Novmeber 11, 2016 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 14
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Campus Update

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Host Families Still Needed

Hosting an international student for a short-term stay is a great way to experience the benefits of a cross-cultural experience. Four students (two male, two female) and their chaperone from Corrientes, Argentina will be at North Cross from January 4- February 1. Families are asked to provide breakfast and dinner most days and all meals on the weekends. The visiting students will have lunches at the school. A stipend is available for this hosting opportunity. If you would like to be a host family, please email Mark Thompson or Deborah Jessee.

Holiday Greenery: Last Chance!

There is less than a week before orders are due on Wednesday, November 16th for lovely greenery and gifts from Townside Gardens. Orders can be picked up at the CAC on Tuesday afternoon, November 29; just stop by before carpool! You can download the order form here. The proceeds support the Athletic programs at North Cross School.

NCS Raider Report: Student Photographs

Our yearbook and newspaper staffs have decided to work together under a combined student publications social media presence known as NCS Raider Report. We are on Instagram, Twitter and just made a Facebook page where we will feature student photography that isn't being printed in the yearbook. We get so many requests from athletes specifically to see our photos, that we figured it'd be easiest to go ahead and put them out there. Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @NCSraiderreport and on Facebook:

Academic Update

Lower and Middle Schoolers Get out the Vote

While their parents were making their final electoral choices this chilly morning, our students cast their votes as well. In First Grade, there was serious consideration between their two candidates: Cookie Monster or the Count. Cookie Monster won. We have a feeling it had to do with his stance on snacks.

In the Middle School, things got a little more serious, with the students voting on the presidential candidates during their advisory meetings. Teachers Ryan Cook and Heather Slaughter then met during break to count the ballots. Though their votes won't count for some time, it was a great way to introduce them to the electoral process. 

Veterans Day: Moments to Remember

Three of our own North Cross veterans spoke to the Upper School assembly this morning about their experiences. Scott Wilde, United States Army, Alex Hash, United States Army and United States Coast Guard, and David Lake, United States Marine Corps each shared stories of their times in military service to our country, their observations of that time, and shared insights for our students to remember. They emphasized how fortunate they were to be here today to speak as veterans, and how thankful they were for the opportunity to serve our country. We want to thank them for their service and thank all veterans for theirs.

Staff Story: Tracy Schaefer

Shown right: Tracy Schaefer with her husband Jim and two children Sam ’26 and Kylie ’23.

Current Position: Administrative Assistant to Athletics and Wellness
Education: Wake Forest University—B.A.
University of Georgia—M.Ed.
Year Appointed: 2013

What is your hometown?  Athens, Georgia

What’s your passion here? Promoting North Cross School athletics and cheering and celebrating our amazing student-athletes  

What motivates you to do what you do? I went to a small school in Athens, GA very much like North Cross, and I don't think people outside of North Cross really understand what it takes to be successful in both the classroom and in athletics: the time and commitment it takes on both ends. Bigger schools with high-profile sports usually get all the attention, but our students are exceptional with their knowledge, work ethics and talents, and I want people to appreciate what amazing students we have here at North Cross. …

Arts Update

Coffeehouse Numbers and Piano Fund Update

This past Friday, the North Cross Community gathered in support of our student artists within an amazingly decorated dining hall and delicious desserts. The program raised over $5,800 as well as the additional $600 needed to complete the sale of the Yamaha Baby Grand piano FOTA has worked to secure. In addition they have set aside another $130 towards our next upright piano. If you missed it, you can watch the slideshow and a 7-minute video on YouTube that gives you just a taste of what we enjoyed that night. Thank you to all who supported FOTA and came out to watch our stars shine.

Don't be late for a very important date!

The premier of the Lower School Musical is finally here! Lower School students were able to see a matinee production this morning, and, it's safe to say, you're in for a real treat. Director Anna McLaughlin and Music Director Andrew Miller, along with amazing set and costume design by our parent and student volunteers have worked tirelessly with our students to create a feast for the ears and eyes.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 pm 
Fishburn Auditorium, Old Slack Hall
Free and Open to the Public

While in the lobby, be sure to buy your raffle tickets for an heirloom-quality Alice in Wonderland-themed tea set and hardcover copy of the original novel.

Music to Our Ears

Last Saturday, November 5, at Lord Botetourt High School, students from the Middle and Upper Schools auditioned for the Virginia Choral Director Association's (VCDA) All District Choir. Out of the 22 North Cross students who auditioned, 17 made it into either the treble chorus (for high voices) or the mixed chorus (for high and low voices). Each student prepared a song that was given to them by the VCDA and also performed a sight-read piece.  

Athletics Update

An Honor Code for Athletes

This morning, in an effort to expand our Honor Code beyond the classroom, the Lower School gathered together to hear from Coach Mary Semler and Upper School Athletes on the importance of sportsmanship in athletics and in life. The Code rests upon three tenants: "I will play fair. I will try my best. I will be kind to everyone."

Championship Weekend!

This weekend could prove to be a huge win for the Raiders, with possibly three teams advancing into the VISAA state championship finals this weekend. Football, Tennis and Volleyball are at a historic marker. At the time of this publication, Tennis is playing their semi-finals match against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Volleyball is on their way to Richard Bland to play this evening after their 3-0 win against Southampton. Cross Country is racing towards a championship at Fork Union Military Academy.

At 2:00 on Saturday, Football hosts Norfolk Christian in their semi-finals at Thomas Field. Come and support our team! Pending tonight's results, this is what else could be in store tomorrow:
  • 12:00 or 1:00 TBD: GV Tennis Championship (HOME: Fishwick Tennis Center)
  • 2:00: GV Volleyball Championship @ Richard Bland
Go Raiders!

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