Dear parents and students,
Tonight and tomorrow night are your last opportunities to see the fall play, Metamorphoses, directed by Stewart Shelley. The show is at 7 p.m. in the GHCDS pavilion, and tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door. It is an extraordinary performance; make sure you see it!
A shout-out to Sarah Shelley and 18 Lower School actors, who put on a fabulous play this morning: All the Bases by Alan Haehnel. The play was the culminating project of a drama after-school activity this fall.
The Parents Association’s Color Fun Run is coming up next Friday, Nov, 22. If you haven’t registered, please sign up on www.funrun.com, using our school’s registration code 637684 or by searching for our school name. From the site, it is easy to share goals with friends and family, both on and off-island.
We have already received pledges of $25,000 towards our $50,000 goal, which will be used for much-needed campus improvements! And if our students receive at least one pledge from each of the 50 states, I have agreed to dress up as a BUG for the Fun Run! Currently, we only lack pledges from eight states: Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
This afternoon, Upper School students released the November issue of The Panther Post (GHCDS’s “official student newspaper”; see below for the link). And earlier today, our junior journalists published Panther Pages.
Our volleyball, flag football, and cross country teams have had many successes over the last week. See Amy Carter’s athletic news for details, including playoff game schedules for next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
Congratulations to the cast and crew of our fall play, Metamorphoses!
Directed by choral music and drama teacher Stewart Shelley, the production featured storytelling at its finest, with our student actors bringing Mary Zimmerman’s terrific script alive with words, music, and movement. Our cast of five boys and five girls danced, marched, fell, flew, swam, mopped, dreamed, touched, wedded, died, and rebirthed some ten vignettes from the Greek and Roman myths of Ovid’s classic Metamorphoses.
A healthy mix of comedy and tragedy pervades the stories, some of which will be familiar (e.g., Midas and his Golden Touch) and some perhaps not so much (e.g., Alcyone and Ceyx).
Our ten actors— Jasmin Nieves, Lydia Wilson, Marty Gant, Lianna Medina, Mia Benton-Huggins, Kai Hutchins, Anil Prasad, Luca Forno D’Adamo, Nico Forno D’Adamo, and Gabriel Gelardi—took on multiple roles and changed wet costumes multiple times, as they metamorphosed into capricious deities, nymphs, humans (alive and dead), birds, fish, trees, and even flowers—with the set’s chief feature, a stunningly beautiful pool of water, symbolizing the play’s central theme, change.
Behind the scenes, Technical Director Joseph Barnwell, Stage Manager Jack Falconer, Properties Master Julia Morra, Lighting Operator Andy Le, Acquatic Specialist Aldo Pedrini, Costume Designers Cathy Mares, Mary Ann Mahoney, and Sarah Shelley, Deck Hand Necha Bishop, and Front of House Crew Keegan Gillis, Brielle Schindler, Lucia Bishop, and Roxy Wallace provided critical support to our actors.
I urge you to come support Stewart Shelley’s student thespians as they perform Metamorphoses – Friday and Saturday, with all shows beginning at 7 p.m. at the GHCDS Pavilion. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10, and food and drink are available for purchase.
While anyone who loves stories will love this beautiful play, please note that there is some mature content—this being the retelling of classical myths, after all.
—William Bugg, Head of School
Stop by the art room or email Ms. Banwaree for more details at email@example.com. $1 per book. We have over 400 books. First come first serve. Currently available Years 1974- 2015.
Food Sales calendar for Nov. Please take a break from preparing lunches! And support our Classes, Clubs, teams, and student organizations.
As the After-School Activities for the first semester are wrapping up, we would like to thank all the parent and teacher volunteers for their time and expertise;
The students really enjoyed all the activities! Second semester activities will be offered in January.
Thank you to M/M Zeyad Yusuf for the microwave they donated to the PK/K classes.
The Panther Post Celebrates with a treat after publishing its first issue of the 2019-2020 School Year! We welcome new writers and photojournalists to join our group! Meetings are held during our elective periods and anyone can sign up by speaking to or emailing Ms.Croney. This dynamic team includes Editor-in-Chief, Carolyn Grimm; Staff Writers: Layla Bradshaw, Savanna Capdeville, Miko Dizon-Bumann, Saba Alfred, D’asia Charles, Hanan Hamed, Lydia Wilson, Fleur Zarzeczny, Billy Medina, Jasmin Nieves, and Brielle Schindler.
In an effort to create the perfect production, the cast begins by reading the “survey results” they got from the audience in response to the question, “What do you want from a play?” Based on these responses, the cast creates a checklist and presents a play meeting all 15 audience requirements. The hilarious result is its “short-cheap-educational-safe, non-schedule-interfering, colorfully-costumed- interestingly-set, photogenic, Shakespearean, self-esteem-building, combative-musical-repartee- filled, stars-your-precious-child, contains-no-scratching-or- picking-of-the-embarrassing”.. .variety show!
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. Each year, 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!
We are so proud of all of you who rocked the 2 mile swim!
The GHCDS Color Fun Run will be held on Friday, November 22nd on the lower field. Times are as follows:
8am – 9am Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten
9am – 10am 1st – 4th grade
10am – 11am 5th – 8th grade
*NEW TIME* 11:50am – 12:40pm All Upper School.
FUN RUN VOLUNTEER SIGN UP – CLICK HERE TO HELP OUT!
We need you! We need help marking laps on T-shirts and spraying the colored powder. Please sign up for one or more tasks, based on your availability. Sign up early to work during your child’s time slot! Thank you in advance for your time!
A BIG THANK YOU to our Color Fun Run T-shirt sponsors! We appreciate you getting us started!
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.