February 26, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 24
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Campus Update

Pep Rally Extravaganza

On Wednesday, students participated in the Winter Pep Rally. In addition to meeting the members of the winter athletic teams, students and faculty participated in a “dance off.” The winning routine was selected by an applause vote at the end of the extravaganza. All of the teams did a great job, but the breakdancing performance by Mr. Clagett and Tucker Vest ’18 stole the show!
:: View a video on the Crossties Blog

Visitors from Argentina

For the last seven weeks, a group of Argentinian students (grades 8-11) studied at North Cross. ​All of the students are from Corrientes, Argentina, the hometown of Spanish teacher Marianna Hermosilla. They took courses in history, sciences, English, and current US affairs, while becoming more familiar with American culture. 

The students stayed with host families and visited Washington D.C., Natural Bridge, Shenandoah Caverns, attended a hockey game, and even had a chance to go skiing.

Photos from the students' visit to Roanoke and responses to the question "What did you enjoy most about your time here at North Cross?" are included on the Crossties Blog.
:: Visit the Crossties Blog to learn more

Big Flea is Almost Here

We are still collecting items to sell at our annual Big Flea sale on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Do a little early spring cleaning over the weekend and drop off your unwanted or unused items at "Meet Me Mondays" from 3-4 p.m., each Monday at the Big Flea Building located in the bus lot. If you have a large number of items, or bulky items such as furniture, please call Elise DeMoss at (540) 529-9285 to schedule a pick up. 

Donations are tax deductible, and the money raised from Big Flea goes directly to fund the amazing things North Cross School offers our students. Thank you to everyone who has dropped off or asked us to pick up things thus far!  We are excited about Big Flea 2016!

Additional Yearbooks Orders Due Tuesday

Families have the opportunity to order additional copies of the 2016 yearbook for $60 each, or purchase a name stamp for their student for $10. You will need to place your order with Herff Jones by Tuesday, March 1.

:: Visit the school website for ordering information

Academic Update


The annual Symposium brought over 30 presenters to campus today. After a presentation titled “A Co-Curricular Life” by Joe Boucher, students in grades 8-12 enjoyed a day learning about engineering, communications, theater improv, diseases, ink wash painting, physical therapy, meterories, interior design, cake decorating, solving ethical dilemmas, and much more.
:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

A Sweet Project

​You may have noticed buckets and tubing near several maple trees by the lower school recently. Brian Clark, father of Rowan Clark ’28, visited with the kindergarten students earlier this month and taught them how to tap maple trees for syrup.
:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

ICAT Coming to Campus

Representatives from the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) were on campus last Friday afternoon for a training session with Lower School faculty members. The ICAT team will be here next month for an exciting two-week program with lower school students. Complete information and a schedule will be emailed to families soon.

Global Studies Speaker

On Monday afternoon in Fishburn Auditorium, Abdullah Baig spoke to upper and middle school students about "Islam 101 in the American Muslim Context." Abdullah speaks regularly at high schools in the Northern Virginia area, as well as George Mason University. Abdullah also serves as the Director of Public Outreach and Communications for Project Rahma, an organization dedicated toward spreading awareness of mental illnesses in the Muslim community. The speaker was arranged by Shermeen Imam ’16

Studying George Washington

Mrs. Heather Slaughter and Mr. Ryan Cook took sixth grade students to visit the Taubman Museum of Art this week as part of their history studies. The museum is currently featuring an exhibit entitled A Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President, which tells the story of our first president through important personal effects, art, and historic objects.
:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

Staff Story: Jeff Kennard

Hometown: Manchester, Connecticut
​Education: Texas Tech University—B.A.; Hollins University—M.A.L.S.
Year Appointed: 2009
Current Position: Director of Marketing, Assistant Coach Cross Country

In photo, the Kennard family in Morgantown, WV for a 2013 Texas Tech football game against West Virginia. From left: Elliott, Jeff, Julia, and Hilary.
:: Continue reading on the Crossties Blog

Art Update

A New Piano

Thursday was an exciting day for the music department at North Cross as the first Yamaha U series piano was delivered. The piano, purchased thanks to a generous donation from Salem Printing, provides our teachers, musicians, and singers with a quality, long-lasting instrument to enhance their musical studies. This purchase is part of the school’s goal to obtain four high-quality refurbished pianos to replace the existing pianos. Please join us in thanking Salem Printing for making this first piano possible!
We are also grateful for a recent gift from Randy and Kristina Newberry that puts us on the road to obtaining our second piano. We encourage you to join Salem Printing and the Newberrys in donating to our piano fund. With your help, we can get a second piano on campus by the end of the school year!

Athletic Update

Raiders Advance to VIC Final

Last night the boys’ varsity basketball team defeated Roanoke Catholic in a VIC semifinal matchup 66-51. After a tough loss to the Celtics earlier this month, the Raiders rebounded and pulled off the road win. Jordan Lowery ’16 led the way with a game-high 27 points.

The Raiders will play in the VIC final on Saturday at Roanoke College against Hargrave Military. The game starts at 3:30 p.m. Please let your families know that we are charging for this event. The cost will be $5 (12 and under are free). If you cannot attend, a live feed of the game will be available at www.ves.org/live.
:: Read the story published at roanoke.com
:: Watch video highlights at wdbj7.com

2016 Muscaro-Satterwhite Service Award

Pam and Joe Moskal were presented with the 2016 Muscaro-Satterwhite Service Award at the varsity girls' basketball game last Friday evening. In his remarks, Athletic Director Eric Lawrence spoke about the importance of the Moskal family to the Raider athletic program. Below is an excerpt from Eric’s remarks.

Pam was a founding member of our athletic boosters in 2005 and has faithfully served with the boosters since that time. She actively attends meetings, helps stock and staff Raider Joe’s as well as our indoor concessions. Basically, anything that needs to get done, she graciously gets it done.

Joe, or Dr. Moskal as most of us know his as, has tirelessly supported our athletic program as team doc for various sports and especially football for the past eight years! For all of these reasons the Athletic Department at North Cross is endlessly grateful for the both of you. You make a great couple.

Athletic Scores from Twitter

Athletic team results submitted by team coaches are available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics

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