November 22, 2017
Alumni News! – 12.8.17
December 8, 2017
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Dear Parents:

We continue making headway to return to normalcy at GHCDS. Outside of school, I am glad to hear of a growing number of faculty members and families whose power and connectivity have recently been restored at home. Hooray – small victories! I have also enjoyed reconnecting with a growing number of families returning to island, at least for initial trips before they return permanently.

In the meantime, I am excited to see that around campus we are even starting to do some things better than before Maria:

  • Turk has done a wonderful job in assisting Ms. Dunton and Ms. Coles with preparation for the Science Fair in January, which I expect will be our best one ever. We have some extraordinary projects this year and a higher level of student engagement overall, including many Maria-related projects. We look forward to sharing these with you next month!
  • Our Upper School Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, Ms. Guerra, and our Upper School Advisory Coordinator, Ms. Wilson, have been working with Ms. Grey to begin mapping out excellent professional development ideas for divisional meetings and excellent plans for advisory in the weeks ahead to help build the community and skills we desire.
  • Blanchette has been working with Lower and Middle School teachers in their PLCs (Professional Learning Community meetings) to collaborate on long-term planning, which is especially important as we continue implementing the Units of Study Readers and Writers Workshop, Fountas & Pinnell, College Prep Math, and Bridges. I hope to get into some classes next week to observe the Math Corner, a fundamental part of our new Bridges math curriculum in grades K-5.

This list will grow and we will continue to celebrate our progress. Have a wonderful weekend!



Quick Announcements

Bus Service Resuming

Abramson Bus Service  will be running buses East and West starting on Monday. If you know of students that utilize that service please let them know.




Fourth to Sixth Grade Report Cards Go Home This Weekend

Fourth to Sixth Grade report cards go home today.  Fifth and sixth graders have reviewed their report cards and have prepared to hold Student Led Conferences with parents.  They have highlighted areas of strength and pinpointed areas where improvement is needed.  They set goals, articulated plans to achieve these goals,  considered obstacles that might get in the way of achieving these goals, and thought about how to overcome possible obstacles.  

We ask that parents of fifth and sixth graders  set aside twenty minutes this week-end to allow their children to present their report  cards and share their goals for the second quarter.  Students have practiced!  There is a place on the Student Led Conference form for you to provide feedback and/or request a conferences. Students are expected to return their goal plans to their advisories on Monday morning.




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