Alumni News! – 4.21.17
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Dear Parents:

As our juniors and seniors gear up for an intense week ahead of AP exams (may their hard work and preparation yield great results!), I wanted to share with you how we intend to recognize our faculty for Faculty Appreciation Week. The email below was sent yesterday:

We are excited to share with you the schedule of events for next week’s Faculty Appreciation Week. We are grateful for the incredibly hard work you do every day and hope these fun options below will help add a spring and smile to your step!

Monday – Bici-Cafe. Steve Swanton of BiciCafe will bring his blue Copenhagen-manufactured coffee station on two wheels to our campus between 9:50am and 1:20pm. Faculty members are invited to enjoy two complimentary drinks of their choice: cold-pressed coffee, kombucha, or bush tea!

Tuesday – Taco Tuesday. Swing by the faculty lounge to enjoy two tacos from Sharkey’s (Kelly McCormick). Life is better with tacos!

Wednesday – PA Brunch.  The PA will be preparing a brunch in the faculty lounge from 11:30am-1:30pm. This was a wonderful hit last year and we are thrilled to have their contribution again this year.

Thursday – Massage. Massage therapist Julianne Vaughan will be in the advancement office from 9am to 3pm giving 15-minute massages. Sign up for your 15 minutes of bliss! Sign up in the office with Annie on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday – Trustee Day. Trustees will be visiting campus between 8am and 12pm. Coffee and pastries will be available at recess (9:50-10:10am) in front of the main office. Grab a treat and say hello to a trustee!

On a separate note, if you haven’t yet seen The Drowsy Chaperone, make sure you see it this weekend before it’s too late. Tap dancing, roaring 20’s, swashbuckling Casanovas… this production has it all.

And once again, we saw yesterday and today in our upper elementary drama production, Iselmatania, that the GHCDS pipeline of talent for the arts is as strong as ever!

Have a wonderful weekend,



  • Hot Topics in Education

  • Quick Announcements

  • ¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

  • Around Campus

  • Parents’ Association

  • Key Dates


Hot Topics in Education

“How to discover and address college admission anxieties,” April 24, 2017.

A practical article shared by our college counselor, Ms. Nancy Thatcher.


Quick Announcements

AP Exam Schedule:

  • Monday, May 1: Psychology, College Counseling office (1 student) Ms. Thatcher/Mrs. Grey
  • Tuesday, May 2: Computer Science A, in Room 9/Ms. Thatcher
  • Tuesday, May 2: Spanish Language and Culture, Small Computer Lab/Mr. Barrant
  • Wednesday, May 3: English Literature and Composition, Library/Ms. Thatcher
  • Friday, May 5: United States History, Library/Ms. Thatcher
  • Tuesday, May 9: Calculus AB, Room 9/Ms. Thatcher
  • ALL TESTS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 8:00 AM. (exception: Psychology) Students will NOT report to homeroom, but will go directly to the classroom indicated.
  • Please remember that payment is due on Monday, May 1, to the office.


National College Decision Day!

Monday, May 1st, is National College Decision Day, the day when all college-bound seniors in the Class of 2017 nationwide must commit to the college of their choice!

Please join us in celebrating our seniors and this exciting time by wearing college gear from your intended college (seniors), from your alma mater (faculty, parents, friends), or from the college you have adopted as your own (anyone)! Look for the updated Class of 2017 College Acceptances list in next week’s News!


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Thank you Sarah Lee Hayes!

Grade 1 glazing their animal pinch pots with clay artist Sara Lee Hayes in art class.

The joy of ice cream!

Thanks Armstrong Ice Cream for making everyone’s day!


Around Campus

GHCDS Marine Biology

GHCDS Marine Biology students are the first to visit the National Parks Salt River Bay Coastal Studies Outpost hosted by Zandy Hillis-Starr, Chief Resource Manager and Clayton Pollick, NPS Marine Biologist.

During the visit students interacted with the NOAA Biogeography research team and observed the surgical installation of marine life/fish acoustic tracking devices as part of a multi-agency ongoing research project. Students also participated in a walk about to discuss the landscape level changes that occurred in the 1960 -1970’s and proposed projects to continue the restoration.  Discussion on how GHCDS and Salt River Bay could benefit from future collaborative work was forefront.

Once again, GHCDS students take the lead!

2017 South American Opti Championships

This year, the annual championship is being hosted by the Yacht Club Ypacarai in Encarnacion, Paraguay, starting April 26th, 130 sailors from 11 countries will compete in fleet and team racing for five days.

This year, Team ISV is sending one of the biggest teams in many years with new and promising talent.  The South American Championships is the first of three major international events in which Team ISV will compete this year.

