As our juniors and seniors gear up for an intense week ahead of AP exams (may their hard work and preparation yield great results!), I wanted to share with you how we intend to recognize our faculty for Faculty Appreciation Week. The email below was sent yesterday:
We are excited to share with you the schedule of events for next week’s Faculty Appreciation Week. We are grateful for the incredibly hard work you do every day and hope these fun options below will help add a spring and smile to your step!
Monday – Bici-Cafe. Steve Swanton of BiciCafe will bring his blue Copenhagen-manufactured coffee station on two wheels to our campus between 9:50am and 1:20pm. Faculty members are invited to enjoy two complimentary drinks of their choice: cold-pressed coffee, kombucha, or bush tea!
Tuesday – Taco Tuesday. Swing by the faculty lounge to enjoy two tacos from Sharkey’s (Kelly McCormick). Life is better with tacos!
Wednesday – PA Brunch. The PA will be preparing a brunch in the faculty lounge from 11:30am-1:30pm. This was a wonderful hit last year and we are thrilled to have their contribution again this year.
Thursday – Massage. Massage therapist Julianne Vaughan will be in the advancement office from 9am to 3pm giving 15-minute massages. Sign up for your 15 minutes of bliss! Sign up in the office with Annie on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Friday – Trustee Day. Trustees will be visiting campus between 8am and 12pm. Coffee and pastries will be available at recess (9:50-10:10am) in front of the main office. Grab a treat and say hello to a trustee!
On a separate note, if you haven’t yet seen The Drowsy Chaperone, make sure you see it this weekend before it’s too late. Tap dancing, roaring 20’s, swashbuckling Casanovas… this production has it all.
And once again, we saw yesterday and today in our upper elementary drama production, Iselmatania, that the GHCDS pipeline of talent for the arts is as strong as ever!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hot Topics in Education
¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!
Hot Topics in Education
“How to discover and address college admission anxieties,” April 24, 2017. Forbes.com.
A practical article shared by our college counselor, Ms. Nancy Thatcher.
AP Exam Schedule:
- Monday, May 1: Psychology, College Counseling office (1 student) Ms. Thatcher/Mrs. Grey
- Tuesday, May 2: Computer Science A, in Room 9/Ms. Thatcher
- Tuesday, May 2: Spanish Language and Culture, Small Computer Lab/Mr. Barrant
- Wednesday, May 3: English Literature and Composition, Library/Ms. Thatcher
- Friday, May 5: United States History, Library/Ms. Thatcher
- Tuesday, May 9: Calculus AB, Room 9/Ms. Thatcher
- ALL TESTS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 8:00 AM. (exception: Psychology) Students will NOT report to homeroom, but will go directly to the classroom indicated.
- Please remember that payment is due on Monday, May 1, to the office.
National College Decision Day!
Monday, May 1st, is National College Decision Day, the day when all college-bound seniors in the Class of 2017 nationwide must commit to the college of their choice!
Please join us in celebrating our seniors and this exciting time by wearing college gear from your intended college (seniors), from your alma mater (faculty, parents, friends), or from the college you have adopted as your own (anyone)! Look for the updated Class of 2017 College Acceptances list in next week’s News!
Seeking Top Candidates!
We are currently looking to hire excellent candidates for the positions listed below and appreciate any referrals:
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Thank you Sarah Lee Hayes!
Grade 1 glazing their animal pinch pots with clay artist Sara Lee Hayes in art class.
The joy of ice cream!
Thanks Armstrong Ice Cream for making everyone’s day!
GHCDS Marine Biology
GHCDS Marine Biology students are the first to visit the National Parks Salt River Bay Coastal Studies Outpost hosted by Zandy Hillis-Starr, Chief Resource Manager and Clayton Pollick, NPS Marine Biologist.
During the visit students interacted with the NOAA Biogeography research team and observed the surgical installation of marine life/fish acoustic tracking devices as part of a multi-agency ongoing research project. Students also participated in a walk about to discuss the landscape level changes that occurred in the 1960 -1970’s and proposed projects to continue the restoration. Discussion on how GHCDS and Salt River Bay could benefit from future collaborative work was forefront.
Once again, GHCDS students take the lead!
2017 South American Opti Championships
This year, the annual championship is being hosted by the Yacht Club Ypacarai in Encarnacion, Paraguay, starting April 26th, 130 sailors from 11 countries will compete in fleet and team racing for five days.
This year, Team ISV is sending one of the biggest teams in many years with new and promising talent. The South American Championships is the first of three major international events in which Team ISV will compete this year.
