SCDS News Room

General School News
SCDS Beekeepers Club Helps Remove and Relocate Honeybees From a Local Church
On Saturday, June 7, the SCDS Beekeeping club, led by teacher Andy Wiley, set out to help Jerusalem Baptist Church of Savannah who had been experiencing a growing issue with bees in their congregation for several years.  After many failed attempts to eliminate the bees, representatives from the church contacted Country Day teacher and beekeeper Andy Wiley to see if he had any suggestions. “We would see a bee and get rid of it and before long another one would come out,” said one parishioner. The colony grew so large, that the buzzing from the hive could be heard inside the church and honey began oozing from the walls.
Mr. Wiley and the Middle School Beekeeping Club jumped on the opportunity to help the church, observe a colony in their natural environment and learn how to safely extract and relocate a live hive. With the help of Steve Slater, a local honeybee colony collector, the students and Mr. Wiley removed a portion of a wall from the back of the church and removed more than 60,000 honeybees with a vacuum that was attached to a new hive. The honeycomb was so thick that it had to be sliced off piece-by-piece with a filet knife and took several hours to remove. Once the hive and queen bee were placed in their new hive, Mr. Wiley relocated the bees to a protected area on Country Day’s campus.
SCDS was the first school in Savannah to have an observational hive in the classroom. The school also has three hives located at the Botanical Gardens and with the addition of this new colony will now have a total of five hives that the Beekeepers club will maintain. The Students will continue to help the church by donating all of the harvested honey from this new hive back to Jerusalem Baptist. Currently the club sells honey and soap from the hives to help cover the cost of maintaining them and also to raise money for the Bee Cause Project. Recently the club presented a check totaling $1,100 to The Bee Cause Project to help establish an observational honeybee hive in another local school.
School may be out for the summer, but SCDS students have found a way to continue providing service in the community and learning outside of the classroom!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2014
With a 70% admission rate to all schools, and almost $4 million in scholarships offers (excluding HOPE), the Class of 2014 has earned acceptances to some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including a record-number of matriculating students to Georgia Tech, as well as 17 students to University of Georgia

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SCDS's Pollinator Habitat Garden Receives "Pollinator of the Year" Award!
On March 30, Savannah Country Day School was recognized with the “Pollinator of the Year” Award by the Environmental Education Alliance’s Monarchs Across Georgia committee. The award was presented at the Environmental Education Alliance Conference held in Eatonton, Georgia.

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Stu Sligh ('14) Jersey Retirement
On the evening of October 4, the Country Day community gathered to retire Stu Sligh's jersey during halftime of the Hornet vs. Calvary football game.  The Sligh family gathered on the field as touching words and stories were shared about the Sophomore who lost his life in a tragic car accident in winter of 2012.  The emotional ceremony concluded with the crowd giving Stu a "high-five." 
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Feel the Buzz Picnic
The SCDS campus was abuzz on the evening of September 20 while the Country Day community gathered for the 5th Annual Spirit Night Feel the Buzz Family Picnic & Middle School Recognition Night sponsored by the Country Day Booster Club. The SCDS Cheerleaders gave a special performance and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant. Hornet fans then gathered to watch the football team take on Johnson County.  Thank you to everyone that came out for the event! 
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Congratulations National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to Maddie Dunn, Peter Stein and Lily Stephens for being selected as National Merit Semifinalists!  Semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program are recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students.
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Head of School Coffee Series
Please join Kef Wilson, along with members of the Administration, for the 2013-2014 Head of School Coffee Series. We'll gather in the Bradley Conference Room for coffee and conversation. In an effort to streamline the discussion topic, each of the sessions will focus on a specific school division. Dates: All sessions will take place on Fridays at 8:15 a.m (Lower School's Bradley Conference Room).  September 20 (Little School), September 27 (Middle School), October 4 (Lower School), November 1 (Upper School), January 17 (Lower School), January 24 (Middle School), February 21 (Upper School), April 11 (Middle School), May 2 (Upper School), May 16 (Lower School)
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Wilson Family Receives a Big Welcome!
On Friday, August 23, the entire Country Day community gathered at Demere Gym to welcome our new Head of School, Kef Wilson, and his family to SCDS!  The event provided the perfect opportunity for families and students to reconnect after the summer break and to get to know the Wilson family over tasty food and fun activities.  Children slipped and slid down bouncy waterslides and tried their hand at the bouncy obstacle course.  Hornet fans then made their way over to Saunders Field to watch the football team take on Hardeeville in their first game of the season.  Thank you so much to everyone that came out for this fantastic event!  

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Campus Updates
Welcome back to campus!  The maintenance department has been working hard this summer updating some areas around the SCDS campus that we are excited to share.  In addition to painting and general upgrades, there have been a few items that we finished just in time for the first day of school!  

