October 17, 2014 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 10
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Headmaster Message

Prioritizing Public Speaking

We all know the proverbial story of the well-liked “C” student, with a big personality, returning to his or her high school reunion as a millionaire while the “A” student has yet to achieve up to his or her promise. I can tell you for a fact that in most cases this does not pan out; the “A” student usually does very well in life as well. But why ruin a good story? This story is often repeated because it illustrates something we all know to be true: that qualities such as friendliness, empathy, interest in others, and sociability play a large role in determining success.

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Campus Update

Eaton Hall Students “Think Pink”

On Wednesday, students in Eaton Hall had the opportunity to donate $2 and wear pink to help raise funds to support breast cancer awareness. Victoria Riego de Dios ’19 (left in photo) and Elyse Farrell ’20 (right in photo) helped collect money for the fundraiser. The students raised $478 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Victoria presented a check to a representative of the Blue Ridge chapter of the foundation.

Book Fair Continues Next Week

Students visited the Book Fair this week in Hancock Library and completed their wish lists. The fair continues next week and wraps up on Friday, October 24. If you can't stop by on campus, you can visit the virtual book fair by clicking here.

Book Fair Hours Next Week
Monday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Teacher Feature: Deborah Jessee

When did you become a member of the North Cross community?
My oldest daughter, Sarah, was three years-old when we moved to Roanoke. In 1988 she started kindergarten at North Cross. So my first relationship with North Cross was as a lower school parent for two years before I actually worked here.

What makes the lower school such a special place?
Being surrounded by primary colors, unexpected hugs, and such sense of wonder. How can you not benefit from an environment like that? When Liz Holt did her “Teacher Feature” she said the thing she missed the most about the lower school were the hugs. I know exactly what she is talking about, and it is one of the things I love the most. 

Photo above: The Jessee Family. From left: David, Catherine ’11, Sarah ’01, and Deborah. 

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Academic Update

Global Studies Program Welcomes Cayambis Sinfonietta 

John Walker, professor of oboe at Virginia Tech, will bring his Cayambis Sinfonietta—a group of musicians playing Latin American chamber music—to Fishburn Auditorium next Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. The musicians will perform “In the Moment,” a program of contemporary chamber music from North and South America, as the inaugural event in this year's global studies speaker series. At noon, Professor Walker and a colleague will address students in Fishburn Auditorium. At 7 p.m., Walker will lead an ensemble of 10 professional musicians on stage. Ben Smith ’15 and Albert Newberry ’17 will accompany the musicians during one of the original compositions published by Cayambis Music. The evening performance is free and open to the public.

Click here to visit the Cayambis event page on Facebook.

Latino Festival Performance

Twenty-one girls from the fourth and fifth grades, under the direction of Sra. Hermosilla de Casco, danced at the 2014 Roanoke Latino Festival last Sunday. Performing and attending the festival offers students the opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic culture. The group danced to the rhythm of "Mi Tierra" by Gloria Estefan.

Art Update

Pastel Pumpkins

Eighth grade studio art students in Mrs. Kephart’s class are completing pastel pumpkin compositions this week. The students used a still life as their guide and learned how to frame their sketches with the help of a view finder. After completing initial sketches in their books, the students used chalk pastels on black paper to render their artwork. Akaela Feng ’19 (in photo) uses her finger to put the final shading elements on her assignment.

Athletic Update

Field Hockey Team Earns Top Ranking

The latest Field Hockey poll released by the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) on Monday lists the North Cross Raiders as the number one team in the state for Division 2. This is the first time North Cross has ever topped the state rankings. Head Coach Katherine Kelly credits the dedication of her players and their off season work as two reasons why the team has reached this milestone. “Many of the girls worked on their own to improve. They played indoor field hockey in the winter and attended camps in the spring,” she said. â€œPlus, having the same group of girls playing together for five or six years is paying off. They are in tune with each other and you can see it in their passing.” The team is scheduled to play Chatham Hall next Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on Thomas Field in the first round of the Blue Ridge Conference semi-finals.

Remaining Senior Day

Varsity Football
Saturday, November 1 at 3 p.m.
 at halftime of the game against Hargrave Military Academy

Winter Athletic Opportunities Due Next Friday

Please contact the appropriate coach by email no later than Friday, October 24 to sign up students for winter athletic teams. The linked forms below have contact information and practice information for each team. 

2014-15 Winter Athletic Opportunities—Girls

2014-15 Winter Athletic Opportunities—Boys

All student-athletes must be enrolled at North Cross School, be in good standing with the business office, and have a valid and current: 
  1. 2014-15 VHSL Physical Form and Parental Consent form
  2. Submit this on-line Concussion Education & Protocol form
  3. Submit this online Uniform and Equipment Agreement form
  4. Submit this online Student Athletic Travel and Transportation Agreement form
These 4 Steps to Athletic Participation must be on file in the Athletic Department before participating in any athletic activity (this includes pre- and in-season participation). These forms can also be found on the Athletics page of the school website.  The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a doctor and turned in to the athletic department. The other three forms can be submitted online.

Celebrating 70 Years

Remembering Dottie Stevens

Dottie Stevens was a dear friend of North Cross School and worked at the school for over 30 years. She started as a receptionist at the Salem location and taught kindergarten once North Cross moved to Roanoke. During her time here, she collected milk money, mixed gallons of paint for the art classes, put Band-Aids on knees, and was a friend to everyone who came through the door. In the photo above, from the 1967 yearbook, she helps Clare Little with her art project. Her daughter, Anne Lee Stevens, is a Salem alum and her grandson, Peter Ostaseski, Jr., was in the class of 1999. 

Dorothy "Dottie" Stevens passed away on Tuesday, October 14. Click here to read her obituary and read about her many fond memories of North Cross
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