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Congratulations to Hakon Jones '15 on His Acceptance and Scholarship to the Summer Honors Research Program at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
Congratulations to Hakon Jones ‘15 on his acceptance to the Honors Research Program (HPR), a seven-week summer project, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The application process is highly competitive with an acceptance rate of only 12 percent. Hakon was one of only eight students chosen for this summer’s program and will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of attending. He and his fellow students will work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process. “Diving, swimming, sailing, sharks and the deep blue, that is where my heart takes me,” says Hakon.

The onshore component of the program exposes students to oceanography focusing on geology, biology, archaeology, chemistry and computer science as they relate to ocean science and exploration. After completing research on the shore based project, students participate in a 1-2 week sea-going expedition on aboard a vessel such as the Exploration Vessel (EV) Nautilus or Sailing Training Ship (STS) Bodrum, as part of a science team in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea or the Black Sea. They will conduct data watches and assist with processing of data collected during the expedition alongside scientists and engineers. Upon leaving the seven-week session, participants will have gained exposure to and experience in the applications of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in the field of ocean exploration. The Nautilus Exploration Program was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard and is conducted by the Ocean Exploration Trust.
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Senior Marissa Karp Receives Appointment to West Point
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 9, senior Marissa Karp received a welcomed call from Congressman Jack Kingston’s office, offering her admission to the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Each year West Point receives more than 10,000 applications, but has an admission rate of only nine percent. Applicants must receive a congressional nomination from their representative Congressman, two U.S. senators, the vice president of the United States or receive a Service-Connected nomination from a “career military personnel”.
 
Mary Beth Fry, Director of College Counseling, comments, “Marissa Karp was the perfect candidate for West Point: smart, curious, generous, and responsible. Marissa always does what it takes to do her best possible work and to meet each and every one of her responsibilities.”
 
During her time at Country Day, Marissa was selected for the National Honor Society, has received outstanding attorney awards at both district and regional Mock Trial competitions, was a member of region and state title winning casts in One Act Play competitions, and has been active in several student lead groups including Young Politicians, Students for Cultural Diversity and the school literary journal, Amanuensis. She has spent three years on the Chatham Country Youth Commission and is also a member of the Teen Board at Memorial University Medical Center.
 
“Becoming a strong candidate for any of the Service Academies is a tall order for even the most talented student, but Marissa has had her eye on this for a few years, and has been entirely dedicated to accomplishing her goal. We are all very proud of her and her accomplishments, but we aren't even a little bit surprised by what she's achieved:  Marissa is living proof that determination and discipline will net enormous rewards,” says Ms. Fry.
 
Marissa comments on her future plans, stating, “I'm now looking forward to pursuing a degree in engineering at West Point, and then I hope to attend law school after I finish my commitment.”

Congratulations, Marissa!

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Cum Laude Inductions
On the morning of April 8, Country Day held its annual Cum Laude Induction Ceremony. Modeled after phi beta kappa at the college level, the Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in some of this country‘s most prestigious high schools. Membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs. Induction means that these students are recognized as among the best of the best in secondary education in the nation. By charter, Country Day elects 20% of the senior class, 10% as juniors and 10% as seniors.

Congratulations to the following students (listed in picture order): Amanda Chandler Edwards, Walker Carswell Watson, Nivan Lakshman, Lily Louise Stephens, Preston Ross Andrews, Robert Bayne Brannen, Ryan Parker Khan, John Tyler Beauchamp, Melissa Aurelia Villarreal, Ruqing Tao, Maya Janelle Hardrick, Kinam Park, Elizabeth Anne Bowden (absent).


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Middle School Leadership Assembly Awards
On the morning of April 8, Middle School students gathered for a third quarter Leadership Assembly to recognize students for their hard work and dedication to school and the student body. Head of Middle School, Jeremy Hammond, thanked students that had served in leadership positions, but also expressed that, “it takes the collective contributions of all to be successful and have fun.” Please click here for a list of awards presented and student groups recognized during the assembly.
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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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New School Seal Unveiled!
After a week of anticipation and teasers, the new school seal was officially unveiled on the morning of Friday, March 14. Campus celebrations included games of frisbee, art activities, snacks of green and gold popcorn and even the appearance of "school seal superheros" passing out pins, stickers and temporary tattoos. Look out for the larger story in the next issue of the Hornet Connection newsletter. Click HERE for photos from the day and HERE for more information on the new seal.
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Advanced Acting Class Brings Home Awards
The students of DJ Queenan's Advanced Acting Class recently traveled to Mobile, Alabama to compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference. The group received an invitation to attend the conference after winning the Georgia Theatre Conference's One-Act Play Competition in the fall. Competing against at least 20 other schools from the southeast, the students' performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" left the audience weeping over the true and tragic story of the lynching of an elephant. Senior Bailey Keith, as the emotional elephant trainer, won All-Star Cast, as did Sophomore Robert Ross, who played the clown. Congratulations theatre students, especially Robert and Bailey.

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Choral Students Perform at ACDA Convention
The American Choral Directors Association held its annual convention in Jacksonville over the March 8 weekend. Students from 11 states submitted recorded auditions in the fall to be selected to perform with an Honors Choir at this event.  
 
SCDS students who were selected and participated are: Connor Wilkes and Isabelle Ham (Children's Choir), Kate Templeton, Hannah Buchman, and Parker Grove (Women's Middle School/Junior High Chorus), Jorgepablo Fernandez and Finn Repella (Men's Middle School/Junior High Choir) and Lindsay Pindar, Bayne Brannen, and Martha Ann Dodd (Senior High Honor Choir).  Bayne Brannen is the 1st SCDS student to make ACDA and All-State for all 6 consecutive years.  Congratulations to all students, especially Bayne!
 
The ten students traveled to Jacksonville on Wednesday, March 5, to begin rehearsals and then performed on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8.

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Grayson Lowenthal to Play Tennis in College
Grayson Lowenthal, a Senior at Savannah Country Day, has signed a letter of intent to play Tennis with Christopher Newport University Captains. Located in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University is an academically selective public university with an enrollment of 5,200 students. Lowenthal was awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship to attend college beginning Fall Semester 2014. The Captains, coached by Eric Christiansen, compete in the Capital Athletic Conference. While attending Savannah Country Day School, Lowenthal compiled and overall high school record of 59-5 through three seasons. He was the Savannah Morning News player of the year the last two years in a row and hasn’t lost a match in Savannah since his freshman year. In addition to high school tennis, Lowenthal played on the USTA Junior Tennis Circuit since he was 10 years old. Lowenthal consistently achieved top ten rankings throughout his Junior Tennis Career, competing in many Southern and Nationally ranked tournaments. Lowenthal will wrap up his high school season this Spring under head coach Lamar Kirkley. He will also continue to play USTA sanctioned tournaments under his USTA coach Paul Thoesen. He is expected to contribute as a Varsity player at Christopher Newport University as a freshman and plans to major in Business.
 

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Math Teams Dominate the GSU Invitational Math Tournament
On Saturday, March 8, the Middle and Upper School Math Teams had an excellent showing at the Georgia Southern University Invitational Math Tournament.  In the Varsity division, the team of Rares Cristian, Maddie Dunn, Jun Kim and Kinam Park won the first place trophy. In addition, Rares Cristian won the first place individual prize, and Danny Park took the third place individual award.  The Junior Varsity team with Harrison West, Micheal Pal, Marcus Hardrick, and Lucy Ma took the third place trophy in their division.  The middle school team of Patti Tao, Grace Win, Angela Young, and Geena Panzitta won the first place team award from among about forty teams, with Patti Tao receiving the second place individual trophy.   The team of Jay White, Josh Braun, Param Patel, and Michael Georgescu placed fifth. Also competing were Alvin Adjei, Christopher Cheng, Sarah Thacher, and Emily Tran. Congratulations, Hornets!

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World Language Students Earn 16 Blue Ribbons
Country Day had a spectacular showing at the FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia) Speaking Competition this past Saturday, March 1.  Of the 204 students in the competition, SCDS had 16 students participate.  Students were individually interviewed by a third party judge and were awarded a ranking: Notable, Excellent, or Superior.  All of our French and Spanish students left the competition with a Superior ranking, a blue ribbon.  Congratulations to the following students and their teachers: 
 
Level 5: Darcy Spell '14 (French), 
Level 4: Rares Cristian '16 (French), Maya Hardrick '15 (French), Cate Rhangos '15 (French) , Jack Kronowitz '15 (Spanish), Ryan Khan '15 (Spanish), Will Rittmeyer '15 (Spanish)
Level 3: Marcus Hardrick '16 (French), Kate Moffett '16 (French), Andy Paul '16 (French), Maria Strunjas '16 (Spanish), Sarah Glover '16 (Spanish), Nathan Luskey '16 (Spanish)
Level 2: Will Dismukes '16 (French) and Kate Groce '17 (Spanish)
Level 1: Kate Templeton '17 (Spanish)

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An Evening in Monte Carlo!
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday night for An Evening in Monte Carlo at the Savannah Golf Club. More than 250 people tried their luck at gaming and bidding on items from unique student art and summer camps to trips and yoga packages. The silent auction even included a puppy and designer birds! Thank you to the our Parents’ Association President, Leslie Keene, the Auction Chairs, Heather Myers and Stacy Kurko and all of the volunteers that made the evening a success!
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Congratulations to STAR Student Maddie Dunn
On February 25, senior Maddie Dunn represented SCDS at the 2014 STAR Student Awards luncheon. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. To obtain the star nomination, students must have the highest SAT score and be in the top 10 percent of their class based on grade point average. Maddie selected Upper School Science teacher Jason Manley as her STAR Teacher. Congratulations to both Maddie and Mr. Manley!
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Davis Tate '15 to Compete in the National Shakespeare Competition
Last Wednesday, February 26, Davis Tate won the Regional Shakespeare Competition hosted by the English-Speaking Union and will go on to compete in the National Competition in New York City on May 4.  Davis performed a monologue from Macbeth and Sonnet 27 to win the title for the 2nd consecutive year.
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JV Quiz Bowl Team is Runner-Up at GATA
Congratulations to the JV Quiz Bowl Team for taking second place at the GATA State Championship competition held this past Saturday at Collins Hill High School. Quiz bowl competition questions span the entire range of human knowledge, including: history, literature, the arts, social science, “hard” science and/or math, mythology, philosophy, religion, problem solving, current events/politics, and sports. Quiz Bowl is about knowledge, teamwork and having fun! The SCDS JV team includes Asher Kolman, Elliott Shin, Harrison Ham, Jared Sauer and is coached by faculty Byron Boyd and Michelle Dumais.

