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Amari Oliver Wins 2015 Best of Preps Dedication Award
Congratulations to senior Amari Oliver, the 2015 winner of the Best of Preps Dedication Award!

From Savannah Morning News:

Amari Oliver had every reason to miss a basketball practice or two. The Savannah Country Day senior entered the year with two bad knees — surgically repaired knees that cut into her high school athletic career.
But Oliver, the winner of the Best of Preps Chatham Orthopaedic Association Dedication Award, laughed at the mere suggestion.
“I couldn’t physically give up. I love the game too much,” she said.
Oliver displayed her character every day in basketball summer camp — just by showing up and dressing out, Hornets’ former girls basketball coach Dale Parker said. Oliver wasn’t going to play, but she wanted to be there.
“I should be ready,” she said. “I’m part of the team. I can still learn when they go over plays.”
Unknowingly, Oliver was making an impact.
“It was amazing how supportive she was,” Parker said. “She showed a lot of dedication to her teammates and coaches. You don’t see that often.”
Finally healthy for the first time since her freshman year, Oliver was one of the top athletes in Savannah as a senior. She starred in volleyball, girls basketball and track.
In volleyball, she was among the area leaders in kills (241), digs (196) and aces (57) while helping the Hornets advance to the second round of the Class A volleyball playoffs.
In basketball, Oliver, a 5-foot-8 forward, averaged 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds as SCD posted a 27-3 mark.
In track, she set a school record by throwing the shot put 33 feet, 9 ¾ inches and placing seventh at sectionals. At state, she was even better, finishing sixth with a toss of 36-2 — another school record.
“She kind of does it all,” Parker said.
SCD volleyball coach Bobbi Mock saw Oliver’s love of sports up close.
“Sometimes we’d be coming home from a long bus ride and everyone would be a little tired, but Amari would say, ‘Let’s just stay on the bus,’” Mock said. “Team is like family for her. She feels like she’s part of our family and we feel like we’re part of hers.”
Injuries almost ended that. Oliver tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a soccer game as a freshman. It made her exchange soccer for volleyball.
But that didn’t end her battle with injuries. Before her junior year, she tore her left ACL in a summer league basketball game.
And there was other pain in her life. Her father Greg Oliver, who coached boys basketball at Jenkins High, died after a bout with cancer when she was in the eighth grade.
“Every game I think about him,” Amari said. “My dad wanted the best for me and took me to some of the (Jenkins) practices and I’d do some of the things they did.”
Oliver said she still hears her father’s words, “Go up,” in her mind — a constant reminder to jump when taking shots.
“I would say that I have more mental toughness than I think I do,” Oliver said. “I’m not someone who runs away (from problems). I go to the roots of the problem.”
Oliver said she’ll attend Mercer University in the fall and try to walk-on the basketball team. And she’d like to take classes geared around athletic training.
She already has some first-hand experience.
“I had some great trainers who helped me get back in the game,” Oliver said. “I’d like to do that for someone else.”

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Justice Robert Benham to Deliver Commencement Address
Country Day is honored to welcome Justice Robert Benham, the second African-American graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia.

For more information on Justice Robert Benham, click HERE.
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Amari Oliver Wins Hollis Stacy Award
Congratulations to senior Amari Oliver--the winner of the 23rd annual Hollis Stacy Award. The award, named after Savannah native and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Hollis Stacy, honors the most versatile high school female student-athlete in Savannah.
 
Amari Oliver is a three-sport standout, playing volleyball, basketball and a member of the track team.
 
Amari Oliver will be presented her Hollis Stacy Award on Friday, May 22.
 

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Emma Gibney '15 Recipient of United Way Youth Service Award
On April 22, United Way Savannah held its 36th Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards luncheon celebrating the giving spirit of volunteers who made a difference in the lives of others in the area. In addition to awards given in areas such as Arts and Culture and Health and Human Services, an award is presented to the highest scoring youth individual in honor of their outstanding service, the Global Youth Service Day Award. The winner of this year’s award was senior Emma Gibney for her volunteer service through SCDS's Volunteer Council. Emma also receives a $500 scholarship.

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Girls Soccer Advances to State Quarterfinals
Emma Holtzclaw converted three penalty kicks Tuesday afternoon as the Hornets rallied to defeat host Athens Academy 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen of the Class A state soccer playoffs.

Holtzclaw’s third goal came in the 64th minute to snap a 2-2 deadlock after teammate Anna Bolch was knocked down in the penalty area. The Hornets trailed 2-1 at halftime before making some adjustments to spark the offense. SCD dominated the second half and held Athens Academy without a shot.

The Hornets advanced to the quarterfinals at First Presbyterian of Macon on Friday at 6:30 PM.

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Hornets Celebrate Annual Green And Gold Day
Green and gold, that’s the spirit of the day! Middle School Hornets celebrated their school pride on Saunders field with the annual Green and Gold Day, a morning of fun activities, from tug-of-war to races—even in costume! Students cheered one another along and supported their fellow classmates, making it a great day to be a Hornet!

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Horizons Director Receives National Leadership Award
Congratulations to SCDS’s own Christy Edwards, Director of Horizons Savannah, on her recent recognition at the Horizons National Conference. Mrs. Edwards received the National Leadership award—the organization’s highest honor. 

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Hornets Celebrate Country Fair
A BIG thanks to Country Fair chairs Heather Smith and Kerri Culver--as well as the countless Parents' Association volunteers--for putting together a fantastic Country Fair. From water slides and bouncies to delicious food and fantatsic booths, it was a great day to be a Hornet! The clouds provided a respite from the heat, allowing everyone to dance and sing along with the always popular Lip Sync! Each year, the Fair is a wonderful opportnity to spend time with other families and welcome our newest Hornet families for a fun-filled day on campus.
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Students Inducted Into The Cum Laude Society
On April 14, Country Day held its annual Cum Laude Induction Ceremony where selected Hornets were honored in front of their peers. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in the country‘s most prestigious high schools, and membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs. Congratulations to seniors Jack Auer, Savannah Draud, Shrikar Iragavarapu, Michael Keene, Rob Muller, Cate Rhangos and Alice Win, and juniors Rares Cristian, Sarah Glover, Asher Kolman, Lucy Lewis, Michelle Liang, Nathan Luskey and Ernest Rogers!

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Joseph Conyers '99 Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
On the morning of Wednesday, April 1, Joseph Hawkins Conyers, Country Day class of 1999, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award, becoming the fifteenth individual to receive the honor. Mr. Conyers was recognized at a campus ceremony with over 400 attendees that included family, friends, fellow alumni, students and faculty.

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Lower School Welcomes Grandparents and Special Friends
The campus was abuzz on Thursday, April 2, as kindergarten, second grade and fifth grade students welcomed visiting family and friends to Grandparent/Special Friend Day!  Guests toured classrooms and were offered a glimpse into our fantastic Lower School. 



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Savannah Morning News Names Brennan Pastorek "Male Swimmer of the Year"
Congratulations to SCDS sophomore Brennan Pastorek on being named Savannah Morning News' "Male Swimmer of the Year." 

Story by Nathan Dominitz, Savannah Morning News:

 

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Golfer Parker Stone '17 Wins Savannah City High School Championship
A BIG congratulations to sophomore Parker Stone and the entire SCDS golf team. Parker finished first in the City Championship and the SCDS team finished second overall.

Story by Dennis Knight, Savannah Morning News:
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Lamar Kirkley Honored As Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year
A HUGE congratulations to Lamar Kirkley, who was selected by his peers as the Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year at the Georgia Athletic Director's Association Conference. Lamar has worked at Country Day for over forty years, serving as Athletic Director for the past six. Congratulations to Mr. Kirkley and his family!!
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Bill Eswine Named Georgia Department of Natural Resources "Teacher of the Year"
Hornet faculty members Mr. Eswine, Dr. Kahn and Mrs. Lucas recently attended the Environmental Educators Alliance conference in Eatonton to talk about the DNR grant they received to create an educational bog on campus. The bog has been a dual effort between faculty and students and has been a way to showcase our campus biodiversity. The conference was also a celebration of Mr. Eswine, who was named as the Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Congratulations to Mr. Eswine and to our other fabulous faculty!

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Students Earn Top Honors At State Language Contest
Spanish students recently participated in the FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia) Middle & High School Spoken Language Contest. The annual event challenges students to demonstrate their ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a foreign language--students are interviewed individually in Spanish by FLAG judges and assessed on their spoken fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension, level of discourse and grammatical accuracy. Once again, our Hornets impressed the judges! Seven out of the nine students earned the highest possible ranking--Superior--from the judges, with two earning the second-highest ranking--Excellent--from their judges.

Congratulations to Uyen-Vy Hoang, Shirley Ying, David Devaro, Kate Groce, Angel Patel, Harrison West, Sarah Glover, Claire Reitan and Leah Jackson.
 


Fine Arts Sweeps Regional Literary and Music Competition
For the first time in many years, Savannah Country Day School participated in the regional Literary and Music Competition held in Macon. In competition against nine other schools in the region, Country Day brought home 4 out of the 10 first place medals! Congratulations to all the students that participated in the competition and our individual winners:
 
Ryan Khan- First place in Essay
Maria Strunjas- Second place in Extemporaneous Speaking
Davis Tate - Second place in Dramatic Interpretation
Gabby Lauretti - First place in Girl's Solo
Marcus Hardrick - First place in Boy's Solo
Maya Hardrick, Gabby Lauretti, Regan Bowers - Second place in Girl's Trio
Brentton Ford, Marcus Hardrick, Tristan Tait, Ryan Khan - First place in Boy's Quartet
 
 

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Hornets Explore New York
It was a whirlwind tour of the Big Apple for Upper School art students. Despite initial flight delays, these students explored the city at a record pace, visiting The Met, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the 9/11 Memorial, numerous city galleries and more.  Trips to Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and Times Square were squeezed in as well--the group even enjoyed a snowball fight in Central Park. All in less than 48 hours!
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Coach Dale Parker Retiring After 18 Years
Dale Parker has been a mainstay at Savannah Country Day in nearly two decades as the girls basketball coach, leading the Hornets to three title games and winning a state championship in 2000. On Wednesday, March 11, the 49-year-old coach announced she will retire from coaching and teaching at the end of the school year.


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And the Seuss Day Award Goes To...
Seuss Day wasn't only an opportunity for our Lower School Hornets to fill the hallways with every Seuss costume imaginable--it also posed a special challenge for our Lower School – an iPad movie challenge! Each class was asked to write, direct and star in their very own “Seuss” inspired movie as a way to interpret their favorite author's work and apply their recently learned iPad skills to a team project. The votes are in and while there are prizes to be had for all, the overall winner of the Lower School iPad challenge is Mrs. Mansel’s fifth-grade class and their fabulous time machine! To see the amazing films created by all our Lower School, click the link here for a private showing of your very own!

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Lower School Celebrates Seuss Day!
The Lower School was full of Cat in the Hats, Loraxs, Thing One and Thing Twos as these Hornets celebrated Seuss Day! Students came to school in every type of Seuss costume imaginable and celebrated with readings by special guests, imaginative activities-even yummy treats! Seuss Day also posed a special challenge for our Lower School – an iPad movie challenge! Our Hornets had to write, direct and star in their very own “Seuss” inspired movie that would be judged on Seuss Day. The votes are still coming in and the winner will be announced at our Seuss awards ceremony this Wednesday in Jelks! 
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Country Day Hosts Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters
Country Day had the honor of hosting the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters for an all-school assembly! Students were treated to a performance of oral storytelling and cultural history to educate our Hornets on the Geechee Gullah’s Lowcountry legacy. After the powerful performance, there was a facilitated dialogue, as well as an informed Q and A on how to help preserve these traditions. 

