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Dear Parents:

It has been exciting to see our seniors – the Class of 2019 – sporting their college sweatshirts and toting their college swag this week. May 1 was College Decision Day. We are proud of our soon-to-be-graduates who will be attending a range of excellent institutions from the Rocky Mountains to Europe, Texas to New England, and Michigan to the USVI – and also know that our senior parents are now relieved. Congratulations… you made it!

Our Art Show this week was a spectacular showcase for our students’ creativity and talents. We are fortunate to have such a fine team (Ms. Banwaree and Ms. Shelley) leading the artistic charge. That charge will continue next week when our talented musical team (Ms. Thompson and Ms. Hotter) leads our students in the Middle and Upper School Choral, Band, and Steel Pan Concert on Wednesday at 7pm. We hope you can join us!

Lastly, next week in grades 3-8 we begin ERB testing. The ERBs are standardized tests used by most private schools in the United States, many public schools in suburban areas, and many international schools around the globe. Like all standardized tests, they are merely one data point that in no way captures the richness of any particular student. They are also not nearly as valuable as internal classroom assessments, which provide immediate feedback to guide instruction and enhance learning. Nonetheless, they provide an overall testing snapshot of both our school and each individual student.

One big change, however, is that this year students will be taking the tests online using iPads. This is an important trial year – and we are still sorting out some of the logistical and technical kinks – but ultimately this is preparing our students for the way most standardized testing is now being done.

I have included the schedule below (thank you to Ms. Cole and Mr. Locher for coordinating all of this). Please be sure that your child is well rested – as they always should be on any school day!

Thank you – and have a wonderful weekend!

Kari

2019 ERB Testing Dates/Times (Library)

Week of May 6

  • Grade 4 – 8-10am
  • Grade 5 – 10am-12pm

Week of May 13

  • Grade 3 – 8-10am
  • Grade 6 – 10am-12pm

Week of May 20

  • Grade 7 – 8-10am
  • Grade 8 – 10am-12pm

 

Announcements

Around Campus

MAY 1st was National Decision Day!

On this day everywhere in America (and its territories!), graduating seniors committed to their college to become members of the Class of 2023. We celebrated our seniors with a pizza lunch, lemonade and cupcakes in the Library, after which the students created their personal college “pennants” for the map (a tradition the younger students love!) and expressed their gratitude to faculty and staff by creating grad-themed note cards filled with words of thanks. The students shared news of their college choice by wearing branded tees, hoodies and socks! Our Class of 2019 will be attending colleges across the country, in the UK and the Netherlands, attending U.S. military academies and embarking on a gap year program in the States and Costa Rica. A full list of matriculation follows.

Congratulations Seniors!

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES AND MATRICULATION

MAYA ACOSTA: Virginia Commonwealth University – Honors College, University of Pittsburgh, Boston University

ALEX ADAMS:  University of Miami, Architecture Program, University of Central Florida, University of Houston, Jefferson University, UNC Charlotte, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Valencia College, University of Maryland College Park, University of Florida

NAYAN BANSAL: University of Pittsburgh

JONATHAN BERRY: University of the Virgin Islands, Central State University, North Carolina A&T University

CHLOE CAMACHO: Temple University, La Roche College, Lynn University, Loyola University, New Orleans, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Gannon University, Drexel University

NIA CANTON:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Roanoke College, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of North Carolina Wilmington

ANGELO CAPRIOLA: The United States Air Force Academy, Florida Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, DeSales University, Rutgers University

NIA COATES: Roanoke College, La Roche College, UVI, Iona College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Gannon University

SAM COLE: The University of the Virgin Islands, Elon University, La Roche College, Roanoke College

DAVID CONHOFF: Calvin College, Santa Clara University School of Engineering, Northeastern University, University of Connecticut, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology

NAYLA COUREUR: University of Houston Clear Lake, Baylor University, Lamar University, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, Rollins College, UVI, University of Calgary, Roanoke College, Drexel University,

WYLIE CROWTHER: University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College Chicago,  Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School; Suffolk University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Southern Maine

JOHN DAVID: Roanoke College

INARI ENCARNACION: Gap Year Georgia/Costa Rica, Pace University, Old Dominion University, University of Southern Maine

DAHLIA FERROL: University of the Virgin Islands

NADIA GARRIGA-CERNI: Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Science, Stony Brook University, Simmons University, UMichigan Dearborn

ALINAH HAMED: Allegheny College, Honors Program, University of Central Florida, Syracuse University, Drexel University

TAYLOR HASSON: College of Charleston, Old Dominion University, Roger Williams University

KAHLEED ILES: University of Huddlesfield, UK

ALEC KUIPERS: The United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, California Maritime Academy, Texas A&M University, Galveston

ALEXIS MATARANGAS-KING: Emerson College, Temple University, Clark University, Bryn Mawr College

TARIQ MOLLOY: University of the Virgin Islands, University of Charleston, Jacksonville University, Keiser University

RIDER ODOM: Old Dominion University

GEORGIA PORTER: University of Florida, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Appalachian State University

DOMINIC PUGLIESE: Colorado Mesa University, Fort Lewis College, Colorado State University Pueblo

NATHAN RODRIGUEZ: University of the Virgin Islands, La Roche College

MAYAH RUSSELL: University of Central Florida, UMass Amherst,  University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Gannon University, Boston University

VINCENT VON SCHILLING: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

ETHAN STAMPER: Virginia Commonwealth University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, George Mason University,

ISAIAH STEVENS: Texas A&M University

CHRIS TIRADO: Liberty University

LAYALIE WASHSHAH: Queens University of Charlotte, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Appalachian State University, Bryant University

AVERY WHITE: Connecticut College, ED

VI History Field Trips

4th Grade students have been learning about the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands. They traveled to Estate Whim Plantation, Salt River Bay and the fort in Christiansted to view artifacts and listen to stories and music. They also enjoyed making jewelry as the Caribs did long ago!

Properties of Polyhedra

Geometry students investigate the properties of polyhedra. Photos: Lily Stevens, Salma Idheileh, Cooper Crowther, Michael Fitzgerald, Lucia Bishop, Mariam Hamed, Anaijah Peters, Téa Desmond, Alessandra Evanglista

6th Grade Math and Science Exploration

CPM 1 students explored percentages through the creation of stores and products, calculating discounts, and determining sale prices.  They went “shopping” on a budget to purchase the greatest value of sale items.  In science, students simulated searching for metals on Mars by designing and creating magnetometers then using them to identify the location of hidden magnetic materials.

 

US Spring ILEAP Expo

The Upper School 2019 Spring ILEAP Expo began with a performance by Josh Canning’s guitar students, followed by the Ralph Motta’s culinary arts class preparing, on site in the pavilion, two delicious pasta salads, chicken and vegetable that all students and faculty had the opportunity to sample. The remainder of the afternoon, Dr. Jeff Turk’s ILEAP students (Independent Learning & Acceleration Program) presented on a range of topics ranging from German, Sign Language, to Polish.

Art Show Scavenger Hunt

7th grade students work on the art show scavenger hunt during class. After the hunt, they spent a little time drawing at the interactive Art Spaces. From left to right.  Finlay Miller goes through the hunt as fast as he can. Kaiden Deller draws while Eavenni Persaud looks on. Anna Weikel checks out the art while working on her scavenger hunt.

Parents’ Association:

A big THANK YOU to all who attended Spaghetti Bingo on Friday night. And a special thank you to Coach Amy, Sue Gibbons, Georgia Gruber, Sarah Franks and Angel Tirado for all of your help!

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, and 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.

 

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