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SCDS Mock Trial Regional Champions
Congratulations to SCDS Mock Trial team on their Region Championship this past weekend and their three best attorney awards. They won both rounds in District and lost to Lowndes County in the finals. Amanda Borquaye, Marissa Karp and Vu-Any Nguyen all brought home best attorney awards. 
 
The 2014 SCDS Mock Trial Team included Amanda Borquaye, Stephen Crouch, Marissa Karp, Michelle Liang, Logan Miller, and Vu-Anh Nguyen as Attorneys and Nolan Andrews, Olivia Buelvas, Joyce Cho, Garrison Ferris, Grayson Lowenthal, Rishi Patel, Maria Strunjas, and Jake Templeton, as witnesses.
 
In Mock Trial competition, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on evidence and witness statements provided to participants. Professional attorneys or judges serve as the presiding judges and jurors. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case.

The Savannah Country Day School Mock Trial team was coached by faculty Peter Foley and Keith Muller. Attorney Coaches include SCDS parent Dennis Keene, alumni Colin McRae ’91, Courtney Valentine ’05 and also College Mock Trial player Jordan Cranman ’08.
 

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Fine Arts Night Showcases Savannah's BEST Arts Program
Despite the threat of foul weather, the SCDS community came out for the Upper School's Fine Arts Showcase on Wednesday, February 13. The evening opened with an open studio where guests were able to dabble in the arts. At 7 p.m. the crowd moved to Jelks Auditorium for the performing arts portion. Dave Elliott's jazz band rocked the house, bringing the crowd to its feet, including the groupies dancing and shouting in the front row. Maaja Roos and the chorus were impressive as always, and the audience especially enjoyed the male a cappella group's performance of "Stand By Me." Paula Swart's orchestra stunned the crowd with absolute perfection. DJ Queenan's drama group closed the night with highlights from "Once on this Island"--a singing & dancing sensation! Bravo, students!

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Mock Trial Team Wins Regional Competition
Congratulations to Savannah Country Day School’s Mock Trial Team who won the regional mock trial competition, held at the Chatham County Courthouse on February 8. They trounced Clinch Country, Savannah Arts Academy and St. Vincent’s Academy prior to defeating Islands High School in the finals. Savannah Country Day students earned top honors at the regional mock trial title for the sixth time in the past seven years, bringing home a total of six awards: Amanda Bourquaye won two Best Attorney Awards; Marissa Karp, Stephen Crouch, and Vu-Anh Nguyen each won one best Attorney Award; Nolan Andrews brought home a Best Witness Award.

The 2014 SCDS Mock Trial Team including Amanda Borquaye, Stephen Crouch, Marissa Karp, Michelle Liang, Logan Miller, and Vu-Anh Nguyen as Attorneys and Nolan Andrews, Olivia Buelvas, Joyce Cho, Garrison Ferris, Grayson Lowenthal, Rishi Patel, Maria Strunjas, and Jake Templeton, as witnesses will head to the district championship tournament on February 22 also in Savannah.

In Mock Trial competition, students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses based on evidence and witness statements provided to participants. Professional attorneys or judges serve as the presiding judges and jurors. Teams are evaluated on their ability to make a logical, cohesive and persuasive presentation, rather than on the legal merits of the case.

The Savannah Country Day School Mock Trial team is coached by faculty Peter Foley and Keith Muller. Attorney Coaches include SCDS parent Dennis Keene, alumni Colin McRae ’91, Courtney Valentine ’05 and also College Mock Trial player Jordan Cranman ’08.

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National Honor Society New Inductees
On the morning of Wednesday, November 22, Country Day inducted 30 students into the National Honor Society. Founded in 1921, the National Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. To be eligible, students in grades 10-12 must demonstrate outstanding performance in the four selection criteria. Congratulations to these students: 
 
Class of 2014: Preston Andrews, Jacob Bishop, Amanda Edwards, Alexander Fleming, Margaret George, Mary Rowland Lewis, Rishi Patel, Wells Ross, Lily Stephens, Claire Sussman, William Szczecinski and Walker Watson.  Class of 2015:  John Auer, Briana Carney, Emma Gibney, Shrikar Iragavarapu, Michael Keene, Ryan Khan, Kianna Maynard, Danny Park, Chandler Royal, Rachael Tao, Davis Tate and Melissa Villarreal. Class of 2016: Gabe Adler, Matthew Cheng, Joyce Cho, Sarah Glover, Asher Kolman and Ernest Rogers.
 

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Advanced Acting Class Wins GHSA One Act Play Competition
DJ Queenan's Advanced Acting Class (the same group who won 1st place in Kingsland 2 weeks ago) took top honors at the GHSA One Act Play Competition in Macon on Saturday, October 26.  Their breath-taking performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" showed the passion, dedication, and incredible skill of these young actors and their director, DJ Queenan.  Abbie Black walked out with a BEST ACTRESS award for her portrayal of Ballet Girl, & Bailey Keith was awarded ALL-STAR CAST for her role as Trainer. The students will compete again next Saturday, November 2, in Warner Robins for the State Title.  GO HORNETS!

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Advanced Drama Class Wins First Place at the Georgia Theatre Conference
Congratulations to DJ Queenan's Advanced Drama Class. Their intense performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" last Friday at the Georgia Theatre Conference in Kingsland, Georgia, won them a FIRST PLACE trophy and the opportunity to compete in Mobile, Alabama, at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. SCDS also won Best Costumes for costumer Chann Givens, and students Abbie Black, Maya Patterson and Bailey Keith were awarded All-Star Cast! This is their second consecutive win at this prestigious competition!

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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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Chorus Students "Retreat" to Epworth by the Sea
On Friday, September 27, the Upper School choral students traveled to Epworth by the Sea for their annual overnight retreat. The goal of the retreat was not only to learn repertoire for the year, but to work on becoming a unified and supportive ensemble. After many hours of rehearsing, these dedicated and talented students returned Sunday and performed an impressive debut concert in Triol Hall followed by a potluck dinner with family and friends.  Many thanks to the Arts Alliance for helping to fund the retreat.
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Water Balloon Target Practice
 
How often does an assignment grade correlate to the student's ability to hit his or her teacher with a water balloon? As part of Adam Weber's physics curriculum, "water balloon target practice" has become an annual highlight for studying projectile motion. Students spent the days leading up to the experiment analyzing the factors and calculating the velocity needed to hit Mr. Weber. On the morning of the experiment, student teams tested their theories and enjoyed time outside the classroom. For only the sixth time in 22 years, a student team successfully hit their "target," Mr. Weber. Congratulations to the team of Claire Sussman, Marissa Karp, Olivia Buelvas, Maddie Dunn and Lizzy Bowden!
 

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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
Fifth Grade Enjoys Rock Eagle Trip
4/13/2014
Last week, fifth graders and their teachers boarded buses and traveled to Rock Eagle 4-H Camp in Eatonton, Ga. for a three-day class field trip. Students enjoyed many team activities and challenges, including canoeing, studying lake ecology, hiking, storytelling, performing skits and eating s'mores! “This is a wonderful trip for our fifth graders to grow as leaders and to bond as a class,” said Ms. Aaron. "Students look forward to this trip all school year long and it fits in nicely as the school year begins to wrap up and fifth graders look ahead to becoming middle school students in the fall."
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Third Grade Lunchtime Book Club Celebrates
4/10/2014
Just after winter break, Jennifer Hogenboom, lower school media and technology teacher, noticed groups of girls checking out copies of the same book to read together. Ms. Hogenboom, Ms. Mansel and Ms. Berry, decided to form an official lunchtime book group with third grade girls from two classes, splitting into three reading groups. “Since they were already forming their own book clubs naturally, we thought it would be great to see if we could motivate some of the other girls to do the same by making it a fun lunchtime event each week, “ said Ms. Hogenboom. Over the last few months, students and teachers read Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisarker, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm and Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts and met to discuss over lunch. Ms. Hogenboom, said “I know I personally have loved seeing the girls get so excited about reading. The combination of a small group with a common conversation piece has helped some of the more reserved students to really feel comfortable to open up and express their own insights as we were reading. Some of the girls who were hesitant to say anything during our first few discussions were practically leading the discussions by the end. It was really very rewarding on many levels”. As a celebration for completing the inaugural lunchtime book club reads, students enjoyed lunch and dessert outside under the gazebo. Since the book clubs were such a success, they are planning on expanding the offerings to third grade boys this spring and then to additional grade levels beginning next school year.
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Patriot and Loyalist Debates in Fourth Grade
4/3/2014
Walking into Mr. Nash and Ms. Gamaches’ class last week, you may have thought you were in Boston during the American Revolution. As part of their Social Studies lesson, fourth graders were assigned Loyalist and Patriots to research, make costumes reflective of their time period and prepare for a live debate in front of their classmates. After being introduced by teammates representing public relations members, students articulately delivered their candidate's positions when presented questions by the student spectators.
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Searching for Shapes While Staying in Shape
4/3/2014
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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Pigeons Take Flight on Campus
3/17/2014
Over the past few weeks, kindergarteners have been learning about authors, including Mo Willems--author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don’t Let the Pigeon Eat the Hotdog. On Friday, students had a special treat when SCDS parent Brad Saxon brought 35 Homing Pigeons to campus. The children wrote notes, attached the messages to the pigeons and helped release them. After taking flight and circling back multiple times, the pigeons headed on their way. Stay tuned to see how many of the pigeons make it back to the Saxon residence carrying the notes!
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Pre-Kindergartners Take to the Stage
3/12/2014
Pre-Kindergarten students shined during their rendition of The Three Little Piggy Opera. After weeks of practice and studying the virtue of compassion, they took to the stage of Jelks Auditorium and delivered an entertaining performance of choreographed songs. 
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Mask Making in Fourth Grade
3/4/2014
Following a study of Africa and Inuit masks, fourth grade students created their own masks from recycled play props, paint, and other found objects. After sketching their ideas on paper and completing a two-dimensional design, they then carved the desired shapes into foam insulation before layering on tempera and latex paints. The found objects added embellishment to the masks and an opportunity to recycle materials on campus.
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How Many Books Will the Bridge Hold?
3/3/2014
ç√The excitement was contagious in Mrs. Aliotta’s third grade class today as they anxiously awaited testing their bridges under the weight of dictionaries. After studying bridges throughout the world in social studies, third graders were ready to build their own bridges out of popsicle sticks, but not before they learned about parallel, perpendicular, intersecting lines, varies angles, vertex, parallelograms, congruent and non-congruent figures and much more in math. This group project was also an important lesson in working with others. Two groups held three dictionaries, one held three and the final group a stunning seven books before it crumpled under the weight!
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First Grade Michelangelo's
2/18/2014
If you stopped by the Jenkins Art Building recently, you would probably be surprised to see students using the underside of desks for work. This was purposeful on Mrs. Eswines's behalf--the students were in the midst of a study of Michelangelo and mimicking his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. 