As some of you may have noticed, we have a brand new Little School building!  Our Little Hornets have already made themselves right at home in the new space.  Also, the Livingston building has had a complete facelift with new floors, ceilings and paint!  Finally, make sure you keep an eye out for new benches and garbage cans around campus and the recently completed Middle School Outdoor Activity Area.  We would love for everyone to join their child for lunch one day to see all of the fantastic changes!
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Lower School News
Searching for Shapes While Staying in Shape
First graders spent part of their afternoon navigating the Country Day campus looking for shapes for a project they were working on in their math curriculum. Students skipped from one point to the next calling out hexagons, rectangles, and spheres among other shapes to one another. Once they located the desired shape, students snapped a picture using an iPad, which they would later manipulate using a Kid Pix program and customize it to fit into a larger project using Power Point to create a “Class Shapes Book”.
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Thanks to parents for supporting the Lower School Book Fair!
Thanks to your support, we raised $5,269.14 for our Lower School Library to purchase books.  This year, we were even able to invite special visitors such as illustrator, Michael P. White, to come speak to the students.  In addition, each Lower School teacher received $50.00 in books for his/her classroom!

We appreciate all of the parent volunteers, the dad's who came out to shop on "Day with Dad," and every parent who supports their child in reading!

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PreK Students Celebrate the Fall Season
On Friday, October 18, PreK students spent the morning creating an 8-foot scarecrow for the Lower School's organic garden.  In what has become a Lower School tradition, the students and parents gathered for a morning of fun fall activities. In addition to stuffing the scarecrow, the students planted pansies in the garden, visited the animal care center, made S'mores and planted pumpkin seeds.  
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5th Grade Student Council
On Thursday, September 19, the fifth grade students running for student council stood on the stage in Jelks Auditorium and delivered their speeches to friends, family and the fourth grade class.  After the much-anticipated election, the results have been posted.  Congratulations to the newly elected fifth grade officers!

President: Graham Glass (5C)
Vice-President: David Byck (5D)
Treasurer: Lily Nash (5D)
Historian: Jeb Burr (5B)
Parliamentarian: Lily Beth Senkowski (5A)

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Walk Like an Egyptian
Our Head of School is a mummy! On Friday, September 20, Lower School students ended their Egyptian themed week with a mummy-wrapping race. The lucky "mummy models" included Kef Wilson, Gayle Putnal, Bill Eswine, Coach Walsh, Coach Barber and Paul Foley. Throughout the week, students also participated in Egyptian themed scavenger hunts and activities.  The student enthusiasm was palpable as classmates cheered and applauded!  
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Third Graders Study Sea Turtles
After attending the Georgia Barrier Islands Workshop offered through AASU this summer, Mrs. Aliotta implemented some coastal knowledge into her third grade classroom.  In the introductory lesson, Mrs. Aliotta's students learned about the different types of sea turtles and will transfer that knowledge in order to focus on sea turtles native to Georgia.  They will then brainstorm ways to help conserve the sea turtle population and put their plan into action.
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Fourth Graders "Taste" New Book Genres
In an effort to expose Lower School students to the plethora of book genres available, fourth grade teachers hosted a "book tasting" on September 6 in the Lower School Media Center. While snacking on grapes and cheese, students traveled around the Media Center and "tasted" books from different genres.   The menu included everything from mysteries and poetry to historical nonfiction.  The students agreed that the unique literary adventure opened up their palates to trying something new!
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"Marshmallow Madness"
Third graders in Ms. Mansel and Mrs. Pankey's class took part in a marshmallow launching activity dubbed "Marshmallow Madness". The students were split into teams, then each student had four turns to spit out a marshmallow as far as possible. Each student then measured the distance it traveled. The event encouraged collaboration, provided practice measuring to the nearest inch, and reinforced knowledge about calculating the mean, median, mode and range using their recorded data.
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Athletic Main News
Joe Lewis Qualifies for US Amateur
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!

Summer and Preseason Athletic Information
The SCDS coaching staff has provided important information about Preseason and Summer athletic dates and times.

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SCDS Athletic Awards
Ken Simpson Sportsmanship Award to Olivia Buelvas and Oliver Cesar
The Sportsmanship award is given to both a male and a female. In an era where moral and ethical behavior seems less important than winning in High School, these two individuals display the greatest respect for their opponents, officials and teammates. They both have proven that they know how to win as well as how to lose with class.
Connie Houston Spirit Award to Amari Oliver and Sales Pinckney
The Connie Houston Spirit Award is given to two individuals that have contributed the most to the atmosphere of our school. These individuals have been a constant support for all our teams whether it be by participating on the playing fields or cheering in the stands. Their support has been greatly appreciated by both coaches and player
Bill and Charlene Saunders Most Versatile Athlete Award to Chandler Royal and Demetris Robertson
This award is given to both a male and female. It is given in respect to leadership, work ethic and athletic ability in a variety of sports for this past year.

