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Weekly News – 11.12.21

Quick Announcements:

Position Opening – Lower School Spanish Teacher

Contract Type: Teacher

Reports To: Dean of Lower School

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

Contract Type: Teacher

Reports To: Dean of the Upper Division


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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. The Midre Cummings Park in Frederiksted is undergoing major renovations starting November 12th and its grand opening will be on November 20th.

Available 4-Hour Shifts:

  • Morning: 8:00 – 12:00, lunch at end of shift
    Afternoon: 12:30 – 4:30, dinner at end of shift
    Evening: 5:00 – 8:30, heavy snacks provided during shift
  • Saturday, Nov. 13 – Afternoon and Evening 
    Sunday, Nov 14 – Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Monday, Nov 15 – Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday November 16 – NO WORK
  • Wednesday, Nov 17 – Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
  • Thursday, Nov 18 – Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday, Nov 19 – Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
  • Saturday, November 20 – Morning, Afternoon 
    Saturday, November 20 – 5:00  GRAND OPENING

    Questions and To Sign Up:
    Email:    garvinlj@gmail.com
    Call:    340-690-3002

Work Site Rules:

  • You need to be at least 14 years old to be on work site
  • You need to be at least 18 to use power tools
  • You need to wear closed-toed shoes to the build site
  • No construction skills needed, but you will be asked if you have some
  • If you have limited mobility, we have other tasks to fit your needs
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen although a lot of work is done under tents
  • Personal safety equipment is available for all
  • Water will be available for refilling personal water bottles
  • Bottled water will be available as will recycling bins for collecting plastic bottles
  • Temperatures will be taken and masks worn
  • No more than 100 people will be allowed on site at a time.

Parents’ Association

Thank you parents for helping us reach a school-record 95% student registration for the Fun Run!  If you have not yet registered your student, please do so at MyBooster.com.  Teachers are eligible for gifts based on class registration, and students are trying to earn class pizza parties for achieving 100% participation.  Please note the minimum pledge is only $1.  

Weekend Challenge: Any student who gets $3 per lap or $90 in flat donations over the weekend will earn the Rollup Sunglasses bonus prize on Monday. 

If you would like to share a video with your pledge requests to show why we are campaigning for new windows on-campus, please use this link: 

For those accustomed to central air conditioning and unfamiliar with louvers, we hope it will help off-island family and friends understand the current setup of most classrooms on campus.  

Tuesday, November 16 – Fun Run for ELC & LS

Wednesday, November 17 – Fun Run for MS & US

Please have students wear comfortable shorts and tennis shoes for their respective race day.  They will be provided their Fun Run t-shirt the day-of their event.  


Thank You! Merci! Gracias!

Good Hope Country Day School would like to thank parent, alum and Board of Trustee member, James Benton, for seeing a need and quietly filling it. Because of his gifts of labor and material, we all get to enjoy the lovely new shingled roof on the front sign as we enter and exit the school property. We are truly grateful!


GHCDS Athletics

GHCDS Dolphin Swimmers Make Us Proud

At the Dolphins Annual Swim-a-thon on Saturday, October 30, Kaeden Gleason set a new 14 year old boys record, swimming 183 laps in 2 hours.  The previous record was set by Brian Farlow in 1979 with 178 laps.  In total, the Dolphin swimmers swam 3640 laps which is 192,000 meters and 119 miles! 

On Sunday, November 7, four of our senior group swimmers participated in the 25th Annual Coral Reef Swim. In photo attached (coral reef swim 2021) from left to right, 

Kalonji Von Schilling Royer, 5 mile, 2:12:38, 12th place overall and 4th for 18 and under. 

Daryan Maynard, 2 mile, 49:57, 1st place. 

Evan Dykstra, 5 mile 2:11:34, 10th place overall and 3rd for 18 and under. 

Kaeden Gleason, 5 mile, 1:50:31, 2nd place overall and 1st for 18 and under. Below is a photo of current and alumni St Croix swimmers who participated in the Coral Reef Swim.


