October 2, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 6
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Campus Update

All After-School and Evening Events Cancelled

Due to the current weather conditions, all after-school athletic games, practices, and evening activities are cancelled. This includes the Middle School Dance scheduled for this evening. The dance has been rescheduled for Friday, October 23.

Alumnus Earns “Genius” Grant

Will Dichtel ’96, an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, was recently selected as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellows Program offers genius grants to 20-30 individuals nationwide who show exceptional creativity and self-motivation in their intellectual pursuits. Recipients of the award include scholars in a variety of fields, ranging from human rights to astrophysics.

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Welcome Rebekah Bradley

Rebekah Bradley joined the North Cross team on September 28th as the Assistant to the Headmaster and Director of Social Media. In this role, she will help with administrative functions for Dr. Proctor and work with the marketing team to promote North Cross through our social media outlets and with media relations. She recently moved to Roanoke from Raleigh, NC, where she served as the Manager of External Relations and Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. Rebekah is a Political Science graduate of North Carolina State University. 

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Raiders Work Rescue Squad

Earlier this week during upper school morning assembly, students learned about the volunteer Cave Spring Rescue Squad. Four members of Willis Hall are currently volunteers for the squad. From left, Helen Schmedtje ’17, Lucas Arnold ’17, Laith Fada ’16, and Vincient Arnold ’16 talked about their experience. The students volunteer for evening shifts during the week and 24-hour shifts on the weekend. Each student was required to complete 150 hours of classwork and pass a written test and a skills test.

“Bluegrass & Bar B-Q” Ticket Deadline

The event at the home of Laura and Scott Arnold is next weekend. Be sure to reserve your tickets no later than Wednesday, October 7. Tickets are only $50 each and the proceeds benefit the operating budget of the school.

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Welcome New Willis Hall Students and Families

This week we would like introduce new Willis 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.

Academic Update

Hanson Named National Merit Scholar

This morning at upper school assembly, Olivia Hanson ’16 (left in photo) was recognized by Mr. Mark Thompson, Director of the Upper School, for being named a “Commended Student” in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition. Only 34,000 students nationwide earn Commended Student recognition.

Six Syllable Skills

Last week, fifth grade students worked with teacher Lisa Cone on sorting single syllables of multi-syllabic words into their syllable types. The students learned that every syllable in the English language can be categorized into one of six syllable types. 

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Duke TIP Qualifiers

Thirty Eaton Hall students in sixth and seventh grade qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Qualifying students can elect to attend TIP's renowned residential programs, which challenge gifted students academically within a uniquely supportive social community.

Click here to read the full list of names on the Crossties Blog.

Founders’ Scholars

Two new North Cross students have been selected as Founders’ Scholarship recipients. Qualified candidates must demonstrate excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

Tanner Selkirk ’21 (left in photo) and Griffin Boucher ’20 (right) join other 2015-16 recipients Joseph Cartledge ’16, Enkhee Dendev ’17, and Albert Newberry ’17.

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Global Studies Program Kicks Off Speaker Series

To commence the Global Studies Program speaker series, Christine Lockhart Poarch addressed upper school students during the Thursday activity period. Christine discussed women and children who immigrate to the United States. Poarch grew up in Salem, earned a law degree in Houston, and migrated herself from the Lone Star State to the Commonwealth in 2001. She opened her own office in 2004. Since then, she has taken a leading role in helping women and children make new homes in the United States.

Making Morphology Meaningful

Seventh graders, working with Life Science teacher Sandy Patterson, are studying how to make observations using biological drawings. The process requires them to describe leaves using leaf morphology vocabulary.

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Teacher Feature: Robert Robillard

Hometown: Lodi, California
Education: University of California, Davis—A.B., San Francisco State—M.A., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary—M.T.S., Northwestern University—M.S.Ed.
Year Appointed: 2010
Current Position: Director of International Programs, History Department Chair, Head Coach Boys Varsity Tennis

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

Art Update

A Day for Yearbook

For the first time in recent memory, North Cross School hosted “YBK Day” on Wednesday, an annual event for local yearbook students. Students from Hidden Valley High School, Hidden Valley Middle School, Cave Spring, Salem, Carroll County, Glenvar and Blacksburg spent the morning listening to speakers and attending breakout sessions. â€‹

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Athletic Update

Middle School Tennis

Yesterday was another fantastic match for the Middle School tennis team against Woodrow Wilson. The Raiders, including Sam Clark ’21 in photo, played 15 singles' matches and two doubles' matches before the match was called due to rain. North Cross was victorious in nearly every match, only dropping one very close contest. Coach Tracy Schaefer is pleased with the effort and attitude of her players. "Everyone is making such great progress, and you just gotta love all the smiles and all the fun that the kids are having each time out!", she said.

Varsity Volleyball 

Last night the Raiders were defeated by Southern Virginia Home Schoolers, 3-2. Individual game scores as follows:
  • NC: 25-20
  • HS: 25-20
  • NC25-15
  • HS25-12
  • HS15-11
Natalie List ’17 had 8 aces, 6 digs, and 8 kills; Katherine Lake ’18 had 28 assists; Amy Eggleston ’16 had 18 digs 8 kills.
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