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Weekly News – 5.20.22

Quick Announcements:

Covid testing for all students will be held next week, Monday and Tuesday, in front of the administration building starting at 7:30.
Monday, May 23rd: Testing for close contacts and all Middle and Upper School students.
Tuesday, May 24th: Testing for close contacts and all Lower School Students.

On Thursday May 26, 2022, the Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) will be on campus to present a Dengue Health Education program and conduct a dengue serosurvey (a measurement of the number of people with dengue antibodies, which indicate previous infection with dengue virus) and invites your student(s) to participate. This serosurvey will be done by using a rapid test for Dengue administered via finger prick.

On Sunday May 22, 2022, VIDOH staff will be hosting an online meeting for parents of participating schools to share more information about this upcoming project. The link is below.

Please sign and return the permission form by Thursday May 26, 2022, giving permission for your child to have the dengue test performed. Dengue testing is not required to participate in the educational activities of Dengue Day. Students will participate in the educational activities, even if your family chooses not to participate in the dengue testing.

Parent Informational Meeting – Sunday, May 22 @ 6:30 PM

Microsoft Teams meeting

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Video Conference ID: 114 716 181 2

Parents, please return permission forms to your student’s school by Dengue Day for GHCDS on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Snackshack is Back!

Thank you for all your patience but the wait is finally over! The junior class will be opening the afterschool snack shack attached to the admin building as of Tuesday, 5/10 until the end of the year. If students are interested in purchasing any tasty treats please have them stop by the snack shack at 3:30pm!

Thank You! Merci! Gracias!

Thank You Debbie Sun, GHS ’90 for our VI Madras!

Textile artist, Debbie Sun joined us for morning assembly and gave us a wonderful presentation on the official Virgin Islands Madras. She described the six year process of creating the madras and making it official, and the meaning of all the different colors.

“As mentioned, the madras design features specific colors reflecting the Virgin Islands: TURQUOISE for the Caribbean Sea that embodies our natural beauty;  BLUE for the deep seas that allowed for ease of transport and made the deep harbors of St. Thomas an attractive port; PINK for the color of the conch shell, a poignant symbol of our Call to Freedom; YELLOW for the Ginger Thomas, the national flower of the Virgin Islands;  GREEN for the vast fields of natural resources; WHITE in acknowledgment of the original cultural attire of the Virgin Islanders who wore the fabric of the white flour sacks; and a rich RED that represents love and strength and appears in all the flags the have flown across the Virgin Islands.” Visit: https://www.usvicolors.com/ for the entire story of the VI Madras.

Around Campus:

John B. Faile Chapter, National Honor Society

On Monday, May 16, Alexandra Bhola was inducted into GHCDS’s National Honor Society at an intimate ceremony in the Library, attended by her parents and her sister, Kelsey, ‘20. Mr. Bugg opened the Induction with a tribute to the accomplishments that Ally has had during her four years in the high school, which was followed by the recitation of the 4 Pillars of the NHS: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. Ally then took the oath of membership and was officially inducted by Ms. Thatcher as the newest member of our school’s honor society.

Congratulations, Ally!

Welcome to High School!

On Monday, the rising freshman class, The Class of 2026, met in the Library during Advisory for an introduction to high school at GHCDS. Topics of discussion included: making the most of your summer plans, preparing yourself academically for college and beyond, becoming an active community member, and the obligations and value of their college prep experience at GHCDS.

Guest presenters were faculty members Mrs. Schindler, Ms. Hutchins, Ms. Sundaram and Ms. Banwaree, as well as Mr. Bugg. Faculty gave a quick overview of the clubs they advised and supported student questions. Current freshmen Aaliyah Boodhoo, Morgan Garner and Nnenaya Bedminster gave sage (and humorously candid!) advice on the transition into high school. The 8th graders asked great questions and were an attentive and enjoyable audience!

