9.15.17

9.15.17

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Dear Parents: Just when I thought we were returning to “normal,” we had more weather excitement to finish the week. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience with these challenges and will hope for better conditions next week. On a positive note, while we still had a wet campus in various parts, everything we have done with flood mitigation so far prevented much bigger problems. In the meantime, it’s been admirable seeing the number of our families involved with continued relief efforts for St. Thomas, St. John, and the British Virgin Islands. I have finally heard from all the heads of school—most importantly, everyone is safe. Both Antilles and V.I. Montessori are hoping to open as early as next week. Gift Hill will be assessing the situation with families next week.…
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9.1.17

9.1.17

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Dear Parents: We’ve had a fantastic first week of school! We are delighted to have your children back on campus learning songs in French, designing structural towers, analyzing the Trail of Tears, and skipping from one room to another. Of course, as the enclosed Peanuts comic strip illustrates, this comes as a great relief. :) In our Weekly News sections below, you’ll find fun, practical information on different parts of our school. In today’s introduction, though, I want to highlight five points related to the entire school: Hurricane Irma. We are closely monitoring Irma, which could impact our area by the middle of next week. We encourage everyone to begin preparing their homes for the possible storm and we will update you over the weekend as we learn more. Board…
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6.5.17

6.5.17

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Dear Parents: The last few weeks of school showcase the best of GHCDS: students presenting projects in front of an audience; teamwork and collaboration; healthy competitions; silly competitions; student leadership; cross-divisional mentoring; students dressed formally (wow!); testimonials and reflections where faculty share meaningful words about students and students share meaningful words about faculty and their peers… the list goes on. As you head off into summer, I wanted to share a few key messages: Commencement. Last Friday’s 12th grade graduation at Island Center was an elegant end to the year. Mr. Cesar Guerra, who is a current parent, former faculty member, alum, spouse of a faculty member, and new trustee, delivered the inspiring commencement address. Valedictorian Kira Griffith and Salutatorian Aiden Stevens also gave inspiring remarks. You can read their…
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5.26.17

5.26.17

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Dear Parents: It’s been yet another exciting week of celebrations! Our early childhood, lower, and middle school students all gave rousing concerts of singing, band, and steel pans. Our 4th graders held a lovely ceremony honoring each student, highlighting their accomplishments through the year, and unveiling a beautiful ceramic tile mural in honor of the Centennial. Our 8th graders presented their capstone projects on topics ranging from body image insecurities to marketing strategies for businesses in Frederiksted to different styles of hijabs and the impression this may give. Our upper school students have been taking leadership roles in preparation for Orange, White, and Blue Day, perhaps the most popular day of the school year. The battle was fun and fierce! And more than a dozen alumni, including beloved faculty members…
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5.19.17

5.19.17

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Dear Parents: As we approach the end of the school year, competitions and celebrations abound. A big congratulations goes out to our Moot Court team of Julian Bishop, Jade Bryan, and Jada Romer for the victory yesterday in the USVI Territory competition held on St. Thomas. Coached by attorneys Michael Rogers and Pam Colon (Parent ’16) and coordinated by Nancy Thatcher, the team improved with every practice and competition and, ultimately, their hard work earned them first place. Bravo! Moot Court combines teamwork, public speaking, critical thinking, and interaction with professionals (attorneys and judges) to give students an exceptional learning experience. Our varsity soccer team deserves praise for the grit, adaptability, and resilience they showed all season, even earning a berth in the championship game on Wednesday against Free Will…
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