Dear parents and students,
Hope you all are enjoying the long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday.
As I wrote in my letter yesterday, the fall play, Metamorphoses, was extraordinary. If you haven’t seen it already, make plans to do so on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 15 or 16. The show is at 7 p.m. in the GHCDS pavilion, and tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door. See the first announcement, below, for more.
On Friday, the Parents Association announced this year’s Color Fun Run (to be held on Friday, Nov, 22, on the lower field), and students received information regarding how to recruit sponsors.
Parents, 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. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for campus improvements, and we need your help! Enter all pledges at funrun.com.
There is a special challenge for this weekend. The class/advisory with the most students logged onto funrun.com this weekend will earn Popcorn Sundaes on Tuesday!
There is a lot of athletic news this week; see Amy Carter’s letter for details.
To all our families, especially those who have lost loved ones in the service of our country, have a meaningful Veterans’ Day holiday.
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
Congratulations to the cast and crew of our fall play, Metamorphoses, after a brilliant opening weekend!
What a performance it was! 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 three more times: tonight, next Friday and next 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
The GHCDS Civics class was invited by Senator Novelle Francis to attend a hearing of the Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands.
The class prepared in advance by reading testimonials regarding the issue at hand and developed questions that Senator Francis asked on their behalf. After learning about the U.S. Constitution and deepening our understanding of our government, our Civics class observed and engaged with our government first hand.
Senator Francis, along with Senator Alicia Barnes, emphasized the importance of civic engagement to our Civics class during a recess of the Legislative hearing. Thank you to both senators for taking time during the day to discuss the importance and value of our civic engagement.
Students attending the event were: Lucy Klempen, Lidia Boguslawska, Carolyn Grimm, Layla Bradshaw, Dominique Elizee, Quincy King, Zack Bozzo, Savanna Capdeville, Saisha Wesley, and US Civics Teacher, Laura Croney.
Upper School Civics Student, Lucy Klempen, reads Peter Spier’s book, We the People, about the Constitution to Mrs. Lake’s Pre-K class as they study the purpose and role of the government.
In Mr. Chapman’s Makerspace after school activity students are learning the basics of 3D modeling using Tinkercad and 3D printing using our new Makerbot Replicator+
GHCDS Geometry Students used technology coupled with trigonometry hundreds of years old to find the height of the Norfork pines on the GHCDS campus. Phones contain a built-in digital clinometer, which students used to find the angle from their position to the top of the tree. They measured their position’s distance from the tree and used the tangent function to find the height of the tree.
GHCDS sixth grade students learned about ancient Mesoamerican people and created their own masks using plaster of paris.
GHCDS fourth graders learned about Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, then they tried their hand at painting their own murals!
GHCDS fifth grade students learned about Diwali and the creation of the Rangoli. They then created their own rangoli on the sidewalks using chalk.
A Rangoli is drawn at the entrance of a house because of its calming effect on a visitor who is just about to enter into the house. It manifests into vibrations (brainwaves) in the visitor’s mind, putting him at ease, making him comfortable and happy. It is often created during the Diwali celebration.
Marine Biology students use technology to share their estuarine and open ocean water circulation lab internationally. Students discussed their findings on the webcam stationed at The Palms. Students brought awareness to many people using the webcam.
Junior Journalists in our After school Activity Program, Peyton Schindler and Sophia Fitzgerald, interviewed Mr.Bugg for the first issue of the lower school newspaper. The Panther Pages, developed by passionate lower and intermediate students, and advised by Teacher, Laura Croney and Parent Volunteer and Journalist, Jamie Werner, will publish its first issue in mid-November. Upper School Photography Students, Brielle Schindler and Fleur Zarzeczny, capture the Junior Journalist Staff in planning action.
Forensic Students conduct a lab to Determine the Time Of Death. Students use Algor Mortis (body temperature), Rigor Mortis (muscle stiffness) and Livor Mortis (blood pooling) to determine the time of death related to several crimes. The students must also take into consideration the environmental temperature and conditions, the type of clothing or lack of it, and stomach contents of the victims to accurately determine the range predicting the time of death. This is just one more example of using cross curriculum involving science, math, and writing skills.
Biology Students conduct a lab on fermentation (the chemical breakdown of substances by bacteria, yeast, or other microorganisms through the release of heat). This month students explore cellular activity, photosynthesis, respiration, and cell division. Students first identified the differences between animal and plant cells using a compound light microscope. This was followed up with a lab exploring the impact of mitochondria on four different types of human organs. Today, students explored how the absence of oxygen, impacts fermentation. Students used qualitative and quantitative analysis.
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.