April 13, 2017
Alumni News! – 4.21.17
April 21, 2017
Show all



Dear Parents:

We started this week on Tuesday with some creative mischief (a.k.a “Senior Prank”) in our upper school. A light snowfall, a misplaced soccer goal, caution tape run amok, and even the poster below on our GHCDS entry sign!

I must say that the seniors have paid me an undue compliment. As I understand it, Bob the Builder starts and completes his projects in every 30-minute episode. Our projects here, however, seem to run on and on and on…

I have made a point this week of visiting classrooms, albeit briefly, to get at the heart of what we really are—a learning institution! I have enjoyed watching 3rd graders reflect on character motives in an E.B. White book, 5th graders discuss the migration patterns and courtship dances of the reddish egret, 10th graders write code to design “Breakout” (the first game Atari launched!), and 12th graders teach each other key issues on political topics in the 2000s as well as determine the solubility of sodium fluoride.  A learning institution indeed!

Third, not all of us have the good fortune to travel to Copenhagen, but we can get a wonderful dose of Danish culture by volunteering to host some of the Danish Choir boys when they visit St. Croix April 29 to May 4. Please see the announcement below. I hope you will consider hosting a student!

Lastly, two tips for the weekend:

  1. Our spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” kicks off tonight at the Savage Theater. It has been fun to see the drive for excellence of everyone involved with our drama productions and how they continue raising the bar from one show to the next. I’ve caught glimpses of their rehearsals – and we are all in for a treat!
  2. Several of us from our B&G Committee will begin swapping out regular classroom light bulbs for new LED bulbs on Saturday at 8am. Anyone interested in lending two hands – no experience necessary – is more than welcome to join us as we take another important step forward!


Have a wonderful weekend!



  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates

Hot Topics in Education

“Hidden Brain Podcast. Episode 68: Schadenfacebook” This 27-minute podcast is a fascinating look at the impact of Facebook on our emotional well-being with some recent studies to make their point. This really is geared to adults – but you can imagine then the impact it would have on adolescents.


Quick Announcements

No Bus Service Next Week

Please note that the buses will not be running next week, April 24-28th. Please make alternative transportation arrangements during this time.

Call for Host Families in St. Croix, USVI

During April and May 2017, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir – Københavns Drengekor – will be in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands on the occasion of the U.S. Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial. The concert tour is a part of the official U.S. Virgin Islands Centennial Committee program.


While all adult musicians, singers and staff will be staying at the Buccaneer Hotel, we are looking for private accommodations for our choirboys in St. Croix from April 29 to May 4, 5 nights in all. It would be a great help and importance if families in St. Croix would be willing to offer a home-stay for two boys each during our stay. The boys are around 13 years of age; they all speak English and are well accustomed to international travel and very well behaved. For the relationship between Denmark and the U.S. Virgin Islands it would be a great gift, hopefully for both the choir boys and their host families, to extend the knowledge of common history and to develop future relationships and exchanges. We kindly ask the families to provide for the boys breakfast each morning and supper most evenings, and transportation to the various venues, as well as meeting them on arrival. All families hosting the boys will be offered complimentary tickets to the concerts at Government House and Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church.

On behalf of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir I express our hope that you will participate in this program. Your support will be of invaluable help to give all our choir boys the best possible cultural experience during their stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you think you might be interested in hosting our boys or if you wish to learn more about the responsibilities of a host family, please do not hesitate to contact our St. Croix representative and friend Nina York at (340) 332-4451 or e-mail: ninayork@gmail.com, or Mr. Hans Lawaetz, President of St. Croix Friends of Denmark at (340) 690-7379 or email: hanslaw@attglobal.net



¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Thank You Toni Lance!

Local artist and bird expert, Toni Lance, visited the Intermediate Grades this week as part of the 5th grade study of birds in science class.  Toni talked about her experience with birds, including her knowledge about local birds.  She also brought a red-tailed hawk and a falcon, both of which she rehabilitated and now uses as bird ambassadors to teach about birds and their importance in our community.


