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Dear Parents:

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!

Kind regards,



  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

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.

Quick Announcements

Mini-Gusto is Here!

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!

Mini Gusto Booklet of Activities 2017

Celebrating the Centennial

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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.

Centennial T-Shirt Order Form

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.  Ask for Tiffany.


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Thank you Sara Lee Hayes

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.

Around Campus

Cruzan Open Regatta

Fifty-five junior sailors from across the USVI, the BVI, and Puerto Rico tested their skills Presidents Day Weekend in the 2017  Cruzan Open Regatta.  Advanced Optimists and 29ers competed in the Buck Island Channel while beginner Optimists raced in Teague Bay.  Hosted by the St. Croix Yacht Club, the one-design regatta served as an ISV (Virgin Island) team qualifier for the North American Championships in Toronto, June 25th-July 2nd, and as one of three events used to determine the ISV team for the World Championships in Thailand this July.  Hats off to GHCD student Matthieu Dale who qualified to race in Toronto!  The Yacht Club salutes Cruzan Open award winners from St. Croix: Atlee and Dawson Kohl (29ers), Taylor and Ryder Odom (29ers), Milo Miller (Blue Fleet), Ryan and Rodney Moorehead (Green Fleet).

C420 Midwinters Championships in Jensen Beach, FL

Who:  Ethan and Olivia Hanley
            Steven Hardee and Lake Sanford
            Sarah Hardee and Lucy Klempen
            Kate Klempen
What:  C420 Mid-Winters Championship
Where: US Sailing Center Jensen Beach, Florida
When:  February 17-20
          Ethan and Olivia placed 17th overall in Gold fleet
          Sarah Hardee and Lucy Klempen placed 45th in Gold Fleet
          Marleigh Belsey (Chicago Yacht Club) and Kate Klempen placed 13th in Silver Fleet
          Steven Hardee and Lake Sanford placed 17th in Silver Fleet
          Total of 107 boats for this very competitive C420 regatta with shifty winds the first two  days and next to no wind on the last day

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 25: Black and Gold Gala
  • March 10: BINGO

This Week in Sports


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:


  • JV1 vs. FWB @ FWB 4:00 taxi both ways
  • JV2 vs. SCEC @ SCEC 4:00 taxi both ways
  • Varsity Boys vs. CHS @ Home 4:00
  • Varsity Girls vs. CHS @ CHS 4:00



  • MS Girls vs. AAR @ AAR 4:00 taxi both ways



  • JV1 vs. SCEC @ Home 4:00
  • JV2 vs. CHS @ CHS 4:00
  • Varsity Boys vs. CJM @ Home 2nd game, 5:00ish



  • MS Girls vs. Elena @ Juanita G 4:00 taxi both ways



  • JV2 vs. CHS @ Home 4:00


Practices This Week:

  • JV and Varsity Softball: Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:15-4:45, upper field.  If you don’t have a basketball game, you should attend both days.
  • Elementary Soccer: Monday and Wednesday, and Friday 3:15-4:30. Friday 3:15-4:15, lower field.
  • JV and Varsity Soccer: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3:15-5:00.  If you’re committed to another sport and can’t attend all practices, please encourage your athlete to communicate with the coaches.
  • MS Girls and Varsity Girls Basketball: Friday 3:15-4:45 slab.
  • JV Basketball: Tuesday with Coach Kaif, gym 3:15-4:30.
  • Varsity Boys Basketball: Thursday 3:15-4:30 gym.


Thank you and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy




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