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Dear Parents:

Easter Weekend is upon us! Our youngest students—after a flurry of fun activities last week to celebrate the Week of the Young Child—continued their enjoyment this week as they made Easter Bunny Easter Egg binoculars in preparation for an Easter egg hunt this morning and the big weekend ahead. Thank you to all the parents who helped with these activities!

Our older students, in the meantime, began grooming the next generation of GHCDS upper school students when the juniors met with our current 8th graders for the annual Mix-It-Up Lunch. We are delighted to have yet another excellent example of older students mentoring younger students—a clear benefit of an N-12 campus.

Most of our K-5 faculty this week immersed themselves in Bridges Math training. This is the second year in a row that we’ve been able to have a Bridges Math Coach on campus to support our teachers to enhance instruction and learning in Year 2 of the new curriculum. It has been exciting to see the continued growth of our team, their enthusiasm, and the impact this is having on our math program overall.

Lastly, Go Panthers as our numerous soccer teams and girls softball team have recently hit the pitch and field with full force. The teamwork has been outstanding, and weather has been gorgeous. We hope you can catch a game!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!


Gracias, Merci, THANK YOU!

The cast and crew of Mamma Mia! would like to thank everyone for their support! THANK YOU!

Photo by: Rick Starr


Sweetheart Dance



We Want to Deliver Your Yearbooks On Time.

Remember to place your order for yearbooks by April 25, 2019. That way, they’ll be delivered with the rest of your books. Click here to visit Treering.com

Lower School Book Swap


Around Campus

Track & Field Festivities

Graduating seniors were celebrated at the GHCDS Track Senior Send-off dinner at Un Amore. We wish to thank Katherine and Frank Pugliese for allowing us to hold the party at their awesome restaurant and for serving the island’s best pizza and pasta.  (And, thank you, Dominic, for taking good care of us!)  I don’t think there was even one bite left over on anyone’s plate!  Thank you to Cathy Hendry for capturing the fun.  As you can see, we all had a great time!  We’ll miss our graduating seniors Mayah, Nayan, David, Angelo, Dominic and Sam, and wish them luck as they head off to bigger things this summer and fall.

Nature and Nurture

1st Grade students on the nature trail with Ms. Coles of the Middle School

Quilts for Kids

The Patchwork Sewing after school activity,  sponsored by Mrs. Pelovitz and led by Mrs. Kathy MacKay created tops for Quilts for Kids, a non profit organization dedicated to comforting kids facing serious illness, injury or trauma..  These tops were sewn by the 4th and 5th graders pictured below. Also providing their invaluable assistance were Ms. Roblyer and Amanda MacKay.  Young sewers also made pillows and bags for their own enjoyment.

Quilters: Campbell Eckard, Reese Freeman, Macy Kirschweng, Mrs. MacKay, Isabelle Langley, Annabelle Croney, Anna Simon, Ms. Roblyer, Ingrid Gruber.  Not pictured: Kamila Loya, Amanda MacKay

Geo Design

As the culmination of the Geometry unit on constructions, students created their own geometric design. Their work will be on display in the Office.

Physics Crab

Physics crab makes another guest appearance in some problems…

Mix It Up Lunch

Class of 2020 meet and greet with their freshmen buddies Class of 2023 (current 8th graders). Seniors are to build the Upper School community and serve as a guide to the upcoming freshmen class.

Junior State of America Debate Conference

On Saturday April 13th, students from GHCDS, St. Croix Central High School, St. Croix Educational Complex, and a delegation of 8 students from Antilles School in St. Thomas competed in a spirited debate at the Junior State of America Student Debate Conference, held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the GHCDS pavilion. The student-organized and led conference, one of a series over the past few years, provides a platform for students to debate and explore contemporary political and social issues. The two topics selected for this year’s debate were:

  • RESOLVED, that parents should be legally required to vaccinate their children
  • RESOLVED, that the SAT has racial and class biases and is therefore not a good predictor of student success or aptitude

After registration and the Opening Session, Attorney Ernest Morris, Jr. gave an overview of debate and parliamentary procedure, before students began their first debate. After both impressivly and passionately-argued student debates, the conference also featured a keynote address and a question-and-answer session with Senator Javan James.

