September 9, 2016 • Volume: 2016-17, Issue 5
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Message from the Head of School

Frequently, I get asked by folks on campus, “How’s China going?”  I usually respond with “It hasn’t gotten any closer!”  While true, this answer only reflects the nature of modern day travel and does not provide a picture of what is really happening.
Many of you know I just returned from China last Friday after spending the week working with the teachers and administrative staff (pictured right) at North Cross-Xinhe (Sheen-huh) School—our Shanghai campus operated in partnership with a Chinese education group. I was joined by Zack DeMoss, our Director of Information Technology, and our Registrar Susan Baker.
Things at North Cross-Xinhe are going very well as we have grown from three North Cross associated faculty members to eight, and we have seen our enrollment grow from 50 students to 130. In addition, our Chinese partners spent more than $1 million in renovations to the school building, renovations that include a new computer library, chemistry lab, and substantial improvements to the buildings façade. 

Campus Update

Kroger Plus Cards

Please take a few minutes to link, or re-link your Kroger Plus card account to benefit North Cross. Even if you've linked your card to North Cross in the past, you must renew each year. It's an easy way to benefit the school doing what you already do. Just follow this link, and select North Cross School by following the instructions on their Community Rewards page. And thanks!

Workin’ at the Carwash!

It's not just a catchy disco tune, it's the Boosters' first fundraising event — this coming Tuesday and Friday. While you're out enjoying the contests spreading that Raider spirit, let the Boosters spread some soap and make your car shine. 

When? Tuesday, September 13 (3:30pm) and Friday, September 30 (4pm)
Who? Anyone on campus with a dirty car!
How? An adult will collect your keys as you watch your child’s game and return your car to its original spot. Or you may drive around to the maintenance shed near the middle school if you're not staying for a game. 
Why? NCS Athletics is exploding with Booster requests. There is no set fee for the carwash but we’re hoping for donations! 

If you have any questions or would like to help out, contact Jill Woltz 

Meet Me Mondays is Back!

Starting Monday, September 12th, and each Monday afternoon from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m., you can drop your Big Flea donations at our storage building.  

Someone will be at the shed to meet you and help move your items into the building. Our storage building is located at the Bus Lot near the rear entrance of our campus. As you enter from the main entrance, take the first right turn in front of the Upper School, go past Fishwick Tennis Center and Thomas Field, and it will be on the right side (with the buses) across from Porterfield Field.

If you have been doing some summer cleaning, have purchased some new furniture, been remodeling, or just letting go of some things that might enjoy a new home - we'll take them!  Dropping your items at our storage building is a convenient way to make a donation that will help our school.

If you have questions or if you would like to arrange a pick-up for larger furniture and appliance donations, contact Elise DeMoss at 540-529-9285. ​​​


Early Dismissal Friday, September 23

Due to our meetings with the Virginia Accreditation for Independent Schools committee, school will let out at 12:30 on Friday, September 23 (two weeks from today). Please plan accordingly.

Academic Update

Upper School Experience: Advisory Lunches—Food for thought

Most would think advisory lunch is a time for quick announcements, light banter, and a quick bite. However, the faculty here have made a concerted effort to use this group setting to their advantage by challenging our students' perceptions and ways of thinking. Once a week, upper school students have lunch with their faculty advisor and advisory group. There's also room at the table for thoughtful discussion.

Teacher Feature: Audrey Osborne

Pictured right: Audrey with her daughter Scarlett and husband Matthew.

Hometown: Salem, VA
Education: B.A. Virginia Tech M.A.T Hollins University
Current Position: 4th/5th Grade Math Teacher
Year Appointed: 2014

Where did you grow up? Salem, VA
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? I love the "lightbulb moment" when a student has worked hard to understand a concept and I can see it clicking in place. Being able to see all that hard work and effort turn into learning is hands down the best part of my job. My passion is building relationships with my students and helping all students be the best versions of themselves.

Athletics Update

From Digs to Spikes, Volleyball’s Rise to the Top

As you’ve certainly noticed in recent issues of Crossties, Varsity volleyball is off to an outstanding start with a 10-0 record. Their success has a lot to do with Head Coach Terri Craig’s seasoned coaching methods, but also the dedicated and skilled players themselves. Coach Craig's recipe for success takes the four returning Raider players, adds in a splash of spice with a transferring junior and sprinkles the top with two very energetic eighth graders, creating what will now be known as the “Super Seven.” The addition of the new players into a team of veterans is the key to this year’s strong domination. 

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