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A Sock Hopping Good Time!
2/13/2014
Kindergartners celebrated an early Valentine’s Day, Thursday, with a Sock Hop in the gym! Adorning poodle and polka dot skirts, saddle shoes, and leather jackets they partied in 1905’s fashion.
Their festivities incorporated lots of movement and even sight words they have been learning in the classroom. The hand jive, limbo, hopscotch, hula-hoops, a conversation word hunt, and a smoothie station were just a few of the activities that students, teachers, and parents enjoyed.

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Do We Hear Wedding Bells in PreK?
2/13/2014
The exquisite wedding of the letters Q and U took place in prekindergarten just in time for Valentine’s Day. The bride “Q” was played by Mrs. Eswine and the groom “U”, by Mr. Eswine. The girls came dressed in their finest princess attire and boys in football uniforms to celebrate the marriage of Q and U as they wrapped up studying the letters earlier in the week. The Prekindergarten wedding guests walked to their seats, arm in arm, to recorded music by SCDS jazz band members. Following the ceremony, which was presided over by Coach Cole, students enjoyed a wedding reception with cake and juice!
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Fourth Graders Put Their Georgia Knowledge to the Test
2/12/2014
Do you know what the state fossil, flower, butterfly or insect is? SCDS Fourth graders do and will be quick to challenge you to a game of Georgia symbols! Students worked on sharpening their Georgia knowledge on this day of celebration for our state. During science lab, they moved through stations identifying state symbols and answering trivia questions. Fourth grade teacher, Marquin McMath, welcomed the collaboration with Mr. Eswine in Science, bringing journal writing to a whole new level, as they wrap up informative writing in Language Arts and visit Wormsloe Plantation on Thursday.
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Stirring it up in 3rd Grade
1/28/2014
The smell of fresh vegetables, garlic, and soy sauce wafted throughout the halls of Lower School today as third graders stir-fried a delicious afternoon snack with the vegetables harvested from their garden.
Since the fall, students have been caring for broccoli, Brussels sprout, carrot, snow pea, swish chard, and sweet potato plants among others. They have spent countless hours, tending to the plants, meticulously recording and graphing their findings such as, leaf width and height, soil moisture and temperature, plant color, number of insects and weeds, and the weather.

The classes have enjoyed also working with Sage Food Services to provide herbs, limes and lemon grass to our cafeteria. They have harvested over 200 pounds of calflower to be served on campus and forty pounds for the Ronald McDonald House.
 
This piece of the curriculum is a wonderful example of collaborative learning on Country Day’s campus. Students experience language arts, geography, math, global awareness and service learning throughout their garden project. Also pictured here is a garden piece that students created in art class and the loofahs they continue to grow and soap they hand make from garden herbs for the “Kiva Project”.



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Stop, Drop & Roll
1/17/2014
Pre-K was heating up as students practiced their fire safety skills as part of their Community Helpers lesson. Not only were they getting their wiggles out with movement in the classroom, but learning an important lesson:stop, drop and roll. The children enjoyed making a fire truck earlier in the week and loved spending time with local firemen!

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Second Grade Storytime
1/16/2014
The 3-year old classes at the Little School were thrilled to welcome older students to their classrooms on the morning of January 16. Mrs. Morgan's second graders visited the recently-revamped Little School to share their favorite storybooks. The 3-year olds loved the buddy time with the "big" kids, while the second graders reveled in the responsibility and admiration. The Little School teachers recognized many familiar faces since almost half of Mrs. Morgan's students were once in the Little School!
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Pre-K Students Practice Service Learning
12/9/2013
Since cooking in the Early Childhood building's kitchen is one of the many highlights of the pre-kindergarten program, it's no wonder that the latest service project was a huge hit with the kids.... baking cinnamon bread for the Second Harvest's Kids Cafe! Students learned about the importance of Kids Cafe in ensuring school-age children who are at-risk for hunger receive a meal after the school day. With each child baking their own loaf of bread and designing a corresponding card, the pre-k teachers and parent volunteers hope to deliver almost 50 loaves to Kids Cafe!
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SCDS Takes Top Prize in Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
11/6/2013
Representatives from the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge traveled to Savannah on November 6, 2013, to present Lower School students at Savannah Country Day School with the first place award for their national Summer Reading Challenge.  With 905,098 logged minutes, the students in grade K-5 came in 1st place in Georgia and 42nd in the nation. 
 
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is a free summer reading program designed to encourage students to keep reading throughout the summer.  SCDS students set reading goals and logged minutes on the Reading Challenge website throughout the summer.  Minutes were computed and schools were ranked individually for total number of minutes read. 

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Thanks to parents for supporting the Lower School Book Fair!
10/23/2013
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
10/18/2013
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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American Patriots
9/27/2013
On the morning of Thursday, September 26, 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 Kindergarten Herb Garden. If you see a young kindergartener on campus, stop and ask them about their favorite American symbol!

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Illustrator Michael White Leads Student Workshops
9/27/2013
In what is sure to be one of the highlights of the year in Lower School, children's book illustrator Michael P. White spent a day meeting with students in the Lower School's DuBose Media Center. Mr. White's workshop was part of a month-long celebration of reading and books. The students were enthralled with his technique and imagination, even going so far as to provide the inspiration for his on-the-spot illustrations. Students, armed with clipboards, paper and pencils, sketched alongside Mr. White. The artwork and ideas they started in the workshop will be used as a launching pad for writers' workshop ideas in the classroom. A big thank you to Lower School media Specialist Jennifer Hogenboom for bringing Mr. White to campus.
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5th Grade Student Council
9/23/2013
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
9/23/2013
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
9/16/2013
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
9/9/2013
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"
9/3/2013
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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Pollinator Habitat Certification
9/3/2013
Savannah Country Day is thrilled to announce that we have just received a Pollinator Habitat certification with the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia!  Monarchs Across Georgia (MAG) is a committee of the Environmental Education Alliance.  MAG works together with teachers, students, families, communities, businesses and others to study Monarch butterflies and restore butterfly habitat across the state. Its mission is to inspire future caretakers of the natural environment by educating about monarch butterflies and other pollinators. This year, Country Day students have the unique opportunity to observe pollinators up close with the addition of our honeybee observation hive in Mr. Wiley’s room.  We are very excited about our Pollinator certification, showing our continued commitment to local and global environmental education and sustainability. 
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Athletic Main News
Boys' Golf Finishes 4th in Area
4/23/2014
The boys' golf team advanced to the Sectional Tournament with a 4th place finish in the GHSA Area Tournament.
They will play Monday, May 5th at Eagle's Brooke Country Club in Locust Grove.
Individual scores from match:
Parker Stone-79
Patric Chu-87
Andrew Glover-88
Robert Ross-93
Nathan Luskey-100
Max Braun-104

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Demetris Robertson Shatters Track Record
4/17/2014
At the Area 1A Meet, Demetris Robertson jumped 23' 4 1/4 " in the long jump to break the 48 year SCDS record of 21' 10/1/2 " held by Peter Schmidt from 1966.

Congrats to Track Team!
4/16/2014
Results from the Area 1A meet are listed below. Congratulations to these students for qualifying for the State Sectionals:
Boys
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

Girls
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

Boys Tennis Area 1A Runner-Up, Girls 3rd
4/15/2014
The Savannah Country Day boys tennis team lost to Brookstone 4-1 in the finals to finish second in the Area 1-A tournament and earn a berth in the Class A Private School State Tournamanet
In the semifinals, the Hornets defeated First Presbyterian 4-1. SCD is 16-3. The Country Day girls team lost to First Presbyterian 4-1 in the semifinals but came back to defeat Aquinas 3-2 for third place in Area 1-A. The SCD girls are 9-10. The boys will host a first-round match in the state tournament be to be played by April 29, and the girls will be on the road in the first round.

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Savannah Morning News Honors Athletes
4/15/2014
Anna Muller was selected to the 2nd Team All Greater Savannah Basketball Team.  Amari Oliver and Ben Johnson were named to the 3rd Team with Taylor Parker and Demetris Robertson receiving Honorable Mention honors. Jackson Schroeder and Will Hughes were selected to the SMN Honorable Mention Wrestling Team for the greater Savannah area.

Boys Win Coastal Empire Tennis
3/29/2014
Savannah County Day won the boys division of the Coastal Empire Tennis Classic on Saturday at Bacon Park.
The Hornets went 4-0 during the event in defeating Calvary Day, Richmond Hill, Savannah Arts Academy (by forfeit) and, in the finals, Brantley County by a 3-2 score.
Savannah Country Day’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Rishi Patel and Nivan Lakshman went 3-0 during the event, while No. 1 singles player Grayson Lowenthal and No. 2 singles player Greyson Finlay went 2-0.

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Hornets Soccer Defeats BC 4-1
3/29/2014
The Savannah Country Day and Benedictine soccer teams don’t play in the same region, but that takes nothing away from a spirited rivalry when the teams take the field.
Friday the teams clashed in a match at Savannah Country Day, and the Hornets beat the Cadets 4-1 in a physical battle.