JSA is the largest nonpartisan, student-run, civics education organization in the country, and has conducted programs for high school students for over 80 years. The aim of the progarm, both nationally and locally, is to “Make Democracy Work,” by preparing students for active, involved citizenship.

Special thanks to Senator Javan James who took the time out of his busy schedule to come out and speak to our students on the importance of civic engagement. Also, thanks to our JSA Chapter President Savanna Capdeville and other JSA student organizers, as well as JSA volunteers, Attorney Ernest Morris, Jr. and Mr. Rafael Llanos, as well as JSA Advisor Mr. Fletcher, for their hard work in making this event a success. Also thanks to the parents, teachers, staff and supporters who came out to experience this wonderful


Above: Senator Javan James encouraging students to actively engage in politcs and leadership opportunities at an early age


Crime Stoppers Partners With Good Hope Country Day

A team of students from Good Hope Country Day School joined with Crime StoppersUSV to post signs for the anonymous tip service. (VIPD photo)

Students from Good Hope Country Day School partnered with Crime Stoppers USVI to install signs notifying residents of the tip services hotline.

In 2017, Crime Stoppers USVI identified the street signs as an initiative that would impact the entire territory and bring awareness of the anonymous tip hotline to all residents and visitors, according to a news release issued Monday by the V.I Police Department. After finalizing the design, securing funding and receiving approval from the Department of Public Works, 235 signs were installed around the island of St. Croix with the assistance of the students.

The students were participating in Good Hope Country Day School’s 42nd Mini-Gusto program, which provides out-of-classroom opportunities for students to immerse themselves in activities, internships and community service. A dozen students elected to work with their teacher, Laurie Dunton, the chairwoman of Crime Stoppers Laurie Dunton, Crime Stoppers’ Law Enforcement Liaison Daniel Rodriguez, to complete the installation. The students were instrumental in identifying the locations of each sign and used GPS to map their location for future reference by DPW, according to the news release.

The signs provide residents with the anonymous Tip Hotline Number, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and remind the community that cash rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest of an individual, seizure of drugs or weapons and recovery of stolen property. Tips can also be submitted online at the Crime Stoppers website and on the free P3 mobile app.

Signs will also be installed on St. Thomas and St. John in the coming weeks, the police statement said.

Parents’ Association:

ELECTIONS: On May 16, 2019, we will be holding elections for officers of the GHCDS Parent Association. Parents will have two opportunities on the 16th to cast a ballot, either at 8:00 am in the Pavilion or at 6:30 pm in the Library.  The officer positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Coordinator Co-Chairs, Volunteer Coordinator. Officers must be willing to meet on a monthly basis. For descriptions of the positions, please click here.

If you would like serve as an officer for the 2019/2020 school year, or if you would like to nominate someone else to a position, please send the nominees’ name, contact email and phone number to GHCDSelections@gmail.com by May 10, 2019.

We will compile a list of all nominees to be included on the ballot and email out the list prior to the election to all parents for their consideration.  People will also be able to write in candidates for each position the day of the election. If you have any questions or concerns about this process or the upcoming elections, please feel free to reach out to us at the aforementioned email.

Please see the following link for more Parents’ Association information. A tentative 2019-2020 Calendar as well as prior meeting presentations and minutes can be viewed here. Please send all questions and input to parentassociation@ghcds.org.

SPAGHETTI BINGO is Friday, April 26th. TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. To purchase advance tickets, please follow this link to print the flyer and return with payment to the front office by Wednesday, April 24th. If you are able to volunteer at the event, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bada62fa57-family.


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