Winter has returned and there may even be snow in the forecast. Perfect weather for curling up in front of a warm fire and watching the State of the School address! Vanity aside, I hope you will watch to review our last year's successes and to hear of the exciting changes we have planned for the future. As we enter the enrollment season, it may give you a few tidbits to drop on that neighbor who you are trying to convince to send their kids here; best of luck. If you would prefer to read the address, you may download a copy here.
Current Position: Receptionist
Education: Westminster College—B.A.
What is your hometown? Albany, New York—the capital city of New York State, which is close to the Adirondack Mountains, one of the prettiest places in the United States, with wonderful clear lakes, rivers, and camping and hiking areas.
What is something the North Cross community doesn’t know about you? They might not know that I was a cum laude graduate with a major in Economics at Westminster College or that I was a senior programmer/analyst for a technology company in Atlanta.
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? I truly love welcoming and greeting people when they come the school and helping people when they call or arrive with a question no matter how big or small. What I look forward to doing each day is making a difference in any way I can for the school, the parents and students, and the people I work with. If I can help someone like Jennifer Burtch in Development with one of her projects, or help Deborah Jessee with one of her many tasks, it has been a good day. I believe we are meant to help and serve others and, of course, I enjoy being around the students, my son, Ryan, and all the activity at our school.
Though there was some swimming to get done, the seniors eventually had their moment in the spotlight during a winning meet against Roanoke Catholic, Southwest VA Home School, plus, for the Boys (and their only loss that night) Hargrave Military Academy. See photos and the scores below.
The North Cross Chess Team competed in the Roanoke City Championships this past weekend against many of the schools in the Roanoke area—and won first place overall as a team. Comprised on and off of roughly 10 members, the team this past weekend consisted of (from left to right): Andy Benson, Aiden Erwin, Nalin Jha, Ben Li, Davis Alcorn, and Zack Sommer (not pictured). Individually, Nalin won all of his games and tied for first, earning the second place trophy as a result of the tiebreak system. Congratulations!
Tonight, Dr. Proctor gave his address on the State of the School. In the video presentation, he outlined the successes of our past year, the improvements our facilities require to keep pace with our accomplished programs and an overview of the outcomes of our VAIS Accreditation visit this past December.
We hope that you have had a chance to view his address. If not, please visit our YouTube Channel to listen to his remarks, or download a PDF transcript here.
Remember to begin the re-enrollment process so that you may complete it by February 8, 2016. Fully completed enrollments take about 2 business days, and those completed before the end-date will be entered into a drawing of 5, $1,000 tuition credits. The chances to win are greater than 1 in 70, so what are you waiting for? Log in to onCampus and get started.
North Cross School has a rich history of many notable figures and stories. In honor of the upcoming Founders' Day celebration on Friday, February 3, we have put together a brief slideshow presentation of some fun facts about our school's past. Who knows? Maybe some of these facts will be covered in the annual quiz at the Founders' Day Ceremony... so study up!
Curious for more? Check out our History of North Cross School blog posts from prior years. Link is in the right hand column under "Categories."
Today the Lower School's fourth and fifth-grade classes had a special visitor to give them insight on the weather: Chief Meteorologist at WDBJ-Channel 7 in Roanoke, Brent Watts came to explain about the ways in which weather scientists measure things like precipitation, wind, and other variables in our environment—even demonstrating a weather balloon. The kids were captivated and had many question which Mr. Watts was more than happy to answer. We appreciate him taking the time to give our students this unique opportunity.
Important Information about your 2017-18 re-enrollment
From David Lake, Director of Admission
Changes to this year’s re-enrollment:
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Education: BSN, University of Virginia
Year Appointed: 2015
What is your professional background? Registered Nurse. I worked in the NICU at both MCV and King's Daughters Children's Hospital as well as in the Family Birth Center at Community Hospital.
How did you first become connected with North Cross School? We sent our first child to North Cross School when she was a Kindergartener (now called ECP3). Our neighbors, Bon and Connie Vermillion, raved about the school.
What is your favorite North Cross tradition? The Fat Pencil ceremony. I love seeing the ECP2 children present fat pencils to their senior buddies. And the seniors' recollections of their years at NCS are always an entertaining hit!
What is one thing people may not know about you? I love being outside and have participated in a twice weekly outdoor boot camp for seven years.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Reading, hiking, cycling, and being with my family.
When you think about North Cross, what makes you proud to be part of the school community? I love the community that exists within our school. We've had children at NCS for twenty-one years, and it really does feel like a family.
This afternoon, students in the middle and upper schools were able to get a preview of the Upper School production of William Shakespeare's Henry V. A play, originally staged in the 15oos, features challenging dialogue—some even in French—but our students made it seem natural. We applaud all of the cast and crew, and Mrs. Polly Jones for her guidance in this production. For a full gallery of photos, available for download, visit:
In the mean time, here is a sampling of shots from the production. Be sure to come and see it live this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 in the Fishburn Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
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