It is often difficult for young people to focus on something larger than themselves and everyday I see the many things at North Cross that are designed to do just that. Athletics, in particular, are obvious mechanisms for teaching team over individual lessons. Less obvious are our dramatic and musical performances, perhaps the ultimate team sports. No character stands alone on a stage and there is always an army of stagehands, student directors, student choreographers, and supporting actors who make a successful show, successful. While it is always fun to see a student solo, it is the sound of the orchestra that makes the performance. Pink out days for breast cancer awareness, Bojangles days for flood victims in Louisiana, and volunteer tutoring in the public schools are all examples of how we integrate service to others as part of the North Cross experience.
This past weekend brought another reminder that our students are part of something bigger than themselves. We had an unbelievable opening of the Nancy and Richard Cook Field, complete with hundreds of alumni that returned to North Cross. (Click to download Richard Cook's Remarks.) That night, there were numerous class parties around town, and a large gathering of alumni at our house. This party is always my favorite because it reminds me that I am the eighth headmaster at North Cross School and as such, a part of a living North Cross history. Meeting alumni from as far back as the Class of ’66 and as recently as the Class of ’12, and watching them all connect with each other reminds me of the special bond that North Cross graduates feel for each other.
As you drop your Lower School student off in carpool, or watch your Middle School student go off to their first dance, or support your Upper School student even when you know they are not the star of the team, know that your child is learning that they are part of something bigger than themselves. Now and forever, they will always be a part of North Cross.