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Sales Pinckney "Best of Preps" Dedication Award
Sales Pinckney was a standout two-way lineman on the Savannah Country Day football last fall and went on to have a stellar baseball season this spring — experiencing the kind of senior year high school kids dream about. But it was not an easy road for a student-athlete whose grit and determination got him through setback after setback. He rehabbed his way back from a pair of knee surgeries and dealt with the mental pain of losing one of his best friends in a tragic car accident. Through it all he kept a level head and never lost sight of his goals. Sales recently signed to play football at Division III Rhodes College Has been selected as the winner of the Best of Preps Chatham Orthopaedic Associates Dedication Award for his attitude in the face of adversity.
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Bri Carney "Player of the Year"
The Savannah Morning News selected SCDS junior Bri Carney as the All Greater Savannah "Player of the Year" for girls' soccer. Depending on where she’s needed, Carney will play either forward or an attacking midfielder. She scored 25 goals and dished out seven assists while leading the Hornets to the semifinals of the Class A State Tournament. Bri has already committed to play soccer at Wake Forest. She plans to major in biology and attend medical school.
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Michael Mamalakis "Best of Preps Unsung Hero"
Michael Mamalakis has been a fixture on the football sidelines and courtside at Savannah Country Day basketball games for 20 years — inspiring Hornet athletes with his spirit and devotion. His association with the Hornet athletic started when he was a 10 years old, and Mamalakis, who has Down Syndrome, has been a mainstay ever since. This year Michael is being honored for his dedication to SCD with the Best of Preps Unsung Hero Award.

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All Greater Savannah Teams
The Savannah Morning News sports writers have announced their selections to the All Greater Savannah Athletic Teams for Spring sports. Grayson Lowenthal was Player of the Year for boys' tennis.  Greyson Finlay, Rishi Patel, and Nivan Lakshman received First Team honors. The doubles team of Gabe Adler and Sam Chappell were Honorable Mention All Greater Savannah. Michelle Liang was Honorable Mention for girls' tennis. Second Team All Greater Savannah for golf was Parker Stone. Patric Chu and Andrew Glover received Honorable Mention. In girls' soccer, Player of the Year honors for Bri Carney. Emma Holtzclaw was selected Second Team and Honorable Mention were Caroline Jackson, Chandler Royal, and Cassady Williamson. Boys' soccer had three players that were honored as All Greater Savannah First Team - Brandon Howie, Michael Keene, and Chase Waller. Second Team selection was Bayne Brannen and Honorable Mention to William Szczecinski. Sarah Glover and Amari Oliver were Honorable Mention in girls' track. Demetris Robertson was selected First Team All Greater Savannah in Track. For baseball, Sales Pinckney was Second Team and Jackson Schroeder was Honorable Mention. Congratulations!
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Grayson Lowenthal "Tennis Player of the Year"
This is the third consecutive "Player of the Year" award for Grayson Lowenthal by the Savannah Morning News. At #1 Singles, he was 21-1 this year and led the Hornets to the Class A Private State Championship match. His career record is 82-5 at SCDS. Grayson will play tennis for Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
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Lamar Kirkley "Tennis Coach of The Year"
Lamar Kirkley was selected by the Savannah Morning News as the "Tennis Coach of the Year" for the Greater Savannah Area. He also received hte GACA "Area Coach of the Year" Award.
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Colton Lichtenberg Hailed by AJC for Kicking Ability
Tom Holcomb, sports writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution recognized Colton Lichtenberg as one of the 10 best kickers in high school football in Georgia in his article, "10 Best High School PK/P: Their Value is Sometimes Unseen by the Casual Eye."

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Congrats to Track Team!
Results from the Area 1A meet are listed below. Congratulations to these students for qualifying for the State Sectionals:
Demetris Robertson - Long Jump 1st 23' 4 1/4 "
Demetris Robertson - 100m. 1st 11.41
Demetris Robertson -  200m 2nd 22.70
4 X 100 Relay 2nd  - Oliver Cesar, Yakavian Lee, Brennton Ford, Demetris Robertson 45.43

Sarah Glover - qualified for State in the 1600m.  3rd 5:33.67 ( no sectional)
Sarah Glover  - 800.m. 3rd 2:33.94
Amari Oliver - Shotput  3rd - 29" 5 1/4 " 
Lucy Lewis - 400m. 4th 1:07.61
4 x 400 Relay - Taylor Parker, Sarah Glover, Brookey Sligh, Lucy Lewis 3rd  4:40.82

Football All State
Demetris Robertson was selected by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as 1st Team All State as a defensive back. He was Honorable Mention All State defensive back by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Colton Litchenberg was selected by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as All State 2nd Team Offense as a kicker and the AJC listed him as Honorable Mention All State Kicker.  Great honor Hornets!!

