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Dear Parents:

It’s been yet another exciting week of celebrations!

Our early childhood, lower, and middle school students all gave rousing concerts of singing, band, and steel pans.

Our 4th graders held a lovely ceremony honoring each student, highlighting their accomplishments through the year, and unveiling a beautiful ceramic tile mural in honor of the Centennial.

Our 8th graders presented their capstone projects on topics ranging from body image insecurities to marketing strategies for businesses in Frederiksted to different styles of hijabs and the impression this may give.

Our upper school students have been taking leadership roles in preparation for Orange, White, and Blue Day, perhaps the most popular day of the school year. The battle was fun and fierce!

And more than a dozen alumni, including beloved faculty members Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Barrant, took the pitch for the annual soccer game against our current GHCDS players.

Believe it or not, next week—our last week of the year! —promises to be equally action-packed.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!



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Hot Topics in Education

Read a fun book on Memorial Day Weekend!

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 amyrvang@ghcds.org (or call 340.778.1974), if you have any leads on good quality used trucks for sale. Thank you!

Around Campus

2017 Lower School Spring Concert!

2017 Fourth Grade Celebration!

Cub Scout Pack 7227 Advance to Boy Scout Troop 7227

On Sunday, four 5th graders advanced from Cub Scout Pack 7227 to Boy Scout Troop 7227, sponsored by GHCDS.  These students are Evan Dykstra, Nate Roth, Ronel Schang and David Weekly.  They were guided through their required Adventures by Den Leader and 6th grade teacher Sara Dykstra.  The boys are now under the guidance of Scoutmaster William Tobias, 6th grade teacher/Assistant Scoutmaster Sonja Sundaram and other GHCDS parents and students who are part of the Troop.

2017 Alumni/Student Soccer Game!

The annual Alumni-Varsity Soccer Game a gathering of community and family!


Fifth Grade St. John Trip

During their annual 5th grade St. John trip last week, students had the opportunity to visit the synagogue in St. Thomas and the Legislature of the Virgin Islands where they held a mock session and got to meet Mr. Myron D. Jackson, president of the Legislature. During their stay at VIERS in St. John, students hiked and swam daily while learning about the history and environment of the Virgin Islands. They particularly enjoyed the hike to see the petroglyphs, the visit to the Tektite Museum, snorkeling, and the lecture from Mr. Ital Anthony about about local plants, arts, culture and singing and dancing. But most of all they enjoyed spending time with their friends through unforgettable bonding experiences. We would especially like to thank the amazing group of parent chaperones that joined us in the trip: Carl Beckstedt, Michael Bourque, Stephen Gray, Aaron Hutchins, Suzette Rojas, Amanda Warehime and David Weekly.

ELC Spring Sing – A-  Long!

Early Learning Center sing along! Fun for all!


Fourth Grade Ceramics Mural!

Congratulations WHITE TEAM 2017 OWB Day Champions!

Orange, White, and Blue Day 2017!

Lower School Beach Day!

 Matey Needs A Home!

You may recognize Matey. He was with us for a month, entertaining us, running around like a maniac and welcoming visitors. Ms. Blanchette fed him and everyone loved him. After an unfortunate confrontation with a family of goats (don’t worry the goats are fine) a high school teacher took him to the Animal Shelter. He loves kids and is the kind of dog that loves companionship. He is very intelligent and can retrieve sticks and is just a lot of fun. He is a once in a lifetime dog that deserves a really good family.


Call the Animal Shelter at 778-1650



Key Dates

  • Monday, May 29                       No School: Memorial Day
  • Wednesday, May 31                       Senior Awards Celebration (by invitation only)
  • Thursday, Jun. 1                              Field Day – Grades 1-6; 8th Grade Celebration
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   Early dismissal 11:30am
  • Friday, Jun. 2                                   12th Grade Graduation


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: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas; 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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