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Dear Parents:

While inside the classroom this week upper school students have taken the Aspire and PSAT exams, lower school students have discussed the turtle hatchlings they witnessed on Sandy Point, and middle school students have continued rich Spider Web Discussions in their advisories, outside the main office has been abuzz – literally – with chainsaws, excavators, and cement trucks. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue renovating the main entryway and stairs to make them safer for pedestrians, water and mud-free, and more attractive. We appreciate you driving extra slowly as you navigate the obstacles during drop-off and pick-up.

I also want to welcome back Dominic Pugliese, (12th grade) and Natalia Kuipers, (11th grade) two athletes who recently competed in the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.  It is awesome to see GHCDS athletes performing at such a high level and having the opportunity to interact with other athletes from around the world including, North Korea.  I encourage you to ask them about their memorable experience.

Believe it or not, Halloween is right around the corner. The Parents Association, our seniors, and others are working feverishly to make this the Best Boo Bash Ever! As faculty work hard to finish their report cards, it is nice to know that goblins and sugar-highs await us all…

I will provide a separate update on the Middle States Re-Accreditation process next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!




Save the Date:

9th-12th grade Parent Teacher Conference Day November 1st, 2018.


Around Campus

Congratulations to the two GHCDS athletes who represented the Virgin Islands at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1st – 19th. Triathlete Dominic Pugliese (GHCDS Senior), and Swimmer Natalia Kuipers (GHCDS Junior) took part in this prestigious event while representing the Virgin Islands at the highest level of their sport for young athletes. Natalia Kuipers competed in the 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle events on Wednesday, October 10 and Friday, October 12. Her time in the 200 meter freestyle was 9:41 and her time for the 400 meter freestyle was 9:52.  Dominic Pugliese competed in the Individual Sprint Distance Race (1/2 mile swim, 13 mile bike, and 3 mile run) on Monday, October 8 and an International Mixed Team Race on Thursday, October 11.  In his sprint distance race Dominic competed against 31 other countries including athletes from Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada and the USA. His team for the mixed relay race included athletes from the USA, Aruba and Peru which collectively earned a solid 11th place out of 16 mixed teams.

“One of the most noteworthy aspects of the third summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games was the positive response of the spectators to all sports throughout the competition. A total of 1,001,496 people visited the venues to see the biggest multi-sport celebration in Argentina’s history.

Another distinctive element of Buenos Aires 2018 was its concept of Olympic Parks, four main venue clusters located in different parts of Argentina’s capital: the Youth Olympic Park in the south of the city, Technopolis Park in the north, Urban Park by the Puerto Madero waterfront and Green Park in the green Palermo woods.

The 32 sports and 36 disciplines featured in the program were held there, as well as in four stand-alone venues: the Club Atlético San Isidro La Boya for rugby sevens, San Isidro Yacht Club for the sailing disciplines, Hurlingham Club for golf, and Paseo de la Costa for roller speed skating and BMX racing.”

Both Dominic and Natalia train year round in their sport and truly earned their selection by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, to the Youth Olympic Team.  We are very proud of all they have accomplished.

To experience more about the prestigious event click on the link below.

Human Population Demography Study

Environmental Science students Ethan Stamper and Wiley Crowther conduct a Human Population Demography study that spans over 100 years.  Students spent four classes collecting data at the King’s Hill Cemetery.

Bunnies and Guinea Pigs

Mrs. Richards took the nursery students up the Middle School Science room to visit the bunnies and guinea pigs as part of a five senses activity. Eighth grader Alex Tonin was on hand to help out!  Throughout the day, the bunnies sat on the laps of middle school students, then they visited Ms. Coles’ 4H after School Activity on Monday.

Community Service This Week

Aidan Fitzgerald and Evan Dykstra volunteer at the Animal Shelter walking dogs with Ms. Blanchette.  Maya Hopkins, Jasmin Nieves, Izzy Rodriguez and Ms. Blanchette sing a few songs at the Herbert Grigg Home, Wednesday at lunch.


Parents’ Association

Boo Bash!

HEY GHCDS PARENTS! We are excited about the Boo Bash coming up on Wednesday! Pre-sales begin today. It’s a super deal that includes an entry wristband and 20 tickets for $20! Cash only please. Save time at the carnival by getting your tickets early and avoiding the lines! (Wristbands and tickets can be bought separately the night of the event)

Pre-sale times: Friday 3-3:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday 7:30-8:30 am and 3-3:30 pm

We are in need of volunteers for the Boo Bash!  Please use the following link to sign up and help out!


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