Many of you know I just returned from China last Friday after spending the week working with the teachers and administrative staff at North Cross-Xinhe (Sheen-huh) School—our Shanghai campus operated in partnership with a Chinese education group. I was joined by Zack DeMoss, our Director of Information Technology, and our Registrar Susan Baker.
Things at North Cross-Xinhe are going very well as we have grown from three North Cross associated faculty members to eight, and we have seen our enrollment grow from 50 students to 130. In addition, our Chinese partners spent more than $1 million in renovations to the school building, renovations that include a new computer library, chemistry lab, and substantial improvements to the buildings façade. (Read on to see a gallery of photos.)
Overlapping our visit by one day was a visit to Shanghai by Mark Thompson and Julie Aavatsmark. Mark Thompson represented North Cross School at the opening ceremonies and gave the welcome speech to our Chinese parents. Julie Aavatsmark worked with our 17 graduating senior class students as they finalize their college plans for next year as well as beginning a dialogue with our current junior class. Ms. Aavatsmark is also helping to train the college counselors on the Xinhe campus.
Despite my absence from campus, or perhaps because of it, we are off to a great beginning of the school year. Enrollment continues to grow, our new faculty and staff members are settling in, athletics are off to a stellar opening month, and the Lower School play has been cast. I rest easy knowing I have the experience of Mrs. Jessee, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Dickenson, and Mr. Lamas keeping their eyes on all that happens.
Tonight is our last home football game for a while so I hope to see you in Salem for the game. If not, have a great weekend and I will see you in carpool Monday morning.
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Head of School