents and staff, regardless of swim level, are welcome to become part of this great way to stay in shape. The Masters program offers two time slots on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at either 6:30–8 a.m. and 8–9:30 a.m. Swimming is a lifelong activity and provides a low-impact workout that integrates all muscle groups in the body. Click to download a registration form.

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