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Dear Parents:

As the last day of classes nears, I wanted to share with you one important way we are trying to improve our communications: a master GHCDS calendar! Thanks to Mr. Stewart Shelley’s efforts, we have currently been testing a calendar platform for May – you can view the test calendar here. Going forward, we hope that everyone in our school community (faculty, students, parents, trustees, alumni, prospective families, and island residents) will have real-time access to all our calendars in one place. Use the left side menu to hide or show the relevant calendars. Enjoy!

On a separate note, you can find all summer reading lists.

Grade 1 – Click here

Grade 2 – Click here

Grade 3 – Click here

Grade 4 – Click here

Grade 5 – Click here

Grade 6 – Click here

Grade 7/8 – Click here

Grades 9-12 – Click here

Thank you to Ms. Alma Nieves for compiling this information and thank you to all our teachers for preparing these lists earlier this year. Thank you to the Parents Association for helping with the ordering of books and supplies.

Earlier this morning we were transported to Paris in the 1920s when Mr. Canning’s AP English class performed their annual Parisian Café show. For an hour we hobnobbed with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter and others in a transformed library. C’etait fantastique!

Lastly, I wanted to congratulate our seniors and senior thesis advisors on exceptional presentations last week on topics ranging from racism to reform systems. Everyone with whom I spoke, including students and faculty, felt the caliber of presentations was stronger this year. Bravo!

Have a wonderful weekend!



2019 ERB Testing Dates/Times (Library)

Week of May 20

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




Around Campus

Academy Assignments

On Monday, May 6, seniors Alec Kuipers and Angelo Capriola, along with their families, met with the Delegate to Congress, Ms. Stacey Plaskett, in her offices in Frederiksted to formally accept their appointments to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point and the United States Air Force Academy, respectively. After the rigorous process of seeking a nomination, completing the applications, including a DODMERB,  and interviewing with a committee, both students received their acceptances.

Beat “The System”

Students Working Together In Attempting To Beat “The System”

Upper School students enrolled in Mr. Fletcher’s World Revolutions comparative history course learned about building and sustaining broad-based social movements by playing Rise Up: The Game of People and Power. Designed and published by the worker-owned TESA Collective, in Rise Up, “your movement takes creative actions to fight for victory. As you strategize, you’ll shape the story of your movement—whether it’s stopping an oil pipeline, fighting for dragon rights, or anything else you’re passionate about. But “the System” is hard at work too, maneuvering to crush your movement through tactics like setting up surveillance, making arrests, or causing infighting. Only by working together can you win enough victories to beat the System. Everyone wins or loses together. Through Rise Up, players have fun while also discovering activist strategies and tactics in an exciting, participatory setting. Rise Up activates imaginations and inspires dialogue about the change we need to create a more just, healthy world.”

GHCDS at Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix

The top six GHCDS science fair winners are in Phoenix, AZ participating in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Kieran Walter-Sundaram, Cooper Crowther, Savanna Capdeville, Josie Calhoun, Marcus Curran, and Billy Medina are representing the USVI along with over 1800 participants from 79 other countries and territories. Kieran and Cooper spoke with numerous judges on Wednesday and members of the public on Thursday. All students participated in opening ceremonies, talked with college representatives, attended symposia, and met students from around the world. Best of all, they are being inspired for next year’s science fair.

Star Watch

PRE-K Star Watch Party – on Thursday night, Ms. Lake and Ms. Baker hosted the third annual star watch party. Students created their own constellations, looked through a telescope at the moon (Thank you, Dr. Stewart!), found the Big Dipper, and Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Students used technology to find planets, constellations and satellites.

5th Grade Camp

5th grade class at El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico on their way back to St. Croix.

Parents’ Association:

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

Need more information? Prior meeting presentations and minutes as well as a tentative 2019-2020 calendar can be viewed here. Please send all questions and input to parentassociation@ghcds.org.


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