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Dear Parents:

From Dr. Seuss celebrations in the lower school to alumni receptions in Washington, D.C., it has been another week of active learning, connecting, and growing in the GHCDS community!

College acceptances continue arriving for our seniors, with many more to come next month. Keep thinking good thoughts to bring favorable news…

To help our students navigate the difficult and highly competitive college application process, I am pleased to share our College Counseling Handbook available on our College Counseling webpage. We are also hoping to add shortly a list of summer program opportunities in which some of our students have participated. I highly recommend that you and your family, regardless of your child’s age, begin perusing these documents. It’s never too early to think about college!

I also wanted to follow up to a conversation I had earlier this year with some junior parents when I mentioned there were 20 things their son or daughter might do to have a bigger impact on their college and scholarship prospects than simply obtaining membership in the National Honor Society. My list below overlaps with some of the information available on the webpage referenced above, but some ideas will be new—and the others are worth the reminder.

20 Ways To Impact College Prospects

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,


  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

We (Head, Upper School Head, Lower and Middle School Head) are at the National Association of Independent School’s Conference in Baltimore this week and next week will share some resources and reflections.

Quick Announcements

Congratulations to Michael Atwell for placing on the St. Croix Spelling Team.  He will join five other St. Croix spellers to compete against the St. Thomas team on March 30th at Woodson Junior High. Congratulations, Michael!



¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Thank you Sara Lee Hayes

In art class, Sara Hayes and the fourth grade students created clay images for the west side of St. Croix. Next week they will work on the east side. The mural will depict St. Croix: Then and Now.


Around Campus

GHCDS Black & Gold Gala

Last Saturday evening at St. Croix Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort the Good Hope Country Day School Community gathered for its premiere event, the Black and Gold Gala. The beautiful venue was sparkling with a warm glow from all the Moroccan lanterns and luxurious black and gold décor.   The evening was filled with excitement as the nearly 200 guests enjoyed a sumptuous five course Moroccan themed dinner, robust silent and live auctions, and a lively student performance.  It was apparent that everyone shared  the same purpose of raising funds to support the GHCDS financial aid program and to make memories with old and new friends.  This immense effort was spearheaded by the GHCDS Advancement team of Linda Stamper-Keularts, Kiomie Pedrini and their many dedicated volunteers!

Ghost Players Visit GHCDS

GHCDS was paid a special visit by the Ghost Players on Wednesday.  A few of the men are original Ghost Players from the movie, Field of Dreams (1988).  They travel the world spreading their love of baseball and the messages of kindness, family and doing your best.  On Thursday night, at Canegata Ball Park, they held a baseball clinic, question session and treated the crowd to a hilarious skit!  A few of our students were seen in attendance and showed off their signed baseballs in class the next day. 

Congratulations to the Inductees to the National Junior Honor Society

Sailing on the Roseway!

The sixth grade students had a great time aboard the Roseway last week!  They have been busy reflecting on their experiences and have already applied some of their new knowledge in science class.  There is plenty of information to reflect on including simple machines, coral ecology, parts of a ship, buoyancy, writing poetry, threats to coral, clouds and the water cycle, wind and trade routes, calculating speed of an object, navigation and knots.  Students also explored four core values while on board: trust, communication, teamwork and self-worth.  The teachers are particularly proud of all the students for challenging themselves to try new experiences such as climbing the rigging and going on the bowsprit.  The students will share their experiences at the next Friday morning gathering.

Savannah College of Art and Design visits GHCDS

Savannah College of Art and Design Assistant Director of Admissions, Ms. Alex LeBlanc, paid a visit to our campus on Thursday, March 2, to inform students about the wonderful programs SCAD has to offer. In beautiful Savannah, Georgia, the world-renown art school stands out among its peers because of their extensive program offerings, athletic department, 100+ clubs and the potential to study in Georgia, France or Hong Kong. Several GHCDS alumni have attended SCAD and had great experiences.


Celebrating Read Across America Day

Thursday, the Second Grade celebrated Read Across America day as well as Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We read Dr. Seuss books out loud and shared a story with the Pre-K class. We made Seuss-worthy hats, completed an author study of Dr. Seuss and even made Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs in Math while discussing fractions! Oh, and we can’t leave out the tongue-twister competition they had in FUNdations!

JSA Winter Congress

On February 24-26, 2017, the Northeast Junior State of America held its annual Winter Congress minutes away from our nation’s capital at the Doubletree Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Winter Congress is a three-day, two night, student-run simulation of the United States congressional legislative process. Six students from the Virgin Islands attended: Imani Evens, Daniel Garriga-Cerni, Nia Canton, Aaron Harris, Chelsea Valery and Crystal Fahie. Daniel’s “Territories Rights Amendment” as well Chelsea’s “Resolution Supporting the Payment of Reparations from the Nation of Denmark to the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands” were both accepted and passed unanimously when brought to the floor during the assimilation. Furthermore, Crystal Fahie and Imani Evens both received best speaker awards out of the 300 students in attendance and 14 awards available.

