The fourth-grade Marimba Monkees and fifth-grade Magic Monkees recorded their first CD of African Latin music this spring and they are now available for purchase. For the project, Lower School music teacher Richard Rudolph invited area musicians to join the session recorded in the Ellis Hall music room. Bill Hoffman on guitar and Emily Bellamy and Candice Blair on percussion helped to round out the sound.
On Tuesday, the Boys Varsity Tennis team honored its senior teammates, Simon Chen ’17 and Remus Li ’17. Seniors as athletes have the opportunity to forge close friendships with their older teammates and to mentor their younger counterparts during the season. The team went on to defeat Eastern Mennonite High School 7 - 2 later that afternoon.
Works from the Middle and Upper School students are now on display in the Logan Gallery of Old Slack. The show, which held its opening reception last night, features a range of media and represents the variety of classes offered at North Cross. From photography to paint, paperwork to pottery, not to mention graphic design, the show celebrates the hard work and creativity of our visual arts students. The gallery is open Monday through Friday during normal school hours. We encourage everyone to stop by and take a look.
The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team began their game against Roanoke Catholic (which they won 10-8) slightly differently yesterday on Thomas Field. The team took a few moments, along with Dr. Proctor, Coaches Pollock and Alexander and family members, to honor the five seniors who are playing their final season as a Raider. Blake Willis, Harrison Wells, Massey Semler, Jarion Jenkins-Saunders and Jack Holley were acknowledged. In his remarks, Dr. Proctor pointed out each student athlete and where they plan to go next year, as well as the individual's favorite memory from his time on the team. The families were honored with roses and stood with their child while each was honored. We'll miss their dedication, skill and spirit, but we are grateful for their energy and team mentorship during their time with North Cross.
On April 29, 2017, eight students and Upper School math and computer teacher Amy Bagliani traveled to Bethesda, Maryland to compete in Lockheed Martin's CodeQuest coding competition. There were three North Cross teams which competed, two novice teams and one advanced. The students were given 2-1/2 hours to complete 19 programs with increasing rigor and point value. Our advanced team showed a 600% increase in points from last year. The competition also included a panel discussion with engineers from Lockheed Martin for the coaches. There were also engineers monitoring the competition who made themselves available to the students to learn about their jobs. Any participant in CodeQuest who is 16 or over is allowed to apply for an internship at Lockheed Martin.
As the end of the school year draws nearer, there has been so much to keep up with, so we apologize for the tardiness of this news. On Friday, April 21, the North Cross community, including former Athletics Director Jim Muscaro, came together to honor Rich McGimsey ’82 for his creation and support of the girls lacrosse program. In his remarks, Director of Athletics and Wellness Eric Lawrence told of Rich's accomplishments: "Rich has dedicated 6 years of unselfish service to the girls lacrosse program. He has spent his time and energies as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and probably even equipment manager field liner, and has helped build a program that is enjoying its first year with a Varsity team! This will also be our first ever Blue Ridge Conference season."
ECP through Fifth grade gathered in Muscaro Gymnasium today to share songs and dances with a Spanish theme. Though fun to watch (and participate in), a lot of work goes on beforehand to ready the students. Mrs. Boush and Sra. Hermosilla are very proud of this special Lower School Spanish Program event. This is the culmination of a year of hard work with vocabulary items, commands, and phrases students work with every time they do Spanish. By placing emphasis on the lyrics of songs students also learn new words that they can turn into sentences, and they add expressions and language that is specific to each song and each dance. When students learn a dance, they also learn about where the dance or song comes from and explore cultural components related to the song and dance. One other objective we have with the festival is to show students to feel comfortable and proud to display their own culture and other cultures on stage.
Watch a video synopsis of the Festival on our YouTube Channel.
This week the first-grade classes welcomed different cultures and many visitors to their classrooms for their International Week. Beginning with France then continuing to India, Italy, China and ending with their participation in the Spanish Festival, our young travelers learned about the different cultures through presentations and storybooks, then split into centers where they tasted foods from those countries (often provided by parents of students with ties to different regions), measured classroom objects with pasta, practiced the art of henna design, and wrote their names in Chinese calligraphy (thanks to Upper School Mandarin teacher Eva Wang and students), among other activities. Not a bad way to travel the world—no passport required! Thank you to all the visitors who came to our classes to help our students explore these cultures.
Today marks a preview of the Summer Reading Book Sale in Hancock Library, which will run from May 1 through 5th in the Library. Students will have a chance in the coming days to review and purchase the books they'll need for their summer reading requirements. "It's rare that the students get to see all the books on one table," remarks Amy Holley, director of the Library, "At a book store, you'd have to search for each one. This way, students can pick them up, look through them and make a choice easily." Students fill out "wish lists" which then come home to parents to approve.
For parents, it's a nice opportunity to see what options are available for their children, but they can also pick up some finds for themselves. In addition to the Summer Reading titles, faculty and staff have selected their recommendations to have on display as has the senior class.
This year, there's a special section …
Ever wonder if there's a snake that can bite you after it's dead? Or, how high a dolphin can jump? Or, if there's any animal that can eat a poisonous dart frog? The fourth graders did, and they answered all these questions and more with the grade's annual PowerPoint presentation. Led by science teacher Betsy Cook and assisted by librarian Amy Holley, the students worked for several weeks learning useful skills in researching their chosen animal, organizing their facts, choosing which information to present and using design and layout as visual aids. The culmination was a forty-minute presentation (total, not each!) in which each student stood on stage and led the audience through his or her research findings.
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