Savannah Morning News All Area Teams
Selection to the Savannah Morning News All Greater Savannah Athletic Teams is an honor. Savannah Draud was named 2nd Team Softball and Carolina Pinckney received Honorable Mention. Chandler Royal and Natalie Ourhaan were seleted 1st Team All Area Volleyball. Taylor Parker was 2nd Team and Anna Muller and Cassady Williamson were Honorable Mention. In Cross Country, Sarah Glover was 1st Team, Skylar Lanier -2nd Team and Jack Barnes - Honorable Mention. Defensive players in football selected for this prestigious honor were Demetris Robertson and Colton Litchenberg as 1st Team and Sales Pinckney - 2nd Team. Ben Johnson made the 2nd Team Offense and Honorable Mention for Football were Oliver Cesar, Brentton Ford, Hunter Hatley, Yakavian Lee, and William Woods. Congratulations athletes!
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Fall Athletes Honored
The fall athletes were honored at their individual banquets. The Head of School Award winners for the Highest GPA during the season were:
Cheerleading: Erin Keene
Cross Country: Kate Moffett and Matt Bailey
Football: Sam Chappell and Alex Fleming
Softball: Maggie Shehane
Volleyball: Lucy Lewis

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Congratulations to the 5/6th and 7/8th Grade Football Teams!
The SCDS 5th/6th football team won the SPAL Championship beating Calvary 42-8. They completed their season 10-0. The 7th/8th grade team had a fantastic season as well and ended the season as the 2013 SPAL Runner-Up. Congratulations to the coaches and the teams for their outstanding seasons. You made us proud!
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Softball Players Honored
Softball Awards:
Head of School Award for Highest GPA during season: Maggie Shehane
Highest Batting Average: Carolina Pinckney - .396
Highest Fielding Percentage: Kianna Maynard - .969
Pitching Award: Savannah Draud  - 120 strikeouts

All Region - 1st Team - Savannah Draud
2nd Team - Carolina Pinckney
Honorable Mention - Hannah Leadem and Kianna Maynard

Scholar Athletes with 90 or above average during season: Kate Groce, Augusta Eswine, Kianna Maynard, Jennifer Pirkle, and Maggie Shehane

In the Game Magazine Features Anna Bolch
SCDS eighth grader Anna Bolch was selected as a rising star and featured in "In the Game Magazine" in their November/December issue.

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Volleyball Honors
Chandler Royal and Natalie Ourhaan made the 1st Team All Area 2A Volleyball Team. Taylor Parker and Cassady Williamson were selected to the Second team All Area. Congratulations!

Colton Lichtenberg "Player of the Week"
WJCL, ESPN Radio and Enmark honored Colton Lichtenberg as the high school football "Player of the WeeK" for his 51 yard field goal boosting the Hornets to a 17-14 victory over Portal. Colton also had field goals of 37 and 40 yards in the first half of the game. Congratulations Colton!!
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Winter Athletic Meeting November 13 in Jelks 6-7 PM
Mark your calendar for the Middle School and Upper School winter athletic meeting on November 13th from 6-7 PM. If your child plans to participate in winter athletics, please plan to attend this important parent meeting. Athletic Director, Lamar Kirkley and Kef Wilson will provide an overview of Savannah Country Day athletics, including mission, philosophy, and goals, as well as common policies and expectations. This will be followed by break-out meetings with individual coaches. This important meeting will be brief (limited to one hour) and will be held in Jelks Auditorium.

