Alumni News! – 5.19.17
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Dear Parents:

As we approach the end of the school year, competitions and celebrations abound.

A big congratulations goes out to our Moot Court team of Julian Bishop, Jade Bryan, and Jada Romer for the victory yesterday in the USVI Territory competition held on St. Thomas. Coached by attorneys Michael Rogers and Pam Colon (Parent ’16) and coordinated by Nancy Thatcher, the team improved with every practice and competition and, ultimately, their hard work earned them first place. Bravo! Moot Court combines teamwork, public speaking, critical thinking, and interaction with professionals (attorneys and judges) to give students an exceptional learning experience.

Our varsity soccer team deserves praise for the grit, adaptability, and resilience they showed all season, even earning a berth in the championship game on Wednesday against Free Will Baptist. Although the final result was not in our favor and FWB proved to be a strong opponent, the team can hold its head high for effort.  I’m reminded of the anonymous quote:

The way one plays a game shows some of his/her character. The way one loses shows all of it.

Speaking of character, one of the best ways to develop it is to make sure we surround ourselves with great people. On that note, I’m pleased to share below bios of the talented faculty members who will be joining our ranks next fall. We’re delighted they’ll be helping us in our efforts to provide a world-class education for our children.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Kelsey Hill – Primary Teacher

Kelsey Hill graduated from William Smith Colleges with a degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Children and Families and a double minor in Mathematics and Education. During her time at William Smith, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, where she focused on multicultural education and participated in an after-school placement. Since graduation, Kelsey has gained valuable experience in a variety of classroom environments. Most recently, Kelsey has been a 5th grade Apprentice Teacher at the Lawrence School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kelsey also has vast experience coaching varsity girls’ soccer and swimming.

Tracy Cole – MS Math

Tracy Cole will be joining GHCDS as the new Middle School math teacher and bringing with her vast teaching, curriculum development, and technological experience. For the past 13 years, Tracy has worked in the Oak Hills School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently she was the Director of eLearning and Technology, where she managed over 60 eLearning Consultants as well as the eLearning Coach and Course Developer. She is a PADI DiveMaster and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential. In her free time, Tracy enjoys boating, sailing, hiking, and biking.

Ana Hernandez – MS Spanish

Ana Hernandez graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS in World Language Education and a Four-Year Resident Educator License. After graduation, Ana worked at the Horizon Science Academy in Toledo, Ohio as a Spanish language teacher and Spanish dance instructor. Since 2015, Ana has taught Spanish at Fassett Junior High School in Oregon, Ohio. Ana brings relevant experience working in diverse classrooms and differentiating instruction and she will be a valuable member of the GHCDS foreign language team.

Carisma Bishop – 3rd Grade

Carisma Bishop is a St. Croix native and graduate of GHS class of 2011. After graduating from GHS, she attended Dickinson College where she majored in English and minored in Theater. Carisma is graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a MS in Education this month. Since 2015, Carisma has worked for Teach for America as a K-3rd grade teacher in Maryland and New Jersey. Carisma will be joining GHCDS as a 3rd grade teacher.

Dr. Christine Meck – US Math

Dr. Christine Meck graduated from City University of New York with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a concentration in Organic Chemistry in 2016. Since 2015, Dr. Meck has been an Adjunct Professor at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Dr. Meck is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Women Chemist Committee/Eli Lilly Travel Grant, a prestigious award presented to 9 recipients across the entire United States and her research has been published in a number of academic journals. GHCDS is excited to welcome Dr. Meck as our new upper school math teacher.

Alice Sackey Jaffurs – 5th Grade

Alice Sackey Jaffurs graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Film Production with a correlative study in International Politics. Alice then went on to attain an MAT in Secondary History Education from Manhattanvllle College. Alice was a teaching fellow at Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, where she had the opportunity to co-teach a range of subjects and grade levels. For the past six years, Alice has worked as a lead middle school humanities teacher at Spence School in New York City. Alice will join GHCDS as a 5th grade humanities teacher.


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Hot Topics in Education

“12 Tips to Learn Something New,” By Wynton Marsalis, April 2017, This short piece is applicable to all learning – I hope it inspires you to learn something new!


Quick Announcements

Truck Needed!

Our 2005 Ford F350, which is used by our maintenance team, recently broke down – and it will cost $10k just to get it running again. Please email our Executive Assistant, Annie Myrvang, at (or call 340.778.1974), if you have any leads on good quality used trucks for sale. Thank you!

Seeking Top Candidates!

We are currently looking to hire excellent candidates for the positions listed below and appreciate any referrals:

GHCDS Job Opening – Primary Grade Teacher 2017-18


Around Campus

St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Champions!

Congratulations to GHCDS sophomore, Dominic Pugliese and eighth grader, Michael Dizon for coming in 1st and 2nd in the sprint triathlon.