Third and Fourth grade students love working together! 3rd graders upcycle egg cartons into turtles while 4th graders add color to their arrays!

Third graders delighted the stage this morning with a FUN-tas-tical performance in honor of Dr. Seuss!


Bill Chandler One Design Regatta

St. Croix Yacht Club hosted a mixed class regatta Sunday honoring the late Commodore, Bill Chandler. GHCDS students JJ Klempen, Elyssa Franklin, Kimberly Thompson and Lola Kohl competed in the Optimist class.  Competing in the 420 double handed boats were students Zach Bozzo, Rider Odom, Carson Oakley, Ariana Swartz, Zach Hearold and Sean Low.  Representing the newest 29er class were GHCDS students Atlee and Dawson Kohl, Steven Hardee and Lake Sanford, Taylor Hasson and Kate Klempen and Sarah Hardee and Lucy Klempen.  In the Rhodes 19 class, students Milo Miller and Mathieu Dale assisted skipper Morgan Dale (GHCDS dad).  A fun time was had by all at this special event in beautiful Caribbean conditions!

Parents’ Association

Key Dates

  • March 10: BINGO
  • March 13-17 Mini-Gusto Week
  • March 18-26 Spring Break (Vacation)


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

Best of luck to our basketball teams that are heading into playoffs this week! We’re pretty sure our standings are correct for Middle School Girls and JV Team 2 Boys, but we’ll need to see results for Varsity Girls.  Our JV Team 1 had a great season of growth, but did not make the playoffs. Varsity Boys have a few games left to play.

Elementary Soccer games begin this week! Good luck, Panthers!

JV and Varsity Soccer are slowly but surely showing better practice attendance. This week note three opportunities for training. We expect our players to make two out of the three, if not all. Games should begin after Spring Break.
JV and Varsity Girls Softball is warming up! Players should make at least one of the practices listed, if not both. When basketball finishes we’ll have better attendance on all days. Games should begin after Spring Break.

Games This Week:

Elementary Soccer vs. Lew Muckle @ Home 3:30
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. StJ @ Home 4:00
MS Girls Basketball Playoffs (Should be@ Home vs. AAR, waiting for confirmation)
JV2 Basketball Playoffs (Should be vs. Central @ Central. Waiting for confirmation)
If/WHEN MS Girls Basketball team wins playoffs on Tuesday, CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Elementary Soccer vs. Alexander Henderson @ Home 3:30
Varsity Boys Basketball-Possible Complex game @ Home (originally scheduled for Saturday)
Varsity Girls Playoffs (Waiting for confirmation and standings)

Practices This Week:
Elementary Soccer-
Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 lower field
MS Girls Basketball-Monday, 3:15-4:30 slab
JV and Varsity Softball-Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 Upper Field
Varsity Girls Basketball-Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 gym.
JV2 Basketball-Monday, 3:15-4:30 slab
Varsity Basketball-Watch for a text from Coach Baker
JV and Varsity Soccer-Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:15-5:00

JV Baseball-3:15-4:30 Friday Upper Field

Thank you and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy

Class Of 2017  College Acceptances to Date

Mario Capriola: Ursinus College w/ scholarship; Loyola University, New Orleans; Clark University w/scholarship; Eckerd College w/scholarship; Loyola University, Maryland w/scholarship; Adelphi University

Hailey Coates: Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Ursinus College, with scholarship

Thea D’Eramo: Notre Dame University

J’had Ferris: Marymount Manhattan College; Florida A&M University; Temple University

Daniel Garriga-Cerni: Manhattan College; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kira Griffith: Spelman College, Honors Program; University of Miami with the President’s Scholarship; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Case Western Reserve University w/scholarship and as a  Finalist to their Pre-Professional Scholars Program; Emory University, College of Arts and Sciences and  Oxford College Scholar finalist

Shauni Lustig: Colorado State University; Citizen Year Gap Program, Ecuador

Matthew Mays: Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award

Marshall McCormick: Texas Tech; University of Houston; University of Texas, San Antonio; San Angelo State University

Sylvana Montealegre Hutchins: Columbia College, Chicago, Honors Program

Izhani Rosa: Stetson University; Jacksonville University; University of Tampa; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida

Faith Snow: Florida Institute of Technology; Humboldt State University; Santa Clara University; Point Loma nazarene University; Azuza Pacific University

Elise Stamper: Virginia Commonwealth University, Bio-medical Engineering Program; University of Maryland, College Park as a College Park Scholar

Aiden Stevens: Judson University w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Pratt Institute

Eva Taylor: Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Becker College w/scholarship; Sacred Heart University w/scholarship; Adelphi University

Jonathan Thomas: University of Utah, College of Engineering; Texas A&M, College of Engineering

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