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Weekly News – 10.29.21

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.

Upper School STEM (Math and/or Science) Teacher (part-time)

Contract Type: Teacher

Reports To: Dean of the Upper Division

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 Upper School STEM faculty member teaches 9th through 12th grade Math and/or Science, according to the needs of the school.  She/he may need to attend various faculty and committee meetings as required; and perform other duties as assigned.


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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.


Around Campus

Halloween at GHCDS!


RED RIBBON WEEK CELEBRATION- Say NO to Drugs!

The Student Council organized another successful Spirit Week in observance of Red Ribbon Week.

Spirit Week – Twin Day

Spirit Week – Jersey Day

Spirit Week – Greek Day

Spirit Week – Spooky Day


Upper School Halloween Door Decorating Contest

MS. DYKSTRA – First Place
MS. CAPRIOLA- Second Place
MS. DUNTON – Third Place

Marine Biology – Intertidal Communities and the impact of oil pollution

Marine Biology students are exploring Intertidal Communities and the impact of oil pollution.  They researched the most common source of oil pollution and they were surprised to find that Targeted Warfare resulted in the release of more oil into the marine environment than Tanker Collisions, Drilling Accidents, Natural Disasters combined.  Students participated in an Oil Dispersant Lab Investigation where they tested four (4) Absorbents, two (2) Dispersants and two (2) Boom and Skimming methods of oil removal. Amirah Yusef, Michael Atwell, Lucy Sullivan, Aiden Fitzgerald, and Christopher Cawley explore oil clean-up methods.


Biology – Constructing Cell Models

Biology 2 students construct specialized cell models during a STEM lab. The models represent real cells. The students researched the function of their cell.


Chemistry – Properties of Elements

Chemistry students explored properties of 8 elements (aluminum, carbon, iron, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, tin, zinc) to determine general properties of metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.   Properties observed included the appearance of each element, if they were brittle or soft, and if they reacted with hydrochloric acid and/or copper(II) chloride. Student looked for signs of chemical reactions including the formation of gas bubbles, a change in color, temperature change, and the formation of a precipitate.


Makari Matther, Uchenna Ferris, and Wyatt Bracy record their observations.
Emma Craft and Jayla Brown make observations about the appearance of each element.
Evan Dykstra makes final chemical reaction observations of (left to right) aluminum, carbon, iron, magnesium, silicon sulfur, tin (back row), and zinc (back row) with copper(II) chloride.  CuCl2 is a blue liquid; notice the difference in color particularly with aluminum and magnesium. 
 

STEM Club Challenge

STEM Club challenged the high school to build a cauldron stand and cauldron in 8 minutes! Their materials were straws, thin wire, craft sticks, paper, tape, string and a cup. The winner is TBA!

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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