VIMSIA Players on USVI U-17 Boys

The members of the U.S. Virgin Islands under-17 boys national team playing in the CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Bradenton, Fla.: front row from left, Connor Querrard, Kareem Sealey, Hasani Edgar, Selah Mathurin, Jimson St. Louis, Devonte Duncan, Thomiah Williams, Orion Mills and Mahari Cortijo; back row from left, Elton Richards Jr., Axel Bartsch, Destin Thompson Jr., Kyle Willis, Dalton Parr, Isaiah Jarvis, Nyon Maynard, Whelan Joseph and Gidal Williams.

The members of the U.S. Virgin Islands under-17 boys national team playing in the CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Bradenton, Fla.: front row from left, Connor Querrard, Kareem Sealey, Hasani Edgar, Selah Mathurin, Jimson St. Louis, Devonte Duncan, Thomiah Williams, Orion Mills and Mahari Cortijo; back row from left, Elton Richards Jr., Axel Bartsch, Destin Thompson Jr., Kyle Willis, Dalton Parr, Isaiah Jarvis, Nyon Maynard, Whelan Joseph and Gidal Williams.

The U.S. Virgin Islands under-17 boys national team was shut out in its first two matches at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, being played at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The USVI National Team, playing in Group A in the 19-team qualifying stage, lost to St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1-0 on March 16, then fell 3-0 to the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are now 0-2-0 in group play, with two matches remaining against Nicaragua, and Sunday, March 24, against Grenada.

Congratulations to the four VIMSIA students who made it onto the team: Devonte Duncan, Jimson St. Louis, Isaish Jarvis and Axel Bartsch.

Elementary Girls Soccer Champs

St. Thomas Elementary Girls Soccer Champs

St. Thomas Elementary Girls Soccer Champs

Virgin Islands Montessori School’s elementary girls soccer team won the St. Thomas-St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association league title this season. The Lady Volts finished the season with a 5-0-1 record. Team members are, front row from left, Ellis Wisehart, Arielle Shackell, Natasha Webster, Zia Gibbs, Tanya Khemlani and Arimei Miller; back row from left, coach Adalio Araujo, Cadence Canes, Aurora Rodriguez, Devin DeGannes, Aysia Frett, Abella Maynard, Sofia Kappel and Mariana Brunt. DeGannes was the league’s leading scorer with six goals.

Ricky James Winner of 2019 Youth Role Model University Bound Program at UVI

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Well don't we just need some good news today? As you all knew from earlier in the year, Mr. Axel Bartsch, was the winner from our school as the 2019 Youth Role Model for the University Bound Program at UVI.  We are so proud of him!

The University Bound Program selected their own winner for the 2019 Youth Role Model Award and that young man is also a PGIA student.  Mr. Ricky James will also receive this award this spring!

VIMSIA creates great young people, and these students are fully deserving of this accolade.  Sharp, strong, reflective young men who have led by example in staying committed to academics and strong character.

Today is a proud day for VIMSIA.  Congrats Axel and Ricky!

Rugby in MYP PE Class

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Two years ago the local USVI Privateers Rugby Club teamed up with our school in an effort to be involved with the community and grow the sport of rugby. At the time we welcomed a few college teams in our PE classes. This year we were excited to welcome back the Babson United Rugby Club from Babson College, located in Boston. The students had an awesome time running drills and playing fun rugby games with the players! Thanks to Coach Carrick Pell and the Babson team!

Diego Zakers Accepted to Frontiers Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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PGIA 11th grade student, Diego Zakers, has been accepted to the Frontiers Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute this summer!  Diego will explore Interactive Media and Game Development as well as Entrepreneurship.  Congratulations Diego!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.   

Caroline Gaskin Accepted to Harvard University's Secondary School Program

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PGIA 11th grade student, Caroline Gaskin, has been accepted to Harvard University's Secondary School Program this summer!  Students get the opportunity to experience course work and life as a college student while developing independence and learning about the world around them.  Caroline's course options include Creative Writing, Biochemistry, Japanese and many more.  Congratulations Caroline!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.    

"Taste the Nations" from a Student’s Perspective

“Taste the Nations” preparation begins months before the event. The grades choose a country to represent in a dance- these almost always tie in with end session or some other event that has inspired us during the year. For example, the seventh grade represented Iceland, which is a travel option during end session this year. They then go to work practicing and perfectecting the dance. “For two months, we rehearsed every Tuesday for two hours. As ‘Taste the Nations’ drew closer, we rehearsed a few Thursdays as well.” said a grade seven student. “Not only is there the dance practice, but the writing and rehearsing of the introduction speech.”

It’s a lot of work, but we, the students, recognize the importance of it. Firstly, it is for a grade. Secondly, we care about our school, and so we do our best to represent it. Not only do we care about our school, but the opportunities of the people in it. The money raised from “ Taste the Nations” goes toward end session scholarships- because the end session traveling options cost a lot, the school makes an effort to have all the students travel once throughout their period at school. It is an amazing experience- one every student deserves to try.

Kindness Tree

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In our effort to spread kindness and love, VIMSIA PTA is focusing this year on a Kindness Campaign “Cool to be Kind”. Under PTA’s mentorship, the students have created a kindness tree. Each of these leaves is a piece of paper belonging to a student, on which they drew a picture or wrote something that they think demonstrates and expresses kindness. “ Every time I pass the kindness tree, it makes me feel happy. It also makes me glad that I go to Montessori.” said a student. Here are a few examples on the leaves; some say a good deed they had done, such as “ I picked up the trash at the beach on Sunday”, or a good deed you could do “ Compliment the first three people you see today”. Others say encouraging things such as “ One smile can change everything. BE KIND” or simple words such as “ Love”.