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SCDS Awarded Teaching Conservation Grant by the GA Dept. of Natural Resources
Congratulations to Lower School Science teacher Bill Eswine, a recent recipient of a $1,000 conversation grant by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish and enhance a campus bog habitat. Below is the Savannah Morning News article by environmental reporter Mary Landers:
By Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News:
A science teacher at Savannah Country Day School is turning a large drainage ditch on campus into a bog that can use as an outdoor classroom to teach about wetland wildlife.

“Since we already had bullfrogs, leopard frogs and a lot of native plant species in that area, we thought it would be great if we could turn it into a bog – a site that would be an outdoor classroom,” said Bill Eswine, a science specialist who has directed a coastal ecology summer camp in the Savannah area since 1982. 

Eswine recently received a $1,000 Teaching Conservation grant through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to enhance the bog.

The grant, which has been met with a matching private donation, is provided by The Environmental Resources Network, a friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section of DNR. The section awards the grant annually to a third- through fifth-grade public or private school teacher in Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

Although the ditch may not look like much now, Eswine says the future site will allow his students to observe the diverse wildlife in a bog habitat, as well as study hydrology and the potential effects of pollution, climate change and other threats to natural bogs, a fragile and often-overlooked ecosystem.

“Most people see (the ditch) as an ugly site and would fill it in, but it really is a unique habitat and we wanted to highlight that for our kids,” Eswine said. “They’re the stewards of the future and we want them to look at things appropriately.”

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Middle School Math Team Sweeps AASU Tournament
On Saturday, October 18, the Middle School Math Team took all the top awards at the Armstrong State University Middle School Math Bowl!  Param Patel was the first place individual at the competition while Josh Braun won the second place prize and Angela Young took the trophy for the third place individual.  The team, which also included Geena Panzitta, Alvin Adjei, Vik Manocha, Brayton Rahimi, and Owen Elkin, competed in four rounds of tough buzzer action and qualified for the final round against Savannah Christian Preparatory School.  In the final round the group of Young, Panzitta, Adjei, and Manocha won by a score of 66-0.  Congratulations, Hornets!
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SCDS Wins Regional One Act Play Competition
On Saturday, October 18, the Upper School Advanced Acting Class traveled to Macon to defend their regional title in the GHSA One Act Play Competition. The group performed The Yellow Boat by David Saar and took home to top prize. Senior Davis Tate was named to the All-Star Cast.
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They will travel to Warner Robins on November 1 to compete for the state title. This is the third year in a row that SCDS has won the regional competition. Congratulations to director DJ Queenan and students Andy Paul, Kianna Maynard, Catherine Atkinson, Maya Hardrick, Davis Tate, Will Dismukes, Rares Cristian, Maya Patterson and Emma Huennekens.
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Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal Visits SCDS to Honor Student Readers
First Lady Sandra Deal—together with representatives from Scholastic Reading Club--traveled to Savannah on Monday, September 29, to congratulate and celebrate Lower School students.  The students participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading program and were responsible for logging their reading each day throughout the summer break. In total, the students logged 719,610 minutes and finished in first place for Georgia and 71st in the world.  This is the third year in a row that SCDS has received this honor. While on campus, Mrs. Deal read in the DuBose Media Center and answered student questions.
 
 

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Hornets Support Anti-Bullying Campaign
On Friday, October 3, students, teachers and administrators all traded their uniforms and business attire for blue shirts in recognition of the national Stomp Out Bullying Campaign. The day served as an opportunity to discuss what we can do as a school to encourage and promote of culture of respect, compassion and empathy. The day also coincided with the first Parent Coffee of the year--a book discussion of the SCDS summer reading, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering. 
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Senior Hakon Jones Returns from Honors Research Program at Sea
As part of his participation in the Ocean Exploration Trust's Honors Research Program (HRP), senior Hakon Jones recently spent a week aboard a research vessel traveling to an active volcano off the coast of Grenada. While aboard the research vessel, Hakon was able to skype with his AP Environmental Science classmates and give a first-hand account of his work on the vessel.
 
Hakon was selected as part of a small group of honors-level high school juniors to participate in the Honors Research Program. He spent three weeks over the summer at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, then on board E/V Nautilus for a week. The opportunity allowed Hakon to work with scientists and engineers, learning about oceanography, marine geology, marine biology, acoustics, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process.
 

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Congratulations, National Merit Semi-Finalists
Seniors Danny Park and Jack Auer have been recognized for their academic and extra-curricular achievements by being named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students. Danny and Jack were among 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country who entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 
Congratulations to both Jack and Danny, as well as their families!
 