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Hornets Celebrate Lunar New Year With Traditional Feast
On February 21, students and families enjoyed a traditional Chinese dinner for Country Day’s 5th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Students, faculty and friends enjoyed a bevy of delicious Chinese dishes such as yang zhou fried rice and sweet dim sum. Hosts Christine Cheng and Samantha Liang discussed the significance of the dishes present, while Mandarin Chinese Club representatives, Sinping Kuand and Jane Mansel, spoke about their club activities. With delicious food and good company, these Hornets kicked off the Year of the Sheep in a time-honored and customary fashion!
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Country Day Hosts Nancy McDuff, Head of Admissions at the University of Georgia
Country Day was privileged to host Nancy McDuff, the Head of Admissions at the University of Georgia, for a busy ​two-day ​visit. Ms. ​McDuff began her time with a student-led tour around the campus grounds, and later, held an intimate meeting ​with Upper School faculty, answering their questions on how best to support students applying to college.  Later in the evening, she hosted an evening​ presentation for families, where she provided an overview of the application process as well as program changes and enhancements at UGA. Ms. Fry, Director of College Counseling at SCDS, joined Ms. McDuff for a follow-up question and answer session.  On her second day, Ms. McDuff spent time in several classrooms and met with Upper School students for a roundtable discussion. ​Her expertise, wisdom and warmth was greatly appreciated and valued.  An interview with Ms. McDuff ​will be released shortly–stay tuned for an update and to hear more on Ms. McDuff’s experience on campus.

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Eighth-Grade Hornets Head Out On Outward Bound
During the week of January 26, 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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Lamar Kirkley Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year
SCDS Athletic Director Lamar Kirkley was selected by his peers as the Athletic Director of the Year for GHSA Region 3A. Mr. Kirkley has worked at SCDS for 40 years and has led the athletic department for the last 6 years. Congratulations, Mr. Kirkley!!
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Hornets Will Represent Country Day At Georgia All State Honors Chorus
Congratulations to the following students on their acceptance into the Georgia All State Honors Chorus. They weathered two difficult auditions and will represent SCDS in March. Go Hornets!

Maya Hardrick ‘15, Regan Bowers ‘15, Tristan Tait ’15, Marcus Hardrick ’16, Kate Templeton ‘17, Hannah Buchman ’17, Anna Stone ’18, Finn Repella ’19 and Blake Thacher ’19.
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Country Day Holds Sixth-Annual Multicultural Potluck
It was a night of delicious dishes and meaningful conversations at the Sixth-Annual Multicultural Potluck. Students Celebrating Diversity Club hosted the evening and brought together family and friends to partake in student-facilitated discussions focused around creating a culture of empathy at Country Day. As a school that celebrates all backgrounds, we continue to foster a respectful, supportive community that affirms and celebrates one another.
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Kef Wilson Featured On Savannah CEO
Head of School Kef Wilson was interviewed by Savannah CEO about the history of Savannah Country Day and the school's continuing commitment to community. To see the interview in full, visit Savannah CEO here for the complete feature.
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Students Embrace Computer Coding
To celebrate Computer Science Education Week(Dec 8-12), our Country Day students are participating in the worldwide computer coding effort titled, Hour of Code. 15 million students participated last year, and this year Hour of Code is aiming for 100 million! Coding nurtures creative problem-solving skills and builds preparedness for the tech-savvy world. We especially love our “Girls Who Code” - not only are they part of bridging the gender gap in the computer science field, but they are building confidence in their own coding capabilities.
 

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Annual International Thanksgiving Luncheon
Thanks to all of our families who came out for the 3rd Annual International Thanksgiving Luncheon. What a wonderful afternoon of shared dishes and community! A BIG thanks to Mrs. Lindsay Norman, our ESOL Director, for organizing the event.
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Upper School Celebrates the Arts
For two evenings in November, the award-winning arts program at SCDS was on full display. To kickoff the event, students hosted a reception of the visual arts--ceramics, painting, jewelry and more. The orchestra, jazz bands, and theatre classes also entertained audiences with material they had prepared throughout the first semester. As a special treat, the Advanced Acting Class performed their One Act Play, The Yellow Boat, which recently garnered a regional competition win and a runner-up finish in the state competition. Bravo to all of our talented student artists!
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Advanced Acting Class Awarded First Runner Up at State Finals
Congratulations to the SCDS Advanced Drama class. On Saturday, November 1, this talented group of students traveled to Warner Robins for the state finals in the GHSA One Act Play Competition. The student’s performance of “Yellow Boat”, a touching affirming of the strength and courage of all children, earned them the First Runner-Up Award. In addition, Davis Tate ‘15 was named Best Overall Actor and Andy Paul ’16 and Catherine Atkinson ‘16 received All-Star Cast awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Country Day has represented the region in the state finals competition. Congratulations to these students and their teacher, DJ Queenan.
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SCDS Awarded Teaching Conservation Grant by the GA Dept. of Natural Resources
Congratulations to Lower School Science teacher Bill Eswine, a recent recipient of a $1,000 conversation grant by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish and enhance a campus bog habitat. Below is the Savannah Morning News article by environmental reporter Mary Landers:
By Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News:
A science teacher at Savannah Country Day School is turning a large drainage ditch on campus into a bog that can use as an outdoor classroom to teach about wetland wildlife.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lower School News
Butterfly Magic With PreK
5/19/2015
It was an exciting day in Mrs. Gordon’s class, as PreK students released their class butterflies! These Hornets have been studying the life cycle of the butterfly, directly observing the process from egg, to caterpillar, chrysalis and finally, butterfly, in their classroom observatory. Students waited quietly and patiently in the Butterfly Garden as their winged friends crawled to the edge of the observation cage and finally flew into the sky, delighting students to see their friends fly away!

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Final Fifth Grade Broadcast
5/19/2015
Going live with Fifth grade students in 3, 2, 1! These Hornets are wrapping up their final broadcasts for the year after spending time creating content, shooting, producing and editing the news that goes out over the Lower School airwaves. By working together as a news crew, students directly experience the day-to-day production of their own newscast, as well as learn how to work together as a team.

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Second Graders Transform Into Historical Figures
5/19/2015
Mark Twain, JK Rowling, Rosa Parks and Queen Elizabeth – what could all these historical greats in one room mean? It’s time for the second grade Living Museum! These Hornets chose a historical figure, researched their life and accomplishments and then presented a “living museum” of all their accomplishments.  These presidents, explorers, artists, scientists, movie directors and dancers went one step further by performing a musical production about their historical friends!

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Mandarin Chinese After-School Program
5/18/2015
Students enrolled with the Mandarin Chinese after-school program enjoyed many activities this year. They celebrated the Harvest Moon Festival by sharing customary foods and by making dragon masks for the traditional dragon dance.   This year they shared dim sum, a form of Chinese small plate appetizers, and enjoyed shaved ice, complete with lychee fruit, red bean, peaches and frozen berries. In addition to learning about New Year traditions, the class participated in a Readers’ Theatre and performed “The Four Dragons”, a folktale that describes the formation of the four rivers in China. The students also created Powerpoint presentations about Chinese New Year traditions. The Upper school ESOL students (English to Speakers of Other Languages) helped the lower school students with new vocabulary, pronunciation and also answered many cultural questions.  The group is grateful for their input as well as the instruction of Jane Mansel and Sinping Ku.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email christinet.cheng@gmail.com.

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Handmade Hornet: Fifth Graders Design Chairs
5/14/2015
Fifth graders are sitting on success as they wrap up the final stages of their chair design project. After studying a unit on industrial design, students were challenged to create their own chairs by applying what they had learned about art, design and even physics to their creations. The result is some carefully crafted chairs-- handmade by our Hornets!

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Creating Toad Homes With Art & Design
5/11/2015
Lower School students are putting their art and design skills to the test by building and painting toad homes! Toads are some of the friendliest garden helpers around, eating bugs and protecting plants. By creating a toad home, these Hornets sure know how to make our friendly garden helpers feel at home!

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Fifth Graders Learn The Physics Of Art & Design
5/5/2015
Fifth grade art students are concluding the year with a unit in industrial design and building their own chairs. For students to gain broader scope about the science of art, Mr. Weber visited the industrious creators to talk to them about how their work building chairs out of cardboard utilizes physics. Students discussed how force and gravity influence how successful a chair can be, as well as how pressure gets applied to the surface of their chairs. It’s a great way for these Hornets to learn not only about the creative side of design, but how physics impacts their work as well!
 

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Hornets Get Special Visit From SCDS Alumnus Louis Oswald ’06!
5/4/2015
First-graders got a special visit from an SCDS alumnus Louis Oswald ’06! In addition to being a former student of Mrs. Clarke, Mr. Oswald works at Wells Fargo and came to talk with eager students about the importance of saving! Whether saving for a rainy day or for that special something, these Hornets learned how best to save their pennies with the help of Mr. Oswald!

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SCDS Campus 'Abuzz" With Poem In Your Pocket
5/4/2015
Poetry was abuzz on the campus of SCDS with the school’s annual Poem in Your Pocket Day! Fifth graders traveled to Lower School classrooms, each to read their favorite poems with students, as well as to give students a poem scroll of their very own. It’s a great way for students to light up the faces of their younger peers and to share some of their favorite pieces of poetry!

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Hornets Put On The Heat In Science
4/30/2015
Fourth grade science is heating up! Students are learning how different metals conduct heat at varying rates. With their safety goggles fully strapped on, these Hornets fired up their Bunsen burners and got busy observing, recording and concluding.

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PreK Artists Host Hornet Gallery Show
4/30/2015
PreK students have been buffing up on their Art History, studying the techniques and works of several famous artists, ranging from Georgia O'Keeffe to Jack Leigh. After several months of hard work, these artistic Hornets hosted their very own fine art gallery opening to showcase their work for parents and friends. Students guided their guests around their gallery, showing off each of their works as parents proudly supported their pint-sized artists!

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PreK Artist Study Work Of Georgia O'Keeffe
4/28/2015
PreK students are preparing for their end of the year art show and what better way to capture their artistic side than painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe! These Hornets have been studying the work of the famed painter, recreating her technique in their own beautiful works! 

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PreK Hornets Celebrate A Tasty Earth Day
4/21/2015
PreK students are getting a yummy head start to Earth Day by making their very own Rice-Crispy Treat globes! These environmentally friendly Hornets celebrated Mother Earth in a crafty—and tasty—fashion that tested their mathematical measuring skills and creative eye. At the end of the delicious exercise each student went home with a handmade Earth all their own, a perfect start to Earth Day! 

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4 + 4 = Lower and Little School Collaboration
4/20/2015
It wa​s four-​on-​four as fourth-graders visited four year olds for some one-on-one reading time! Lower School Hornets stepped into the role of "teacher" and worked with their younger Little School friends, reading classics such as The Very Hungry Ladybug and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. It was a role reversal for our fourth graders and a especially exciting story time for our four year olds.
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Great Gobstopping Science!
4/20/2015
It’s a gobstopping good time in first grade science! Students are getting to know the sweet, sweet chemistry of gobstoppers by changing the physical makeup of the colorful candy and then recording the results. Their investigation proved extra sweet as they observed the gobstoppers change and shift, turning into a pinwheel of colors that showed off the beautiful side of chemistry!
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PreK Gets A Bug's Eye-View
4/16/2015
Get a bug’s eye view with PreK! After studying the anatomy of butterflies, these Hornets saw what it was like to view the world through 18 lenses with their very own bug-eye glasses! By experiencing the world of a butterfly first hand, these students better understand the journey of their winged friends.

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First Grade Students Create Handmade Crafts For Class Flea Market
4/13/2015
It’s time to sell some wares and document the process! First grade students created a mini “flea market” where they could sell their handmade arts & crafts. But the fun didn’t stop there--after creating a model-scale market with vendors, these Hornets then worked together to create a documentary about the building of their market by combining art and technology!

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PreK Hornets Explore Campus Through Photography
4/8/2015
PreK Hornets have been studying the work of famous artists, concentrating on one particular photographer, Jack Leigh, SCDS class of ’67! Students used portable viewfinders to learn how to frame a photograph and then wandered the campus with curiosity and an artist’s eye! From up-close shots of flowers and leaves to turtles and even a garter snake, students snapped shots that will ultimately be featured in the Second-Annual PreK Art Show!

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Fourth Grade Hornets Travel Back In Time To Wormsloe
4/1/2015
Fourth graders traveled back in time on their recent field trip to Wormsloe Historic Site! After studying the history of early Georgia settlements, students experienced a taste of the colonial life by learning the game of cricket, exploring tabby ruins and discovering more about Noble Jones. Of course, no trip back in time would be complete without a picnic lunch.

