Weekly News – 2.26.21
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March 26, 2021
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Weekly News – 3.19.21

Quick Announcements:

Congratulations Alex Walcott our Scripps Spelling Bee champion who will be advancing to the SNSB At-Large Region Two regional spelling bee on March 27, 2021.

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Around Campus

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GHCDS Climate Action Club

The earth is on track to warm up to 3 degrees C, and while it’s important to bring awareness we need to take action. Fridays for Future, an international climate movement started by Greta Gerwig is having a global day of climate action on March 19th. The climate action club encourages everyone to join. The international theme is #NoMoreEmptyPromises. Fridays for Future USA will be organizing digital actions around this theme. It will be held on zoom, with multiple times and calls. Here are some links to sign up or learn more. https://fridaysforfutureusa.org/march-19th-global-climate-strike/ 

Art History Class Re-creates Michelangelo’s Masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel

The AWESOME ART HISTORY CLASS   has recreated part of Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel in the Upper school classroom number 5. The entire class: Lucia Bishop, Christopher Cawley, Marcus Curran, Senor Michael Dizon-Bumann, Michael Fitzgerald, Groovy Gabe Gelardi, Croix Hess Rivers, Emily Mohammed, Anaijah Peters, Shana Sargeant, Scott Vercher, and Roxy Wallace did a fantastic job! A HUGE thank you to the TREMENDOUS DR. TURK! Without his technological knowledge and engineering skill, this project would not have been possible!

Our Island Is Our Classroom – Caribbean Topics Class – Makes Pound Seasoning

Under the instruction of prestigious alum and Chef, Ralph Motta, our Caribbean Topics class were taught the origins, history, and techniques to making our traditional pound seasoning using a wood mortar and pestle and good old elbow grease. The room smelled of amazing herbs and spices and rang out with the rhythmic sounds of pounding and grinding the seasonings together.


As part of the Astronomy class’ exploration of our “neighborhood” in space, we created a scale model of the solar system that extends from the beginning of campus, runs along the driveway, and extends to the back of the slab by the lower school.  We have taken the 4.495 billion kilometer distance from the Sun to Neptune and shrunk it to 500 meters. 

Please enjoy your tour past the planets as you enter campus.  Take a moment to appreciate the relative distances between the inner planets (Mercury – Mars) compared to those of the gas giants (Jupiter – Neptune).

Also to consider are the relative sizes of the solar system objects.  Enjoy the comparison of solar system objects to common items if the Earth’s diameter were the same size as a quarter (2.5 cm).

  • The Sun would have a diameter of 272.5 cm (2.7 m/8.8 ft), about the size of the average recreational kayak. 
  • Mercury would have a diameter of 1 cm.  That is about the width of a large paperclip.
  • Venus would have a diameter of 2.5cm. That is about the size of a human eyeball.
  • Mars would have a diameter of 1.3 cm. That is about the diameter of a AA battery.
  • Jupiter would have a diameter of 25.3 cm. This is about the size of a large bowling ball.
  • Saturn would have a diameter of 22.8 cm.  This is about the width of a manila file folder.
  • Uranus would have a diameter of 10cm. That is about the length of a hummingbird.
  • Neptune would have a diameter of about 9.7 cm, the diameter of a large tin can.

GHCDS Forensics

Forensic students began the third Trimester studying Tire Tread and Tire Track Evidence. For their first field lab, students worked in groups to determine tire stance of ten vehicles. They also noted the tread design of ten different tire manufacturers.

Athletics – After School Volley Ball

The Athletic Department closed out it’s after school volleyball program for grades 5-12 this week! We finished with competitive and fun matches and in Upper School the team of Melvyn, Kenyon, Marcus, Shana, Scarlett and Tsehai came out on top for regular season and Champs!

First place regular and season Champs!

2nd place team of Maya, Michael, Makari, Aleah, Amirah, Croix and Mikey!

It is a great match when all three sets are played to find the winning team!

The Athletic Department’s next activity will be Smash Ball, an adapted version of batting and base running games! We will share more information in the first Weekly News after we return from Spring Break, but as a hint, three very different bat options for all ability levels and hitting strategies; batters choice! More opportunities for good times and physical activity ahead! Go Panthers!

DRIVE-IN Movie Night “42”

Melanin Magic and STEM Club members work together to inflate the screen. Pictured: Imani Persaud, Shana Sargeant, Marcus Curran, and Cooper Crowther. It was great to see everyone come out to support. 

Spanish 2 – Presentations

Students in Spanish 2 class concluded their second trimester working on their presentations about their childhood experiences likes and dislikes, favorite things to do, childhood pastimes, tv shows and toys.

GHCDS Environmental Science

Environmental Science students explored the Good Hope Country Day Trail.  They created a list of several species and attempted to locate them throughout their hiking adventure.

College Acceptance

Saba Alfred: Drexel University; Howard University; Sarah Lawrence College; Fordham University

D’Asia Charles: The University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Clark Atlanta University; Nova Southeastern University

Mathieu Dale: Fordham University; Roger Williams University; University of Rhode Island; Old Dominion University

Tea Desmond: University of Tampa

Alessandra Evangelista:  Baldwin Wallace University; Flagler College; Johnson and Wales University, Providence; University of New Haven; Rollins College; Saint Louis University-Madrid; University of San Francisco; The American University of Rome; Richmond, The American International University in London; Catholic University; Providence College

Hanan Hamed: Allegheny College; Gannon University; Nova Southeastern University; University of Pittsburgh; University of Tampa; Drexel University; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS); Suffolk University; University of Tampa

Mariam Hamed: University of North Texas; Roosevelt University; Rutgers University, New Brunswick; Temple University

Gloria Leo: Radford University; Longwood University

Anaijah Peters: Georgia Southern University; Nova Southeastern University; Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

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