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Hornets Help to Strike out ALS
The first week of school ended with a bang as over 500 students and faculty gathered in the Quad to watch Hornets take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Participants included Upper School teachers David Hoopes and Catherine Gussler along with Head of School Kef Wilson and Divisional Heads Annemarie Shuman, Jeremy Hammond and Steve Kolman. Click HERE to view a short video.
If you have not already, please visit www.alsa.org to learn more about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Lower School News
Plein Air Painting
10/20/2014
With the invention of paint in collapsible metal tubes in 1841, artists could at last escape the studio to paint en plein air. Utilizing easels purchased by the Arts Alliance, fourth graders are currently drawing in the plein air tradition to escape the art room and capture scenes within our school's verdant Butterfly Garden. Following some introductory sketching, the students will create mixed media depictions of their selected portion of the garden.
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Kindergarten Patriots
10/6/2014
On the morning of Friday, October 3, the kindergarten students opened their classrooms to an eager group of visitors--their parents! The students have spent the last few weeks learning about American symbols such as the American Flag, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. The students acted as docents, providing tours and explanations of each item. The morning also included a concert in the outdoor Science area. If you see a kindergartener on campus, stop and ask them about their favorite American symbol!
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Word Wizardry in Second Grade
10/6/2014
Students in Mrs. Morgan's second grade class are becoming word wizards. Paired with a reading buddy during Reader's Workshop, the students selected a special spot to practice applying a variety of strategies for decoding and comprehending tricky words within a text. 

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Congratulations to all 5th Grade Student Council Candidates
10/3/2014
Congratulations to SCDS’ newest members of the 5th Grade Student Council, as well as to all of those that ran for office. Students, teachers and parents gathered recently in the Lower School's Bradley Conference Room to listen to the student speeches. Candidates spoke about commitment, leadership, and how they would bring the school community together. They enticed their peers with, sports team apparel day, extended recess, scrapbooks of the year’s events and much more. Candidates were poised and enthusiastically delivered what they could do to make their 5th grade year the “best year ever."   
The 2014-15(fall) 5th Grade Student Council members are: President: Reid Keller, Vice President: Grace Wilson, Secretary: Dearing James, Treasurer: Jimmy Grove, Historian: Rebecca Dimond, Parliamentarian: Hayes Orr
 

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Pre-K Butterflies Take Flight
10/2/2014
How does a butterfly eat? Do they have a mouth? Just ask Mrs. Cooper’s pre-kindergarteners and they will tell you, “they eat from a straw!” The children enjoyed learning all about butterflies in science lab with Mrs. Vetrovsky, moving like a butterfly to a game of Simon Says and finally making a tissue paper butterfly to take outside and explore the Lower School gardens.
 

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Writer's Workshop in Mrs. Aaron's Class
10/2/2014
Mrs. Aaron’s fifth graders have been writing personal narratives during writer’s workshop this past week. Using laptops to plan, draft, edit and finally publish their pieces allows students to hone both their language arts and technology skills. Once the students complete their narratives, they enjoy reading aloud to their classmates from the author’s chair. The final exercise helps them gain public speaking experience and learn to welcome feedback on their work.

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5th Graders Tune into Technology with Mr. Stringer
10/1/2014
Ms. Mansel’s 5th graders enjoyed interacting with Mr. Stringer, SCDS’ new Director of Information and Literary Services, in the Lower School Computer lab this past week. They learned about the laptop cart check out, SCDS website navigation and how use Google Earth to help with class research projects. Google Earth was especially popular as students viewed historical landmarks, outer space and even their own family homes.

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Kindergartners Study Campus Trees
9/30/2014
Rather than study trees from a textbook or website, Mrs. Vetrovsky pulled her kindergarten Science students out of the lab and into the woods. Students were able to take advantage of our wooded campus to make observations, collect bark rubbings and report their findings on a variety of trees. 

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Author Kate Klise Visits Campus
9/22/2014
As part of the month-long reading celebration, Lower School welcomed author Kate Klise to campus for the day. Mrs. Klise entertained students with humorous stories and a reading of one of her books. If you're a parent in Lower School, don't be surprised if your child creates his or her own literary masterpiece using her "secret recipe."  
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Book Fair!
9/22/2014
A favorite event in Lower School is the annual Book Fair, where students have the opportunity to explore new books and spent time with their parents and classmates in the DuBose Media Center. All proceeds from the book sale benefit SCDS. Thanks to the Parents’ Association for helping to coordinate and promote the event. 

