Margo Winn, Queen
Adam Batzel, King
It was a gorgeous day to celebrate Homecoming, watch some football, and crown some students! The game began with our Chorale sang the National Anthem while the colors were brought out by the North Cross Cub Scout Troop. It was a rough first half for the Raiders, but things cheered up when at halftime members of the upper school and their parents and guardians came out to be recognized as this year's Homecoming Court and to name the Homecoming King and Queen. This year's recipients were as follows:
The Raiders ultimately lost their game to Roanoke Catholic 30-22, but got points on the board during the second half to close the gap left at half time.
Under beautiful skies, members of the Willis family, faculty, staff, students and alumni, gathered before the start of the Homecoming Football game against Roanoke Catholic to take a moment and dedicate the newly renovated field to Cydney and David Willis. David D.H. Willis ’77 passed away after a battle with cancer. David was a member of the Board of Trustees for 16 years, Past President of the Alumni Association, and the recipient of the 2002 Alumni Service Award. He was also parent to five boys who were all graduates of North Cross. Dr. Proctor's remarks from the ceremony can be accessed by clicking the "Read More" link below.
Before this year's Homecoming Pep Rally, the Parents' Association outdid themselves with an amazing Adventure Walk for the entire school — no small feat when you have almost 500 students and 60+ faculty to corral. The school was broken into groups and then led throughout the buildings to see special decorations and get to know each other along the way. Many piggy backs were given, hands held, and friendships formed. Thank you to all of our parents who made this journey come together!
After the Walk, students enjoyed popsicles and a petting zoo. The theme for this year's Homecoming surrounds the movie Footloose, whose final scene takes place in a barn. So farm animals were a natural match. Among the spirited competitions was a dance-off between Hip-Hop and Country Line dancing, lassoing a "mustang" and an old-fashioned Hoedown complete with a face-off between a rival sheriff. The students had a blast, and we would also like to thank Susan Wenk, Susan Card, and the Upper and Middle School SCA's for putting this spirit-lifting event together.
Both events are truly what memories are made of. To see video and more photos, visit our Instagram page and Facebook page which has footage of the "dance off."
Earlier this month we were honored to have Dr. Devorah Heitner on our campus as part of our CrossCurrent Speaker and Dialogue Series.
Dr. Heitner is in high demand, and followed our visit with her trip to North Carolina where she was the keynote speaker of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools conference, Charlotte Country Day School, and the SPEAK Series at Colorado Academy.
We certainly hope you and your student were able to gain some valuable takeaways during her time on our campus. As parents and educators it is our responsibility to mentor our children, giving them guidance they crave in an ever-changing digital landscape.
The Upper School has started our partnership with the Rescue Mission with flying colors. So far we have volunteered three days, totaling 264 hours of Community Service. Our efforts have been mainly concentrated in the Distribution Center where goods are serviced and made ready for sale in the two Rescue Mission Thrift Stores. Our students have stood out amongst the volunteers each time they serve. We have greeted the other volunteers with chants of "WE ARE NORTH CROSS,” and “How do We Serve? Hands! Feet! With Praise!” These always seem to lighten the mood of all the volunteers in attendance on that day. Our banner has hung proudly in front of Rescue Mission each time, letting the entire community know we are there.
Elizabeth Giles and Katherine Lake had the spotlight before Varsity Volleyball's game against Craig County (which they won 3-0)! They were joined by their families and Dr. Proctor who detailed their successes and memories.
By the time we were finished celebrating our Varsity Field Hockey seniors Madisen Charles and Margo Winn, the clouds had parted and the sun was shining. We're pretty sure we can take credit for that.
The rain held out just long enough for the last potato chip to be crunched and the last game of tag to find a winner. Families on both ends of the buddy line, seniors and ECP-2 students, came out to picnic blankets and hamburgers for this annual tradition. Though the skies were overcast, the smiles were bright. Parents of seniors got to meet their child's little buddies, while the ECP-2 parents got to meet what will be their counterparts in about 13 years. Good thing about almost-rainy weather? No ants.
In my last Crossties submission, I was a bit heavy in my discussion on class, privilege, and empathy. I have not left that discussion behind, and I want to let you know that I just received Jonathan Sacks’ The Home We Build Together, the book referred to in the John Allman letter I mentioned previously. Let me get through that and I will report back to you. It may be a while however, as I just returned from a rainy weekend at the beach where I found two rollicking novels of maritime adventure and a compendium of four novels by Trevanian in an antique store in Georgetown, SC—all good stuff even if they do smell a bit like mildew.
So, where am I going with this? We are in the middle of college admissions season and students are wondering what they can do to find that extra 20-30 points on their verbal scores. It is a bit tough at this point, so we resort to a bit of trickeration, essentially teaching kids to take the test. A more effective strategy is to encourage/coerce/bribe your children into reading for pleasure. The earlier you start, the more effective you will find encouragement. A study by the National Reading Foundation found that students learn 15 new words each school day and that a majority of these words come not from intensive instruction but instead from independent reading. It is amazing how reading, and the increased vocabulary it produces, can have a dramatic impact on standardized test scores.
Members of the Cave Spring Fire Department came to speak to our most impressionable students to help allay the fear of "the masked fire fighter" and to explain how a first responder can help a family out of a dangerous situation. Two large fire trucks were parked in front of Ellis Hall. Students explored, asked questions, and listened to the volunteers as they described what they do and what tools they use for their job.
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