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Dear Parents:

Today we held our second Faculty Workshop Day of the year—I have no doubt that students were delighted to get the day off from school!

In the meantime, our faculty and staff started the day by revisiting our Faculty Charter. As most of you know, GHCDS adopted the RULER program several years ago from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. We began implementation in the 2015-16 school year, continued with phase II in the 2016-17 school year (including more professional development for key team leaders), then took a hiatus last year due to the hurricanes. We are excited now to build on our earlier efforts to ensure that our students and faculty develop our social-emotional intelligence and create the best possible learning community for everyone. This also helps us reinforce our mission and our core values. It was invigorating to hear various discussions this morning—and parents will have an opportunity to participate and learn more about RULER later in the year.

Lastly, our seniors, the Class of 2019, donned their caps and gowns today for photos. This is often a poignant moment for parents who are so proud of their children but realize that graduation on June 1 is not that far away. May we all make every day between now and then count.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Dear GHCDS Talent Showcase Supporters!

We have decided to postpone/reschedule the talent showcase originally scheduled for Saturday, October 20th, due to several conflicts, illness, issues, that have been simultaneously brought to our attention, today.  We have a really strong show and look forward to our performers showcasing their talent on another date, to be determined by Administration. When this date is clear, Mr. Tirado and I will email out a new schedule and make sure that the show is AMAZING!

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to putting on a strong and entertaining show.

Thanks to everyone for your participation!

Angel Tirado (340)-513-3998

Kiomie Pedrini (340)-277-8178


ACT Aspire test to the NINTH GRADE on Wed. Oct. 24, 2018

Good Hope Country Day School will be administering the ACT Aspire test to the NINTH GRADE on Wed. Oct. 24, 2018. The ASPIRE will provide valuable information to the school regarding not only each individual students’ progress toward college readiness, but will also allow faculty to analyze the results and use them to guide their curriculum and activities in subsequent courses.The test consists of Writing and English, Reading, Math, and Science assessments and is a vertically articulated, standards-based, summative assessment linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and other curricular standards.

Students should arrive in the Library by 8:00 a.m., ready to begin testing at 8:10 a.m. Please ensure that your child has had a good night’s sleep and has eaten a good breakfast. Calculators will be allowed but not provided, and students should come prepared with several No. 2 pencils. There will be no make-up day for students who are absent on testing day. The testing will last the entire school day, with breaks for snack, lunch and stretching activities throughout. The snack shack will not be open on testing day, so please make certain that you send your child with plenty of food!

For more information regarding the ACT Aspire, please visit their website, http://www.discoveractaspire.org.Please feel free to contact Ms. Thatcher or Mrs. Dawn Grey with any questions you may have about the testing.

Around Campus

Seniors Take Their Cap & Gown Photos!

Library Book Cover Competition

Mrs. Dykstra’s sixth grade participated in Book Cover Competition.  The focus of the activity was to learn about how illustrators approach creating book covers during library period over four weeks, students chose covers that they appreciated.  They worked on replicating the covers to understand the job of an illustrator.   Ms. Bishop asked Ms. Banwaree to visit to provide students with feedback on their art.    When students had finished their work, Ms. Banwaree and four Upper School students chose first, second, and third. Prizes included a gift certificate to Undercover Books and actual books!

First Place – Savanna Holley;  Second Place – Jeremiah Joines;  Third Place – Mia Benton-Huggins

Civics Students Participate in a Mock Local Election

Dr. Guerra’s senior Civics class learned about the local elections, chose a candidate to research, formulated questions and emailed the candidate, campaigned at school, and participated in a mock political forum. One of the candidates for the senate, parent Genevieve Whitaker, even stopped to take a picture!

Recycling With A Purpose

6th grade students are pictured with the plastic bottles they collected over the last few weeks – the equivalent of 250 2-Liter bottles. Students learned that plastic bottles can be transformed into pellets which can then be made into clothing, benches and other useful items. Fab Habitat ( https://fabhabitat.com) creates rugs and furniture out of recycled pellets and will send the 6th grade a 4’x6’ rug made from an amount equivalent to the plastic collected. Thank you to the 6th grade families and community members that collected bottles specifically for us. We will still serve as a collection point for plastic and bring to the drop off sites.

Community Service This Week

Grades 5 and 6 went Friday to the west end and collected trash as part of the International Coastweeks effort to clean up coastal areas.

Mrs. Sundaram’s class weeded the sculpture gardens.

Finn Miller and Ryan Franks volunteered at the Animal Shelter with Ms. Blanchette.

Wyatt Bracy, Gabby Evora, Mazen Yusuf and Stuart Lewis played held a mini concert at lunch for the residents of the Herbert Grigg Home.

Publishing Party!

Third graders celebrated their first published pieces with special guests from GHCDS!  They were proud to show their hard work as personal narrative writers.

Maze Runner

First through fourth graders having a blast with a game of “maze runner” during recess (their creative version of tag and hide & go seek in the tall grass)!


Parents’ Association


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