Crossties: May 23, 2013 • Volume: 2012-13, Issue 35

Message from the Headmaster


We are wrapping up a really good year and I am definitely looking forward to the slightly more relaxed atmosphere of the summer.  At least, I can put the neckties away until late August!  We have accomplished a tremendous amount and our enrollment trends are testimony to how well our efforts are being received.  I appreciate all of your volunteer labor, financial support, and kind words.

The other day, I was giving an admissions tour to a prospective family and I was running through my usual litany of school improvements and the exciting accomplishments of our students.  I was pleased the prospective parent seemed excited but then they turned to me and asked, “What is next?”  This is a great question and, fortunately for me, it is one that we ask ourselves frequently.  Improvement is not a one-time issue; rather, it is a continuous mindset that requires an institution to always think about the next step.

My answer was that we needed an increased emphasis on technology, and by this, I do not mean more computers in the classroom or increased use of digital texts.  I mean actually teaching students how to solve novel problems via the use of computer programming.  I mean teaching kids how to write code.  Earlier this year, Bill Gates was asked what is the most important thing a student can learn in school and his immediate reply was the ability to write computer programs, or code.  For students with a strong interest in mathematics and the sciences, writing code will be the logical extension of the problem solving process.

This skill is rarely taught in secondary schools yet it has been repeatedly identified as one of the most important skills necessary for an increasingly large number of future professions.  AMOS (at my old school), we began a four year sequence in the computer sciences designed to place a graduate in the best engineering schools in the nation.  Five years after we began, that school was recognized by Microsoft as one of the ten best secondary computer science programs in the country.

We are still a step away from beginning such a computer science program but next year, we will be taking that first critical step.  In our middle school, we will be partnering with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech University to create an elective program designed for select students.  This program will teach students the beginning steps necessary to understand novel problems and how to design computer based solutions.  Taught by graduate students from Tech, this program will mark the first step in our commitment to creating one of the best secondary school computer science programs in the nation.

You will hear more about this program over the summer and while the initial offering will be limited to a single section of students, it is but the beginning of a robust curricular addition that will enhance the attractiveness of our future graduates.  We are fortunate to be partnered with ICAT and I am confident that their unique approach, linking creativity and technology, is cutting edge and well conceived.  I couldn’t be more excited.

2013 Yearbook Dedication Goes to Donna Horak 


This year, the yearbook committee dedicated the 2013 yearbook to Donna Horak. Mrs. Horak has been a faculty member in the lower school at NCS for 27 years.  Currently a second grade teacher, Mrs. Horak spent most of her years teaching third grade and is best remembered for her love and enthusiasm for history and special third grade events like Colonial Day and the field trip to Monticello. She is beloved by all of students and coworkers. Mrs. Horak also announced that she will be retiring this year. She will be greatly missed!


Students are excited for Mrs. Horak after her yearbook dedication was announced Wednesday. 



Upper School Academic Awards


On Monday, May 20, the upper school students and their families gathered in Fishburn Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of their hard work this year. Over 30 awards were presented at the ceremony including Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Cum Laude, department awards, and other outside awards such as William and Mary Leadership Award and Sewanee Book Award for Excellence in Writing. To see a slideshow and complete list of award winners please click the link below.

Upper School Award Recipients 

Annual Fund Percentages by Class

100% of our students receive a scholarship worth, on average, $1,400 a year.

39% of our parents participate in the Annual Fund and have helped with that scholarship, while 61% have not yet given.

Here are the latest participation results by class:


Let's beat our participation percentage goal of 65%. Please make your gift now—you can do in online. It only takes a minute and your gift helps us achieve a balanced budget! Click the link below to start the process.

http://www.northcross.org/online-giving.html

NCS Hires Former Roanoke College Coach to take over Basketball Program


Ed Green to Lead Raiders Basketball Program

North Cross School hired former Roanoke College coach Ed Green as its head boys’ varsity basketball coach. Green will be replacing Bill Hodges, who recently retired due to medical issues. Green will join the Raiders this summer as the team prepares for the 2013-14 season.

Read the full press release.

Zach Lawson ’13 Signs Letter of Intent with Wheeling Jesuit University

 

“I’m excited and have been working hard and hope to play when I get there,” said Zach Lawson as he signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Wheeling Jesuit University. “It’s a great school, has a solid basketball program, and I want to contribute to their success.”

Read the full press release.

Quick Links

School Calendar

May Lunch Menu

Classroom Corner




Each year the third graders at North Cross take violin classes with Mr. Rudolph. They work hard all year and have a performance in May.

Click here view a slideshow. 

Click here to view a brief performance video.

Only 7 Days until Summer!



Sign up now for North Cross School Summer Programs. Click the image above to download the 2013 Summer Programs Catalog and application. 

Summer Reading Selections



Summer is almost here! Click the image above to download the 2013 Summer Reading List. 
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