May 6, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 33
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Board Update

Like our popular Teacher Features and Staff Stories, Crossties will include Board Bios several times each year. Below is the first Board Bio, featuring Linda Frith.

Board Bio: Linda Frith

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia for over 40 years
​Education: College of William and Mary, Bachelor of Business Administration; Washington and Lee School of Law, Juris Doctor
Board Committees: Served as Board Chair from 2012–2014 and Vice Chair from 2014–2016. Currently serves on China Subcomittee and Trustees Committee
​Year Appointed: 2010

What is your professional background?
​I have practiced law for over 30 years in Roanoke, specializing in employment law for employers. I am one of three founding members of Frith Anderson & Peake, P.C., a firm with 15 lawyers specializing in civil litigation defense.
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Campus Update

Red and White End-of-Year Celebration

The Red and White End-of-Year Celebration is still scheduled to take place this evening from 5:30-8:30 on Hooper Field. The field is in good shape for the event, but we do recommend wearing rain boots or tennis shoes since it has been rainy all week.

The Red and White End-of-Year Celebration, sponsored by the NCS Parents’ Association, is for the entire North Cross community. Join us for games for the kids, volleyball, cornhole, badminton, and more. Food includes hotdogs, chips, cookies, and drinks! Music by the Amazing Jones Brothers—our Sadie Hawkins DJ’s. Please park in the lower or upper school parking lot. A Roanoke County police officer will be posted at the crossing on Colonial Avenue.

SWOT Cancelled

The Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) meetings that were scheduled for next week have been cancelled. SWOT analysis sessions are most effective and generate the best results with a group dynamic, which is why we required a minimum number of registrations. Unfortunately, there was not enough participation to hold the meetings. 

Big Wins in “Best of” Voting

North Cross wins 3 Platinum Awards, One Gold Award

The 2016 results for “Best of” voting in The Roanoker are in, and we are proud to announce that North Cross received Platinum Awards for Best Private School and Best Preschool, and our CrossWalk Program earned a Gold Award for Best Tutor/Supplemental Education Services.

We'd like to give a special congratulations to Victor Lamas, (above) Director of Global Studies and Upper School history teacher, for earning the Platinum Award for Most Inspiring Teacher.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Your encouragement and support tells the people of the Roanoke Valley that North Cross provides best educational experience in the area!

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Parking Enforcement Continues

Earlier this week, Dr. Proctor encountered a Roanoke County police officer who was on campus and in the process of issuing tickets to two cars parked illegally. While he was able to keep the officer from writing tickets, please know that the county is on the lookout for illegal parking on our campus, and we can expect future visits from officers.

Parking in fire lanes—which are clearly marked by yellow curbs—is not permitted and will be enforced by towing at the owner’s expense. Sitting in morning or afternoon carpool line is ok as long as the driver does not abandon the car. With many events on campus this time of year, please make sure you arrive on campus early for events and park in marked spaces only. 

Still time to meet the May Celebration Challenge Match

To everyone who responded to the May Celebration Challenge, thank you for giving us even more to celebrate this May.  The school received 20 new Annual Fund gifts totaling $7,040 leaving us $2,960 of matching dollars remaining in the Challenge pool.  

For those of you who have not yet made your gift to the Annual Fund, please join the May Celebration Challenge by making your gift to the Annual Fund today.  We will count all gifts received by Monday, May 9, toward the challenge.

No matter its size, your gift makes a difference, impacts the great education and experiences our students are receiving, and makes sure all those great things happening here every day continue.

Annual Fund Update as of 5/6/2016
Annual Fund Goal: $350,000.00
Received year to date: $255,353.49
Left to raise by June 30: $94,646.51*

*Annual Fund dollars flow directly to the school’s operating budget, contributing needed revenues to school operations. Our fiscal year is July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  The school must meet its revenue requirements to meet its budget.

:: Make Your Gift Online

Support Girls Education in India

Last month, Shermeen Imam ’16 presented her DeHart Project speech, titled "The Importance of Educating Girls in India." Her speech focused on the social and economic ramifications that occur when girls in India do not receive the same level of education as boys. Shermeen is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Taaza Indian Cuisine because she feels passionate about the right to education.

Tickets for the buffet dinner are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 5-10. Proceeds from the evening will go to support the Urdu Girls High School located in India. Shermeen's grandfather is one of the establisher's of the school; it was one of the first schools in the state of Bihar for girls of the Urdu speaking minority.
:: Click for more information and to register

Buddy Bench Shirts

If you missed the opportunity to purchase a “North Cross Strong” t-shirt to support the Buddy Bench project, a second set of orders will be accepted this weekend.

