November 7, 2014 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 13
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Campus Update

A Few Ad Spaces Remain in Raiders Digest

Raiders Digest will be sent off to Salem Printing at the end of next week. If your household had any edits to the upcoming edition of Raiders Digest, click here to review a pdf proof to check that your changes have been made. Email Whitney Aldridge with any additional edits by Monday.

A few ad spaces are still available. Thank you to the businesses that reserved space in the upcoming edition of Raiders Digest. Check the latest proof, and email David Lake the number of the space you prefer if you wish to advertise in this popular publication. Ad materials are due no later than Tuesday, November 11.

Drop Off @ Drop Off Next Week

Deliver your Big Flea donations in the afternoon carpool line during our “Drop Off @ Drop Off” next week. Fill a few boxes at home this weekend and drop them off next week while you are waiting on the carpool line. It's an easy way to reduce the clutter at home and help North Cross School with one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. 

Teacher Feature: Lee Ann Farley

Instead of my traditional interview and interview questions, Ms. Farley invited me to her classroom to learn about her first hand; and trust me, I learned a lot by just being there. When I walked in she had a group of students in her room for study hall. I quickly took advantage of the opportunity and asked what they thought about Ms. Farley. Their answers varied, but all had a similar tone. “She is the coolest teacher in the school,” said one student. Another said, “She teaches us without teaching” and another said, “I’ve always felt really welcome when I come to her class.” Just from that alone it was easy to see that the students loved her and her class.

Click here to read the full feature.

Modern Manners 101

The Civility School will be offering a workshop for North Cross boys in grades 5-8 titled “Modern Manners 101.” The sessions will take place in Lemon Dining Hall from 3:30-5:00 on Thursday afternoons in November and December. Tuition is $200. Click here to download a flyer.

Academic Update

Decisionʉ۪14: Nilla Wafers or Ritz Crackers?

While many of us went to the polls to vote on Tuesday, the students in the kindergarten class of Melanie Harrison and Emily Brown learned about the democratic process and how to graph results on a chart. The students entered a classroom voting booth and cast a ballot for their favorite snack, Nilla Wafers or Ritz Crackers. The votes were tallied (the wafers won!) and (in photo above) the students learned how to graph the results.

Word Study Presentation

At the Ellis Hall Director’s Coffee with Deborah Jessee on Tuesday, November 11, second grade teacher Audrey Osborne will make a special presentation about the recently expanded Word Study program in the lower school. Parents are encouraged to attend the event at noon in Fishburn Auditorium to learn more about this important academic program.

DeHart Project Presentations

The 2014-15 DeHart presentations are in full swing this fall.  This senior project is the culmination of many months of work by each individual member of each graduating class. The “senior speech” as it is known, is the result of a senior, with guidance from a faculty advisor, selecting a topic of their choosing. Seniors then spend significant time researching their topic, designing a thesis, and writing a research paper describing their topic and defending their position.  This capstone project is then delivered as the “senior speech” at a morning assembly in front of the entire upper school student body and faculty, with friends and families in attendance as well. It highlights many of the key components of a North Cross School education, and it is one more step towards academic and intellectual independence in the lives of our students.

Katie Sayers ’15 made her presentation this morning (in photo above). Her speech was titled “What is Art and Why and How is it Valued?” Other topics presented so far this year includethe correlation and connection between mathematics and music, the image of the female body and how it is influenced by the media, and the kinds and causes of skin cancer. Senior speeches are approximately 12-15 minutes long and include a multi-media component. Director of the Upper School, Mark Thompson, states, “The senior speech is a great tradition at our school; and it illustrates that learning and education takes many forms, including students teaching their classmates and teachers and families about an important topic that they are passionate about sharing.”

Art Update

All-District Choir Results

On Saturday, November 1, students from North Cross School auditioned for the District VI All District Choir.  Auditions were held at Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville, VA.  Students who made the ensemble were separated by high school and middle school then by treble (soprano and alto only) and mixed (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choruses. Congratulations to the students who earned this prestigious honor.

Middle School All District Choir 

Chloe Hunt ’21, Alto A, Mixed Chorus
Isa Kevorkian ’19, Alto B, Mixed Chorus
Claudia Morgan ’19, Alto B, Treble Chorus
Jacob Wadstrom ’20, Tenor, Mixed Chorus

High School All District Choir

Jack Fishwick ’16, Bass 1, Mixed Chorus

Art Competitions Makes Students Stronger

Entering outside art competitions is an important step in the development of a young artist. Art teacher Annette Pfaeffle requires her students to enter three art shows during the course of the school year. “By entering shows and competitions, the students get the opportunity to experience the life of a working artist by putting their work out for others to see, plus they get a chance to see how their work stands up against other artists,” she said. â€œIt also helps their working portfolio for future college applications, especially when it comes to extra curricular activities and being looked at as a well-rounded student,” she added.

