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Weekly News – 12.08.19



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:

  • Gifts of Music for the Holidays, Middle and Upper School Choral Ensembles, Band, and Steel Pan, Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
  • Lower School Holiday Concert, Grades 1-6, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8:15 a.m.
  • Lower School Holiday Concert, Grades N, PK, and K, Thursday, Dec. 19, 8:30 a.m.
  • Alumni Brunch, for GHCDS, GHS, and CDS Alumni, Friday, Dec. 20, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
  • All events will take place in the Pavilion.

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.

Our annual 4th – 8th grade Spelling Bee was held this past Friday, Dec. 6, in the Pavilion. Congratulations to Michael Atwell, our GHCDS winner, and Kaeden Gleason, our runner-up, as well as Croix Benton-Huggins, our third place finisher, for their outstanding performances!

Congratulations also to junior Marcus Curran and his team, #1 VI Eco-Waste, which came in first place during the JAUSVI Innovation Camp at The Buccaneer Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Mini-Gusto will be here in March. As we continue to seek high-quality offerings for our students, please see the letter from coordinator Nancy Thatcher in this week’s Quick Announcements regarding how you can volunteer.

After three very successful Parents’ Association fundraisers (Boo Bash, Color Fun Run, and Holiday Bingo), PA president Robyn Falconer is seeking your input. Please complete the Color Fun Run Survey to share your thoughts about the Color Run and about how you think this year’s funds should be spent.

Finally, the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands has launched an anonymous survey for parents of children with disabilities in the USVI. The purpose of the survey is to identify the resources parents need the most and how parents want the Center to share that information with them. Click here for the survey.

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!

Yours sincerely,

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


Quick Announcements:


Around Campus:

Spelling Bee Competition

Competitors from left to right: Josh TeWinkle, Aminah Prasad, Croix Benton-Huggins, Safiya Prasad, Michael Atwell, Connor Thompson, Kaeden Gleason, Maria Wilson, Tanner Reaney, Aaliyah Boodhoo.

Congratulations to Michael Atwell, our GHCDS winner, and Kaeden Gleason, our runner-up, as well as Croix Benton-Huggins, our third place finisher, for their outstanding performances!

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Presentation

On Monday, Nov. 25, Coast Guard Academy Cadet 2/C, Faith Snow ’17 visited campus to share information on applying to and attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Cadet Snow informed students about the many-faceted process for completing an application (including successful completion of a physical fitness test and earning competitive standardized test scores).

Although a congressional nomination is not required, the USCGA is highly selective. Admitted students (“cadets”) attend the academy free of charge, after which they complete five years of service post-graduation. Cadet Snow, who is studying Marine Biology, spoke of the rigor of the programs offered, the mandatory athletic engagement, and the focus on career. She also enjoyed meeting with her former GHCDS teachers! It was an extremely informative session for those in attendance. Thank you, Faith!

Junior Achievement USVI Innovation Camp

On Thursday, Dec. 5, nine upper school students, Donovan Capdeville, Nbiko Bowry, Marcus Curran, D’Asia Charles, Alex Schmidt, Amirah Yusuf, Amenti Philip, Shana Sargeant, and Hakeem Hamed, attended the JAUSVI Innovation Camp at The Buccaneer Hotel. The students, along with their peers from other high schools on island, participated in reviewing the VI Waste Management Authority’s 2009 Waste Stream Characterization Study, to create a business plan for a Solid Waste Recycling Facility. The students, who were teamed up with students from other schools, as well as business and community mentors, worked together to create a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) for their plan, which they presented to a professional panel.

The winning team, #1 VI Eco-Waste, including Marcus Curran and seven students from other schools.

Holland Redfield will feature the members of #1 VI Eco-Waste as his guests on ‘Straight Talk’ on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. Congratulations, Marcus!

STEM Conversations – Episode 2

GHCDS parent Renee D’Adamo visited the sixth grade in episode 2 of our “STEM Conversations”.  With 30 years of experience as an architect, Miss D’Adamo had great advice and insight to share with the students.  Many students were delighted to hear that as a school-aged child she liked to draw, sketch, and enjoyed math, interests that helped lead her toward her career choice.  Students learned that geometry, trigonometry, and physics are courses that would provide a good foundation for a degree in architecture.  They also learned that in an architecture program they could expect to take courses covering topics such as art history, calculus, concrete, wood, plumbing, and acoustics.  Miss D’Adamo shared some advice about software to explore and internships to pursue before college if they are interested in this as a career.  Students enjoyed the pictures of projects that were shared and especially the plans that some explored intently.  Thank you for visiting with us!

Professional Development

Lower and Intermediate teachers participated in Professional Development this week provided by the Department of Education.  A representative from Heinemann Publishing, Julie Hoffelmeyer, guided the teachers in the use of the 3rd Edition of the Baseline Assessment System by Fountas and Pinnell.  Everyone came away from the workshop having learned something new!

Many thanks to Mrs. Yusuf and Seaside Market for donating lunch during the workshop.

Professional Development

Laurie Schill had a visit to her French class from a student to whom she taught English, when she participated in the Fulbright-Teacher Exchange in a Parisian high school!

Mini-gusto XLIII is coming soon!

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!

With gratitude,

Nancy Thatcher

Coordinator, Mini-gusto



Parents’ Association:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of the Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, Volunteers and Sponsors for supporting the COLOR FUN RUN And Good Hope Country Day School! We have been blown away by your support!

This year, students of all ages were involved in this fundraiser and we would like to honor that as we consider where the funds should be spent. Please take a few moments to fill out our quick survey and give us your thoughts.Link to Color Fun Run Survey



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.





Need a past CDS or GHCDS Yearbook?

Stop by the art room or email Ms. Banwaree for more details at $1 per book. We have over 400 books. First come first serve. Currently available Years 1974- 2015.

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