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Dear parents and students,

The upcoming week is Mini-Gusto for grades 7-12.  All students in Middle and Upper School should know where they’re going beginning on Monday, as well as where to gather, at what time, and whom to meet. Please check out the information provided to your student by interim Upper School Head and Mini-Gusto Coordinator Nancy Thatcher. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Thatcher.

You have one more opportunity to see our amazing spring musical, Peter and the Starcatcher: tonight, Saturday, March 7. The show takes place at the GHCDS pavilion and begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 each. Please visit our drama webpage for details.

Mark your calendars for the GHCDS Fishing Tournament and Shore Party, which will take place at the Deep End Bar and Grill on Sunday, April 19.  For information on boat registration and sponsorships, please see the poster and related links, below.

Spring break (March 14-22) begins after school on Friday, and classes resume on Monday, March 23.

Topics covered in this edition of our Weekly News include:

  • St. Croix District Spelling Bee
  • Varsity Basketball Senior Night
  • 4th Grade Research (this week’s featured photo)
  • Giving Back to GHCDS
  • Childhood Memories
  • Biology Students Design Safe Crossings for Wildlife
  • Upcycling
  • Sandy Point Beach Area Calculus Graphing
  • Using Technology to Keep In Touch
  • Geometry Students Use Constructions To Create Designs

Please be sure to see Athletic Director Amy Carter’s post on this week’s sports.

Yours sincerely,

William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School

 

Quick Announcements:

Join in the fun!

2020 Boat Registration Form

2020 Sponsorship Application Form

Sponsorship Levels Breakdown

Around Campus:

St. Croix District Spelling Bee

Paulina Croskey from the Department of Education presented Michael Atwell with an Avis Pro Laptop for winning the St. Croix District Spelling Bee.  Michael travels to St. Thomas soon to compete in the territories regional competition. Good Luck Michael and enjoy the taste of victory!

 

Varsity Basketball Seniors Night!

Thank you for being leaders on the court – we will miss you!

(Gus Johnson, Stephen Bannis, Douglas Capdeville, Andre McIntosh, Quincy King, Gabe Capdeville – Class of 2020)

4th Grade Research

Social Studies and Science joined forces as 4th grade students creatively pieced together each region adding the most significant land and water features of each. Intensive research and mapping helped a lot. This massive project wraps next week with individual slide shows on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Giving Back To GHCDS

Duncan Coles, GHCDS ’14 presents to the middle school life sciences classes some stunning photographs and stories about his time volunteering on a research project on the Palmyra Atoll.

Childhood Memories

Big Buddies help celebrate Dr. Seuss with the Pre-K students by reading their favorite book. The Little Buddies then drew their favorite part of the story and shared it with the group.

Biology Students Design Safe Crossings For Wildlife

STEM comes together as students research what type of animal populations are at risk of injury, and/or responsible for causing automobile collisions.   Animal behaviors and activity patterns are identified to establish design criteria. Three designs are drafted and considered. Actual construction costs are researched and a budget submitted. Safety hazards, such as insufficient fencing, to animals and motorists must be considered. MORE TO COME AFTER SPRING BREAK!

Serena Carter designs guard rail

Aleah Mann converts Hectare to Acres for road surfacing costs

Milo Miller researches construction materials and estimated costs

Tate Given and Keegan Gillis strategize which design will hold the most weight.

Upcycling

Creativity ran wild on Monday as students designed animals and dresses with a variety of materials.

 

Sandy Point Beach Area Calculus Graphing

Calculus students use graphs and functions to find the area of Sandy Point Beach that erodes over a turtle-nesting season.

 

Using Technology To Keep In Touch

Physics students use FaceTime to include a classmate home recovering from a fever. They were able to join the discussion of all the problems.

Geometry Students Use Constructions To Create Designs

 

Summer Opportunities for Upper School Students

There are 1,000s of summer programs for high school students each year and it’s not too early to begin thinking about how you will spend your summer!

Available around the globe, and even in your own backyard, summer programs are great!

Following is information from programs that have reached out to our school to advertise. The school does not promote or necessarily recommend these programs, we are just sharing information:

●      Yale Young Global Scholars: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/summer2020

●      National Student Leadership Conference (NYLC): https://nslcleaders.org/college-prep-program-enrollment

●      Savannah College of Art and Design: https://scad.edu/summer

●      Washington University in St. Louis Pre-college Programs: https://precollege.wustl.edu

●      University of Miami Summer Scholars Program: https://ssp.dcie.miami.edu/apply-now apply by Dec. 1 for application fee discount

●      Denison University, Reynolds Young Writers workshop: https://reynolds.denison.edu poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction writers, current sophomores and juniors

●      Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers a variety of summer programs and some financial aid is available: https://spcs.stanford.edu/

●      SAS, Summer at Smith, summer pre-college programs for young women at smith College: https://www.smith.edu/summer

●      Boston University Academy of Media Production, Program Info & Application Materials: https://bu.edu/amp

●      EF International Language Campus, https://ef.edu, language immersion summer programs in many different countries

●      United States Coast Guard Academy AIM (Academy Introduction Mission) offers students a chance to experience a week at the Coast Guard Academy, to see if it could be a good fit. Visit https://www.uscga.edu/AIM

●      Pratt Institute for PreCollege Summer 2020, areas of concentration include: Architecture, Comic Book, Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography and more. https://www.pratt.edu/precollege

●      Rensselaer Poly Tech Pre-college Summer Engineering Program, rising 11th-12th grade students please get info and apply at https://go.rpi.edu/pipeline

●      Savannah College of Art and Design (SACD), pre-college summer programs, rising 9th – 12th grades, https://scad.edu/sss, scad.edu/rs

●      University of Chicago Summer, high school students, https://summer.uchicago.edu

●      Adelphi University Summer Pre-college Program, choose from courses including Intro to Nursing, Business, Acting, Medical Research, Gender Studies and more, https://academics.adelphi.edu/summer

●      Northeastern University Accelerate: Pre-college Programs, programs include: Bioengineering, Entrepreneurship, Exploring Modern Physics, Innovation in Health professions and more… https://northeastern.edu/precollegeprograms

This list will be updated as more information comes in. Contact Ms. Thatcher for further information.

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Parents’ Association

 

Dear GHCDS School Community,

In the last six weeks, we have surveyed parents, teachers and administration to find out what are the needs and wants of our GHCDS community. There have been so many good recommendations, including adding outdoor learning and meeting areas, upgrading our athletic and theater facilities, and providing funds for special learning experiences. With approximately $55,000 in available funds, we would like to support many of these initiatives.

Proposals for funds will be accepted over the next few months on a rolling basis from parents, students and faculty. Proposals may be for projects, activities, books, equipment or experiences that enhances the academic lives of children at the GHCDS. While preference is given to proposals that offer school-wide access to our school community, students, teachers and/or parents are also encouraged to submit proposals that will benefit their individual classrooms or grade levels.

The school administration will do the first review of proposals for content, appropriateness and to determine if alternate funding sources are available.  A sub-committee of the PA will then review requests.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the Grant Request Form with appropriate documentation and submit it to the front office. We look forward to hearing about your project. If you have questions, please email them to parentassociation@ghcds.org.

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No clipping needed for Box Tops!  Now when families use the Box Tops app to scan their store receipt, they can “Give Credit” to GHCDS. To “Give Credit” make sure you have the latest version of the Box Tops app, scan your receipt, then tap the star icon to enter your “Give credit” memo. To download the app, click here.

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