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Dear Parents:

It has been fun to see black & gold splashes across campus as our soccer, softball, and baseball players and elementary volleyball athletes dart to their respective practices and competitions. If you have a chance to come cheer the athletes on, please do—the weather is gorgeous! Go Panthers!

In the meantime, I have enjoyed reading the upper school student Mini-Gusto reflections—both their informal daily journals as well as their more polished Summary Reflection—and viewing their photos. I have lived vicariously through our intrepid students who have mastered yoga headstand poses to keep their zen, created microwavable pancakes in a cup to prepare for college dorm life, mastered the arts of customer service at jewelers as well as dive shops, interacted with judges in the court system, scaled bridges in Denmark, endured three and a half-hour practice exams for US History, hardened callouses while learning to play new songs on the six-string, appeared with senators on radio shows, and even shadowed several doctors performing surgeries. Wow!! We hope to share a compilation of these reflections soon.

I also hope everyone enjoyed the wide range of celebrations last weekend for Transfer Day—and the Danes are still coming!  We’ll have soccer players on island next week and the boys’ choir on island in early May (more on that below – we hope you will consider hosting them if you can).

Have a wonderful Taste of St. Croix Weekend!


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Hot Topics in Education

The Way We Teach Math is Holding Women Back,” By Jo Boaler. March 29, 2017, Time Online. Jo Boaler is one of our guides as we think through how to revamp and strengthen our math program at GHCDS.


Quick Announcements

Call for Host Families in St. Croix, USVI

During April and May 2017, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir – Københavns Drengekor – will be in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands on the occasion of the U.S. Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial. The concert tour is a part of the official U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Committee program.


While all adult musicians, singers and staff will be staying at the Buccaneer Hotel, we are looking for private accommodations for our choirboys in St. Croix from April 29 to May 4, 5 nights in all. It would be a great help and importance if families in St. Croix would be willing to offer a home-stay for two boys each during our stay. The boys are around 13 years of age; they all speak English and are well accustomed to international travel and very well behaved. For the relationship between Denmark and the U.S. Virgin Islands it would be a great gift, hopefully for both the choir boys and their host families, to extend the knowledge of common history and to develop future relationships and exchanges. We kindly ask the families to provide for the boys breakfast each morning and supper most evenings, and transportation to the various venues, as well as meeting them on arrival. All families hosting the boys will be offered complimentary tickets to the concerts at Government House and Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church.

On behalf of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir I express our hope that you will participate in this program. Your support will be of invaluable help to give all our choir boys the best possible cultural experience during their stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you think you might be interested in hosting our boys or if you wish to learn more about the responsibilities of a host family, please do not hesitate to contact our St. Croix representative and friend Nina York at (340) 332-4451 or e-mail: ninayork@gmail.com, or Mr. Hans Lawaetz, President of St. Croix Friends of Denmark at (340) 690-7379 or email: hanslaw@attglobal.net


Around Campus

2017 Territorial Academic Quiz Bowl Champions!

A big congratulations to Panthers Jalen Frorup, Lindsey Wessel, Caroline Flavia , Thalia Hendricks , Rachel Conhoff, Jared Hodge, and Aaron Fleming, under the leadership of their Coach, Mr. Fletcher, who won this year’s 39th Annual Virgin Islands Academic Quiz Bowl competition held over two days in St. Thomas (and also broadcasted via Facebook Live).

GHCDS finished with a score of 255 over Antilles’ 190 at the end of the nail-biting final Game 8, the second-highest point total of any match in the tournament.

The competition began on Sunday, April 2, when teams of students from Charlotte Amalie High School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, All Saints Cathedral, Good Hope Country Day School and Antilles School converged on the Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School auditorium to field a host of questions with topics ranging from current events, science, mathematics, literature, and history, to music, sports, philosophy and more. The Sunday competition lasted through Game 3, and Monday’s competition began with Game 4 and lasted through Game 8. Many thanks to the St. Thomas-St. John District Federation of Teachers, Local 1825, for organizing this event.

Participating in the Cultural Exchange Program for the Performing Arts

In 2004, The Cultural Exchange Program between the Virgin Islands and Denmark was formed with the purpose of giving performances from both areas the opportunity to travel and perform as the guest of the other.  Exchanges have included Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, the Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble, Doc Petersen and friends, and the Little Opera Choir from the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen.  These performances have opened the door to an exchange of students of music, involving Shuman Piano Studio and the Hvidovre Music School.  GHCDS Students, Christopher Tirado (Piano & Harpsichord) and Kira Griffith (Piano), joined world renowned Violinist, Anna Egholm and Pianist, Per Egholm, in concert at the Shuman Piano Studio on April 2, 2017.

