This morning, I was reminded by a grandparent about my holiday Crossties article last year where I quoted David Brooks and wrote about eulogy virtues, résume virtues, and the development of character. I re-read the article and still recommend his book, The Road to Character as a Christmas present.
That being said, the book speaks about individual character but in advance of the holiday season, I want to talk about corporate character which I will define as the character of a group of people or an institution. Stay with me, as I realize the day before break is not an ideal time to get too deep into a subject. However, I do want to reflect a little on the eulogy and resume virtues of North Cross.
Frequently, I mention résume virtues in my remarks about North Cross, either written or spoken. College admissions, our number of AP Scholars, test scores, and honor roll status are frequent markers which we use to establish the quality of a North Cross education. I continue to believe that these are the basics we must use to establish our bona fides for prospective parents. But, the reality is that the greatest benefit of a North Cross education lies in the eulogy virtues we teach. Following are a few examples, but it may be productive for you to think a little about your child’s experience at North Cross and come up with your own list of those which you have seen being imparted upon your child while they have been here.
Despite below freezing temperatures, the audience in the CAC may have been tempted to pull out their grass skirts this morning. In keeping with tradition of presenting different themed holiday programs, Lower School Music Director Richard Rudolph worked with the Lower School students to arrange an amazing assortment of instruments (ukuleles to marimbas) and voices to create an Island Christmas performance. Songs from the Caribbean and Hawaii rung through the air of the CAC accompanied by the Bahama Mamas, a local steel drum band. Thank you for all who attended: grandparents, special friends and families. Enjoy this photo slideshow and check out the video on our YouTube channel. Happy Holidays from all of us at North Cross. We'll see you after the break!
What is your hometown? I was born in Abingdon, VA and spent most of my life in Wichita, KS and Smithfield, NC but found a home in Roanoke, VA.
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? My passion would absolutely be my NCS family, including students, teachers, staff, and parents! Every day I look forward to my interactions with them all! Even though name is typically synonymous with whatever current disaster or emergency is at hand, I feel no less a part of it. My motivation is making this a great place to be.
What is one thing the North Cross community doesn't know about you? Probably, people don't know that I love art; but more then just art, the passion of why or how it was created. Growing up I wanted to be an artist and actually became very good at it. Unfortunately, I started focusing more on drafting and architecture and finally building and mechanical. But whenever I have a chance, it's always nice to just sit back and create something.
Here are the results from the High School All District Band auditions that were held last Satruday, December 10 at Franklin County High School. We had 10 NCS band students audition and 5 were placed. Congratulations! The following students will be representing North Cross School at the All District Weekend, February 3-4, at Cave Spring High School:
Helen Schmedtje - (flute) 5th chair All District Symphonic Band
Kevin Bao (contra - alto clarinet) 2nd chair All District Symphonic Band
Caroline McGimsey - (clarinet) 10th chair All District Concert Band
Brian Bao - (clarinet) 2nd chair All District Concert Band
Lauren Daniel - (clarinet) 18th chair All District Band
Fine Arts Chair and Director of Bands Jimmie Doninni said of the experience: "The high school auditions involve a great amount of preparation (major scales, chromatic scale, prepared piece, and sight-reading) and are extremely competitive! I judged flutes/piccolos and was blown away by many of the scales and prepared pieces that I listened to." Middle School All District Band Auditions are Saturday, January 14, at Glenvar High School and 14 North Cross students will be auditioning. We wish them the best of luck.
Girls Varsity Tennis: BRC and State Champions!
First Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
Second Team: Caroline Lystash
BRC Singles Champion: Emma Cartledge
BRC All Tournament Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
BRC Player of the Year: Emma Cartledge
BRC Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
VISSA Div II All-State:
First Team: Emma Cartledge
VISSA Div II Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
Varsity Field Hockey: (7-5-0) BRC 2nd place
First Team: Julia Brown, Shaida Campbell, Audrey Lemon & Morgan Sturm
Hon. Mention: Margaret Lawrence
BRC All-Tournament Team: Morgan Sturm, Shaida Campbell, & Julia Brown
BRC Coach of the Year: Lilly Judge
First Team: Morgan Sturm
This past Sunday, five North Cross upper school students from Troop 17 celebrated becoming an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church: (from left to right) Bruce Farrell '17, Davis Alcorn '19, Andy Benson '19, Gray Pollock '18, and Zack H'Doubler '17. Congratulations to all of them on this impressive milestone!
Students in the Upper School now have access to a 3-D printer, thanks to the generosity of the Winn family. Dean of Student Life and Mathematics Chair Stephen Belderes says the machine will be available for use in classes as part of a STEM curriculum. In the past, students had access to a 3-D printer, though it was fussy and wouldn't consistently work. With the purchase of another, currently under repair, the School will soon have access to two machines for three-dimensional design. Our sincerest appreciation to the Winns for their generosity. We can't wait to see what our students come up with.
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