Our 5th graders completed their tour this week of six different places of faith as part of their religion unit: a Hindu temple, synagogue, mosque, Buddhist hall, Reform church, and St. Joseph’s Catholic church. This is an amazing learning experience for our students while they celebrate and honor the rich spiritual diversity of St. Croix. The world would be a better place if more schools provided experiences like this for their students.
One of the growing trends in education over the last decade has been personalization – allowing students to choose the path, the pace, and even the final product (to demonstrate learning) based on their interests and passions. The iLEAP program, now in its second year under the guidance of Dr. Turk and the original vision of Mrs. Grey and former colleague Jolynn Grace, gives GHCDS students a unique chance to personalize their education. Today’s iLEAP Spring Expo showcased student learning in topics ranging from the culinary arts and guitar to Polish and AP Physics.
We’re looking forward to the “Art Is Everywhere” show next week! We hope you can swing by the pavilion to see the wide range of impressive work our artists have created thanks to our talented art faculty, Ms. Banwaree (grades 6-12) and Ms. Shelley (grades 1-5). The show will be available Monday through Friday from 9am to 3:30pm – and the closing ceremony (including a student fashion show!) will take place Friday from 5:30 to 7:30pm. As Neil Gamon implores, Make Good Art! Our students have done that…
This week students of all ages also had a chance to explore the inflatable dome planetarium that UVI lent us for three days, thanks to the outreach of Dr. Turk. Students and faculty simply reviewed presentations (e.g. solar system, plate tectonics, weather) and dome videos (e.g. shuttle launches, coral reefs, dinosaurs) and began thinking how we might use this wonderful resource next year.
Have a wonderful weekend!
During Mini-Gusto, 4 GHCDS students became PADI-certified open-water divers. Working with Latitude 17 Scuba, Donny Capdeville, Bryson Ogletree, David Conhoff and Nayan Bansal got to see the incredible underwater sights around the Frederiksted Pier and Cane Bay. Photo (l-to-r): Greg Gapen (Latitude 17 Scuba) Peter Rapierski, Donny, Bryson, David, Nayan, Bill Colderbank (Latitude 17 Scuba assistant).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week in Sports:
Hi Panther Families!
Wishing our Varsity Lady Panthers softball team the best of luck in Championships against Central today!
JV Soccer continued to their winning streak this week with a 7-0 win over Elena Christian. As a reminder to parents and players, please be sure to communicate when your athlete can’t attend a game or practice. It’s not only extremely helpful for planning, it’s also in the Athletic Handbook as a requirement and an important component of commitment.
Our Varsity soccer team is having a slower start, taking a 0-1 loss to Central. We’re looking forward to some much needed practice time after this Monday’s game with Free Will. Varsity players received an email outlining practice day/time possibilities. They should be prepared to discuss and commit to the days they choose after Monday’s game. It’s time to fight our way back to the top!
Softball and all soccer players need to finish turning in participation fees. Soccer is $25.00. Softball is/was $30.00. Thank you for taking care of this important detail.
Practices and Games This Week:
- Practice-Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3:15-4:30, all in the gym
- Game-Monday vs. Free Will @ Home 4:00.
- Practice-Each team member was sent an email and should be prepared to discuss and commit to practice days with Coach, after Monday’s game.
Junior Varsity Soccer–
- Game-Tuesday vs. Free Will @ Home 4:00
- Practice-Thursday 3:15-4:30 lower field (Coach may add a practice day if he’s able. Will send separate email if so)