- Embracing challenges
- Learning from mistakes (mistakes help our brains grow!)
- Working hard is more important than looking smart
- We learn from others
- Accepting feedback helps us improve
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.
Boys Swimming finished their season with the runner-up title for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Championship in the Division II finals, and were 11th overall, regardless of division. The team competed this past Saturday at Blacksburg at Virginia Tech's Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Andrew Lorens ’19 was second in the 100-meter butterfly, and fifth in the Individual Medley. Daniel Byrnes ’21 placed 15th in the 200 freestyle and 8th in the 500 freestyle. Zack H'Doubler ’17 was 13th in the 100 meter breaststroke. The team placed 10th in the 200 medley relay and 13th in the 400 meter freestyle.
A Message from Deborah Jessee, Assistant Head of School for Academics
Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement. Professional development opportunities keep teachers up-to-date on new research, emerging technology, curriculum resources and best practices. “Even experienced teachers confront great challenges each year, including changes in subject content, new instructional methods, advances in technology, changed laws and procedures, and student learning needs.” (Mizell, 2010)
The support of professional development for faculty and staff by the wider NCS community helps create a culture of learning throughout the School. The recent unprecedented success of “Paddles Up For Professional Development” at the annual Gala was undeniable proof of your commitment to ensure focused, effective teaching and learning at North Cross. This is a goal shared by the faculty and staff as well as any parents, past parents, alums and friends who made a donation toward this effort.
Though a bit delayed due to many students being away for Model UNs, the Upper School finally had the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year, thanks to the efforts of our International Chinese students. Organized primarily by Arthur Qi ’18, the entire Upper School was divided into groups and sent on a rotation, visiting classrooms to learn a sample of Chinese calligraphy, food, the art of paper cutting, and to watch a video that surveyed traditions practiced in Asian countries during this widely celebrated holiday. Ninth grade students were brought to the auditorium first to watch an introduction to the celebration that others witnessed last year. It certainly was a more hands-on celebration this year, giving students the chance to experience some of the customs themselves. The dominance of the color red throughout the festival has to do with its meaning in Chinese culture. Red represents good fortune and happiness as represented in the character to the right.
Current Position: Cafeteria Manager and Chef
Hometown: Virginia Beach
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? My passion is really the kids. I love these like my own and I get pure enjoyment seeing them enjoy what I prepare. I am motivated with the desire to create new and exciting dishes for the students. I love it when they make an effort to tell me how they enjoyed what I prepared.
What was your favorite book in school? My favorite book is "The Great Gatsby"
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them? My mentors were my grandparents. They taught me how to grow my on food, create dishes using spices and herbs and develop my own dishes.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition? My favorite North Cross tradition was the fifth grade "Battle."
If you didn't do what you do here, what else would you be doing? If I didn't work here I would like to own my own food truck. I had my own restaurant for 16 years (Confeddy's in downtown Roanoke) and would like to do something different from that.
What is something we might not know about you? People may be surprised to know that Donnie and I have been married for 27 years and we have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 11.
With the theme of the Academy Awards that never were, students took to Muscaro Gym Tuesday afternoon for the Winter Pep Rally, hosted by the School's SCA groups. First off: Pirates of the Caribbean and a match between Lower and Upper Schools in a game of Treasure Hunt. The scrappy Lower Schoolers were too quick for the Upper School pirates and were able to steal enough treasure to earn their own eye patches. Next, Middle Schoolers took us to a galaxy far, far away (well, center court), with their re-enactment of the many battles and characters in the Star Wars series. The Light Side won, and Yoda was victorious. Then, the Average Joe's easily defeated the Purple Cobras in a energetic game of Dodgeball. Poor Caroline McGimsey ’17 was the last Cobra standing... but not for long. Finally, after the Lower School was dismissed, the Middle and Upper schoolers cheered on the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams as they took on a motley crew of faculty members, including Dean of Students Stephen Belderes, Field Hockey Coach Lilly Judge, Physical Education Instructor and Coach Mary Semler, and Middle School Basketball Coach Jason Jones, Soccer Coach James Brown, and even alum Kennedy Nwabia ’15, just to name a few. Faculty squeaked out a win in the last minutes of the game, giving them a third win in a row.
This week, eighth graders in Mrs. Robin Garrett's English classes headed to the library to make use of its electronic databases while they researched a topic for their persuasive paper project. A step forward in North Cross' Writing Initiative, eighth-grade students are moving past the documentary and discussion aspect of essay writing and into the realm of persuasion in which they must discuss the pros and cons of a topic, in this case a controversial one, and ultimately make an effective argument for or against an issue. Topics might include: the use of performance enhancing drugs in sports, the nation's immigration policies, or the effects of social media on social interaction. The library makes use of several databases, one aptly named the "Issues and Controversies Database" part of the Facts on File services to which the Hancock Library subscribes, where students can explore easily the "for" and "against" sides of popular controversies as well as get credible sources for statistics and points of view. The project, which is six weeks in length, allows the students the necessary time to formulate and refine their research and arguments as they think critically on a topic.
Introduced by NCS Alumna and sister, Rosalie, Natalie List ’17 took the stage this morning to speak of an issue close to her heart: the use of animals for entertainment purposes. In her talk she described the numerous instances in which animals have been abused, mistreated, and exploited for the benefit of people's enjoyment. National theme parks, zoos and circuses have been indicated in this abuse and Ms. List made a compelling argument as to why we should change our expectations when it comes to animal performance. She notes, "we wouldn't expect this of humans, why should we expect it of animals?" After supporting the thesis that animals in many ways are like humans, she made the important distinction that they are not human, and should not be expected to act as such. She promoted the use of animal sanctuaries instead of zoos where animals are not sold, are rescued from unfit circumstances, and are protected in an open environment, often closed off from public view. In the end, her speech served as a reminder of the Golden Rule: Do onto others as you'd have done to you—even in the case of animals.
You may listen to the talk in its entirety and see more photos in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
Enkhee Dendev ‘17 scored the winning goal against Westover Christian Academy this past Monday night, her mother and sister Marla joining the excitement as they helped Enkhee celebrate her Senior Night for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. During the game, Julia Brown ’19, had 16 points, 6 rebounds and Madison Charles ’18 had 8 points, 3 blocks. The final score was 36-33.
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