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Expansion of Science Curriculum
9/8/2014
The start of the school year ushered in several program enhancements, including one that is extremely popular—the expansion of the Lower School’s Science curriculum into grades PreK through second. Formerly a teacher in the second grade, Carrie Vetrovsky transitioned into a newly created role as the dedicated Science teacher for the younger students. Her classroom, located in the Early Childhood Building, allows her to utilize the organic gardens and the side lawn as an expansion of the classroom. These students are thrilled with the hands-on experiments and opportunities for experiential learning. 

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Athletic Main News
McMath, Class of 2013 Leads Presbyterian to Big Win
10/30/2014
Down by two points with 4:19 to go in its Saturday Homecoming game against Monmouth, quarterback Heys McMath, SCDS Class of 2013 and the Presbyterian College football team mounted a game-winning touchdown drive to knock off the Monmouth Hawks for a dramatic Big South Conference victory 18-12.
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7th Grade Volleyball SMN " Team of the Week"
10/29/2014
The Savannah Morning News honored the 7th grade volleyball SPAL Champions as the "Team of the Week."  Great season, athletes, and coaches!

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Boys Area Runner-Up In Cross Country
10/29/2014
The SCDS boys' cross country team finished 2nd in the GHSA Area Meet in Macon. They will compete in the State Meet on November 8th in Carrollton at 2:50 PM.
 
Top area finishers for SCDS: 6th Jack Barnes, 18:27; 7th Edward Long, 18:45; 23rd Asher Kolman, 19:57; 28th Sam Bacevich, 20:10; 29th Matt Bailey, 20:12; 32nd  Matthew Gompels, 20:23; 34th Nathan Luskey 20:25.

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Basketball Tryouts Information
10/24/2014
Basketball team tryouts for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade boys and girls will begin November 3rd.
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7th/8th Grade Football In SPAL Championship
10/24/2014
The 7th/8th Grade Football team defeated Pinewood 42-14 to advance to the SPAL Championship Thursday, October 30th at Calvary at 7:00 PM! Congratulations Hornets!!
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Colton Lichtenberg " Player of the Week"
10/22/2014
Colton Lichtenberg was honored by the Savannah Quarterback Club as the “Offensive Player of the Week” for the Portal game. Colton, a senior who kicked 7 touchbacks on Friday night, was 5 for 5 on extra points, 1 for 1 on FGs (45 yards).  He also had 5 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown accounting for 14 of our 38 points. Colton also had 3 punts for a 40 yard average and a long of 45 and one inside the 5 yard line. Congratulations Colton!

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Bri Carney Homecoming Queen
10/20/2014
Senior Bri Carney was selected the 2014 SCDS Homecoming Queen. First Runner-up was Gabby Lauretti and Taylor Parker was Second Runner-Up.
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7th/8th Football to Host SPAL Playoff Game
10/19/2014
The 7th/8th Grade football team is the 2nd seed in the SPAL playoffs. SCDS will host Pinewood on Thursday, Oct 23, at 5:30 PM on Saunders Field. Support your Hornets!
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Volleyball Continues in State Playoffs
10/17/2014
The SCDS Volleyball team defeated First Presbyterian of Macon 25-22, 25-19, 25-17 to continue in the GHSA Class A Private School State playoffs. They will travel to Fellowship Christian in Roswell for the Final 12 in State next Tuesday, October 21st.
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SCDS Football Has Three "Top Performances"
10/14/2014
The Savannah Morning News honors the top 12 performances from the football games on Friday. Three of the 12 were Hornets in their Homecoming win over Portal.
Hunter Hatley, The junior threw for 201 yards and three scores and ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Jake Lee had a career-high seven catches for 105 yards and two scores in the Hornets’ win. Colton Lichtenberg, The senior connected on a 45-yard field goal, made 5 of 5 extra points, caught five passes for 96 yards and a score and had touchbacks on seven kickoffs. Congratulations!
 


7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Teams Win SPAL Championships
10/9/2014
The 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated Blessed Sacrament 25-16, 11-25, 15-9 to win the 2014 SPAL Championship and finished the season 13-0. The 8th Grade team was a 3-Peat having won the SPAL Championship in 2012 and 2013. They finished the season 13-1 and defeated Blessed Sacrament for the Title. Congratulations!!

