September 11, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 3
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Campus Update

Honor Code Assembly on Tuesday

Next Tuesday, September 15, is a formal dress day for students in grades 1-12. At 8:30 a.m., students and faculty will gather in the Carter Athletic Center for the Honor Code Assembly. Representatives from each grade will sign the Honor Code.

Join Us for Bluegrass, Bluejeans & Bar B-Q

The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at the home of Laura and Scott Arnold. Click here, or the video image, to learn more about this fun-filled event.

Relink your Kroger Card 

Let's make sure our Parents’ Association keeps receiving Community Rewards Program rebates. Kroger requires each Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card to be linked (or relinked) annually in order to take advantage of their rebate program. Linking, or annually relinking, your card today to North Cross School is an easy way to support the school.

To link and renew your North Cross designation, click here to go to the Kroger Community Rewards site.

Academic Update

Starting Singapore Math

First grade students, working with teacher Annie Robertson, took part in the first two math lessons of their Singapore Math curriculum last week.

Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more and see photos.

Making Up Their Minds

Seventh grade students in Ms. Sandy Patterson’s life science classes used brain cap models to learn about the brain.

Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more and see photos.

Summing up the Summit

This past June, a group of Global Studies students travelled through Barcelona, Nice, and Lake Como on the way to Davos, Switzerland to participate in a 3-day Educational Summit conference with students from countries around the world. On Wednesday, in morning assembly, the students shared their travel  experiences, special memories, educational experiences, and plans to act on what they learned.

Teacher Feature: Andrew Miller

Hometown: Manassas, VA
Education: Roanoke College, BA
Year Appointed: 2009
Current Position: Choral Director, Spring Musical Director

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

Art Update

New Art Classes, New Faces

This fall, new classes and teachers are part of the excitement in the Fine Arts Department. Three returning teachers are adding additional classes to their schedules this year. In addition to teaching lower school studio art and Art 7 for middle school students, Lee Kephart will be a familiar face for many of the students in the Introduction to Drawing, Painting, and 3-D classes offered in the upper school.

Having Becky Sharkey on campus full-time will allow the department to offer an Advanced Graphic Design class for upper school students who want to build on their experience in Graphic Design 1. Becky is also teaching Art 8 this year, but she brings a digital focus to the middle school art class. This year, students will learn the basics of digital art, gain skills in photography and Photoshop, and learn how to create a publication.

Director of Admission Amy Jackson returns to the NCS art studio to teach Advanced Studio Art and the Portfolio class for our more experienced art students. Amy has a bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Wake Forest University and a Master of Art Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

A Lower School Musical has been added to the calendar this fall with Anna McLaughlin—mother of Tim McLaughlin ’20, Veronika McLaughlin ’25, and Brittney McLaughlin ’25—at the helm. Anna will direct the production while Andrew Miller will provide support as producer.

Jimmie Donnini, Fine Arts Department Chair, is happy to see the department add new opportunities and continue the tradition of educating the whole student. “By offering musical theatre for our younger students, and a wider range of digital arts classes, our department is offering new ways for our students to communicate through creativity,” she said.

Athletic Update

Raiders Go Palms Down!

This morning at upper school assembly, Athletic Director Eric Lawrence introduced the concept of “palms-down” to our students and student-athletes. Below is an excerpt that expands on his remarks.

In a world of highly competitive sporting events sometimes we can lose focus on the goals of making better teams and people. Winning has become so important that the pressure of winning causes us to go “palms-up.” Palms-up is a posture that says to our teammates, “Where were you on that play? You screwed up. It wasn’t my fault.” It says to the officials, “Who me? You missed that call. You screwed up, or That’s not fair.”

But Raiders go “palms-down!” While palms-up focuses us on the negatives, palms-down is a posture that says, “It’s okay, we got this. Let’s stay focused on the game and getting things right.” Where palms-up is a selfish posture that is all about the negative, palms-down is about each other. It makes the team, forgetting mistakes, and moving ahead the priority. Palms-down is also about the seven words featured in our trophy case. Let us establish a “palms-down” Tradition, Lead in our actions, show Character during heated contests, focus on Teamwork, have the Courage to respond in a positive way, Prepare our minds ahead of time, and hold each other Accountable to go PALMS-DOWN.

Raiders Defeat Bishops

With under a minute to go, a key play by Nariq Bailey ’18 saved the game for the varsity football team on Saturday. The play, according to head coach Stephen Alexander, may have set the tone for the rest of the season if the team has a successful season. The Raiders went on to defeat Virginia Episcopal School 34-25 in Lynchburg. Click here to read the story from 

Soccer Shutouts

The boys’ varsity soccer team picked up back-to-back shutout wins this week. On Tuesday, the Raiders defeated Princeton School 4-0. Jack Cranwell ’16, Luke Carter ’17, Jaime Dooley ’16, Joe Cranwell ’18 each scored. 

North Cross followed up with a 3-0 win over Steward on Wednesday afternoon. Luke Carter ’17, Brandon Campbell ’16, and Elijah Lloyd ’19 each had a goal for the Raiders.

Goalies Felipe Gracia ’18 and Michael Fleming ’16 combined for the shutout in both victories this week.

Girls’ Tennis

In the opening match of the season on August 28, the girls’ varsity tennis team lost to St. Anne's Belfield School 0-9. However, the Raiders bounced back on Tuesday this week with an 8-1 win against Eastern Mennonite School.
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