7th Grade SPAL Champions
The 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Calvary to win the SPAL Championship. This is the 2nd consecutive win for this group of athletes. They took home the trophy as 6th Graders. The 6th Grade team finsihed their season as the SPAL Runner-ups losing in the Championship to Blessed Sacrament. The 8th Grade team lost in the Semi-finals. Congratulations to the Lady Hornets!
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All Football Teams Undefeated in 3 Weeks
The Football program at SCDS is 9-0 for the past 3 weeks. The 5th/6th Grade Team defeated St James (34-16), and Hancock twice (28-6 and 32-12). The 7th/8th Team had good wins against St James (14-12), Pinewood (22-20), and Bethesda  (46-8).  The Varsity program earned the right to host the crossover game Friday the 8th vs Wheeler County at 7;30 PM with an exciting victory over Portal (17-14). Their other wins are Jenkins County (35-22) and Claxton (35-33).  With a win this Friday night  over SCPS at Westside Stadium, the Mighty Hornets will finish 2nd in Region 3AEast.  Support the Hornets. The SCDS VS SCPS game starts at 7:30 PM and then follow them home on the 8th.
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Superior Six
The SCDS Volleyball team defeated Walker in 3 straight games- 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 to continue to the third round of the State Championship. The remaining six teams in the playoffs were reseeded, with the top two receiving byes and the remaining four playing Saturday. SCDS is traveling to Eagle's Landing Christian in McDonough at 3:00 PM.  Congratulations!!
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Buelvas Homecoming Queen
Olivia Buelvas was selected the 2013 SCDS Homecoming Queen. The Senior representatives on the court were: Abbie Black escorted by Jacob Bishop, Amanda Borquaye escorted by Bayne Brannen, Lizzie Bowden escorted by Preston Andrews, Lena Hirsch escorted by Walker Watson, Erika Lewis escorted by William Szczecinski, and Darcy Spell escorted Chase Waller. Representing the Junior class on the court was Bri Carney escorted by Greyson Finlay. The Sophomore representative was Becky Buelvas escorted by Nathan Luskey and the Freshman was Brenna Nugara escorted by Matt Bailey. Congratulations!!
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Tom Barton's Tribute to #5
Written by Tom Barton (Savannah Morning News)

This would have been Stu Sligh’s senior year in high school. For a well-liked teenage athlete — his football team’s quarterback, no less — it wouldn’t get much better than this.
He would have been the center of attention, the on-campus equivalent of a British royal. He would have found his teammates looking to him for leadership, watching how he handled victory and defeat.
Especially defeat.

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Senior Success
October brings the final regular season home games when senior athletes sre honored by their peers and coaches for their commitment to athletics during their high school years. Softball honored senior Marissa Karp before the game with St Vincents. Volleyball honored their seniors, Alex Holtzclaw, Abigail McElhaney, Natalie Ourhaan, Joelle Strickland, and Cassady Williamson before the match with Bluffton.  Cross Country seniors, Caroline Jackson, Skylar Lanier, Lindsay Pindar, and Peter Stein were recognized before the home meet on October 10th. Football and Cheerleading seniors will be honored during halftime of the October 25th game on Saunders Field against Portal. Thank you for four years of dedication to SCDS athletics.
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Chandler Royal SMN "Player of the Week"
The Hornet volleyball team has come on strong lately and recently landed at No. 10 among Class A teams in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s rankings. Junior Chandler Royal has been a pivotal player in their success. The 5-foot-6 setter has helped set the tone for the Hornets (22-12) with her versatile play. Last week, she was on top of her game as the Hornets won three of four matches with wins over Richmond Hill, South Effingham and St. Vincent’s. She was selected as the Savannah Morning News "Girls Athlete of the Week" for her performance.

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Middle School Wins Stinger Invitational
Both Middle School cross country teams finished 1st in the 3200m. run at the SCPS Stinger Invitational. The girls' team was led by Nina Kolman (14:48) in 2nd Place, Charlotte McCurdy (14:49 3rd), Sarah Bacevich (15:34 6th), Ella Stubbs (16:55 7th), and Bella Kelley (17:33 10th). The boys' team captured 1st and 2nd places with Cort Kelley (13:33 1st) and Ethan Strother (13:53 2nd). Finshing for the boys were Hyeon Choi (14:45 9th), Carter Mondy (15:32 21st), Christopher Cheng (15:53 26th), Josh Braun (15:53 27th), and Alvin Adjei (16:16 30th). Congratulations!!
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Volleyball 12 Straight Wins - Leading Area in Stats
The SCDS Volleyball defeated Beaufort 2-0 and Calvary 2-1 to continue their consecutive wins- 12. The JV Volleyball is 13-1. Leading the Greater Savannah Area in volleyball stats are - Natalie Ourhaan in kills, Joelle Strickland in blocks, Chandler Royal in assists, and Alex Holzclaw in digs. Congratulations!!
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Little School News
The Little School Ribbon Cutting
On the morning of Wednesday, October 16, the Country Day community gathered for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Little School. After seven years of growth, Country Day enlisted the help of Barnard Architects and The Strong Group to oversee the design and construction of an additional facility, taking the square footage from 3,200 sq. ft. to 10,500 sq. ft. The additional space allows The Little School room to expand while maintaining its small class ratios. Two transitional classrooms were added, as well as a dedicated art room and a music and movement room. Outdoor play renovations included the addition of a trike roadway, two age-appropriate playgrounds, a sensory station and a planned vegetable garden.  We are so excited to have such a fantastic new space for all of our little Hornets!
Middle School News
Academy Awards in Middle School
Eighth graders have been studying Romeo and Juliet for the past few months, but the real excitement came last week when students finished their video projects and held the Academy Awards for the entire Middle School. After much interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, students wrote and directed their own plays! 
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Under the Sea
On Tuesday, December 17, seventh graders enjoyed classes at the University of Georgia Marine Extension program on Skidaway Island.  Holding horseshoe crabs bravely and correctly, identifying fish fins, and learning about what to feed an octopus were just some of the activities they enjoyed. 
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Seventh Grade Trip to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal
On Friday, October 18, the seventh grade visited the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal site to learn about its history and its ecosystem and to lend a hand with necessary site maintenance.  After learning about the historic canal system (and having fun capturing amphibians from catch traps), the students spent time painting benches and picnic tables and spreading mulch to form paths through the butterfly garden.

