February 3, 2017 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 23
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Head of School

Following are Dr. Proctor's remarks from this afternoon's Founders' Day celebration at which Mr. Harry I. Johnson III ’86 was honored as this year's Distinguished Alumnus and Mrs. Polly Jones, Upper School English teacher and English Department Chair, was awarded the Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Good afternoon and welcome to our 73rd birthday, or Founders' Day, as we remember it.
Beyond celebrating our birthday, we gather to give thanks to the members of our community that had the foresight to create an independent school for the Roanoke Valley.  People like Billie Northcross Ellis, Tom Slack, Gordon Willis, Bob Fishburne and Sally Crockett, the Lawson Family, the Parrott Family, and more recently Stephen Lemon, George Cartledge Jr. and III, David Willis, Katherine Walker, John Fishwick, and Russ Ellett.  Each  have given of themselves to make North Cross not just a school but as our speaker today stated, a “Seminar in Modern Life.” 

Campus Update

Re-Enrollment Rolling Strong; but Don't Delay

As of this morning, 106 students have been re-enrolled. That's great news.

But, only 37 have completed all 3 steps to be eligible for the five, $1,000 tuition credit drawings. We certainly don't want anyone who wants to have a chance to win to miss it, so here's a reminder:
  1. Log on to onCampus and you'll see that everything is pre-populated, all you have to do is review your information and digitally sign (only one parent/guardian required) to submit your contract. If you need help, Lauren or David can guide you through it in the Admissions Office.
  2. Set up Smart Tuition: Look for an email after you submit from our new online tuition payment system, Smart Tuition, which will allow you to set up your payment account quickly and pay your deposit.
  3. Pay your deposit. Finally, once we receive your non-refundable deposit through Smart Tuition you'll be entered to win $1,000 in tuition credit—your chances as of now are better than 1 in 20!
You must complete ALL three steps to be eligible for the drawing. Try to have your process finished by February 6. Processing times for Smart Tuition and deposits may take up to two business days. 

Five people will be chosen for the credit by the PA president on February 9; only one award per family. Credit will be applied after July 1, 2017. Faculty and staff families are ineligible for this drawing. 

View the A-list

Want a sneak preview of what's going to be at our live and silent auctions tomorrow night? Well, look no further than the click of a button. We have all the goods listed with descriptions on our Gala and Auction website. There's something for everyone, like:
  • Great seats to Monday's UVA (#9) v. Louisville (#6) game and a parking pass!
  • The perfect Valentine's gift for the entire family: AKC black lab puppy and puppy wellness package!
  • 5-course, private dinner for four with wine pairings at Hotel Roanoke; and two rooms at the Hotel for the night.
Missed your chance to buy tickets? Email our bouncer Jennifer Burtch and she'll do her best to make room for you on the list.

PLEASE NOTE: The time listed on our hard-copy calendar for the calendar is incorrect. The event begins at 6:30pm, not 6:00pm. Can't wait to see you there!

Breakfast? We got this.

Senior Class Gift Fundraising Pancake Breakfast
The Senior Class will be serving breakfast this Friday, February 10, 7am-8:15am in the Lemon Dining Hall. All proceeds from the sale will go towards their class gift to the school.

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, fried potatoes
OJ, Milk and Coffee

$8 Adults; $5 Students; $20 Family
Donations Appreciated

Voting Closes Wednesday!

Two years ago, we lost out to Roanoke Catholic. Last year, you helped us get back on top. Let's keep the winning streak alive! Voting is now open for the Roanoker Magazine's Best of Roanoke 2017. Categories for North Cross can be found in the "Events, Faces + Places" section. You'll need to vote for a total of 10 items, but we hope to be your first three: Best Private School, Best Preschool and Best Tutor/Supplemental Education Services. And, don't forget to nominate your choice for "Most Inspiring Teacher."

Academic Update

Snapshot: Number Sleuths

As our Kindergartners are always keen observers of the world around them, Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Brown took advantage of this strength and had the students search the Lower School for numbers. It was amazing how many they found and what fun they had doing it. The activity was part of their unit on recognizing, comparing, and writing numbers.

Big Ideas Sometimes Live in Tiny Houses

​Fifth graders in Mrs. Osborne's math class recently finished studying area and perimeter of rectangles, squares, triangles, and parallelograms. The unit concluded with a tiny house project. "Tiny houses" are typically homes with less than 400 square-feet of space. Students were given the challenging task of creating not only such a house, but one that also met certain requirements (such as windows, lights, a front door, artwork, a mirror, a bed, table, counter, refrigerator, and more). Before jumping straight to building their model, they had to draft a blueprint of their house and create a sensible layout.

DeHart Speech: Claiborne Creasy

On Tuesday morning, Claiborne Creasy ’17 gave a presentation on the history of Title IX, a section of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, which states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." In 2001 and 2011, further guidelines were added addressing the handling of sexual assault cases on campuses. Though intended to help schools deal with sexual assault cases swiftly, the guidelines were broad sweeping and took away much of the due process and evidence requirements for the handling of accusations of sexual assault which can have lifetime repercussions for those wrongly accused, both male and female.

Teacher Feature: Leigh Ann Hamlin

Pictured: Leigh Ann and her husband Jack Hamlin ’03

Position: Director of Counseling
Education: B.A., Virginia Tech; M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University
Year Appointed: 2015​

What is your hometown? Roanoke, VA. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 2004 while my husband Jack graduated from North Cross in 2003.

What's one thing your students don't know about you?  I do CrossFit! I somehow get myself out of bed in the mornings before school and go to CrossFit. I love how the workout each day is completely different and I’m always challenged. I’m also a certified barre instructor (mix of Pilates, yoga and ballet).

Who most influenced your decision to work with kids? I think I was most influenced from Carol Crawford Smith, owner of The Center of Dance in Blacksburg. While attending Virginia Tech, I taught ballet to all ages from 3 to adult classes. I loved the diversity of working with all ages. Carol was such an inspiration and her passion for sharing her love of dance greatly impacted me. I always looked forward to teaching classes and choreographing pieces for performances. I’ll never forget some of the faces of the younger kids when they experienced dancing on stage for the first time.


Athletics Update

Two Seniors Committed to Football

On Wednesday, two of North Cross School's standout players from this year's 2016 VISAA Div II State Finalist football team formally committed to play football next year with their respective colleges: Davis Call ’17, to College of William & Mary and Miles Lowman ’17, to Hampden-Sydney College, surrounded by their parents, friends and coaches.

Please help us celebrate both Davis and Miles, their accomplishments as tremendous high school student-athletes as they prepare to play football at the next level.

Boys' Varsity Basketball is tied for #1 in the VISAA state poll!

Saturday the team takes on one of the top teams in Timesland: William Fleming, at the Adam Ward Classic Invitational (Salem Civic Center) at 1:00pm. They would love your support as they attempt to topple the Colonels. Let's get out and support our Raiders! Expect a $10 admission charge for this Valley wide Timesland event. 


The most recent scores from our athletic contests are below. More scores from this week and past can always be found by visiting the Scoreboard feature of onCampus.

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