Around Campus

April 24 – April 28

Monday – April 24: Music Monday: Steel Pan music with middle school pan players

Tuesday – April 25: Tasty Tuesday: smoothie, chips and hummus, energy bar – healthy and organic food

Wednesday – April 26: Work together Wednesday: All of Preschool work together to build obstacle course and put together floor puzzles

Thursday – April 27: Artsy Thursday & Ice Cream Day: Art with Middle and High school students and a tasty treat of Armstrong Ice Cream

Friday – April 28: Family luncheon: Families are invited to bring and share cultural dishes


Congratulations Matthew Mays!

On April 12th, Senior Matthew Mays recently signed his Letter of Intent to Bryant University,  Rhode Island, to become a member of their National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I swim team, competing in the Northeast Conference. Matthew, a member of the Virgin Islands National Swim Team and the St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team, will represent the Bulldogs in the butterfly and backstroke. Matthew has represented St. Croix and Good Hope Country Day School throughout the Caribbean at CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association Nations Swimming Championships, the CISC (Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship) and the CCCAN (Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships), holding records with the Virgin Islands National Team and taking medals (gold through bronze) in all championship meets. Matthew has also competed in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada as well as the FINA Jr. World Swimming Championships in Singapore. Local swimmers also have the opportunity to compete against Matthew in the various sea swims that he participates in each year. Congratulations Matthew!

Congratulations to Giselle Guye!

Congratulations to Giselle Guye for winning the t-shirt design contest for the upcoming 5th grade St. John trip. Her design represents the natural wonders of the Virgin Islands and the many adventures the 5th grade class will embark on in less than one month. The 5th grade will also like to thank the judges for taking the time to carefully examine all the designs. Thanks to Ms. Amanda Beach, Coach Chris Floyd and Senior NAHS President Sylvana Montealegre Hutchins.

Sidewalk chalk math!

GHCDS third graders hopped outside using sidewalk chalk to reinforce solid figures, angles, lines/line segment and rays. What a fun way to learn!

Earth Week!

All this week the Second Grade celebrated Earth Week! Our class embraced the essence of earth week, from designing t-shirts with special Earth Day messages to building models to test wind and water effects on the earth.  Students designed a dam to stop the flow of water, wind walls to protect their model house, and observed how rising ocean waters can effect coastlines.  The students also discussed ways to reduce consumption of valuable resources, reuse items in clever ways, and watched an insightful video about recycling.  Our eager environmentalists even made hand-made paper!

DFW National Junior Duck Stamp Competition School Wide Winners

Division winners

Grade 1:

  • First Place: Erik Sommers
  • Second Place: Andrew Latchman
  • Third Place: Teague Gleason


Grade 3:

  • First Place: Maya Prasad
  • Second Place: Madelyn Donnelly
  • Third Place: Isabelle Langley


Grade 4:

  • First Place: Tuleen Al Khalid
  • Second Place: Alex Bourque
  • Third Place: Candace Felix


Grade 5:

  • First Place: Eavenni Persaud
  • Second Place: Emberlyn Warehime
  • Third Place: Logan De Franzo


Grade 6:

  • First Place: JJ Klempen
  • Second Place: Anil Prasad
  • Third Place: Jasmin Nieves


High School:

  • First Place: Ethan Stamper
  • Second Place: Sasha Trout
  • Third Place: Lidia Bogulawska


Overall GHCDS School Winners:

  • First Place: Ethan Stamper
  • Second Place: Eavenni Persaud
  • Third Place: Emberlyn Warehime

Ethan Stamper’s entry was submitted along with students from Culebra and Vieques and a student from Vieques went on to represent the Caribbean.

Students will be receiving certificates from DFW. Thank you all who Participated.


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

We are extremely PROUD that our productions are completely student run performances. From the moment the cast and crew arrive at the theater they call the shots.  They tell us the order and timing of everything from warms up, to house opening, length of intermission, etc. It’s their show!  Come and out and enjoy the show!

