Every week should end with tap dancing and singing German canons (in this case, “Lachen, Lachen”) in rounds! Just another Friday in the pavilion at Good Hope Country Day School…
This week highlighted one of the main strengths of our school: the degree to which our faculty members know, understand, and support each student. At our Senior Awards Dinner on Wednesday, upper school faculty members shared their reflections of each student, capturing their personalities, talents, and quirks to perfection. It’s one of my favorite moments of the year. On Thursday, our middle school team collaborated to review their personalized remarks for each of our 8th graders, who will participate in the 8th Grade Celebration on Tuesday evening. It’s a powerful message of caring when you see numerous teachers talking with pride about the journey of one particular student. This is not the norm.
That sense of caring is something that has been notably absent for many of our students who recently returned from stateside schools. In just this last week, I spoke with several upper school students whose schools up north had more students in their grade than our school has total. While the critical mass has provided other opportunities, what the students missed most was the sense of community and personalized attention that GHCDS (and St. Croix) provides.
On an athletic note, this week GHCDS has hosted Olympians in our swimming pool, Olympic team tryouts for men’s soccer on our lower field, and this Sunday national team training for women’s volleyball in our gym. It’s an incredible opportunity for our younger athletes to observe and rub elbows with top athletes. It’s also a reminder that living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with a population of just 120,000 people and yet our own Olympic teams, provides amazing international and life experiences for our scholar athletes.
Finally, here is the latest BAM! (Better After Maria) story from just the last week that reflect our efforts to build a world-class school for our students here on St. Croix:
- Advisory Professional Development. We will be sending upper school faculty member Lea Wilson later this month to the ISM (Independent School Management) week-long workshop called “Hands-on-Advisory: Curriculum, Themes, and Activities.” She will have the chance to connect with counterparts from other top private schools, reflect on our advisory program and upper school student community, and develop an action plan to strengthen the program overall and make sure this is aligned with our mission. We are excited to learn from her experience!
- Another Step Towards Eliminating Flooding. I wish we had an extra $200k and a quick fix 18 months ago when we began the unglamorous and arduous task of eliminating flooding and leaking from all 17 of our buildings on campus. If it were easy, it would have been done a long time ago. Like many major projects, we broke this into small steps and have systematically taken those steps to address this impediment to faculty productivity and student learning. Last week we completed and connected two more catch basins and trench drains near our admin building. We still have more work to do, but we have nearly eliminated the problem.
We hope to see many of you at the St. Croix Educational Complex Auditorium on Saturday when we celebrate the Class of 2018 at commencement!
Please note that we are no longer collecting cans in the student parking lot.
Anyone wishing to dispose of cans should do so directly via the Peters Rest Recycling Station.
GHCDS Job Opening – Lower School Teacher
¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!
Thanks to Aaron Hutchins for organizing a really productive morning working on the trail AND bringing his bush mower! Thanks to Mr. Capdeville, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Roth (and sons), and Mr. Daley (and sons) for helping. Special thanks to Mr. Rivers for paying for part of his work crew to work all day! The cut in a steep part of the trail and worked on making a second clearing. After attending a track and field event, Mrs. Harper stopped by and was amazed at how much Mrs. Coles’ elective and this crew had managed to get done. Over the summer Mr. Daley of Geographic Consulting is going to clear out the second trailhead, we are going to order signs for both trailheads and trees, and create science activity stations along the trail –
Happy Trails, Ms. Blanchette
Mr. Gomez clears bush and Mr. Hutchins mows a clearing along the trail.
Tre Roth tidies up the clearing, while his younger brother, Nate, swings from a vine.
Volunteers enjoy a refreshing Leatherback beer, thanks to Aaron Hutchins.
Senior Awards Evening
GHCDS Senior Awards Evening was held at the Buccaneer Hotel. It was a wonderful heart warming celebration of the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. Every teacher gave thoughtfully crafted speeches and made sure every senior was recognized and individually honored. Special thanks to The Buccaneer Hotel for providing such a special setting to honor our graduates. Special thanks to alumna Kari Currence, GHCDS’15, for being our event photographer.
GHCDS Class of 2018 Final Campus Walk!
And the seniors are DONE! Congratulations class of 2018!
Puppy De-Stress Day
Senior Aly Starr founded the first Virgin Islands chapter of HOSA -Future Health Professionals at Good Hope Country Day School. It has been a huge and successful undertaking so far. HOSA worked with the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center to host a “Puppy De-Stress Day” for students taking final exams at school this week. Please consider making a donation of these needed items to the Animal Shelter.
At the last Friday gathering of the year, members of Caribbean Dance Company’s tap dancing class demonstrated basic tap moves. Senior tap dancer, Jalen Frorup, introduced the demonstration, talking about the multicultural history of tap. Thanks to Cuyler, Lena, Asia, Annabelle, Maya, and Ella. As we began the year at our first Friday gathering in September with a round sung by teachers, we ended the year with a round about summer….a joyful way to end the year.
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This Week In Sports
Hi Panther Families!
What a year we’ve had in Panther Sports! I’m so proud to report that we brought home the following championship wins:
Elementary Flag Football
- Elementary Boys Team win
- Elementary Girls Team win
- JV Girls Team win
- Best Overall: Mason Lambert, Michael Dizon-Bumann, Kelsey Bhola and Rachel Conhoff
Varsity Girls Volleyball
To know that we achieved all of this under the most difficult circumstances is an amazing feeling as an Athletic Director. I could not be more proud of our athletes and coaches, and not just the championship winning teams, but each team that graced a playing field, race course or court! When we set goals for next year, we’ll need to remember the dedication and determination we brought to this year and its challenges, and then we’ll just have to kick it up a notch, because we can!
Thank you, Panther Families, for all you do to support our athletes and our program. We couldn’t do it without you!
Have a great summer, and Go Panthers!