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Dear Parents:

First, a quick calendar correction (thank you to the parent who spotted this!). Veterans Day was mistakenly listed on our online calendars as Friday, November 9. We will indeed have school on the 9th. There will be no school on Monday, November 12, for Veterans Day. Please note that we will also hold parent-teacher conferences for grade N-6 on that Monday. We apologize for the confusion.

Second, is there anything cuter than 1st grade budding ballerinas strutting their stuff on stage? We are delighted to have Miss Sonja, who ran Pointe Dance Academy for many years, teaching ballet to our lower school students as part of P.E. this semester.

1st Graders Do Ballet!!!

Third, we are cheering on from afar two groups of students participating in exceptional events off-island: Seniors David Conhoff and Nayan Bansal are representing the the Virgin Islands at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia for a two week period playing against Grand Masters from all over the world; Ethan Stamper (12th), Wylie Crowther (12th), Maya Acosta (12th), Carolyn Grimm (11th), Jack Falconer (10th), and Jasmin Nieves (8th) are competing in monologue and technical theater challenges as part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, chaperoned by Stewart Shelley and Kiomie Pedrini, and made possible thanks to a St. Croix Foundation grant secured by our advancement team.

Lastly, I wanted to highlight one of the key benefits of attending a Nursery through 12th grade school: interaction between students across grades. Just this week it has been wonderful to see our upper school forensics students fingerprinting our preschoolers as part of one of their units; 4th graders through 12th graders participating in the same activities for cross-country, with the older students leading the younger ones through warm ups and cool downs; and new 10th grader Jayden Thelusma volunteering his free period to assist Coach Amy in teaching P.E. to our kinder, pre-K, and nursery students. We look forward to making many more positive cross-grade connections in the weeks and months ahead.

Have a wonderful weekend!



¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

After School Activities

Thanks to Teachers, students and parents for offering After School Activities.  Great First Week! 

Here are just a few photos:

Maker Space

Maker Space, Mr. Chapman


4H, Ms. Coles


Drama, Ms. Bishop

Running Club

Running Club, Ms. Lambert

Fairy House Making

Fairy House Making, NAHS

Steel Pan

Steel Pan, Mr. Belgrave

Around Campus

GHCDS Sailor Competes in SAISA Cressy Qualifier

Last weekend (9/22-23) GHCDS High School Sailing Team member Mathieu Dale competed in the SAISA Cressy Qualifier, a Laser Radial District Singlehanded Championship Regatta held at James Island YC in Charleston SC.  A very competitive fleet of 49 sailors had challenging conditions, the ebb and flow tide was a major factor giving opportunities for passing if handled correctly.  After two days and 14 races, Mathieu  ended up with a well earned 5th, not bad considering his first finish was a 29th, way to keep after it Mathieu! GO PANTHERS!!!

Marine Bio Research

Marine Biology students conduct a Rocky Intertidal Transect Study comparing the zonation distribution of five organisms at two locations,  Salt River and Cane Bay.




Biology students compare and contrast the organelles identified in a plant, animal and bacteria specimen while observing them under the enhanced eye of a microscope.


All About Me

Forensic students assist in fingerprinting Ms. Lake’s Kindergarten students to enhance their study segment titled “ALL ABOUT ME”.  The students then used a magnifying glass to determine if their print was a Loop, Whorl, or Arch.


College Spotlight

Last week Ms. Thatcher, college counselor,  had the privilege to attend a counselor fly-in program at Gannon University in Erie, PA. with colleagues Diane John, from St. Joseph’s High School and Hugh Arnold, All Saints Cathedral School,  St. Thomas. In addition to touring the campus, including the renowned Forensic Investigation Center and the Dahlkemper School of Business, which is located in the heart of Erie’s central business district in the Center for Business Ingenuity, the counselors were able to spend time and have lunch with students from the V.I., including Serena Bishop ‘16, who is studying to become a special education teacher.

Parents’ Association

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