As we conclude the current school year in a most unnatural fashion, I would like to thank you for all you have done to ensure the continued education of our children. Certainly the faculty and staff have outdone themselves and I hope my praise for their efforts helps you recognize their accomplishments have been truly extraordinary. I also recognize that families have borne the burden of furthering the education of our children. I know it has not been easy to keep our students focused on learning when so many others have prematurely ended the school year. It cannot be denied that the events of this spring show us that there is a culture of continued learning at North Cross that culture has carried us through a very difficult time.
We are beginning to get a number of questions about the reopening of school this fall, and while we cannot be certain of what September brings, we are actively preparing for several scenarios. I believe I can provide enough information at this point to provide assurance that we will open next fall in a manner that is consistent with recommended best practices.
It is hard to believe but we are three weeks away from the end of the school year. Normally at this point, the students would be smelling the barn; teachers would be thinking about end of the year events, AP exams, and awards; and we would all be thinking about summer vacation. Even though times are anything but normal, I do think there is cause for excitement at the end of the school year because our faculty and students have worked hard, made great strides, and definitely deserve some downtime. Remember that this summer lasts until Tuesday, September 8, so at least for one year, we are returning to the old Memorial Day to Labor Day schedule I grew up with. Of course, those were the days before we had air conditioning in our schools…
Christian J. Proctor, PhD
Dr. Proctor is the ninth Head of School at North Cross and has served as such since 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in education. He has served as headmaster at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana, Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, Louisiana, and as Interim Headmaster at Wesley Academy in Houston, Texas. In each location, Dr. Proctor’s tenure was marked by creativity, innovation, and school growth.