February 5, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 21
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Campus Update

A Reason to Re-enroll by Wednesday

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*. The drawing will take place on Thursday, February 11, at the Parents’ Association meeting. 

The re-enrollment deposit is $750 per child. Remember, the deposit is not an additional fee. The deposit amount is applied directly toward the student’s tuition.

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

*Children of faculty, staff, and board members are ineligible to participate. Winning student account must be in good standing. 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. 

From Roanoke With Love—Ready for a thrilling evening

North Cross' largest special event to support the operations of the school is ready to go - a great party with great food, a great band, and some cool auction items will begin Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Carter Athletic Center.

Once again, we've had wonderful Co-Chair leadership from Robin and Bob Sells, and they have been supported by an energetic and creative Gala committee.

Thank you to our sponsors - their generous support gave us a firm foundation for this year's gala and financial support for the school's operations, including faculty and staff compensation, academic, art, and athletic programs and all the other things that make North Cross a special place to educate children.  This year's sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor - Robin and Bob Sells
  • Gold Level Sponsors - Vistar Eye Center
  • Silver Level Sponsors - Anderson & Friedman, Donna and John Batzel, Business Solutions, Inc., Catawba Capital Management, Cherry Bekaert: CPAs & Advisors, HomeTown Bank, Jefferson Surgical Clinic, McDade Travel,  Pam and Joe Moskal, Roanoke Cement, Rutherfoord, and  Chris Smith and Kent Blackburn

Tuesday with a Teacher Event

The Early Childhood Program teachers will host the next â€œTuesday with a Teacher” program on February 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lower School. The teachers will share how our Early Childhood Program balances academic, social and emotional development in a fun and nurturing environment for children age three through kindergarten. 

This event will also give prospective parents an opportunity to learn more about our Early Childhood Program. We encourage you to bring a friend or share this invitation with families who may be interested.

Register here

Academic Update

Digging Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are a big part of the first grade experience at North Cross School. During the year, students visit the Virginia Museum of Natural History and complete in-depth study of fossils and dinosaurs.

Last week, the students kicked off the six-week study of dinosaurs by working in small groups to sequence the stages of fossil formation. They also became paleontologists who carefully uncovered fossils during a chocolate chip cookie dig.

Read more and see photos on the Crossties Blog.

Chinese New Year Gala

In celebration of Chinese New Year on Monday, February 8, upper school students attended the first Chinese New Year Gala on Thursday during activity period. Rosalie Zhao ’17 played a guzheng, a 21-string instrument with movable bridges. The duo of Ocean Ding ’18 on violin and Albert Newberry ’17 on piano also performed. 

Watch a four-minute montage of the performances.

“Compass” Wins Gold Medal

The 2015 Compass yearbook, titled “Out of Line,” won a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. To qualify for Gold Medal status, a yearbook must earn 800–1,000 points on a grading rubric that considered the quality of reference, verbal, and visual material. The North Cross yearbook received 966 points which also earned the yearbook “All-Columbian Honors” from the organization.

Adviser Becky Sharkey was understandably proud of her students. “When you consider that the yearbook was completed by just seven students, it really speaks to their combined passion and commitment during the entire year,” she said.

The Compass Staff included (front row from left) adviser Becky SharkeyMaddie Robinson ’16, Mary Kate Graeff ’16, Hannah Dorton ’15, (back row) Ansleigh Graeff ’18, Justin Jensen ’16, Keith Oddo ’15, Mackenzie Graham ’16.

Teacher Feature: Jennifer Boush

Hometown: Miami, Florida, moved to Roanoke at age 11
Education: Radford University—B.S.
Current Position: Lower School Spanish
Year Appointed: 2012

In photo: Jennifer Boush (second from left) with daughter Alexis, husband David, their dog Oreo, and son Luke.

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

Logan Gallery

On display in Logan Gallery is a new show titled "West of Ireland; Through Artists' Eyes". Last June a group of artists and friends traveled to Ireland, painted on site, took thousands of photos and have been making paintings from those images. The show, including “Portmagee Homes” by Martha Ann Garrison in photo, will be on display until March 4. 

Visit the Logan Gallery page for more information.

Athletic Update

Muscaro-Satterwhite Service Award

During the halftime of the girls' varsity basketball match-up with Fuqua on Friday, February 19, Athletic Director Eric Lawrence will present the 2016 Muscaro-Satterwhite Service Award.

This award is given in honor of former Athletic Directors Jim Muscaro and Donna Satterwhite. Together they served as leaders and mentors in the North Cross athletic and school community for over 75 years. With the significant role athletics play in support of the school’s mission to develop young people of character, this award recognizes an individual who has sacrificed much of their time, energy, and resources in volunteer service to the athletic department in support of its goals. Previous winners include Tim Bibee in 2014 and Denise Revercomb in 2015.

Lowery and Mauer Sign

Surrounded by family, coaches, and friends, North Cross Raider wide receiver Jordan Lowery ’16 and standout soccer player Sarah Mauer ’16 signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Carter Athletic Center.

Jordan will play football at the College of William and Mary next fall.

Sarah will join the University of Virginia, one of the top girls’ soccer programs in the country. Read the article about Sarah, written by Doug Doughty, at roanoke.com.

Senior Day for Basketball

On Friday, February 12, the boys’ varsity basketball team will recognize seniors Peyton Bailey ’16, team manager Brett Jones ’16Jordan Lowery ’16, and Eric Xie ’16 at approximately 5:55 p.m.—before the start of their game with New Covenant.

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. 

Swimmers Ready for Conference 

On Tuesday, the girls’ swim team defeated VES and Roanoke Catholic while the boys’ team defeated VES but lost to Roanoke Catholic by one point. The success of the teams this season has given each a shot at a conference title for the first time in nearly 10 seasons. Next Friday the teams will travel to Hargrave Military Academy for the BRC/VIC conference swim meet. The meet starts at 5 p.m.

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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