Around Campus

Celebrating Veteran’s Day!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Ms. Laurie Bohlke visited the Pre-Kindergarten class. Ms. Bohlke is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a fifth-grade teacher here at GHCDS. She spoke to the class about Veterans and Veterans Day. The children saw Ms. Bohlke’s variety of uniforms and medals. Ms. Bohlke taught the children the military salute and how to stand at attention and at ease. The class honored Ms. Bohlke with a thank you card.


Chess Champion Visits GHCDS!

On October 28th, the GHCDS Upper Division was privileged to have Nigel Short, International Grandmaster, Vice President of FIDE (World Chess Federation) and MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) visit the 9th-12th grades live in the Pavilion and the 7th-8th grades via zoom. Mr. Short shared the story of his journey to Grandmaster, which began when he was 7 years old. He related stories of the world’s most famous chess master he had played against and also talked a bit about his writing career and his views of finding success. The students were engaged and asked many great–and some goofy–questions of Mr. Short. He posed for pictures with students after and invited them to join him in a simultaneous game of chess he was playing against 15 lucky individuals at Ziggy’s. It was an entertaining and impressive visit.


The Island is Our Classroom: Plants, Culture & Story – Exploring the Carambola Basin with Dewey Hollister

“Carambola itself IS a botanical garden.” -Dewey Hollister

On October 28th and 29th, Mr. Canning’s English 9 classes explored the Carambola Basin with Dewey Hollister, former director of the St. George Botanical Gardens and present director of the Virgin Islands’ Rare Plant Initiative.  During the tour Hollister generously shared his encyclopedic knowledge of local plants with the students.  The class is presently in the midst of a local, place-based unit in response to the school’s new motto “the island is our classroom, the world is our responsibility.”  In addition to reading resident author Apple Gidley’s novel Fireburn, a work of historical fiction that takes readers back to St. Croix as it existed as a Danish West Indian island in the late 1770s, the students are pursuing a basic understanding of local plants and the broader natural history of our beloved island.

Students were captivated by Hollister’s ability to coax the “story” out of each plant they encountered.  It became clear that each local plant was somehow a window into St. Croix’s richly storied past. The relationship between plants and story emerged as a prominent motif during the tour.  The students will follow up on all that was gleaned about local plants and their stories in a variety of projects and activities in the classroom and look forward to future collaborations with Hollister and other local experts. 


Morning Assembly Welcomes A Very Special Guest

GHCDS was graced with the presence of Willard and Ayo John, CDS’ 06 from the Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies . As part of our golden thread , “The island is our classroom. The world our responsibility”, the Guardians educated us about the history and origins of Moko Jumbie culture.


Marine Biology – Intertidal Field Lab – Salt River

Marine Biology students complete a Rocky Intertidal Field Lab at Salt River.  Students counted organisms found in four Rocky Intertidal Zones: High, Medium, Low and Submerged.  Data was documented and Kite Diagrams will be produced for a graphical comparison.

The sign at Salt River Columbus Beach was sponsored by GHCDS

GHCDS Eighth Grade Students Visit Art Exibit

GHCDS 8th grade students embarked on a field trip to Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. Students toured the exhibit Dualidad Antillana: Cuba and Puerto Rico, engaged in a scavenger hunt, and observational drawings of the buildings. 

Pictured: First Trimester 8th Grade Class with the CMCA Educational Coordinator, Jessica Parker-White


Third Grade Students become “Hatchling Helpers”

Third graders visited Sandy Point last weekend to participate in the Sea Turtle “Hatchling Helpers” program. They enjoyed a very unique and rewarding off-campus experience that complemented our Sea Turtle investigation in the classroom.


Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and physiology students investigate muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, cartilage and bone marrow during a chicken wing dissection lab. Although many differences exit between the anatomy of humans and chickens, one structure that shows similarities in muscle pairing and range of motion is a bird’s wing. 


Biology Students Design Cells

Biology Students design specialized cells during their cell lab investigation. The models represent the cell and organelles present within the cell.  Students then researched the function of the cell in the human body.

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