Small in number, but mighty in talent, four acts took the stage during this year's Upper School Muses at Bay, emceed by Tiger Xu ’18. Below is a gallery of photos, but you can see a 6-minute recap on our YouTube Channel here.
Students in the Middle and Upper schools had a rare opportunity today to sample a variety of "lessons" from area business leaders in this year's Symposium. Topics ranged from Hip Hop dancing to Storm Chasing. Among the sessions held:
Parents who grew up in a society where a trip to the library also meant thumbing through a card catalog instead of typing a quick phrase into a search engine are sometimes surprised to find out that their children are a lot more trusting of information culled from the Internet than their own skeptical eyes would allow.
A recent Stanford Graduate School of Education study had subjects from middle school through the university level look at social media posts and websites and then decipher if the content was accurate and trustworthy. In one of their middle school assessments, out of the 203 middle school students who viewed a Slate.com homepage, 80% believed the "sponsored content" ad was a real news story. How do young people navigate this digital landscape successfully when searching for factual information?
As part of our curriculum, our teachers, led by Library Director Amy Holley, help our students learn to read between the lines from an early age. Our youngest students begin by building an understanding of the information that creates their background knowledge; "Yes, that's a tiger you drew, but how did you know what a tiger looked like?"
Position: Director and Instructor, CrossWalk Program
Education: Roanoke College—B.A.; Virginia Tech—M.Ed.
Year Appointed: 2014
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
What's one thing your students don't know about you? My students would be surprised to learn that I enjoy all of the North Cross events that bring students from all three divisions together in one place, like the bonfires and homecoming celebrations.
Who most influenced your decision to teach? Many years ago I completed my Orten-Gillingham training where I met and got to know Dawn Hollandsworth. She let me know that there was a student at North Cross that could use some extra help—I started tutoring—and it took off from there!
This week, fifth graders are getting a little help from a student; a student teacher, that is. For their final research project of the year, the young students are assigned an Egyptian god or goddess to research and describe. For the project, one of our visiting student teachers from Liberty University, Bethany Miele, is taking the lead. This week, the students visited the library to begin the process of delving into history. They started with a family tree of sorts for their chosen deity. Ms. Miele assisted the students as they used the library's online databases to conduct research. She is also guiding the students throughout their entire process in both Ms. Cone's and Mrs. Osborne's classes. Learning on the job, indeed. Below is a list of the teachers we have assisting our Lower School faculty this semester, with another one planned to join Andrew Miller in the music department in March:
Lainey Auwarter ’19 (shown right in her role in this year's production of Henry V) was one of only four (from a pool of sixteen) film scripts that will be produced by the Grandin Theatre Foundation's Film Lab as a feature film. The Grandin Film Lab introduces high school students to cinema and the behind-the-scenes workings of film making. Run by Ian Fortier and Tyler Lyon, the program will help transform these four scripts of different genres into short films. The students will join together and take on the different roles required to produce a film such as producer, director of photography, editor, and sound mixer. Lainey's script is a thriller entitled "Thanatophobia," and chronicles three rebellious teens who meet in a cemetery and, through mishaps, relive the deaths of people buried there. She says, "This is my first time doing something as large in scale as this, and I'm very excited to start the process of making a film." She called on other North Cross students to audition for parts in the film during assembly this week. We look forward to the premiere and congratulate her for earning this unique opportunity.
Students in Amy Jackson's Upper School art classes have been looking at the campus with a different perspective lately. Students had to photograph, crop, and/or manipulate their images to create a composition for a watercolor and ink piece they would be creating using linear and atmospheric perspectives as guiding principles in their work. The works in progress feature a multitude of locations on campus, from close-up to landscape; realistic to abstract. For inspiration on the project, Ms. Jackson pulled a watercolor that was commissioned by Eric Fitzpatrick in the 1980s of the then North Cross campus.
Boys Varsity Basketball team captain Chase Overton ’17 celebrated his senior night at Muscaro Gymnasium this past Saturday in the best way possible: with his family by his side and with a team win that advanced the Raiders to the quarter finals. Since that game, the Raiders have made spectacular progress, beating Holy Cross 83-49 in last night's game. The team is ranked #2 in the latest VISAA state poll. Be sure to support the Raiders tomorrow night in Muscaro Gym at 6:00pm, as they take on rivals Roanoke Catholic for a shot at the finals.
Students in the Lower School have been learning about Growth Mindset with Mrs. Hamlin during their classroom guidance lessons in January and February. Growth mindset is the belief that one’s intelligence, skills and abilities can change with effort, practice and hard work. The concept of growth mindset acknowledges that we are not born smart or not smart, but that we are all born to learn! Key concepts we have covered include:
Two of North Cross School's talented players from this year's 2016 Virginia Independent Conference Championship Boys Soccer team officially committed to play soccer next year with their respective colleges: Luke Carter - center midfield (Class of '17) committed to Roanoke College and Jack Holley - center back/outside back (Class of '17) committed to Virginia Military Institute.
Pictured above: Luke Carter, left at table, and Jack Holley, right at table, with their families, Coach Brown and the students' coach from Roanoke Star Soccer Club Andrew Murphy.
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