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Ole Miss Golfer Joe Lewis Honored
10/5/2014
Joe Lewis, SCDS Class of 2011, has been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. To be eligible for the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.2. Congratulations Joe!!
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Glover Wins Cross Country Meet
10/3/2014
Sarah Glover was the female winner at the SCPS Invitational Cross Country Meet with a time of 20:48. The girls team finished 8th overall.
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Hornets in the Stats
9/26/2014
Chandler Royal and Colton Lichtenberg lead the city in Area stats. Chandler is first in volleyball assists with 471 and aces - 91. Colton has 14 receptions for 258 yards in football with an average of 18.4 yards per carry and 3 touchdowns. Go Hornets!!
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MS Girls Cross Country 1st, Boys 2nd
9/26/2014
Another strong finish from the Middle School Cross Country teams at the SCPS Meet. The girls team finished first and the boys took 2nd.
Individual finishers for the Hornets:
Girls: 1-Megan Kemp, 2-Nina Kolman, 3-Charlton Strong, 4-Ella Stubbs, 5-Summer Lanier
Boys: 1-Ben Goodman-2nd overall, 2-Court Kelley, 3-Harry DeWalt, 4-Hyeon Choi, 5-Finn Repella


Hunter Hatley Enmark "Player of the Week"
9/25/2014
Junior quarterback Hunter Hatley completed seven passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Country Day Hornets defeated Montgomery County 44-13 on Saunders Field. 
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Savannah Draud Pitches No Hitter
9/25/2014
Savannah Draud pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 as Savannah Country Day blanked Montgomery County in a six-inning contest.
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7th Grade Volleyball Undefeated
9/23/2014
The 7th grade volleyball team is 8-0 for the SPAL season. The team coached by Dean Coon has defeated all their opponents in two games in a best of 3 format except one match which they won 2-1. The members of the team are: Annabel Cairns, Emily Davis, Isabella Giusti, Nyah Hammond, Lizzie Horn, Emily Johnson, Ryah Johnosn, Evelyn Kahn, Ashley Pankey, Gigi Pytte, Lindsay Rockwood, Delle Smith, Margot Strother. Congratulations!
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Sarah Glover SMN's Girls Athlete of the Week
9/23/2014
 
 

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Middle School Dominates Cross Country Meet
9/14/2014
The Middle School girls' cross country team finished first and the boys' team second in the SCDS meet. Finishing top for the girls were: Megan Kemp 2nd, Nina Kolman 3rd, Charleton Strong 6th, Summer Lanier 10th, Ella Stubbs 15th and Catherine Goodman 16th. Top finishers for the boys were: Court Kelley 5th, Coleman Mowry 14th, Harry Dewalt 15th, Reid Keller 18th, Hyeon Choi 23rd, Ross Goodman 25th, and Rogan Steele 26th. 
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Glover -Top Runner for SCDS
9/12/2014
Sarah Glover finished first in the girls' home cross country meet. She led from the start to finish with a time of 21:13. The girls' team was 5th overall. 
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Mark Silvers Wins PGA Tour Canada Title
9/8/2014
SCDS Mark Silvers, Class of 2005, came up with a clutch effort Sunday to win his first PGA Tour Canada title and, perhaps, improve his future status as a pro.
Silvers, 27, defeated Matt Harmon on the first playoff hole to capture the Cape Breton Celtic Classic at The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia. Silvers carded rounds of 70-65-72-66 for 15 under par, with six birdies to win the event.

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McMath Leads Presbyterian to Victory
9/8/2014
Heys McMath, Class of 201,3 led the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College to a big win over Bluefield College. Heys as the starting quarterback was 7 for 8 for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Congratulations Heys!!

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Colton Lichtenberg National High School Kicking Player of the Week
9/3/2014
After a total of 1,743 public votes were cast for the five finalists, Colton Lichtenberg has been named the first Kohl's Kicking National High School Player of the Week for the 2014 season. Lichtenberg is currently ranked as the No.10 kicking prospect in the nation by Kohl's Kicking Camps and was also named the Kohl's Kicking All-America Kickoff Specialist for the 2013 football season. Lichtenberg's game performance to earn this week's National Player of the Week honors included a 77-yard punt, a 59-yard punt a 49-yard field goal and a touchdown at wide receiver.

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Softball Undefeated
8/24/2014
The SCDS softball team is undefeated with great wins over Windsor Forest 16-0, Claxton 9-2, and Jenkins High 21-16.  Their bats are blazing! Next home game is Region rival Savannah Christian at HOME at 5:00 PM on Tuesday the 26th. Support your Hornets!!

Carolina Pickney was honored as Optim's Healthcare "Player of the Night."
She nearly hit for the cycle with a single, three triples and a home run to lead the Savannah Country Day softball team over host Jenkins 21-16 on Saturday.
Pinckney, who scored five runs and drove in four, also was the winning pitcher. Pinckney (2-0) pitched four innings in relief, allowing two hits, three earned runs and one walk with three strikeouts. Congratulations Carolina!

