December 17, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 16
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Eulogy Virtues

In my most recent “Education Matters” article in the South Roanoke Circle, I highlighted the difference between eulogy virtues and resume virtues, as explained in David Brooks' new book The Road to Character. The distinction between eulogy virtues and resume virtues is outlined in more detail in the article, particularly how they relate to community service.

As many of you know, our upper school students must participate in community service to fulfill a graduation requirement. Completing the minimum amount of hours in order to graduate is considered a resume virtue. We are fortunate to have a number of students who become highly involved with particular organizations and end their Willis Hall careers with hundreds of community service hours tutoring refugees, working at the local rescue squad, etc. These students become connected personally with an organization and their work provides an excellent example of a eulogy virtue. The lasting impact is significant for our students and the Roanoke community. 

Read the message on the Crossties Blog.

Campus Update

Winter Break

Winter Break begins on Friday, December 18. Lower and Middle School students will be dismissed at noon, and Upper School students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Classes will resume on January 4. 

Lower School Grandparents Day & Special Friends' Day 2015

We invite Lower School grandparents and special friends to visit us on Friday, December 18 from 8:30-10 a.m. in New Slack Hall.
This event will include refreshments, classroom visits, and pictures with your grandchild.  Please make plans to attend this special day set aside to honor NCS students’ grandparents and special friends.
Pictures will be taken in New Slack Hall this year and will be sponsored by Lifetouch Studios.  Photographers will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lower School Holiday Performance

Following Grandparents Day, everyone is invited to watch the Lower School's holiday performance in the Carter Athletic Center at 10:30 a.m. This year's program, like last year's, is a product of the Lower School's global music culture series. Students are currently working on commissioned arrangements by Marya Katz, a noted Celtic educator, and Jim Baldwin of the band Second Wynde. These musicians will help our students better understand the music and holiday traditions of Celtic heritage. 

Learn more on the Crossties Blog 

Honor Roll of Giving

The 2014-15 Annual Report and Honor Roll of Giving is now available for download. The report will also be emailed to the entire North Cross School community on Saturday. The publication includes an overview of school finances for the 2014-15 academic year, letters from Dr. Proctor and Russ Ellett, and the grateful acknowledgement of our many gracious donors. 

Parade Photos 

Photos from this year's Roanoke Christmas Parade are available on our Facebook page. Students in all three divisions worked together to build a giant snowman and decorate our float under the direction of Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Hash.

View photos from the parade

Academic Update

 Global Studies Speaker

This afternoon, upper school students heard from Roanoke native Melanie Blanding, who shared photographs and stories of women in warzones. She has documented the extraordinary spirit of survival in African hotspots like the Congo, as women find ways to overcome the ravages of multi-polar violence. 

This presentation was part of the upper school's Global Studies Speaker Series. The next scheduled speaker, Heath Lee, will visit North Cross on February 11.  

Learning to Adapt

Seventh grade life science students, working with Sandy Patterson, are studying adaptations.  One activity has students trying to complete tasks without the use of their opposable thumbs. In photo, Sofia Hanson ’21 attempts to cut paper with scissors.

Learn more, and view photos of other students, on the Crossties Blog 

Making Friends with a Grinch

Second graders from Mrs. Vagt's class learned a lesson of compassion during a guidance lesson with Mrs. Hamlin on Wednesday. Students were asked how they could show compassion and friendship to a Grinch. 

Visit the Crossties Blog to read some of the ideas presented by students

Staff Story: Danielle Crawford

Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
​Education: Springfield College—B.S.
Year Appointed: 2002
Current Position: Associate Director of Finance

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

In photo: Danielle Crawford (center) with (from left) Stephanie ’06, Jackie, Christina and her husband Steve.

Art Update

Instrumental Holiday Performance

The holiday instrumental music concert took place this past Tuesday. The concert featured a variety of holiday favorites, performed by students under the direction of Jimmie Donnini, Director of Bands. The audience especially enjoyed when the band put on red noses for Rudolph!            

Athletic Update

VISAA Announces All-State Football Teams

The Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) announced its All-State football teams on Monday. Jordan Lowery ’16 (in photo) earned First Team honors as a wide receiver for the fourth consecutive year and was also recognized as a First Team defensive back for the second year in a row. Brett Jones ’16 and Davis Call ’17 were the Raiders’ other First Team honorees, at offensive line and linebacker, respectively.

Visit the Crossties Blog to see a full listing of First and Second Team players

Athletic Scores From Twitter

Athletic team results are available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics

Below are a few updates that were posted this week:
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