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First Grade Fractions
3/31/2015
How do you make fractions fun? ... Ask Mrs. Gilpin’s class! These first grade students are learning how to share something equally by dividing fractions. By cutting out the number of objects needed to be shared, these Hornets learned that with a bit of math and art, a fraction can be a part of a whole and a whole lot of fun!

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PreK Pirates Say Arrrrg To Letter Hunt!
3/31/2015
Ahoy PreK Pirates! A treasure hunt had our eager Hornets looking for riches--literary letter riches that is! Using their knowledge of letters and exploration skills, students hunted for letters with clues based on the first letter of the word! From W in well, to F in fence, these pirates followed the map, roaming all over campus until they finally found the X that marked the spot!

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PreK Delights With The Three Piggie Opera
3/30/2015
Country Day families were treated to a very special PreK presentation of The Three Piggie Opera! These Hornets‬ took to the stage in a memorable performance, singing their hearts out to an adoring crowd and showing off their hard work and dedication!
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Salt Up Close
3/25/2015
Fifth-grade science is getting up close and personal with sodium chloride (NaCl)-aka, salt! Students created salt crystals as part of their recent studies on how molecules in liquid pull together during the crystallization process. These Hornets then placed the results under the microscope to learn more about the different patterns that crystals can form, as well as get a magnified view of the tasty stuff!

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Hornets Collaborate And Problem-Solve
3/24/2015
Mr. Nash’s students have been focusing on the benefits of collaboration, as way to emphasize team building – and what better way to challenge it than with a life-size puzzle game? Students grouped into teams and collaborated with each other to figure out the best way to have their team members end up on opposite sides of their hula-hoop line, without ever stepping on top of each other. Team members not only had to work together to accomplish a group task, but support each other throughout the challenge!

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Second-Grade Students Collaborate With Art And Science
3/10/2015
Birds of a feather flock together for second-grade as they combined their knowledge of science and art into a beautiful nature display in the Lower School! These Hornets have been learning about ornithology, the study of different types of birds. Each student researched unique facts before creating their own paper-mache bird. What a great way for students to see that art and science go hand in hand!
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Fifth-Graders Celebrate Greek History With Special Guest
3/2/2015
Mrs. Aaron’s class had a special visitor, Mr. Lelos, who you also may know as Pericles' dad! Mr. Lelos spoke to these fifth-graders about "Growing Up in Greece"—with perfect timing too, since students have been studying the history, geography and mythology of the ancient Greeks in their social studies and language arts classes! These Hornets loved learning about modern day Greece through his pictures and stories.  Students also enjoyed making Greek letter name-tags and getting a "taste" of Greek culture with homemade baklava! 

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PreK Show And Tell With "There's A Wocket In My Pocket"
2/23/2015
There’s a wocket in the pocket of our PreK Hornets‬! Students got an early start to the upcoming Seuss Day by showing off their very own “wockets” as they read the Seuss classic aloud. By exploring a household of unusual creatures, including their own wockets, these readers begin to recognize common "household" words and rhymes!
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Lower School Celebrates Georgia Day
2/19/2015
Our Lower School Hornets donned their colonial best for the Georgia Day Parade in downtown Savannah!  Each classroom was full of pioneers, Native Americans, explorers and settlers, each representing the dress of the time when Georgia was founded. Country Day's involvement in the Georgia Day parade is the culmination of our Lower School study on the history of Georgia, as well as the key figures in the founding of the state. Students took that knowledge with them as they marched in the local parade, holding up a homemade banner created to represent what they had learned and knew represented Georgia Day – talk about a way of getting to know your history!

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Fifth-Grade Hornets Create Time Machine To Better Understand History
2/17/2015
To emphasize their recent studies on history throughout the ages , Ms. Mansel’s fifth-grade class constructed their very own time machine! Working together in a team, these Hornets planned out the design of their time machine, each taking turns to either cut out windows or add piping. Though they may not actually go back to the building of the pyramids, ancient Greece or the beginning of the Eiffel Tower, these Hornets proved that they are eager to have a more hands-on approach to their understanding of history, as well as a way to let their imaginations soar!
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Hornets Celebrate Georgia Day With Interactive Projects
2/13/2015
Country Day Fourth-Graders worked on sharpening their home state knowledge to celebrate Georgia Day! Students created salt dough Georgia maps, marking out the territory of the state, as well as handmaking puppets out of Georgia hero’s, James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove and Tomichichi! It was a fun and creative way for these hornets to dive into history, discovering everything that their great southern state has done!

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Kindergarten Hornets Have a Sock Hopping Good Time!
2/13/2015
Our Kindergarten Hornets celebrated an early Valentine’s Day with a good-ole fashion Sock Hop! These students partied in full 1950’s fashion with poodle and polka dot skirts, saddle shoes and leather jackets. There were a plethora of activities, including the hand jive, limbo, hopscotch, hula-hoops, a conversation word hunt--even face painting and a temporary “tattoo” station! 

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Lower School Upcycles Food Waste Into Treats
2/13/2015
Lower School Science discovered the “apple master” in an upcycling lab that got them making tasty treats from what could have gone to waste! Students have been collecting leftover fruits and veggies as part of their study on how to covert “waste” into new products that are environmentally friendly and even delicious. But before they could add the fruit to the dehydrator, these Hornets had to take the skin off their apples, so that they dry to perfection.
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PreK Hornets Cordially Invite You To The Wedding Of Q and U
2/13/2015
Wedding bells were ringing at the exquisite ceremony of the letters Q and U in PreK--and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Mr. Nash presided over the service, marrying bride “Q”, played by Mrs. Eswine, and groom “U”, Mr. Eswine. The girls came dressed as “queens” and boys as “quarterbacks”, and together they celebrated the marriage of Q and U. The wedding between Q and U wrapped up studying the letters earlier in the week, where these Hornets learned that Q and U always go together, hand in hand for all queens, quarterbacks, quills and quicksand! 

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Third Grade Hornets Bridge Building Competition
2/11/2015
Mrs. Aliotta’s third-grade Hornets tested their construction skills in a bridge building competition where they could only use popsicle sticks! Students divided into teams and researched which style of bridge they thought could best hold the weight of as many dictionaries as possible. The big moment came when the teams placed their bridges in between two desks and began placing heavy dictionaries on top, seeing how the integrity of their bridge would hold up under the weight of the books. The winning team set a Country Day record with 25 dictionaries!

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Lower School Hornets Spring Gardening
2/10/2015
Mr. Eswine’s science class put on their mud boots and went to working in their community garden, readying it for spring! These Hornets harvested ripe veggies and picked out weeds that could potentially affect their crops. Our Lower School student garden serves many purposes, including using our fresh harvests to donate to our local Second Harvest food bank and supplying our own cafeteria with yummy vegetables – talk about local!
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Lower School Science Explores Crystal Formation With Rock Crystal Hearts
2/10/2015
Mrs. Vetrovsky’s classes learned about how strong a heart could be with their very own rock crystal heart experiment! These Hornets stirred together a little water, food dye, and borax, and dipped their handmade hearts into the mixture, letting it sit overnight. When they came in for their next class, to their surprise, the water had evaporated and what was left was a beautiful colorful heart. Not only was it a creative and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it also teaches students about the process of crystallization.
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Baby Quail Hatching In Third-Grade Science
2/9/2015
Excitement fluttered through the air today in third-grade science, as hornets got to witness their baby quails finally hatching! These students had been patiently watching the quail eggs in the class incubator all winter long, recording their observations until the big hatching day. One by one, the eggs began cracking open, each revealing a brand new baby quail inside! These hornets took the utmost care to move the baby quails from the incubator to the observation nest, where they will watch and record their quail as they grow day by day

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Kindergarten Hornets Identify and Pull Weeds In Community Garden
2/9/2015
Our Kindergarten hornets took full advantage of the warm weather and did an early bout of spring cleaning! Students tended the Kindergarten herb garden, taking care to remove weeds built up from the winter months. Earlier, these hornets had learned the difference between what a weed looks like and what an herb looks like, then applying their knowledge to beautifying their community garden for the months to come!

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Fourth-Grade Does Digital Recess
2/5/2015
Rainy days are no stop for fourth-graders who are determined to get their recess and Mr. Nash’s class came up with the perfect creative alternative to get their exercise-digital dancing! These hornets boogied down, ignoring the rain outside and reinventing recess as they know it.

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Lower School Hornets Bend In Classical Limbo
2/5/2015
Our second and third-grade hornets bent their expectations of what music could be with a classical music limbo. It’s all part of Mrs. Nestor’s class on the exploration of what music and form can adapt and evolve into. Students gain knowledge about the many different ways that one type of music can be flexible, just like their own limbo moves!

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Fifth-Grade Student Council Elections Kick Off
2/4/2015
We’re on the campaign trail here at Country Day, as our fifth-grade hornets kick off the second semester elections! Students running for student council stood in front of their peers and delivered top notch speeches on why they should get the vote, promising everything from representation to ice cream Fridays. This is just one of the many ways Lower School students get to ​learn the civic process and play a larger role in what decisions they can contribute to their student body. The votes are in and congratulations to our new elected officials: President: Charlton Strong, Vice President: Nyle Rehman, Secretary: Charles Harris, Treasurer: Abby Nicholson, Historian: Sophie Bibby and Parliamentarian: Rivers Carson

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Newsroom Action With Fifth-Grade Hornets
2/4/2015
Lights, camera, action! Our fifth-grade hornets are learning the basics of broadcasting with Educational Technologist, Mrs. Hogenboom. Each student chooses a role crucial to the production of the weekly Lower School news, whether a reporter, producer, or director. They work together as a crew, creating content for each weekly segment, helping edit what gets broadcast out over the Lower School airwaves.  It’s a huge responsibility and a great way to learn more about broadcast journalism.

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PreK Hornets Get Special Visit From Dante The Pony
2/4/2015
Our PreK hornets had a very special and unique guest visit- Dante the pony! Students went for a walk outside and to their surprise, run into Dante and his friend, Mrs. Goldstein. The students then got to learn a few fun facts about ponies, as well as the sweet treats they love to eat!
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Fourth-Grade Spanish Students Create Dormitorio Dioramas!
2/3/2015
The walls of Mrs. Lichtenberg’s classroom were covered in brightly-decorated dormitorio dioramas, each reflecting the bedroom of fourth-grade Spanish students! As part of their lesson on the spanish names of various structures and furniture, these hornets created replicas of their own rooms and presented them to fellow classmates. Buen trabajo hornets!
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Fourth Grade Explorers
2/2/2015
Fourth graders were recently treated to a wonderful, interactive presentation by the Georgia Historical Society. The students heard a tale of exploration from Hernando DeSoto himself, learned about Old World and New World products, discovered new facts about old maps, and even made bracelets. This ties in with our participation in the Georgia Day Parade coming up in February. A fun time was had by all!
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PreK Gets Sweet With Fancy Nancy Cooking Project
2/2/2015
PreK hornets had a very special and very sweet cooking project today featured around the book, Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart. After reading the book aloud, students made their own heart to heart valentine sandwiches, each reflecting their favorite shapes, just like Fancy Nancy!

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Lower School Celebrates 100 Day!
1/30/2015
Our Lower School hornets celebrated the ​100th​ day of school with some silly hats and tributes to 100! The morning began in the Pangaea Garden ​with the first graders leading the school countdown by ringing a cowbell 100 times.The PreK students came dressed as 100-year olds, each putting on their best "senior" impersonation while Kindergarteners wore outfits decorated ​with 100 items--everything from buttons and stickers to ​plastic jewels and fishing lures.
 

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Mrs. Ward Shares Her Peru Trip With Lower School Spanish
1/29/2015
Our Kindergarteners have been learning all about the country Peru in Spanish class. It’s perfect timing, as our very own Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ward, just got back from a trip to Peru! During their unit of study, Mrs. Ward talked about her big adventure in the cloud forest and shared lots of photos and even a beautiful tapestry from a Peruvian local market.
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Kindergarten Gets An Early Start On Valentines
1/28/2015
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the Valentine! These eager and crafty kindergarteners spent their morning creating paper hearts that will soon decorate the walls and lockers of Lower School. It was all smiles as they cut out different sized hearts, sharing the love with their class and throughout their work.