Under the direction of their coach, Argy Resano, the nine sailors on Team ISV are: Mathieu Dale (St. Croix), Alejo Di Blasi (St. John), Katherine Majette (St. John), Winborne Majette (St. John), Mia Nicolosi (St. Thomas), Robert Richards (St. Thomas), Caroline Sibilly (St. Thomas), Max van den Driessche (St. Thomas) and Andy Yu (St. Thomas).
Every Kid in a Park
Fourth graders visited the Salt River preserve as part of the federal program “Every Kid in a Park.” First, we went on a hike led by Mr. George around the small peninsula where Columbus’ men and the Caribs had their skirmish and learned about indigenous flora and fauna, followed by a short historical presentation by Ranger Vagras, and then jewelry making led by other volunteers of the program. We had a wonderful learning experience!
Schools Helping Schools
Our Schools Helping Schools project began as a business venture at the Agricultural Fair. It was our goal to raise funds to help the Mlima Primary School in Kenya. The village of Mlima has had a great increase in the number of children attending the small school. Several years ago there were about 300 children in the school. Now the enrollment is about 700. Unfortunately the children are sitting four at a desk that was designed for two.
The William Holden Wildlife Foundation has established an Adopt a Desk program to sponsor the building of new desks. The cost to sponsor each desk is $75.00. With the help of visitors to our booth at the Ag. Fair, generous donations from students, parents, and friends of the school we now have funds to sponsor fifteen desks. The generosity of our community is overwhelming.
A complete set of desks for a classroom would be eighteen desks. Our goal is to fund an entire classroom. We are working on final funding efforts.
It’s Earth Day every day for third graders as they proudly showcased their re-used tie-dyed t-shirts!
Extreme Gear for Extreme Environments
- 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 Prom
- 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!
We’ll be back to our usual, busy sports schedule this week, with seven different teams practicing and competing. I have some personal matters that will require a good deal of my time next week, so I’d like to ask each player to come with a water jug or bottle on game days. Our P.E. Snack Bar has ice for athletes right after school, and next to it is a water fountain with a jug filling station for convenient filling or refilling before games. Thank you for helping me with this important detail.
Best of luck to our Elementary soccer Panthers and Coach Lishati-Shumba Bailey in playoffs on Monday. They’re rolling into semifinals undefeated, and we are very proud of their team spirit and dedication.
WHEN they win Monday, they’ll have Championships on Friday at home.
Thank you, and Go Panthers!
Games This Week
- Elementary Soccer Playoffs vs. Alexander Henderson @ Home CHILI DOG GAME DAY! 3:30
- JV Soccer vs. Woodson @ Central 4:00 Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete
- JV Softball vs. Central @ Canegata 4:00 Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete
- Varsity Soccer vs. Complex @ Free Home 4:15ish (Complex gets out late)
- Elementary Volleyball vs. RR @ Home 1st game
- JV Soccer vs. Elena @ Home 4:00
- JV Softball game-Possibly Elena Makeup game-waiting for confirmation
- Elementary Volleyball vs. Pearl B @ Home 2nd game 4:15-Players should come down to gym to help with lines unless they need homework time/help
- Varsity Softball vs. Central @ Profit 4:00
- JV Baseball vs. Complex @ Grove Field 4:15-Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete
- Elementary Soccer Champs if/ WHEN we win Monday-TBA
Practices This Week:
- Elementary Soccer: Wednesday 3:15-4:30
- JV Soccer: Tuesday 3:00-4:15 lower field
- Varsity Soccer: Monday 4:00-5:30 lower field
- JV Softball: Tuesday 3:15-4:30 upper field
- Varsity Softball: Tuesday upper field, 4:00-5:30
- JV Baseball: Monday 3:15-4:30 upper field
- Elementary Volleyball: Games only this week. The following week there will be three games: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Class Of 2017 College Acceptances
italicized bold denotes matriculation
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: University of Notre Dame; 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: Citizen Year Gap Program, Ecuador; Colorado State University; George Mason University; Colorado State University
Matthew Mays: Bryant University w/ Trustee Scholarship and athletic scholarship for swimming; Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award; George Washington University w/scholarship
Marshall McCormick: Texas Tech University; 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: University of Tampa with scholarship; Florida Atlantic University; Flagler College; UVI, St. Thomas; Stetson University; Jacksonville University; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida
Faith Snow: United States Coast Guard Academy; University of San Diego; Stetson University; 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; Carnegie Mellon University; Boston University, Honors College of Engineering; 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 with scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Pratt Institute
Eva Taylor: Simmons College; Drexel University w/scholarship; Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Becker College w/scholarship; Sacred Heart University w/scholarship; Adelphi University; Wagner College
Jonathan Thomas: 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