This week we had guest speakers visit our 6th grade Health & Wellness classes. Ms. Izhani Rosa (GHCDS 2018) and her colleague Mr. Addison Griffin from Island Therapy Solutions are a part of the Community Resiliency Project. They did an excellent job presenting healthy vs unhealthy coping strategies, especially with the adjustments to Covid-19. They also discussed the importance of validating feelings, not just our own but others as well. We even learned some new breathing techniques. We are very grateful for their visit and look forward to next time.
Matthew Bouzianis and his brother Ian decide to donate all of their winnings that they received last week from the #usvilit contest! They divided their gifts evenly between their schools, Good Hope Country Day School and Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School, and the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. Thank you Matthew and Ian! And a special THANK YOU to their mom and dad who are teaching their kids the importance of giving back to the community they love.
Athletic Department News: Smash Ball finished this week, and we look forward to Hula Hoop Soccer beginning next week! Same days, same times! Grades 5-8 play on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Upper School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 4:30. Interested players should meet on the lower field on grade appropriate days, even if they have not signed up yet!
On April 15 and 16th, the rotary West sponsored a Youth Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Leadership, attended by students in grades 7-12 from both public and private schools on St. Croix. The Symposium focused on public speaking, identifying ways to manage conflicts and how to deescalate tensions while working towards compromise. Guest speakers, including Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and St. Croix Toastmasters President Lisa Beck, Khefren Sackey, Crisis Counselor, among others, presented via zoom after which students went into breakout rooms to practice using the techniques discussed. On Friday, Rotary West President Cheru Ross and former President and District Governor Rupert Ross, Jr. presented certificates of completion to Malik John, Christopher Cawley, Hakeem Hamed, Tsehai Alfred, and Ms. Lea Wilson, faculty advisor (not pictured: Maya Prasad). Rotary West is planning to work with the students to develop a program for the students to share their newfound knowledge with their peers in the future. Congratulations!
During the Wednesday advisory period activity The Climate Action Club, lead a tree planting activity where each advisory planted a tree in a designated area around campus. The advisory activity began with a video on how to transplant a tree as well as other useful information. Special thanks to Mr. Lima for helping the Club dig the holes, the St. Croix Botanical Garden for donating two trees and to Nathan Bishop for donating the six trees to the event.
Last fall, GHCDS students participated in the Arbor Day tree drawing contest and won two “Autograph” trees (Clusia Rosea), and one Kapok (Ceiba Pentandra) for the campus. The trees were included in the Upper School Earth Day advisory activity on April 21st. Pictured left to right: Director of Development Administration Marketing Events and Rentals –Amy DeSorbo, Forest Stewardship Coordinator and Botanical Garden Board Member –Eugenia Merkoulov, and Art Teacher -Suenita Banwaree. (Photo credit: Amarion Gittens).
The Latin Dance class students are enjoying learning different styles and rhythms. They realized that dancing can be fun even when social distancing.
Forensic students are currently studying hair and fiber analysis. During this lab investigation, students used rubber cement and clear acrylic to prepare castings of hair to analyze scale patterns and determine whether the hair is human or animal.
Lower School students help clean up the area around the slab before the start of school, all in with the spirit of EARTH DAY!
Marine Biology students create Dichotomous Keys to classify fish. In a complex world, we must develop strategies and systems to help with research and communication!
Biology students demonstrated their knowledge of the cell cycle and mitosis in a variety of ways. They could create a video, perform a poem, build a 3D model, or design a children’s, flip, or comic book. During class, students participated in a gallery walk and left comments for each project.
Kekoa Alexander: Syracuse University; University of Rochester
Saba Alfred: Drexel University; Howard University; Sarah Lawrence College; Fordham University; American University; Boston University; Georgetown University; Tufts University; New York University; Barnard College
Kara Barton: Flagler College; Gannon University; Louisiana State University, Eunice; Norwich University
D’Asia Charles: The University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Clark Atlanta University; Nova Southeastern University
Marcus Curran: University of the Virgin Islands
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; University of Central Florida; American University; The George Washington University
Dilani Frorup: Allegheny College; Roanoke 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; Northeastern University
Mariam Hamed: University of North Texas; Roosevelt University; Rutgers University, New Brunswick and Newark campuses; Temple University; University of South Florida, Tampa; Ohio State University; University of the Virgin Islands
Gloria Leo: Radford University; Longwood University, University of the Virgin Islands; University of Indiana, Bloomington
Anaijah Peters: Georgia Southern University; Nova Southeastern University; Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Naurani Persaud: Temple University; University of Delaware; University of Texas, Arlington
Roxy Wallace: Binghamton University; Drexel University