First Place in the 23rd Territorial Moot Court Competition

On Thursday, May 18, the GHCDS Team of Jade Bryan, Julian Bishop and Jada Romer won first place  in the 23rd Territorial Moot Court Competition, using their well-prepared arguments and critical thinking skills to beat Charlotte Amalie High School (2nd), St. Croix Educational Complex (3rd) and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School (4th). Julian also won the Best Oralist Award and Jade won Third Place Oralist. The issue at hand concerned first amendment rights and violence on a public campus- something not only difficult to tackle, but relevant to today. The competition began on St. Croix on Tuesday, May 16th, where GHCDS (1st), along with SCECHS (2nd) earned the opportunity to go to the finals, which were held at the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. Perhaps the most academically rigorous high school competition in the Territory, it is organized by the V.I. Bar Association and sponsored by Viya and Westlaw. Each student on each of the 4 final teams received scholarships. The Attorney Coaches, Ms. Pam Colon, who has coached both GHS and GHCDS teams, and Mr. Michael Rogers, in his second year with GHCDS, volunteered and dedicated their time and talents to ensure the mastery of our team. We congratulate Jade, Julian and Jada, along with Ms. Colon and Mr. Rogers, on their victory!

Good Deed!

Tuleen Al-khaled, fourth grader, raised $310.00 by selling cupcakes and cookies in front of her uncle’s store which she donated to Operation Smile, an organization that helps the underprivileged undergo operations to repair cleft palates.  Such an amazing act of kindness and selflessness!




Faculty Food Sale

The Annual Faculty Food Sale was a complete success on Friday. Each year, the faculty come together to cook, serve and raise funds for the senior Faculty Award. Easily the best food sale of the year, no one went away from the table hungry! Thanks to all students who took a chance on their teachers’ culinary talents!

Sorting Ceremony

On Thursday the Middle School held their annual Sorting Ceremony when sixth graders find out what advisory they will join.  With magic hat at hand Ms. Blanchette and Dust Bunny presided over the annual event.  Each advisory welcomed their new advisory members as their names were pulled from the magic hat.  Stefan Moorman, a member of Ms. Coles advisory added a unique twist to the event!

Poetry and Popsicles

This week the Second Grade treated their Fifth Grade Reading Buddies to poetry and popsicles!  Each Second Grader impressed their captive audience with a poem of their creation, then all shared popsicle chill-out time.


Mapping Skills

Second Graders also put their new mapping skills to use by creating maps of the lower school area, complete with a compass rose and key!

Key Dates

  • 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


This Week in Sports


This Week In Sports

Hi Panther Families,

It was an action packed week for the Black and Gold!

Last Friday our JV Lady Panthers Softball team took an 18-19 loss to Central High School’s team.  This was a victory in a loss, as our athletes gave them a fight to the finish, and the Caribs were untouchable all season.  Congratulations on a great season, Coach Laurie Dunton and Lady Panthers!

Our Varsity Soccer Panthers started the week with a hard fought victory over Central’s Caribs in penalty kicks for Playoffs.  It was a great game, and our athletes should be proud to have beaten the first place team to earn their place in the Championships. The Championship game was also a great game, but we were unable to stop the determined Freewill Baptist Warriors. We took a 3-0 loss, but showed great determination until the final whistle sounded.  We’re very proud of our Panther’s determination.  Congratulations to Coach Lishati-Shumba Bailey and our players!

This coming week, Monday, our JV Boys Baseball Panthers and JV Girls Softball players will face each other on our upper field as a Grand Finale to both their seasons. We’re looking forward to seeing all that black and gold in one spot to finish our year in sports.

Lastly, all teams should have their uniforms washed and returned by Wednesday the 24th. This is a slight extension. It will be tough for us to inventory them before Orange White and Blue Day, but since it determines whether or not Middle School and High School athletes can participate, Coach Floyd and I are willing to stay late to check the lists.

Thank you, and Go Panthers,

Coach Amy

Games This Week


JV Boys Baseball vs. JV Girls Softball @ Home, Upper Field, 3:30.  Wear uniforms and bring water jugs, please!

Friday: Orange White and Blue Day!


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: Drew University with scholarship; 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: Fordham University with scholarship;American University; Drexel University; Loyola University, Chicago, with scholarship; Ursinus College, with scholarship

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

Deandra Erysthee: New York Institute of Technology; Pace University; Barry University

J’had Ferris: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas; 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

Daniel Garriga-Cerni: Spanish Language Immersion Gap Year, Madrid, Spain; Manhattan College; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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

Chloe Phillips-Hayden: Gap Year, California; 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 with scholarship; 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; U.S. Military Academy, West Point; 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


SCYC 2017 Summer Sailing Program

Optimist, Sunfish and 420 classes taught by our Instructors and will be held at St. Croix Yacht Club for youth ages 8 to 18.  Sea Squirt classes will be held for youth ages 5 to 7.

Non-members are welcome.

Our program strives to create a fun and safe environment where kids can learn and come to love the sport of sailing. We emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect, and safety in daily lessons. Our number one goal is to pass on our passion for the sport to the next generation of St. Croix Sailors.

Schedule:   Mon-Fri 9:00am-3:00pm

  • SESSION 1: June 5 – June 16, 2017
  • SESSION 2: June 19- June 30, 2017
  • SESSION 3: July 3 – July 14, 2017
  • SESSION 4: July 17 – July 28, 2017
  • SESSION 5: July 31 – August 11, 2017 – pending level of interest

Please contact the SCYC office to register with credit card, or stop and pay by check.

Downloadable Registration Form


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