â€œAt North Cross, our children donâ€™t know what is on afternoon TV.â€
The other day while exploring the deepest recesses of one of our storage areas, I came across three framed advertisements from the 2004-05 school year. One of the ads boldly proclaimed that â€œOur children donâ€™t know what is on afternoon TV.â€ As I walked the campus that afternoon, I realized what an accurate and positive selling point that is for North Cross School.
Of course, youâ€™d know that I am quick to provide statistical evidence that 90% of our middle school and upper school students play sports, that we have 250 eligible kids playing 13 sports on 32 athletic teams, and that more than half of our student population regularly participates in the performing arts.
While these numbers are impressive, our inclusive educational philosophy is much better expressed by a walk across campus after school.
Last Tuesday I began my walk home at about 4:00 p.m. My first stop was our extended day program where 21 students were hard at work in homework club and another 10-12 were playing outdoors. After grabbing a bite to eat from their snack closet, I headed over to Thomas Field where the 16 members of our Girls Varsity Soccer team were preparing for their 4:30 p.m. kick-off. Watching from the stands were another 14 members of our Middle School Girls Soccer team who were scheduled to play immediately following the varsity game. While watching the girls win a thriller against a highly ranked opponent, I had to keep an eye on the 18 boys on our Boys Varsity baseball team who were playing next door on Porterfield Field.
By 6:15 p.m., I was ready to ease home when I remembered that another 50 students were actively involved in preparing for this weekendâ€™s performance of Aladdin. I had to take a peek to see how they were doing. When I finally left campus, there was still a full parking lot, 18 students on our Middle School Boys Baseball team had not returned from their game in Martinsville, and 18 boys on our Middle School Boys Lacrosse team were putting the finishing touches on an 11-3 win. Throw in another 20 boys and 14 girls at lacrosse practice, five working on AP practice exams, two in after school detention for being late to assembly, and you have a grand total of 206 students actively engaged in school programs for the afternoon.
As a Headmaster, it is a great feeling to know that on any given afternoon, half of my students are positively engaged in pursuits that require hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork. These are the characteristics that make our students stand out from a crowd. Thanks for taking the â€œquick walk around campusâ€ with me and seeing why it is easy to see why our students do not know what is on afternoon TV.