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Dear Parents:

May is filled with end-of-year celebrations showcasing so many great facets of our school. Last week our visual artists shined during Art Week, which culminated with an inspiring student fashion show (with student designers and models) that few secondary schools boast. This week our musical artists in the middle and upper school had their moment to shine in the spring band, chorus, and steel plan concert. We are grateful they could share their talents with our community! In the event you were unable to attend the concert and would like to view it, you can watch it here.

Another exciting part of our programs at GHCDS is end-of-year trips for fifth and sixth graders. In the past, our fifth graders traveled for three days to VIERS (Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station) on St. John while our sixth graders participated on three day-trips aboard the 130-foot historic Roseway schooner learning the ins and outs of sea travel and maritime history.

Due to Maria and limited options, however, our team successfully arranged a trip to Vieques, where I spent the last three days helping as a chaperone. It was awesome to see our students and teachers bond while experiencing the rich history and culture of our neighbor to the northwest with so many ties to St. Croix: paddling in the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay and marveling at the darting phosphorescent fish below us; walking through a brick underground passageway of the ruins of La Playa Grande – the largest sugar plantation on Vieques – and spending 30 seconds in complete darkness; seeing a preserved baby sea turtle that had died not because it had lost one of its flippers but because it had swallowed a dime-size piece of plastic and couldn’t breath; eating homemade arepas and chicken soup overlooking Sun Bay Beach while dozens of wild horses scampered by; enjoying a minute of silence as a group while hugging an enormous 300-year-old Ceiba tree; testing the magnetism of the grains of sand on the Black Sand Beach; and spending time together reflecting on what we’d learned about Vieques, ourselves, and others. Thank you again to our 5th and 6th grade team for making this unforgettable experience for our students possible. The fifth graders travel next week!

Have a wonderful weekend!


2019 ERB Testing Dates/Times (Library)

Week of May 13

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

Week of May 20

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


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!

A huge thank you to Ms. Hotter, Ms. Thompson, and Mr. Belgrave for an Amazing MS and US Concert!

A Special Thank You to the GHCDS Art Department, NAHS, Tri-M, Designers, Models, Ana Evans, Keely Benton, Laurie Bohlke, Sonja Sundaram, Stewart Shelley, Alma Nieves, Sherry Hotter, Kate Baker, Advancement, DJ Bobby Beach, Jonathan Berry, Khaleed Isles, and of course everyone that attended!


Around Campus

Art Extravaganza

Congratulations on yet another successful Art Show Closing Reception on May 3rd titled “Art is Everywhere.”

Students create Artist Trading Cards.                                           Mayah Russell sings on stage.                               Sam Falchek strikes a pose on the catwalk.

Grappling with Apartheid

On Tuesday, students in Mr. Fletcher’s World Revolutions comparative history class engaged in a spirited and thought-provoking role-playing simulation in which they assumed the roles of South Africans debating the tactical and philosophical options that different anti-apartheid groups were confronted with in 1961. The three policy options they debated were whether to continue nonviolent struggle with multiracial support (representative of the African National Congress), use limited, structured violence with Communist Party support (representative of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela), or advocate guerrilla war tactics for Africans alone (representative of the Pan Africanist Congress and especialy its armed wing Poqo). A group of ‘undecided citizens’ with background profiles cross-examined each policy option, interogating them for specifics answers on what values their posititions were based, their long-term vision for the country and ultimately what the direct impact of their options would be for the people of South Africa, and a spirited back-and-forth debate ensued. The simulation was adapted from the ‘Freedom in Our Lifetime: South Africa’s Struggle’ curriculum developed by Brown University’s The Choices Program. The curriculum addresses the development of apartheid, the responses to it, and the decision by some members of the anti-apartheid community to use violence to protest the government’s policies. This question−whether the use of violence against an oppressive regime is justified−has been discussed at length in recent years, often without a clear answer. This unit introduces students to one instance in which violence was used, and allows them to consider that question in the South African case.

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.


We have good news! The GHCDS Parents’ Association can take care of your school supply shopping for you!

For the second year, we have partnered with School Toolbox to build 2019-2020 school supply boxes for grades 1-8. These boxes are filled with all of the needed high-quality school supplies requested by GHCDS teachers. Best of all, the individual boxes will be delivered to your child’s classroom by the first day of school in August. It’s so easy!

To order, go to www.schooltoolbox.com. More information can be found on the attached flyer. Questions? Email parentassociation@ghcds.org

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