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Weekly News – 9.24.21

Quick Announcements:

It’s that special time of the year! Students’ photos will be taken during the week of October 4th. Please see below for the schedule:

  • October 4th: Pre-K – 3rd Grade Students/Ms. Schindler’s (7-8) and Ms. Nazos’ (7-8) Advisory
  • October 5th: 4th Grade – 6th Grade/Ms. Hutchin’s (7-8) and Ms. Cole’s (7-8) Advisory
  • October 6th: Ms. Jaffurs’ (7-8), Mr. Canning’s (11), Ms. Banwaree’s (9), Ms. Dykstra’s (10), and Ms. Sundaram’s (9) Advisory
  • October 7th: Ms. Dunton’s (11), Ms. Capriola’s (10), Ms. Wilson’s (12), and Ms. Holt’s (12) Advisory

Please note, parents will not be allowed to participate in school photos. If you have any questions about your child’s respective picture day, please contact your child’s teacher.

Fun Run Tee Shirt Sponsorships Raise more than $8500!

Sixteen incredibly generous business sponsors stepped up in a big way already to kick off this year’s Fun Run fundraising efforts.  Their enthusiastic giving supports not just the cost of the tees each student and staff member will receive in early November, but raised an additional $8500 that goes straight to GHCDS’s project to replace classroom windows to be more energy efficient and appropriate for the use of newly installed AC units.  You’ll see these great companies’ logos on what’s sure to be your kids’ new favorite shirt, but in the meantime let’s give a rousing round of grateful applause to J. Benton Construction, Bohlke International Airways, Island Therapy Solutions, JS Therapies, Lee J. Rohn & Associates Attorneys at Law, The Market STX, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Mirocha Law, Seaglass Properties, STX Picnics in Paradise, Undercover Books & Gifts, Breeze Air Charters, Castaways, The Cookie Momster Kitchen, Crime Stoppers US Virgin Islands, and Geographic Consulting.  Way to go on this awesome start to Fun Run 2021!


GHCDS Athletics

If you have any questions about athletics please contact Mr. Mondesir at 340.226.4887 or emondesir@ghcds.org.

Gr7-12 Cross-Country – Cross-Country has started! They had their first practice on Wednesday 9/22. As a reminder, Cross-Country practice will be every Monday and Wednesday from 3:45-5:15 p.m. and students should be picked up from the lower field.

Please see the Athletic Handbook. Both students and parents must review it for expectations, sign the back page, and return it to the Dean of Student Life and Athletics, Mr. Mondesir along with the $25 participation fee. If you are having trouble printing the handbook to sign the back page, please stop by his office and he can provide a printed copy. Both the agreement form, participation fee, and COVID vaccination card must be received before a student can participate in a meet. All students must also have an up to date health form in the nurse’s office.

Gr7-12 Intramural Kickball – We are so excited to KICK off the year with Intramural Kickball! Please CLICK HERE to review the rules and regulations to participate as well as the game schedule. Gr7-12 students received their team placements in their daily bulletin this week. Please sign the agreement form found on the last page and return it to Mr. Mondesir along with the $7 participation fee which will be used to fund the t-shirt the championship team receives. If you are having any trouble printing the rules and regulations please stop by his office and he can provide a hard copy. Both the agreement form and participation fee must be received before a student can play in their first game.

Around Campus:

Fourth grade celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with Flamenco dancing!

Middle School art students celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by making Vejigante masks


Forensic Students execute a staged crime scene search for evidence.  The students executed a line grid search pattern on the lower field and located the following evidence:  Simulated blood, victim hair, white thread, duct tape, toothpick, penny, burnt match, burnt paper, gray thread, simulated powder drugs, simulated marijuana, needle, simulated pill, simulated explosive compound, black plastic, needle and more!  Students further employed proper collection and packaging procedures appropriate for each type of evidence.

Kindergarten – Guess my feeling?

Our biweekly visit by our school counselor for our Social-Emotional Lesson was especially fun this week. Not only did the class talk about feelings, they also got to act them out, while the rest of the class guessed the feeling!

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Grades 11-12 students receive a lesson on stress management from ITS intern, Addison Griffin. This is lesson two from the yearlong Health & Wellness Curriculum. In this lesson, students learned of the good and bad kinds of stress, how it affects them mentally, physically, and emotionally, and also healthy ways to combat “bad stress.”

Student Council Annual Breakfast

The Student Council Annual Breakfast retreat took place on Saturday, September 18th. We are excited to announce a super group of young men and women to serve as officers for GHCDS Student Council! CONGRATUALTIONS – Amirah Yusef, Ally Bohla , Anil Persad and Tsehai Alfred!

This annual retreat allowed us to come together and outline two major spirit week events:  RED RIBBON SPIRIT WEEK in October and the HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK in December.  It was also a great opportunity to review the policies and expectations of the representatives for the council.

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 students work on their journal entries and practice new vocabulary related to school life.

National Art Honor Society

National Art Honor Society members created signs for the Jungle James Cultural Tour & Petting Zoo in La Grange Frederiksted. Pictured here L to R: Daja James (owner and GH alum), Izzy Rodriguez, Taj James (owner), Aleah Mann, Frances Falcon-Vasquez, and Uchenna Ferris. Tsehai Alfred and Taj James.

Marine Biology

Marine Biology Students complete a Tidal Lab Investigation that required the use of a Tidal Chart. Students used a New London tide chart and then calculated the time and height differences for two other locations.  Students then analyzed the data and illustrated the expected tide time and height for a two day period.  Students compared Diurnal, Semidiurnal and Mixed Semidiurnal tide patterns with the predicted tide and identified the predicted tide as a Semidiurnal pattern.

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