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Dear Parents:

First and foremost, we will be sending out re-enrollment materials for 2017-18 the week of March 27. We hope to include the school calendar for next year as well. Note that this will likely be an electronic mailing unlike the print versions in past years—another step forward!

Second, we are beginning to look at staffing for next year and already know of several positions for which we are seeking top candidates. If you know of any excellent candidates for the positions listed below in the Quick Announcements section, please feel free to share these job descriptions directly with them. We welcome your input.

In the meantime, excitement abounds around campus. Every morning, every lunch hour, and every afternoon this week I’ve gotten a jolt of energy from hearing the amazing things our students in grades 7-12 have been doing as part of Mini-Gusto. We have students catching air and defying gravity with their kite boards, completing fern pyramids as part of service work at the botanical gardens, earning their PADI certification with dives off the wall and under the pier, strumming the six-string to enhance their serenading abilities, competing in sailing regattas off the coast of San Diego, improving their marksmanship with firearms and archery, adding beautiful touches to campus murals, and so much more! I am very excited to look at the daily student journals and final summary reflections after spring break to see how our students have processed their experiences and what they have learned. It should be inspiring! Nancy Thatcher, our faculty members, and many others around our St. Croix community deserve a huge round of applause for putting all of these experiences together for our students.

I hope everyone has an outstanding spring break—an opportunity to rest and recharge. I will be helping chaperone an intrepid group of 7th and 8th graders to Sevilla, Spain, where they will be participating in a family home-stay, learning about the fascinating multi-faith history (Islam, Judaism, Christianity) of the country, and turbo-charging their Spanish through a variety of activities and tours. ¡Nos lo vamos a pasar pipa!

Que tengan un lindo descanso,



  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

“Teenagers do dumb things, but there are ways to limit recklessness.” March 8, 2017, The New York Times.  This article gives us hope! But as the last paragraph says, we may need to say the same thing six times for it to sink in.

Quick Announcements

Congratulations to Aiden Stevens, whose Mini-gusto tile design was chosen to represent “Mini-gusto XXXXI” as the thank you gift to off-campus activity and internship providers. Each year, students create small pieces of beautiful art to compete for the honor to represent Mini-gusto. Thank you to all students who participated this year, and to Aiden, for his winning piece!




¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Mr. Joel Tutein, Aryanna’s grandfather, speaking to the first graders about Transfer Day.


Around Campus

MathCounts Victory!

Congratulations to Mr. Molloy and the MathCounts team who placed second in the territorial competition. Saba Alfred, Molly Brownsdon, Cehara Briscoe, Maya Griffith, Brice Richards, and Colin Gray.  Seventh grader Patrick Boring will be joining the VI team in the National Competition during the week of May 13th.  Congratulations!

Third Grade Potatoes!

Third grader, Scott Roth, carefully observes his potato. He measures it and captures detailed notes in his copy book. Scott will use these notes to identify his potato when it’s mixed in with 13 others that belong to his classmates.


Old pots get ready to go to town when upcyclers dress them in festive attire!

Second Grade Discovers Columbus Landing

The highlight of our week was certainly the field trip to the Columbus Landing site at Salt River, where students were greeted by three amazing activity leaders from the St Croix Environmental Association.  The groups toured the area discovering and learning about the precious mangroves, Soldier and Hermit crabs, and really neat things you might find while beachcombing.  They investigated with magnifying glasses, touched interesting shells and leaves, and marched through a forest area.  Our GHCDS students shared thoughtful questions and insight.  The review and quiz session back in our classroom proved that they were little sponges out there, and both kids and chaperones alike learned many new things!

The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone is hard at work making the show spectacular!

If you have a business that you would like to advertise or want to do a personal congratulations or recognition ad, we welcome you to support the show!  GHCDS Ad Order Form – The Drowsy Chaperone

 St. Patrick’s Day Fun At GHCDS

Mini-Gusto 2017 at GHCDS!

Parents’ Association

Interested in organizing the Father/Daughter Dance scheduled for Saturday, April 1st?  Contact Wanda at evangelistastx@gmail.com.


Key Dates

  • March 18-26 Spring Break (Vacation)
  • March 31: Transfer Day- NO SCHOOL


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

We have a lot of teams taking the field for first games when we return!  We look forward to cheering our Junior Varsity and Varsity Softball, and Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer teams. Please watch for an email with uniform information.  Our batting teams already received one.

We don’t have a schedule for Junior Varsity Baseball yet, so we planned a practice which is listed below.

Elementary Volleyball season is right around the corner.  There will be a sign up sheet for girls and boys on the end of the Intermediate building, by Ms. Dykstra’s classroom.  Please note the first practice will be on Thursday, and is listed below.

It’s been a busy year for our Panthers! I’m sure our coaches, parents and athletes are ready for some relaxation, so we did not plan any practices over Spring Break.  I’m ready for a beach day or five, and a few naps, also.

Rest up, Panthers! Be ready to rock upon our return!

Coach Amy

Games the Week of Our Return 3/27-3/30:


Elementary Soccer vs. Pearl B. Larsen @ Home 3:30

JV Softball vs. Complex @ Canegata 4:00 Taxi one way

JV Soccer vs. Free Will @ Free Will 4:00 Taxi both ways


Varsity Softball vs. Central @ Profit 4:00

Varsity Soccer vs. Central @ Central 4:00 Taxi one way


JV Softball vs. Arthur Richards @ Whim 4:00 Taxi one way

JV Soccer vs. Woodson @ Home 4:00


Varsity Softball vs. Complex @ Profit 4:00

Varsity Soccer vs. Free Will @ Home 4:00

Friday: Transfer Day-No School


Practices the Week of Our Return:

Elementary Soccer: Wednesday 3:15-4:30

JV Soccer: Thursday, upper field 3:15-4:30

Varsity Soccer: Monday after Elementary Game, lower field 4:30-5:45

JV Softball: Tuesday, upper field, 3:15-4:30

Varsity Softball: Monday, upper field, 3:15-4:30

JV Baseball: Thursday, upper field, 3:15-4:30

Elementary Volleyball: Thursday, gym, 3:15-4:30


Class Of 2017 College Acceptances

Christopher Ashley: United States Naval Academy; Rochester Institute of Technology

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; Drew University w/scholarship

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; Flagler College; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Columbia College, Chicago; Prairie View A&M 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; Harvard University

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

Matthew Mays: Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award; Bryant University w/ Trustee Scholarship; George Washington University w/scholarship

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 Honors College, Bio-medical Engineering Program; University of Maryland, College Park as a College Park Scholar; Drew University as a Baldwin Scholar w/scholarship

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; Drew University w/Presidential Scholarship; Bryant University w/Archway Scholarship


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