Dear parents and students,
Holiday season is upon us, and with it several beloved holiday events here at GHCDS. See this week’s Quick Announcements for information on:
In addition, there will be an Alumni College Panel on Friday, Dec. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library. This event is open to all Upper School students.
Enjoy all the festivities this week on campus!
Winter sports are starting up now. Be sure to read Athletic Director Amy Carter’s This Week in Sports for details.
Hope your holiday season is happy, hearty, and healthy for you and all your family. Two more weeks until winter break!
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
The Lower and Intermediate School teachers participated in Heinemann training this week centered around guided reading and intervention. We had a wonderful consultant from Heinemann Professional Development, Nilaja Taylor, who is from St. Croix! She was knowledgeable about teaching reading and very flexible about meeting the needs of the faculty. Thank you, Nilaja!
Ms. Lake accompanied the Pre-K students to the Biology Lab to allow the Forensic students to fingerprint them. With holiday cheer in the air, students made fingerprint stockings and used magnifying glasses to identify Loops, Whorls, and Arches.
GHCDS alum Crystal Fahie, ’18, who is currently attending Howard University, gave a presentation to two senior college prep classes this week. She presented on a range of topics, including a transition list of things students need for their first year in college, study and work strategies, resumes, and the ‘Personal Branding’.
Several members of the Upper School club Melanin Magic met on Sunday evening to watch Harriet at the Caribbean Theater. Harriet is based on the story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South, she too escaping in 1849. The next day in class Torryn, one of the members, said that after watching the movie it just makes her want to do better. Students felt inspired by this incredible story. We plan to go see it again. Next month we will see “Just Mercy” based on the book by Bryan Stevenson, which students read in 2017 for the upper school common read.
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!
GHCDS Parents: We will be having a Parents’ Association Meeting following the Lower School Holiday concert on Wednesday, December 18th. Please plan to attend!
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.