October 15, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 8
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Headmaster Messages

Make Our New Raiders Welcome

It is an odd fact of independent school life, but more than half of the students currently enrolled at North Cross School were not here three years ago.  Consider this fact—over the last few years we have welcomed approximately 85 new students each year and our current enrollment is 488. On average, 17% of our student population is new each year. The same statistic was also true at my last school where we brought in about 150 new students each year with a total student population of just under 900. It seems the reality is that an independent school community is a community in constant flux.

Click to read the rest of the message on the Crossties Blog. 

Traveling to Shanghai with New Students

As many of you know, North Cross entered into a partnership with the Xinhe School in Shanghai, China last year. Next week, I have the unique opportunity to visit the Xinhe School and speak at its 90th anniversary seminar. On this trip I will be joined by two students, Blake Marvin ’17 and Keegan Gulati ’17. During their trip, the students will attend classes on the Xinhe campus, participate in the school's friendship games, and explore Shanghai. Blake and Keegan are both new to North Cross, so I believe this cultural experience will really reinforce our theme of “More Happens Here” for them.
While I am eager to take part in this opportunity, I do regret that I will miss Homecoming events here in Roanoke. Our students, faculty, and Parents’ Association have worked hard to put together an eventful week of activities that are representative of what it means to be part of the North Cross community. I wish all of our athletes the best of luck in their games, especially those who will be celebrating Senior Days. Homecoming is a special time for all of us, and I look forward to Skyping with our students next Friday.

Campus Update

No School Tomorrow and Monday

School and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow and Monday for Fall Long Weekend. Classes will resume Tuesday, October 20. 

Legacy Picnic

The annual Legacy Picnic on October 6 brought together alumni and their children, who are current students, for an afternoon of fellowship and fun.
At the event, Dr. Proctor recognized five members of the Class of 2016, Jim CardJoseph Cartledge, Jack FishwickMary Kate Graeff, and Campbell Lakeand asked them to speak on what it means to be a North Cross legacy.

Click to read quotes from speakers and view photos on the Crossties Blog.

Homecoming ’15 Schedule

Homecoming week begins on Tuesday, October 20. A complete list of Homecoming events, including spirit days for middle and upper school students, pep rally, powderpuff game, senior recognition ceremonies for fall athletic teams, and home athletic events, is available on the school website.

Pink Days

On Tuesday, Eaton Hall students attended an assembly in Fishburn Auditorium with Decca Knight, a breast cancer survivor and representative of Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge. Decca's speech was part of the Middle School's "Think Pink Day," which raised $329.25 for breast cancer awareness.

Book Fair is on the Way

It's almost time for our fall book fair! This fundraiser benefits our school library and offers a wide variety of books for all ages, as well as activity kits, gift items, and other fun products. The fair will begin on Wednesday, October 21, and continue through the following Friday, October 30. The fair will take place in Hancock Library and will be open for extended hours on several evenings. Be on the lookout for more information coming home!
We are also looking for volunteers to help with Book Fair. Your help is needed for set-up, for the sales table during our fair, for assistance with wish lists for younger students, and for packing up the Book Fair when we are done. Please contact Amy Holley at aholley@northcross.org if you can help.

Academic Update

“Tuesdays with a Teacher”

The second session of “Tuesdays with a Teacher” took place on Tuesday afternoon in the lower school garden with Betsy Cook. The group of parents enjoyed a snack with arugula from the garden, and discussed the need for fencing around the garden along with the development of a new garden entrance.

The next “Tuesday with a Teacher” session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 at 4 p.m. Fifth grade teacher Lisa Cone will be discussing the ERB's CTP assessment.

Taking the Temperature of the Roanoke Valley

Mrs. Patterson's 7th grade science students completed a project to determine the annual temperature of the Roanoke Valley. Using leaves, the students used a mathematical formula to make the determination.

Click to read the rest of the story on the Crossties Blog.

Teacher Features

Thanks to the hard work of Amy Messick, Receptionist in Slack Hall, the Teacher Features on the school website have been moved to the Crossties Blog for easier access. If you visit the blog, click the “Teacher Feature” category on the right side of the page and the features will be arranged chronologically with the most recent features listed first. Click the “Previous” button at the bottom to scroll through to read older features. Links to individual Teacher Features have also been included with teacher bios on the Faculty page on the website.

Art Update

Calling all “Coffehouse” Bakers


The Friends of the Arts (FOTA) Coffee House will be taking place Friday, November 6, 2015.  The committee needs about 20 volunteers to help provide baked goods and bottled water. Individuals are needed to supply about two dozen homemade goodies each—bar cookies, cookies, brownies, muffins, etc., that are easy to serve and easy to pick up. The committee also needs twelve people to each donate a case of 24 bottled water. If you can help, please contact any of the FOTA members listed below:   

Homecoming Concert

NCS Fine Arts Department presents a Homecoming Choral Concert performance of Vivaldi's Gloria on Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church. This concert is free and open to the public. Music will be performed, under the direction of Andrew Miller, by the North Cross School Chorale, choral alumni, and friends.

Click here to view a Google map of the location.

Athletic Update

Fall Sport Senior Days

Athletic Director Eric Lawrence announced the following recognition ceremonies for senior athletes participating in a fall sport.
  • October 20: Varsity Volleyball vs Pathway—6:15 p.m.
  • October 21: Girls’ Varsity Tennis vs VES—4 p.m.
  • October 22: Varsity Cross Country vs VES & CH—4:15 p.m.
  • October 23: Boys’ Varsity Soccer vs Covenant—Time TBD
  • October 24: Varsity Field Hockey vs VES—10:30 a.m.
  • October 24: Varsity Football at Halftime vs Fuqua—3 p.m.

Volleyball Defeats Roanoke Catholic 

Last Friday the Raiders Varsity Volleyball team beat the Celtics 3-1 for the first time in nine seasons. Game scores as follows:
  • Game 1—NC 29-27
  • Game 2—RC 25-21
  • Game 3—NC 26-24
  • Game 4—NC 25-16
On Monday the team defeated Chatham Hall by a score of 3-0. Game scores as follows:
  • Game 1—NC 25-17
  • Game 2—NC 25-10
  • Game 3—NC 25-14
The team record now is 8-7 overall and 4-2 conference, and moved up to second place in the most recent Blue Ridge Conference poll.

Mann Sets Course Record 

Last Saturday at the CHARCS Invitational in Rocky Mount, Walter Mann ’16 set a new course record with a time of 17:27. Chester Pruitt ’18 tied the previous course record and placed second overall. The Raiders defeated five teams, including a tough Roanoke Catholic squad, to take the first place trophy in the boys’ varsity race. The team, in photo, gathered before practice on Monday to sign a commemorative race t-shirt for Walter (far right).

At the Fishburne Invitational on Tuesday, Walter Mann ’16 (center, 2nd overall), Chester Pruitt ’18 (left, 5th overall), and Harry Pearson ’19 (right, 15th overall) were medalists in the boys’ varsity race. Adrienne Spring ’16 led the way for the Raiders in the girls’ varsity race.

Middle School Tennis Wins 

On Tuesday afternoon, the Raiders defeated Cave Spring Middle School by a score of 27-8. The #1 singles match won 3-2 by Rees Wenk ’22 proved to be the most exciting match of the day—coming down to the very last point.

Winter Athletic Opportunities

Students wishing to participate on a winter athletic team should register with the team coach, by email, no later than October 23. Click the links below for athletic opportunities, coaches email addresses, and additional details for each team. 
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