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February 17, 2017
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Dear Parents:

Great schools always strive to showcase and celebrate student talents in creative ways.  I wish you all could have been on campus on Valentine’s Day to see our middle and upper school students traipsing from room to room reciting Shakespearean sonnets, singing and dancing pop love songs, and playing other romantic tunes with guitars and ukuleles. Cupid would give them an A+!

Another celebration took place a day later when our MathCounts team, under the expert guidance of Dr. Molloy, won first place in the Island competition. Bravo! The MathCounts tournament, held around the United States, is a wonderful test of individual and team abilities. We wish them productive preparation as they now move onto the USVI Territory competition in March.

Lastly, we will be celebrating student work at the Ag Fair this weekend thanks to the leadership of Ms. Jean Bishop and many others. We look forward to seeing you there!

Enjoy the long weekend!


  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

“My Kids are straight-A students and they know nothing.” By Kevin Kruse, January 13, 2017, Forbes. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cringe. We need to push critical thinking…

Quick Announcements

Click on the link to meet the culinary mastermind of the event,  Celebrity Chef, Ron Duprat!

Rooms are available at the $169 rate plus 12.5% Government tax and 10% resort fee.

You can call 340-778-3800 Ext. 6200…Carmen (carmen.rawlins@carambolabeach.com).


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Special thanks to Alumni, Kevin Hensley, owner of HH Tire and Battery for speaking to our Introduction to Business Class!

Interesting discussion ensued on the following topics:

  • Challenges faced in the market
  • Type of business structure/Why
  • What’s “In store for the future” of your business
  • Social responsibility platforms

Around Campus

Education & Social Justice: Shaping the World You Will Inherit

Congratulations to Imani Evans and Julian Bishop, who have been chosen to receive scholarships to the World Affairs Seminar at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI., from  the Rotary Club of St. Croix, Mid-Isle. Each year students from all St. Croix high schools are invited to apply for the scholarship and are chosen based on their essays and personal interviews. This year’s theme is: Education & Social Justice: Shaping the World You Will Inherit. We are proud to have Imani and Julian representing our school, and our island, at this prestigious event.

Congratulations MathCounts Team

Congratulations to the MathCounts team for their performance in the St. Croix Math Counts Competition  – 1st place team , with seven of our students placing in the top ten;  Back Row: Mr. Molloy,   Erin Andrews, Patrick Boring, Cehara Briscoe, Saba Alfred, Molly Brownsdon, Naurani Persaud  Front Row: Maya Griffith, Brice Richards, Colin Gray.  The next level of competition is on March 15th on St. Thomas.

Congratulations to Winners of Valentine’s Cake Contest

Best Decorated:   1st place – Sushi Cake by Abriella;  2nd Place – PB and J Cake by Jackson;  3rd Place Maple Walnut Cake, by Emily;  Honorable Mention – Yertle the Turtle by Lola

Best Tasting: 1st Place  – Peppermint Chocolate Cake by Sloan and Tyler;     2nd Place – Danish Birthday Cake by Emma         3rd place – Banana Nut Cake, by Lianna

Thanks to judges – Ms. Gibbons, Ms. Snow, and Ms. Cooper.  Proceeds of cake sales will go to the Queen Louise Home

Congratulations to the GHCDS cast and crew members of the CCT Musical, Into the Woods!  You make us proud!

  • Wylie Crowther- Steward
  • Mayah Russell- Little Red
  • Georgia Porter- Spot Light Operator
  • Maya Acosta- Spot Light Operator
  • Nadia Garriga-Cerni- Lighting Operator
  • Nathaniel Camacho- Spot Light Operator
  • David Conhoff- Spot Light Operator
  • Rachel Conhoff- Lighting Operator
  • Imani Evens- Deck Hand
  • Jade Bryan- Deck Hand
  • Denise Blanchette- The Witch
  • Joseph Barnwell – Lighting Designer


Congratulations to our Poetry Out Loud Winners

  •  1st Place -Mario Capriola
  • 2nd Place – Jada Romer
  • 3rd Place – Nyla Griffith
  • Also participating were Alinah Hamed and Thalia Hendricks.

Students enjoyed the lovely exchange of valentines followed by counting, measuring, building, and writing in celebration of 100 days at GHCDS!

