January 29, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 20
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Headmaster Message

State of the School Address

On Wednesday evening, the annual State of the School address was issued to families. The address provides a brief update on the current state of our school, outlines a number of our recent successes, discusses the recent survey results, addresses some of the challenges we face, introduces new initiatives, and an presents the tuition rates for the 2016-17 academic year.

Watch the address on our YouTube page.

Campus Update

Major Dates for 2016-17

For planning purposes, a list of major dates for the 2016-17 academic year is now available on the school website. The list includes significant dates, such as the start of school on Wednesday, August 24, Thanksgiving break (a full week next year), winter break, spring break, and Commencement. 

Visit the Major Dates page on the school website for the full list.

Formal Dress for Founders’ Day

Our Founders’ Day program will take place next Friday, February 5 at 2:15 p.m. in the game gym of the Carter Athletic Center. Friday will be a formal dress day for all students.

If We Have Additional Snow Days...

The storm last week has caused the school to use both of the snow days built into the school calendar. In the event we experience additional snow days this winter, and depending on when the snow days occur, school would be in session on Monday, February 15 (Presidents’ Day), Monday, March 14 (the Monday after Spring Break), or Monday, March 28 (the last day of Spring Long Weekend).

Re-enrollment Link is Live

All students re-enrolled (with contract and deposit submitted) by the February 10 deadline will be entered in a drawing for one student’s tuition/fee at the 2015-16 rate.* Last year, Walter Mann ’16 received the tuition incentive when his name was drawn by Susan Card (at right in photo with Amy Jackson) at a Parents’ Association meeting.

Visit the Re-Enrollment page on the school website.  

If you have questions regarding the re-enrollment contract, please contact Lauren Horner, at 
lhorner@northcross.org or 540-989-6641, x245

*The drawing will take place on Thursday, February 11, at the Parents' Association meeting. Children of faculty, staff, and board members are ineligible to participate. If the student decides at a later date not to enroll, the incentive is not transferrable to a sibling or another student. There is no monetary award; the drawing is for a one-time tuition discount. 

Share a little “More”

The Admission Office will host a Student Visit Day and Early Childhood Program Parent Tour on February 8, and we need your help spreading the word to families in the Roanoke Valley! By sharing this Facebook post from a personal, business, or organization page that you manage, you can support North Cross.

For our January admissions events, several parents and alumni shared our Facebook post, which helped us reach over 3,000 people in the area. Some prospective families even referenced the Facebook post on their registration forms. Social media is an incredibly effective communications tool, and we appreciate your willingness to help us broaden our network.

Feel free to contact Rebekah Bradley at rbradley@northcross.org if you have any questions. 

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“Best of” Voting Closes Sunday

If you haven't voted in the annual “Best of” poll in The Roanoker, please take a few minutes to cast a ballot in the “Events, Faces & Places” section. Your ballot must include votes for at least 10 categories in the section and only one ballot per email address is permitted. North Cross School is eligible in the following categories:

Now is time for us to remind the rest of the community that North Cross offers the best academic experience in the Roanoke Valley. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday.

Gala Online Auction Closes Sunday at 9 p.m.

You only have a little more than 48 hours to finalize your bids at the 2016 Winter Gala Online Auction. It closes at 9 p.m. Sunday. The Silent and Live items will only be available for bids on February 6 at the Gala.

View our Online, Silent, and Live Auction items now.

Please thank the Gala Committee members and donors who have supported our Auction. It takes a lot of energy and effort to call people and businesses and secure items for the auctions - we appreciate the people who have worked so hard.  We also appreciate the individuals and businesses for their generous donations.  

Only 5 Tables Left—Make your Reservations Now

There is still time to come experience Gala.  It's a great party, with wonderful food prepared by Tracy Hamilton, great dessert prepared by Bubblecake, a great atmosphere, and a great band.  You'll enjoy an upscale evening and our "Bond, James Bond" theme.  Hope to see you there.

Make your reservations now.

Academic Update

Model United Nations Conferences

As part of the Global Studies Program, 40 upper school students are taking part in Model United Nations conferences this weekend. At these events, student delegates have the chance to experience the challenges of international negotiation by assuming the roles of UN representatives from different countries and members of other international decision-making bodies. The programs provide a great opportunity for students to discuss and debate issues of international importance.

Twenty-four North Cross juniors and seniors are in Boston this weekend for the Harvard Model United Nations in Boston. The trip is being led by Robert Robillard, Nitza Plaski, and Victor Lamas. â€œWe have three students who are serving on specialized committees, which demand almost constant speaking and action in small rooms with fewer than 20 people,” Mr. Robillard said.

Read his full update and see photos on the Crossties Blog.

A new experience is being offered this year for freshmen and sophomores—with another 16 students are attending the Ivy League Model United Nations in Philadelphia. The students will represent the country of Liberia and will be part of committees tackling a variety of issues, such as disarmament and women's rights. Wes Clagett, leading the trip with Jennifer Landry, outlined the challenges facing the delegates. â€œAs a small African country, we will be looking to work with other African countries, as well as larger countries such as the United States to resolve the issues discussed in the way that best suits Liberia and the world,” he said.

Teacher Feature: Scott Wilde

Hometown: Madison, Ohio
Education: Bowling Green State University—B.S., Liberty University—M.S.
Current Position: Upper School Math, Head Coach Boys JV Basketball, Assistant Coach Varsity Volleyball
Year Appointed: 2012

In photo: Scott Wilde (left) with his wife Debbie.

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

Inherit The Wind

Turnout for the Tuesday evening performance of Inherit The Wind was very good, given the weather. Director Polly Jones was happy that the students had a chance to perform a second time. “I would like to thank the entire cast and crew for their commitment and flexibility. I was delighted that we were able to get so many students involved, and for some, it was their first time participating in a theatrical production. I will, of course, greatly miss the senior members of the cast and crew,” she said. 

Athletic Update

Senior Swimmers

On Tuesday, the varsity swim team recognized (from left in photo by Janine Kess) seniors Campbell Lake ’16, Joseph Cartledge ’16, Daniel Lorens ’16, and Maddie Robinson ’16.

The boys' swim team defeated SW Virginia Homeschool 70-67 and Fishburne Military School 93-38. The boys’ team has only one conference loss so far this season, by one point to Hargrave.

The girls' team won 76-75 against SW Virginia Homeschool  and 99-54 against Chatham Hall and is currently undefeated in the conference. 

If you have not had an opportunity this season to watch our swimmers compete, come by the Kirk Family YMCA on Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. This will be the last regular season meet before the VIC and BRC tournaments. 

Lowery to Sign NLI on Wednesday

Standout Raider wide receiver Jordan Lowery ’16 (in photo by Laura Arnold) will be signing his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, February 3 at 1:20 p.m. in the lobby of the Carter Athletic Center. Everyone is invited to attend the signing ceremony. Jordan will play football at the College of William and Mary.

Spring Athletic Opportunities

Students interested in spring athletics should download the appropriate form below and contact the coach by email to sign up for a team. Sign ups are due by Friday, February 12.

Practices are scheduled to begin on Monday, February 22. The NCS Boosters Pot Luck Dinner for Spring Sports is also on February 22. Please contact your coach for practice schedule confirmation. 

Athletic Scores From Twitter

Athletic team results submitted by team coaches are available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics
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