Please visit the link below and place your order by midnight on Monday. Orders will be delivered in late May or early June.

:: Order “North Cross Strong” T-shirts

Book Fair Continues at B&N

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Summer Reading Book Fair in Hancock Library this week. Our Barnes and Noble in-store book fair runs from May 2-16, so there is plenty of time to stop in, browse, and perhaps make a purchase that will benefit our library. Don’t forget that purchases at the café count, too! Our Barnes and Noble Book Fair ID # is 11853827. Click to download a book fair voucher with our number.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Holley at or 989-6641 ext. 307.

:: Download a B&N Book Fair Voucher

Academic Update

Touring The Roanoke Times

Eighth grade students enrolled in Graphic Arts and Creative Writing enjoyed a field trip to The Roanoke Times in downtown Roanoke Monday morning. The trip included a tour of the business and the impressive Heidelberg Mainstream 80, the newspaper's state-of-the-art printing press. 

Creative Writing teacher Robin Garrett has introduced her students to two professional writers recently as guest speakers in her class. The first, Heath Lee, visited on Tuesday, April 26, and Roanoke Times journalist Mike Allen spoke with the class on Wednesday about his career as both a journalist and author.
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iCAT Day at Virginia Tech

North Cross School was one of the schools featured during iCAT Day at Virginia Tech this week. Deborah Jessee, Director of the Lower School, was on hand in Blacksburg for the event. Over 1,100 visitors and 350 exhibitors were in attendance. The SEAD Experience project, using the Rudyard Kipling poem “If” that lower school students participated in last March, was one of the featured projects at the event.
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7th Graders Visit Catawba Sustainability Center

On Wednesday, May 4, the seventh-grade students accompanied Ms. Sandy Patterson and Mr. Ed Dickenson to Virginia Tech's Catawba Sustainability Center to participate in a watershed study program. The students spent the day identifying Best Management Practices for the local watershed, collecting macro-invertebrates from Catawba Creek, identifying non-native plants in the ecosystem, and chemically testing the creek to determine water quality. 
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Summer Reading List

The 2016 Summer Reading List includes requirements for students at every grade level, from ECP 1 through twelfth grade. Students are required to read an average of four books each summer, depending on grade level. The guide also includes lists of favorite books from the Class of 2016, our faculty, and our staff. This long-standing tradition of summer reading provides a wide range of selections and communicates to students that reading is an important lifelong activity. 
:: Download Summer Reading List

Teacher Feature: Jon Sirko

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison—B.A.; University of Virginia—M.A.
Current Position: Upper School and Middle School Spanish, Assistant Coach Swimming
Year Appointed: 2013

What’s one thing we might not know about you?
I write short fiction and critical essays.

What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? I have enjoyed explaining things to people since I was a child.

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Art Update

Student Art Show in Logan Gallery

The 2016 North Cross School Student Art Show, currently on display in Logan Gallery, features works from middle and upper school art students. Projects from studio art and digital art classes are part of the show. The show will be on display until May 30.
:: View Pieces on Display in Logan Gallery

Athletic Update

Athletic Physicals Next Saturday

All athletes on Raider teams are required to have a sports physical in order to qualify for participation. On Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m., athletes can get their sports physicals for next year at the new Carilion Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences at 2331 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke, VA 24014. The center is located at the corner of Wonju and Franklin Road. The cost of the physical is $20. Athletes must bring payment and a blank copy of a VHSL physical form with page 4 filled out by the parent or legal guardian.

:: Download the VHSL Physical Form

Bagliani to Coach Girls Varsity Tennis

"I am very pleased to announce that Amy Bagliani will be stepping into the position of Head Girls' Varsity Tennis Coach at North Cross. Amy is excited to be involved at this level and cannot wait to take on this challenge.

We have a strong tennis program at North Cross and I am confident that Amy will continue this fine tradition while using her own style to grow the program.

Amy has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old. She played competitively every summer throughout high school and played all four years on the women's tennis team at Roanoke College. Amy was also an assistant tennis instructor during college. She continues to play and captain numerous USTA mixed and women's teams in the Roanoke Valley."

Eric Lawrence
Director of Athletics and Wellness

Spring Athletic Scores on Twitter

Athletic team results submitted by team coaches are available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics. Highlights from the previous week are included below.

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