Students in the first and second grades spend much of their class time with their home room teacher. Students have in-room Spanish instruction every day along with a trip to the Carter Athletic Center for Physical Education where they learn skills that shape their understanding of various sports, fitness and teamwork. Students enjoy lunch at group tables in the Lemon Dining Hall where they can bring or buy their lunch from a diverse offering of healthy options. Students' seats are assigned but rotated monthly so that children can build friendships and relationships with all of their peers. Recess is an important part of the day and is followed by learning centers and specialized instruction in math, science, history and language arts with their homeroom teacher.
In second grade, students begin to understand the subtlety in sentence construction, the effects of word choice and proper use of punctuation. Singapore Math instruction continues in the second grade, as it will through fifth grade, and begins to introduce larger number groupings. Addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers are made simple through grouping. 57 + 39 is quickly rearranged to become 50 + 30 + 7 + 3 + 6, breaking the problem down into even groups of tens or fives, giving students the foundation for quick mental math.
Budding writers in first grade learn the
D'Nealian Cursive method to help develop fine motor skills and allow writers to think of words as wholes instead of parts, which helps improve reading, spelling and writing aptitude. Word Study in first and second grades builds vocabulary and an understanding of the nuances in spelling. The Singapore Math program utilizes the concept of number bonds to help students see the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and division and multiplication; they are mirror images. Music meets twice per week, focusing on percussion and group singing. Students leave their homerooms for art instruction once per week. Various field trips illustrate topics introduced in class, even if it's a simple trip out back to the Lower School Garden where they see life cycles in action or a trip to Safari Park to learn about exotic animals. Each week, students go to Hancock Library for story time and to learn about concepts like inference and how illustration affects story telling. Our licensed professional school counselor meets with the classes to emphasize concepts of respect and kindness.
Each year culminates in a presentation on our auditorium's stage, which originates from research done by the students. For first grade, it's the "Welcome to Roanoke, Flat Stanley!"; for second, a program on Africa which features songs, instruments, and cultural/geographical facts about the continent. Public speaking starts young at North Cross, allowing students to feel comfortable in expressing their ideas in front of an audience.
7:50 Morning Work, Rug Routine
8:20 Language Art Rotations
9:25 Snack (First Grade only)
9:45 P.E. (every day)
11:05 Lunch and Recess
12:50 Science/Social Studies
1:15 Library, Art or Music
2:00 Spanish (every day)
2:30 Homework Review/Pack-up
Third graders spend their time in different classrooms. They'll start in their homeroom, but move to separate classrooms for social studies and math or Language arts and science. This is also the first year students head to a separate classroom for Spanish instruction, dedicated to the language and culture of Spanish nations. Students have music, art, or library during their "specials" time period each day. In their classrooms they work in small groups determined by skill and social factors. Students are able to take part in the Lower School musical and in certain after-school clubs, like Robotics Club.
The day of a second grader is spent similar to that of a first-grade student, however, writing and reading take on new meaning. Accomplished readers now, these students can now focus on reading for comprehension instead of mastery. As such, the meaning they take from stories starts to evolve. Students begin to understand the subtlety in sentence construction, the effects of word choice and proper use of punctuation. Singapore math continues in the second grade, as it will through fifth grade, and begins to introduce larger number groupings. Addition and subtraction of large numbers are made simple through grouping and memorized math facts. 57 + 39 is rearranged to become 50 + 30 + 7 + 3 + 6, breaking it down into even groups of tens or fives. Spanish continues, this year in the Spanish Room, but now begins to develop their vocabulary into words that can be used to form sentences.
7:55 - 8:25 Word Study/English
8:25 - 9:20 Math
9:20 - 10:15 Reading
10:15 - 10:35 Recess
10:40 - 11:15 Spanish
11:20 - 11:55 Lunch
12:00 - 1:10 Science/Social Studies
1:15 - 1:55 P. E.
2:00 - 2:40 Art/Music/Library
2:40 - 2:50 Dismissal
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North Cross School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school founded in 1944 and governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
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North Cross is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. North Cross School's Junior Kindergarten is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools who is recognized by the Board of Education pursuant to §22.1-19 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Virginia Council for Private Education to accredit private nursery, preschool, elementary and secondary schools in Virginia.
North Cross is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, The Cum Laude Society and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.