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Savannah Draud "Player of the Week"
8/19/2014
The Prep Sports Report selected SCDS softball athlete, Savannah Draud as the 1st female "Player of the Week" for the 2014 fall season. Savannah pitched a complete game, a no-hitter with 8 strikeouts in the Hornets' 16-0 win over Windsor Forest. This was a great start to the softball season. The Prep Sports Report is a monthly Savannah magazine dedicated to covering local prep sports. Representatives from the magazine and the sponsor, Five Guys Burgers & Fries will present Savannah with her award before the next home game Thursday, August 21st at 4:30 p.m. 
 
 


Joe Lewis Qualifies for US Amateur
7/17/2014
A rising senior at the University of Mississippi and former Savannah Country Day star, Joe Lewis shot 66-68—134 to finish second at 8-under par to qualify for the 114th US Amateur which will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17.  Congratulations Joe!
Little School News
Fall Festival Fun!
10/30/2014
The Little School had its first annual Fall Festival last Thursday. The little tykes enjoyed face painting, 'fishing' for goldfish, feeding monsters, searching for pumpkins in a haystack, and best of all, a tractor hayride around campus. Thank you to all the Little School teacher and staff for orchestrating such a Fall Festive afternoon!
Middle School News
Guinea Fowl
10/6/2014
 
After much anticipation, the Lower School Science Center is now home to several dozen guinea fowl chicks. While the Lower School students eagerly awaited the birth of the chicks in Mr. Eswine’s incubator, Middle School students were also interested. Last year, a handful of Middle School mini-mester students traveled to Daufuskie Island where they learned, among other things, about the guinea hen’s contribution to insect control. Back in Savannah, residents on Whitmarsh Island learned of the SCDS experiences on Daufuskie and reached out to Mr. Eswine to help rescue a nest full of guinea hen eggs that were in harms way. Whitmarsh Island residents will take several of the chicks back to their original homeland to keep the line of ancestry going and the other chicks will be available for adoption. This is just another example of Country Day's commitment to providing real life experiences for our students while also contributing to the well being of our Savannah community. Click HERE to watch video of the chicks in the Science Center incubator.

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Honey Harvest
9/22/2014
Students in Mr. Wiley’s Science class were thrilled to learn how to extract honey from the campus honeybee combs. After taking turns with a heated knife to slice off the top of the comb cells, the students used a hand crank to release the honey. The students will use the honey to produce a variety of products such as soap and lip balm.

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Exploring Interests in Middle School
9/8/2014
So much of Middle School is about discovering who you are and what things you are most passionate about.  For a fourth year in a row, the Middle School teachers and administrators hosted a Clubs and Activities Fair so that students can learn more about the variety of opportunities outside of the classroom.  The clubs help students find a sense of belonging and explore new interests without feeling exposed or embarrassed.  The students were thrilled to learn more about the Debate Club, Diversity Club, Tech Wizards, Quiz Bowl, Beekeeping, Math Team, Chess Club, Animal Care, and Science Olympiad.

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Middle School Whirlygigs
9/8/2014
Serving as a fun refresher for the Scientific Method, Mr. Swanson’s Life Science students climbed chairs and used meter sticks and stop watches to measure the “hang time” of home-made whirlygigs. During the initial investigation, students applied the scientific method to test their hypotheses and determine the affect of wing length.  Over the next few days, students will investigate the affects of other variables as they compile data that will help them succeed in the ultimate Whirlygig competition freestyle event.

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Fine Arts News
Art in Squares
10/30/2014
Art 101 students recently took on what appeared to be a daunting project—a large-scale celebrity portrait. After an intro into value, contrast and the full range of artist pencils, the students dove head first into the technique of grid enlargement. Each student was assigned one square of the grid to complete. After completing their individual section, the larger grid came together and the celebrity was revealed. An important takeaway for the students is that no drawing is too difficult if you break it down into small bites.

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GMEA District Auditions- Orchestra
10/20/2014
Plenty of practice time, serious private study of three-octave major and melodic minor scales and arpeggios, a demanding etude, and complex sight reading are part of what over 70 students from 15 schools in GMEA district 1 grappled with on Saturday, October 18 at the first of two all-state orchestra auditions.   Ms. Swart is very proud of everyone who auditioned; and the following students have advanced to January auditions in Atlanta, where they will compete with kids from all over the state of Georgia: Alvin Adjei ‘20, Christopher Cheng ‘’19, Joyce Cho ‘16, Duke Cowart ‘19, Olivia Johnson-Liu ‘20, Christian Jones ‘17, Nina Kolman ‘19, Sydney Moore ‘20, Danny Park ‘15, Ava Stewart ‘19, Ben Stone ‘20 , Ethan Strother ‘19, Patti Tao ‘18, and Rachael Tao ’15.  Congratulations!