Annual Pool Party

On Friday, May 13 and after three years, the upper school students led by the student council, once again enjoyed the annual pool party.  One of the of the event’s highlights was the cardboard boat regatta planned by the STEM club. For two weeks, each advisory group designed and put together a cardboard boat that participated in a competition during the pool party. There were different designs and sizes of boats. Ms. Wison’s advisory boat guided by senior student Opher Hasson, was the first one to finish the race, followed by Señora Capriola’s advisory with Syla Cintron as the sailor, and the third boat to finish was Ms. Sundaram’s advisory with Nnenaya Bedmister as the sailor. The party included other activities such as a limbo contest, music and dancing and board games.

Parents’ Association:

Wednesday, May 25: Parents Association Leadership Committee plans to meet at 11 a.m. at Virgin Islands Roasters in Christiansted.  Anyone is welcome to join!

Wednesday, June 1: Parents Association General Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. (location TBD).

College Acceptances:

(bolded entries indicate enrollment commitment)

Alexandra Bhola: University of Pennsylvania; Boston University; Duke University; Fordham University; University of Miami; Howard University; Northeastern University; Georgetown University; Spelman College

James Bugg: Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute w/scholarship; University of Vermont w/scholarship

Syrena Carter: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia; Bond University, Queensland, Australia; University of South Australia; University of Newcastle, Australia; University of Wollongong, Australia; James Cook University, Australia; American International College w/scholarship; Johnson and Wales University w/scholarship; Susquehanna University w/scholarship

Christopher Cawley: University of Tampa; University of North Florida; East Carolina University; Western Carolina University; University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Michael Dizon-Bumann: Cornell University College of Engineering, Tufts University;; Georgetown University; Wingate University w/scholarship; University of Tampa, w/scholarship; Rider University w/scholarship; Bryant University w/scholarship

Frances Falcon Vasquez: Universidad Sagrado Corazón; Baylor University; Hawaii Pacific University; University of Tampa; Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo

Uchenna Ferris: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas; Ball State University w/Ball State Scholars Award; Hollins University w/scholarship; Loyola University, New Orleans w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Drexel University w/scholarship; Case Western Reserve University w/scholarship

Melvyn Fox: Howard University w/scholarship; Northern Illinois University w/scholarship; Lynn University w/scholarship; Nova Southeastern University w/scholarship; Stetson University w/scholarship

Elyssa Franklin: Roger Williams University w/scholarship; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Rider University w/scholarship; College of Charleston; Gannon University w/scholarship

Gabriel Gelardi: University of the Virgin Islands

Hakeem Hamed: Quinnipiac University  w/Trustee’s Scholarship; University of Dayton w/the Dean’s merit Scholarship; Roberts Wesleyan College w/Dean’s Scholarship; Mercyhurst University; New York Institute of Technology, w/scholarship; University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown; The College of New Jersey, w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Clarkson University w/scholarship, Bentley University; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Christopher Hasson: University of Colorado at Boulder;  University of Tampa w/scholarship; Arizona State University w/scholarship; State University of New York at Buffalo w/scholarship; George Mason University w/scholarship; Adelphi University w/scholarship

Croix Hess-Rivers: Quinnipiac University w/scholarship; Bridgewater State University w/scholarship; University of Maine w/scholarship; University of Massachusetts, Lowell w/scholarship; Virginia Commonwealth University w/scholarship, University of New Hampshire w/scholarship

Kenyon Jean-Baptiste: Undecided

Malik John: Howard University; New York Institute of Technology; Gannon University w/scholarship; Bentley University

Dawson Kohl: Palm Beach Atlantic University; Jacksonville University; Oklahoma State University; University of Oklahoma; Florida International University; Texas Tech University

Aleah Mann:   Xavier University w/scholarship; The University of Kansas w/scholarship; Seton Hall University w//scholarship; Baylor University; Michigan State University; Indiana University w/scholarship; Villanova University

Makari Matthew: Curry College; Eastern Michigan University; Baylor University; Gettysburg College; Louisiana State University; New Jersey City University; West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Imani Persaud: University of the Virgin Islands

Shana Sargeant: Boston University w/scholarship, Wharton School of theUniversity of Pennsylvania;;  University of Tampa w/scholarship; Penn State University; University of Miami

Lucy Sullivan: Fashion Institute of Technology; Texas State University

Amirah Yusuf: Undecided

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