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Chase Waller to Play Soccer for Covenant College
3/24/2014
Chase Waller signed a Letter of Intent to play soccer for Covenant College. Covenant is a NCAA Division III school that competes in the USA South Atlantic Conference. Congratulations, Chase!!

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Michael Davis MVP of Future Stars Tryouts in Savannah
3/24/2014
The Future Stars of Football held one of their 15 tryouts in Georiga and Florida at SCDS and Michael Davis was selectd MVP for the 6th Grade. The All Star Teams will be selected in April for the football game between Florida and Georgia 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The particpants will spend a week at IMG Academy in Florida in preparation for the game.

Girls Basketball Honors
3/7/2014
Anna Muller and Amari Oliver were named to the 1st Team  All Region 3A East Girls' Basketball Team.  Taylor Parker was selected to the 2nd Team. The Lady Hornets Basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 of the State Playoffs for the second year in a row. Great job Hornets!

Grayson Lowenthal to Play Tennis in College
3/3/2014
Grayson Lowenthal, a Senior at Savannah Country Day, has signed a letter of intent to play Tennis with Christopher Newport University Captains. Located in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University is an academically selective public university with an enrollment of 5,200 students. Lowenthal was awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship to attend college beginning Fall Semester 2014. The Captains, coached by Eric Christiansen, compete in the Capital Athletic Conference. While attending Savannah Country Day School, Lowenthal compiled and overall high school record of 59-5 through three seasons. He was the Savannah Morning News player of the year the last two years in a row and hasn’t lost a match in Savannah since his freshman year. In addition to high school tennis, Lowenthal played on the USTA Junior Tennis Circuit since he was 10 years old. Lowenthal consistently achieved top ten rankings throughout his Junior Tennis Career, competing in many Southern and Nationally ranked tournaments. Lowenthal will wrap up his high school season this Spring under head coach Lamar Kirkley. He will also continue to play USTA sanctioned tournaments under his USTA coach Paul Thoesen. He is expected to contribute as a Varsity player at Christopher Newport University as a freshman and plans to major in Business.
 

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Sales Pinckney Pitches a No Hitter
2/28/2014
The home opener was exciting for the SCDS Baseball team. Sales Pinckney pitched a complete-game no-hitter, striking out 16 for the Hornets.
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7th Grade Basketball Champions Honored
2/16/2014
The Savannah Morning News "Good Sports" honors the 7th Grade SPAL Champions- SCD boys and girls! 
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Congratulations, Middle School Basketball
2/11/2014
Congratulations to the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade basketball teams for a great season. The students worked hard, learned fundamentals and honed their team-building skills. The no-cut policy allowed more students to participate throughout the grades. A special congratulations to the below teams and their coaches. 
7th grade girls basketball SPAL champion
7th grade boys basketball SPAL champion
8th grade boys basketball SPAL champion
5th grade boys basketball SPAL Runner-up
6th grade boys basketball SPAL Runner-up
 

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Natalie Goodman Plays Soccer for UGA
2/8/2014
Natalie Goodman has joined the UGA Soccer team and enrolled in the University. The NCAA Clearing House requires an athlete to finish senior English which Natalie did in the Fall. This gave her the opportunity to begin her college and athletic carrers at UGA in January 2014.
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3 for 3 at Home- SPAL Champions
2/6/2014
The 7th Grade girls defeated Calvary 32-18 to win their 5th SPAL Championship - 2012 5th Grade, 2013 6th Grade, and now 2014 7th Grade Basketball, 2012 6th Grade and 2013 7th Grade Volleyball. Coach Walsh had a great night. His other team, the 7th Grade boys defeated St Peters 45-31 to take the Title. The 8th Grade boys beat  Blessed Sacrament 42-34 with great support from their families and classmates! The 5th Grade boys lost by 1 point 14-13 at Hanock to become the 2014 SPAL Runner-up and the 6th Grade Boys lost to Calvary at St Peters 26-22 for 2nd place.  A great night for the Hornets!!
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Football Recognition Continues for Robertson and Lichtenberg
1/23/2014
ESPNCoastal.com sponsored by Enmark released their All Savannah and Coastal Empire Football Teams. Demetris Robertson was selected to both offensive teams as a Wide Receiver and Colton Lichtenberg was honored as a Place Kicker on the All Savannah Team and a Kicker on the Coastal Empire Team. Demetris was also honored by Student Sports Sophomore All American Second Team as a Multi Purpose athlete. Last year Demetris  had 865 total yeards on offense and 90 tackles and a pick on defense. Congratulations!
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Colton Lichtenberg Honored as All American Honorable Mention
1/13/2014
Kohl's Kicking Camps have released their High School All-American Teams for the 2013 football season. Colton Lichtenberg was one of three national athletes selected to the Kickoff Specialist Team of 2015. Colton was Honorable Mention All-American. Congratulations!
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Football All State
12/27/2013
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
12/21/2013
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
12/12/2013
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!
11/22/2013
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
11/12/2013
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


Hornets End Season with a Big Win--Get 5 for Sligh
11/11/2013
By Savannah Morning News
Savannah Country Day got off to a red-hot start on a chilly Friday night as the Hornets made good on their first five possessions and held Wheeler County scoreless until the second quarter in a 45-14 home victory.
 
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In the Game Magazine Features Anna Bolch
11/4/2013
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
11/1/2013
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"
10/31/2013
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
10/31/2013
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
10/30/2013
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
10/30/2013
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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Lady Hornets Close a Fantastic Season
10/28/2013
The Lady Hornets Volleyball team finished the season with a 6th place ranking in the state. The team lost to Eagle's Landing Christian, on Saturday in Atlanta. Congratulations to the team and to Coach Mock and Coach Parker on a fantastic season!
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Superior Six
10/23/2013
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
10/21/2013
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
10/10/2013
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
10/9/2013
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"
10/4/2013
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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Glover Wins Third Consecutive Race
10/2/2013
SCDS Varsity Girls & Boys Cross Country team each raced a 5k at the Savannah Christian Invitational Meet held Tuesday October 1, 2013. Sarah Glover ran 20:42 to win 1st place overall in the Girls Varsity race, her third consecutive victory in a Cross Country meet this season.

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Middle School Wins Stinger Invitational
9/30/2013
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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Glover Wins Ebenezer Meet
9/23/2013
Sarah Glover won the Girls' Cross Country Ebenezer invitational finishing 1st at 20.47. The Girls team was 4th- good results from Skylar Lanier at 10th posting a time of 22.18. The boys team was 6th with Jack Barnes in 10th place with a time of 18.51. Congratulations!

Demetris Robertson SMN " Player of the Week"
9/17/2013
Friday, September 13, started out great and got even better for Savannah Country Day’s Demetris Robertson. The standout sophomore football player found out about a scholarship offer from Clemson early in the day, then he went out and showed why he is such a hot commodity by scoring three touchdowns in three different ways on just five touches as the Hornets beat Wheeler County for their first win of the season.

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Hornet Fans Celebrate Two Wins Over Wheeler
9/16/2013
Hornet fans traveled to Wheeler County on Friday for two Hornet games and celebrated two big wins! - Softball 11-0 and Football 43-19. On Friday the 20th, Hornet fans can support softball against Johnson County at HOME at 5:00 PM and then football vs Johnson County on Saunders Field at 7:30 PM. It is Middle School Fall Athletes Recognition Night and the 5th Annual Feel the Buzz Picnic. Join us!!
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Volleyball 12 Straight Wins - Leading Area in Stats
9/16/2013
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
Little School Enjoys Some Special Visitors
4/3/2014
Little School students enjoyed having Paula Deen as a special visitor this week. Ms. Deen brought along her four ducklings and a baby squirrel that she recently recued. Feeding the ducklings bread and watching them them swim around the kiddie pool produced lots large belly giggles and quacking from the children. This was the perfect culmination to a lesson about the season spring and how things grow.

V is for Valentine!
2/13/2014
Little school students had a fun filled week of Valentine’s activities. Getting messy mixing colors to make red shaving cream, sorting candy hearts, learning how to say “I love you” in different ways, and wearing red and exchanging Valentine’s were just a few of the exciting activities they all enjoyed while learning about Valentine's Day.

Second Grade Storytime
1/16/2014
The 3-year old classes at the Little School were thrilled to welcome older students to their classrooms on the morning of January 16. Mrs. Morgan's second graders visited the recently-revamped Little School to share their favorite storybooks. The 3-year olds loved the buddy time with the "big" kids, while the second graders reveled in the responsibility and admiration. The Little School teachers recognized many familiar faces since almost half of Mrs. Morgan's students were once in the Little School!

The Little School Ribbon Cutting
10/18/2013
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
An Evening with the Honey Bees
4/21/2014
A special thank you to Middle School science teacher Andy Wiley and SCDS parent Ted Dennard, owner of Savannah Bee Company, for hosting the recent honey bee informational session. Country Day is proud to be the first school in our arera to install an observational honey bee hive for classroom use. During the year, students of all ages have visited Mr. Wiley's classroom to learning more about the 25,000+ honey bees and their activity. The informational session was a great way to answer parent and student questions and learn more about the activities of both the bees and the members of the beekeeping club. For more information, visit www.thebeecause.org.
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Middle School Mini-Mester 2014
4/18/2014
Middle School students spent the week immersed in small groups studying topics of interest to them outside of the typical curriculum. This is an especially enjoyable time of the year when faculty have the opportunity to share their interests, in addition to the courses they teach, with students willing to try something new. Students enjoy a break from their daily schedule and look forward to learning a new skill or studying a subject more in-depth. Some of this year’s mini-mester line ups included, Sustainable Farming, Funtography, Scuba, Bee Keeping, World Food and Film Festival, Self-Defense, Cake Decocrating, Rock Climbing, Law and Order, World War II, Archeology, History of Baseball and many more. Click here to view some of the photos taken during mini-mester 2014.
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Robotics Generates Enthusiasm Among Students
4/2/2014
Studying robotics in 6th grade science has generated a great deal of enthusiasm among students. Working in teams and following a detailed instruction manual, they began by building their robots. Once constructed, students learned how to program the robots to get ready for daily challenges. Teams were presented with programming experiments that became increasingly more difficult; ranging from directing the robot to move in a straight line, making accurate 90 degree turns to complete a perfect square, and responding to verbal commands among others. Students enjoyed the exposure to a variety of engineering components; however, the toughest part of the lesson may have been packing up the robots until the next class.
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3.14159265...
3/24/2014
In celebration of the irrational number Pi, the Middle School students spent Wednesday afternoon participating in fun Pi Day activities. The annual event, taking place each year on 3.14, is an exciting time for the kids to entertain their classmates with their knowledge of the never-ending number. Students dove in to their own slices of sweets as they cheered on the pie eating contest and the recitation contest. Congrats to winner Megan Kemp with 134 characters! It was irrationally good fun!

