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Weekly News – 10.22.21

Quick Announcements:

Position Opening – Lower School Spanish Teacher

Contract Type: Teacher

Reports To: Dean of Lower School

Position Description:

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 Classroomthe 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.


Visit our new Covid-19 Information For GHCDS Families page

GHCDS Athletics

If you have any questions about athletics please contact Mr. Mondesir at 340.226.4887 or emondesir@ghcds.org.

Intramural Kickball: The kickball season is almost finished! The Gr7-8 Team defeated the Gr9-12 Team 2 in yesterday’s playoff game. The championship game will be played between the Gr7-8 Team and the Gr9-12 Team 1 on Tuesday, 10/26!

Cross Country: The Cross-Country season opening meet was postponed and will actually be their first meet this Wednesday, 10/27! Parents, please keep an eye out in your inbox for crucial information about the upcoming meet.

Beach-Volleyball: Beach Volleyball mandatory tryouts will be held on Tuesday (10/26) and Thursday (10/28) from 3:30-5:00 pm. Any student who can not make it must reach out to Mr. Mondesir beforehand or risk losing their spot on the team.


Community Service Opportunity: Midre Cummings Park

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.

Community Service Opportunity: Cross Country Team

The GHCDS Cross-Country Team needs your help! The Cross Country season has started but the newly made course is not ready. In order to ensure the season opening meet is not delayed again, the Panthers will be partnering with the St. Croix Track and Field Federation this Saturday, October 23rd to ensure the course is ready.

At 7:00 am we will be at the newly made course across from the BMV, trimming the remaining tan tan chutes that are protruding along the course route (see the photo below). Students attending will receive community service hours that will count towards their required 10 hours. Volunteers are asked to please bring any gloves, garden shears, or loppers they may have at home for students to use. If possible, adults can also bring power trimmers or weed wackers that may be strong enough to cut the tan tan. Please note: only adults will be allowed to use the power tools. Volunteers do not have to commit to the cut entire 3-mile course, but any support received will be greatly appreciated!

To access the course parking lot, driving west on Centerline Road there is a dirt road on the left just after the yellow gas station. Turn down the dirt road. Mr. Mondesir or one of the coaches will be there to direct families.

If you are available or can lend us any materials please complete the linked survey HERE. Please remember to bring ample amounts of water.


Thank You, Gracias, Merci!

Crosswalks On Campus

GHCDS is proud of our students from Scout Troop 7227 who spent a few hours on Saturday painting the beautiful crosswalks that have appeared on campus!  The Scouts wanted to give back to GHCDS as the Troop charter organization by helping to keep the school community safe.  Thank you to admin and Lima for the supplies, and a big thank you to Mr. Tobias, Mrs. Sundaram, Mr. Walters, Mrs. Dykstra and Mrs. Gillis for their work and support as well.


Performing Arts

The cast and crew of CLUE worked hard on Saturday to ready the pavilion for the performance season! It was all hands on deck as we cleaned all 300 audience chairs used in the pavilion.


Celebrating Our Faculty And Staff With A Gratitude Breakfast

The GHCDS Board of Trustees celebrates the faculty and staff with a Gratitude Breakfast! On Wednesday, October 20th, the GHCDS Board of Trustees treated the faculty, staff, and administration to a yummy breakfast, expressing how GRATEFUL they are for the AMAZING work everyone is doing to keep our students learning and safe. THANK YOU! Special thanks to Dr. Michelle Dizon for spearheading this initiative and organizing the details on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Also, thank you to GHCDS parents Lori Hubbard and Paul Giordano from Blue Water Terrace for always adding that extra love to everything they do for us.


Around Campus

Cellular Organelles and Function

Biology students construct cell models following their section on Cellular Organelles and Function.  Students researched the cell of their choice and created the models to illustrate the organelles present inside their cell.  Biology, research skills and artistic expression came together during this lab investigation.


BIOREMEDIATION: A Cellular Option

Biology Students complete their investigative research on BIOREMEDIATION: A Cellular Option. The following is a link to one of the PowerPoint presentations.  Learn and enjoy.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xdGChY6KQI4vY0pxA4XcS40luqWkqKROcmIOEd7fA4g/edit?usp=sharing


Morning Assembly – Sixth Grade Science Magic

6th grade students have been studying matter as our introduction to chemistry fundamentals. The chemicals for the exothermic chemical reaction were dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, yeast, and warm water.  The yeast contains an enzyme called Catalase that breaks down hydrogen peroxide into oxygen gas and water. The oxygen gas gets trapped by the dish soap, resulting in a large foamy solution that spews out of the container!


Middle School Art

Students learned about Guatemalan Worry Dolls in our final project for Hispanic Heritage Month. The Worry Dolls were made of cotton balls, skewers, beads, yarn, and fabric. We did not have traditional Mayan textile scraps, however students got creative using the materials we had available. According to the legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries


Fourth Grade

To celebrate VI/PR Friendship Day and Hispanic Heritage month, 4th graders made Vejigante masks as part of their Social Studies curriculum.

4th graders could also be spotted Friday morning making use of our beautiful campus during “Fun Reading Friday”!


Parents’ Association

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!!

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