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Back Bending Feats Happening In Yoga Club
1/27/2015
Our Lower School hornets stretched and bent during yoga club! These mini-yogis split into teams, one representing soft "snow" poses and the other team representing stiff "ice" poses. They also practiced their breath, working with cotton balls to see how different it was to move the cotton ball across their palms with a deep breath, rather than a quick one. As yoga club came to a close, these students went around the circle recreating their favorite poses!
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Cloud Research Takes First-Graders Outside
1/27/2015
First-Graders took the classroom outside today, as they looked for clouds to identify! Our hornets each had a special viewfinder that listed all the different types of clouds, from a cumulonimbus to a cirrostratus. They then looked to the sky to see which clouds they could find, writing down the types they saw in their "Cloud Books" and maybe just getting a little silly about their research towards the end.
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Fifth-Grade Students Come Up With The Golden Rules
1/23/2015
As part of their discussions on empathy, our hornets read CHOICES Magazine’s "How to Be Kind in a Rude, Rude, World.” Students broke up into small groups and were asked to think about how to make decisions in tricky, real life situations. Mrs. Tate’s class came up with five “Golden” rules of etiquette: be kind, be responsible, be trustworthy, be gracious, and be compassionate. We are so proud of these fifth-grade students who came up with thoughtful and powerful responses to life’s difficult situations.
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Lower School Honors MLK Jr. Day With Personalized "Dream" Speeches
1/20/2015
In honor of MLK, Jr. Day, our fifth-grade students learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the principles of peace and equality he represented. But they didn't just stop there. At the suggestion of the fifth-grade student council, the whole class wrote down their own "Dream" responses in the forms of poems, speeches, letters, and shared them with different grade levels in the Lower School. Here is an excerpt of one "Dream" speech that made us incredibly proud!

"I have a dream. A dream of a fair world. Where all children go to school and live in a safe place. Where women have good jobs and are paid right. Where food isn't scarce. Where people smile at one another and differences are accepted. Where there are no wars. Where people believe. Where everybody knows they are somebody. Where nobody's left alone. I have a dream of a world where people lift each other up, instead of putting them down."
 
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Lower School Science Stir Fry With Homegrown Veggies
1/20/2015
Normally stir fry isn't on the list of breakfast items, but our Lower School students were super eager to try their hands at the wok.  Using their recently harvested vegetables, our hornets chopped, diced, sliced and enjoyed. This is just one of the many uses of the student garden--students often donate their fresh harvests to our local Second Harvest foodbank and also to our very own cafeteria. Delicious, nutritious, and good for everyone involved!
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Origami Wars
1/20/2015
What do you get when you combine some creative third-graders, patient and adventurous Lower School faculty and an iPad loaded with some great apps? You get the first episode of Origami Wars, a tribute to Star Wars and the delicate art of origami, as created by Mrs. Eswine's class! These students experimented with making a movie trailer on their iPads and created their own origami Star Wars figures, using them as actors in their very first film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BF0DC728L0
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Pre-K Science Discovers The Magic Of Science
1/13/2015
Our Lower School students will tell you that "magic" is often science in disguise. These Pre-K hornets learned that when you mix a little sodium polyacrylate (which is the scientific term for what you can find in a baby diaper) with water,it absorbs all the water, making it disappear! Students are then left with an aptly named "gooey". Not only can they make water disappear, but also reappear! Add a little salt and the "gooey" turns right back into liquid. It's a magic trick our students know is all based on science!
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Building With Science And The Three Little Pigs!
1/9/2015
Little pig, little pig, let me in! Not by the hair on these hornets chinny-chin-chins! Today our Country Day students recreated the classic story of the Three Little Pigs with their building skills. By mixing baking soda, sugar, and water, second-graders built the “mortar” used in the little pig’s brick house. We can blow and blow and blow, but thanks to science, these houses are staying strong !

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Lower School Students Become Butterfly Advocates
1/8/2015
UGA researcher Dara Satterfield revisited Mr. Eswine's science class, this time with a few of our Monarch butterfly friends. Our hornets had the task of examining each Monarch for signs of a microscopic, single-celled organism called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha -a parasite that has been plaguing the Monarch butterflies here in the southeast. Though delicate, these butterflies proved strong, and as our students inspected them, they were excited to find that this batch of butterflies were cleared of any parasites. It's a huge victory in keeping the Monarch butterfly off the endangered species list.
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Hornets Shop Local With Lower Vendors Market
12/19/2014
For sale ! For sale! Homemade snowman cookies, fresh-baked brownies, crafty bird drawings, and all the precious goodies you could imagine. This crafty marketplace popped up in the Lower School this week, with each SCDS student set up their own vendor table full of their speciality goodies. Fellow hornets shopped with their "big bucks" that they earned throughout the year, learning about entrepreneurship, budgeting, and how to sell their beautiful creations. Talk about shopping locally!
 

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Vivid Verbs Get Illustrated!
12/16/2014
After reading The Lion and The Mouse, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinckney, Mrs. Aaron’s 5th grade students worked in pairs to write text for wordless picture books, focusing on the use of vivid verbs. e After they finished, the students decided to share both the books and their text with a younger audience - our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids from  Mrs. Mamalakis and Mrs. Storey-Pitts’s class.Vivid verbs impact writing and capture the imagination!
 

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Winter Harvest Time !
12/11/2014
Chilly weather and the shivers means it's time to measure and harvest the Country Day winter garden! Back in September, Mr. Eswine and Dr. Kahn's Lower School classes planted a phenomenal garden, chock full of cold weather favorites like broccoli, chard, and cabbage. With a little love and a lot of patience, students watched as their small seedlings grew into big vegetables ripe for the picking. How did they know their green goodies were ready to be picked? Each student measured their own veggie, making sure it was just the right size and if it was, harvest time!
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Flamenco Dancing
12/10/2014
In Señora Goodman's first grade Spanish classes, the students have been learning about the country of Spain, including flamenco - a form of Spanish folk music and dance.  The students got to experience live, flamenco dancing when Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher, Ana Zurita, visited their classes.  Ana, who is from Spain, danced for the children and taught them some flamenco steps.  What a special treat for our first graders! Some of The Little School Spanish classes also dropped by to participate in the fun.

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SCDS Parent Ryan Sanchez Illustrates The Possibilities
12/8/2014
 
Artist and illustrator, Ryan Sanchez, recently visited campus to share his work with Pre-K, including the children's book he is currently writing and illustrating. Sanchez showed our students that with our imagination and a few art supplies, we can build worlds of robots, cities made of trees, and books about a little girl (who just might just be inspired by Sanchez’s daughter, Pre-K student Paloma Noelle) who just wants to play.

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Second Grade Studies Native American Tribes
11/25/2014
Working in classroom rotations, second graders have been studying three Native American tribes of North America:  Eastern Woodlands, Plains and Northern Coast.  The students have learned to compare and contrast the activities and culture of each tribe. Creating ceremonial masks, peace pipes and dream catchers were popular student crafts! We are thankful for our bright and talented students and creative teachers!

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Animal Habitats
11/13/2014
First graders proudly opened their classrooms to family and friends to showcase their animal habitat projects. After conducting individual research on the animal of their choice, students used salt dough and paint to mold a representation of their animal and then created a shoebox 3-D habitat. Make sure to ask a first graders about their fun animal facts!
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Math Club Rocks!
11/13/2014
A new Lower School afterschool offering has kicked off to rave reviews: Mr. Paul Foley's Math Club. Meeting each Wednesday at 3pm, the Math Club participants play interactive games that reinforce classroom lessons. The most recent club meeting included a study of geometry that featured a campus-wide hunt for shapes. For more information, or to enroll your child, please contact the Lower School.
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Two SCDS Students Win Local Art Contest
11/13/2014
On the morning of Thursday, November 6, first graders welcomed the Southside Fire Department to campus to help celebrate classmates James Pannell and Ria Patel. Out of almost 600 entries into the Southside Fire Department calendar art contest, both James and Ria had drawings selected for the calendar. Look out for the calendar in the coming months! James’ artwork will be featured on the cover!
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Garden Performance: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
11/6/2014
Kindergarteners reveled in their “big kid” status as they performed their rendition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit for younger friends visiting from The Little School.  After studying the book in class, the older students memorized lines and choreography and completed the look with craft hats and paper mache vegetables. The garden performance, while short in length, went a long way in helping to foster imagination and confidence.
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Where the Wild Things Are
11/3/2014
Using the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are as a classroom tool for language arts, Sarah Gordon’s Pre-K class explored story characters, parts to a story and real versus make believe (fiction and non-fiction).  Costumes were created using paper, string, feathers and glitter and the animated students proudly acted out the book. 

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Torn Paper Self-Portraits
11/2/2014
Third graders have been hard at work creating self-portraits made of small pieces of torn paper. They investigated proportions of the face, made observations in the mirror, and rendered a self-portrait in pencil before tearing paper and adhering with glue. To further personalize the project, the students illustrated their favorite book cover for their paper self to enjoy. The students hope to inspire others to read the books they love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Author Kate Klise Visits Campus
9/22/2014
As part of the month-long reading celebration, Lower School welcomed author Kate Klise to campus for the day. Mrs. Klise entertained students with humorous stories and a reading of one of her books. If you're a parent in Lower School, don't be surprised if your child creates his or her own literary masterpiece using her "secret recipe."  
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Athletic Main News
Amari Oliver Wins 2015 Best of Preps Dedication Award
5/20/2015
Congratulations to senior Amari Oliver, the 2015 winner of the Best of Preps Dedication Award!

From Savannah Morning News:

Amari Oliver had every reason to miss a basketball practice or two. The Savannah Country Day senior entered the year with two bad knees — surgically repaired knees that cut into her high school athletic career.
But Oliver, the winner of the Best of Preps Chatham Orthopaedic Association Dedication Award, laughed at the mere suggestion.
“I couldn’t physically give up. I love the game too much,” she said.
Oliver displayed her character every day in basketball summer camp — just by showing up and dressing out, Hornets’ former girls basketball coach Dale Parker said. Oliver wasn’t going to play, but she wanted to be there.
“I should be ready,” she said. “I’m part of the team. I can still learn when they go over plays.”
Unknowingly, Oliver was making an impact.
“It was amazing how supportive she was,” Parker said. “She showed a lot of dedication to her teammates and coaches. You don’t see that often.”
Finally healthy for the first time since her freshman year, Oliver was one of the top athletes in Savannah as a senior. She starred in volleyball, girls basketball and track.
In volleyball, she was among the area leaders in kills (241), digs (196) and aces (57) while helping the Hornets advance to the second round of the Class A volleyball playoffs.
In basketball, Oliver, a 5-foot-8 forward, averaged 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds as SCD posted a 27-3 mark.
In track, she set a school record by throwing the shot put 33 feet, 9 ¾ inches and placing seventh at sectionals. At state, she was even better, finishing sixth with a toss of 36-2 — another school record.
“She kind of does it all,” Parker said.
SCD volleyball coach Bobbi Mock saw Oliver’s love of sports up close.
“Sometimes we’d be coming home from a long bus ride and everyone would be a little tired, but Amari would say, ‘Let’s just stay on the bus,’” Mock said. “Team is like family for her. She feels like she’s part of our family and we feel like we’re part of hers.”
Injuries almost ended that. Oliver tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a soccer game as a freshman. It made her exchange soccer for volleyball.
But that didn’t end her battle with injuries. Before her junior year, she tore her left ACL in a summer league basketball game.
And there was other pain in her life. Her father Greg Oliver, who coached boys basketball at Jenkins High, died after a bout with cancer when she was in the eighth grade.
“Every game I think about him,” Amari said. “My dad wanted the best for me and took me to some of the (Jenkins) practices and I’d do some of the things they did.”
Oliver said she still hears her father’s words, “Go up,” in her mind — a constant reminder to jump when taking shots.
“I would say that I have more mental toughness than I think I do,” Oliver said. “I’m not someone who runs away (from problems). I go to the roots of the problem.”
Oliver said she’ll attend Mercer University in the fall and try to walk-on the basketball team. And she’d like to take classes geared around athletic training.
She already has some first-hand experience.
“I had some great trainers who helped me get back in the game,” Oliver said. “I’d like to do that for someone else.”