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Snowflakes in October
Even though it has been rather toasty outside, Mr. Shinall's Middle School Science class has been busy making snowflakes!  In keeping with their study of the different states of matter, the students used pipe cleaners and borax to create snowflakes in beakers.  The students left the solution to sit undisturbed overnight while the magic happened.
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Middle School Virtues Discussions
It has become increasingly important for children to have the opportunity to talk about issues of character. For this reason, Mrs. Eason meets on a weekly basis with our Middle School students from all three grade levels to engage in discussions that will empower them to make sound choices and take leadership roles. One of the most important discussion topics focuses on honor and how important honorable behavior is to our school, our community and our world. Another on-going discussion centers on the essential role that respect plays in creating a healthy, safe environment where all of us can thrive. Students are encouraged to take the initiative in caring for themselves and every member of our community.

Some of these conversations are seasonal. In the beginning of the school year, students are encouraged to run for elective office and taught how to deal with both success and disappointment. As athletic seasons begin, students are counseled in how to handle disappointments such as being cut from a team. At the end of each quarter, students are encouraged to reflect upon their achievements. They set goals for the following quarter and discuss strategies for reaching their goals. Time management, organization of materials and the establishment of strong work habits are critical elements of these conversations. Students are empowered to believe that with consistent effort they can reach their goals. There are sessions where girls and boys meet separately with Mrs. Eason and Coach Garofano to informally discuss issues that they face.  Throughout the school year, there is a focus on problem solving and conflict resolution. All in all, the guidance program at Country Day's Middle School is on-going, relevant and accessible to our students.
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Middle School Honors Council
During the first few weeks of school, Middle School students spent time in their Advisory Groups discussing the importance of the Honor Code.  To educate the students on the Honor Code and to promote conversations between teachers and students, Honor Council Advisor Sue Valentine met with each grade level to view skits taped by Upper School drama students. The skits demonstrated violations of the Honor Code and students discussed the events in each skit and talked about the benefits and responsibilities of living under the Honor Code.  Congrats to these students on their new roles as Honor Council Members - 6th Graders - Summer Lanier, Gillian ("Gigi") Pytte, and Luke DeFilippis, 7th Graders - Catherine Dodd, Alex Kovensky, and Caroline Durham, and 8th Graders - David DeVaro, Sophie Carney, Peyton Lowenthal, and Anna Stone.
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Middle School Buzzing with Excitement
Middle School is abuzz after welcoming a very special arrival last week. After several months of careful planning and consideration, the Queen Bee and her hive for the Middle School Observation Honeybee Hive has arrived and they made themselves at home in Mr. Wiley’s Science classroom. Middle School has officially joined a new environmental education initiative known as the The Bee Cause (, a non-profit educational organization founded by SCDS parent and Savannah Bee Company owner, Ted Dennard.  Ted founded The Bee Cause with the aspiration of bringing greater awareness to our youth about the important role that the honeybees play in all ecosystems.  The mission of the organization is to advocate for the honeybees to ensure their survival.  The Bee Cause organization believes that it is their responsibility to stimulate curiosity in young people through first-hand exposure to a living colony of honeybees.  By joining this initiative, SCDS is recognized as the FIRST school in Savannah to install a classroom observation honeybee hive.  The observation hive has a glass tube that passes through the interior and exterior walls of the school allowing the honeybees to be safely connected to both their hive and their natural environment—the great outdoors.  The hive is located in Mr. Wiley’s classroom and will be monitored and maintained daily by Mr. Wiley with assistance from the members of his Middle School Beekeeping Club.  

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Middle School Outdoor Activity Area is Officially Open!
After much anticipation, the Middle School Outdoor Activity Area is ready for action! On Monday, August 26, the Middle School students, faculty and staff gathered outside Pape to celebrate the opening of the completed space. Leslie Keene, Parents’ Association President, joined Middle School Principal Jeremy Hammond and Assistant Principal Betsey Bass for the celebration. Students were thrilled to take advantage of the new basketball hoops, rebound net, volleyball court and four square area. Thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the Annual Fund last year, helping to reach the parent participation goal of 60% and receive this generous matching gift from the Parents’ Association.

