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This Monday, Sam Sawyer ’16, currently a first-year student at the University of Colorado, shared with Mrs. Landry's science class a presentation slideshow on a project he completed in his space engineering class. Throughout the semester, he and a group of classmates worked to plan, create, and test a satellite whose function was to perform an experiment of the group's choosing.
Perhaps the best way to return well-rested first-graders to the classroom after a long break is through a scavenger hunt! After reading the holiday folk favorite The Gingerbread Man in class, the students were shown a "clue" left by the energetic magical cookie. The students then had to use their math, reasoning and rhyming skills to figure out where the escapee was headed to next. Their search revealed additional clues to his whereabouts at the playground, the dining hall, the library, the office and finally back to the classroom. Once back, the children created their own gingerbread men (not the kind you can eat, so he need not worry) and will continue to explore other versions of the story throughout the week.
What is your hometown and what was it like growing up there? I was born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. My father was a Professor of Surgery, and our lives revolved around the university. We watched Chapel Hill grow from a small southern university town into a cosmopolitan city with people from all around the world. It was a great place filled with progressive values during the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s movement of the 70’s.
What, or who has been the biggest influence in your life? The obvious and correct answer is my father, one of the smartest and most accomplished men I have ever known; but to keep it more interesting, my Department Chair when I was teaching college was Aidan Dunleavey, a left-handed Irishman who showed me that there was always a creative solution - It only needed to be found.
Looking back on the past 5 years as Head of North Cross, what do you think is the most important thing North Cross has accomplished? I believe we have stabilized and then further improved the quality of the education at North Cross School. Our students are regularly taking more difficult classes and doing better on their standardized tests than ever before. I love the fact that we had 33 AP Scholars last year, an 800% increase in 8 years. I mean an 800% increase! Where do you see a number like that???
We have also completely rebuilt the Lower School curriculum with Word Study, Spanish, and Singapore Math, resulting in improvements on our ERB scores. It is never easy to make substantive changes, and our faculty has done an incredible job of maximizing what these programs can deliver.
The first trimester is in the books and it was a good one. I think the warm sunny weather has kept everyone in good spirits and carpool today was no exception. We are all ready for, and deserving of, a nice vacation.
Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday because, for me, it involves four of my most favorite things: food, football, family, and spending time in the woods—not necessarily in that order. But more than that, Thanksgiving means spending time reflecting on the good fortune in your life, and showing appreciation for all that makes your life special. I am fortunate to work with an incredible faculty and staff, to have a parent body that sacrifices for their children, and to be able to come to school with some of the most fascinating and creative students imaginable. It all comes together in the form of North Cross School and there has never been a better time to be here.
I hope that you enjoy our Turkey Tango, have a restful vacation, and that we all return in nine days ready to learn once again.
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Head of School
This afternoon, the Middle School and other community members gathered in Fishburn Auditorium for the most entertaining way to end the school day: The Annual Middle School Talent Show. Student vocalists, dancers, and pianists joined forces or went solo for some impressive performances. We commend all of the students who shared their talent with us and to Andrew Miller for running the sounds and lights for the show. Performers included: Ryan Huddleston ’21, Natalie Lorens ’21, Mariah Eakin ’22, Amaria Ford ’22, Daniel Byrnes ’21, Ivy Mitchell ’23, Lanaya Cephas ’23, Anna Lemon ’21, Lea Almahameed ’22, Myah Dent ’23, and Julia H'Doubler ’21. The show was emceed by students Chloe Hunt ’21 and Jessica Helmer ’21.
Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teachers, Morgan Sturm ’17 formally announced her college intentions and signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I field hockey for Miami University (OH) today. This fall, she will join her older sister Avery Sturm (Class of '15), already a Sophomore on the Red Hawks women's field hockey team.
Morgan Sturm has been playing field hockey at North Cross since sixth grade and has been a valuable member of the Raiders' varsity team since eighth grade. She began playing travel field hockey as a ninth grader for Field Hockey Life under two-time Olympian Coach Keli Smith Puzo and has been playing for them ever since. When not playing field hockey with either her North Cross team or travel team, Morgan spends lots of time playing and training with her father and sister at school or at Lab Sports.
Please help us celebrate Morgan's accomplishments as a tremendous high school student athlete and this fabulous honor as she prepares to play field hockey at the next level for Miami University!
What is your hometown? Athens, Georgia
What’s your passion here? Promoting North Cross School athletics and cheering and celebrating our amazing student athletes
What motivates you to do what you do? I went to a small school in Athens, GA very much like North Cross and I don't think people outside of North Cross really understand what it takes to be successful in both the classroom and in athletics: the time and commitment it takes on both ends. Bigger schools with high profile sports usually get all the attention, but our students are exceptional with their knowledge, work ethic and talents and I want people to appreciate what amazing students we have here at North Cross. Everyone at this school works so hard and I want to work hard as well to make everyone else's job easier, especially in athletics! My favorite time of year is celebrating our student athletes at the end of each and every sport season and then the occasional athletic signings at the CAC celebrating the student athlete and all of their hard work. That's what I love most. I am also a big tennis person and am so happy to have started our co-ed middle school tennis program here at North Cross two years ago. It was a dream of mine to start a middle school tennis program that would feed into our two fabulous varsity programs, plus working with young kids and getting them interested in any type of athletics, for their own health, is my true passion.
Come to Fishburn Auditorium! Tonight we celebrate the premier of this year's Lower School Musical production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 7:00 pm in Fishburn Auditorium with another showing at the same time on Saturday. Director Anna McLaughlin and Musical Director and Producer Andrew Miller worked with our third-, fourth- and fifth-grade singers and actors to make Wonderland come to life in all its whimsical glory. The costumes and props, conceived and created by Novie Bateman, guardian of McKayla Hartman ’24 (the Queen of Hearts), are truly outstanding and full of creative innovation (you'll never see oven mitts the same way again!).
Parent volunteers, led by Kimberly Eakin, parent of Nathan Eakin ’25 (the doorknob), have done a fantastic job with hair and makeup, and Clinton McLaughlin amazed us all by building a playground on the set—truly captures the imagination of the script. Students from the Middle and Upper Schools served as the technical crew and choreographers, not to mention our poster designer. We even have an alumnus on piano (Ryan Hunt ’14).
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