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Amari Oliver Wins Hollis Stacy Award
5/17/2015
Congratulations to senior Amari Oliver--the winner of the 23rd annual Hollis Stacy Award. The award, named after Savannah native and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Hollis Stacy, honors the most versatile high school female student-athlete in Savannah.
 
Amari Oliver is a three-sport standout, playing volleyball, basketball and a member of the track team.
 
Amari Oliver will be presented her Hollis Stacy Award on Friday, May 22.
 

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Greyson Finlay Named Boys' Tennis Player of the Year
5/15/2015
ACHIEVEMENTS: In his first season at No. 1 singles, Finlay went 17-1, winning all but one regular-season match and then every postseason match as the Hornets advanced to the GHSA Class A Private Elite Eight. He won his match 6-2, 6-0 but SCD lost to Athens Academy 3-1. At No. 2 singles, Finlay went 18-2 in 2014 and 20-2 in 2013. He was All-Greater Savannah first team both seasons.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: At the Jekyll Jam in March, “those were my first matches against really tough opponents back to back to back,” Finlay recalled. “I won them all in straight sets. That was a real confidence booster. ... After that, I settled in, I guess, and figured out I could take every school’s best shot. The team came in third. I’m pretty proud of it.”
INTERESTS: A former varsity soccer player, he still plays pick-up soccer as well as recreational golf, boating and fishing in addition to his year-round commitment to junior tennis.
WHAT’S NEXT: While Finlay said he had interest from about 30 lower-level college tennis programs, he will attend NCAA Division I Virginia Tech, study environmental science and economics, and hope to walk on to the tennis team. He has met and stayed in contact with the Tech coach and played a tournament in that area. “I’m going to do everything I can to make the team,” he said. “I’ve always liked big schools. People ask me all the time, ‘Why go there instead of a school that offered me a spot on the team?’ Everywhere I applied was big. ... I feel more at home at a big school.”
 
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
FINLAY ON FINLAY: “It’s definitely a step up playing (No.) 1. You get every school’s best shot. ... I’d say serve is big and footwork is big (for his game). A lot of people take that for granted. Also, point construction. Patience goes a lot with point construction. You’re trying to work the opponent down, point in, point out.”
COUNTRY DAY COACH LAMAR KIRKLEY: “From last year to this year, Greyson really improved his serve. It became much more consistent, much more powerful, and I think his game became a little more diversified. He was able to come to the net more. He was so much more of a player this year at No. 1. He worked on it very hard. He played in tournaments on weekends and traveled throughout Georgia. ... It didn’t just show up for him. He had to work. He waited his time behind the other Grayson (Lowenthal, a 2014 graduate and three-time Savannah Morning News Player of the Year). At the end of this year, he was every bit as good as Grayson was last year.”
 

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Lamar Kirkley Named Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year
5/15/2015
TEAM RESULTS: A season earlier, SCD reached the GHSA Class A Private state finals, falling to Brookstone. This season, the Hornets rearranged their lineup, as graduated seniors included three-time All-Greater Savannah Player of the Year Grayson Lowenthal at No. 1 singles and first-teamer Rishi Patel at doubles. The Hornets advanced through a tough Area 1-A to the Elite Eight, falling 3-1 to Athens Academy and finishing with a 16-5 record.
THE DEFINING MOMENT: The Hornets went to the Jekyll Jam, an early season tournament, knowing they would face tough competition. Kirkley still was tinkering with the lineup, deciding whether or not to go with experienced doubles players Nivan Lakshman and Gabe Adler as the No. 1 team or split them up into the Nos. 2 and 3 singles players and find a new doubles combination. Kirkley put them at singles, and they were standouts behind clear No. 1 Greyson Finlay. “That was the difference in the season,” the coach said.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Hornets lose Player of the Year Greyson Finlay and first-teamer Nivan Lakshman but “everybody else is back,” Kirkley said. “We’ll be competitive but some of the younger kids are going to have to step up. I’ve been very fortunate to have a great No. 1 player for a lot of years. Somebody has to step up to the bar where the Greysons (Finlay and Grayson Lowenthal) have set it.”
 
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
KIRKLEY ON KIRKLEY: “(The team) did a lot better than I expected. Greyson Finlay worked unbelievably hard during the summer and became a much better player. I could always count on him for a win every match. Everybody else was very solid. ... Our doubles teams were all underclassmen — freshmen and sophomores. We had some growing pains there. I counted on the singles all year. They did a great job. They carried us.”
COUNTRY DAY SENIOR GREYSON FINLAY: Finley said his four years being coached by Kirkley were “awesome.” “He is a great dude. He cares about us. He asks us what’s going on at school and in our lives. He knows what’s going on. He drives us everywhere. He’s been doing it forever, but you can tell he still likes doing it.”
— By Nathan Dominitz

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Amari Oliver '15 Breaks Shot Put Record
5/8/2015
Congrats to senior Amari Oliver! She broke the SCDS shot put record with a throw of 36'2" and placed 6th at the GHSA State Track Meet in Albany, Georgia! In the 1,600m run, Sarah Glover placed 11th in the State with a time of 5:38.05.
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Bri Carney Honored by Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame
5/5/2015
On the evening of Monday, May 4, Bri Carney was honored as the Girls' Soccer Player of the Year by the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Bri and her family!

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Girls Soccer Advances to State Quarterfinals
5/5/2015
Emma Holtzclaw converted three penalty kicks Tuesday afternoon as the Hornets rallied to defeat host Athens Academy 3-2 in the Sweet Sixteen of the Class A state soccer playoffs.

Holtzclaw’s third goal came in the 64th minute to snap a 2-2 deadlock after teammate Anna Bolch was knocked down in the penalty area. The Hornets trailed 2-1 at halftime before making some adjustments to spark the offense. SCD dominated the second half and held Athens Academy without a shot.

The Hornets advanced to the quarterfinals at First Presbyterian of Macon on Friday at 6:30 PM.

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Girls Track Advances To State Championships
5/4/2015
Congratulations to Anna Stone and Amari Oliver on their performances at the track sectional at Landmark Christian on Saturday, May 2​ ! Stone ended up 14th overall in the 400m and Oliver placed 7th in shot put​, breaking her own school record with a throw of 33' 9.75". Oliver will advance to the State Championships this Friday in Albany GA, where she will represent SCDS alongside Sarah Glover who will be competing in the 1600m.
 
 


Tennis Season Ends with Elite Eight
5/2/2015
Congratulations to the Boys' Tennis on a great season. The boys' team lost to Athens Academy 1-3 in a State Quarterfinal match on Friday morning and finished the season with a 16-5 record. 
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Kianna Maynard and Savannah Draud to Play Softball at Collegiate Level
4/30/2015
On the afternoon of April 29th, family, friends, classmates and coaches gathered in Triol Hall as Savannah Draud and Kianna Maynard formally announced their commitment to continue their softball careers at the collegiate level. Kianna will play at Emerson College in Boston and Savannah will join Hendrix College in Arkansas. A big congratulations to these student athletes and their families! 
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Middle School Baseball Wins Championship
4/28/2015
Congratulations to the Middle School Baseball team on their 2-1 win over Calvary for the Greater Savannah Middle School League Championship. 

The team defeated John Paul 12-0, St Andrews 2-1 and Calvery 2-1 in the single elimination tournament. Members of the team are: Hyeon Choi, Clay Dekle, Sam Edwards, Cole Gambino, Carter Geriner, Blake Huennekens, Win Johns, Jarrett Karnibad, Court Kelley, James McCallum, Ethan Myers, C.J. Nugara, Chris Pendleton, Ash Pinckney, Jack Ryan, Daniel Sims, Brock Taylor, Cameron Weaver, and Eamon Wilson. Tyler Bromley is the Head Coach and he is assisted by David Nash and Charles Taylor.
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Lady Hornets Conquer At Area 1A Track Meet
4/27/2015
Hornets had a successful day at the Area 1A Track Meet at First Presbyterian. Amari Oliver placed 3rd in the Area Meet and broke the SCDS Shot Put record with a throw of 32'11 1/2". She will go on to compete in the Sectional meet at Landmark Christian on May 2nd. Anna Stone placed 3rd in the 400m Dash with a time of 1:06.80 and will also compete at Sectionals. Sarah Glover placed 3rd in the 1600m run with a time of 5:44.09 and will compete at the State Track Meet in Albany. Congratulations to our Lady Hornets! 


Muller and Oliver Named to GACA All-State First Team
4/27/2015
The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association recently released its all-state basketball teams.  Congratualtions to Anna Muller and Amari Oliver for earning first-team honors in Class A.


Parker Stone Named Prep Sports Report "Athlete of the Week"
4/8/2015
Parker Stone '17 was honored by Prep Sports Report as the "Athlete of the Week" for his performance in the City Golf Championships where he was the medalist of the tournament. 
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2015-2016 Coaching Assignments
4/7/2015
With the retirement of Head Coaches Dale Parker and Peter Foley, the following coaching assignments for 2015-16 have been finalized: (Note: additional assignments will be announced at a later date)
 
Varsity Girls' Volleyball - Neil Gabbey 
Neil has coached volleyball for 14 years at the Gilman School in Baltimore Maryland. Prior to Gilman, he was the Head Coach at Bryn Mawr. Neil is a graduate of William and Mary College in Williamsburg.

Assistant Girls' Volleyball -  Nicki  Mingledorff 
Nicki played volleyball at Wesleyan on the State Championship teams in 2004 and 2005. Nicki was the 2004 State Player of the Year selected by the Georgia State Volleyball Association. She played Division 1 at James Madison University. Nicki will be a community coach. 
 
Varsity Girls' Head Basketball - Bobbi Mock
Assistant Girls' Basketball -  Robert Walsh
 
Varsity Boys' Head Soccer - Michael Hincker
 
Varsity Cheer - Kayla Johnson & Anna Sheridan


Savannah Morning News Announces Greater Savannah Basketball Teams
4/7/2015
Congratulations to the below students on being named to the Greater Savannah Basketball Teams:
 
Girls
1st Team - Anna Muller was 1 of only 8 girls selected to the 1st Team All City. 
Muller earned All-Region 3-A (East) first-team honors and helped lead the Hornets to the Region 3-A regular-season and tournament titles. She averaged 13 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game.
2nd Team - Amari Oliver
3rd Team - Taylor Parker
Honorable Mention - Landry Rushing
Boys
Honorable Mention - Evans Baird and Jake Lee


Lamar Kirkley Honored As Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year
3/26/2015
A HUGE congratulations to Lamar Kirkley, who was selected by his peers as the Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year at the Georgia Athletic Director's Association Conference. Lamar has worked at Country Day for over forty years, serving as Athletic Director for the past six. Congratulations to Mr. Kirkley and his family!!
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Swimmer Brennan Pastorek '17 Qualifies for US Olympic Trials
3/24/2015
SCDS's Brennan Pastorek, Class of 2017, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 individual medley during the 2015 National Club Swimming Association Junior National Championships on March 17-21 at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.

Pastorek placed third in a time of 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds, beating the qualifying time of 2:05.09. He also placed fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.85), just missing the bar of 1:03.69 but qualifying for nationals and setting a Georgia state record. He was eighth in the 50 breaststroke (30.12) and 200 breaststroke (2:21.63); 12th in the 400 I.M. (4:34.28); 32nd in the 50 freestyle (25.87); and competed in the preliminaries for the 100 backstroke (50.34).

He was invited to compete for the United States NCSA team in an international meet next month in Dublin, Ireland.

Congratulations to Brennan and his family!


Dale Parker Will Be Missed
3/11/2015
Dale Parker has been a mainstay at Savannah Country Day for nearly two decades as the Head Girls' Basketball Coach, leading the Hornets to three title games and winning a State Championship in 2000. On Wednesday Dale announced she will retire from coaching and teaching at the end of the school year. Bobbi Mock will take on the role as Head Girls' Basketball Coach.
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All Region Hornets
3/4/2015
Anna Muller, Amari Oliver, and Taylor Parker were honored as 1st Team Basketball All Region 3A. Congratulations, Lady Hornets!

