February 6, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 23
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Campus Update

Last Chance to Re-enroll at 2014-15 rate

This weekend is a great time to take care of re-enrollment for next year, and be entered into a drawing for one student’s tuition at last year’s rate.* To qualify, students must be re-enrolled (with contract and deposit submitted) by the re-enrollment deadline of Tuesday, February 10.

Last week you should have received a letter from Dr. Proctor inviting you to re-enroll. The letter contained the username and password you need to re-enroll online. Click here to visit the Re-Enrollment page on the school website. 

If you have questions regarding the re-enrollment contract, please contact Katherine Kelly, at kkelly@northcross.org or 540-989-6641, x245Amy Jackson, Interim Director of Admission and Financial Assistance is glad to help with other questions regarding re-enrollment, at ajackson@northcross.org or 540-989-6641, x257.

*The drawing will be held on Thursday, February 12, at the Parents' Association meeting. Children of faculty, staff, and board members are ineligible to participate. If the student decides at a later date not to enroll, the incentive is not transferrable to a sibling or another student. There is no monetary award; the drawing is for a one-time tuition discount. 

Pancake Breakfast Next Friday

The Class of 2015 is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser for their senior gift on Friday, February 13 from 7-8:15 a.m. The entire community is welcome to enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, orange juice, milk, and coffee in Lemon Dining Hall.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $20 for the entire family. Donations are also appreciated.

Welcome two more to the Class of 2032

Congratulations to Stephen Alexander, Associate Director of Admission and Varsity Football Coachand his wife Monica on the birth of their second daughter, Hadley Anne Alexander (top photo). Hadley arrived on January 15 at 11:10 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 10 oz, and measured 19 inches. Big sister, Harper ’29, can't wait until Hadley can come to school with her! 

Later that very same day,  ECP teacher Laura Gamble and her husband Jason welcomed their son, Colton Arthur Gamble (bottom photo). Colton arrived at 8:03 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 2 oz, and measured 20 3/4 inches.

Both families are doing well and send their thanks for all the well wishes to the North Cross community.

Academic Update

Harvard Model UN

Twenty-two students represented North Cross School at the Harvard Model United Nations last weekend as the only school from Virginia. Delegates represented Guatemala in the General Assembly and Haiti in the Economic and Social Committees. Vincient Arnold ’16 earned his way onto a special committee for NGOs, which was a first for the delegation. Students were fortunate to have a special meeting at the Christian Science Monitor hosted by Michael Farrell—uncle of Bruce Farrell ’17. The students learned more about Haiti and Guatemala from the Editor-in-Chief, the diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC, and the Latin American Editor in Mexico City. The trip was organized and led by Robert Robillard and Nitza Plaski-Fernandez.

Heart Education in Eaton Hall

February is American Heart Month. The Eaton Hall SCA is promoting awareness of this program and of the many people who live with heart conditions and diseases. In addition to the students learning about heart health at an assembly earlier this week, Counselor Nani Moskal ’08 (in photo) met with sixth grade students during their Health class and reviewed how the heart functions. Next week she will discuss diseases and disorders of the heart and ways students can maintain a healthy heart.

As another facet of the SCA Heart Awareness Program, the middle school students will be helping a local family who has been impacted by their child’s congenital heart defects. Bentley Page, a ten-month old from Roanoke, was born with several congenital heart defects. The family has incurred significant expenses treating Bentley’s condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center and at Boston Children’s Hospital. Tuesday through Thursday next week, the SCA will be selling “Bags for Bentley”—Valentine’s candy bags—for $1 with the proceeds going directly to Bentley's family. Eaton Hall will also have a jeans day on Friday, February 13.  For an additional $1 donation, students may wear jeans and red tops to promote this very important cause. Bentley’s grandfather, Mark Page, will speak to the students during break on Friday, February 13 about Bentley’s treatment and the family’s journey. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend at 10 a.m. in Fishburn Auditorium.

For more information about Bentley, click here to watch a segment from WSLS or click here to visit their Facebook page. Please note that some of the images contained in these links may be disturbing to some viewers. 

2014 Yearbook Finalist for National Award

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced earlier this week that the 2014 North Cross School yearbook, titled “What Makes Us,” is a finalist in the Yearbook Pacemaker competition. The yearbook was produced by Ms. Laura Allen’s Yearbook class last year.

Judges chose the finalists from 289 entries. Winners will be announced April 16-19, 2015 at the yearbook convention in Denver.

