November 20, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 13
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Because of the Thanksgiving break next week, the next issue of Crossties will be published on Friday, December 4.

Headmaster Message

The Merits of a Liberal Arts Education

It is that time of year when students are completing their college applications, and one of their big decisions concerns what college or university is the right college or university. Big school or little school, public or private, close to home or far away are all questions being asked. I won’t bore you by attempting to answer each of these questions, but I do want to put in a plug for the frequently embattled liberal arts college.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read more.

Campus Update

Thanksgiving Break

The fall term ends on Tuesday, November 24. On that day, classes will dismiss at noon and will resume at their normally scheduled time on the morning of Tuesday, December 1.

Parents’ Association Meeting Rescheduled

The December meeting of the Parents’ Association, originally scheduled for December 10, has been moved to Thursday, December 3 at noon in the Cartledge Multipurpose Room. All parents are invited to attend.

Fall Athletic Awards

Thursday, December 3 is a formal dress day for all students in grades 6-12. The Fall Athletic Awards Assembly will begin in Fishburn Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Tree Lighting and Holiday Bonfire

Parents’ Association invites all North Cross families, grandparents, and alumni to our 4th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Bonfire on Friday, December 4. The evening starts at 6 p.m. on Hooper Field. Enjoy hot dogs, hot chocolate, and holiday treats, with holiday music and a special VIP guest! A small fire for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores will be available. Adult supervision is required for children roasting marshmallows. 

Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift to the event. The Parents’ Association will donate the gifts to Turning Point, and CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership) on behalf of North Cross families.

Please park in the lower or upper school parking lot. A Roanoke County police officer will be available to help families cross Colonial Avenue safely.

Ad Deadline for Raiders Digest Extended

If your business would like to place an ad in Raiders Digest, please follow the link below to register. The deadline for entries has been extended to Tuesday, December 1.

Paid advertisements—$100 purchases a 1/4 page black and white ad, and $200 purchases a 1/2 page black and white ad. Sizes and ad specs are listed on the registration form below.

Free listings—Free business listings are also available for North Cross family businesses. 

Visit the online registration form for more information.

Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir

The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir will perform for lower school students on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:25 a.m. in the Carter Athletic Center game gym. The performance, featuring about 150 singers from the A, B, and B+ choirs, will last about 20 minutes. Parents are welcome to attend the performance.

Academic Update

STAD Class Gets Organized

For their final project of the fall term, Jennifer Landry’s STAD (Science, Technology, Art and Design) students had to build an organizer for a teacher. In photo, Hannah Dunn ’16 (left) and Davis Call ’17 (right) put the finishing touches on an organizer for Dr. Dan Dudek.

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Willis Hall Herald wins Gold. Again.

For the second time in three years, The Willis Hall Herald, North Cross School’s student-produced newspaper and website, was awarded Gold Medal status by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

Read on the Crossties Blog

Teacher Feature: Wanda Finney

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Education: Randolph-Macon Woman's College—B.A., University of Cincinnati—Ph.D.
Current Position: World Languages Department Chair, Upper and Middle School Latin
Year Appointed: 2011

Read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

Cinderella Opens Tonight!


After a rousing performance for lower school students this morning, the inaugural Lower School Musical, Cinderella, opens to the public tonight in Fishburn Auditorium. A second show is offered on Saturday night, as well. Both shows are at 7:15 p.m., are free, and open to the public.

Gloria Tracks Online


In case you missed the Homecoming Choral Concert performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in October at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, three of the performances are now available on the Music page of the school website.

Visit the Music page to listen to the tracks.

Athletic Update

Three Runners Earn All-State Honors

At the VISAA State Championship meet at Fork Union Military School last Friday, three members of the Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team earned All-State honors in Division II by finishing in the top 20. The field was comprised of 30 teams and over 290 runners. Walter Mann ’16 (center) finished in 9th, Chester Pruitt ’18 (right) was 11th, and Harry Pearson ’19 (left) was 19th overall. The boys’ team finished 5th overall while the girls’ team was 13th in the state.

Lowery Featured in Roanoke Times

Last Saturday the varsity football team lost in the VISAA state semifinals to Nansemond-Suffolk 43-21. Down 37-0 at halftime, the team put 21 points on the board in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to advance to the state final game. The loss marked the last North Cross football game for receiver Jordan Lowery ’16. He completed his North Cross football career with school records for receptions (174), receiving yardage (3,070), and touchdown catches (39). His athletic and academic accomplishments have generated interest from a number of colleges, including Cornell and VMI.

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