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Barracuda Bulletin: Week of September 22


Student Spotlight


Second grader Zuri Thomas is new to Gifft Hill School this year. Her teacher, Ms. Kissa, says Zuri was quick to learn classroom rules and expectations and is eager to help her classmates stay on task.

“She encourages the class and she’s very helpful and kind,” says Ms. Kissa.

Zuri tells fun stories and is a strong reader, Ms. Kissa adds.

Zuri says she’s enjoying her time at GHS so far, and she likes seeing her friends and her cousin at school. The second grader says she enjoys learning math and her favorite book is “There’s A Monster in Your Book” by Tom Fletcher. Zuri shares that she went to Disney World this summer, where she enjoyed going on the rides, and she says that seeing the theme park’s daily Fantasy Parade was “the best day ever!”


Upcoming Events



Parents and guardians are invited to make your voice heard at our first Barracuda Boosters Parent Focus Group meeting of the year. Please join us on Wednesday, September 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the Upper Campus for a discussion on Gifft Hill School's five-year strategic plan. Those who would like to join virtually can use Zoom ID 871 915 8703 and passcode GHS. Our Parent Focus Group meetings are a great way to get involved in the school. We look forward to your participation!


GHS Highlights



We were able to enhance the learning environment this week at both the Lower and Upper Campuses thanks to some generous community partners!

Thank you to Cruz Capital LLC and GHS families for donating to our spring Annual Fund campaign, which allowed us to purchase air conditioning units for LC classrooms. Your support helped us ensure that our students can focus and thrive in their classrooms regardless of the weather outside.

And at the Upper Campus, our woodworking students and teacher, Ms. Amelie, are thankful for Bigrigg Cranford Construction and Trayser Construction, which donated equipment, funds, and wood for use during class. Woodworking is a new class this year that honors traditional techniques while teaching modern design, tools, and applications. Thanks to these community-minded businesses for their support!


Sports Central



Kudos to our middle school volleyball team, who came out ahead in their game against Sts. Peter and Paul last week! Sts. Peter and Paul won the first set, 25 to 20, but our Barracudas made a comeback and won the last two sets 25 to 17 and 15 to 7. Go, Barracudas!



  • Please be sure to add your child's sport to your Class Dojo app. Practice and game schedules and changes will be announced here.

  • Cross country practice will now take place from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. For practice on Tuesday, 9/26, runners will practice at the Cruz Bay ball field, where they'll be transported in the GHS van. Parents should continue to pick up their children at the Upper Campus.

  • Flag football's optional practice will now be Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.



Fall sports are in full swing! 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!

Varsity flag football

Saturday, 9/23, 11 a.m. - GHS vs. IEKHS at IEKHS

Wednesday, 9/27, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. CAHS at Lionel Roberts Stadium

Friday, 9/29, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. IEKHS at IEKHS

Middle school flag football

Saturday, 9/23, 10 a.m. - GHS vs. JESS at IEKHS

Girls varsity volleyball

Saturday, 9/23, 3:30 p.m. - GHS vs. Antilles at IEKHS

Tuesday, 9/26, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. IEKHS at Trayser Field

Boys varsity volleyball

Saturday, 9/23, 2 p.m. - GHS vs. Antilles at IEKHS

Tuesday, 9/26, 5 p.m. - GHS vs. IEKHS at Trayser Field

Girls middle school volleyball

Saturday, 9/23, noon - GHS vs. Antilles at IEKHS

Tuesday, 9/26, 4 p.m. - GHS vs. Montessori at Trayser Field

Cross country

Thursday, 9/28, 4 p.m. - elementary 1 mile and middle school/JV 2 mile at UVI golf course



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


BACK TO SCHOOL JAMBOREE SEPTEMBER 30 The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council along with Gun Violence Prevention will host a back to school jamboree Saturday, September 30, beginning at 3 p.m. at Frank Powell Park. This family-friendly event will feature food, entertainment, bouncy houses, and surprises, with presenters from the VIPD, USAO, PSN, GVP, FRC, LEPC, and DVSAC. There will be storytelling by Kwabena, performances by the Dynamic Dancers and V.I. For Life Quadrille Group, and face painting.



High schoolers have the opportunity to earn community service hours this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts, where help is needed to inventory supplies and organize instruments and costumes. Register to volunteer at


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