Parents’ Association


Key Dates

  • Apr. 21-23, 28-29                            Spring Musical
  • Monday, May 1-5                            Student Art Show/ Teacher Appreciation Week (PA)
  • May 8-12                                           ERB Testing – Grades 3-6
  • May 15-19                                         ERB Testing – Grades 7-8
  • May 16-19                                         St. John Trip – Grade 5
  • Friday, May 13                                 Prom
  • Friday, May 19                                 Middle & Upper School Choral, Band, and Steel Pan Concert
  • Wednesday, May 24                        Lower School Concert – Grades 1-6
  • Friday, May 26                                 Orange, White and Blue Day – Grades 7-12; Beach Day – Grades 1-6
  • Monday, May 29                       No School: Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 31                       Senior Awards Celebration
  • Thursday, Jun. 1                              Field Day – Grades 1-6        8th Grade Celebration
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   Early dismissal 11:30am
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   12th Grade Graduation/First Day of Summer


This Week in Sports


Hi Panther Families!

This week’s news is shorter than usual due to carnival. Public schools will not be open, so we’ll only have one game this week.

Many thanks to those who have taken care of their participation fees for this season’s sports, and softball and baseball hat fees for our batting teams.  If you haven’t already taken care of that important detail, please do as soon as possible.

Thank you, and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy

Games This Week


  • Varsity Soccer vs. Free Will @ Free Will 4:00 Taxi one way



  • JV and Varsity Girls Softball Scrimmage on the Upper Field 3:30


Practices This Week:

  • Elementary Soccer: Monday and Wednesday 3:15-4:30
  • JV Soccer: Wednesday and Friday (Coach returns to STX on Tuesday) 3:15-4:30
  • Varsity Soccer: Thursday 3:15-4:30 lower field
  • JV Softball: Tuesday, 3:15-4:30 upper field, Wednesday scrimmage
  • Varsity Softball: Monday upper field, 3:15-4:30-Scrimmage on Wednesday
  • JV Baseball: JV baseball Monday and Thursday 3:15-4:30 upper field
  • Elementary Volleyball: Tuesday and Thursday 3:15-4:30 gym


Class Of 2017 College Acceptances

Christopher Ashley: United States Naval Academy; Rochester Institute of Technology; Lehigh University; Stevens 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: American University; Drexel University; Fordham University; Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Ursinus College, with scholarship

Thea D’Eramo: Notre Dame University; Pepperdine University with the Regents Scholarship

J’had Ferris: Virginia Commonwealth University; Marymount Manhattan College with a Trustee’s scholarship; Florida A&M University; Temple University; Flagler College with a Presidential scholarship; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Columbia College, Chicago; Prairie View A&M University; University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas

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

Kira Griffith:University of Washington; Rice University; Yale University; Stanford University; University of Pennsylvania; Brown University; Duke University; Harvard University; Williams College; Spelman College, Honors Program; University of Miami with the President’s Scholarship; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program; 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; 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: Savannah College of Art and Design; Drexel University; Columbia College, Chicago, Honors Program;

Chloe Phillips-Hayden: University of San Francisco, w/scholarship

Izhani Rosa: Florida Atlantic University; Flagler College; UVI, St. Thomas; Stetson University; Jacksonville University; University of Tampa; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida

Faith Snow: United States Coast Guard Academy; Florida Institute of Technology; Humboldt State University; Santa Clara University; Point Loma Nazarene University; Azuza Pacific University

Elise Stamper: Carnegie Mellon University; Boston University, Honors College of Engineering; 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; College of William and Mary

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

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

Jonathan Thomas: United States Military Academy, West Point; Baylor University; United States Air Force Academy; University of Utah, College of Engineering; Texas A&M, College of Engineering; Drew University w/Presidential Scholarship; Bryant University w/Archway Scholarship

Angel Tirado: Liberty University



Leave a Reply