This year's Halloween Parade was a ton of fun—for both big and little kids alike. Thanks to all the families who came out to cheer on this creative bunch!
Saturday was a huge day for the Raiders as they won 4 Conference Championships, with a 2nd and 3rd place finish added to the mix.
Blue Ridge Conference Champions:
Blue Ridge Conference 2nd place: Girls' Field Hockey, lost to Carlisle 4-0 in the Final
Virginia Independent Conference Champions: Boys' Varsity Soccer, defeated Carlisle 4-3 in penalty kicks.
Virginia Independent Conference 3rd Place: Boys' Varsity Cross Country
Congratulations to our teams on an exciting Conference final day and for all the great efforts of our teams, coaches, and athletic department staff.
M. Eric Lawrence
Director of Athletics and Wellness
Head Baseball Coach
Another warm, dry week allowed us to be outside for some special events in the Lower School garden. On Friday, October 28, members of the Mill Mountain Garden Club planted a garden which will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Fiona Tower (mother of Ned ’25), Molly Burns (mother of Selden ’25), and Virginia Vinyard, planted perennial flowers and milkweed plants that will provide food and habitat for pollinators. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies feed and lay eggs on. Urban sprawl and pesticides have drastically reduced the number of monarchs. So we will be planting milkweed other places around campus, too.
By Deborah Jessee, Assistant Head of School for Academics
Recently, I attended the annual VAIS conference and had the opportunity to share with, and learn from, peer schools and educators from around the state. Of particular interest to me was the keynote address on “The Gift of Failure” presented by Janet Lahey. Ms. Lahey, a parent, educator, speaker and writer explored the value of setbacks within a supportive network as opportunities to develop autonomy and confidence.
As I reflect on the points made in the address, I can’t help but think of the network of support we provide our students. For example, the Upper School’s assembly prior to Homecoming and Mr. Thompson’s comments to students centered around cheering, playing hard, having fun, making good choices. His comments were bookended by Dr. Proctor sharing his pride in the spirit displayed over the weekend and joy in seeing them safe and sound on Monday morning.
Education: University of Virginia—B.A.
Current Position: Assistant to the Director of the Middle School, Special Events Coordinator
Year Appointed: 2012
Hometown: I was born in Washington, DC, but I grew up on a thoroughbred horse farm in Bedford County. We had flat racers, steeplechasers, foxhunters, broodmares, show horses, three-day eventers, chickens, pigs, and cattle. I don't have the Bedford County accent—likely because we have cousins who lived all over the world, and I traveled a LOT.
Passion: I have a myriad of passions! As everyone knows I am a rabid lacrosse fan; I still love the smell of horses; I knit at every opportunity; I am actually enjoying the antics this year's presidential politics; I raised a macaw from an egg and have adopted three more birds; I read voraciously—and I really, truly like people.
An underlying passion, though, is the NCS family. I do everything that I can to insure that our students have a healthy and happy experience in Eaton Hall. For many of them, this is their first introduction to the North Cross family, and I want them to love and appreciate North Cross as much as my family and I do. I adore my Eaton Hall teachers and their commitment to the positive mental, social, intellectual, and character development of their students. I love it when parents come into Eaton Hall, even just to visit for a few minutes. I love how supportive and enthusiastic our athletic coaches are. I love how the whole North Cross village has a firm commitment to insuring these children have every opportunity to be the best people they can be. I love how we all support each other to achieve the same goal. The McGinns came to North Cross knowing a few people and gained a whole new family!
… We'd learn a lot! Walking through the hallways of Ellis Hall, there are so many colorful and informative examples of the work our younger students have been doing.
October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, and to that end, the CrossWalk Program has asked all of our students, faculty and staff to wear red T-shirts and jeans on Friday, October 28.
The International Dyslexia Association's website explains: "While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab."
Yesterday, I left an Executive Committee of the Board meeting to attend senior day for our girls varsity tennis team. I can’t make all the senior days but I try very hard to make as many as I can because I enjoy the feeling of teammates supporting and honoring each other. Every team does it slightly different, but at the core of each ceremony lies the realization that the team is bigger than the individual. In particular, I am always excited to see the team honor a senior manager who keeps statistics, helps with water, ice, or anything else the team needs.
It is often difficult for young people to focus on something larger than themselves and everyday I see the many things at North Cross that are designed to do just that. Athletics, in particular, are obvious mechanisms for teaching team over individual lessons. Less obvious are our dramatic and musical performances, perhaps the ultimate team sports. No character stands alone on a stage and there is always an army of stagehands, student directors, student choreographers, and supporting actors who make a successful show, successful. While it is always fun to see a student solo, it is the sound of the orchestra that makes the performance. Pink out days for breast cancer awareness, Bojangles days for flood victims in Louisiana, and volunteer tutoring in the public schools are all examples of how we integrate service to others as part of the North Cross experience.
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