April 24 – April 28

Monday – April 24: Music Monday: Steel Pan music with middle school pan players

Tuesday – April 25: Tasty Tuesday: smoothie, chips and hummus, energy bar – healthy and organic food

Wednesday – April 26: Work together Wednesday: All of Preschool work together to build obstacle course and put together floor puzzles

Thursday – April 27: Artsy Thursday & Ice Cream Day: Art with Middle and High school students and a tasty treat of Armstrong Ice Cream

Friday – April 28: Family luncheon: Families are invited to bring and share cultural dishes


UVI Research Fair

The 9th Grade class visited the 6th Annual UVI Research Fair on Friday, April 7, in the Great Hall, where they listened to both faculty and student presentations of research projects in Agriculture, Agronomy, Psychology, Mathematics and more. They also had a brief tour of the campus, visiting both the Library and the Bookstore.

UVI Career Day

Members of the Junior Class attended the UVI Career Day on Wednesday, April 5th, where they received information from local businesses, Federal and local Government Agencies and the military.

A Special Thank You

The 5/6th graders donated the proceeds from their Valentine’s Day cake contest to the Queen Louise Home ($86) and created Valentine’s for the children.  They received a handmade Thank You card and a letter from The Chief Executive Officer in return.  Thank you to all the students who made cakes and bought slices, you helped to bring a smile to many faces!

The Art of Sewing

The afterschool activity was a fun and educational experience! Mrs. Mackay and Mrs. Latchman (not pictured) joined Mrs. Pelovitz and taught four students the intricacies of sewing straight seams and joining fabric to make beautiful items. The students made pillows, tote bags, and even a quilt to donate to charity! The last project was a cute bunny bag!

Destination Imagination

Every Friday afternoon for the past two months the First, Second and Third grade Destination Imagination team has gathered to conquer challenges.  This team of enthusiastic members explored time sensitive instant challenges, energetic brainstorming sessions, and complex team challenges.  The students used their creativity to make their own “DI-animal” by combining two real-life animals, they relocated ping pong balls across the room using straws (but without touching them), and built boats and towers to hold marbles and various objects afloat and above specific heights.

As we approach the end of our time together, the students understand how to better work as a team and how to use the DI materials in the best way possible to complete challenges.

GHCDS Sailors Represent in 49ers

Eight GHCDS student sailors, also known as the STX Skiff Squad, traveled  to Coronado, CA over Spring Break to represent Team ISV in their first ever away 29er Skiff regatta.   They arrived early to train in the San Diego Bay with their home coach Santiago Galan. The regatta took place March 24-26 and included a total of 11 recorded races with 51 participants in varying conditions. Coach Galan said “I am extremely pleased with the results for this team who has only been training in these new boats for 8 weeks…they have been working very, very hard and it showed”.

Results posted for skipper/crew:

20th     Taylor Hasson/Kate Klempen

22nd     Lake Sanford/Steven Hardee

24th      Dawson Kohl/Atlee Kohl

28th      Sarah Hardee/Lucy Klempen

The group will now be training for 29er Nationals and Worlds events which take place over the summer in Long Beach, CA.  You can follow them on: Twitter @stxskiffsquad and http://www.sailstx.com.

Middle School Trip to Spain – Spring Break 2017

Twelve Middle School students traveled to Spain this past Spring Break. Accompanied by Head of School Mr. Kari Loya, and Spanish teacher Sra. Ximena Allub, the students explored the fantastic city of Seville, learned about its rich history, immersed themselves in the Spanish language, and made lifelong friendships with their host families. We invite you to read our trip blog.