Under the direction of their coach, Argy Resano, the nine sailors on Team ISV are: Mathieu Dale (St. Croix), Alejo Di Blasi (St. John), Katherine Majette (St. John), Winborne Majette (St. John), Mia Nicolosi (St. Thomas), Robert Richards (St. Thomas), Caroline Sibilly (St. Thomas), Max van den Driessche (St. Thomas) and Andy Yu (St. Thomas).

Schools Helping Schools

Our Schools Helping Schools project began as a business venture at the Agricultural Fair. It was our goal to raise funds to help the Mlima Primary School in Kenya. The village of Mlima has had a great increase in the number of children attending the small school. Several years ago there were about 300 children in the school. Now the enrollment is about 700. Unfortunately the children are sitting four at a desk that was designed for two.

The William Holden Wildlife Foundation has established an Adopt a Desk program to sponsor the building of new desks. The cost to sponsor each desk is $75.00. With the help of visitors to our booth at the Ag. Fair, generous donations from students, parents, and friends of the school we now have funds to sponsor fifteen desks. The generosity of our community is overwhelming.

A complete set of desks for a classroom would be eighteen desks. Our goal is to fund an entire classroom. We are working on final funding efforts.

Earth Day!

It’s Earth Day every day for third graders as they proudly showcased their re-used tie-dyed t-shirts!

Extreme Gear for Extreme Environments

This is the 4th-6th Grade DI Team demonstrating “Extreme Gear for Extreme Environments”!  Savanah and Che on the left created gear to withstand the deadly cold and toxic atmosphere of Pluto while Anil and Marty created gear to withstand the severe pressure and lack of air found deep underwater in the twilight zone!  Their mission was to research an extreme habitat, devise a reason to live there, and design extreme gear one would need to survive in chosen habitat.  You are looking at their special helmets with multi level filtration systems!

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!

We’ll be back to our usual, busy sports schedule this week, with seven different teams practicing and competing. I have some personal matters that will require a good deal of my time next week, so I’d like to ask each player to come with a water jug or bottle on game days.  Our P.E. Snack Bar has ice for athletes right after school, and next to it is a water fountain with a jug filling station for convenient filling or refilling before games.  Thank you for helping me with this important detail.

Best of luck to our Elementary soccer Panthers and Coach Lishati-Shumba Bailey in playoffs on Monday.  They’re rolling into semifinals undefeated, and we are very proud of their team spirit and dedication.

WHEN they win Monday, they’ll have Championships on Friday at home.

Thank you, and Go Panthers!

Coach Amy


Games This Week


  • Elementary Soccer Playoffs vs. Alexander Henderson @ Home CHILI DOG GAME DAY! 3:30
  • JV Soccer vs. Woodson @ Central 4:00 Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete
  • JV Softball vs. Central @ Canegata 4:00 Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete



  • Varsity Soccer vs. Complex @ Free Home 4:15ish (Complex gets out late)
  • Elementary Volleyball vs. RR @ Home 1st game



  • JV Soccer vs. Elena @ Home 4:00
  • JV Softball game-Possibly Elena Makeup game-waiting for confirmation



  • Elementary Volleyball vs. Pearl B @ Home 2nd game 4:15-Players should come down to gym to help with lines unless they need homework time/help
  • Varsity Softball vs. Central @ Profit 4:00
  • JV Baseball vs. Complex @ Grove Field 4:15-Taxi one way-Please let me know if transportation after game is an issue for your athlete



  • Elementary Soccer Champs if/ WHEN we win Monday-TBA


Practices This Week:

  • Elementary Soccer: Wednesday 3:15-4:30
  • JV Soccer: Tuesday 3:00-4:15 lower field
  • Varsity Soccer: Monday 4:00-5:30 lower field
  • JV Softball: Tuesday 3:15-4:30 upper field
  • Varsity Softball: Tuesday upper field, 4:00-5:30
  • JV Baseball: Monday 3:15-4:30 upper field
  • Elementary Volleyball: Games only this week.  The following week there will be three games: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.



Class Of 2017 College Acceptances

italicized bold denotes matriculation

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: University of Notre Dame;  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: Citizen Year Gap Program, Ecuador; Colorado State University; George Mason University; Colorado State University

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

Marshall McCormick: Texas Tech University; 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: University of Tampa with scholarship; Florida Atlantic University; Flagler College; UVI, St. Thomas; Stetson University; Jacksonville University; Georgia Southern University; University of Central Florida

Faith Snow: United States Coast Guard Academy; University of San Diego; Stetson University; 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; Carnegie Mellon University; Boston University, Honors College of Engineering; 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 with scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Pratt Institute

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

Jonathan Thomas: 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



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