The Athletic Department is thrilled to offer three more activities before our school year ends! Below please find activity descriptions and timelines for each, barring and Covid-19 related restrictions that may occur. Each activity runs in two-week increments, with two activity days per week.
Signups were posted this week in the Upper and Middle School for all Panthers in grades 5-12, but if your Panther has not yet signed up for Smash Ball, which starts next week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the fun! It is not too late!
Important information that applies to all three activities:
First up-Smash Ball! Smash Ball is a modified version of softball, with a dense foam ball (less intimidating), and three bats, all different sizes, to allow players to choose their bat based on strategy or skill comfort, each turn at bat. The bat options are FAT bat, FLAT bat (one side is flat), and a regulation weight and length bat with foam padding. We will play the game with oversized bases, much like kickball, but players catch the ball with hands, not mits! It is a fast paced and multiple skill level inclusive, extra-fun batting game!
Upper School-Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 13 and ending April 22
Middle School (grades 5-8)-Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 12 and ending April 21
After that-Hula Hoop Soccer! What in the world? Well, we want to play soccer so much, right?! Coach Floyd and Coach Anderson found a way! Since soccer is a game of foot skill, why not manage safety and up the skills by asking players to play the game holding hula-hoops! Improve your touch and passing skills, with well-managed Covid-19 modifications! No attack, less risk, more passing, same footwork, same game, SAFER!
Upper School-Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 27 and ending May 6
Middle School (grades 5-8)-Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 26 and ending May 5
Swish to finish-3v3 Basketball! We will be hitting our outdoor court for some half-court competition to finish our optional after school activities for the year! We know this is the moment many of you have been waiting for, and we are bringing it!
Upper School-Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 11 and ending May 20
Middle School (grades 5-8)-Mondays and Wednesdays starting May 10-May 19
The Science Fair is one of the things that makes Good Hope Country Day School shine. It highlights ingenuity, imagination, and critical thinking as well as time management and communication skills. “I like it because each student is allowed to choose his or her own topic of study, and as a teacher because it allows me to address each student as an individual and help him or her to push personal limits,” said Jane Coles, Middle School Science teacher and Science Fair coordinator.
Time management, planning, struggle and reflecting are all incorporated. Some students learned the art of compromise and modified their experiments to fit the available resources. These are all life skills, not exclusive to the Science classroom.
This year, 20 Upper School Students from Ms. Dykstra’s ninth grade classes and 41 seventh and eighth grade students finished Science Fair projects and presented them via individual websites. The thirty-nine fifth and sixth grade students each created display boards based on their research and experimentation.
|Student Name||Project Title||Links to Middle School Projects|
|Aidan Ferraras||Don’t Move That Rock||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/science-fair/home|
|Alexander Walcott||Absorption R’Us||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/absorption-rus/home?authuser=0|
|Allegra Ferreras||My Fat Cat||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/allegras-science-fair/home|
|Anna Simon and Lily Sperber||Cold as Ice||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/cold-as-ice/home|
|Asia Williams||Water Purification: Figuring Which System is the Best||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/asia-williams/home|
|Ava Petroff||Testing Whether Dogs or Cats are More Playful||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/sciencefair/home|
|Ayden Cintron||Purifying Water via Charcoal method||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/aydenssciencefairwebsite/home|
|Azeisha Benjamin||How Badly Does Water Affect Soil?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/azeishassciencefair/home|
|Bella Davis McCarthy||Which Variable Makes the Most Impact on Your Dreams?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/dreams/home|
|Bernhardt Simmonds||Bottle Rocket||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/bottlerocket/home-introduction|
|Candace Felix||Are you Addicted?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/candace-sciencefair/purpose-question-materials-procedure|
|Cole Sommer||Wave Energy and Coral Branching||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/cole-sommer-science-fair/home|
|Daryan Maynard||Air Quality Test||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/daryan-science-fair/home|
|David Hardesty||How Does Music Affect Plant Development?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/sciencewoohoo/home?authuser=0|
|Gabriele Marsh||Filtered Vs. Non-Filtered||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/gabbymarshssciencefair/home|
|Jeremiah Joines||Does music affect animal behavior?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/entersitename/1st-paragraph|
|Joshua TeWinkle||A Brotherly Pursuit||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/a-brotherly-pursuit/home|
|Kalyani Walter-Sundaram||Is Drone Imaging a New, Viable Method for Coral Reef Monitoring?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/kalyani-walter-sundaram/home|
|Kennedy Eaton||Beliefs about Gender||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/beliefs-about-gender/home|
|Kennedy James||What is the Dirtiest Device?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/kennedyjames/conclusion|
|Kirra Lambert||Make Your Own Battery||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/science-project-kirra/home|
|Lu Joseph||Ultra Violet Light Radiation vs. Cloud Cover||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/ultra-violet-light-science-fai/home|
|Marty Gant||Scared Teens||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/scared-teens/home|
|Mason Lambert||Does Size Matter?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/mason-science-fair/home|