District Honors Choir
10/19/2014
Congratulations to the below choral students for representing Country Day at the District Honors Choir performance on Saturday, October 18. The performance at Armstrong State University featured the best high school and middle school singers in the district.
Anna Stone(9), Parker Grove(9), Kate Templeton(10), Becky Buelvas(11), Marcus Hardrick(11), Stephanie Prill(11), Dorothy Collins(12), Lucy Ma(11), Blake Thacher(8), Katherine Lemack(8) and Graham Glass(6).


SCDS Wins Regional One Act Play Competition
10/19/2014
On Saturday, October 18, the Upper School Advanced Acting Class traveled to Macon to defend their regional title in the GHSA One Act Play Competition. The group performed The Yellow Boat by David Saar and took home to top prize. Senior Davis Tate was named to the All-Star Cast.
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They will travel to Warner Robins on November 1 to compete for the state title. This is the third year in a row that SCDS has won the regional competition. Congratulations to director DJ Queenan and students Andy Paul, Kianna Maynard, Catherine Atkinson, Maya Hardrick, Davis Tate, Will Dismukes, Rares Cristian, Maya Patterson and Emma Huennekens.
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Campus Inspiration
9/22/2014
Kristen Mulzer's students took to campus to find inspiration for their linear perspective drawings. Thanksfully, the arched walkway between the Lower and Middle Schools provided a wonderful source of lighting and lines.
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Jazz Bands Kicks Off the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival
9/22/2014
For a second year in a row, SCDS was honored to kickoff the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. The Varsity Jazz Band performed on Saturday to a packed tent in Habersham Village. The 33rd Annual Jazz Festival is held by the Coastal Jazz Association and is a week-long celebration of jazz and blues.

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Middle School Enameling
9/22/2014
The Middle School students were eager to kickoff the school year with a creative and challenging project—enameling! Thanks to guest artist Jessica Duckworth for visiting campus to work with students to hone technique.  

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Upper School Field Trip
9/22/2014
A recent field trip for the ART 400 class was especially meaningful as they took in the work of famed SCDS alumnus Jack Leigh ‘67. The exhibit, “Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs” is the first museum survey of work by the photographer since his passing ten years ago. In addition to the exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art, students also spent time at the Jepson Center.

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Chorus Retreats to Tybee
9/8/2014
An annual highlight for the Upper School choir is the Fall Retreat where students mix and mingle, making great memories through music. Apart from the usual singing and fun on the beach, there were moments that demonstrated the character of the group, including when the entire group rallied to encourage and support the students who tried out for solos (almost everyone!) and during Saturday night's talent show where the wide range of instrumental and vocal talents, enthusiasm, and camaraderie were on full display. The weekend also included the election of Choral Council officers: Regan Bowers, president, Gabby Lauretti, vice president, Maya Hardrick, secretary, and Becky Buelvas, publicity.
 
A huge thank you to Val Bowers for working out all of the logistics, the Templeton family for graciously lending their beach house for the weekend, Deborah Glenn for catching some fantastic moments on film, and to all of the parents that provided meals and snacks for the retreat. Big thanks to Leah Nestor, who came to help work sectionals with the group on Saturday, and to Michael Ray for overseeing the fun and festivities with his new students. 

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Annual Fund News
Faculty & Staff reach 100% Giving to the 2014-15 Annual Fund
10/17/2014
A BIG thank you to our faculty and staff for reaching 100% participation in the 2014-15 Annual Fund. They are the ones who make SCDS such a special place and are a mighty example to our community!
Upper School News
(Barely) Float Your Boat
10/30/2014
Adam Weber’s most recent challenge to his Physics students was especially daunting: construct a boat for a brick that would float as low as possible in a water tank.  Applying the principles of buoyancy and flotation, students crafted their boats using only a 30 cm x 40 cm piece of foam board and tape. The winning team earned bragging rights and, more importantly, was exempt from the lab write-up. In addition, a “gentleman’s agreement” between two students (based on final lab scores) resulted in the losing student dying his brown hair to blonde. 


Hannah Buchman '17 Wins Youth Songwriting Award
10/28/2014
Congratulations to our very own singer-songwriter: tenth grader Hannah Buchman! Hannah took second place in the Savannah Folk Music Festival's Youth Songwriting Competition. LInk to the story: http://savannahnow.com/accent/2014-10-23/looking-pearls-young-songwriters-wow-audience-folk-festival

Cyanotype Club
10/22/2014
Thanks to photography teacher Sarah Horan and a handful of student-artists, a new Upper School club offering has emerged… Cyanotypes are an alternative approach to traditional photography where instead of working in the darkroom to expose your images, you rely on natural light. The club will meet every Thursday during lunch in the Johnson Building. From Ping Pong for Africa to the Philosophy Club, the Country Day tradition of creative club offerings reflects the School’s commitment to support student passion and interest.


