This morning, the Lower School grades one through five assembled in Muscaro Gymnasium for the second annual Sportsmanship Code signing. The captains from all of the fall athletics teams came to talk to the students about what it looks like to play fair, to give it one's all, and to always be kind and encouraging—on and off the field. Afterwards, representatives from each grade came to sign the Code with the Upper School students. During P.E. periods, all students will have a chance to sign this year's sheet. The Upper Schoolers will also return during Lower School P.E. periods (when they have a break) to play with these impressionable young athletes and demonstrate how to put their words in action!
This past Saturday night, the SCA visited the NCS dorm students downtown. The Upper School group brought pizza and the students played "Minute to Win It" games and everyone had a super time. A big THANK YOU to Ms. Williams and Coach Alexander, Mr. Brandon and Dr. Owen for joining in the fun!
With the wounds of Hurricane Harvey yet to be healed, and Irma heading toward the continental U.S., the students in the Upper School SCA wanted to do something to help aid in the efforts of relief workers on the ground. Claudia Morgan ’19 is the student liaison to the American Red Cross and together with Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Everett Ward ’18, SCA President, a call to action was broadcast last Friday to the North Cross community.
The students are organizing an effort that happens this Friday, September 8. They are asking that all students, in all divisions, bring to school at least $1 to donate to the American Red Cross. Ninety percent of the American Red Cross' workforce is made up of volunteers, keeping their overhead low, which allows for 92 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to on-the-ground relief efforts.
We hope the entire community will come together to show support for those who have been injured, lost their homes or belongings, and/or lost their family members through this devastating storm. Give what you can. All donations are appreciated.
2017 Alumni Service Award Recipient Ian McDade ’91 reflects on his relationship with North Cross School
Delivered at this year's Commencement on May 27, 2017
I would like to first thank the alumni board for bestowing upon me this tremendous award. I recognize how fortunate I am to join past recipients of this award. I also want to thank my family. Victoria and I try and instill in our three children the importance of giving back, but that wouldn’t be possible without my family’s sacrifice. Every hour spent on NCS is an hour not spent with one’s family, so I want to thank my family for the sacrifices they have made for NCS so that I can stand before you today and accept this award. I would also like to thank my fellow board members and my partners on the Audit, Compliance and Policy Committee for their sacrifices and the hard work they have put into North Cross. Finally, I would like to recognize the contribution of staff members like Chris Proctor, Karen List and so many others who have done a remarkable job in improving the school. No school is perfect and we’re not done improving, but we have come a long way and we are moving in the right direction.
The last few weeks have felt like a graduation for me as well. As some of you know, after 10 years in Roanoke and many cancelled flights home, we’re moving to Charlotte, and I couldn’t think of a better way to go out then to receive this award. I was driving across Michigan in the rain when Lee Huff called me to let me know that I had been selected to receive this award. I had a couple of hours of driving ahead of me and my mind wandered to memories from long ago. I thought of 1978 when my family moved to Roanoke and enrolled me in NCS, playing on the lower school playground, the friendships from my years at NCS that are still so important to me, the teachers and coaches who pushed me to be more than I thought I could be, my own graduation 26 years ago, and the wonderful years our children have had at NCS.
This morning, leading members of the Upper School faculty and Head of School Dr. Proctor gathered on stage to honor those students who have shown outstanding accomplishment in various disciplines, in campus life, and overall academic achievement. Also, the names of the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian were revealed as Ashtyn Gerhart and Margaret Lawrence, respectively. Below is a complete list of awards given, and we congratulate all of those who were honored and the entire Class of 2017 for their impending graduation.
On Monday, the Upper School students were welcomed by SCA Advisor Susan Wenk and Parents' Association President Susan Card for a special recognition assembly. The SCA sponsored the awards, the first of their kind at the school, which aim to recognize the contributions from students within each class of the Upper School (within and outside of the SCA) for their contributions beyond the classroom. The ten students honored were: Isaac Harris ’20, Grace Wenk ’19, Everett Ward Jr. ’18, Charlie Card ’19, Margo Winn ’18, Maurice Garrison Jr. ’18, Sulan Yan ’17, Remus Li ’17, Shaida Campbell ’17, and SCA President Lucas Arnold ’17. In her remarks for each student, Mrs. Wenk illustrated the many ways these students have improved the lives of their classmates through support, leadership and contributions to school life.
Last night, Blair Trail, assistant director of Athletics and Wellness, attended a ceremony to honor the inaugural class induction into the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame. Of the seven who were honored, Donna Satterwhite, former North Cross coach and athletic director, was among them. All who were in attendance at the ceremony, recalled Ms. Trail, were amazed by her accomplishments and complimented her after the ceremony. "She coached 82 seasons in a row. That means she coached all three seasons each year," reiterated Ms. Trail.
Donna achieved several athletic milestones during her time at North Cross. As a coach, she led her teams to eight softball conference championships, eight volleyball conference championships, many undefeated seasons, and won the first ever independent school state volleyball title in 1994. Along the way, she was named Coach of the Year both by the Blue Ridge Conference and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association, as well as Timesland Coach of the Year in 1992. We are so pleased by her recognition and are honored to be the school with which she gave so much of her time and energy.
As the end of the school year draws nearer, there has been so much to keep up with, so we apologize for the tardiness of this news. On Friday, April 21, the North Cross community, including former Athletics Director Jim Muscaro, came together to honor Rich McGimsey ’82 for his creation and support of the girls lacrosse program. In his remarks, Director of Athletics and Wellness Eric Lawrence told of Rich's accomplishments: "Rich has dedicated 6 years of unselfish service to the girls lacrosse program. He has spent his time and energies as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and probably even equipment manager field liner, and has helped build a program that is enjoying its first year with a Varsity team! This will also be our first ever Blue Ridge Conference season."
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.
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