From Dr. Seuss celebrations in the lower school to alumni receptions in Washington, D.C., it has been another week of active learning, connecting, and growing in the GHCDS community!
College acceptances continue arriving for our seniors, with many more to come next month. Keep thinking good thoughts to bring favorable news…
To help our students navigate the difficult and highly competitive college application process, I am pleased to share our College Counseling Handbook available on our College Counseling webpage. We are also hoping to add shortly a list of summer program opportunities in which some of our students have participated. I highly recommend that you and your family, regardless of your child’s age, begin perusing these documents. It’s never too early to think about college!
I also wanted to follow up to a conversation I had earlier this year with some junior parents when I mentioned there were 20 things their son or daughter might do to have a bigger impact on their college and scholarship prospects than simply obtaining membership in the National Honor Society. My list below overlaps with some of the information available on the webpage referenced above, but some ideas will be new—and the others are worth the reminder.
Have a wonderful weekend!
We (Head, Upper School Head, Lower and Middle School Head) are at the National Association of Independent School’s Conference in Baltimore this week and next week will share some resources and reflections.
Congratulations to Michael Atwell for placing on the St. Croix Spelling Team. He will join five other St. Croix spellers to compete against the St. Thomas team on March 30th at Woodson Junior High. Congratulations, Michael!
In art class, Sara Hayes and the fourth grade students created clay images for the west side of St. Croix. Next week they will work on the east side. The mural will depict St. Croix: Then and Now.
Last Saturday evening at St. Croix Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort the Good Hope Country Day School Community gathered for its premiere event, the Black and Gold Gala. The beautiful venue was sparkling with a warm glow from all the Moroccan lanterns and luxurious black and gold décor. The evening was filled with excitement as the nearly 200 guests enjoyed a sumptuous five course Moroccan themed dinner, robust silent and live auctions, and a lively student performance. It was apparent that everyone shared the same purpose of raising funds to support the GHCDS financial aid program and to make memories with old and new friends. This immense effort was spearheaded by the GHCDS Advancement team of Linda Stamper-Keularts, Kiomie Pedrini and their many dedicated volunteers!
GHCDS was paid a special visit by the Ghost Players on Wednesday. A few of the men are original Ghost Players from the movie, Field of Dreams (1988). They travel the world spreading their love of baseball and the messages of kindness, family and doing your best. On Thursday night, at Canegata Ball Park, they held a baseball clinic, question session and treated the crowd to a hilarious skit! A few of our students were seen in attendance and showed off their signed baseballs in class the next day.
The sixth grade students had a great time aboard the Roseway last week! They have been busy reflecting on their experiences and have already applied some of their new knowledge in science class. There is plenty of information to reflect on including simple machines, coral ecology, parts of a ship, buoyancy, writing poetry, threats to coral, clouds and the water cycle, wind and trade routes, calculating speed of an object, navigation and knots. Students also explored four core values while on board: trust, communication, teamwork and self-worth. The teachers are particularly proud of all the students for challenging themselves to try new experiences such as climbing the rigging and going on the bowsprit. The students will share their experiences at the next Friday morning gathering.
Savannah College of Art and Design Assistant Director of Admissions, Ms. Alex LeBlanc, paid a visit to our campus on Thursday, March 2, to inform students about the wonderful programs SCAD has to offer. In beautiful Savannah, Georgia, the world-renown art school stands out among its peers because of their extensive program offerings, athletic department, 100+ clubs and the potential to study in Georgia, France or Hong Kong. Several GHCDS alumni have attended SCAD and had great experiences.
Thursday, the Second Grade celebrated Read Across America day as well as Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We read Dr. Seuss books out loud and shared a story with the Pre-K class. We made Seuss-worthy hats, completed an author study of Dr. Seuss and even made Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs in Math while discussing fractions! Oh, and we can’t leave out the tongue-twister competition they had in FUNdations!
On February 24-26, 2017, the Northeast Junior State of America held its annual Winter Congress minutes away from our nation’s capital at the Doubletree Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Winter Congress is a three-day, two night, student-run simulation of the United States congressional legislative process. Six students from the Virgin Islands attended: Imani Evens, Daniel Garriga-Cerni, Nia Canton, Aaron Harris, Chelsea Valery and Crystal Fahie. Daniel’s “Territories Rights Amendment” as well Chelsea’s “Resolution Supporting the Payment of Reparations from the Nation of Denmark to the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands” were both accepted and passed unanimously when brought to the floor during the assimilation. Furthermore, Crystal Fahie and Imani Evens both received best speaker awards out of the 300 students in attendance and 14 awards available.
Hi Panther Families!
Best of luck to our basketball teams that are heading into playoffs this week! We’re pretty sure our standings are correct for Middle School Girls and JV Team 2 Boys, but we’ll need to see results for Varsity Girls. Our JV Team 1 had a great season of growth, but did not make the playoffs. Varsity Boys have a few games left to play.
Elementary Soccer games begin this week! Good luck, Panthers!
JV and Varsity Soccer are slowly but surely showing better practice attendance. This week note three opportunities for training. We expect our players to make two out of the three, if not all. Games should begin after Spring Break.
JV and Varsity Girls Softball is warming up! Players should make at least one of the practices listed, if not both. When basketball finishes we’ll have better attendance on all days. Games should begin after Spring Break.
Games This Week:
Elementary Soccer vs. Lew Muckle @ Home 3:30
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. StJ @ Home 4:00
MS Girls Basketball Playoffs (Should be@ Home vs. AAR, waiting for confirmation)
JV2 Basketball Playoffs (Should be vs. Central @ Central. Waiting for confirmation)
If/WHEN MS Girls Basketball team wins playoffs on Tuesday, CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Elementary Soccer vs. Alexander Henderson @ Home 3:30
Varsity Boys Basketball-Possible Complex game @ Home (originally scheduled for Saturday)
Varsity Girls Playoffs (Waiting for confirmation and standings)
Practices This Week:
Elementary Soccer-Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 lower field
MS Girls Basketball-Monday, 3:15-4:30 slab
JV and Varsity Softball-Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 Upper Field
Varsity Girls Basketball-Wednesday, 3:15-4:30 gym.
JV2 Basketball-Monday, 3:15-4:30 slab
Varsity Basketball-Watch for a text from Coach Baker
JV and Varsity Soccer-Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:15-5:00
JV Baseball-3:15-4:30 Friday Upper Field
Thank you and Go Panthers!
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
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
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
Shauni Lustig: Colorado State University; Citizen Year Gap Program, Ecuador
Matthew Mays: Rider University with a Provost Scholarship and the President’s Leadership Award
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, Bio-medical Engineering Program; University of Maryland, College Park as a College Park Scholar
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