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Barracuda Bulletin: Week of October 20


Student Spotlight


Charley Cope is new to the GHS community this year and is a member of our toddler class.

“Charley is a bright little light in our classroom,” says toddler teacher Ms. Beth. “He brings so much joy and laughter. He's a kind friend to all of his classmates.”

Charley loves trucks and tigers and practicing his big tiger ‘ROAR!”

Charley says his favorite activities at school are playing at the sand table and the water table. He loves going to the playground, where he often sees big sister Lundin, and he loves getting hugs from Ms. Beth.

“He’s such a polite child,” Ms. Beth says of Charlie. “He uses his manners and is very good at sharing. He plays well with all his friends in class and he’s a great helper at cleanup time. He’s always excited to be at school.”


Upcoming Events



We are excited to present our first Farm to Table dinner of the 2023-2024 school year on Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday is the last day to purchase tickets! Our Farm to Table dinners feature fresh, seasonal produce grown in our school gardens and ethically, sustainably sourced proteins. Meals are created by our culinary students and delivered to your table with exceptional service by our front-of-house class students. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets today.



We are looking forward to our annual Lower Campus Halloween parade on Oct. 31 at 8:45 a.m.! Parents and guardians are welcome to line up on the green top ramp to watch our toddler through fifth grade students parade around the green top in their Halloween costumes. Alternate activities will be available for those who do not celebrate Halloween. Upper Campus students will be shuttled by school personnel to the Lower Campus to take in the action. Please do not park across the street by the yellow house and along that stretch of road, as it is private property.



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. 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!


GHS Highlights



School photo packages are going home with students today. Please note that calendars will be printed and sent home after picture make-up day, which is Friday, Nov. 3, at the Upper Campus. Lower Campus students who did not get their picture taken will be transported to the Upper Campus by school personnel. Picture order forms for those who did not get their picture taken are due Wednesday, November 1. Payment should be in cash or money order only and please include exact change for payment. Contact with any questions.



Kudos to our seventh and tenth grade students who cleaned up a lot of washed-up marine debris and other litter from Privateer Bay on Thursday as part of Gifft Hill School's contribution to Coastweeks cleanups, which will continue into November.



The Autopista Americas college fair came to GHS on Thursday. Our high school students had the opportunity to meet with representatives of several universities as well as the Army.



Kudos to our fifth graders, who presented what they've learned in their studies of U.S. regions at the Lower Campus birthday assembly on Wednesday. They shared states, landmarks, geographic sites, weather, and other features of each region. Job well done, fifth graders!



Our high school physics students are building a relationship with our second graders with the goal of sharing science knowledge and activities. This week, the physics students created their own children's books on the topics of astronomy and astrophysics and read the books to second graders. As you can see from the photo below, a good time was had by all!


Sports Central



Congratulations this week goes to:

- Our varsity flag football team who won against Charlotte Amalie High School 21 to 0.

- Our middle school girls volleyball team who won against JESS.

- Our boys varsity volleyball team who won against Charlotte Amalie High School.

- Our middle school flag football team who won against JESS 21 to 19.

Go, Barracudas!



  • 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 for assistance.

  • There are no sports practices next week due to minimester.



Good luck to our varsity boys and girls volleyball teams, which are participating in the Antilles School Varsity Volleyball Tournament this weekend. Everyone is welcome to come out and cheer on our players! All games will take place at Antilles.

Girls varsity volleyball

Friday, 10/20, 6 p.m. - GHS vs. Free Will

Saturday, 10/21, 1 p.m. - GHS vs. CAHS

Saturday, 10/21, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. Central

Boys varsity volleyball

Saturday, 10/21, 11 a.m. - GHS vs. Good Hope Country Day School

Saturday, 10/21, 2 p.m. - GHS vs. Antilles

Saturday, 10/21, 5 p.m. - GHS vs. IEKHS

On Saturday, 10/21, the winners of varsity girls first and second pools will play at 6 p.m., and the winners of varsity boys first and second pools will play at 7 p.m. The winners of those match-ups will play at 8 p.m. (girls) and 9 p.m. (boys).



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


TRUNK OR TREAT, MONGOOSE TRICK OR TREATING SET FOR OCT. 31 St. John youth are invited to celebrate Halloween at Mongoose Junction and at Trunk or Treat in the gravel lot on Oct. 31. Mongoose Junction will host its traditional annual trick or treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Trunk or Treat at the gravel lot begins at 4:30 p.m. and will go until dark. The event will feature a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, and live music by DJ Adonis. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To participate with your own trunk or to donate candy, contact


OCEAN WEEK BEACH CLEANUPS SET FOR OCT. 21 Residents are invited to participate in several beach cleanups that will take place Oct. 21 in honor of Ocean Week. - Drunk Bay cleanup hosted by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Salt Pond parking lot. - Jumbie Beach cleanup hosted by St. John Rotary - Maho cleanup hosted by Reef2Peak - Great Cruz Bay cleanup hosted by Cruz Bay Watersports - Trunk Bay cleanup hosted by 340 Real Estate Co. - Honeymoon cleanup hosted by Caneel Bay Beach Club - North and South Haulover cleanup hosted by Lime Out - Cinnamon Bay cleanup hosted by KATS - Hawksnest cleanup hosted by Get Trashed - Hart Bay cleanup hosted by Lila Uzzell - Cruz Bay Beach cleanup hosted by Low Key Watersports



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 for more information or to register.



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 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 to indicate your interest.



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.

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