5th Grade Boys Gold Win SPAL Championship
2/17/2015
The 5th grade boys gold basketball team defeated Hancock 35-23 to win the 2015 SPAL Championship. The team (11-0) is coached by Alex Wynn and Doug DeWalt. Members of the championship team are Langston Bass, Trey Celaya, Alec Cobb, Harry DeWalt, Davis Dooley, Holden Geriner, Ross Goodman, Coley Hamilton, Reese London, Nate Murphy, Nyle Rehman, Crosby Sywassink and Alex Wynn. Congratulations!
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Girls Win Region 3A Championship
2/14/2015
The Lady Hornets basketball team defeated Emanuel County Institute 51-37 in the Region 3A finals to win the 3A Region Championship. Amari Oliver, Taylor Parker, and Anna Muller were selected 1st Team All Region. The last Region Championship for the girls was 2009. The girls will host a state playoff game the week of February 17th! Support the Hornets!
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5th Grade Girls Win SPAL Title
2/13/2015
The 5th grade gold girls' basketball team defeated Pinewood 12-6 to earn the 2015 SPAL Championship. The team is coached by Dr. Chris Nicholson and Dr. Brad Goodman. Members of the winning team are Haley Avino, Sarah Coyle, Rebecca Dimond, Mya Felser, Catherine Goodman, Charlotte Kelly, Scarlett Lange, Carmen Mandel, Abby Nicholson and Grace Wilson. Congratulations Lady Hornets!
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Pastorek and Hendrix Lead Hornets in State Swimming
2/10/2015
SCDS sent seven qualifiers to the GHSA State Meet on February 6th and 7th at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta. Sophomore Brennan Pastorek placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.13 seconds. In the preliminary heat, he set the State Record in 55.79, which was later broken by Gainesville’s Colin Monaghan (55.03) in the finals. Pastorek was third in the 200 individual medley in 1:50.03. Junior Jacqueline Hendrix finished 9th in the 100 butterfly (58.70) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.06). The SCD boys were 26th (41 points) of 61 teams for all classifcations, while the SCD girls were tied for 34th (28 points) of 61 teams.


Dale Parker Honored as Coach of the Month
2/9/2015
Prep Sports Report and Hernandez Collison Center selected Dale Parker of the Basketball Coach of the Month. Coach Parker has led the Lady Hornets' basketball team to an overall 23-2 record this year so far. They won Region 3-A East with a record of 11-1 and never lost a game at home this season going an amazing 15-0. Parker and her squad are gearing up for the region tournament set to start this week. This is her 18th season as the Head Coach of the Lady Hornets and she currently has an overall record of 371-148 for a winning percentage of 71.5% in her Savannah Country Day career. Congratulations, Dale!

Chrissy Glover '13 First in Mile Run
2/7/2015
Chrissy Glover-SCDS class of 2013-- ran a 5:38.68 mile to finish FIRST among all females in the 1-mile run during the Critz Tybee Run Fest. Chrissy runs Cross Country for SCAD. Congratulations!

ACC Signings
2/4/2015
Bri Carney and Colton Lichtenberg will continue their athletic careers in the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Bri has signed a Letter of Intent for soccer at Wake Forest University and Colton will kick for the Boston College football Eagles. They were supported by a packed house of friends and family at their signings ceremony! Savannah Country Day is very proud of these student athletes and their committment to their sports. Congratulations!
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Exciting Senior Night
1/31/2015
Seven SCDS seniors were honored with their families during basketball Senior Night. Both basketball teams won their games and Amari Oliver was given the game ball from her 1000th point. Michael Keene was selected by his peers as Mr. SCDS and Taylor Parker was selected Miss SCDS. Seniors honored were Sam Bromley, Brentton Ford, Julian Gladney, Bri Carney, Amari Oliver, Taylor Parker, and Chandler Royal. After the game, the Upper School students enjoyed Disco Night!
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Hornets in Area Basketball Stats
1/29/2015
Evans Baird is 30th in points with 206 points in 18 games (11.4 Avg), Jake Lee is 6th in rebounds with 139 in 18 games (7.7 Avg), and Brentton Ford is 18th in assists with 50 averaging 2.8 per game. For the Lady Hornets, Amari Oliver is 14th in scoring (264 points in 21 games 12.6 Avg), Anna Muller is 22nd (252 - 12.0 Avg) and Taylor Parker is 28th (207- 9.9 Avg). In rebounds, Amari is 8th (207- 9.4 Avg) and Anna is 13th (158- 7.2 Avg). Bri Carney is 6th in assists (65 - 3.0 Avg) and Landry Rushing is 12th (54 - 2.4 Avg). Proud of our Hornets!

Lamar Kirkley Region 3A Athletic Director of the Year
1/27/2015
SCDS Athletic Director Lamar Kirkley was selected by his peers as the Athletic Director of the Year for GHSA Region 3A. Mr. Kirkley has worked at SCDS for 40 years and has led the athletic department for the last 6 years. Congratulations, Mr. Kirkley!!
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Michael Keene Planet Fitness Academic Athlete of the Week
1/27/2015
Senior Michael Keene was selected by Planet Fitness as the "Academic Athlete of the Week." Michael currently plays goalie for the SCDS men's soccer team. In the fall, he was captain of the football team. He also received the Sligh Award and the Head of School Award for the highest GPA on the team. 
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Amari Oliver Joins Elite 1000 Points Club
1/25/2015
Amari Oliver scored her 1,000th career point and nearly had a double-double as Savannah Country Day downed Portal 60-27 on Saturday night. Oliver, a senior forward in her fourth season on the varsity, tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. Amari has made this remarkable accomplishment even having ACL surgeries on both knees and missing months of her basketball career.

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Amari Oliver's Spirit Showcased by Savannah Morning News
1/23/2015
She’s just 18 years old, but Amari Oliver has already experienced some of the toughest challenges in life. The Savannah Country Day senior dealt with the death of her father, Gregory Oliver, the former Jenkins High basketball coach who died from cancer nearly four years ago. Since then, the talented athlete has battled back from surgeries on both knees to return to the basketball court and star for a Hornets team (17-2) that is ranked fourth among Class A teams in the state by Score Atlanta. Through it all, Oliver has shown an unyielding spirit — facing her misfortunes with a mature demeanor that belies her age. (Reaching for the stars: Savannah Country's Amari Oliver has overcome obstacles to get back on the court. Savannah Morning News)
 


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Colton Lichtenberg to Kick for Boston College
1/22/2015
Senior Colton Lichtenberg, one of the top high school football kickers in the country has verbally committed to Boston College. Colton received scholarship offers from the Eagles, Fresno State. New Mexico State, and Middle Tennessee State. It took the All-American and All-State kicker just a couple days to make his decision. Lichtenberg connected on 13 field goals during the 2014 season. He had a record field goal of 49 yards as a senior. Lichtenberg also booted 40 touchbacks for the Hornets. He will officially sign with Boston College on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 4.

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Lady Hornets On Fire
1/20/2015
The Lady Hornets are having a great season, with an overall record of 17-2, and 6-1 in the region. In addition to a front page feature in the Savannah Morning News (link here), they were also featured on WJCL.

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Senior Splash Goes To State
1/20/2015
It's a victorious time for our Country Day Varsity Swim Team! At the most recent Senior Splash, six of our Hornet girls placed 7th out of ten teams and four of our Hornet boys placed 6th out of ten teams. Varsity swimming also qualified for a state 200 Medley Relay, thanks to swimmers Kate Templeton, Jacqueline Hendrix, Makenna Meyers and Polly Berman! Jacqueline Hendrix also qualified for state in six events and Brennan Pastorek qualified in four. It was an exceptional swim meet, full of solid swims from everyone and of course, capped off with a well-deserved celebration with a team dinner of pizza!
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Baird Ties SCDS Record with Nine 3-Pointers
1/17/2015
Evans Baird, Class of 2017 is the second player in SCDS history to hit nine 3-pointers in a basketball game. He accomplished this feat against Claxton on 1/16/15 with a game high 35 points. Holmes Bell, father of Gus, Sides, and Wylly hit 9 in a game on 12/05/89.  Evans game high 35 points is 9th in SCDS records.

Lady Hornets Looking to Region Playoffs
1/13/2015
The Savannah Country Day Lady Hornets are having a great season, with an overall record of 14-1. This past week the Hornets beat their rivals and improved to 5-0 in region play. It was the first time in several years Savannah Country Day beat Calvary Day. WTOC TV Report http://wjcl.com/2015/01/12/lady-hornets-continue-to-win
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Hornet Girls Basketball Team Scores Regional Victory
1/7/2015
Our Upper School girls' basketball team was featured on the front page of the Savannah Morning News sports section, celebrating their most recent victory! Our Hornets have 4  Region 3-A East games this week and started off with a bang with their win over Woodville-Tompkins. Player highlights include Amari Oliver with 14 rebounds and 15 points, Taylor Parker with three 3-pointers and 21 points, and Anna Muller with 10 rebounds and 20 points. 
 

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Savannah Morning News Honors Fall Athletes
12/21/2014
Savannah Draud and Carolina Pincknety were honored by the Savannah Morning News as 2nd Team All Area Softball. Hannah Leadem was Honorable Mention. Amari Oliver and Chandler Royal were named 1st Team All Area Volleyball. Anna Muller was 2nd Team and Taylor Parker made Honrable Mention. In Cross Country, Sarah Glover repeated her honor as 1st Team All Area. Jack Barnes was 2nd Team, Asher Kolman and Edward Long were Honorable Mention. In Football, Colton Lichtenberg was 1st Team All Area as a kicker and a wide receiver. Second Team honorees were Cam Green as a Defensive Lineman, Hunter Hatley - Quarterback, Jake Lee - Tight End, and William Gompels - Offensive Line. Honorable Mention All Area Football were Bryce Dunn, Brentton Ford, and Lester Jackson. Congratulatins to all!
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Fall Athletic Awards
12/9/2014
The Fall Sport Banquets have concluded and many athletes were honored for their outstanding accomplishments.
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Lady Hornets Win Tip Off Tournament
11/26/2014
The Lady Hornets defeated rivals St Vincents and SCPS to win the SCPS Tip Off Tournament. They won the Championship with a score of 62-31 over SCPS. Congratulations!
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Middle School Swim Team In the News
11/19/2014
The boys and girls Middle School swim teams had outstanding results at the MIddle School Invitational held at the Aquatic Center. The boys' team finished first out of 10 teams with a score of 278 and the girls were 2nd of 9 teams scoring 319 points. 
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Volleyball Athletes in Area Final Stats
11/14/2014
Varsity volleyball players finished the season with high standings in the area stats. The team finished in the Final 12 of State.
Kills:
7th Amari Oliver  - 241
10th Taylor Parker - 210
11th Anna Muller - 176
Assists
3rd Chandler Royal - 642
Blocks
4th Anna Muller - 74
Aces
3rd Chandler Royal 105



Colton Lichtenberg Recognized With Top 5 Performance of the Week
11/11/2014
The GHSA Daily Report in the Atlanta Constitution Journal recognized Colton Lichtenberg's  performance in SCDS victory 43-12 over Treutlen as one of the top 5 football performances in the State. Colton scored 31 points. He kicked 5 field goals, 4 extra points, and caught two touchdown passes.

8th Grade Volleyball Honored by Savannah Morning News
11/9/2014
Over the course of three years of playing volleyball together, the Savannah Country Day eighth-grade team has displayed a great deal of teamwork that led it to numerous wins and titles.
That solid teamwork paid off again this year, when the talent-laden Lady Hornets team defeated Blessed Sacrament in a two-set victory in the finals of the Savannah Parochial Athletic League tournament. With the win, the Lady Hornets, which ended their stellar season at 13-1, claimed their third straight title.

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Boys 13th GHSA State Cross Country Meet
11/9/2014
The boys' cross country team finished 13th in the GHSA Class A Private State Meet held in Carrollton. Top finishers were: 34th - Jack Barnes 19:03.78, 56th - Edward Long 19:47.20, 77th - Asher Kolman 20:35.16, 85th - Sam Bacevich 20:42.52, 91st  - Matt Bailey 20:58.48, 92nd -  Nathan Luskey 20:58.68, 108th - Jack Thacher 22:30.86.


