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Dear Parents:

First, please note that next Friday, February 15, school will be closed so that we can hold our third and last Faculty Workshop Day of the school year. We are thrilled to have a robust day of professional development with sessions led by off-island experts and our own in-house experts. I look forward to sharing more next week.

Second, please find below the report card calendar for the remainder of the school year:

ELC (N, PK, K)

  • Trimester 2 Report Cards Sent: March 1
  • Trimester 3 Report Cards Sent: May 31

Grades 1-3

  • Trimester 2 Report Cards Sent: March 15
  • Trimester 3 Report Cards Sent: May 31

Grades 4-6

  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Sent: April 5
  • Quarter 4 Report Cards Sent:  May 31 (4th), June 3 (5-6th)

Grades 7-8

  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Sent: April 5
  • Quarter 4 Report Cards Sent: June 14

Grades 9-12

  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Sent: March 29
  • Quarter 4 Report Cards Sent: June 14

Third, I wanted to commend the middle and upper schools for putting together on such short notice the Play Day on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Global Play Day. This year over 535,690 students from 72 nations played.  Our students have expressed in surveys the same sentiments of stress that most adolescents express today. This was a fun opportunity for students to let down their hair and do everything from cartwheels to cards with their classmates and teachers. Smiles abounded!

And speaking of smiles, lastly I wanted to thank the Parents Association for organizing a phenomenal Faculty Appreciation Week! From spectacular cupcakes to massages (and everything in between), the PA helped brighten everyone’s week. Grazie mille!

Have a wonderful weekend!




¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

Science Fair Judges

  • Mr. Don Bailey-UVI Animal Experiment Station, Research Specialist III
  • Ms. Susan Beach-Retired Science Teacher, VI Dept of Education
  • Dr. Bernard Castillo, II-Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UVI
  • Dr. William Coles-Chief, Division of Fish and Wildlife, DPNR
  • Dr. Brian Daley-Geographic Consulting


  • Mr. Olasee Davis-Extension Specialist with UVI
  • Dr. Amy Dreves-Extension Specialist with UVI
  • Dr. Valicia France-Occupational Health and Safety, UVI
  • Dr. Jeanne Garner-West Indian Marine Animal Reasearch and Conservation Service (WIMARCS)
  • Dr. Karl Gruber, Cheif of Pathology at the Juan F. Luis Hospital
  • Dr. Tim Hardin-Oregon Fish and Wildlife, retired
  • Mr. Aaron Hutchins-Virgin Islands Bikes and Trails
  • Ms. Claudia Lombard-United States Fish and Wildlife Services
  • Mr. Michael Morgan-Research Specialist, Agroforestry (UVI)
  • Dr. Chris Plyley-Professor of Mathematics, UVI
  • Mr. Ben Walter-Marine Biologist

Special Category Judges

  • Dr. Chester Copemann for the Virgin Islands Association of Psychologists
  • Prof. Tim Kentopp-Computer Science, UVI for the Intel Computer Science Award
  • Mr. Matt Tanguay, PO – St. Croix Island Manager for Seven Seas Water, for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize
  •  Ms. Suenita Banwaree and Mrs. Sarah Shelley – GHCDS Art Departmenfor the Aesthetic Presentation Awards


Around Campus

Putting Art Into Recovery

Congratulations to Ethan Stamper`19, President of the National Art Honor Society, for participating in (P.A.I.R) Putting Art into Recovery mural design. Ethan’s drawing was selected in the spring of 2018 to be painted on the Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted. P.A.I.R donated $500 to the National Art Honor Society thanks to Ethan’s contribution. Pictured from left to right: Ethan Stamper, Glenda Smith (founder and director of St. Croix Wall Foundation and P.A.I.R), and Suenita Banwaree, Upper School Art Teacher and NAHS Sponsor. Special thanks to Class of 2019 and members of NAHS, Maya Acosta and Wylie Crowther, for assisting Ethan in completing the mural of Hurricane Maria.


Debating the Future of France

On Thursday, students in Mr. Fletcher’s World Revolutions comparative history class engaged in a role-playing simulation in which they assumed the roles of members of the National Constituent Assembly and the French people debating their future. One of the objectives of this project was to analyze the key issues that framed the 1789-1790 debate over the new constitution and the future of France, and judging by the persuasiveness of the various presentations and defenses offered during cross-examination, students were successful in meeting them.


Congratulations to the 20 GHCDS Sailors that participated in the 2019 Crucian Open One Design Regatta!

It’s been an active racing season for many sailors from St. Croix. Yacht Club.  They raced at St. Thomas YC at the MLK Regatta January 19-20.  Last weekend at St. Croix YC, they competed in the Crucian Open One Design Regatta February 2-3 which is a qualifier for Team ISV 2019 OPTINAM (N. American Championship), the 2019 OPTIWORLD, and 2019 Caribbean Cup Series.  Racers also came from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico to sail in Optis and 420s.  Ranging in age 8-18, the competitors completed 11 races or more.  For many new Crucian sailors, this was their first regatta.  St. Croix YC will continue to introduce local kids to sailing through their after school programs and Summer Camp.  2019 Crucian One Design Regatta – Series Standing

Survey Help Requested by Alinah Hamed

For my GHCDS senior thesis project, I am looking into school start times nationwide and more specifically here at GHCDS. In order to supplement my research, I have created 3 forms. One for teachers, parents, and students. By sharing these forms I hoping to increase my sample size,  Thank you in advance for participating!

Parent Form: https://goo.gl/forms/gbiQbFKUeQaX2dlB2

Student Form: https://goo.gl/forms/tnOY9WIy7yIHYSnA2

Survey Help for eCybermission Project

Greetings from Central Florida!  Orangewood Christian School’s Pre AP Biology class is participating in a nation science competition, eCybermission, this year.  One of our teams is conducting a survey on childhood trauma from hurricanes based on research provided by the Centers for Disease Control.  We are asking for help from any adults with children to complete the survey attached below.  Based on the information collected through the survey, the team will then be designing a website that will provide helpful information for parents in the case of a future event.  Thank you in advance for your help!

Debbie Waldheim
Orangewood Christian High School
Maitland, Florida


This year, we tried something new and moved our Faculty Appreciation week to February.  We know that the usual week in May is at end of the school year and very busy for teachers and parents alike. Why not move the week and show the faculty how appreciated they are RIGHT NOW? This week, the faculty was treated with Bici Cafe on Monday, a Rise and Shine Breakfast on Tuesday, a “Nacho” Average Salad Bar on Wednesday, Room Service with drinks and snacks on Thursday and short massages on Friday.  Along with all of the fantastic treats, notes and gifts from students, we hope that we have accomplished our goal. As we move into the Spring, let’s keep the momentum going and appreciate all of the teachers that work so hard for our children.


Two weeks ago, the PA hosted the middle school students at the Winter Wonderland Dance! The Pavilion was transformed  into a snowflake-filled, music pumping dance floor for all to enjoy. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who made these two events so special! Additional pictures can be viewed at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g8ef5icfuc5c2d1/AADV2IQatXq_NNED24EcsWHda?dl=0

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