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Fine Arts News
Aluminum Can Cameras!
The students in Mr. George's Photography class have been busy creating pin-hole cameras made out of recycled aluminum cans that they will dispurse throughout campus.  The cameras will be mounted up in trees and will include a sheet of light-sensitive paper that will take a series of unique, interesting images that will be combined at the end of the quarter to create a snapshot of life at Country Day. What a fantastic and unique project for our Photography students!

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Future Architects?
To expand on their studies of Linear Perspective, Kristin Mulzer's Art 101 students have been seen all over campus using the buildings to inspire their drawings.  The students have been sketching buildings on campus in 1 and 2-point perspective -- a type of drawing that is often used by Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Industrial Designers, and Engineers.  What a great way to take advantage of our beautiful campus! 
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Jazz Band Rocks out at Jazz Festival
On Sunday, September 22, the SCDS Jazz Band kicked off the Savannah Jazz Festival in Habersham Village to a crowd of about 200 slightly damp fans.  Soloists, vocalists and the entire band put on a fantastic show!  Congratulations to Dave Elliott and all of the Country Day Jazz Band students! 
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Jazz Ensemble Opening Performance at the Savannah Jazz Festival!
The Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble is honored to be selected as the opening performance at the 32nd Savannah Jazz Festival! Make sure to head out to Habersham Village on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm to support your Hornets!  Click here to see a full schedule of events.
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Ceramics Students Help Feed the Hungry
In an effort to give back to the community, students in Kristin Mulzer's Ceramics class have been creating handmade bowls for the Empty Bowl Event at the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen.  The event recognizes the organization's 30 years of service to the homeless and hungry of Savannah. The students hope to contribute 45 bowls to the event, with the proceeds directly assisting the needs of the community. Click here to learn more!
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It's Not too Late!
It's not too late to join the Arts Alliance!  The Arts Alliance provides a forum for parental involvement and support of Savannah Country Day School Fine Arts programs, to provide financial support for approved Fine Arts program projects and amenities, and to increase the awareness of the school’s Fine Arts programs both inside and outside the Savannah Country Day School family. Click here to view a video on what the Arts Alliance is all about and click here for the membership form. 
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Artwork on Display at Children's Hospital
Congratulations to our Middle School art students! Several pieces were selected for display at the Children's Museum at Memorial University Medical Center.
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Annual Fund News
There is Still Time to Support Our Annual Fund!
Our goal of $400,000 is close at hand with $354,120! With only 6 weeks remaining in our fiscal year, now is the perfect time to give your SCDS Annual Fund gift. If you have previously made a verbal pledge to one of our SCDS Annual Fund volunteers please go online and complete your verbal pledge today. 
Click here to view the most recent supporters of the SCDS Annual Fund
To give your support today click here.

14% Away From Our Goal of $400,000
Thank you to all who have given their most important gift to SCDS!

We're almost there! Help us cross the finish line! 

As the end of the year approaches, now is the perfect time to give a gift in honor or your child's favorite teacher or coach.

Click here to give your gift to the SCDS Annual Fund today. 

Click here to view a recent list of donors to the SCDS Annual Fund.

Questions or comments please contact, Leigh Sipple, Director of Annual Giving

85% to our Goal of $400,000
Now is the best time to show your support of the SCDS Annual Fund! We are now 85% to our goal and your support of any amount will greatly help us reach our goal! Click here to support the Annual Fund today and here to view the most recent list of Annual Fund supporters. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Leigh Sipple, Director of Annual Giving, at 961.8825 or

Hot Off the Hornet Press!
Annual Fund is 82% to our goal of $400,000!

7th Grade is leading the pack with 55% parent participation! 
9th Grade is in 2nd with 53% parent participation
4th grade is in 3rd with 50% parent participation 

Click here to help your child's class win the Annual Fund Challenge!

Click here to view the list of recent donors to this year's campaign.

Click here to learn more about why the SCDS Annual Fund is an intergral part of our school.

Thank you for your support!
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Annual Fund: 73% to goal!
The SCDS Annual Fund is an integral part of our School, and these funds aid in continuing the SCDS tradition of excellence. Your participation--of any amount-- transforms individual gifts into collective energy. Click here to show your support now.  
We are already 73% to goal! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Mills Fleming, this year's Annual Fund Chair.
Click here to view the list of most recent donors to the SCDS Annual Fund. 

