Student Thank-a-Thon

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With the help of Peter Gruber International Academy students, the Advancement Office held its first student run Thank-a-Thon to show our donors some #KINDNESS and love this Valentines season. It's because of our amazing supporters that #VIMSIA is able to continue to provide students with quality education and create a love for learning unlike any other. Thanks to all who volunteered, helping us reach out to over 150 supporters of our school and embracing our #cooltobekind theme! 

A Night at The Museum

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Upper Elementary Wax Museum presentations were a hit Thursday night.  Students prepared first person narratives from past to the present for family and friends. Each student dressed up in character and delivered their speeches flawlessly all while pretending to be a wax statue. It is an interactive presentation held at VIMSIA in honor of black history month.

As a culmination of 6 weeks work these notable personalities came to life to share their stories representing a diversity of backgrounds of social activism, education, literature, medicine, sports, NASA and the entertainment world. 

Theater Elective Workshop with Lisa Aqui

Some of the students who welcomed Lisa Chamely-Aqui to theater class on Wednesday morning.

Some of the students who welcomed Lisa Chamely-Aqui to theater class on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning, Lisa Aqui, parent and Board of Trustee member who has a background in theater performance, worked with theater students as a volunteer presenter. Theater Elective students in 2nd and 3rd periods were taught concepts about staging, articulation and projection, blocking scenes and having the right body language for their characters.

Thank you, Lisa!

12th Annual Poetry Out Loud Winner Adia Thomas

3rd place: Kira Mitchell, 2nd place: Caroline Gaskin, 1st place: Adia Thomas

3rd place: Kira Mitchell, 2nd place: Caroline Gaskin, 1st place: Adia Thomas

Under the direction of Virgin Islands Montessori and Peter Gruber International Academy (VIMSIA) Middle Years Program English Language and Literature teacher Melissa Bump, six high school students participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition with hopes of winning and moving on to the territory-wide competition scheduled for March 9, 2019 in St. Croix. Contestants included: Caroline Gaskin ‘20, Bianca Campbell ‘22, Kira Mitchell ‘21, Vidhika Khemani ‘22, Layla Richman ‘22 and Adia Thomas ’21. Each student was required to prepare, memorize and recite two poems from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology.

This year’s winners: 3rd place Kira Mitchell, 2nd place Caroline Gaskin, 1st place Adia Thomas. The VI Council on the Arts will provide an all expense paid trip to St. Croix for Thomas and Bump.

Poetry Out Loud provides a great opportunity for students to truly connect with poetry through memorization and internalization of the poet’s message. It is also a fabulous opportunity for students to gain public speaking experience. 

The winner of the territory competition will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC in April to compete in the national competition. There are numerous award levels in DC, the most impressive being the $20,000 awarded to the national champion. In addition to the financial benefit, Poetry Out Loud opens fantastic doors for that person. Some national champions have even performed at the White House. 

All 6 competitors - Caroline Gaskin ‘20, Bianca Campbell ‘22, Kira Mitchell ‘21, Vidhika Khemani ‘22, Layla Richman ‘22 and Adia Thomas ’21

All 6 competitors - Caroline Gaskin ‘20, Bianca Campbell ‘22, Kira Mitchell ‘21, Vidhika Khemani ‘22, Layla Richman ‘22 and Adia Thomas ’21

College Seminar Guest Speaker

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Students enjoyed a guest presenter in College Seminar this week. Tina Romano, Senior Training Consultant with Impact Factory (and VIMSIA parent) presented to our DP students on personal impact, first impressions, positive communication and building confidence. Students engaged in role playing, presenting and all around collaborative FUN! Thank you, Tina, for supporting our students' development!

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Photography Field Trip

Photography teacher Mr. Jones, Coach Nurse and PGIA students!

Photography teacher Mr. Jones, Coach Nurse and PGIA students!

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Mr. Jones, photography teacher at Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy arranged a unique opportunity for sixteen PGIA students to visit a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Havensight. Students were given an official tour of the ship (Silhouette of the Seas) and were then given time to take photographs of the Royal Caribbean ship! Students were treated to lunch at their amazing buffet!  

A huge thanks goes out to Mr. Jones and Coach Nurse profusely for making this happen! 

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Checkmate

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VIMSIA is proud of the students who competed in the National Scholastic Chess K-12 Grade Championships in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. Congratulations to Rohan Nagi who came in first place in his division (unrated 9th graders), Drake Walters who placed in the top ten (unrated 5th graders), Miles Tolud who placed third in his division (undrated 6th graders), and Tendaji Davis who placed first in his division (unrated 2nd graders).

Congratulations to VIMSIA Chess Coach Darryl Allen, who tied for first play in the coaches play division!

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Romeo and Juliet

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Congratulations to the hard-working cast and crew of Romeo and Juliet! Congratulations to Ms. Bump on an amazing play!

PTA Throws an Epic Staff Holiday Party

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff at VIMSIA, we’d like to sincerely thank the PTA and all the parents who donated so many delicious dishes for the Staff Holiday Party. A very special thank you goes out to Mr. Terris Bynum (DJ Tee) for providing us with great music and endless dancing and Jeanne Walters for spearheading the event! We are so grateful to have such an amazing group of supportive and caring parents. Thank you for throwing this amazing party!

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DP Global Politics

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On Friday, December 7, 2019, the grade 11 and 12 DP Global Politics class welcomed Mr. Michael Feshbach. Mr. Feshbach taught a lesson on parliamentary systems. He spoke in depth on the unicameral national legislature of Israel, the Knesset. He discussed how governmental parties have to work together in order to accomplish goals. He also spoke in broad terms on the role of how parties of any government should listen and respect different views and opinions and still be able to work together to come to agreements that benefit everyone.