10 St Croix Sailors participate in the 2017 Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta

The 2017 Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta, Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 3- 5 2017. Sailors from St. Croix, St. Thomas, the BVI, USA, AHO and Puerto Rico enjoyed a stunning weekend of sailing on Bahia de San Juan with the dramatic backdrop of Old San Juan and El Moro.  St. Croix was well represented with a force of 10 Opti sailors, and over 15 family members and supporters in attendance.  The Pan Pepin Dinghy Regatta continues to growing with over 90 sailors racing this year in the following classes: Optimist Championship, Optimist Green, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Club 420, and Sunfish.   Congratulation to all the sailors, parents, coaches and volunteers for making the regatta a huge success!  St. Croix had sailors taking top honors in the Opti classes. In the Opti Championship Fleet Mathieu Dale finished 3rd in Red Fleet and 3rd overall, Milo Miller 8th in Blue Fleet and 20th overall. In the Opti Green Fleet: Rodney Moorehead finished 2nd, Parker Younger 5th, Elyssa Franklin 8th, Ryan Moorehead 9th, Ariana Schwartz 11th, Katy Armstrong 18th, Alex Tonin 22nd, and Ava Patalidis 24th.  Well done St. Croix Opti Sailing Team!

Photo caption: St. Croix Opti Sailors after 2017 Pan Pepin Dinghy Regatta Club Nautico awards ceremony. Mathieu Dale, Milo Miller, Ariana Schwartz, Elyssa Franklin, Parker Younger,  Ryan Moorehead, Rodney Moorehead.  Missing; Katy Armstrong, Ava Patalidis and Alex Tonin.

Class Of 2017  College Acceptances to Date

Mario Capriola: Ursinus College w/ scholarship; Loyola University, New Orleans; Clark University w/scholarship; Eckerd College w/scholarship; Loyola University, Maryland w/scholarship; Adelphi University

Hailey Coates: Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Ursinus College, with scholarship

Thea D’Eramo: Notre Dame University

J’had Ferris: Marymount Manhattan College; Florida A&M University; Temple University

Daniel Garriga-Cerni: Manhattan College; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kira Griffith: Spelman College, Honors Program; University of Miami with the President’s Scholarship; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Case Western Reserve University w/scholarship and as a  Finalist to their Pre-Professional Scholars Program; Emory University, College of Arts and Sciences and  Oxford College Scholar finalist

Shauni Lustig: Colorado State University; Citizen Year Gap Program, Ecuador

Matthew Mays: Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award

Marshall McCormick: Texas Tech; University of Houston; University of Texas, San Antonio; San Angelo State University

Sylvana Montealegre Hutchins: Columbia College, Chicago, Honors Program

Izhani Rosa: Stetson University; Jacksonville University; University of Tampa; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida

Faith Snow: Florida Institute of Technology; Humboldt State University; Santa Clara University; Point Loma nazarene University; Azuza Pacific University

Elise Stamper: Virginia Commonwealth University, Bio-medical Engineering Program; University of Maryland, College Park as a College Park Scholar

Aiden Stevens: Judson University w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Pratt Institute

Eva Taylor: Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Becker College w/scholarship; Sacred Heart University w/scholarship; Adelphi University

Jonathan Thomas: University of Utah, College of Engineering; Texas A&M, College of Engineering


Key Dates

  • February 17: Faculty workshop Day #3 – No School
  • February 20: President’s Day – No School
  • February 25: Black and Gold Gala


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

Best of luck to our Varsity basketball teams at the Central High School tournament this weekend!

It’s time to get softball and soccer rolling, so please check the practice schedule below if your athlete plays either of those sports.




Games This Week:


  • MS Girls vs. Elena Christian @ Home 3:45



  • JV1vs. CHS @ CHS taxi both ways 4:00
  • Varsity Boys vs. StJ @ AAR 4:00
  • Varsity Girls vs. SCEC @ Home 4:00



  • JV2 vs. JV1 @ Home 3:30

*The MS Girls vs. AAR game listed on the schedule will not take place.  There was an error in the schedule.


  • JV1 vs. FWB @ Home
  • Varsity Boys vs. SDA @ Home 4:00
  • Varsity Girls vs. SCEC @ SCEC 4:00



  • Varsity Boys vs. CHS @ CHS


Practices This Week:

  • JV Basketball-3:15-4:30 Slab
  • MS Girls and Varsity Girls Basketball-after MS Girls game on Tuesday ( I know it’s a little odd, but we need to keep Thursday free for softball, and most of our girls are playing both)
  • Varsity Boys Basketball-Tuesday after MS Girls Game
  • Elementary Soccer- Wednesday and Friday 3:15-4:30 lower field
  • JV and Varsity Soccer-Wednesday 3:15-5:00
  • Running-Thursday 3:15-4:30 lower field
  • MS, JV and Varsity Softball-Thursday 3:15-4:45 Upper Field


Thank you and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy

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