Region 3A Softball Players Honored
11/4/2014
Carolina Pinckney and Savannah Draud were honored as 1st Team All Region 3A Softball. Hannah Leadem and Kianna Maynard were 2nd Team honorees and Brenna Nugara and Jennifer Pirkle made Honorable Mention All Region. Congratulations Lady Hornets!

Alumnus Heys McMath '13 Leads Presbyterian to Big Win
10/30/2014
Down by two points with 4:19 to go in its Saturday Homecoming game against Monmouth, quarterback Heys McMath, SCDS Class of 2013, and the Presbyterian College football team mounted a game-winning touchdown drive to knock off the Monmouth Hawks for a dramatic Big South Conference victory 18-12.
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7th Grade Volleyball SMN " Team of the Week"
10/29/2014
The Savannah Morning News recently honored the 7th grade volleyball SPAL Champions as the "Team of the Week."  Great season, athletes, and coaches!
 
The 13-member team, which finished an undefeated season at 13-0, captured the postseason championship by topping Blessed Sacrament during tournament play earlier this month. The top-seeded Lady Hornets advanced to the title contest by defeating St. James.

Players: Annabel Cairns, Emily Davis, Isabella Guisti, Nyah Hammond, Elizabeth Horn, Emily Johnson, Nyah Johnson, Evelyn Kahn, Ashley Pankey, Gillian Pytte, Lindsay Rockwood, Delle Smith and Margot Strother.

“The most important lesson our team learned this year was making sure they had each other’s backs,” said coach Coon. “Overall, we are certainly proud of what these talented young ladies accomplished this season.”

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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Joe Lewis Qualifies for US Amateur
7/17/2014
A rising senior at the University of Mississippi and former Savannah Country Day star, Joe Lewis shot 66-68—134 to finish second at 8-under par to qualify for the 114th US Amateur which will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17.  Congratulations Joe!
Little School News
Little School Takes Nature Tour Around Campus
5/7/2015
Little School students got a special guided tour through the wilds of the SCDS campus! With Mr. Eswine as their guide, these Little Hornets went from studying animals in their classroom to exploring the school grounds and all the creatures around! From bunnies and chicks in the science animal center, to red-eared sliders and koi, students took a hands-on approach to learning more about the local wildlife around them!


Little School Turns Trash Into Treasure
4/28/2015
It was a delightful day in the Little School as these four-year olds created a recycled castle all their own! Students have been reusing paper tubes, water bottles and all sorts of other odds and ends, turning “trash” to recyclable art “treasure.” After working together to create their castle, these Hornets even had a contest to see who would go home with the castle, a royal treat indeed!


Hop Into Spring With Little School Spring Festival!
4/7/2015
Spring is here to stay and the Little School is celebrating every moment of it! Parents, faculty and friends joined our little Hornets as they celebrated their Spring Festival, playing bunny hopscotch, fishing for treasure--even playing bongos with dad! 


Pajama Day At The Little School
2/27/2015
It’s Pajama Day here at The Little School and Hornets are curling up in their jammies, getting toasty and warm. And what goes better with pajamas than a story read aloud! These tiny Hornets listened as Dr. Connor read from one of their favorite Dr. Seuss books, giggling and laughing as each page turned!

Little School Learns Collaborative Play
2/10/2015
Cold weather won't get these Little School Hornets down - not when there are plenty of activities in their indoor play room! Never a dull moment for our four-year olds, these Little School students learned about collaborative play with ball games, giant legos-- even a caboose to carry them away!

Little School Gets A Beach Boogie Workout
1/30/2015
It might be winter time, but our Little School hornets went to the beach today to get their exercise! These four-year olds flexed their brain muscles to imagine a warm and sunny beach, where they would have to hop through sand, paddle hard, and swim on their tummies with their boogie boards! This imaginative play was a great escape from the blustery winter weather.

Little School Paints Masterpieces
1/22/2015
Our two-year old hornets created painted masterpieces as part of their continuing arts education. Though messy, these little artists expressed their creative sides and made beautiful works of art, perfect pieces for their proud parents!


Little School Goes On The Hunt For Dinosaurs
1/21/2015
Our four-year old Little Schoolers went on a very adventurous excavation searching for dinosaurs! These pint-sized paleontologists had to unearth the surprise hidden in a baking soda “rock”, using vinegar and their own digging skills. In the middle of each “rock”, was their very own dinosaur that they had excavated themselves!

Little School Gets Curious With Curious George
1/12/2015
What better way to spend the rainy and cold days of January than with a cozy reading of Curious George? Our Little Schoolers learned that George is curious about numbers. With the help of his friend, the man with the yellow hat and our eager Little Schoolers, our hornets learned how to help George count to ten!

Little School Creates Holiday Stockings
12/19/2014
Happy Holidays from our Little Schoolers! With glue, sparkles, and a few shiny things, these crafty cuties showed off their decorating skills by putting the final trimmings on their holiday stockings. But what's going to go in those beautiful creations? "Santa's cookies!" " Little trucks!" "Gifts for my mommy and me!" Good job little hornets!


Fall Festival Fun!
10/30/2014
The Little School had its first annual Fall Festival last Thursday. The little tykes enjoyed face painting, 'fishing' for goldfish, feeding monsters, searching for pumpkins in a haystack, and best of all, a tractor hayride around campus. Thank you to all the Little School teacher and staff for orchestrating such a Fall Festive afternoon!
Middle School News
Pun Sculptures In Middle School Art
5/19/2015
These Hornets are boldly going where no Middle School art class has gone before-designing paper-mache pun sculptures. Working in pairs, each team was challenged with the task of designing and sculpting a completely original pun sculpture that best reflected where their imaginations could take them, from a butter-fly to a pup-tent!

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Learning Culture Through Food With Middle School Spanish
5/14/2015
Que delicioso! Middle School Spanish students got to put their language--and cooking--skills to the test as they made homemade tortillas. As part of their final project, students have been studying the cultural importance of food while learning to articulate recipes in Spanish step-by-step. The result is a tasty and educational lesson that has these Hornets saying más !

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Seventh Grade English Discusses Animal Farm
5/13/2015
Seventh grade English is reading and discussing the Orwell classic, Animal Farm. Students each took turns reading key portions of the book and then discussing the deeper social symbology, as well why they think Orwell chose the imagery. The exercise provides an opportunity for shared reflection and interpretation.

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Creating Wearable Works Of Art With Middle School Photography
5/8/2015
Middle School photography students are going to be wearing their final projects! These Hornets took their lessons on cyanotype sun prints to a fashionable new level by priming their shirts with liquid film and then placing a negative on top. After a few hours in the sun and a little bit of patience, students had created wearable works of art!

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Eighth Grade Science Heats Up
5/5/2015
Eighth grade science is heating up! These students are studying the energy of food and how calories affect heat transfer. With a few items like marshmallows, cashews and almonds, students worked to heat water in a soda can based on the heat and energy created from burning each different food item. They then recorded their observations of which food item was the best transfer of caloric heat as a means of energy!

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Eighth Grade French Students Sweep Le Grand Concours
5/1/2015
Congratulations to eighth grade French students who participated in this year’s Le Grand Concours. It’s the first year that students take the national exam and our Hornets certainly impressed! This year’s class scored in the 75th percentile or higher, out of 18,705 students (nationwide) at level 1. Congratulations to the following students:

Level 1
Angela Young
Ella Stubbs
Catherine Dodd
Amelia Tate
Jenna Rehman
Bonnie Henneman
Alex Kovensky
Jake Scanlon
Cameron Michael
Jay White

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Time Traveling With Middle School At Decades Night
4/23/2015
The roaring 20’s, the awesome 80’s and every decade in between! Middle School’s "Decades Night" was a fantastic culmination of these hard-working Hornets year-long study of 20th century American history. Students spent months researching their selected decade, interviewing individuals, creating costumes and discovering all they could about the past! Each classroom was transformed into a particular decade, an interactive museum for all to admire! Students proudly recited information and stories about their particular decade offering historical tidbits, fun facts and making their own imprint on living history!

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Good Eggs: Eighth Grade Science Holds Competitive Egg Drop
4/17/2015
Can you design a system that will protect an egg from a fall? These eighth graders can! After studying how energy is neither created nor destroyed, students were tasked with designing a structure that would absorb the energy of an impact using their smarts and an egg as the lucky subject! After creating their structures, students strapped in their eggs and sent them flying from the second-floor, rushing to then check whether or not their structure passed the egg test!
 

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Bringing Robots To Life In Sixth Grade Science
4/16/2015
Ever wanted to build your own robot? Sixth grade Hornets are designing, building and coding commands for their very own robots. Working in teams, these students used their computer science skills to build out and program their robots to perform a number of tasks as part of a class-wide competition. It’s the perfect way for Hornets to apply their coding skills in a fun and innovative way!

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Alternative Approaches To Photography Creates Life-Size Print
4/9/2015
Life-size photography made an imprint on eager students in the Alternative Approach to Photography Mini-mester! Students studied the different types of alternative photography, from pinhole cameras to simple sun-prints. And what better way to apply their newfound knowledge than with a life-size cyanotype! By coating a banner with a special paint-on emulsion, students created a full size photograph using the sun and their own bodies!

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Mini-Mester Expands With Creative Classes
4/7/2015
It’s Mini-mester time at Country Day, which means creative classes all around! Setting aside their traditional day-to-day studies, Middle School students choose from a variety of experiential classes, ranging from Veterinary Science to Fencing, Sustainable Farming and Lego Robotics-even a cultural trip to Mexico! Each week-long class challenges Hornets to learn a new and unexpected skill or to study a favorite subject more in-depth.  

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Middle School Talent Show Wows and Surprises
4/2/2015
It was a whirlwind show of talent and poise at the most recent Middle School Talent Show! Audience members were treated to a cover of The Beatles “Let It Be”, a violin solo and even a triple rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” featuring three different instruments! All of our talent show participants showcased the wonderful diversity of talent and performed with a bravery and precision here at Country Day. A BIG congratulations to Hyeon Gi Choi and Alvin Adjei for taking third and second place, and to first place winner, Ella Stubbs, who wowed the crowd with a song she wrote and performed!

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Student-Led Dissection Lab
3/13/2015
Seventh-grader Vik Manocha recently led an extension learning class on the eye – a cow eye! After a recent trip to the Chicago Exploratorium, this eager seventh-grader asked if he could lead an after school lab that would allow them to dissect a cow eye.  Mr. Swanson’s science students were so enthusiastic after their previous dissection  that they happily said yes! Manocha created a text to share with his eager classmates that guided them through the process, explaining each step of the way. It was a great way for Hornets to show off their leadership skills and take charge of their curiosity!

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Sixth-Graders Document Weather Microclimates
3/10/2015
The temperature is rising in sixth-grade science and these Hornets are on it! Students in Mr. Wiley’s class are learning to document measurement data by creating weather climates in their own beakers! By controlling the microenvironments, students are able to manipulate and adjust factors to create a variety of weather patterns.

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Spanish Students Apply Language Skills Into Film
3/9/2015
Using the language skills they have learned from the past quarter, these Middle School Spanish students are putting their knowledge to use by creating an original skit and recording it on their iPads! These Hornets were challenged to include--entirely in Spanish-- how to order in a restaurant, book a hotel, ask for personal information and talk about hobbies or activities they enjoy on the weekends. ¡Qué manera de poner habilidades a prueba!
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Middle School Photography Gets A Closer Look
3/3/2015
Middle School photography students continue their study of macro photography with an impromptu field trip around campus​, taking inspiration from various ​gardens and locations--even the Lower School's Animal Care Center.
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Middle School Gets Creative with Geography Projects
3/2/2015
Cooking, iMovies, eBooks and PowerPoint...these are all examples of the creative approach Mrs. Kovensky's students recently applied towards their Indian subcontinent research projects. Students kept classmates on their toes with imaginative presentations that showcased the art, architecture, history and traditions of the Indian subcontinent.
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Middle School Math Team Advances To State
2/20/2015
Members of the Middle School Math Team participated in the regional MATHCOUNTS competition, showcasing their talent and passion for math in a challenging contest. The top three students from this round will go on to the State Competition on March 23rd. Congratulations to Hornets Alvin Adjei, Jorgepablo Fernandez and Sowah Adjei!
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Sixth-Grade Science Charts The Age Of The Earth
2/19/2015
Sixth-Grade Science worked together in teams to chart the age of the Earth, using historical events as markers. By using a very long roll of receipt paper to represent the age of the Earth, these Hornets plotted historical moments from the building of Ancient Greece to their very own birthdays.