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Students Represent Savannah in State Math Competition
3/24/2014
The Middle School Math Team was the first place winner at the regional MATHCOUNTS competition on Friday, February 28, qualifying them for the state competition at Georgia Tech on Monday, March 17.  The team of Angela Young, Geena Panzitta, Jorgepablo Fernandez, and Alvin Adjei represented Savannah Country Day School at the state MATHCOUNTS competition along with almost 200 of the best math students in Georgia.  In the regional tournament, held at SCDS, Jay White, Josh Braun, Grace Win, and Sarah Thacher also competed.  Angela was the second place individual in the region, Jorgepablo placed third, Josh placed sixth, and Alvin placed seventh. Congratulations, Hornets!

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Investigating Frictional Forces
3/13/2014
A study of frictional forces lent itself nicely to a collaborative project in Middle School Physical Science this week. Students worked diligently to design experiments to test the effect of mass and surface roughness on both static and kinetic friction. After completing the experiments and collecting data, students created graphs that represented their finding and prepared conclusion statements.
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Pickleball Tournament in 6th & 7th Grade PE
3/13/2014
The Pickleball craze might just be sweeping the nation, but it has been a favorite in Country Day PE for years. Recently, the 6th & 7th boys battled in PE class for two days hoping to take a win in their class tournament. Some of the tournament highlights included: Sixth Grade: Andrew Muller and Gowan Smith were unbeatable and finished 4-0. Thomas Thompson and Faisal Raza won four in a row in their first match. Seventh Grade: Win Johns and Jarrett Karnibad battled back after losing their first game; winning the deciding game 15-13. Collin Porter and Cameron Weaver went undefeated winning the tournament.
 

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Protect Your Eggs!
3/4/2014
Eighth graders braved a chilly, misty morning for a lesson in gravity in Dr. Shinall’s class. Working in teams and only using a list of specific items, such as 50 centimeters of tape, 10 cotton balls, 25 craft sticks and a handful of other supplies, students methodically constructed a vehicle that they hoped would protect their egg from a plunge out the classroom window. Students waited anxiously below to see how their eggs would hold up!
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Academy Awards in Middle School
3/3/2014
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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Life Science Begins Pig Dissection
2/20/2014
Seventh grade life science class was full of excitement Thursday when they finally began the long awaited pig dissection. After receiving their pigs, studying the fetal circulation loop and the function of the umbilical cord, they reviewed the external anatomy and determined the gender of each pig. Students will continue to study the abdominal cavity, digestive system, kidneys, and the functioning of the urinary tract and reproductive systems throughout the week.
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Newton's Second Law~Physics in Middle School
2/20/2014
Mr. Shinall’s 8th graders have been studying Newton’s Second Law using an exciting tool called a Vernier Dynamics System. Using a cart and track they are able to measure the force on a cart simultaneously with the cart’s acceleration and plot it on their laptops. Using these tools, the students can determine how the net force on the cart, its mass and its acceleration are related. This is Newton’s second law of motion! SCDS is currently the only middle school, in the Savannah area, using these Vernier Systems that are typically used in Physics classes in Upper Schools and Colleges across the country. 
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Analogies Make for Powerful Tools in 7th Grade Science
2/12/2014
Seventh graders delved deep into creating organ system analogies this week. Mr. Swanson finds that, the analogies allow students to “better understand the material and recall the information later. For example, when a student realizes that the endocrine system releases hormones to cause emotional and physiological changes in the body is like getting a reaction to a post they create on Instagram, this is a powerful way to create new knowledge by linking it with established learning.” Students will wrap up the organ system project by presenting to their classmates. Coming on the heels of their DNA study, this project will also help students understand how individual organs support the human body as they begin dissecting pigs next week.
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Eighth Graders Explore the Everglades
2/3/2014
During the week of January 27, the eighth grade class participated in a five day Outward Bound Excursion in the Florida Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands. During their excursion, they developed teamwork by navigating their way to sandy beaches, setting up camp, boarding up on canoes, cooking their own meals and learning ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques to minimize their impact on the land. They put their heads together to decipher charts and used compasses to navigate their way through the maze-like mangrove tunnels. They also had first-hand encounters with native sea creatures and Florida Wildlife. Without a doubt, this experience is one that will not soon be forgotten by all who participated. Thanks to all of the teachers that continue to make this such an amazing experience for the eighth grade class!
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Searching our Shapes
2/3/2014
Have you ever noticed the trapezoids, cylinders and pyramids around campus? The seventh grade pre-algebra students are identifying and measuring shapes on our buildings and grounds as they compute areas and volumes of prisms and cylinders.
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Volcanoes Erupting in Middle School
1/27/2014
After researching volcanoes from around the world, sixth grade students were given the challenge of visually presenting their findings in creative and imaginative ways. These volcanones were explosive! They were not lacking creativity one bit. The smell of coffee beans, from one, filled the first floor of middle school and the cake volcano lasted only long enough to be given a grade. Please take a minute to visit Pape Hall and check these projects out.



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Greasers and Socs
1/17/2014
The Country Day faculty members are always looking for creative and engaging ways to approach their curriculum and make learning exciting for their students. The recent sixth grade study of S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders was no different. This past week, sixth grade students dressed as Greasers and Socs, two rival gangs from the 1960s, to compete in a trivia “rumble” in their English classes. On Thursday, January 16, the students in Mrs. Valentine’s classes came prepared with their own questions from the novel and earned points by answering the opposing team’s questions.  Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, and as you can see from the photos, the students had a blast learning along the way!
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A Game of DNA
1/16/2014
Peering through a window in Mr. Swanson’s 7th grade class one may have thought it was a casual Wednesday morning playing cards, when in fact they were actually studying DNA. Students were charged with creating code, with a deck of cards, for their peers to solve.  They moved throughout the lab as if they were detectives on a case studying the code their classmates had crafted. Mr. Swanson was anxiously waiting to throw his "curve ball" and ask students to only use a few key cards from the deck making it all the more difficult.

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The Halls Were Shaking
1/16/2014
The room was shaking in Mr. Wiley’s 6th grade earth science class Wednesday morning as students enthusiastically moved around demonstrating, with a slinky, how the waves created by an earthquake might look. Students timed the waves and then compared the Primary, Shear and Surface waves that they had recreated. While sending these waves through the slinky they were asked to visualize what type of destruction each wave might cause in an actual earthquake. Using scientific facts, their observations and what they had envisioned the devastation might look like, students wrote front-page newspaper articles covering the earthquake in journalistic fashion.
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Seventh Grade Buddies
12/19/2013
Savannah Country Day seventh graders dug up their favorite childhood stories to share with their kindergarten buddies.  Armed with beloved and worn books, the Middle School students descended upon the kindergarten classrooms to continue their relationship with their buddies. 
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Under the Sea
12/19/2013
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
10/21/2013
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
10/10/2013
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
9/24/2013
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
9/16/2013
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
9/3/2013
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 (www.thebeecause.org), 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 Club Fair
9/3/2013
So much of Middle School is about discovering who you are and what things you are most passionate about.  For the third year in a row, the Middle School teachers and administrators put together a clubs and activities fair so that students can form friendships with one another over common interests.  This helps students find a sense of belonging where they can openly express themselves without feeling exposed or embarrassed.  The fair is a great way for students to discover themselves through clubs and organizations such as Middle School Green Team, the Science Olympiad, Chess Club, Fencing and many others!
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Middle School Outdoor Activity Area is Officially Open!
8/26/2013
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
Join us for an evening of comedy!
4/21/2014
Mark your calendar for three evenings of laughter as the Upper School drama students present the Neil Simon play, Rumors. This comedic murder mystery is sure to delight!
Thursday- Saturday, April 24-26
7 p.m. 
Jelks Auditorium

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Savannah Youth Sings!
4/21/2014
For several years, Savannah Country Day School has reached out to Savannah youth by providing an opportunity to perform in a community concert at the Lucas Theater. This year's annual youth choir festival took place on the evening of Monday, April 14. Featured choirs included Garrison Arts, Savannah Arts Academy, Windsor Forest High School, Johnson High School, Islands High School, Savannah Country Day School, The Savannah Children’s Choir, The Statesboro Children’s Chorale and The Georgia Southern University Choral.  An exciting addition this year was the Festival Mens Chorus, drawing from both Middle and Upper School students in the community.  Proceeds benefitted talented young people through SONATA, a group that seeks to foster Savannah children by providing lessons and musical support. A special Thanks for Maaja Roos for her ongoing direction with this event.

