From Meta-Moment (Go RULER!) skits and capstone project presentations by our middle school students to SMART goal-setting and fashion show final touches by our upper school students, we’ve enjoyed another week of great learning on our tropical campus.
But in two more weeks many of our 7th-12th grade students will be venturing off-campus for Mini-Gusto! This is an outstanding opportunity, coordinated by Ms. Nancy Thatcher, for students to explore their interests and passions, gain real-world experience, and develop greater self-awareness. Mini-Gusto, along with Orange-White-and Blue Day, is the highlight of many GHCDS graduates. As part of this year’s Mini-Gusto, we will be requiring all students to write daily journal entries reflecting on their experience. We will also require students to compose a one-page summary reflection afterwards, which we will compile into a booklet to showcase the range of experiences, activities, and learning during Mini-Gusto that we can share with others. This represents another step in living the first part of our mission: “Cultivate reflective, creative, and compassionate students who are critical thinkers…”
In the meantime, this Saturday is our Black & Gold Gala at Carambola. This fun event has historically accounted for approximately half of all fundraising dollars to GHCDS. We hope to see you there!
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. By Lisa Damour. Ballantine Books, 2016. If you have a daughter—and especially a pre-teen or teenage daughter—run to get this book! This will help provide incredible perspective and a road map for what is almost inevitably a rocky, roller-coaster-like path ahead. Highly recommended.
On March 13th, our forty-first (XXXXI) annual “Mini-Gusto” program begins! For five days middle and upper school students will pursue special electives designed to provide new, rewarding experiences outside the classroom and even off-island. We thank you in advance for making Mini-Gusto successful this year!
In commemoration of the Centennial we will be hosting a ceremony for all schools. This event will be hosted on March 23rd and 24th at the Botanical Gardens on St. Croix. We would like each school to participate in this commemoration by wearing a Centennial T-shirt that has been designed by one of our graphic arts teachers.
The cost of the t-shirt is $5.00. Please return the form below and monies by Friday, March 4th, 2017 to your homeroom teachers.
Clay artist Sara Lee Hayes began working with the fourth grade in art class, on their clay mural project. Today the students learned about clay and its properties, then had the opportunity to create a sample piece. Next week the first stage of the mural will begin.
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
Hi Panther Families!
Every field and court is full of action now that we have preseason soccer and softball underway, and basketball season is in it’s final weeks of regular season games.
Many of our athletes play multiple sports, which makes planning practices around all the the different schedules difficult. It’s very important that we teach our athletes to communicate with their coaches when splitting practice time with more than one sport. Often I receive emails from parents, which is nice, but the first line of communication should be between athlete and coach. These conversations build respect
and help avoid misunderstandings.
Games This Week:
Practices This Week:
Thank you and Go Panthers!