|Welcome to the Middle School. Except during infancy, there is no stage of life when young people go through more changes in such a short time - and in every aspect of their lives. It is often bewildering to them and to their parents! |
So here at Savannah Country Day, we offer opportunities for our middle schoolers to grow confidently as individuals, to take risks, to solve problems, to make a difference, and to have fun in a safe,supportive environment. Our faculty, exceptionally friendly and competent,understand that interacting with such curious, energetic students requires patience, humor, and sensitivity. Working in partnership with parents to see that every student experiences success is a top priority.
I invite you to browse our web pages and get to know us better. Middle School is an exciting place to be!
Middle School Principal
|Seventh Grade Trip to the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal|
On Friday, October 18, the seventh grade visited the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal site to learn about its history and its ecosystem and to lend a hand with necessary site maintenance. After learning about the historic canal system (and having fun capturing amphibians from catch traps), the students spent time painting benches and picnic tables and spreading mulch to form paths through the butterfly garden.
|Snowflakes in October|
Even though it has been rather toasty outside, Mr. Shinall's Middle School Science class has been busy making snowflakes! In keeping with their study of the different states of matter, the students used pipe cleaners and borax to create snowflakes in beakers. The students left the solution to sit undisturbed overnight while the magic happened.
|Middle School Virtues Discussions |
It has become increasingly important for children to have the opportunity to talk about issues of character. For this reason, Mrs. Eason meets on a weekly basis with our Middle School students from all three grade levels to engage in discussions that will empower them to make sound choices and take leadership roles. One of the most important discussion topics focuses on honor and how important honorable behavior is to our school, our community and our world. Another on-going discussion centers on the essential role that respect plays in creating a healthy, safe environment where all of us can thrive. Students are encouraged to take the initiative in caring for themselves and every member of our community.
Some of these conversations are seasonal. In the beginning of the school year, students are encouraged to run for elective office and taught how to deal with both success and disappointment. As athletic seasons begin, students are counseled in how to handle disappointments such as being cut from a team. At the end of each quarter, students are encouraged to reflect upon their achievements. They set goals for the following quarter and discuss strategies for reaching their goals. Time management, organization of materials and the establishment of strong work habits are critical elements of these conversations. Students are empowered to believe that with consistent effort they can reach their goals. There are sessions where girls and boys meet separately with Mrs. Eason and Coach Garofano to informally discuss issues that they face. Throughout the school year, there is a focus on problem solving and conflict resolution. All in all, the guidance program at Country Day's Middle School is on-going, relevant and accessible to our students.
|Middle School Honors Council |
During the first few weeks of school, Middle School students spent time in their Advisory Groups discussing the importance of the Honor Code. To educate the students on the Honor Code and to promote conversations between teachers and students, Honor Council Advisor Sue Valentine met with each grade level to view skits taped by Upper School drama students. The skits demonstrated violations of the Honor Code and students discussed the events in each skit and talked about the benefits and responsibilities of living under the Honor Code. Congrats to these students on their new roles as Honor Council Members - 6th Graders - Summer Lanier, Gillian ("Gigi") Pytte, and Luke DeFilippis, 7th Graders - Catherine Dodd, Alex Kovensky, and Caroline Durham, and 8th Graders - David DeVaro, Sophie Carney, Peyton Lowenthal, and Anna Stone.