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Dear Parents:

How do we as a school showcase and display our student work? I was reminded of this ten days ago on our visit to the Norwood School in Bethesda, Maryland, where ceramic sailboats, Native American dioramas, best friend descriptions in Spanish, and other student work adorned the walls of the campus.

Because of our wonderful outdoor campus, we unfortunately have fewer weatherproof spaces to display student work and faculty creativity. Teachers have done a great job displaying work inside their classrooms—but we want EVERYONE setting foot on campus (and not necessarily entering classrooms) to see what our students can do.  Those of you who have passed through the main office in the last month have seen the fantastic “career” project Jean Bishop did with the second graders (see image). We hope to create more nice spaces on walls around campus in the months ahead to showcase the great learning taking place in all grades and departments. Walls that talk…

On a different note, our middle school girls basketball team mounted a dramatic comeback and nearly won the championship yesterday against Elena Christian. The fourth quarter was riveting, and the girls showed grit, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Bravo!

We look forward to Mini-Gusto next week for all 7th-12th graders!

Enjoy the weekend,



  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates


Hot Topics in Education

“Your kids bored at school? Tell them to get over it.” By Laura Hanby Hudgens, Miami Herald, July 18, 2016. This article recently shared with me is an interesting reminder that for all the creativity and differentiation we expect from teachers, students have their responsibilities as well in the learning process.

Quick Announcements

46th Annual
V.I. Agriculture & Food Fair
February 18-20, 2017
2017 VI AgriFest Youth Activities Award Winners 3.10.17

Calendar Change Please Note:
I am writing to let you know that we are making the rare decision to change our school calendar during the middle of this school year. Although a number of Centennial commemoration activities are already planned in our classrooms, we have decided to cancel school on Friday, March 31, to allow students and families to participate further in Transfer Day celebrations across the island. This marks a historic moment in the history of St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it is only fitting that we join other private and public schools in properly honoring the occasion.
To make up for the missed day of classes, Friday, April 7 (originally scheduled as a faculty workshop day) will be a normal school day for students. We apologize for any inconvenience, but feel that these changes will be meaningful to our families and our island community.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Kind regards,

Around Campus

Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to Mario Capriola, who will be representing GHCDS in the territorial Poetry Out Loud Competition, which will take place Saturday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the James Savage Theater. Admission is free and all are invited to attend!

Oral History Project

To kick off the fifth and sixth grade oral history project and participation in the National Park Service’s Transfer Day Commemoration, retired teacher Donna Coulson, visited classes to involve students in a wonderful look at what every day artifacts can tell us about life.

World War II Museum Exhibits

This week, Ms. Guerra’s 11th grade US History classes presented their World War II museum exhibits.  Students worked in groups to research a topic of their choice during the war.  Some of the topics included: propaganda, women in the war, African-Americans fighting for democracy abroad and at home, Japanese internment, battles and strategies, weapon advancements, and psychological aspects of war.  They had to gather pictures and primary sources, as well as write biographies and spotlights on important aspects of their topic.  All of the exhibit pieces had to be connected to a theme, which was explained in detail in an essay and during the museum tour.

An “artifact” from one exhibit
Students giving a tour of their exhibit.

Best Self Posters

 Third graders enjoy learning about a new tool to use as part of our Ruler Program, the “Meta-Moment.” Semaj, Scott and Josh carefully decorate their “best self” posters listing important adjectives and a personal picture.


 Geometry Design

Geometry students created designs using only a compass and a straight-edge. These constructions are part of a mathematical heritage going back to Euclid.  Work top row left: Andre Macintosh, Ethan Stamper, Avery White. Middle row from left: Nati Kuipers, Saba Alfred. Bottom row: Sam Cole, Lucy Klempen, Miko Dizon-Bumann



The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone is hard at work making the show spectacular!

If you have a business that you would like to advertise or want to do a personal congratulations or recognition ad, we welcome you to support the show!  GHCDS Ad Order Form – The Drowsy Chaperone

Parents’ Association

Key Dates

  • March 10: BINGO
  • March 13-17 Mini-Gusto Week
  • March 18-26 Spring Break (Vacation)
  • March 31: Transfer Day- NO SCHOOL


This Week in Sports



Hi Panther Families!


With Mini Gusto and Spring Break over the next two weeks, sports news will be much shorter with only Elementary competing next week.  It’s possible that some Middle and Upper School teams will have practices during Mini Gusto week.  If a coach does call a practice an email will be sent in advance. JV and Varsity soccer and softball games will begin the week we return.


Games This Week:

Wednesday: Elementary Soccer vs. Alfredo Andrews @ Bethlehem Field-taxi both ways

Friday: Elementary Soccer vs. Juanita Gardine @ Bethlehem Field-taxi both ways

Practices This Week:
Elementary Soccer-Monday, 3:15-4:30 lower field


Thank you and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy

Class Of 2017 College Acceptances

Christopher Ashley: United States Naval Academy; Rochester Institute of Technology

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; Drew University w/scholarship

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; Flagler College; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Columbia College, Chicago; Prairie View A&M 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; Harvard University

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

Matthew Mays: Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award; Bryant University w/ Trustee Scholarship; George Washington University w/scholarship

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 Honors College, Bio-medical Engineering Program; University of Maryland, College Park as a College Park Scholar; Drew University as a Baldwin Scholar w/scholarship

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; Drew University w/Presidential Scholarship; Bryant University w/Archway Scholarship


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