Teacher Feature: Wendy Lawrence 

How did your career begin with North Cross School?
Well I actually worked at the CAC for a while when it first opened but took a few years off to start a family, then I actually worked in the admission office before becoming a teacher. When our oldest child, Emily ’10, was starting kindergarten I decided to homeschool her. I absolutely loved teaching her, especially how to read, but quickly decided that I did not want to homeschool our children forever. Emily started at North Cross her first grade year. At the time Carol Funderburke was the Director of Admission. She was about to have her first child and needed someone to help in the admission office during her maternity leave. She asked me and Janie Mountcastle to share the task. When she returned, I continued to work for her and then with Emily Brown for two more years. It was during that time that I decided to get my teaching certificate and Masters from UVA. Once I completed that, Liz offered me the 4th grade language arts teaching position. I started in 2004 and am now in my eleventh year. 

Click here for the full Teacher Feature. 

Photo: Eric and Wendy Lawrence with their three children at their home in Floyd, from left, Emily ’10, Margaret ’16, and Sam ’12.

Art Update

All-District Band

Four of Jimmie Donnini’s band students will perform this weekend at the All-District Band Concert. Caroline McGimsey ’17Kevin Bao ’18, Nolan Wages ’16 and Helen Schmedtje ’17 (from left in photo) will rehearse all day today and will perform Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Christiansburg High School auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

Athletic Update

Nwabia Signs with UD

At a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon in the Carter Athletic Center, Kennedy Nwabia ’15 officially signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer next fall at the University of Dayton.

Four Swimmers Earn All-Conference

At the VIC Conference Championships at Hargrave Military Academy on Tuesday afternoon, Emma Cartledge ’18, Joseph Cartledge ’16, Maddie Robinson ’16, and Margo Winn ’18 each earned All-Conference honors by placing first in an individual event. Overall, the Girls’ Varsity team placed third at the conference meet while the Boys’ Varsity team placed fourth.

Two swimmers also earned state qualifying times. Katherine Lake ’18 qualified in the 100 yard Breaststroke and Daniel Lorens ’16 earned a state time in the 100 yard Butterfly.

Celebrating 70 Years

The Tuckers Come to Camelot

At our Founder’s Day celebration last Friday, Dr. Proctor asked the question, “Who is the second tallest headmaster in North Cross history?” The question may have been a piece of trivia to our students, but the answer, John Tucker (left in photo with Dr. Proctor), was not trivial at all.

Emerson Johnson resigned in 1969 to become Headmaster of Charlotte Country Day. Board Chair Tom Slack phoned John Tucker, then at Norfolk Academy, and asked him to meet with him and Kate about the Headmaster position at North Cross. When John met with the search committee, he had a list of questions, the first and most important was whether North Cross would have a non-discriminatory policy, to which the Board agreed. He accepted the job in 1970 as the second Headmaster of North Cross; and coincidentally, at 6' 8" he is the second tallest Headmaster to Mr. Johnson, of the nine we have had.

The school would purchase a home for John and Barbara in South Roanoke, which was to become the hub of social activity for the school. Meanwhile, buildings began actively springing up around campus. Slack Hall, Hancock Library, the acquisition of the Thomas tract of land, and the land where the home of the present headmaster is located were all part of the development that happened during Mr. Tucker’s eight years at North Cross. Mr. Tucker wore bright red trousers after every victory or other school accomplishments. There were also daily conversations with Tom Slack. John commented, “I received a call each morning around 7 a.m. from Mr. Slack and among other items, he would ask ‘What do you think of the morning editorial in the Roanoke Times?’”

Yet the most important achievement of Mr. Tucker’s administration wasn’t the buildings or the land, it was assembling an excellent faculty that did not see its job limited to the classroom. Names like Calvert, Cook, DeHart, Grayson, Maycock, Martin, Meagher, Muscaro, Sallade, Satterwhite, and so many more, came to the school during his tenure and impacted our students well after his departure.

He and Barbara were actively involved in the Roanoke social scene, and on more than one occasion was heard to remark, “My days at North Cross were like living in Camelot.” By the time his former employer, Norfolk Academy, lured him back in 1978, he had left an incredible legacy. North Cross had grown from 324 to 524 students, and many programs were added, including The Living Gallery (now Logan Art Gallery) in Slack Hall which in 1977 featured a Thomas Eakins Art Exhibit with paintings and artifacts from family members who lived in the city. It was a two-week exhibit, with around-the-clock guards for security, that brought five thousand people to the campus.

John went on to spend 22 years at Norfolk Academy, and he and Barbara currently reside in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where he serves as a consultant to the newly established PreK-8, Saint Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk. He is also currently chair of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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