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Dear parents and students,

The spring musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Stewart Shelley, opened on Friday, and it is terrific.  Our student actors are bringing to life the rich, complex script with animated performances, synchronized choreography, and a great sense of comedic timing.

There are three more performances: Tonight; Friday, March 6; and Saturday, March 7. All shows take place at the GHCDS pavilion and begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance for $15 each. Please see the post below, or visit our drama webpage, for details. Our featured photos, above and to the left, are from the show!

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.

Senior Thesis presentations will take place March 3-6, followed by Mini-Gusto XLIII March 9 – 13.  For Mini-Gusto, Interim Upper School Head and College Counselor Nancy Thatcher has organized a host of offerings from which 7th through 12th grade students may choose, including internships at local businesses, SCUBA lessons, film festivals, guitar intensives, environmental activities, outdoor experiences, and adventures across the island.

Other topics covered in this edition of our Weekly News include:

  • St. Croix Mathcounts Competition
  • Learning the ART of Sewing
  • Engineering in Physical Science
  • Congratulations Juniors Saba Alfred and Alessandra Evangelista!
  • Heart, heart, everywhere a heart.
  • Poetry Out loud!
  • Centripetal Motion
  • Duck Stamp Competition
  • Reading Buddies

Our annual Mini-Gusto is around the corner—March 9-13—with spring break to follow on March 14-22.

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:

Peter and the Starcatcher: Click here to purchase your show tickets on-line.

  

¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

GHCDS Faculty and Staff had a very special Faculty Appreciation week and were treated with the notes from students, beautiful flowers, sweets, and thoughtful gifts. Thank you all so very much!  Speacial thanks to the GHCDS Parents’ Association for organizing coffee, a special lunch. classroom treats and relaxing massages!

Around Campus:

2020 Boat Registration Form

2020 Sponsorship Application Form

Sponsorship Levels Breakdown

St. Croix Mathcounts Competition

Michael Atwell, Mark Edwards, Andrew Thompson and Nick Turk competed in the St. Croix Mathcounts competition for 6, 7, and 8th graders.  There were five teams totaling 26 students.  GHCDS placed third in the team competition while Nick Turk placed 3rd, Michael Atwell placed 4th and Andrew Thompson placed 7th in the general competition.  The first place team and the top ten individuals will travel to St. Thomas on March 30th to compete in the regional competition to see who goes on to National.  Congratulations to our GHCDS math stars!

Learning the ART of sewing!

The After School Sewing Club is hard at work, measuring and pinning fabric to make colorful pillowcases. This is one of many small projects the sewists have been working on the past few weeks.  Mrs. Pelovitz would like to thank the amazing volunteers, Mrs. Washburn, Anna Simon, Reese Freeman, and Annabelle Croney, with whom this activity could not have been successful!  Hard at work are sewing club members – Hana Bronstein, Wyatt Sayre, Cameron Cherry, Aryanna Tutein, Paul Anderson, and Campbell Eckard.

Engineering in physical science

GHCDS Upper School students in Physical Science engaged this week in a contest to construct a unique tower.  Using only uncooked spaghetti, gum drops, and masking tape, students were competing to build the tallest tower that was able to support one ping-pong ball.  The spirited competition led to a new appreciation of hands-on techniques and working together in a group.

 

Congratulations Juniors Saba Alfred and Alessandra Evangelista!

Juniors Saba Alfred and Alessandra Evangelista have been awarded full scholarships by Rotary Mid-Isle, to attend the Rotary Club International World Affairs Seminar, June 20 – 26, 2020, at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. The theme of the seminar this year is “Hunger in a World of Plenty.” The Seminar, which has been accepting students since 1977, hosts high school students from around the country and the globe. In addition to the application, Saba and Aly had to complete an essay explaining their interest in the theme and what they would bring to the program. The scholarships will cover the seminar, travel and housing for the week. Congratulations!

 

Heart, heart, everywhere a heart.

Ms. Lake accompanies preschool students to the Biology Lab where they joined their “Big Buddies” and studied the heart.  After viewing a video and learning that the heart is an organ, that it has four chambers and pumps blood, students listened to a heartbeat using a stethoscope.   The students also learned to take a pulse using two fingers. They felt blood pumping through their body.  Finally, students compared the size of a heart belonging to a turkey, frog, turtle, and fish to a human heart.  Another wonderful on campus field trip.

Poetry Out Loud

On Friday morning, six GHCDS upper school students participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition with hopes of winning and moving on to the territory-wide competition scheduled for March 14, 2020, on St. Thomas. Contestants included:( l-r)Tsehai Alfred ‘23, Wyatt Bracy ‘23, Anil Persaud ‘23, Melvyn Fox ‘22, Shana Sargeant ‘22. Each student was required to prepare, memorize and recite two poems from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology.


This year’s winners: 3rd place Melvyn Fox, 2nd place Anil Persaud, 1st place Shana Sargeant. The VI Council on the Arts will provide an all-expense-paid trip to St. Thomas for Shana and a coach.

Poetry Out Loud provides a great opportunity for students to truly connect with poetry through memorization and internalization of the poet’s message. It is also a fabulous opportunity for students to gain public speaking experience. Congratulations to all who participated!

Centripetal Motion!

Physics Students, studying centripetal motion, calculated the minimum speed to whirl a pail of water overhead without spilling and then tried it out.

Duck Stamp Contest Presentation

Special thanks to US Fish and Wildlife for presenting about the Duck Stamp Contest, which is now in full swing.  After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may articulate their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Students from around the United States and the Territories submit drawings to their state, territory or district competition. Winners from these competitions, called the”Best of Show”; are then submitted to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.

Reading Buddies

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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