March 18, 2016 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 26
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Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction

(Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally)

Given the frequent bad news associated with math education and American students, it may be hard to believe that American students just won the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad, defeating the Chinese, Koreans, and Russians for the first time in 21 years. Furthermore, our coaches say that the number of master mathematicians on the United States bench is deeper than it has ever been. 

But how does this square with the almost simultaneous reporting of the most recent results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)? 
:: Read the full message on the Crossties Blog

Campus Update

Winter Academic Awards

The Winter Academic Awards will take place on Thursday, March 24 at 8:30 a.m. in Fishburn Auditorium. Parents and family members are invited to attend. This is a formal dress day for all students in grades 6-12.

Big Flea Sale in Three Weeks

The annual Big Flea Sale begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 in the Carter Athletic Center. The sale features lots of bargains on furniture, appliances, household goods, a “boutique” store, clothing, and more! When you arrive at the main entrance, you will be directed to the best available parking spot. Handicapped parking is available in front of the CAC.

The sale ends at 1 p.m., and proceeds from the sale benefit North Cross School and the Parents’ Association. 

Development Update

We noticed that 26 readers clicked the Development Update in Crossties last week to learn how we’re doing. Realizing spring break was on everyone’s mind, we thought we’d share it again. A major function of the Development Department is to raise money for our school - for our academic, art, and athletic programs and in support of the school’s operations. We do this through the Annual Fund and two fundraisers each fiscal year, and the total we must raise this year for these three is $450,000.

To learn more, click the button below to read about our year-to-date goals, our results, and what you can do to help.

:: Read the full Development update

Summer Programs

The 2016 Summer Program catalog is now available online. Two new academic camps, both offered by fifth grade teacher and licensed reading specialist Lisa Cone, have been recently added to the 2016 catalog.

  • Vocabulary Camp: Rising 5th-8th grade students can prevent summer academic loss with a fun “camp” in which students explore the wonderful world of words through games, engaging hands-on activities, and the creation of exciting skits! 
  • Comprehension Clinic: Rising 3rd-5th grade students will cultivate the comprehension skills they learned throughout the school year by reading high-interest stories and participating in reader’s theater, all while having a great time and enjoying fun stories with friends.

Visit the Summer Programs page on the school website, or download a catalog for more information. The application is also available as a download.  If you have specific questions about Summer Programs, please contact Stephen Belderes at (540) 588-8320.

:: Download the Summer Program catalog

SCA Blood Drive

In conjunction with Virginia Blood Services, the North Cross SCA will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Carter Athletic Center game gym. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with signed parental consent) and may schedule an appointment at

Click here to download a flyer with more information.

Teacher Feature: Carrie Greer

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Education: Wofford College—B.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato—M.A.T.
Current Position: Middle School Spanish, Middle School SCA
Appointed: 2013

What's one thing your students don't know about you? 
I ran cross country and track from 6th grade through college. My best mile time was 5:19!

Above: The Greer family: Carrie and her husband William with Meade ’22, Thomas ’24, and Martin ’27.
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Academic Update

SEAD Project Meeting for Parents

This week, lower school students started a unique eight-day Science, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) project in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology - ICAT and Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

On Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m., parents are invited to attend a one-hour session with representatives from the ICAT program and the Center for the Arts. The presentation will help parents learn more about the SEAD program progress, and how to discuss the program with students. 

Counseling Update

Submitted by Leigh Ann Hamlin, Director of Counseling

My first year as the Director of Counseling at North Cross School has been exciting as well as rewarding. The first half of the year was geared toward the following character themes: honesty, cooperation, courage, compassion, and respect. Students in the Lower School have been encouraged to think critically about each trait and give examples of how each trait is intertwined in their daily lives. More recently, the month of February was dedicated specifically toward sportsmanship. Upper school students shared their own experiences of sportsmanship with the lower school students. They discussed experiences from when they were their age, as well as recent encounters of positive sportsmanship here at North Cross School.
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Spring Break in Shanghai

Four current students and one alumnus joined Robert Robillard for a spring break trip to visit North Cross-Xinhe School in Shanghai. 
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

Art Update

Studio School Art Show in Logan Gallery

The 26th Annual Studio School Art Show, including "Noves, France" by Gerri Young (above), is on display in Logan Gallery until April 29, 2016. The Studio School, Inc. is a non-profit art school founded in 1990 with the vision to offer art classes to everyone who has the desire to create. The school offers a wide range of studies, from beginner to advanced, including drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oils, jewelry making and a variety of mixed media.

The public is invited to a reception for the show on Sunday, April 3 from 2-4 p.m. in Logan Gallery.

:: Learn more about the show

Athletic Update

Winter Athletic Awards

Winter athletic teams were recognized at the Winter Athletic Awards on Thursday morning in Fishburn Auditorium. Each participant was recognized with a certificate. While middle school teams do not issue individual awards, the JV and Varsity teams distributed awards for Most Valuable Player and Coaches Award. A list of award winners, and a short video, are posted on the Crossties Blog.
:: Read more on the Crossties Blog

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.
Spring sports are in full swing, so please check the athletic calendar online or individual team calendars (on the team athletic page) for the latest schedule updates and directions to away games.

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