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

Key Dates

  • Friday, Apr. 14                           No School: Good Friday
  • Monday, Apr. 17                        No School: Easter Monday
  • Apr. 21-23, 28-29                            Spring Musical
  • Monday, May 1-5                            Student Art Show/ Teacher Appreciation Week (PA)
  • May 8-12                                           ERB Testing – Grades 3-6
  • May 15-19                                         ERB Testing – Grades 7-8
  • May 16-19                                         St. John Trip – Grade 5
  • Friday, May 13                                 Mother’s Day Talent Showcase
  • Friday, May 19                                 Middle & Upper School Choral, Band, and Steel Pan Concert
  • Wednesday, May 24                        Lower School Concert – Grades 1-6
  • Friday, May 26                                 Orange, White and Blue Day – Grades 7-12; Beach Day – Grades 1-6
  • Monday, May 29                       No School: Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 31                        Senior Awards Celebration
  • Thursday, Jun. 1                              Field Day – Grades 1-6        8th Grade Celebration
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   Last Full Day of School
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   12th Grade Graduation/First Day of Summer


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

Right now we have Junior Varsity and Varsity softball, Elementary, Junior Varsity and Varsity soccer, Junior Varsity baseball and Elementary Volleyball at play.  That’s a lot of Panthers in action! In addition, a soccer team from Denmark will be visiting and practicing on our campus this week in preparation for an AYSO tournament. Velkommen!

Next week’s schedule is abbreviated because public schools have Easter Break on Thursday, as well as our Friday, and Monday.

We haven’t received a full JV baseball schedule yet.  While the commissioner who is our coach mentioned a Thursday game, he was not aware that public schools won’t be available.  Accordingly I’ve planned for a possible Tuesday game and given the boys a Monday practice.

Thursday the 13th is the deadline for turning in basketball uniforms.  Please ask your athlete to pack them and return them.  After Easter Break I will inventory each set then send bills according to what hasn’t been received.  Thanks to those who’ve already washed and returned!

Have a great weekend!

Thank you, and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy

Games This Week


  • JV Soccer vs. CJM @ Home 4:00
  • JV Softball vs. Elena @ Whim Field, 3:45 Taxi one way
  • Elementary Soccer vs. Freewill B @ Freewill 3:45 Taxi one way



  • Varsity Soccer vs. Freewill @ Freewill 4:00
  • Possible JV Baseball Game TBA



  • JV Softball vs.Complex @ Canegata 3:45 Taxi one way
  • JV Soccer vs. Freewill @ Freewill 4:00
  • Elementary Soccer vs. Freewill A @ Home 3:45



  • No Games



  • No School


Practices This Week:

  • Elementary Soccer: Thursday 3:00-4:15, upper field
  • JV Soccer: Tuesday, lower field 3:15-4:30
  • Varsity Soccer: Monday and Wednesday upper field, 4:00-5:30
  • JV Softball: Tuesday, 3:15-4:30 upper field
  • Varsity Softball: Monday, upper field, 4:15-5:30
  • JV Baseball: Monday, upper field, 3:15-4:30
  • Elementary Volleyball: Tuesday 3:15-4:30 with Coach Akkido, and Thursday with Varsity.


Class Of 2017 College Acceptances

Christopher Ashley: United States Naval Academy; Rochester Institute of Technology; Lehigh University; Stevens 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: American University; Drexel University; Fordham University; Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Ursinus College, with scholarship

Thea D’Eramo: Notre Dame University; Pepperdine University with the Regents Scholarship

J’had Ferris: Virginia Commonwealth University; Marymount Manhattan College with a Trustee’s scholarship; Florida A&M University; Temple University; Flagler College with a Presidential scholarship; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Columbia College, Chicago; Prairie View A&M University; University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas

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

Kira Griffith:University of Washington; Rice University; Yale University; Stanford University; University of Pennsylvania; Brown University; Duke University; Harvard University; Williams College; Spelman College, Honors Program; University of Miami with the President’s Scholarship; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program; 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; 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: Savannah College of Art and Design; Drexel University; Columbia College, Chicago, Honors Program;

Chloe Phillips-Hayden: University of San Francisco, w/scholarship

Izhani Rosa: Florida Atlantic University; Flagler College; UVI, St. Thomas; Stetson University; Jacksonville University; University of Tampa; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida

Faith Snow: United States Coast Guard Academy; Florida Institute of Technology; Humboldt State University; Santa Clara University; Point Loma Nazarene University; Azuza Pacific University

Elise Stamper: Carnegie Mellon University; Boston University, Honors College of Engineering; 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; College of William and Mary

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

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

Jonathan Thomas: United States Military Academy, West Point; Baylor University; United States Air Force Academy; University of Utah, College of Engineering; Texas A&M, College of Engineering; Drew University w/Presidential Scholarship; Bryant University w/Archway Scholarship

Angel Tirado: Liberty University



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