October 9, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 7
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Campus Update

School Monday, No School Next Friday

North Cross School will be in session on Monday, October 12 for Columbus Day. Next Friday, October 16, school and administrative offices will be closed for Fall Long Weekend. Classes will resume Tuesday, October 20. 

Big Help for Big Flea

Zander Theoharris ’16, Harrison Wells ’17, Davis Call ’17, and Miles Lowman ’17 pitched in to help build shelving units in the new storage unit last weekend. The students received four hours of community service time for their hard work because the Big Flea Sale is the school's largest community service fundraiser and a partnership between Parents' Association and the school.

Team leader Zack DeMoss was very pleased with what they were able to accomplish on Sunday.  "Our goal was to begin receiving regular donations on Monday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. from people who can drop off their items at the storage building. The guys were a big help!"

Each Monday, donations will be accepted for Big Flea at the storage building from 3-4 p.m. For more information about item donation, visit the Big Flea page or contact Elise DeMoss, Big Flea chair, at elisedemoss@gmail.com or 540-529-9285.

Pink Day

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and North Cross is doing its part to help raise awareness for the disease by hosting Pink Days for students, faculty, and staff. The Middle School's annual Pink Day will be held on Tuesday, October 13th. Upper and Lower School students will have Pink Day on Thursday, October 15th.
Raiders are encouraged to take part in Pink Day by wearing jeans and pink shirts to school on their designated days. On Thursday, the JV and Varsity Volleyball teams, as well as their fans, will be dressed in pink for match-ups against Holy Cross. Donations will be accepted from those participating in Pink Day events.
This campus-wide initiative will not only create a visual statement of support for the cause, but it will also generate funds for breast cancer research and early detection.

Academic Update

Plant Dissection

With all the rain last week, lower school students were not able to spend much time in their garden. Instead, Mrs. Cook led her classes through a couple of hands-on activities related to their  focus on plant reproduction, pollination, and seed dispersal. Last Friday, students dissected flowers, which helped them identify the different parts of a plant that they learned about during Thursday's science lesson.

Click here to visit the Crossties Blog to learn more and see photos.

“Tuesdays with a Teacher” Kicks Off

The first session of “Tuesdays with a Teacher” took place on Tuesday afternoon in Hancock Library. Amy Holley, Library Director, met with lower school parents to review the new 100 Books Initiative. Amy discussed the list of books and how the program formally recognizes the Lower School’s commitment to fine literature and developing lifelong learners. The list was created to provide an overview that will give our families a feel for the richness of the literature available in their children's lives each day here at North Cross. Like our Lower School curriculum, the list represents a variety of subject areas, literary styles, and artistic styles. 

The next “Tuesday with a Teacher” session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 3 p.m.. Betsy Cook will discuss the curriculum based aspects of the new Lower School Garden.

Quiet Cooperation 

Students in Mrs. Angus' fifth grade class worked on their cooperation skills with Director of Counseling, Leigh Ann Hamlin. Students were challenged to stack cups into a pyramid with only strings and a rubber band. In addition, the students were not allowed to use their voices which made the challenge more difficult. Each group was able to discuss strategies in between their three different attempts. The students did an excellent job discussing their conflicts and resolutions while showing cooperation.

Click here to read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Teacher Feature: Ann Hagan

Hometown: Martinsville, VA
Education: University of Virginia—B.S.
Year Appointed: 2011
Current Position: ECP Level 1

In photo: Anne Hagan, back row, with husband Hugh Hagan; children Tom, Tye, and Piper Hagan; daughter-in-law Kristin Hagan; and granddaughter Addison.

Click here to read the full feature on the Crossties Blog.

Art Update

New Show in Logan Gallery

​The ArtVisions show, including “Just Dandy” by Whitney Brock in photo, is currently on display in Logan Gallery. Art Visions Gallery & Studio, located at Smith Mountain Lake, was formed by a group of artists to share artistic ideas, visions and actively participate in the local art community. The show is on display in Logan Gallery until October 30.  â€‹

Click here to learn more about the show.

Costumes Needed

The Lower School Musical production of Cinderella is in need of “ball attire.” They are looking for prom, homecoming, or even bridesmaid dresses that can be used for the production. They can also use any costume jewelry you might have hanging out in your junk drawers!  Donated dresses will be altered, but the costume jewelry can be returned if you'd like to have it back. If you can help, please email Jenn Mitchell at  jmitchell@northcross.org, or bring dresses and jewelry to her at the CAC.

Athletic Update

Varsity Soccer Loses to Carlisle 

On Tuesday afternoon the Raiders dropped their first game of the season to Carlisle School. The Chiefs scored in the 50th minute despite being outshot by the Raiders 13-8. The team is now 10-1 on the season and is scheduled to play VES this afternoon on Thomas Field.

BRC Championship Tomorrow

Every year the Blue Ridge Conference holds a tennis singles championship. This day determines the one player in the conference who rises above the rest. The event is hosted by the last year's champion's school. So far we have 6 entries in the event, with several more possible. Helen Schmedtje '17 and Caroline Lystash '20 will be representing North Cross School in the tournament this Saturday. Matches begin at 9:30am at the Fishwick Tennis Center. Please come out and support our ladies as they set their sights on the championship.

Close Finish for Cross Country 

In a close meet, the boys’ varsity cross country team defeated Faith Christian by a score of 26-29 (low score wins). The Raiders took three of the first five places in the 5K race. Walter Mann ’16 was first overall with a personal record of 19:05. Chester Pruitt ’18 finished third overall and Andrew Lorens ’19 finished in fifth place in a hard-fought gut-check sprint to the line.

The girls’ varsity team did not field enough runners to qualify as a team against Chatham Hall, but the Raiders took two of the top three spots overall. Rebecca Benson ’17, second overall, finished with her best time of the year at 26:20 and Claudia Morgan ’19 was third overall in her first competitive race on the mountainous course.

In the developmental race, Raiders Anna Lemon ’21 (12:03) and Daniel Byrnes ’21 (12:04) finished one second apart to grab the second and third place spots. In photo, middle school runners Grace Graham ’21 (left) and Caitlin Robinson ’21 (right) relax after putting in a strong effort on the course.

Photo by Traci Robinson.

Middle School Moves Into Second Round Matches 

The middle school tennis team completed the first round of league matches on Tuesday against Lucy Addison Middle School. The teams competed in 15 singles matches and 7 doubles matches. This contest completed the first round of practice matches for the Roanoke City Middle School Tennis League. 

Photo by Yearbook staffer Mackenzie Graham ’16
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