Contract Type: Teacher
Reports To: Dean of Lower School
Entrusted with the education of children, a GHCDS teacher promotes the best interests of the students within her/his charge, and collaborates with colleagues and the island community to further the school’s mission and values and implement the school’s mantra: “The Island is our Classroom, the World is our Responsibility.”
The Lower School Spanish faculty member teaches Spanish to Nursery – 6th grade students in pull-out classes. Classes generally consist of approximately 5 -12 students in the ELC and 12 to 18 students in grades 1-6. ELC Spanish classes meet once per week, and Spanish classes for grades 1-6 meet two times per week. The Lower School Spanish teacher works collaboratively with colleagues, attends various faculty and committee meetings as required, and performs other duties as assigned.
If you have any questions about athletics please contact Mr. Mondesir at 340.226.4887 or email@example.com.
Intramural Kickball: The kickball season is almost finished! The last game of the regular season will be played on this coming Tuesday, 10/19, followed by playoffs on Thursday, 10/21 and the championship match on Tuesday, 10/26. Next week’s games will be:
Tuesday – 10/19: Gr9-12 Team 1 vs Gr7-8 Team
Thursday – 10/21: Playoffs – 2nd Place vs 3rd Place
Cross Country: Cross-Country is having their first meet this Wednesday, 10/20! Parents, please keep an eye out in your inbox for crucial information about the upcoming meet.
Beach-Volleyball: Beach Volleyball practice will begin very soon in the coming weeks. Parents and interested athletes, keep an eye out for an email from Mr. Mondesir this week about the practice schedule!
Community Service is a great way for students to embody our school’s golden thread, “The Island is our Classroom, The world is our Responsibility.” This year community service is not mandatory but we are encouraging our students to volunteer and earn some community service. Grade 9-12 students and families interested in earning off-campus community service should check this LIVING DOCUMENT for island wide opportunities. The Midre Cummings Park in Frederiksted is undergoing major renovations starting November 12th and its grand opening will be on November 20th. Sign-ups and further information will be released next week for how students and families can volunteer.
An annual tradition of activities and bonding, this year our Class of 2022 immersed themselves in a cultural tour of their island with Prince Safari Tours!
This week the cast and crew of CLUE worked hard on stagecraft basics and character development!
This week’s 2nd-grade mini science lesson featured a guest scientist, insect expert Dr. Samuel Ramsey. Guided by Dr. Ramsey, 2nd graders explored the wide variety of life found in the bug world and learned to appreciate bugs’ unique traits and abilities. In our activity, Paper Creepy Crawlers, students learned about symmetry by creating colorful paper centipedes.
In 5th grade technology students are exploring STEM careers. Using simulations students are learning how a computer game is designed, the different skills on a software development team, and how to build teams to accomplish a goal.
Eighth graders highlighted the lives of influential Hispanic figures through research, visual presentations and portraits.
Seventh graders made flags, researched facts and presented their findings about Spanish-speaking countries
This week we practiced letter writing and addressing envelopes for our gratitude challenge by sending thank you notes to maintenance and building staff members, as well as, to friends and family members (some of these notes are in backpacks with stamps because addresses were not known). Additionally, we began a gratitude journal and each day the students wrote something they were grateful for or drew a picture. Wednesday we had our last team building of the series with Mr. Addison and Mrs. Bird, but no worries we will continue to work on our team building throughout the year. This week the challenge was to draw a picture using a string tied onto a marker! It was a difficult task but fun!
In Social Studies, we continued to explore ancient civilizations. We learned about Sumerian life and Hammurabi’s code. The sixth graders also completed two geography activities: “Staking My Claim” and “Adjust or Bust.” They had to choose the environment that would best support their idea of the perfect civilization. Additionally, they had to solve challenges such as a lack of access to freshwater or mitigate flood disasters. We incorporated current events into our daily social studies lessons through CNN 10. On Friday, students were encouraged to find news stories to share with their classmates.
With Halloween just around the corner, it is impossible to ignore the excitement! What fun it was to paint cute little classroom ghosts, using white paint and pompoms to create the desired effect.
To become familiar with even more ways of counting to ten, we introduced the Number Rack this week. Each student made their own Number Rack, using pipe cleaners, red and white beads, and a piece of cardboard. Our Number Racks then became a part of a new Workplace “Numbers & Number Racks”.
Biology students complete a performance based assessment that involved an engineering project.
Upon completion of a chapter on Cells, students investigated Bioremediation: Using Cells to Clean Up Pollution. Priya Mittal, Kalyani Walter Sundaram, Cole Shurr, Alex Walcott and Salma Hamed are seen below testing the effectiveness of different materials for oil absorption.
GHCDS Science Fair
Science Specific Skills:
9. Creating (and reading) graphs, which can be misleading to consumers.
10. Being objective about results. We don’t prove anything. Also, knowing what it
means to be significant.
11. Thinking about thinking. Can the student explain the reasoning behind their
12. Writing a scientific report requires practice. There is a format which varies little from journal to journal. In an age of “listicles” and blogs, where every opinion is given the same airtime, a peer-reviewed journal has an entirely different format.
13. Scientific protocol. Whether it be with microbiology or with using human subjects, students are exposed (through their projects and their classmates’ projects) to the procedures we use to find data. Also included in this protocol is the idea that there is a Scientific Review Committee that provides oversight, and why that is important.
The Fun Run is back! Mark your calendars and GET READY for the most exhilarating fundraiser ever. Early Learning Center and Lower School will run Tuesday, November 16; Middle and Upper School Wednesday, November 17. Let’s run for fun!!