Pitching for Physics
10/20/2014
How fast can you throw a baseball?  On Friday, October 17, the 9th grade Physics students spent time throwing baseballs on Saunders Field. While it looked like fun and games, the students were actually using their knowledge of vectors and two-dimensional motion to determine the speed of the baseballs as they left their hands.   The fantastic fall weather was a bonus.


Balloon Car Contest
10/19/2014
In an effort to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion, Upper School Science students were asked to build a modern car powered only by an air-filled balloon.  The student’s mission was to build the fastest car possible and propel the car 3 meters without any assistance by a person.  As the balloons deflated, the cars inched their way across the finish line, or in some cases, finished short.  Either way, the students loved the friendly competition!   

Day of Dialogue
10/6/2014
Last spring, the inaugural “Day of Dialogue” kicked off in Jelks Auditorium with speakers representing both the students and faculty, each of whom responded to the prompt, "What does culture mean to you?"  The range of voices--and their words--was phenomenal, and the program was a resounding success thanks to Upper School students' engagement with and reflection upon the chosen prompt, a fact reinforced by more than a quarter of the Upper School student body attending the follow-up lunch panel discussion.
 
On September 18, the SCDS Upper School hosted a second “Day of Dialogue” based on the prompt “What does culture mean to Country Day?” Once again, students addressed fellow students and spoke from the heart. (Click HERE to read the speeches). Each “Day of Dialogue” provides an opportunity to think as an entire community about the importance of developing and sustaining a healthy, inclusive school culture.  
 
Given the successes of these past two Days of Dialogue, community members across all divisions are encouraged to attend the spring Day of Dialogue, which will build upon these past two prompts by asking participants to consider how empathy can be achieved within the Savannah Country Day School culture.  Details for the spring 2015 Country Day of Dialogue will be announced.


Hispanic Studies Class Published in La Voz Latina Newspaper
10/6/2014
As part of an ongoing partnership with La Voz, Ana Zurita's Hispanic Studies students have translated articles into Spanish for publication use and have begun to write original pieces for the newspaper. The October issue features the article, “The Contributions of Arabs in the Western World.” Stay tuned as the class continues to write and contribute articles about latin american history and issues.


Art Students Create Linear Perspective Drawings Around Campus
10/2/2014
Ms. Mulzer’s class has been studying linear perspective and architecture landscape. Last week they set out to apply their new drawing techniques using Country Day’s outdoor campus as their model. Students sketched and painted buildings and walkways creating the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface, a concept that was formalized in the 15th Century.


Physics Students Take Study of Vectors Outside
9/30/2014
A light sprinkle did not deter Mr. Weber’s Physics students from taking their lesson about Vectors outside last week. Students were challenged with hiding and mapping treasures throughout campus. Not the typical treasure map though, these students had to decide the exact magnitude and direction of each displacement vector using a tape measure and protractor. After completing their own map, groups switched and had fun following the vectors of another group, while mapping their route to find the treasures.


Anatomy Students Mix Art and Science
9/22/2014
Mr. Hooker's Upper School Anatomy students have been studying muscles by combining their science skills with art.  The students are building the muscles onto model skeletons as a means to better understand the complementary nature of anatomical structure and function and how bones and muscles work together to provide movement.  Learning the major skeletal muscles in both a visual and kinesthetic method will enhance comprehension of muscle location, size, shape, attachments, fiber direction, and muscle action. As students build together, they learn together.


Water Balloon Target Practice
9/22/2014
Congratulations to Logan Miller, Daley Cass, Jack Barnes and Will Rittmeyer, the newest members of a revered group of Physics students. In 23 years of the "Water Balloon Target Practice" assignment, only six student groups have successfully hit their target: Upper School teacher Adam Weber.  Click HERE to see video of a practice launch.

Freshman Weekend
9/8/2014
An annual tradition for rising ninth graders, Freshman Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates and meet new friends. The three-day trip to North Carolina included a rafting excursion down the Nantahala, cardboard boat races and other team-building activities. Seniors joined the in fun as well, getting to know the underclassmen and sharing their own Upper School experiences. By the time the weekend was over, the ninth grade class was fired up for the year ahead!


