The following students were recognized at the Middle School Closing Ceremony for achieving First Honor Roll and Second Honor Roll for the spring term of the 2014-15 academic year. The awards students were recognized on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Fishburn Auditorium.
The following academic awards for the 2014-15 academic year were presented on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Fishburn Auditorium. Congratulations to the recipients and inductees listed below.
Twenty-nine Students Earn “AP Scholar” Designation by the College Board
In May 2014, over sixty of our juniors and seniors "sat" for over two-hundred Advanced Placement Exams. Twenty-nine students, representing 36% of the Class of 2014 and 2015 combined, earned recognition from the College Board for their positive results on their cumulative exams while in secondary school.
Lee Ann Sigmon-Farley Named Recipient of the 2015 North Cross School Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching
Lower School students (grades K-5) will start a new math curriculum this fall
ROANOKE, VA (August 28, 2014)-- Lower School math teachers at North Cross School attended numerous training sessions this summer in preparation for the launch of Singapore Math® this fall. While not common in public schools, this program has been implemented at some of the best independent schools across the country with remarkable success. Recently St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA made the switch as well as several schools in the Richmond and D.C. areas. North Cross is the first school in the Roanoke Valley to fully implement this program for its students.
Singapore Math is a conceptual-based program that first came to the United States from Singapore in 1998. Teachers in Singapore use the program and their students rank at or near the top on international math exams. On the surface, the pace of the program appears to be slower than a traditional math curriculum. However, the process promotes a deeper understanding of math concepts. As a result, students are more confident in their abilities and learn to master mathematical concepts by following a three-step process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The concrete stage is a hands-on approach that allows students to learn using different objects, such as cubes and blocks. In the pictorial stage students use pictures and graphs to help visualize concepts; and the abstract stage allows them to actually use mathematical symbols and algebraic expressions to solve problems.
It’s college notification time for our seniors; and hand-in-hand with the emails, texts, calls, portal accesses, large envelopes and small envelopes, all bearing admissions decisions, comes stress, joy, sadness, self-doubt, and the realization that it’s time to leave North Cross School and go out into the world. It’s a terrifying time. Yes, our seniors are hearing that they are accepted, denied, or cast into the limbo land of the waitlist by the colleges they applied to this year. It’s been a phenomenal year for college acceptances for this senior class. In many cases, dreams are coming true and students have been accepted into the college or colleges of their choice. This is the news that we hear being spread through excited talk and social media. The acceptances are truly wonderful news, but there is another side to this that I want everyone in our community to remember exists.
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