January 27, 2017 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 22
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Head of School

Winter has returned and there may even be snow in the forecast. Perfect weather for curling up in front of a warm fire and watching the State of the School address! Vanity aside, I hope you will watch to review our last year's successes and to hear of the exciting changes we have planned for the future. As we enter the enrollment season, it may give you a few tidbits to drop on that neighbor who you are trying to convince to send their kids here; best of luck. If you would prefer to read the address, you may download a copy here

Enrollment season always begins with re-enrollment which is also in full swing. Many of you may not know but we begin our re-enrollment efforts in mid-January and every year we have a goal of having completed re-enrollment by Spring Break. It seems that this never happens, but let me at least plead for you to re-enroll as soon as practically possible for your family. If you can’t make the deadline, please call David Lake in admissions. My hope is to simplify the re-enrollment process for David so that he may focus on new families for the North Cross community. We have been successful in growing our school from 457 to 495 students over the past four years and I would love to break the 500 mark next year!

Campus Update

Re-enroll Today for a Chance to Win $1,000!

Dr. Proctor's State of the School address on Wednesday night marked the opening of re-enrollment for current families. Our enrollment is up this year and we expect the trend to continue, so be sure to reserve your child's seat. Now, it's even easier, as we've rolled it into our onCampus platform where your current information lives:
  1. Log on and you'll see that everything is pre-populated, and with a few short clicks you'll be well on your way to completing your submission.
  2. Set up Smart Tuition: Look for an email after you submit your contract from our new online tuition payment system, Smart Tuition, which will allow you to set up your payment account.
  3. Pay your deposit. Finally, once we receive your non-refundable deposit through Smart Tuition you'll be entered to win $1,000 in tuition credit—your chances are better than 1 in 70.*
* Five people will be chosen for the credit by the PA president when enrollment closes on February 8, only one award per family. Credit will be applied after July 1, 2017. Faculty and staff families are ineligible for this drawing. 

You Can't Win if You Don't Bid!

Online Auction Closes Sunday!

There is still time to grab some exciting opportunities and items through our online auction—but not for long; bidding closes this Sunday at 9:00PM.

Just think of the gifts and experiences you could nab while benefitting the school. All proceeds go directly to the school's programs this year, meaning your dollars benefit your students now. Anyone can buy from the online auction, so be sure to share the link with family and friends.

A great feature of our online auction: set it, and forget it. You can put in your highest bid (your "proxy bid") when you first view an item, and your bid will be incrementally raised as you're outbid until your limit is reached or the auction ends. No babysitting your bids! No paying more than you have to! You'll also get a notification if you're outbid, so if you really wanted something, you'll have a chance to reconsider.

Also, don't forget your Gala tickets. Only a few tables left! And to make it even easier, the auction site also links to our online ticket purchasing option!

Mark your Calendars

The Major Dates for the 2017-18 academic year are now posted on our website. We will be updating the online calendar in the coming days. The setup is similar to last year's calendar with a week off for Thanksgiving break and a shorter Labor Day holiday weekend.

Share the love

Two years ago, we lost out to Roanoke Catholic. Last year, you helped us get back on top. Let's keep the winning streak alive! Voting is now open for the Roanoker Magazine's Best of Roanoke 2017. Categories for North Cross can be found in the "Events, Faces + Places" section. You'll need to vote for a total of 10 items, but we hope to be your first three: Best Private School, Best Preschool and Best Tutor/Supplemental Education Services. And, don't forget to nominate your choice for "Most Inspiring Teacher."

Academic Update

Snapshot: In a Word

Today, fifth graders had a new writing instrument to contend with. No, not a fancy new stylus that can write and take selfies at the same time, a reed stylus. Ms. Cone's classes took part in the annual Scribe School, where the students learned some of the first forms of writing. Mostly used by farmers to keep track of crop performance and trade, the symbol-based language was impressed upon mud clay with reeds. They practiced recording information about how much grain was traded with a nearby city-state. Finally, they used symbols to represent their names. (And they thought learning cursive was hard!)

DeHart Speech: Massey Semler

In his DeHart presentation on Wednesday, Massey Semler ’17 discussed the history of antiobiotics and details how a medical treatment that was once only life-saving, is now threatening our own resistance to disease through its over-prescription and use. You may listen to the talk in its entirety in the Featured Content section of onCampus.

A Strategic Win

The North Cross Chess Team competed in the Roanoke City Championships this past weekend against many of the schools in the Roanoke area—and won first place overall as a team. Comprised on and off of roughly 10 members, the team this past weekend consisted of (from left to right): Andy Benson, Aiden Erwin, Nalin Jha, Ben Li, Davis Alcorn, and Zack Sommer (not pictured).  Individually, Nalin won all of his games and tied for first, earning the second place trophy as a result of the tiebreak system. Congratulations!

Staff Story: Amy Messick

Pictured: Amy (center) with her sons Ryan ’19 (right) and Donnie (left).

Current Position: Receptionist
Education: Westminster College—B.A.
Appointed: 2015

What is your hometown? Albany, New York—the capital city of New York State, which is close to the Adirondack Mountains, one of the prettiest places in the United States, with wonderful clear lakes, rivers, and camping and hiking areas.

What is something the North Cross community doesn’t know about you? They might not know that I was a cum laude graduate with a major in Economics at Westminster College or that I was a senior programmer/analyst for a technology company in Atlanta.


Athletics Update

Spring Athletic Opportunities

Students can now view and register for athletic opportunities in the spring.
Boys Athletic Teams
Girls Athletic Teams

Sign-ups Due: Fri, 2/10, with the respective team coach
Practices Begin: Tuesday, 2/21
Boosters Pot Luck Dinner: 6pm, Tuesday, 2/21, bring a dish to serve 8

Swimming's Seniors Celebrated

Swimming had a strong night on both the women's and men's sides. Women swept both their meets, and though the Boys had the same amount of wins, they lost out to Hargrave in a hard-fought battle in the end. Overall, however, we had a great showing and it was a great way to celebrate our seniors: Zack H'Doubler, Charlie Lemon, and David Jeremiah.

Women’s Scores:
North Cross   - 100                74 - Southwest Virginia Home school                      
North Cross   - 119                51- Roanoke Catholic
Men’s Scores
North Cross   - 85                  70 - Southwest Virginia Home school
North Cross   - 85                  77 - Roanoke Catholic
Hargrave         - 87                  79 - North Cross

One for the Records

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate our own volunteer assistant baseball coach and Boosters president Scott Smith for being inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017. He was honored last night at banquet ceremony. Athletic Director Eric Lawrence was in attendance. The Roanoke Times reports in their coverage: "Smith has been both a manager and board member of the Cave Spring Little League. Besides coaching Post 3, he also coached the Roanoke Badgers wood-bat league team." His son, Tanner, graduated from North Cross last year.

Boys V. Basketball No. 1 in Latest State Poll!


The most recent scores from our athletic contests are below. More scores from this week and past can always be found by visiting the Scoreboard feature of onCampus.

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