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James and the Giant Peach
4/7/2014
The country day community gave rave reviews to the latest theatre production.... the Middle School's adaptation of James and the Giant Peach. For three shows the stage of Jelks Auditorium was transformed into the zany and unexpected world of author Roald Dahl. With 34 students participating, it was a record number for the spring production! Congratulations to these talented students for bringing this childhood classic to life.
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Joseph Conyers '99 Surprises Students
4/7/2014
The fourth grade bassists were thrilled with Friday's surprise visit by SCDS alumnus Joseph Conyers '99. Mr. Conyers, who was in town for the Savannah Music Festival, is the assistant principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His visit was especially nostalgic as he was able to play for the students using the same instrument he used during this time at Country Day. One student was overheard saying, "He is super famous!"A big thank you to Mr. Conyers for sharing his time, talents and words of encouragement with these budding musicians.
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Upper School Strings Serenade Second Graders
4/3/2014
Second graders were all ears and in awe as upper school orchestra students played a concert in the foyer of lower school last week. Ms. Swart enthusiastically introduced her students, their accomplishments and the activities they have been involved in during their time at SCDS. As students prepare for third grade they have a choice between strings or general music. The violin, viola, or cello are instruments offered in the strings program. Students enjoyed a chance to hear and learn more about more about these instruments and the upper school students who have been playing them throughout their SCDS careers.
Visit the links below to hear a few sound bites from the concert.
Strings Clip One
Strings Clip Two

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Putting the Final Touches on Duck Renderings
3/12/2014
Wildlife and the environment are important to our students, so it is only natural that our students enjoy taking part in the annual Federal Duck Stamp Competition. After researching the species and their habitats, students work from still life and photographs using ink, pastel, crayon and/or pencil to create their renderings. In addition to submitting the artwork, students are also encouraged to include a conservation message expressing what they learned from their research and class discussions while preparing for the competition. Good luck to all of our SCDS Duck Stamp participants, as the competition deadline approaches!
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Visiting Artist in Honors Art
3/5/2014
Before spring break, visiting artist Melinda Borysevicz spent time working with Honors Art students on portraiture techniques. Originally from New York, Borysevicz holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She received a Certificate of Excellence in the International Portrait Competition from the Portrait Society of America in 2013 and has been selected for multiple solo and group art exhibitions. To learn more about Melinda Borysevicz's work please visit her website here. Thank you to the Arts Alliance for funding this wonderful opportunity for our students.
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All State Orchestra
3/3/2014
Country Day is proud of the six students who participated in the All State Orchestra Event on Saturday, March 1--more than any other local school. The event, which was held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, included students Joyce Cho, Stephen Crouch, Michelle Liang, Danny Park, Rachael Tao and Patti Tao. These students were selected for the larger orchestra from rigerous competitions earlier in the year. Congratulations to these students and their teachers. 
 
 


Choral Students Perform at the Telfair Ball
2/24/2014
On the evening of Saturday, February 22, members of the SCDS chorus were honored to join in the festivities of the 34th Annual Telfair Ball, benefitting the Telfair Museums.  Inspired by the exhibition Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, the Telfair Ball included a Spanish theme, complete with vibrant color and costume. Choral students performed for guests, including the Ambassador of Spain, His Excellency Ramon Gil-Cesares.  Bravo to the following students: Becky Buelvas, Hannah Buchman, Alexander Fleming, Brentton Ford, Ryan Khan, Gabby Lauretti and Emily Roher.

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Chorus Students Perform at All State in Athens, Georgia
2/24/2014
SCDS Chorus students proudly performed at the All-State Chorus Event on February 22 at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Chorus students included, Regan Bowers, Bayne Brannen, Grace Eckmann, Parker Grove, Marcus Hardrick, Maya Hardrick, Andy Paul, Finn Repella, Anna Stone, Tristan Tait, and Kate Templeton. Bayne Brannen received recognition by the Georgia Music Educators Association for six years of participation. In addition, he has been accepted regionally and nationally into the American Choral Directors Association.
All-State Chorus is comprised of individual chorus students from around the state who have passed two extremely competitive auditions. Students who pass their auditions travel to Athens, for one weekend in February, to learn several pieces of music under the direction of very distinguished choral directors. On the final day of this weekend, all of the All State Chorus choirs give a concert. This is a widely recognized, highly esteemed singing event that is held throughout the United States in every state.

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Chorus Students Perform with The Savannah Philharmonic
2/21/2014
SCDS Chorus students Martha Ann Dodd and Jordan Sturgess joined The Savannah Philharmonic's performance of Handel's Messiah on Friday night to a sold-out crowd at Savannah's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Martha Ann has performed with the Philharmonic for four years, and this final concert proved to be an extraordinary experience, as she and Jordan met some of opera's greats. Pictured with Martha Ann and Jordan are Romelia Lichtenstein, Hagen Matzeit and Robert Sellier from Halle, Germany.
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Upper & Middle School Celebrates Scholastic Art Achievement Winners
2/11/2014
Congratulations to the following Upper & Middle School Art students--Scholastic Art Achievement winners!
 
Gold: Harrison West and Will Sampey
Silver: Landry Rushing, Nina Luskey, Amanda Edwards and Olivia Allen
Honorable Mention: Chase Waller, Joelle Strickland, Will Sampey, Vu-Anh Nguyen, Peyton Lowenthal, Michael Landa, Alex King and Dorothy Green.

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Eleven Students Selected for ACDA Choir!
1/28/2014
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is the most prestigious choral organization in America. Country Day was honored to have eleven students selected for this year's choir. Auditions are held annually and alternate between regional and national auditions. Country Day has had accepted students for the last thirteen years, and this year the Honor Choir rehearsals and concerts will be held for four days in Jacksonville. Among the many stipulated categories, the High School Division required singing repertoire from Beethoven and the Middle School from Handel. Each year the auditions have become increasingly difficult and require an all-year commitment of preparation. 
 
Congratulations to the following students:Bayne Brannen, Hannah Buchman, Martha Ann Dodd, Jorgepablo Fernandez, Alexander Fleming, Parker Grove, Isabelle Ham, Lindsay Pindar, Finn Repella, Kate Templeton and Connor Wilkes.

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All-State Honors Chorus
1/26/2014
Congratulations to the following students for having passed two highly competitive auditions. The second very difficult audition often results in singers being eliminated from the process. For the first time in many years, a record number of Country Day students have succeeded at both levels and will go on to sing in the Honor Choirs in Athens, Ga.
 
Regan Bowers, Bayne Brannen, Grace Eckmann, Parker Grove, Marcus Hardrick, Maya Hardrick, Andy Paul, Finn Repella, Anna Stone, Tristan Tait and Kate Templeton.

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Ten All-State Orchestra Winners!
1/17/2014
A BIG congratulations to our TEN All-State Orchestra winners who performed superbly at the final auditions in Atlanta.
 
GMEA Statewide Honor Orchestra: Sydney Moore '20 (viola), Christian Jones '17 (bass), Michael Keene,'15 (bass) and Matthew Cheng '16 (violin). GMEA All-State Orchestra: Stephen Crouch '14 (bass), Joyce Cho '16 (violin), Michelle Liang '16 (violin), Danny Park '15 (violin), Rachael Tao '15 (violin) and Patti Tao '18 (violin).

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Jazz Band Performs at a Centennial Celebration
1/16/2014
On the evening of Tuesday, January 14, the SCDS Jazz Band was honored to perform at the Rotary Club of Savannah's Centennial Celebration. The students received rave reviews from attendees, including several professional musicians that have performed with our band at the Savannah Jazz Festival and elsewhere, including Jody Espina (sax) and Howard Paul (guitar). Many thanks to Mike Nestor, professional musician and husband of Lower School music teacher Leah Nestor, who was able to play with the students and fill in for saxophonist Julian Gladney ('15), who had a basketball game that same night!

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A Christmas Cantata
12/9/2013
On the evening of December 8, the Upper School Chorus presented a special holiday concert at Christ Church. While the concert included traditional favorites such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," the chorus performed an especially meaningful piece, "Joulu-Kantaat," by Helen Tobias-Duesberg, an Estonian-American composer and the mother of SCDS Choral Director Maaja Roos. Congratulations to the following students on their breathtaking performance: Regan Bowers, Bayne Brannen, Hannah Buchman, Becky Buelvas, Martha Ann Dodd, Grace Eckmann, Alexander Fleming, Brentton Ford, Sam Glenn, William Gompels, Marcus Hardrick, Maya Hardrick, Ryan Khan, Asher Kolman, Gabby Lauretti, Lucy Ma, Andy Paul, Lindsay Pindar, Emily Roher, Brookey Sligh, Tristan Tait, and Kate Templeton.

Link to "Laudamus Te" by Vivaldi: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152069278383874&set=vb.47649643873&type=2&theater
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Fine Arts Nights
11/22/2013
For two evenings last week the Upper School Fine and Performing Arts Department hosted performances for family and friends. The opening night began with an art exhibit filled with ceramics, perspective drawings and more. Afterwards, attendees filled Jelks Auditorium for performances from both our choral students and drama classes. Later that week, the orchestra and jazz bands hosted a memorial concert honoring two members of the Class of 1975, Ruskin Cooper and Lynn Hepinstall. Audience members included several members from the class of 1975. Thank you to the talented students and teachers for two amazing nights!

One selection from the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-lmGJqna-g&feature=youtu.be&safe=active

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Advanced Acting Class Takes Second Place at the State Competition
11/11/2013
The success continued for the Upper School's Advanced Acting Class. The talented group of students, under the direction of DJ Queenan, took second place at the GHSA One Act Play Competition. Bailey Keith & Davis Tate were awarded All Star cast!
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The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.
11/11/2013
The Middle School drama students delighted audiences with three shows of The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr.. Based on the children's novel by Norton Juster, the students transported the audience into the world of young Milo and his adventures in the time-traveling tollbooth. Congratulations to the cast and crew!

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Trumpeter Vincent DiMartino Performs with Jazz Band
11/11/2013
On Sunday, November 10, the Varsity Jazz Band participated in a community concert to raise funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  The concert, which raised $1,600, was hosted by First Presbyterian Church and featured renowned trumpeter Vincent DiMartino, who has performed with the likes of Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and many others. As an added bonus, Mr. DiMartino traveled to campus and met with the students this morning for an open workshop in Jelks Auditorium.

