Message from the Headmaster
Earlier this week I met with our new parents and students as they begin their orientation to North Cross School. This is a tremendously talented and diverse group and I am excited by the new energy they bring to our campus.
As always, it has been a busy summer and I think you will notice a few physical changes the minute you drive onto campus. Less obvious is the creation of our new Learning Center in the rear section of the Hancock Library. This space will serve as the focal point for our on-campus tutoring services as well as providing small group classroom space for our expanded CrossWalk program. In addition, you will find that Whitney, Ripken, and I have moved our offices from Ellis Hall to Slack Hall. This will allow Deborah the space she needs as Lower School Director and puts Admissions in the lower school where the bulk of our admissions activity occurs.
We continue to develop our relationship with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech and will this year offer an ICAT elective during the fall semester in the upper school. Combining ICAT with our new computer science elective has provided us with an excellent start toward developing a four-year STEM-D track in the upper school.
We also continue to more fully develop our lower school curriculum. Over the past two years, we have added our lower school Spanish initiative, now entering its third year. Word Study, an incredibly effective early literacy program developed at UVA, was added last year. New for this year is Singapore Math, a very direct, mastery-based approach to learning math skills. This program has been implemented at some of the best independent schools across the country with remarkable success. With the addition of Singapore Math, and the professional development necessary to fully implement Singapore Math, I believe we have the top lower school program in the region.
I am pleased with the continued improvement in our academic program and expect this year to be exceptional. Our teachers have been working hard to get the campus ready for the new year and I look forward to seeing everyone at Convocation on Monday as we ring in our 70th school year.