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Weekly News – 2.23.20



Dear parents and students,

Our spring musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Stewart Shelley, begins this Friday and continues through the next two weekends. Be sure to attend one of the five performances: Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7.

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. Students who have not already turned in their sign-up sheets are asked to do so as soon as possible.

During last night’s Upper School Melanin Magic Movie Night, students viewed several full-length films, including the Academy Award winning 1989 film Glory. The event was one of several students and teachers planned in commemoration of Black History Month.

Over the next few days, I will be sending you a link to an on-line survey to enable you to provide input on several topics the school’s Academic Committee and Student Life Committee are working on. Please be on the lookout for a letter about the survey.

Topics covered in this edition of our Weekly News include:

  • Feb. 24-28 – Faculty Appreciation Week – GHCDS Parents’ Association
  • Congratulations Nbiko Bowry!
  • Congratulations Lady Panther basketball teams!
  • Drum and Dance Lesson by Shanarae Matthew & Maakheru Edwards
  • Forensic Students Learn About Community Policing
  • Melanin Magic Spirit Week
  • Marine Biology Students Stewardship and Community Service
  • St. Croix Central High School AP English Students Share Storyboards With GHCDS

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.


Around Campus:

2020 Boat Registration Form

2020 Sponsorship Application Form

Sponsorship Levels Breakdown


Congratulations Nbiko Bowry!

Congratulations Nbiko Bowry, a Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 7227, has launched a public awareness campaign to advocate for annual screening for the early detection, intervention and possible prevention of cancer.  In partnership with Ribbons for a Cure, Inc., a local nonprofit cancer awareness and outreach organization, Bowry created several cancer awareness banners to be erected at highly visible locations across St. Croix.  Click here to view story.

Congratulations to our Elementary Girls and Middle School Girls Lady Panther basketball teams!

Our Elementary girls are rolling into playoffs in second place out of seven teams! Our Middle School girls claimed victory over Woodson in their first round of playoffs. On to Semi Finals with much Panther love and support for them! Many thanks to our fantastic coaches on all their dedication, and to our athletes for their determination to meet those goals! Our Junior Varsity and Varsity boys still have regular season games, and while our Elementary boys did not make playoffs, we’re so proud of their growth throughout the season!

Drum and Dance Lesson by Shanarae Matthew & Maakheru Edwards

On Tuesday 2/18 our 7th Grade Art students take a Drum and Dance lesson by Shanarae Matthew and her son, Maakheru Edwards. Shanarae is a 5th generation Crucian, trained dancer and one of the five founding members of Dembaya Arts Conservatory. Our lesson focused on the dance of the Susu people of Guinea. Students learn the basic notes of the djembe (drum), some Mande music, and the magic that comes with drumming. Maakheru, also known as Maki, has been drumming since he was 2 years old and is currently a senior at the St. Croix Educational Complex. This presentation was sponsored by Melanin Magic for Black History Month.  Thanks to Naurani & Larissa, both members of Melanin Magic, for joining the dance with Middle School.

Forensic Students Learn About Community Policing

Detective L. Ortiz, 25 year veteran of the VIPD, shared insight into community policing practices that have positive results.

  • Choose a field you are passionate about.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Treat others as you want to be treated
  • Don’t follow. Lead.
  • Help someone everyday.
  • Teach them, don’t threaten them.
  • Education is your path, your life line.
  • Hold your tongue, walk away, always better in the end.

Melanin Magic Spirit Week

Melanin Magic Spirit Week started on Tuesday Feb. 18 and will end on Feb. 25. Upper School students are to participate in activities such as dressing up as their favorite celebrity, wearing cultural garments and sharing a poem in their pocket. On Wednesday, Dress as a Celebrity winners, Kelsey and Ally Bhola as actress/singer Zendaya. Carlos VanGurp in second place as rapper, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, pictured on the right. Thursday 2/20 – Throwback 60’s-70’s. Friday 2/21 Cultural wear. Monday 2/24- Throwback 80s-90s. Tuesday 2/25 Black Excellence.

Marine Biology Students Stewardship and Community Service

Students moved from Mangrove Studies to Environmental Stewardship and adopted North Shore Road from GHCDS to Salt River as a community service clean-up effort.  This week is officially Mangrove Clean Up and the students spent several days cleaning up the Mangroves before moving to the roadside effort.

St. Croix Central High School AP English Students Share Storyboards With GHCDS

On Thursday 2/20 7th Grade Art & 8th grade Language Arts/ Social Studies classes met in the library for a presentation by St. Croix Central High School AP English students: Q’shylah Navarro, Athena Samela, Sh’ Niyah Fenner, Glerys Morla, Z’kylah Serrano, Zoe Henry, McKayla Collins, Daniella Corey, and Shorn Thomas. Their teacher, Joseph Bess, described the importance of artists and the many roles they played during the Harlem Renaissance. CHS students share their storyboards based on the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.


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:

●      National Student Leadership Conference (NYLC):

●      Savannah College of Art and Design:

●      Washington University in St. Louis Pre-college Programs:

●      University of Miami Summer Scholars Program: apply by Dec. 1 for application fee discount

●      Denison University, Reynolds Young Writers workshop: 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:

●      SAS, Summer at Smith, summer pre-college programs for young women at smith College:

●      Boston University Academy of Media Production, Program Info & Application Materials:

●      EF International Language Campus,, 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

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

●      Rensselaer Poly Tech Pre-college Summer Engineering Program, rising 11th-12th grade students please get info and apply at

●      Savannah College of Art and Design (SACD), pre-college summer programs, rising 9th – 12th grades,,

●      University of Chicago Summer, high school students,

●      Adelphi University Summer Pre-college Program, choose from courses including Intro to Nursing, Business, Acting, Medical Research, Gender Studies and more,

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

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


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


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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