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"Mandalfombra" Public Art Piece
11/1/2013
Students, faculty and parents gathered on the morning of November 1 for the closing ceremony of the Advanced Art Class' public art piece, "Mandalfombra." Gaining inspiration from the Mandalas of Tibet and the Alfombras of Guatemala, the ten students spent the week creating an intricate artwork made of sand and rice. The destruction ceremony symbolized the notion of anti-materialism. See a video HEREhttps://cdn.media78.whipplehill.net/ftpimages/318/misc/misc_99610.mov
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Opera Stars Spend Time with SCDS Students
11/1/2013
In celebration of National Opera Week, renowned Opera star Sherrill Milnes' VOICExperience group visited Country Day's Chorus students on Wednesday, October 30.  Maaja Roos' 5th grade, Middle & Upper School students participated in a lesson and showed their amazing talent to the guests, who are all said to be future opera stars.  Upper School students joined the opera entourage in a flash mob in the cafeteria, singing from La Traviata. 
WTOC was there to capture some of this fabulous experience.  Thank you, Ms. Roos and Chorus students, for making us proud--and on the news, no less!  Enjoy the link:

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Advanced Acting Class Wins GHSA One Act Play Competition
10/28/2013
DJ Queenan's Advanced Acting Class (the same group who won 1st place in Kingsland 2 weeks ago) took top honors at the GHSA One Act Play Competition in Macon on Saturday, October 26.  Their breath-taking performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" showed the passion, dedication, and incredible skill of these young actors and their director, DJ Queenan.  Abbie Black walked out with a BEST ACTRESS award for her portrayal of Ballet Girl, & Bailey Keith was awarded ALL-STAR CAST for her role as Trainer. The students will compete again next Saturday, November 2, in Warner Robins for the State Title.  GO HORNETS!

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Advanced Drama Class Wins First Place at the Georgia Theatre Conference
10/16/2013
Congratulations to DJ Queenan's Advanced Drama Class. Their intense performance of "Elephant's Graveyard" last Friday at the Georgia Theatre Conference in Kingsland, Georgia, won them a FIRST PLACE trophy and the opportunity to compete in Mobile, Alabama, at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March. SCDS also won Best Costumes for costumer Chann Givens, and students Abbie Black, Maya Patterson and Bailey Keith were awarded All-Star Cast! This is their second consecutive win at this prestigious competition!

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Chase Waller and Bayne Brannen Take 1st and 2nd Place in Savannah Folk Music Youth Songwriting Competition
10/14/2013
Congratulations to seniors Chase Waller and Bayne Brannen on their first and second place finishes in the Savannah Folk Music Youth Songwriting Competition! The 24th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival, presented by the Savannah Folk Music Society on October 11, 12 and 13, 2013, featured the 2013 Youth Songwriting Competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage young people from the Greater Savannah Area, Tri-County and Jasper/Beaufort County, SC to develop their skills in musical and lyrical expression, promote the time-honored method of storytelling by song, and recognize outstanding achievement in these efforts. Congratulations, Hornets!

Aluminum Can Cameras!
10/12/2013
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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Chorus Students "Retreat" to Epworth by the Sea
9/30/2013
On Friday, September 27, the Upper School choral students traveled to Epworth by the Sea for their annual overnight retreat. The goal of the retreat was not only to learn repertoire for the year, but to work on becoming a unified and supportive ensemble. After many hours of rehearsing, these dedicated and talented students returned Sunday and performed an impressive debut concert in Triol Hall followed by a potluck dinner with family and friends.  Many thanks to the Arts Alliance for helping to fund the retreat.
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Future Architects?
9/23/2013
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
9/23/2013
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!
9/19/2013
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
9/16/2013
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!
9/16/2013
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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Kindergarten Artwork featured at The Children's Hospital
9/10/2013
Ms. Ammerman's kindergarten class recently created creative and colorful self-portraits to fill the hallways of The Children's Hospital at Memorial Health Medical Center. The students were excited to brighten the hallways with their artwork!
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Outdoor Inspiration
9/3/2013
Kristin Mulzer's Art 101 students set up class near the Shakespeare Garden to practice their basic drawing techniques. The students focused on contour lines and using view finders to isolate compositions. Throughout the day, teachers and students can be found  utilizing the outdoor space available on our 65-acre campus.
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Savannah Country Day School Hosts Project 440
9/3/2013
On Saturday, September 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Savannah Country Day School, artists from Project 440 will lead their "High School Seminar." The Project 440 High School Seminar teaches high school musicians to use their own musical gifts to enhance the lives of others. After receiving training from P440 teaching artists and staff, students are charged with presenting a community engagement performance anywhere in their own community. The goal of the program is to highlight the array of career paths for a young, burgeoning musician and to ignite an early appreciation for community engagement and educational outreach." Participants receive a copy of the "High School Survival Kit", "designed to provide pre-college students with the relevant tools and information necessary for a career in music in the 21st century. The High School Seminar is free and open to any high school musician, but registration is required. Click here for additional information!
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Artwork on Display at Children's Hospital
8/14/2013
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
85% to our Goal of $400,000
4/21/2014
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 sipple@savcds.org

Alumni Challenge...and the winning class is...'01!
4/17/2014
Congratulations to the class of 2001 who had the highest percentage of new gifts to the Annual Fund during the month long Tug-o-War Challenge. Lets give a shout out to Alex Jarman for revving up his ‘01 classmates to make a gift and pull their class over the line! If you missed the challenge, it is not too late to make your gift to the Annual Fund. Click here to show your support. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Hot Off the Hornet Press!
4/7/2014
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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This week we are kicking off our Current Parent Annual Fund Challenge
3/3/2014
We are 75% of the way to our Annual Fund goal!  - 70% class participation in 70 Days.
Click here to show your support now. Click here to view the list of most recent donors to the SCDS Annual Fund. 
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Annual Fund: 73% to goal!
1/17/2014
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
Country Day of Dialogue
4/18/2014
In an effort to facilitate discussions about diversity and related topics within the Upper School community, English teacher and Diversity Coordinator Terrance Mooney organized the inaugural Country Day of Dialogue that took place on April 16 in Jelks Auditorium. Mr. Mooney held open calls for submission from students, faculty and staff, asking participants and members of the community to consider the question, “What does culture mean to you?”. The inaugural event engendered presentations from students and faculty and provided a unique view into their individual perspectives on “culture.” Following the program, students lead small group breakout sessions giving faculty and students an open forum to reflect. Click here to view a sample of one of the presentations.

Shrikar Iragavarapu '15 Presents at The GSU Annual Research Symposium
4/16/2014
Shrikar Iragavarapu ’15 was selected to present a poster at The Georgia Southern University Annual Research Symposium on April 15. Working outside of the classroom, Shrikar and one student from Jenkins High School and Savannah State University produced the poster alongside of Dr. Kameswaro Rao Badri as part of a research project funded by the American Lung Association – Dalsemer Interstitial Lung Scholar Award (to Dr. Badri) at Savannah State University.  “We are researching the role of a certain protein called P311 in adipogenesis (fat production/energy storage) so that we can get one step closer to curing diabetes,” explains Shrikar. The Annual Research Symposium is a showcase of student and faculty research, which includes speakers, and poster and presentation sessions from all academic disciplines. This year’s keynote address was given by Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and former U.S. Secretary of Energy. Click here to view the poster and read more about their research and findings. Additional information about the symposium can be viewed here.

Ides of March Celebration in Latin Class
3/14/2014
Ides of March (or Idus Martii or Idus Martiae to Dr. Gavin’s Latin students) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15 and the death of Julius Cesar in 44 BC. Dr. Gavin has been celebrating this turn in Roman history with his Latin students for years by grilling out and playing pick-up games of Frisbee and volleyball.

What Makes You Happy?
2/26/2014
Finishing their study of ancient Greece, 9th graders were asked to choose from a variety of Greek topics such as architecture, philosophers, or sports and present their newly absorbed knowledge creatively. Several students chose to discuss the impact Greeks had on the modern world by producing videos that involved Socratic questioning (What is beauty?, What is truth?, What is courage?, etc.) and Aristotle’s ideas on happiness. What evolved was a charismatic piece featuring students from all three divisions, faculty, parents, and the community. Take a look at one of the videos here!

Mr. and Ms. SCDS
2/12/2014
Congratulations to  Chase Waller and Nina Luskey, this year's Mr. and Ms. SCDS!  This award is given each year to a senior boy and girl that the student body feels best embodies the spirit of the school.  While it is traditionally held on senior night, this year's ceremony took place during today's Upper School morning assembly. 
Congratulations to the entire court!
Mr. SCDS: Chase Waller, Bayne Brannen, Willam Szczecinski and Walker Watson 
Ms. SCDS: Nina Luskey, Amanda Borquaye, Lizzie Bowden and Darcy Spell 


Red Thumb Reminder
2/10/2014
Upper School students joined a national campaign today, to help spread the word about distracted driving.  Students gathered in the sunny quad to paint one of their thumbnails red as a reminder not to text, post, surf the web, or dial while driving. Watch the video here and join the campaign. Help save lives with the color red!


A Heated Element
1/24/2014
Soldering, sizing, filing and sanding are just a few of the steps Upper School Honors Art students have taken while making rings they designed earlier in the week. After fine-tuning their artistic creation, they will experiment with adding additional elements, such as stones, to the jewelry. Throughout this course, students build an impressive portfolio of artwork that can be used to enhance their college applications. 


Fifth Annual Multicultural Potluck Dinner
1/24/2014
Family and friends gathered on the evening of January 22 to enjoy a deliciously diverse dinner at the Fifth Annual Multicultural Potluck. The upper school SHARE Peer Mentors facilitated an extended discussion among Country Day students, faculty, and family, exploring what "multiculturalism" might mean in our school community, now and beyond.  In addition, participants from this winter's Student Diversity Leadership Conference offered their experiences and insights gained during the trip.  Thanks to all who helped make this evening a wonderful success!

Dabbling in Clay
1/22/2014
After exploring a variety of types of sculptures including additive/subtractive, carving, casting, relief, earthworks and assemblage, students were asked to create a relief sculpture out of clay. Using, landscape, a portrait, an animal, or their own sketches or photos, they spent the morning experimenting on sheets of clay they had prepped. 
 


Egg Mobiles Start Your Engines
1/21/2014
Applying physics principles and critical thinking skills students, teamed up in Physics class to engineer paper cars with eggs as the passengers today.
 
Students were challenged with building a car from only three sheets of paper and glue.  The vehicles had to meet all design specifications of the assignment and withstand a launch down a ramp of varying heights into a wall without breaking the egg.  Students then calculated each car’s average velocity and momentum; the car that achieved the greatest momentum without crashing won! 


