Today, students in the Lower School carpool were greeted by a new principal, Kindergartner Ethan Connelly. Mr. Lamas was there, too, but mostly just to hold the umbrella. He wasted no time enacting meaningful changes. During his day of reign, Mr. Connelly allowed students to wear whatever they wanted, made sure extra recess was mandatory, and that all students received ice cream at lunch. He also toured the facilities (including Ellis Hall's roof) to ensure that everything was running smoothly. We hear he had some pointers for Dr. Proctor, as well. His legacy will be remembered for days to come, or at least until the ice cream stains are washed out of students' clothing.
As March comes to a close so does the observance of Women's History Month, which traces its roots back to the first International Woman's Day held on March 8, 1911. Though our curriculum makes an effort to keep a balanced perspective of many social factors all of the time, adding a special focus to a historically neglected group helps our students understand how our concept of what is important enough to be deemed "historical" has changed over the years, and continues to do so.
Our formal Global Studies Program begins in the Upper School, however, even our youngest students have the chance to explore different histories and cultures in their studies. This week, second graders welcomed a Sara Brooks from Kimoyo, a local non-profit agency whose work in Ghana, Africa, has helped to establish a hospital, literacy project for girls, micro-financing for businesses, and Internet access for those communities in which they work.
Last Friday, Raiders came out to support a different type of red as they donated blood during the annual drive sponsored by the SCA and organized by senior Helen Schmetdje. Virginia Blood Services had 30 donors come, and 22 were able to donate a full unit of blood. Together, the school affected 70 people's lives!
Hometown: Wytheville, VA
Education: Radford University—B.B.A.
Committees: Finance; Building & Grounds
Year Appointed: 2016
What is your professional background? I co-founded and previously served as President & CEO of NetVentures Corporation. My software company grew to serve over 500 organizations and processed over two billion dollars of payments. In June 2014, NVC was acquired by a Charlotte-based private equity firm Pamilco Capital. I now lead Bloomfield Partners, LLC, a diversified business, investment, and real estate holding company.
How did you first become connected with North Cross? Our oldest daughter Madison (now a college sophomore) started at NCS in kindergarten fourteen years ago. Our three boys currently attend North Cross - Campbell (11th), Grayson (8th), and Tyler (4th).
On Friday, March 25, a group of students led by Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Hash and Upper School History teacher Joe Harris traveled to Virginia Tech for this year's Uplifting Black Men conference hosted by the Virginia Tech BMEN (Black Male Excellence Network). This year’s conference focused on empowering black men through stories of persistence from several Virginia Tech alumni.
The keynote speaker at this year's event was Virginia Tech's first African-American student, Irving Peddrew III, who entered the all-white school in 1953 and in May 2016 was also awarded one of only nine honorary degrees given in the university's history. “I was raised to be independent and be strong,” he said during his address. “I never felt I was an inferior person or second class citizen. I was taught you don’t let anyone define who you are. You are who you want to be.”
On Saturday, while volunteers were busy using their braun to unload items for the Big Flea, a group of students used their brains to compete in the University of Virginia High School Programming Competition. Teachers Amy Bagliani and Jennifer Landry took 5 students (Nalin Jha ’19, Sean Auwater ’17, Ben Li ’18, Simon Chen ’17, and Triff H'Doubler ’19—the first female from North Cross to compete!). The competitors had 4 hours to complete 12 programs which become progressively complicated as they moved along in the competition. For each program solved, competitors received a colored balloon. While the students were competing, the teachers "spent the afternoon, talking with teachers and sharing ideas. There were two we took away as great ideas for the school," notes Mrs. Bagliani, which she says she'll share with Upper School Director Mark Thompson.
It was mighty fine watching the Raiders soccer teams sweep our rivals from Roanoke Catholic and our Boys Middle School lacrosse team defeat a talented St. Anne’s Belfield squad. It was warm until the sun went down but I remained comfortable because I had an insulated work jacket to put on. Maybe you saw the jacket… it is tan canvas with a leather collar and brown buttons. Definitely good looking and the best part is that it only cost me four dollars. Yes, that is not a typo, it only cost four dollars.
I can hear the skeptics in the crowd already, saying, 'Chris is overselling his alternative facts.' 'There is no way he got that great coat for only four dollars.' If you are among this crowd, I have news for you. I bought this coat at the Big Flea along with a turkey fryer, a top opening deep freeze, a refrigerator for the basement, and several boxes of books. Bargains definitely abound at the Big Flea.
Hometown: Roanoke, VA, I attended Patrick Henry High School
Position: Middle School Physical Education, Head Coach Girls Varsity Basketball, Assistant Coach Varsity Football
Education: University of Virginia—B.A.
Year Appointed: 2011
What is something your students don't know about you? Most of my students know that I played in the NFL but many do not now that I am one of the players that they can choose to be on the game Madden 2003.
Winter athletic teams were recognized at the Winter Athletic Awards on Thursday morning in Fishburn Auditorium. Each participant was recognized with a certificate.
While middle school teams do not issue individual awards, the JV and Varsity teams distributed awards for Most Valuable Player and Coach's Award. Read more to see photos and a list of awardees.
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