This Monday, Sam Sawyer ’16, currently a first-year student at the University of Colorado, shared with Mrs. Landry's science class a presentation slideshow on a project he completed in his space engineering class. Throughout the semester, he and a group of classmates worked to plan, create, and test a satellite whose function was to perform an experiment of the group's choosing.
Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teachers, Morgan Sturm ’17 formally announced her college intentions and signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I field hockey for Miami University (OH) today. This fall, she will join her older sister Avery Sturm (Class of '15), already a Sophomore on the Red Hawks women's field hockey team.
Morgan Sturm has been playing field hockey at North Cross since sixth grade and has been a valuable member of the Raiders' varsity team since eighth grade. She began playing travel field hockey as a ninth grader for Field Hockey Life under two-time Olympian Coach Keli Smith Puzo and has been playing for them ever since. When not playing field hockey with either her North Cross team or travel team, Morgan spends lots of time playing and training with her father and sister at school or at Lab Sports.
Please help us celebrate Morgan's accomplishments as a tremendous high school student athlete and this fabulous honor as she prepares to play field hockey at the next level for Miami University!
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Education: Emory & Henry College
B.A. in Mass Communications
Current Position: Yearbook Adviser, Newspaper Adviser, Graphic Design teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? Salem, Va.
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I love going to hockey games.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? Using yearbooks to tell people's stories and capture a school's life in one book is my passion. I created yearbooks in high school and college, and was not ready to give it up yet. Knowing we create something that people will look at in 25 years and be thrown back to a specific moment is what I enjoy most.
What was your favorite book you read in school? The Great Gatsby
On Thursday, 2015 MacArthur Fellow and North Cross alumnus, Dr. William R. Dichtel ’96, visited campus to accept the Distinguished Alumni Award and share some of his team's research with the Middle and Upper School students through lectures and his visit to Jennifer Landry's Upper School chemistry class.
Dr. Dichtel made a last-minute change to his presentation to the class as he had just learned some wonderful news: his past professor and now colleague at Northwestern, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry that morning along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa for their work in creating "molecular machines." Dichtel was a postdoctoral student of Fraser Stoddart's when he was a student at UCLA and played a part in the research celebrated today. In honor of Stoddart's recognition, he shared more about his groundbreaking work with the class.
If you're a parent, we hope you have experienced how onCampus can help you stay connected with your student's progress and the school, but teachers are making good use of this community tool as well.
This week, Upper School art teacher Amy Jackson had her students submit their opinions of artwork they viewed in the Logan Gallery's show, ArtVisions. In class, she pulled up her class roster to see students' comments for each picture of the artwork they took with their iPads.
After recent auditions, Helen Schmedtje '17 was named the Principal Flutist for the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra (RYSO). From the organization's website: "The RYSO is comprised of 80 student musicians, ages 12-18, who rehearse weekly and perform symphonic repertoire in public concerts throughout the school year. Additionally, the RYSO performs annual Discovery Concerts in collaboration with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. The Discovery Concerts take place during the school day and are attended by area school children. Led by RSO Associate Concertmaster James Glazebrook, the RYSO is the only professional orchestral training for young people in southwestern Virginia. The young musicians gain membership through auditions held annually each spring and fall and may perform with the RYSO through their high school graduation." Brava, Helen!
Thursday, the Upper School and community members were invited to attend the inaugural presentation of CrossCurrents, the annual speaker and dialogue series at North Cross. Read Montague, PhD, who is a parent and a professor in the Department of Physics and at VTCRI, Virginia Tech, presented a talk entitled: Reading the Mind in the New World of Neuroscience. Dr. Montague is also a professor at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, Institute of Neurology, University College London. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Montague delivered a TEDGlobal talk on computational psychiatry in 2012. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation, and Global Studies and interested students attended a lunch with Dr. Montague in the dining hall immediately following.
The first of several planned, Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Hash coordinated five community service groups to speak at Fishburn Auditorium on Thursday and invite Upper School students to volunteer at their facilities. Feeding America, the Rescue Mission, Healing Strides, the SPCA and South Roanoke Retirement Home gave brief presentations and then adjourned to the lobby of Lemon Dining Hall to meet with students one-on-one and answer any questions. Upper School students are required to fulfill 12 hours of community service. There are several opportunities throughout the year when students can meet their hours, on campus and off. We look forward to seeing our students out in the community helping where they can.
This past Sunday and Monday, the Ninth Grade class headed to the Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing in New Castle, VA, in an effort to build relationships and conquer some fears as they transition to the Upper School. Along with faculty chaperones, the class went canoeing, enjoyed recreational activities, collaborated in a ropes course, scaled the rock-climbing wall, and, of course, enjoyed a campfire.
The camp's website states that its mission is "to provide a character-building educational experience in which participants develop and improve their self-confidence, self-esteem, teambuilding skills and leadership through participation in adventure activities."
In addition, it allowed 9th-grade students to develop relationships with fellow students and faculty members outside of Willis Hall. Isaac Harris said, "I feel closer to my classmates—oh, that is the whole point of the trip. I get it."
Most would think advisory lunch is a time for quick announcements, light banter, and a quick bite. However, the faculty here have made a concerted effort to use this group setting to their advantage by challenging our students' perceptions and ways of thinking. Once a week, upper school students have lunch with their faculty advisor and advisory group. There's also room at the table for thoughtful discussion.
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