Honor Code Jeopardy
9/8/2014
Coming up with engaging ways to review the policies of the honor code and student handbook can be tricky… That is why this year’s Discipline Committee and Honor Council decided to engage fellow students in an interactive game of Jeopardy. Contestants reviewed mock scenarios while audience members cheered and applauded.  The morning assembly was a creative and engaging way for our student leaders to reinforce the School’s commitment to the honor code.  Click here to view a short video.


Physics Class Tests Age-Old Theory
9/8/2014
Mr. Weber’s College Physics class headed outside to see if they could answer the question, "Which is faster in the first 3 meters of a race, a human, bike or car?" Using motion sensors and graphical analysis, students tested a human, a bike and a car to see which one has the greatest acceleration. If you look back in history, at the beginning of the advent of the steam engine, many people wondered if it was necessary to create all that noise.  The horse was just as fast and was much less expensive to operate.  Throughout that period, there were a number of races between a horse and a steam engine with the horse winning many of them, but not all. Mr. Weber’s lab replicated those races and explored under what conditions each of these methods of movement (running, biking or driving), would “win a race.”


Picnic in the Quad
9/8/2014
On Friday, August 22, the junior and senior classes enjoyed a special picnic lunch in the Quad. The catered lunch was a great way to reconnect at the start of the school year and revel in the status as “upperclassmen.”


Skyping with Scientists
9/8/2014
On the morning of September 8, Marsha Lucas’ AP Environmental Science class skyped with scientists aboard the research vessel Nautilus in the British Virgin Islands. The vessel is currently surveying the ocean floor and processing samples gathered from a recent dive. The video conference session provided an opportunity for the students to not only interact with the team, but also observe the live happenings on the boat. Senior Hakon Jones will travel aboard the same research vessel in the coming weeks.


Upper School Lounge
9/8/2014
Ask Upper School students about a popular campus renovation and they will most likely tell you about the upgrades to the Charles Gay library. Summer work included additional small-group works spaces, upgraded computer labs, and most importantly, the newly installed Student Lounge.  


Upper School Welcomes Author and Holocaust Survivor Leon Malmed
9/8/2014
On the morning of Wednesday, August 27, the Upper School was honored to host author Leon Malmed for a lecture and Q&A session. Mr. Malmed’s book, We Survived…. At Last I Speak tells the true story of his and his sister’s escape from the Holocaust in Occupied France.  After over 60 years of silence, Mr. Malmed penned the book as a tribute to Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, the neighbors who provided a protected and loving home for the children after their parents were arrested and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Mr. Malmed’s first-hand account serves as a powerful reminder, sparking meaningful questions and classroom discussions. For more information on Leon Malmed, grandfather of Jake Lee ‘16, visit www.leonmalmed.com

Service Learning News
Upper School Club and Service Fair
9/22/2014
On the afternoon of September 10, Upper School students gathered in the Quad to promote the variety of available student clubs. There are over 13 service clubs, including student tutoring, Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Horizons and more. The student groups first presented in morning assembly and used the afternoon time to answer questions. In addition to service clubs, students had the opportunity to learn more about getting involved with Mock Trial, Architecture & Drafting, Quiz Bowl and a variety of student publications. 

Alumni News
Make Plans to Attend the 2014 Alumni Oyster Roast
10/22/2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Bonna Bella Yacht Club
2740 Livingston Avenue
Savannah, GA 31406
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$30 per person includes food + beer/wine
Bring the Family! 12 and under are free!
Non-shellfish items will be available.
Click here to register and pay online.

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Natalie Goodman '14 Brings Dawgs to Campus
10/6/2014
During a recent trip to Florida, the UGA women's soccer team stopped over in Savannah for a mid-trip workout on the SCDS campus. Even though the campus was empty on the Saturday morning, it was great to have Natalie back on the Hornet field!
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Alumni Athletes Reunite
9/22/2014
A special addition to the opening home football game was the return of eight alumni football players from Coach Coyle's first year at SCDS. Players Morgan Clemm, Mallery Pindar, Fred Bergen, Josh Murphy, Cord Glaize, Mac Viers, Zach Crute and Julian Dunston returned to SCDS to reconnect with Coach Coyle and his staff. The players were introduced at halftime, with the fans applauding their many accomplishments since graduation in 2010. Welcome back, Hornets!

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Come One, Come All - 2014 Alumni/Tailgate Party
4/15/2014
Join us on Friday, October 10, 2014, for the Savannah Country Day School Homecoming & Alumni Tailgate Party!
The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Free for alumni and their families. 
We will enjoy wonderful food from Carey Hilliard's as well as ice cold drinks. 
At 7 p.m., we will all walk over and cheer on our Mighty Hornets!
Click here to register now!

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