Eleventh grader Santiago Terron Lucero joined the GHS community in 2021. He notes the GHS community is connected and close, and says our teachers are supportive of their students.
“Being a GHS student is great, mainly because of the support I receive from faculty members,” says Santiago. “I can really relate to my classmates because of shared similar experiences. Every teacher here makes an effort to relate to the students and show support to them.”
Eleventh grade advisor Mr. Bill says Santi, as he’s known to his peers, works very well with his classmates.
“He’s always thoughtful and reflective, and he’s an amazing artist,” says Mr. Bill.
Santiago drew the cover of the 2022-2023 GHS yearbook, and he created a physics book geared to second graders, complete with hand-drawn illustrations.
“He’s a consistent friend and someone who will work with anybody,” says Mr. Bill.
Santiago is a member of our flag football team and the National Honor Society, and is a past member of our student council. He says drawing is his favorite pastime, and he also enjoys playing games and watching shows or movies.
SHOWCASE NIGHT NOV. 9
Students and their families are invited to join us for Showcase Night on Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event will combine a potluck with the opportunity for parents to see their children's school work. Families, you're invited to bring a dish to share in a disposable dish, or a dish with your name on it, and enjoy socializing with other GHS families while also visiting your children's classroom(s) to see their latest work. The classroom visit portion of the evening will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the potluck happening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those who have children at both campuses can participate at the Lower Campus, the Upper Campus, or both. We look forward to seeing you there!
45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION NOV. 18
We are excited to kick off our 45th anniversary with a celebration Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School Upper Campus. The evening will feature champagne and canapes created and served by our students, as well as a cash bar, Janet Cook-Rutnik art raffle to benefit the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship, surprise raffle items, and remarks and recollections by some of the school's founders. You can join us in celebrating this important milestone by clicking here to purchase tickets to the event. If you aren't able to join us but would still like to help us celebrate, click here to purchase raffle tickets.
Both campuses got into the spirit on Tuesday for Halloween. The day kicked off with our beloved annual costume parade at the Lower Campus, followed by Halloween games in the great room. Students at the Upper Campus competed in a costume contest (congrats to our winner, The Joker), then engaged in a Halloween poster competition and enjoyed student council's spooky haunted house. Special thanks to Dana Neil and her team of parent volunteers for bringing the Halloween fun and games to our Lower Campus students!
Kudos to this crew for beautifying Mary Creek, Annaberg, and Francis Bay by removing about 10 bags of litter! This effort is part of our ongoing Coastweeks cleanups, which will conclude next week with a final cleanup at Brown Bay.
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT
Congratulations this week goes to:
- Our varsity flag football team who won against Antilles 19 to 14.
- Our girls middle school volleyball team who won against Calvary in two sets, and against Antilles in three sets.
Special shout-out to our varsity girls volleyball team seniors Liandra Dagou (team captain), De'Neicia Baxter (team captain), and Kasia Cornelius on their last season! And another special shout-out to senior Jaden Pascal for his last season with varsity boys volleyball team!
PARENTS OF ATHLETES, TAKE NOTE
There will be no running club on Thursdays as our cross country runners travel to St. Thomas for their weekly meets.
Parents, be sure you are signed up for updates on your child's sport on Class Dojo. Contact email@example.com for assistance.
SPORTS COMPETITION SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED
All fall sports are now closed with the exception of running club, which will remain open to new participants for the remainder of the school year.
Here's a schedule of games/meets coming up in the next week. Everyone is welcome to come out and cheer on our Barracudas!
Middle school flag football
Monday, 11/6, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. Antilles at Trayser Field. If our team wins, they will advance to a championship game 11/8 at Lionel Roberts Stadium. If they lose, they will be second place in the league.
Varsity flag football
Friday-Sunday, 11/3-11/5 - GHS will compete in a varsity tournament at the Joseph Aubain Ballpark in Frenchtown. The schedule is as follows:
Friday, 11/3, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. Good Hope Country Day
Friday, 11/3, 7 p.m. - GHS vs. St. Croix Educational Complex
Saturday, 11/4, 10 a.m. - GHS vs. Central High School
Saturday, 11/4, 3:30 p.m. - second place vs. first place championship
Girls middle school volleyball
Friday, 11/3, 4 p.m. - playoff game at Antilles, vs. Montessori
Girls varsity volleyball
Thursday, 11/2, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. All Saints at Antilles
Boys varsity volleyball
Thursday, 11/2, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. Montessori
Thursday 11/9, 4 p.m. - elementary 1 mile and middle school/JV 2 mile, at UVI golf course
GHS will team up with JESS and IEK to compete on all-star middle school and varsity flag football teams in the Viya Bull and Bread Bowl 11/1 at 5 p.m. (middle school) and 6:30 p.m. (varsity) at the Joseph Aubain Ballpark in Frenchtown.
DATES TO REMEMBER
See below for important dates to remember over the next two months. View the full school year calendar by clicking here.
Community Corner: News You Can Use
LEARN TO SWIM RESUMES NOV. 4
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park's Learn to Swim program will resume Saturday, Nov. 4. These lessons are free and open to adults and children ages 4 and above. Lessons take place the first and third Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Cinnamon Bay Beach to the left of the ruins. Visit www.friendsvinp.org for more information or to register.
KATS NOW ENROLLING; VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Kids and the Sea program is now enrolling students for its introductory seamanship program, which starts Nov. 4. The program teaches swimming, stand up paddle boarding, rowing, power boat safety, marine life, local waters, weather identification, and sailing basics, and is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Once a student has completed the seamanship program, they can attend the KATS sailing program on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in Coral Bay. Those who would like to enroll should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, age, and parent contact info.
Additionally, KATS is seeking volunteers for the sailing program and the swimming, paddle boarding, rowing, weather, and local waters sections of the seamanship program. Volunteers must be CPR and first aid-certified. Email email@example.com to indicate your interest.
UVI SAT PREP COURSE NOW ENROLLING
University of the Virgin Islands' University Bound Program and Alpine Securities, USVI are collaborating to provide SAT Preparation Courses for juniors and seniors in the St. Thomas/St. John District. The 10-week program begins Saturday, Dec. 9, with the final exam scheduled for Saturday, March 9. The program will take place at UVI's St. Thomas campus and requires a $50 deposit, which will be returned upon completion of the program. Click here to enroll. The deadline is Oct. 31.
WORLD OCEAN SCHOOL OFFERING WINTER PROGRAM TO 16 TO 19-YEAR-OLDS
World Ocean School, which runs the Roseway/Denis Sullivan program offered each year to our eighth graders, is hosting a five-day liveaboard Winter Ambassador Program Dec. 18-22. The program will begin and end in Christiansted with likely stops to include Culebra, Vieques, and St. John. The program cost is $2,500 not including travel expenses, and scholarships are available to qualifying students. Click here to apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and visit www.worldoceanschool.org to learn more.