While the Lower Schoolers were competing in the CAC for Field Day, the Middle School congregated on the field in front of Eaton Hall to compete in one of their final Intramural competitions of the year. This time, however, the teams had some new members to indoctrinate. Fifth graders joined the current sixth and seventh graders and were assigned to the color team they would be a part of for the entirety of their time in the Middle School. Students are divided into Blue, Yellow, Purple, Pink, or Green teams when they enter the school. The first task of the day: Create a team cheer. Students had time to gather and brainstorm on a catchy spirited choreographed cheer. The teams were judged by faculty members for their creativity and performance. Later on, they competed in a Rock Paper Scissors face-off, Tug-o-war, and finally a game Shipwrecked. The Intramural Program is organized by Heather Slaughter and the groups compete throughout the school year. The results from Friday's competition: Blue 161 points; Orange, 113; Purple, 88; Pink, 67; Green, 43; and Yellow, 11.
Today marks a preview of the Summer Reading Book Sale in Hancock Library, which will run from May 1 through 5th in the Library. Students will have a chance in the coming days to review and purchase the books they'll need for their summer reading requirements. "It's rare that the students get to see all the books on one table," remarks Amy Holley, director of the Library, "At a book store, you'd have to search for each one. This way, students can pick them up, look through them and make a choice easily." Students fill out "wish lists" which then come home to parents to approve.
For parents, it's a nice opportunity to see what options are available for their children, but they can also pick up some finds for themselves. In addition to the Summer Reading titles, faculty and staff have selected their recommendations to have on display as has the senior class.
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This Sunday, the Class of 2017 embarked on a group outing to Busch Gardens and Williamsburg to help charge them up for the final weeks of school—and to have some fun times as a group before heading off to their next adventures after graduation. It's a bitter-sweet trip; some of these students have been together since they were three! SCA Advisor Susan Wenk and PA President Susan Card accompanied the group along with Athletic and Wellness Director (and dad to senior Margaret) Eric Lawrence and Dean of Students Stephen Belderes. Julie Aavatsmark stopped by yesterday while at a conference in Williamsburg. In addition to their time at Busch Gardens, the group is driving go-karts and playing archery tag and laser tag, and perhaps will do a little shopping—a fun way to remember the kid of inside them before they enter the ‘grown-up’ world.
Summer Reading Book Fair is almost here! The Book Fair will be held in Hancock Library May 1-5. (Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00 and Friday 8:00-3:00). Stop by to take a look at the wonderful titles that have been selected for this year's summer reading list. We will also have copies of the Senior Favorites from the Class of 2017, as well as the faculty & staff favorites.
Can't make it to the library that week? Our Barnes and Noble in-store book fair runs from May 1-15 at any Barnes and Noble and online at bn.com. Don’t forget that purchases at the café count, too! Our Barnes and Noble Book Fair ID: 12144507. A book fair voucher with this information can be found here. Use it when you purchase items at the store or online, and the school will receive credit for those purchases, too.
Teacher Heather Slaughter heads up the Middle School intramural teams which are mixed aged groups assigned a color and whose members compete against rival colors for points throughout the academic year. On Wednesday, students had an egg relay race, where the Pink team came out ahead, followed by Blue then Orange. However, don't count Purple out, they currently have the lead overall. The groups compete in academic and athletic challenges throughout the year, usually during their break periods. They also hold a service drive. This year, teams collected toiletries for the Rescue Mission and got points for each item brought in. Blue won with over 200 items, and the entire drive brought in over 600 items for people staying at the Rescue Mission. At the end of the year, the team with the most points gets a team pizza party.
Thanks in large part to a massive volunteer effort, the Big Flea was a great success. Over 2,500 shoppers came to the CAC last Saturday to hunt for bargains. Many returning visitors complimented the new streamlined checkout system and all of the helpful volunteers. A special thank you to our Big Flea co-chairs, Elise and Zack DeMoss, for organizing a wonderful event for the school and the community.
The Big Flea grossed over $35,000, and after expenses we expect to surpass our financial goal. The school and the Parents’ Association will split the net revenue evenly. This marks the second year of our partnership with the PA in Big Flea, and it again proved to be a success.
The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) is again sponsoring their After Prom Grand Finale—a drawing for area students who stay until the end of their school's after-prom party. North Cross' prom is this Saturday at the Jefferson Center, and afterwards students can attend a free after-party until midnight at Thunder Valley. As RAYSAC's website points out, "In the past 28 years of After Prom Grand Finale, none of the participating schools has experienced the tragedy of a drunk-driving accident on the night of their prom."
Today, students in the Lower School carpool were greeted by a new principal, Kindergartner Ethan Connelly. Mr. Lamas was there, too, but mostly just to hold the umbrella. He wasted no time enacting meaningful changes. During his day of reign, Mr. Connelly allowed students to wear whatever they wanted, made sure extra recess was mandatory, and that all students received ice cream at lunch. He also toured the facilities (including Ellis Hall's roof) to ensure that everything was running smoothly. We hear he had some pointers for Dr. Proctor, as well. His legacy will be remembered for days to come, or at least until the ice cream stains are washed out of students' clothing.
Last Friday, Raiders came out to support a different type of red as they donated blood during the annual drive sponsored by the SCA and organized by senior Helen Schmetdje. Virginia Blood Services had 30 donors come, and 22 were able to donate a full unit of blood. Together, the school affected 70 people's lives!
On Friday, March 25, a group of students led by Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Hash and Upper School History teacher Joe Harris traveled to Virginia Tech for this year's Uplifting Black Men conference hosted by the Virginia Tech BMEN (Black Male Excellence Network). This year’s conference focused on empowering black men through stories of persistence from several Virginia Tech alumni.
The keynote speaker at this year's event was Virginia Tech's first African-American student, Irving Peddrew III, who entered the all-white school in 1953 and in May 2016 was also awarded one of only nine honorary degrees given in the university's history. “I was raised to be independent and be strong,” he said during his address. “I never felt I was an inferior person or second class citizen. I was taught you don’t let anyone define who you are. You are who you want to be.”
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