This week, the students in her Portfolio class put the final touches on their entries for the Medical Avatar Time Machine exhibit by artist Virgil Wong. The show is in the Perspectives Gallery at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. Students are submitting three self portraits—one as they appear today, one as they will look like in twenty years if they took up a bad habit, and one as they will look in twenty years if they do not take up the bad habit. Most of the students selected sleep deprivation and excessive stress as their bad habit. â€œThe students only had two and half weeks to complete their portraits, so they learned about the realities of working on a show deadline.” Click here or the image above to view larger samples of the student work. The exhibit will also be on display beginning Thursday, November 20.

AP art student Katie Sayers ’15 entered one of her pieces in a local competition and earned second place in the student division of the Smith Mountain Arts Council 25th Annual Art Show on October 24. Katie (top in photo) won for her oil painting of “Hamish,” a Highland Bull she photographed in Scotland. Midora Firebaugh ’20 (bottom in photo) received an award for her oil painting entitled “Fire and Ice.” She is the youngest artist to ever receive a merit award at the show. Both pieces will be featured at the FOTA Coffeehouse next Friday evening.

Student Art and Performances at the Coffeehouse Next Friday

If you have not ordered your tickets yet for the FOTA Coffeehouse next Friday at the South County Library, there is still time to be a “fan” of the arts and support the student artists at North Cross School. Students will display artwork in a gallery and perform on the stage. The event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Click here to download a ticket order form.

Athletic Update

Seniors Honored

Last Saturday the North Cross Raiders earned a spot in the VIS Division III football playoffs this weekend with a 53-0 win over Hargrave Military Academy. The team honored seniors (left to right in photo) Ryan Dent ’15Sterling Moskal ’15Max Revercomb ’15, and Isaiah Harris ’15. The team, currently ranked fourth in their division, will play next at top-ranked Fredericksburg Christian tomorrow afternoon.

Boys’ Soccer Advances to State Final Match

The Raiders earned a spot in the semifinal round of the VISAA tournament on Monday with a 2-0 victory over visiting Christchurch School. Dylan Lowe ’17 and Jaime Dooley ’16 scored to give North Cross it's twenty-first win on the season.

After receiving a send off from students in the lower school (in photo above), the team traveled to Richmond yesterday and defeated rival Carlisle School 1-0 thanks to a breakaway goal in overtime by Dylan Lowe ’17. The Raiders will play Highland School for the VISAA Division II state title tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. The game can be viewed online. Click here to visit the site. A subscription is required.

Field Hockey Advances to Semifinals

A 4-0 victory over visiting Highalnd School on Tuesday afternoon put the Raiders into the semifinals of the VISAA tournament. Morgan Sturm ’17, Madison Bloomfield ’15, Avery Sturm ’15, and Campbell Lake ’16 scored for the Raiders. Anna Robison ’15 made two saves in goal. The Raiders outshot Highland School 27-2.

The team plays Foxcroft School in Virginia Beach at the National Field Hockey Training Center. The game begins at 1 p.m. today. If the Raiders win, they will play for the state final tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Boys’ Varsity Soccer All-Conference Team

1st Team All-Conference

Christian Entleitner ’15
Bennett Holley ’15
Kennedy Nwabia ’15

2nd Team All-Conference

Brandon Campbell ’16
Jamine Dooley ’16
Jack Holley ’17

Coach Of the Year

James Brown

Celebrating 70 Years

Naming Eaton Hall 

Three schools were combined in the early 1960s to create North Cross School. One of the schools was the Eaton School, which was founded by Mary Hammond. She felt there was a need for a small private school in Roanoke that could provide students in junior high an academically rigorous program of study without the distraction of large classes. Mary, and a board of directors, leased and renovated a house in South Roanoke—at 2201 Carolina Avenue. The school, which she named after her youngest son David Eaton Hammond, accepted students in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades when it opened in September 1960.

After less than a year in operation, the school realized it needed substantial capital improvements to fulfill their mission so the board unanimously voted to merge with North Cross Country Day School for the 1961-62 school year. Eaton Hall, shown in photo from the 1963 yearbook, was named in honor of the school that helped form North Cross School. The building housed upper school students until Willis Hall was completed in 1985. It's only fitting that Eaton Hall, named for a school for middle schoolers, returned to it's roots and today houses our middle school students.
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