June 12, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 38
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Message from the Headmaster

New Faces, and Old Faces in New Places

We have just concluded a tremendous year at North Cross, a year that I consider to be the best of my four. Graduation was exceptional, and I was particularly proud of the student speeches. I thought they positively reflected many of the programmatic changes we have worked hard to implement over the last four years.  With the new school year just around the corner, we are already working hard to make the 2015-2016 school year even better. Toward this end, I would like to briefly introduce you to our new faculty members for next year as well as inform you of some changes within our current faculty.

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Campus Update

52nd Commencement

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, 40 members of the Class of 2015 received diplomas at commencement. Speakers included Rye Barcott, author of “It Happened on the Way to War,” Valedictorian Meg Evett ’15, and Liz Frankl ’82, recipient of the Alumni Service Award.

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Tree Dedication to Liz Holt

On May 28 the school dedicated a tree to Liz Holt in honor of her 29 years of service to North Cross School. All lower school students attended the dedication where Ms. Holt told the students "I am a Raider, I will always be a Raider. You all are Raiders, and you will always be Raiders. Raiders are hard working, honest, and take care of each other. That's all there is to it." The maple tree is near the rock behind Willis Hall. A portrait of Ms. Holt is also underway and will be hung in Ellis Hall this fall. 

New Storage Building

The school purchased a new permanent building to replace the seven rented storage units located in the bus lot across from Porterfield Ballpark.

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June Jamboree

A few spaces are still available in our June Jamboree program. June Jamboree offers a combination of structured activities and supervised, self-directed time for students age three through rising 7th graders.

Click here for more information, or contact Stephen Belderes at sbelderes@northcross.org or (540) 588-8320.

Academic Update

Lower School Spanish Honor Society

On May 26, students in the Lower School Spanish Honor Society were recognized at a ceremony in Fishburn Auditorium.

The Excellence Award was given to Joelle Jeneau ’22Ericka Storm ’22 was awarded the Friendship Award. Advisor Mariana Hermosilla noted that all members of the society received the Service to School Award.

Summer Tutoring

A number of North Cross School teachers are available to tutor students in a variety of subjects. Click to visit the Summer Tutoring page

Billing for tutoring services will be processed by the North Cross School Finance Office. Parents will be billed monthly for the tutoring sessions completed during that time period.

Arts Update


The 2015 edition of Calliope, the student literary publication, is available for digital download. The publication, featuring short stories, poetry, and photography, was put together under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Olivia Hanson ’16 and Faculty Advisor Mr. Michael Schaefer.

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Athletic Update

State Recognition for Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team

Three members of the boys’ varsity tennis team earned VISAA All-State Division II recognition. Congratulations to Joseph Cartledge ’16Michael Fleming ’16, and Jack Fishwick ’16 for being named to the First Team. 

Joseph also earned Division II Player of the Year honors, and coach Robert Robillard was named Division II Coach of the Year.

State Recognition for Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Max Revercomb ’15Isaiah Harris ’15, and Will Perry â€™16 were named to the VISAA All-State Division II First Team. 

Coaching Announcements

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey
Candice Fisher (left) has been named head coach of the girls varsity field hockey team. Coach Fisher is a 2014 graduate of Roanoke College where she played on the field hockey team for four years.  
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
Chris Pollock (right) was promoted to head coach of the boys varsity lacrosse team. Coach Pollock has been a North Cross faculty member since 2001 serving as a Physical Education teacher and Upper School Sports Business teacher. He has also been an assistant coach for our boys varsity soccer and boys varsity lacrosse teams, and was the head coach of our middle school and JV lacrosse teams last season.  

CAC Update

More Racquet Sports at the CAC

Carter Athletic Center is expanding their racquet sports programs. Jim Schaefer, Roanoke College Men's Tennis Coach and USPTA certified professional has been named Racquet Sports Coordinator for the CAC.  Jim will oversee all racquet sports programs at the CAC and can address any of your racquet sports needs. The CAC has added an on-site racquet stringing center inside the CAC lobby. 

Following the success of Pickleball, the CAC will also begin offering tennis and badminton programs. The pricing and schedules for racquet sport programs will be announced July 1. Stop by the CAC or visit www.ncscac.org to learn more.
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