Equilibrium Put to the Test
1/16/2014
AP chemistry students in Mr. Manley’s class spent time investigating the effect of changing reaction conditions on chemical systems in dynamic equilibrium.
 
According to LeChatelier's Principle, when a chemical system in dynamic equilibrium is disturbed, the system will act to reestablish equilibrium by counteracting the change. Upon completing this series of experiments, the students were able to provide empirical support for the veracity of LeChatelier's Principle.


Students Experience Spanish Sojourns
11/25/2013
Ana Zurita's AP Spanish class recently toured the Jepson Center's current exhibition, Spanish Sojourns.  The exhibition is the first dedicated to the Spanish paintings of Robert Henri (1865-1929), one of the most influential American artists of the early 20th century. The Spanish version of the audio tour sounded familiar for the students… Ana Zurita recorded the tour as a favor for the Telfair Museums!


Senior Pancake Breakfast a Success!
11/6/2013
Taking advantageof the gorgeous fall weather, SCDS Alumni Board members returned to campus to host a pancake breakfast for the senior class. Complete with an outdoor grill and griddles and aprons, the alumni flipped pancakes and spent time with students. This is just one of several events that alumni host throughout the year to make connections with the students and remind them of the newtork of support the SCDS Alumni Association provides after graduation.

Homecoming Traditions
10/18/2013
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
10/10/2013
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
9/30/2013
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.


Water Balloon Target Practice
9/27/2013
 
How often does an assignment grade correlate to the student's ability to hit his or her teacher with a water balloon? As part of Adam Weber's physics curriculum, "water balloon target practice" has become an annual highlight for studying projectile motion. Students spent the days leading up to the experiment analyzing the factors and calculating the velocity needed to hit Mr. Weber. On the morning of the experiment, student teams tested their theories and enjoyed time outside the classroom. For only the sixth time in 22 years, a student team successfully hit their "target," Mr. Weber. Congratulations to the team of Claire Sussman, Marissa Karp, Olivia Buelvas, Maddie Dunn and Lizzy Bowden!
 


Anatomy Students Mix Art and Science
9/16/2013
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
9/16/2013
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
9/16/2013
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!
9/12/2013
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?
9/3/2013
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
8/26/2013
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
Olivia Buelvas '15, Maya Patterson '15 & Walker Barlow '18 Honored for their Volunteer Work
4/12/2014
Olivia Buelvas ‘15, Maya Patterson ‘15 and Walker Barlow ’18 were recognized for their volunteer work at the 2nd Annual Youth Heroes Awards breakfast, hosted by The American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia at Savannah State University on April 11. The event was held during National Volunteer Week, honoring fifteen Middle and High School students from Savannah and the surrounding cities of Hinesville, Brunswick, Pooler and Thunderbolt. Olivia is the President and Coordinator of Teens H.O.P.E. (Teens Helping Others by Providing Entertainment) an organization started by her brother, Raul, who passed away in 2011. Maya is the President of the Savannah Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, an organization that provides social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between 2-19 years of age. Walker and two students from Benedictine Military School started “Sock it to Em”; an endeavor that collects and distributes socks to area homeless. Congratulations to all three of these students on a well deserved recognition for their tireless efforts to help those in need in the community. Click here to read the bios of each student honored at the event. Click here to view the coverage of the event from WTOC.

Upper School Students Volunteer at Red Shoes Run/Teddy Bear Walk
4/7/2014
Members of the Upper School Volunteer Council Ronald McDonald Group, led by seniors Darcy Spell and Skylar Lanier, spent part of their weekend volunteering at the Red Shoes Run/Teddy Bear Walk. The run/walk was a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital at Memorial. SCDS students spend countless hours volunteering throughout the year, but their calendars are especially full during National Volunteer Week (April 6th-12th). Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Savannah community.

Eco-Action Team is a Community Spotlight at the Forsyth Farmer's Market
4/5/2014
The Eco-Action team represented Country Day as a community spotlight at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Wearing recycled newspaper hats, students and faculty discussed how SCDS is a local leader in sustainability. In addition, they sold KIVA products to support the non-profit whose mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Drama Cares
3/3/2014
Members of the SCDS student volunteer group Drama Cares were all smiles as they flipped pancakes and scrambled eggs in the kitchen of First Presbyterian Church. The students served dinner on Sunday, March 2, for a homeless family who is currently taking shelter with Interfaith Hospitality Network.


A Valentine Mouse to Warm the Hearts of Sick Children
2/14/2014
While first graders learned about and celebrated Valentine’s Day in their classrooms, they also remembered that acts of kindness are an important party of the SCDS community. Mrs. Clark’s class made adorable Valentine’s mice to accompany the lunch trays of children at Candler Children’s Hospital. As part of service learning in the first grade, the students make and deliver  items to the Children’s Hospital throughout the school year.


Pre-kindergartners Bake Up Biscuits for One Love Animal Rescue as Savannah Braces for a Wintery Mix
1/24/2014
During the winter months it is especially important to make sure animals receive extra attention and that is just what our
Pre-kindergarteners are doing as Savannah braces for winter weather this week.
 
The children enjoyed mixing up some homemade biscuits for their furry friends at One Love Animal Rescue. Making dog treats was just one piece of this service learning project where the children learned about caring for things like plants and animals that are without a voice. The culmination of this project came today, when Dana Bertagnolli and Lucy, a bulldog mix, visited from One Love Animal Rescue. The children presented the homemade treats the prepared and blankets and towels they collected for the organization.
 
Founded in October of 2013, One Love Rescue has been working with the Chatham County Animal Control to find foster homes and permanent adoptions for animals in need in the Savannah community. “Recently we transported a litter of puppies to no-kill shelter in Greenville, South Carolina”, said Dana. They will be visiting the YMCA later this week and hope to work with additional schools to spread awareness of their program. Please click here to learn more about One Love Animal Rescue in Savannah.


Second Harvest Food Bank Drive Collects over 4,000lbs of Canned Goods
12/9/2013
Thank you to the entire SCDS community for their participation in the food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Our school community collected over 4,000 lbs of canned goods! A very special thanks to the Parents' Association and to SCDS parent Lisa McCaslin for organizing the food drive! This will provide meals to over 3,000 locals this holiday season!


Ceramics Classes Donate Soup Bowls
11/5/2013
The SCDS ceramics classes--both Upper and Middle School--recently donated soup bowls for the 3rd Annual Empty Bowl Event to benefit the Emmaus House. The event on Sunday, November 3, recognized the Emmaus House's 31 years of serving the homeless and hungry people of Savannah. The handmade and hand painted bowls went home with event attendees and will continue to serve as a reminder of the many people who wake up with their own empty stomachs and empty bowls each day. This is just one of the many local causes that SCDS proudly supports.


Drama Cares
10/21/2013
The SCDS student volunteer group Drama Cares met at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening, October 20, to prepare a meal, eat, and socialize with a young family who is temporarily homeless and receiving help from Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Christine Soukiassian, Melany Herrera, Kianna Maynard, and Davis Tate (President of the organization) flipped pancakes, fried bacon, scrambled eggs and sliced fruit for a delicious meal which they enjoyed as they got to know the family in need.  The students impressed First's Minister Dr. Stephen Williams with both their practical ability to master an unknown kitchen and also their compassionate hospitality to quickly bond with new friends.

Acorn Harvest
10/14/2013
The Upper School's newly formed environmental organization T.R.E.E (The Real Environmental Enthusiasts) spent this past Saturday gathering acorns at Wormsloe Historic Plantation. The event was organized by the Savannah Tree Foundation to help start a sapling nursery in the event one of the 200-year-old oak trees that line the famous driveway needs to be replaced. Volunteers included : (L to R), Earnest Rogers, Gabe Adler, Ryan Khan, Evelyn Khan, Stephen Gavin, and Upper School Art teacher Kristen Mulzer.

Marissa Karp ('14) Chairs Chatham County Youth Commission
9/16/2013
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
9/12/2013
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
SCDS Alum Helen Wald Broder '85 to Hold Book Signing in Savannah
4/21/2014
SCDS alum Helen Wald Broder '85 and her Mother Nan Marshall will spend an evening signing their newest book, "What Would George Do?", Thursday, April 24 from 5-7pm at The Cookie Shop at Byrd Cookie Company. Click here to view the Reception and Book Singing announcement and for RSVP information.
 

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Save the Date: Homecoming 2014!
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.  R.S.V.P. to alumni@savcds.org

Caroline Lewis '08 is among five winners of the 2014 National Medical Students Competition of the American College of Physicians
4/13/2014
Caroline Lewis '08, is among five winners of the 2014 National Medical Students Competition of the American College of Physicians. Lewis presented her work April 12 during the college’s Internal Medicine 2014 meeting in Orlando. Read more about her work here.
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Atlanta Happy Hour
4/4/2014
Atlanta Hornets gathered on the evening of Thursday, April 3, for a chance to reconnect with classmates and SCDS friends. Over fifty alumni filled the porch at Paul's while head of school Kef Wilson spoke to the group about all the fantatsic happenings on campus. 
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Alumni Oyster Roast
12/9/2013
A favorite alumni tradition was broght back this year--the annual Thanksgiving oyster roast! Hosted by Thomas Angell ('81) and his family on Saturday, November 30, the oyster roast was a wonderful occasion to reconnect with classmates.
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Hornet in the Headlines
11/11/2013
College of Charleston Magazine recently featured a story on the work of Catherine Booker, Class of 1996. read the story HERE.
http://magazine.cofc.edu/2013/10/21/queen-of-conch/
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Hornets in the Headlines
11/6/2013
Great seeing SCDS alumni Benjamin Karpf '93 and Andrew Dekle '03 featured in the attached article! http://makingmusicmag.com/law-office-musical-side/
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Wistar Lewis '73 Awarded the Alumni Service Award
10/21/2013
On the evening of Friday, October 18, SCDS Alumni Board President George Barrow presented the 2013 Alumni Service Award to Wistar Lewis '73. The Award is given annually to an alum who gives back to the School with exemplary service year after year, while at the same time enhancing the School's mission. Wistar is a common face on campus--always with his camera--and is humble and giving of his time and talents. Thank you and congratulations to Wistar Lewis!
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2013 Alumni Homecoming!
8/28/2013
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!