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Dear Parents:

Happy Easter Weekend! Besides spending time with family and friends, I hope many of you will connect with some of the Danish soccer players now wandering both our campus and the island – they are here to participate (along with many of our students) in the AYSO International Tournament.

Speaking of Easter, our upper school students raced around campus this morning in search of colored plastic eggs, which had been carefully hidden outside and inside classrooms (and even in my office!). Why the commotion? Most of the eggs contained candies and chocolates for a quick sugar boost, and some of the eggs contained coveted “homework passes,” which would allow the holder to NOT have to complete a homework assignment. In the meantime, our lower school students engaged in their own fun festivities, including making cute pastel washcloth bunnies in 4th grade!

Lastly, I am pleased to share (click here) the compilation of Mini-Gusto Reflections from our upper school students. It was a treat for me to read them and see the range of experiences and learning in one short week. Bravo!

Felices Pascuas!


  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

Last year I mentioned the growing trend in gap years in the United States (still just 1% of all students vs. 17% of students in the UK). These two articles, which include the voices of those who have completed gap years, provide more perspective on the pros and cons of taking the year off.

“Independence Days: My Perfect, Imperfect Gap Year,” By Kyle DeNuccio, The New York Times, April 6, 2017. This one student’s perspective on a gap year.

“Readers Tell Us: Is a Gap Year Worth It?” Here are several more perspectives from those who completed gap years.


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

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir –Show Poster  event program – Event Program

¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Many Panther thanks to Brent Mays, Matthew’s dad, for bringing a cooler of water for the Varsity soccer team!

A repeat of thanks to Stuart Lewis Sr. and Donna Ashley for the first aid backpacks our coaches carry to each game. The Panthers have been well cared for, and the specialty bandages are a hit! It’s nice to have good shapes and sizes for knees,fingers and elbows!

Many Panther thanks to Linda Yoder for her snack and water donations to the P.E. Snack Bar! Your contribution will truly help keep our Panthers looking sharp on courts and playing fields.

Around Campus

4th grade finished off its Pre-Easter week with washcloth bunny construction and a special lunch. If you look closely at this picture, you’ll notice a colorful assortment of bunnies nestled in glittery paper baskets.

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


Cleaning Up Campus

Upper School students picked up litter on Wednesday afternoon and collected over 5 pounds of litter in an hour, just on the road into campus and the parking lot above the gym. Please don’t litter! Students (left to right) Andre McIntosh, David Conhoff, Vincent von Schilling, Stephen Bannis, Justin Guye.


The USVI National swim team is off to the CARIFTA Swimming championships in the Bahamas. Six of the seven members are GHCDS students.

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

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                                   Early dismissal 11:30am
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   12th Grade Graduation/First Day of Summer


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

Thanks so much for your spirit and patience as last week’s game schedules were twisted into new directions daily.  We had great fan attendance, even with venue changes, and our players really appreciated your support.

Soccer parents, please note the special practice plans below.  Our Coach Rogers is off island, and Coach Lishati will be handling all levels.  It’s not a complicated schedule, but it is compact. We will definitely need our athletes to hustle down to the lower field on practice days. They will be short but important for Elementary and JV.  Varsity will need to consider their Captains’ practice as mandatory.

Our Elementary boys volleyball team will start matches on Tuesday. Good luck, Panthers and Coach Akkido!

Wishing all of our families a peaceful Easter weekend!

Thank you, and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy


Games This Week



  • Easter Break-no school



  • Elementary Volleyball vs. Lew Muckle @ Home-2nd match-should start near 4:15 if the 1st match begins on time. Players should report to the gym to watch the first match.  It will be a good learning experience for new players.
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Complex @ Home 4:00
  • Varsity Softball vs. Central @ Profit 4:00



  • JV Softball vs. A. Richards @ Whim 3:45  taxi one way
  • JV Soccer vs. A. Richards @ A. Richards-Taxi one way-Please let Coach Amy know if transportation after the game is an issue for your athlete



  • Elementary Volleyball vs. Eulalie R @ Home 3:30
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Central @ Home 4:00
  • JV Baseball game @ Basilio 3:45-taxi one way-Please let Coach Amy know if transportation after the game is an issue for your athlete
  • Varsity Softball vs. Complex @ Profit 4:00



  • JV Soccer vs. CJM @ Home 4:00
  • Elementary Volleyball vs. Alexander H @ Home 3:30
  • JV Softball vs. Elena @ Profit 3:45-Taxi one way-Please let Coach Amy know if transportation after the game is an issue for your athlete


Practices This Week:

*All Soccer- Please note Coach Rogers will be off island this week.  Coach Lishati will be coaching all of our teams, which is why the practice schedule is unusual. We still need every athlete to attend scheduled practices.

  • Elementary Soccer: Tuesday and Thursday-short practices before Varsity game 3:00-3:45. Volleyball players are excused for matches.
  • JV Soccer: Tuesday and Thursday-short practices before Varsity game 3:00-3:45
  • Varsity Soccer: Captains practice Wednesday on the lower field  3:15-4:30
  • JV Softball: Thursday, 3:15-4:30 upper field
  • Varsity Softball: Wednesday, upper field, 4:15-5:30
  • JV Baseball: Tuesday, upper field 3:15-4:30
  • Elementary Volleyball: Games only


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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