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Dear parents and students,

As students prepare to return to school tomorrow, please take note that the next two school weeks will each be four days long:  This Friday, Feb. 14, is a faculty workday, and there will be no school for students that day.  And the following Monday, Feb. 17, is our President’s Day holiday.

This edition of GHCDS Weekly News features news items and photos covering over a dozen topics, including:

  • Congratulations to Michael Atwell – Spelling Bee Champion!
  • Circumnavigation On A Jet Ski (see below)
  • Upcycling!
  • Global Day of Play
  • Tales from the Outback
  • Tail Blazing
  • Playing with Paper – Learning Origami
  • Preschool Students Study GERMS!
  • Romeo and Juliet Act II News Headlines
  • 7th grade art students visit Frederiksted CMCA “Artist Guild” Exhibition

In addition, make sure you see Athletic Director Amy Carter’s post on this week’s sports.

This week’s cover photo features preschool students gathered around Alvaro de Marichalar, who spoke with all our students on Friday about his experiences circumnavigating the globe via jet ski.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for:

  • Peter and the Starcatcher (spring musical), Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7
  • Mini-gusto XLIII, March 9 – 13

Yours sincerely,

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


Quick Announcements:

Mini-Gusto XLIII

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Although Mini-gusto XLIII is approaching quickly (March 9th-13th), there is still time to submit a proposal for an internship, activity or service project for a student in grades 7-12. Help us make this the best Mini-gusto ever! For questions or to complete a proposal form, please contact Nancy Thatcher, Mini-gusto Coordinator, Thank you!

Peter and the Starcatcher: Advertisers Sought

Interested in advertising in the production playbill? If so, please fill out the GHCDS Ad Order Form for Peter and the Starcatcher.

¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Thank you to the GHCDS Parents’ Association for the N-8th grade ball packs!  The students are loving them!


Around Campus:

Spelling Bee Champion!

Circumnavigation On A Jet Ski

Alvaro de Marichalar, a Yacht Club de Monaco Explorer Club member set off on August 10 from Seville, Spain on a mission to circumvent the world.  In honor of the explorers Magellan and Elcano, who left Seville five centuries ago on the first circumnavigation in history, he has donned his 11-foot watercraft (jet ski).   The one-year trip has taken him to Malaga and Gibraltar, where the explorer ship M/Y Yersin joined the expedition to accompany him across the Atlantic to Guadeloupe.  He comes to St. Croix via St. Barthelemy Island.  Before Alvaro left the Principality, Monseigneur Michel Ange from the Chapelle de Carmes blessed the craft to protect the adventurer on his voyage.


What do you do with empty chip containers?  Upcyclers decorate them with scraps, wrap them with beaded yarn and stuff them full of great ideas to “shake out” when they have some time to fill. This group is interested in so many things like walking their dogs, playing cards and having friends over.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Global Play Day at GHCDS

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”-Plat

On Wednesday, Feb. 5th the middle and upper school participated in Global School Play Day! We joined almost ½ million students from 69 nations as we took the opportunity to enjoy unstructured play. The one rule – NO ELECTRONICS! See Peter Gray TEDx video on the decline of play in our culture and its negative impact on our youth.


Tales of the Outback!

GHS alum, Cory Bishop (Mrs. Bishop’s son and Ms. Bishop’s brother) came into the third grade classroom to share information about Australia.  He shared stories about the country and his experiences with the animals.  He frequently travels to Australia for work and will be going back in a couple of weeks.


Trail Blazing!

Rotary Interact students cleared the trail to the Tidal Pools. The trail needed significant clearing and brush clearing. Our kids worked hard and had tons of fun. They are excited to do another trail and more community service in the future.

Playing with Paper – Origami

After School Activity NAHS offers “Playing with Paper” with 1st and 2nd graders. Students created an origami crane as their first activity led by sophomore Lydia Wilson. After they completed their work, Lydia directed that students must blow air into their crane to give it life.

Big Buddies Help Preschool Students Study GERMS!

Ms. Lake accompanied her preschool class to the biology lab where the students viewed a video on germs, swabbed their cheek cells, observed the cells under a microscope, and illustrated their observations with the help of their big buddy.

Preppy Fashion

In honor of Kindness Week, Fashion Design students Donny, Kelsey, Lydia, Josie, Ariel, Aleah, Savanna and Day got tied up in kindness with a Preppy Look. They chose ties and tied sweaters to complete their outfits.

Student Council Spirit Week!

Romeo and Juliet Act II News Headlines

9th Grade English students practiced summarizing skills by creating catchy and compelling newspaper headlines for each scene in Acts I and II. The entire upper school and faculty was invited to vote on the most compelling headline for each scene.  Winners included headlines written by: Julia Morra, Scarlett Wallace, Miles Timmons, Luca Forno D’adamo, Keegan Gillis, and Anil Prasad, Wyatt Bracy, Mazen Yusuf, and Andy Le.

Winning Headlines

Act II, Scene I – “Romeo climbing balconies now, eh? Will he join the Olympics?”

Act II, Scene II – “Romeo’s going to bop, bop, bop, bop to the top and recite his vows to Juliet”.

Act II, Scene V –

Act II, Scene VI –

Boy Scout Uniform Day

The Boy Scouts of America wear their uniform to school so they can show their classmates that they have an ally among them — someone who is friendly, helpful, brave and kind. By wearing their uniform, Scouts identify themselves to their peers as people who are there for them.   US Boy Scouts: Malik John, Donovan Capdeville, Kikko Alexander, Gabriel Capdeville, Douglas Capdeville, Nbiko Bowry, Kekoa Alexander

7th Grade Art students visit Frederiksted CMCA “Artist Guild” Exhibition

While at the gallery, students engage in a scavenger hunt, a moment to draw, and a demonstration with local artist Waldemar “Waldy” Brodhurst. During his demonstration, Waldy shared his inspiration, process, answered student questions and created a wire sculpture he calls “Fairy Dancing in the Rain.” After the exhibit, we walked to Rise Caribbean a new local cafe/gallery where we saw more designs by Waldy and had some bush tea and a cookie as a light snack.

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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