Dear parents and students,
A very happy New Year to all our families. This past week’s four days of school were packed with activity in every corner of campus. One of the highlights of the week was the 6th grade’s exuberant performance of “By the Euphrates River,” a clever rap about ancient Mesopotamia, during yesterday’s Friday Gathering. Congratulations, Ms. Sundaram and the 6th grade!
Please see our Weekly News for information on upcoming events, including:
Winter sports are upon us. Read Athletic Director Amy Carter’s This Week in Sports for details.
The GHCDS 2018-2019 Annual Report is back from the printer and will be sent home with students or mailed to your homes over the next week or so. It’s already online, if you’d like to get a preview. Our advancement office (Linda Stamper-Keularts and Kiomie Pedrini) did a great job on the writing and design. Check it out here.
As you will see in the Annual Report, our school relies on substantial community support to enable us to offer high quality programming. Tuition does not cover the full cost of a student’s attendance at GHCDS.
Last year, on account of the kindness of our parents, alumni, school employees, and other members of our school and island community, nine percent ($464,000) of our $5.2 million in operating revenue came from fundraising. We are thankful so many give so generously to help us fulfill our mission. I hope all of you will participate to the best of your ability in this year’s GHCDS Impact Fund. Click here to find out how to give.
I look forward to seeing you all around campus during this very busy month of January!
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
Many thanks to Rauna Stephenson-Otto, who arranged for the Physics class to use the elevator in the Pentheny Building for their experiment on weight changes during acceleration.
150 projects (grades 5-12) – GHCDS Pavilion
The Physics class did the fifth annual Elevator Lab in the Pentheny Building in Christiansted. (Many thanks to Rauna Stephenson-Otto for arranging our access!) Measuring the weight changes in a student during an elevator ride allows the students to calculate the acceleration of the elevator during starting and stopping.
Photos – 1: Jack Falconer, Ms. Baker, Savannah Capdeville, Dominique Elizee, 2: Donny Capdeville, Miko Dizon-Bumann, Layla Bradshaw 3: Quincy King, Saisha Wesley, Trey Roth, Mr. Bugg
Dear GHCDS Families and Friends,
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated annual event in the middle and upper schools (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day!), Mini-gusto is GHCDS’s weeklong, out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning opportunity. Every March, new activities, travel opportunities and meaningful internship and community service projects are offered to students in 7th – 12th grade. By far the most revered memory of our alumni (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day), Mini-gusto provides the chance for our students to explore, engage and serve within our school, our community and the world.
Mini-gusto is a collaborative undertaking. Members of our school family and our greater island community come forward to offer work-place experiences; exposure to activities particular to our island environment; service projects to enhance our community; thought-provoking explorations of world cultures, art and food; and skill-building, craft making, and physical training activities. Travel abroad trips, college visits and individualized programs often take place. In the past Mini-gusto has included campus and community mural painting, business and technology internships, explorations of the history of “west,” vegetarian cooking, golf and tennis, travel to Spain and France, a service trip to Haiti, soap-making and so much more.
As we strive to build on Mini-gusto each year, I offer this appeal to you: Do you have a meaningful or fun opportunity to offer our students? Can your business introduce a career to a high school student? Could your love of history or botany provide a meaningful week of learning to some middle school children? Do you know how to speak American Sign Language or how to quilt? Are you aware of a service project that would benefit from a group of students working on it for a week? Mini-gusto XLIII will take place the week of March 9 – 13, 2020.
Over the past 42 Mini-gusto years, our school has been extremely proud of and grateful to the school and community members who have come forward to create amazing and unforgettable opportunities for our students. I look forward to meeting with that same commitment and enthusiasm this year. Please feel free to contact me for further information or feel free to complete the attached Proposal Form 2020 Internship right now!
YES, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! We are in need of chaperones, set-up and clean-up crews. Click HERE to volunteer!
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.