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Weekly News – 5.7.21

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Athletic Department News

Athletic Department News-Hula Hoop Soccer ended Thursday and our last sports offering for the year begins this week, 3 v 3 Basketball on the slab. We are keeping our same schedule, with Mondays and Wednesdays for grades 5-8, Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades 9-12. This activity will end in two weeks, and we will be ready for all those end of the year activities! Panthers were asked to sign up in advance for basketball.

GHCDS Parents Association says THANK YOU to their faculty and staff during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all that helped make this year’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week a great success! From breakfast to snacks, a Mexican Fiesta lunch and everything in between – we love showing our teachers how much we appreciate them!

Many thanks to all the parents that signed up and brought items to school, volunteered to spearhead class/advisory thank you and thanks to those that did other special things throughout the week. Thanks to Julie Sommer and Jill Cherubin for snack day help, Michele Mirocha and Kelly Odom for breakfast set up and event help, and Sandra and Scott Hardesty for the huge food contribution for Cinco de Mayo lunch. Special thanks also to The Bistro for the coffee donation to kick off the week.

Sally Bugg

GHCDS celebrates the Class of 2021 on Decision Day 2021!

Not pictured: Sean Hiddleston and Molly Brownsdon

GHCDS Art Show – Speaking Through Art

To all of the wonderful supporters of GHCDS Arts!

Due to Covid-19, we will hold our Annual Art Exhibit virtually. 

SPEAKING THROUGH ART, starts on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021. Please check out our art show hosted by Artsonia.com:

N – 4th Grade: https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/11027

5th – 8th Grade: https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/11031

9th – 12th Grade: https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/11029

Art Activity 1: Recreate A Famous Artwork Challenge– Choose a famous artwork and recreate it with your family, friends and or pets. Examples from last year’s show below. Recreate Famous Artwork: https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/11030

Art Activity 2: On and Off Campus Chalk Walk: Grab some chalk or chalk pastels, go outside to concrete grounds, and use the surface as your very own canvas. Compose a design or write words of your appreciation for the arts. 

Send your creations to sbanwaree@ghcds.org by 4pm on May 18th and your image can be included in the art show. If you have additional creations that you’d like to share, please feel free to share directly on social media using the hashtags #GHCDSartshow2021 or #GHCDSspeakingthroughart

Suenita Banwaree and Kelsey Hill, GHCDS Art Teachers

*Art Show slideshows are hosted by Artsonia.com and as such, students who do not have a public listing on Artsonia.com will not be viewable in the slideshow. Please visit Artsonia.com directly to view your student’s artwork.

Cinco de Mayo at GHCDS

The Cinco de Mayo advisory celebration in the upper school was filled with facts, culture, games, music and dancing. After learning about this Mexican celebration, and playing a Kahoot game, the students gather outside the classrooms to enjoy a guitar performance by Stuart Lewis. Stuart played a rendition of the song Europa by Carlos Santana.

The conclusion of the assembly was a flash mob by the members of the Latin Dance Class;  Alessandra Evangelista, Naurani Persuad, Reyna Olivares, Mariam Hamed, Saba Alfred, Hanan Hamed, Roxy Wallace, Marcus Curran, Dilani Frorup, Cooper Crowther and Mathieu Dale. The different genres performed by the group included salsa, bachata, merengue and samba.


Our exciting afterschool activity ended today with a yummy party , more projects, and happy talk. We had a great time!

Melanin Magic Hosts Hilda M. Jordan

Members of Upper School club, Melanin Magic, invited friends to a lunchtime presentation with advocate & scholar, Hilda M. Jordan. Hilda is a Harvard Alumna (‘19) with a B.A in Philosophy & African American Studies with a focus in Critical Race Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. In her discussion, she talked about public presentation & self-care. She also offered students a chance to ask questions about her experience at Harvard. After the discussion, 12th grader, D’Asia Charles said, “I loved her presentation. Hilda gave us much information about life, college and being a black woman in America in general. I feel so much better about my personality and the fact that I am so vocal with my opinions after sitting down and talking with her. Thank you Hilda.” In addition, 12th grader, Saba Alfred said, “I really loved Hilda’s presentation as well and I believe that any woman of color would take something valuable away from it. She talked about being a black woman in predominantly white spaces and how to be confident and feel like you belong. After talking with her I felt more comfortable starting adulthood.”

Yearbook New Deadline

Yearbook New Deadline: MAY 7 for custom pages. (The pages that will be printed in your yearbook only.) The books will be sent to print on May 10. Expect the bulk shipment from VI Cargo in mid-late June. If you miss the deadline, you can order a yearbook anytime on Treering.com. Reminder: Treering does not ship to the USVI. You will have to ship your book to the United States or Canada or a local shipping freight.

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College Acceptances

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

Lucia Bishop: Gap Year

Molly Brownsdon: University of Florida; Stetson University; Loyola University,, New Orleans

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

Cooper Crowther: United States Marine Corps

Marcus Curran: University of the Virgin Islands; Hampton 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; University of Central Florida; American University; The George Washington University

Michael Fitzgerald: University of the Virgin Islands

Dilani Frorup: Allegheny College; Roanoke College

Hanan Hamed: Tufts University; 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; Ohio State University; University of the Virgin Islands

Sean Hiddleston: East Carolina University; University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Gloria Leo: Radford University; Longwood University; University of the Virgin Islands; University of Indiana, Bloomington

Reyna Olivares: United States Air Force

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

Naurani Persaud: Temple University; University of Delaware; University of Texas, Arlington

Alexander Schmidt: Gap Year 

Roxy Wallace: Binghamton University; Drexel University

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