Upper School News
National French Contest
Each year the Savannah Country Day School’s French students participate in the American Association of Teachers of French’s Grand Concours, or National French Contest, in grades 8 through 12.  The American Association of Teachers of French, or the AATF, invites students from across the entire nation to participate in this rigorous, timed competition consisting of three parts: listening comprehension, grammar analysis in context, and reading comprehension with contextual culture elements.   It’s worth noting the schools against whom we compete: Holy Innocents Episcopal School, Woodward Academy, Lovett, Westminster, and Pace Academy.   The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) recognizes four levels of achievement:  Certificat Lauréat National or the top ten National Ranking, Certificat Régional or the top ten State Ranking, Certificat d’Honneur or the top 20th percentile, and Certificat de Réussite or the top 50th percentile.

Homecoming Traditions
After a week full of PSAT testing and senior college essay workshops, the Upper School students enjoyed one of their favorite Country Day traditions - Homecoming!  The students take part in exciting activities throughout the week including the faculty/student flag football game and the preliminary round for the always exciting powder puff game.  On Thursday, October 17, the students and families continued the excitement with a evening full of festivities.  The night included everything from a parade and songfest to the bonfire and powder puff playoff game.

College Visits
The SCDS College Counseling Office has been especially busy as colleges and universities have been stopping by to meet with Upper School students. This is a great way for students to speak personally to college representatives and get a better feel for the schools.  Make sure to visit our college counseling page for updates on college visits, useful links and important dates and activities.

Students Prepare for College Admissions Process
As part of their continuing effort to prepare Upper School students for the college admissions process, the College Counseling office spent Thursday, September 19, meeting with Seniors to talk about their college essays.  Dawn Brown-Piatt, Associate Director of College Counseling, discussed everything from essay topics to deadlines.  Dawn's background includes working in college admissions, so she is sure to bring a fresh perspective to students regarding this important aspect of the admissions process.  During this time, Freshman also met to talk about "Keeping Doors Open."  They reviewed sample college transcripts and followed these "fake" students back to their freshman year.  This activity demonstrated to students what they can do now, as ninth graders, to set themselves up for success by the time they are applying to college.

Anatomy Students Mix Art and Science
Mr. Hooker's Upper School Anatomy students have been studying muscles by combining their science skills with art.  The students are building the muscles on to model skeletons to 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.

Congratulations National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to Maddie Dunn, Peter Stein and Lily Stephens for being selected as National Merit Semifinalists!  Semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program are recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students.

Junior and Senior Parents get a Jump Start on College Admissions
On Wednesday, September 11, parents of Juniors and Seniors gathered in Andrews Assembly Room for a College Counseling informational session.  After mingling over breakfast, parents went through timelines, important links for scholarships and the dos and don'ts of the college application process.  The College Counseling office will continue their comprehensive introduction to the college admissions process by hosting a Freshman Parents' Night on Monday, September 23 at 7pm in Andrews Assembly Room.

Welcome Back Juniors and Seniors!
On Friday, September 6, the Junior Class Officers hosted a "Welcome Back!" picnic for their honored guests, the Classes of 2014 and 2015 and the Upper School Faculty and Staff.  The guests enjoyed a tasty lunch and enjoyed reconnecting after their summer break.  Thanks to the Junior Class Officers Daley Class (President), Bri Carney (Vice-President), Chandler Royal (Secretary), and Sam Bromley (Treasurer) for hosting such a great event!

Also, a special thanks to Barnes for the delicious lunch and to Louise Vaughn Lauretti for the desserts and beautiful flowers for the event!  

Human, Bike or Car?
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.”

Freshman Take Over Flat Rock
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 commenced, the ninth grade class was fired up for the year ahead!
Service Learning News
Marissa Karp ('14) Chairs Chatham County Youth Commission
Friday, September 13, was a very special day for some local students who have gone the extra mile to be representatives for youths all across the county.  SCDS Senior, Marissa Karp, is the chairman for the 44 members that make up the Chatham County Youth Commission.  The Youth Commission has been active for more than 20 years and was started by Commissioner Dr. Priscilla Thomas.  Ever since, more than 450 students have gone through the program.  Click here to view the entire WSAV article. Congrats to Marissa for making a difference in your community!

A Month of Service
Find your passion and make it happen!  The SCDS Volunteer Council has a month full of ways to get involved and make a difference in your community! Please click here for a list of ways for you to get involved!  
Alumni News
Come One, Come All - 2014 Alumni/Tailgate Party
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. 
Afterward, we will all walk over and cheer on our Mighty Hornets!
To register copy and paste the link into your browser

2013 Alumni Homecoming!
Join us on Friday, October 18, 2013 for the Savannah Country Day School Homecoming & Alumni Tailgate Party! The event is FREE and open to all Country Day alums.  This year, the event will be held on campus between the Lower School and the Middle School Click here to register now!