Come to Fishburn Auditorium! Tonight we celebrate the premier of this year's Lower School Musical production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at 7:00 pm in Fishburn Auditorium with another showing at the same time on Saturday. Director Anna McLaughlin and Musical Director and Producer Andrew Miller worked with our third-, fourth- and fifth-grade singers and actors to make Wonderland come to life in all its whimsical glory. The costumes and props, conceived and created by Novie Bateman, guardian of McKayla Hartman ’24 (the Queen of Hearts), are truly outstanding and full of creative innovation (you'll never see oven mitts the same way again!).
Parent volunteers, led by Kimberly Eakin, parent of Nathan Eakin ’25 (the doorknob), have done a fantastic job with hair and makeup, and Clinton McLaughlin amazed us all by building a playground on the set—truly captures the imagination of the script. Students from the Middle and Upper Schools served as the technical crew and choreographers, not to mention our poster designer. We even have an alumnus on piano (Ryan Hunt ’14).
In an effort to expand our Honor Code beyond the classroom, this morning, the Lower School gathered together to hear from Coach Mary Semler and Upper School Athletes on the importance of sportsmanship in athletics and in life. The Code rests upon three tenants: "I will play fair. I will try my best. I will be kind to everyone."
Margaret Lawrence ’17, captain of Varsity Field Hockey, pointed out how important fairness is in a game and to accept when things are unfair graciously and to set an example of fairness for others. Upper School SCA president and Varsity Football captain Lucas Arnold ’17 spoke about being one's best. He mentioned that in life, students must "always be the best version" of themselves, not in competition with others but with themselves. Shaida Campbell ’17, Vice President of the Upper School SCA and Captain of the Girls Varsity Field Hockey team concluded by discussing the importance of being kind to one's team mates, on and off the field, and showing kindness toward an opponent and respect for coaches and referees. Representatives from each class then came up with Upper School athletes to sign the oversized Sportsmanship Code poster which will hang in the practice gym all year. Throughout the day, every student will have a chance to sign the poster during their Physical Education class time.
While their parents were making their final electoral choices this chilly morning, our students cast their votes as well. In First Grade, there was serious consideration between their two candidates: Cookie Monster or the Count. Cookie Monster won. We have a feeling it had to do with his stance on snacks.
In the Middle School, things got a little more serious, with the students voting on the presidential candidates during their advisory meetings as an introduction to the electoral process. Teachers Ryan Cook and Heather Slaughter then met during break to count the ballots. The winner? Looks like Clinton got Trumped by three votes.
The Singapore Math Program has found a comfortable rhythm at North Cross, beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through Fifth Grade. However, many parents remain a little fuzzy on this kind of math (pardon the political reference to former President Bush, it's almost election day). This photo essay walks you through how our students grasp mathematical problem solving through the ages—learning to "see" the numbers—and the tools provided to them along the way by our dedicated faculty.
Hometown: Afton, Virginia
Education: Waynesboro High School, University of Mary Washington
Current Position: ECP-2 teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? Afton, Virginia. I grew up in the county. My sister and I played outdoors all the time! We hiked through the woods, ran through fields and played in the creek.
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I swam all four years in college. I swam long distance free and butterfly.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? I want for children to enjoy learning — to make learning positive and fun.
What was your favorite book you read in school? Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
This year's Halloween Parade was a ton of fun—for both big and little kids alike. Thanks to all the families who came out to cheer on this creative bunch!
Another warm, dry week allowed us to be outside for some special events in the Lower School garden. On Friday, October 28, members of the Mill Mountain Garden Club planted a garden which will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Fiona Tower (mother of Ned ’25), Molly Burns (mother of Selden ’25), and Virginia Vinyard, planted perennial flowers and milkweed plants that will provide food and habitat for pollinators. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies feed and lay eggs on. Urban sprawl and pesticides have drastically reduced the number of monarchs. So we will be planting milkweed other places around campus, too.
… We'd learn a lot! Walking through the hallways of Ellis Hall, there are so many colorful and informative examples of the work our younger students have been doing.
Senior buddies had lunch with their ECP charges outside on the Quad with their families. It was perfect weather for a fun and relaxing get together. Thanks to the Dining Hall Staff for making it all happen and to everyone who came out to share a blanket with a friend.
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