March 24, 2017 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 29
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Head of School Message

It was mighty fine watching the Raiders soccer teams sweep our rivals from Roanoke Catholic and our Boys Middle School lacrosse team defeat a talented St. Anne’s Belfield squad.  It was warm until the sun went down but I remained comfortable because I had an insulated work jacket to put on.  Maybe you saw the jacket… it is tan canvas with a leather collar and brown buttons.  Definitely good looking and the best part is that it only cost me four dollars.  Yes, that is not a typo, it only cost four dollars.
I can hear the skeptics in the crowd already. They are saying, Chris is overselling his alternative facts. “There is no way he got that great coat for only four dollars.” If you are among this crowd, I have news for you. I bought this coat at The Big Flea along with a turkey fryer, a top opening deep freeze, a refrigerator for the basement, and several boxes of books.  Bargains definitely abound at the Big Flea.

Campus Update

A Big Check for a Great Gesture

At this week's Upper School SCA meeting, Dr. Proctor (pictured with SCA President Lucas Arnold ’17) and members of the Development team came to say a special thank you for the $500 donation the school received from the SCA during Roanoke Valley Gives Day on March 15. The campaign raised over $1300 for our Annual Fund in one day as members of the Roanoke Valley elected to "Give where You Live" to area non-profits. We are grateful for all the support, and honored by our students' loyalty and thoughtfulness.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Tomorrow is load-out day! What does that mean? All of the generous donations we've been collecting over the school year now have to be moved from the storage shed over to the CAC to be set up for the Big Flea sale on April 1. We could really use help with the transfer, as the entire storage shed as well as a whole school bus are filled with household items, clothing and furniture. Beginning at 8:00am, If you can put something on a truck or take it off, you can help! If you can't make it tomorrow, we can still use your help during setup and on the day of the sale. Click the link below to sign up for a shift, and thank you!

Yearbook Students Get a Taste of the Big Apple

Fourteen publications students—including yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine—attended the annual Spring Convention held by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York last week. The convention had sessions Wednesday through Friday, covering all topic areas related to student media, including design, reporting, photography, videography, online news, and social media, as well as sessions on how to be great editors, work with other people and run publication staffs effectively. After the sessions each day, students got a chance to explore the city. 

Pictured at Columbia: Freshman Nora Terrill, junior Katherine Lake, senior Natalie List, adviser Becky Sharkey, sophomore Charlie Card.
Pictured in the subway station: Sophomore Jared La Treill, senior Natalie List, juniors Katherine Lake and Nathan Seidel, adviser Becky Sharkey, sophomores Meredith McGimsey and Emmy Graham.

Academic Update

The Ties that Bind

This Monday, seventh-graders presented their completed family history projects to history teacher Heather Slaughter. The binders, filled with family photos, interviews, an autobiography and historical timeline, were the culmination of a month-long research project in which students used online databases and personal interviews to discover their roots and to find some surprising discoveries. Joelle Juneau ’22 mentioned that she found out her paternal grandfather came from Cuba when he found out he could do better as a physician if he trained in the U.S. Another student, Shayla Kyle ’22, discovered a great aunt she hadn't known about during her search on in the library. The students remarked that they enjoyed creating this family history and know that it will be something they hold onto for a long time; "Except the baby pictures," added Joelle, "My mom wants those back."

DeHart Speeches

This week, the Upper School heard from three seniors as they presented their DeHart Projects. The first, Harrison Wells, reflects on the United States Military's Rules of Engagement and the problems therein. On Wednesday, Sean Auwarter took the audience through the history of video games and finally, today, Lucas Arnold introduced the interesting advancement in cancer treatment by using a version of the Polio virus to disarm cancer cells. This week is a great example of the variety of interests of this year's senior class. 

Teacher Feature: Shannon Taylor

Pictured: Coach Taylor with the Girls Varsity Basketball team.

Hometown: Roanoke, VA, I attended Patrick Henry High School
Position: Middle School Physical Education, Head Coach Girls Varsity Basketball, Assistant Coach Varsity Football
Education: University of Virginia—B.A. 
Year Appointed: 2011

What is something your students don't know about you? Most of my students know that I played in the NFL but many do not now that I am one of the players that they can choose to be on the game Madden 2003.  

Athletics Update

Athletes Awarded for Teamwork, Talent

On Thursday, athletes from this past winter season were honored for their participation. A handful of athletes who represent the epitome of athleticism and sportsmanship were further awarded with coach's awards and most valuable player recognition in basketball and swimming. For a complete list, visit the Crossties Blog.


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