The first of several planned, Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Hash coordinated five community service groups to speak at Fishburn Auditorium on Thursday and invite Upper School students to volunteer at their facilities. Feeding America, the Rescue Mission, Healing Strides, the SPCA and South Roanoke Retirement Home gave brief presentations and then adjourned to the lobby of Lemon Dining Hall to meet with students one-on-one and answer any questions. Upper School students are required to fulfill 12 hours of community service. There are several opportunities throughout the year when students can meet their hours, on campus and off. We look forward to seeing our students out in the community helping where they can.
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Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Education: B.A., Baylor University; M.B.A., University of Houston
Current Position: Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations
Year Appointed: 2011
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? I admire the devotion and commitment from our faculty and staff who work to make NCS such a wonderful place for our students and their families. My motivation comes from my desire to support their efforts and provide an excellent NCS experience for all of us.
On Tuesday, September 13, the entire school assembled with the Honor Council to take part in what may be North Cross' most influential tradition: The signing of the Honor Code. Representatives from each of the Lower School grades, Middle School and Upper Schools, as well as the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School for Academics put their oath in writing, pledging to themselves and others: "I will not lie. I will not cheat. I will not steal."
This past Sunday and Monday, the Ninth Grade class headed to the Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing in New Castle, VA, in an effort to build relationships and conquer some fears as they transition to the Upper School. Along with faculty chaperones, the class went canoeing, enjoyed recreational activities, collaborated in a ropes course, scaled the rock-climbing wall, and, of course, enjoyed a campfire.
The camp's website states that its mission is "to provide a character-building educational experience in which participants develop and improve their self-confidence, self-esteem, teambuilding skills and leadership through participation in adventure activities."
In addition, it allowed 9th-grade students to develop relationships with fellow students and faculty members outside of Willis Hall. Isaac Harris said, "I feel closer to my classmates—oh, that is the whole point of the trip. I get it."
The Knights Crossing race is the largest cross country invitational in SW Virginia and always provides a high level of competition with nearly 2,000 runners taking part in the event. Despite the absence of some varsity runners, our Boys Varsity team finished 10th overall (out of 18 schools); Chester Pruitt (right) lead our team in 18:52 for 22nd place overall. We finished ahead of all of the other private schools in the boys' race and ahead of a number of local public schools. Daniel Byrnes was our first finisher in 12:54 in our boys' Middle School 3K race with Tyler Thompson coming in 45 seconds later. Nearly 500 runners competed in the Middle School races, which is pretty amazing.
Although our Girls Varsity team did not have a full squad, Rebecca Benson put in an inspired performance going through the 1st mile in 11th place and finishing in 27th. Our Girls Middle School team also put in a fine performance finishing in 15th out of 24 teams with Grace Graham finishing in 47th place overall out of 224 runners.
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 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. (Read on to see a gallery of photos.)
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.
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.
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