February 19, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 23
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Board of Trustees Update

Russ Ellett ’84, Board of Trustees, Chairman

At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, George Conway of Independent Educational Services presented results from the survey that was issued to parents and employees in November. While the results showed high satisfaction in most areas that were surveyed, we found that a large percentage of our school community is unfamiliar with the role of the Board of Trustees. As Chairman, I want our Board to be transparent and visible to parents, employees, students, and alumni. Therefore, I will take this opportunity to outline the Board’s responsibilities, structure, and membership. In the future, you will receive regular updates from one of our Board members after each meeting.
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Campus Update

Rescheduled Events

Due to the water main break last week and the inclement weather on Tuesday, the following events have been rescheduled:
  • “Tuesday with a Teacher” ECP Program—Tuesday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lower School
  • Willis Hall Director’s Update—Wednesday, February 24 at noon, Fishburn Auditorium
  • Winter Pep Rally—Wednesday, February 24 at 2 p.m. in the Muscaro Game Gym
  • Pancake Breakfast—Thursday, February 25 from 7-8 a.m. Students get a full breakfast for only $5, adults are $8, $20 for the family. Profits support the Class of 2016 Senior Gift.

Showered With Love

Second grade teachers Audrey Osborne (left) and Alison Vagts ’03 received a baby shower on Thursday morning in the Cartledge Multi-purpose Room. Students selected their favorite books and signed them as gifts for the two teachers. 

College Night Program

Barry Bradberry from Elon University is going to talk about the nuts and bolts of the college admissions process on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in Lemon Dining Hall. Barry speaks at college night programs all over Virginia and North Carolina, and is an entertaining and informative speaker.

Students and parents from any grade are welcome to attend as the program will help younger students learn what it takes to apply to college. Please contact Julie Aavatsmark, Director of College Counseling, at jaavatsmark@northcross.org if you have any questions.

Host Families Needed

Eighteen rising seniors from our North Cross–Xinhe School campus in Shanghai will be at North Cross for three weeks in May for intensive English courses in preparation for the SAT. Much of their time will be occupied with their studies and group travel; the tentative itinerary will be provided. 

​Whether for a few weeks or a school year, homestays provide great cultural-immersion opportunities for both North Cross families and the international students.  Thank you for your consideration.

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Children’s Miracle Network

The Eaton Hall SCA raised $319 for the Children’s Miracle Network this week. Lee Ann Linkenhoker from the local chapter addressed middle school students today about the work being done by the network at Carilion in Roanoke.  All of the money raised this week by the students will stay right here in the Roanoke Valley.

Order Additional Yearbooks

Since there are always requests for extra yearbooks, families have the opportunity to order additional copies for $60 each, or purchase a name stamp for their student for $10. You will need to place your order with Herff Jones by March 1. 

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Academic Update

Global Studies Speaker on Monday

On Monday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. in Fishburn Auditorium, Abdullah Baig will present "Islam 101 in the American Muslim Context" to Upper School students. Abdullah is an American-Muslim youth activist and leader in Northern Virginia. He speaks regularly at high schools in the Northern Virginia area, as well as George Mason University. Abdullah also serves as the Director of Public Outreach and Communications for Project Rahma, an organization dedicated toward spreading awareness of mental illnesses in the Muslim community. The speaker was arranged by Shermeen Imam ’16. Parents and the public are invited to attend the presentation.

Preview of Symposium

Next Friday students in grades 8-12 attend Symposium. The event, coordinated by Jennifer Landry, brings area professionals to campus for a day of engaging sessions where students can gain insight into a variety of careers and topics. Over 30 speakers will present a variety of seminar topics including how buildings respond to earthquakes, mixed martial arts, animal diseases, theater improv, the anatomy and physiology of the heart, interior design, epidemiology, and Frankenstein.

Staff Story: Zack DeMoss

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: Old Dominion University—B.S.​
Current Position: Director of Information Technology
Year Appointed: 2008

What's one thing we might not know about you?
My dream, when I grow old, is to own a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee with a wood burning fireplace and a rocking chair overlooking a valley.
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Art Update

High School All-District Choir

Last weekend, four Upper School students, participated in the Virginia Choral Director's Assocation District 6 All District Choir. From left in photo, Victoria Riego de Dios 19Olivia Bloch ’19, Isa Kevorkian ’19, and Jack Fishwick ’16, were selected by audition to participate in the workshop style event.  The students learned 5-6 pieces of music, rehearsed for 12-14 hours with notable conductors, and performed in concert for their parents and choral directors.

For the second year in a row, Jack earned All-Virginia Choir honors in the All-State Choir. He was chosen to be a 1st Alternate for the baritone section after he auditioned during All-District Choir.

VA-ACDA Middle School All State Choir

For the first time, North Cross School is sending students to participate in the Virginia American Choral Director's Association Middle School All-State Choir. Mariah Eakin ’22 and Ryan Huddleston ’21 were selected after a three part audition process that required two prepared pieces and a scale sung in solfège. Jacob Wadstrom ’20 also auditioned and scored well, but missed the cutoff by only two points.

Students to Sing at Ceremony

Allison Burton ’16, Jack Fishwick ’16, Tristan Johnson-Hodges ’16, Adrienne Spring ’16, and Walter Mann ’16 from the North Cross School Chorale have been invited to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at the swearing in ceremony of US Attorney, John P. Fishwick Jr.  Fishwick is a former North Cross student and the father of Jack Fishwick ’16. We are honored to be a part of this important ceremony which will take place on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Poff Federal Building.  Attendance is by invitation only.  

Athletic Update

Girls’ Swimming Wins Conference

Last Friday, the girls’ varsity swim team earned a BRC Conference Championship for the first time since 2005. Maddie Robinson ’16 (right) and Margo Winn ’18 (left) were named Co-MVPs for the event. Katherine Lake ’18Nathalie Lemon ’20Lilly Kemper ’19, and Grace Whitesell ’19 were named First Team BRC All-Conference.

The boys’ varsity team finished a close second, losing to Roanoke Catholic by four points. Joseph Cartledge ’16Andrew Lorens ’19Daniel Lorens ’16, and Zack H'Doubler ’17 were named First Team VIC All-Conference.

The VISAA swimming championships are today and tomorrow at the Christiansburg Aquatic center. 
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Senior Day for Basketball

Last Friday the boys’ varsity basketball team recognized seniors (clockwise from top left) Peyton Bailey ’16Jordan Lowery ’16Eric Xie ’16, and team manager Brett Jones ’16 before the start of their game with New Covenant. Photos by Becky Sharkey.

Spring Practices Begin Monday

Spring athletic practices begin Monday. The Boosters Potluck Dinner and team meeting is also Monday at 6 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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