The Lower School Chorus, the Middle School's Concert Choir and the Upper School Chorale performed last night to a packed house of parents, friends and members of the North Cross Community to hear songs of the season. Albert Newberry ’17 accompanied most performances on the newly installed Yamaha Baby Grand piano (literally, it was delivered that afternoon) which was purchased with donations to the Piano Fund, part of FOTA's fundraising efforts. Ocean Ding ’18 accompanied on violin as well during the Concert Choir's performance and Victoria Riego de Dios ’19 performed a solo, with Albert Newberry on piano, between the Choir and Chorale's programs. A video with highlights from the Concert Choir and Chorale's performances is available here. Unfortunately, we were unable to record a piece from the Lower School's program, but can safely say, they started the show off wonderfully (jazz hands were involved). For a look at the selections from that evening, download the program.
From Lower School Director Victor Lamas
“The Battle” is the term that refers to an event in the spring that became, over time, a sort of tradition in the Lower School. Starting in 2004, the fifth grade students reenacted some action-packed event from the ancient world, be it a battle between Romans and Carthaginians, a gladiator display, the Trojan War story, or a shield wall fight between Vikings. It was something fun to do because of my love for history and because North Cross School, as an independent school, allowed me the freedom as a young teacher to experiment with some projects for the students that might not have been approved in a public school. The first performance was a march of Spartan hoplite soldiers; it wasn’t even a battle. But after a year or so, I grew more ambitious and we staged a choreographed battle. From then on, it was something we did for the whole school in the spring, either on the grass in front of the Carter Athletic Center or the game field.
This morning, the middle and upper school students, family and teachers came together to honor the oustanding work achieved by our honor-roll students this past semester. North Cross School has two honor rolls: First and Second. Second Honor Roll students must hold a B average during their entire semester, and have no grade lower than a B-, while First Honor Roll students maintain an A average over the semester, with no grade lower than an A-.
After Dr. Proctor opened the ceremony, Middle School Director Ed Dickenson delivered remarks to those gathered in Fishburn Auditorium, noting there is more to be celebrated than good report cards: “Along with the grades and honor roll status that we recognize today, we celebrate in a larger way those qualities that we so admire at this school: a passion for learning, a willingness to accept new challenges and to stick to a problem until it is solved, the desire to see beyond simple stereotypes, the ability to think critically, and a cultivation of educational leadership.”
After presenting the middle school honorees, Upper School Director Mark Thompson spoke on the importance of reading in and out of the classroom as a means to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live, and to expand one's abilities as a writer. (Click "Read More" to see a list of honorees.)
This afternoon, the Middle School and other community members gathered in Fishburn Auditorium for the most entertaining way to end the school day: The Annual Middle School Talent Show. Student vocalists, dancers, and pianists joined forces or went solo for some impressive performances. We commend all of the students who shared their talent with us and to Andrew Miller for running the sounds and lights for the show. Performers included: Ryan Huddleston ’21, Natalie Lorens ’21, Mariah Eakin ’22, Amaria Ford ’22, Daniel Byrnes ’21, Ivy Mitchell ’23, Lanaya Cephas ’23, Anna Lemon ’21, Lea Almahameed ’22, Myah Dent ’23, and Julia H'Doubler ’21. The show was emceed by students Chloe Hunt ’21 and Jessica Helmer ’21.
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.
Education: University of Virginia—B.A.
Current Position: Assistant to the Director of the Middle School, Special Events Coordinator
Year Appointed: 2012
Hometown: I was born in Washington, DC, but I grew up on a thoroughbred horse farm in Bedford County. We had flat racers, steeplechasers, foxhunters, broodmares, show horses, three-day eventers, chickens, pigs, and cattle. I don't have the Bedford County accent—likely because we have cousins who lived all over the world, and I traveled a LOT.
Passion: I have a myriad of passions! As everyone knows I am a rabid lacrosse fan; I still love the smell of horses; I knit at every opportunity; I am actually enjoying the antics this year's presidential politics; I raised a macaw from an egg and have adopted three more birds; I read voraciously—and I really, truly like people.
An underlying passion, though, is the NCS family. I do everything that I can to insure that our students have a healthy and happy experience in Eaton Hall. For many of them, this is their first introduction to the North Cross family, and I want them to love and appreciate North Cross as much as my family and I do. I adore my Eaton Hall teachers and their commitment to the positive mental, social, intellectual, and character development of their students. I love it when parents come into Eaton Hall, even just to visit for a few minutes. I love how supportive and enthusiastic our athletic coaches are. I love how the whole North Cross village has a firm commitment to insuring these children have every opportunity to be the best people they can be. I love how we all support each other to achieve the same goal. The McGinns came to North Cross knowing a few people and gained a whole new family!
Middle Schoolers have been very busy in their Life Science classes. From raising trout to calculating annual average temperature in the Valley using leaf shapes, Mrs. Patterson's students are understanding more about the world we live in.
This week, seventh graders in Sandy Patterson's Life Science class took to the woods on campus to collect insects to help train their observation skills. The day after collection, the students placed all of their specimens in a tank, and among amplified recorded sounds of the deciduous forest, students spent 20 minutes silently observing their catches.
This summer Middle School Science and Outdoor Education teacher Sandy Patterson (pictured in the center) attended the Educator Workshop at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Ms. Patterson received the Lawrence Award for faculty enrichment this past spring and used the funds to attend an intensive program comprised of lectures, laboratory exercises, and field work.
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