November 13, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 12
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Headmaster Message

How Do You Know if You're Doing a Good Job?

How then, are we to know whether we are doing a good academic job at North Cross School?  There are many things that we look at, some quantitative and some more anecdotal, but I prefer to lean heavily on our Advanced Placement test results. These results are displayed in the graph to the right, which shows the increase in AP Scholars at North Cross since 2010.

Four years ago, at our annual gala, we held a paddles up auction to provide professional development funds for our Upper School teachers to attend 5-day AP workshops.  This allowed our teachers to better understand the testing process, become aware of curriculum requirements, and meet a cohort of other AP teachers from other schools.  We broke down our AP results by individual student and teacher to determine how we could best meet the needs of our students, and we added a number of new AP offerings.  We asked more from our teachers and our students and held them accountable for their performance.  And finally, we celebrated the achievements of our students at morning assembly. 

Read the rest of the message on our Crossties Blog

Campus Update

Thanksgiving Opportunities

Each year, our students, faculty, staff, and families come together for two important holiday community service initiatives. These include our Thanksgiving basket collections and our participation in the Roanoke Rescue Mission's annual Drumstick Dash.

Read more about each opporunity on the Crossties Blog.

Holiday Greenery Forms Due Wednesday

Order forms are due to division assistants by Wednesday, November 18. Remember, all proceeds from the Greenery sale raised by Boosters are used to benefit the athletic department. Pickup of greenery orders is after carpool in the CAC on Tuesday, December 1.

Download a pdf order form.

Parent Workshop on Tuesday

Parents are invited to a special workshop on The Dangers of Social Media & Internet Safety on Tuesday November 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Lemon Dining Hall.
A guest speaker from Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will be presenting information to parents on what they need to know to keep their child safe while they're on-line. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Additional resources will be provided at the workshop. Students from the middle school and upper school participated in a presentation on the dangers of social media earlier this month.
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Leigh Ann Hamlin, Director of Counseling, at

Advertise in Raiders Digest

The 2015-16 edition of Raiders Digest is in progress. A proof will be sent to families in the coming weeks to check the information before the publication is printed. If your business would like to place an ad in the publication, please follow the link to register. Entries must be received by Wednesday, November 18.

Paid advertisements—Advertising spaces are reasonably priced. $100 purchases a 1/4 page black and white ad, and $200 purchases a 1/2 page black and white ad. Sizes and ad specs are listed on the registration form below.

Free listings—Free business listings are also available for North Cross family businesses. 

Visit the online registration form for more information.

Academic Update

Thank you, Veterans

At North Cross, we have a number of veterans on our faculty and staff. On Wednesday morning, (from left in photo) David Lake, Alex Hash, and Scott Wilde addressed upper school students during morning assembly. Each, in their own way, talked about the meaning of being a veteran and the importance of service and sacrifice. Scott told the story of a hero who sacrificed his life in an attempt to save a group of hostages, Alex discussed his personal experience in the service, and David gave students a short lesson on proper behavior during the national anthem—complete with a demonstration. 

Lower school students made place cards for veterans at the VA in Salem to use at their Thanksgiving dinners. The place cards were made with a Thanksgiving theme and included a "thank you for your service" message.

Read on the Crossties Blog

Teacher Feature: Don Webb

Hometown: Montreal, Québec, Canada
Education: McGill University—B.Sc., University of Arizona—M.Ed., University of British Columbia—Ph.D.
Current Position: Science Department Chair, Upper School Biology
Year Appointed: 2011

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

All-District Choir


Nine North Cross students in the Middle and Upper Schools have been invited to participate in All District Choral events in February and March. Selection for All District Choir is based on an audition of a prepared piece and a sight reading portion. Jacob Wadstrom '20 and Jack Fishwick '16 (in photo from the FOTA Coffeehouse) both received the highest scores in their divisions for their voice parts.  

Read the full list on the Crossties Blog

Cinderella Opens Next Friday


The inaugural Lower School Musical, Cinderella, opens next Friday night, November 20, in Fishburn Auditorium. A second show is offered on Saturday night, November 21. Both shows are at 7:15 p.m., are free, and open to the public.

Coffeehouse Album


Last Friday, over 275 people enjoyed student art and 13 different performing acts including singing, instrumental, dancing, and drama. More than 60 artists showed their work and over 50 students from all three divisions participated in the performance.  It was a wonderful showcase of North Cross talent and raised over $5,000 for the Fine Arts department.

See photos posted to our Facebook album.

Athletic Update

Olinger Signs with WVU

Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teachers, Ty Olinger ’16 committed to the golf program at West Virginia University on Wednesday afternoon. He signed his National Letter of Intent at a special ceremony in the Carter Athletic Center.

Read more in the Crossties Blog

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Loses Semifinal

In a rematch of last year’s state final matchup, the Raiders fell 1-0 yesterday to Highland School in the VISAA Division II semifinals in Richmond. North Cross finished the season with a record of 20-3. Join us in congratulating the boys' varsity soccer team on a great season!

Read the full article with photos posted at
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