|Maya Prasad||Sand in Paradise||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/maya-prasad-sciencefair/home|
|Melvaughn Fox||Bacteria Buster||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/bacteria-buster/results|
|Morgan Garner||Benthic Mud: A New Source of Energy||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/benthicmudenergymorgangarner/home|
|Mycal Marshall||Operation Parachute Jump||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/operationparachutejump/homeabstract|
|Nico Forno-D’Adamo||Meditation Myths||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/www-meditationmyth-com/home|
|Nnenaya Bedminster||Koi and Aquaponics (slide show)||https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VMExv1j6rfymfqe6IsQg7OPFc8dmxvO4exR-K3p92Vg/edit?usp=sharing|
|Priya Mittal||Can Middle School Students at GHCDS Evaluate Internet Sources Correctly?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/priyassciencefair2021/home?authuser=0|
|Quinn Sayre||Exploding Bannanas||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/exploding-banana/fun-facts|
|Salma Hamed||Black vs. Color…Which Can You Read Faster?||https://sites.google.com/view/salmaiscool/home|
|Sarai Gomez||Best Pear Preserver Method!||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/saraigomez/home/purpose|
|Savanna Holley||Can we trust the stars?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/canwetrustthestars/home|
|Sierra Franklin||Quality over Cost…or is it?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/sierra-science-fair/home|
|Thomas Bugg||Comparison of Air Flow through Different Masks||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/thomas-science-fair/home|
|Vedant Mittal and Scott Roth||Solar Ovens||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/solarovens/home|
|Yared Alfred||Cooling Homemade Air?!||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/7th-grade-science-fair-yared/home|
|Student Name||Project Title||Links to Upper School Projects|
|Syla Cintron||The Impact Social Media has on Teens||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/sylas2021sciencefairproject/home|
|Amaru Bain||Does Salt Affect Ice Cream Temperature?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/amarusciencefair/conclusion|
|Davina Browne||Ants vs. Repellants||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/antsvsrepellents/home|
|Michael Atwell||What’s in Your Kitchen?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/ghcds2021sciencefairmatwell/home|
|Victoria Sperber||Oh, It Vanished!||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/sperber-sciencefair/home|
|Nick Turk||Picture Braille||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/turk-sciencefair/home|
|Stuart Lewis||Living in the Oasis: A Look into Virtual Reality||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/livingintheoasis/home|
|Aidan Fitzgerald||Beat the Heat||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/fitzgerald-sciencefair/home?authuser=0|
|Nate Roth||Buoyant Boats||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/roth-sciencefair/home?authuser=0|
|Kayla Morton||Making that Paper||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/morton-making-that-paper/home?authuser=0|
|Samual Chardon||Does More Money Mean More Better||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/chardon-sciencefair/home?authuser=0|
|Isabelle Rodriquez||Bacteria Everywhere||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/bacteriaeverywhere/home|
|S’Kinah Dijon||Types of Doorknobs that Hold the Most Bacteria||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/dujon-sciencefair/home|
|Jaden Gonzalez||It’s Not All Rocket Science||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/gonzalez-sciencefair/cover-page|
|Armani Anderson||The Effect of Sugar on Aloe||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/anderson-sciencefair/home|
|Evan Dykstra||Space Plants||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/dykstra-sciencefair/home|
|Gaby Evora||Water: Bottled, Recycled, or Tap?||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/evora-sciencefair/home|
|Jayden James||Nesting Nursery||https://sites.google.com/view/james-science-fair/bibliography?authuser=0|
|Kai Hutchins||One man’s trash, nobody’s treasure||https://sites.google.com/ghcdsstudent.org/hutchins-sciencefair/home|
GHCDS participated in the Youth Art Month exhibit (Y.A.M) at C.H.A.N.T in Frederiksted last week Saturday. The exhibit will be on display for a month.
Third Graders participated in an egg-cellent math scavenger hunt. Each of the eggs had a different math problem to solve involving one of the four operations. What a fun, active, and educational way to practice their math skills!
On Wednesday, April 7, the upper school student council sponsored The Annual Bra Relay Run. Thanks to the upper school students and advisors, the school was able to raise $305.00 for the YAGF, Inc. A foundation that provides financial assistance forbreast cancer screening, diagnostic mammograms, and other related services in the Virgin Islands. Click the link if you are interested in learning more about this local foundation.YAGF
Hats off to Mr. Mullin’s advisory for raising the most money $80.00.
Congratulations to Ms Dykstra, Ms Wilson and Ms. Holt’s advisors for their beautifully decorated bras.
Congratulations to the senior team BBB (Capriola’s advisory). Gloria, Marcus, Cooper and Mathieu on winning the race.
Congratulations to Ms. Dykstra, Ms. Wilson and Ms. Holt’s advisors for their beautifully decorated bras.
Second Graders are studying plants in their current Science unit. Last week, they learned all about seed dispersal. This week, they learned about plant parts and pollination. While on a nature walk around campus, students identified pollen dusters and stigmas in different flowers. Then, they became the bees and pollinated flowers they constructed.
Forensic students lift their first shoe print cast. This procedure requires a slow, methodical process that allows opportunity for all to participate. After lifting the cast, students began the cleaning process. Stay tuned for the outcome!
Saba Alfred: Drexel University; Howard University; Sarah Lawrence College; Fordham University, Providence College
Kara Barton: Flagler College; Gannon 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
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