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Middle School Spanish Dances To Develop Language Skills
2/9/2015
Middle School Spanish is at it again, this time with a sixth-grade dance party that’s sure to help develop their language skills in a creative and fun way! These hornets danced to Latin tunes in a cake-walk style game –when the music stopped, Spanish teacher Mrs. Zurita would call out a numero and whoever happened to be on it, had to answer a question in Spanish as a way to advance their conversational Spanish skills. 

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Sixth-Grade French Practices Conversation Skills With Special Guest
2/9/2015
Mr. Stice’s sixth-grade French students practiced their conversational French skills with guest speaker, Moussa Ouedrego. Ouedrego, who is originally from Burkina Faso, talked with students in an interview style discussion that tested not only these hornets knowledge of asking different types of questions, but how French can come in different dialects from all parts of the globe.

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Middle School Spanish Goes Tri-Lingual In "All About Me" Presentation
2/6/2015
Middle School Spanish got a special tri-lingual presentation from hornet Miyu Tamura, who delivered her “All About Me” project in Spanish, English and Japanese. The “All About Me” project had students speaking about their own backgrounds in the Spanish they are studying and then the language they speak at home. It’s a great way for students to demonstrate their multi-language skills and showcase their multicultural pride.

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Middle School Learns The Ins And Outs Of Dissection
2/4/2015
Mr. Swanson’s seventh-grade class got up close and personal with their dissection subjects in a lesson about the in’s and out’s of anatomy.  These curious hornets started off by opening the abdominal and thoracic cavity of the fetal pig and identifying the organs and structures, as well as recording their observations. They then reviewed the external anatomy and determined the gender of each pig. The dissection provides a hands-on way to study an anatomy similar to our own.
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Sixth-Grade Walks The Red Carpet At Their iMovie Premiere
1/30/2015
Stars- they're just like us! Especially if they are sixth-graders at the première of their iNCREDIBLE iMovie Festival. These hornets walked the red carpet to watch their own films, each created as a "movie book report". At the end, a few select hornets were awarded their very own Oscars for categories like best cinematography, best use of storyline and many other categories. These film starlets then posed for the paparazzi on the red carpet and gave their best smiles. This film premier was just part of the sixth-grade Independent Reading Project this quarter and a way for students to promote their own reading projects in a motivating and entertaining way.

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Seventh-Graders Become Teachers In Wordplay
1/29/2015
Mrs. Stice’s seventh-grade hornets take charge of their English class! The students start each day working silently on a grammar concept most recently, the lesson was present and past participles. After coming up with their answers, students then take charge of the classroom and get to be the “teacher” during feedback. Not only do the kids revel in that leadership, but it also means they get to dole out a treat for the grammar winner of the day!
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Eighth-Graders Build Muscles With Strength Training
1/23/2015
Our eighth-grade hornets worked their muscles with some heavy-duty strength training. Led by our Strength and Conditioning Coach, students and teachers split up into teams, taking turns spotting each other while lifting weights and working to achieve their rep goals. A diverse array of physical education activities is just one of the many facets of Country Day’s commitment to physical health.
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Middle School Dance and Bake-Off!
1/20/2015
It was a "Black & White" affair for students at our most recent Middle School Dance! Prior to the dance, students were split into groups and charged with bringing in at least four dozen cookies to be judged for a chance to earn 25 class cup points. Student council representatives gave the cookies to the maintenance department as a gift (and for them to judge), while the remaining cookies were consumed at the dance. It was a "sweet" experience for all!
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Middle Schoolers Take Well Deserved S'mores Break
1/20/2015
Our hard-working hornets got quite the treat during today's X-period. S'mores! Though chilly outside, these Country Day students took a break from their studies to roast marshmallows in the courtyard, enjoying the ooey-gooey treats and showcasing some huge smiles.
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Sixth-Graders Rumble With The Outsiders
1/20/2015
It was Socs versus Greasers in Mrs. Valentine's sixth-grade English class! A long-standing tradition for Country Day, our students honed their knowledge of the classic book, The Outsiders, by having a rumble--with their smarts of course. Students donned their 50's best and joined teams to quiz each other on Outsiders facts. Stay gold, Hornets!

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Middle School Quiz Bowl Team Goes To State !
1/13/2015
Congratulations to our Middle School Quiz Bowl team for their recent victory at the PAGE Quiz Bowl Regional Tournament at West Chatham Middle School. These bright ‪‎hornets‬ were undefeated and maintained their focus through nine rounds of rigorous questioning! Our team demonstrated not only vast knowledge on a variety of topics, but also excellent sportsmanship. Wish our team good luck as they compete at the State Championship in Milledgeville at the end of the month.
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Hornet Highlight: Ethan Myers Recreates Panama Canal
1/6/2015
Mrs. Kovensky's 6th Grade Geography recently learned about the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, the 48 mile ship canal connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Student Ethan Myers (22') took the extra credit challenge from Mrs. Kovensky and went above and beyond! Myers constructed a model of the lock system used by the canal, with fully-functioning entrance and exit gates. The locks function as water lifts and raise ships from sea level to channel level so that the ships may pass through the canal.

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Middle School Celebrates Holiday Diversity
12/19/2014
Ramadan, Chuseok, St. Lucia Day, Chinese New Year, Hanukkuh, Christmas - these are just some of the holidays that our students spoke about today at our Middle School Holiday Assembly! Accompanied by our hornets jazz band, each student gave a quick presentation on the holiday their families celebrate. We learned about tasty half-moon-shaped rice cakes called songpyeon, how singing the Sankta Lucia and serving parents coffee and saffron buns is an honor, and how Eid al-Fitr marks the end of thirty days of fasting. We are so proud to have a student body that reflects the many different ways that people celebrate coming together and being with family.
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Middle School Talent Show Glows With Excellence
12/8/2014
Congratulations to Olivia Johnson-Liu for taking first-place in the most recent Middle School Talent Show! Johnson-Liu played Frozen's "Let It Go" on her glowing electric violin, winning the hearts of audience members with a performance that reflected originality, confidence, and engagement. All of our talent show participants showcased the wonderful diversity in talent here at Country Day and performed with a bravery and precision that is to be commended. 

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Touring the Layers of the Earth
11/13/2014
Enjoying what might be the last of the warm weather, sixth graders headed outdoors to tour the layers of the Earth. Using measuring devices, students created a “scale” of the layers to better understand and illustrate the thickness of each one. As they traveled through each layer, from the crust to the inner core, Mr. Wiley quizzed them on the homework from the prior evening. 

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Guinea Fowl
10/6/2014
 
After much anticipation, the Lower School Science Center is now home to several dozen guinea fowl chicks. While the Lower School students eagerly awaited the birth of the chicks in Mr. Eswine’s incubator, Middle School students were also interested. Last year, a handful of Middle School mini-mester students traveled to Daufuskie Island where they learned, among other things, about the guinea hen’s contribution to insect control. Back in Savannah, residents on Whitmarsh Island learned of the SCDS experiences on Daufuskie and reached out to Mr. Eswine to help rescue a nest full of guinea hen eggs that were in harms way. Whitmarsh Island residents will take several of the chicks back to their original homeland to keep the line of ancestry going and the other chicks will be available for adoption. This is just another example of Country Day's commitment to providing real life experiences for our students while also contributing to the well being of our Savannah community. Click HERE to watch video of the chicks in the Science Center incubator.

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

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

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Fine Arts News
Upper School Fine Arts Night
5/4/2015
Upper School hosted their final Fine Arts Night in extraordinary fashion--after an opening reception that showcased a breadth of talent and creativity, guests moved into Jelks Auditorium to enjoy an evening of music and drama. The night concluded with a joint performance and Upper School Fine and Performing Art Awards. Overall, 150 students participated in the arts showcase. Congrats to all of our talented Hornets!


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The Sound Of Music Under the Stars
4/27/2015
The Quad was alive with the Sound of Music!  For two nights, the SCDS Drama Department captivated audiences with a musical production of The Sound of Music... In the Quad!  Audience members gathered under the stars on blankets and chairs and enjoyed the talents of Hornet’s young and old. Congratulations to the talented and hardworking cast and crew on a FANTASTIC performance!

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New York Diary: Travel Through The Big Apple With Senior Savannah Draud
3/23/2015
Upper School art students recently went on an arts tour of New York City and Senior Savannah Draud ('15) was eager to share her first-hand experience of what this opportunity provided. Click here to read Savannah’s New York Journal and get a peek of the Big Apple through the eyes of one of our Hornets!
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Sweeney Todd Wows Audiences
3/2/2015
For three nights, the Upper School production of Sweeney Todd captivated audiences with the dark musical tale of a demon barber. Congratulations to the talented and hardworking cast and crew on a FANTASTIC performance!
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Jazz Band Performs in Orlando
2/17/2015
The Varsity Jazz Band traveled to Orlando, Florida on February 13-15, to perform at Universal Studios and attend a jazz clinic at Rollins College.  The band performed in City Walk on Saturday morning as thousands of people poured into the park.  They received many compliments from the audience, who enjoyed Sweet Georgia Brown and Nothing From Nothing (Billy Preston) the most. On Sunday, the band traveled to Rollins College for a 2-hour session with Chuck Archard, Director of Jazz Studies at Rollins, and some local professional musicians.  They worked with the SCDS band on tunes they will be performing at their next concert--March 12 at 7pm in Jelks).  The students greatly enjoyed the discussion about the different ways to approach improvisation.
 

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Sophmore Hannah Buchman Wins Shakespeare Competition
2/13/2015
All the world’s a stage and our Upper School Hornets couldn’t agree more, as they took to Jelks to present their monologues for ESU National Shakespeare Competition. Each student selected a choice monologue from his or her favorite play, memorizing and performing to an audience of judges and their peers. The competition is presented by The English-Speaking Union and provides teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. Not only does the completion help students develop appreciation of the power of language in literature, but also it lets their talents shine in a multitude of ways and allows them to engage in the broader literary community. This year, we are proud to announce winner, Hannah Buchman! Hannah will compete at New Hamstead High School on March 3rd against other students from Chatham County. Congratulations to Hannah and to all who competed! 
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Hornets Win Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
2/4/2015
We are thrilled to announce that the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were recently announced. SCDS racked up TWENTY ONE awards! The gold and silver winners will be featured in an exhibition at SCAD Atlanta from Feb 27- Mar 20. 

Gold:
Jordan Henry (jpgs of winning work attached, photo credit to Sarah Horan)
Caroline Durham (Allison and Courtnay - Sarah will send a jpg of winning photograph)
 
Silver:
Laura Critz (writing)
Caroline Durham (photo)
Dorothy Green (jewelry)
Brittany Hodges (architecture)
Merida Ma (architecture)
Will Sampey (architecture)
Melissa Villarreal (jewelry)
Kirby Wheat (jewelry)


Congratulations to these talented student artists. 

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All-State Orchestra
1/20/2015
A BIG congratulations to the following students on their inclusion into the GMEA All-State Orchestra:
 
Sydney Moore '20, viola
Ben Stone '20, bass
Nina Kolman '19, viola
Patti Tao '18, violin
Christian Jones '17, bass
Rachael Tao '15, violin

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Upper School Chorus Featured At Savannah Youth Sings!
1/20/2015
Our Upper School Chorus was one of the few schools featured at Savannah Youth Sings, Savannah’s Invitational Choir Festival. These hornets shined and wowed the crowd at The Lucas Theatre and performed among Artist-in-Residence, Craig Denison, as well as Savannah Children’s Choir, the Georgia Southern University Chorale, Garrison Arts, Savannah Arts Academy Skylarks, Windsor Forest High School Troubadours, Islands High School, Oglethorpe Charter School, Sol C. Johnson High School, and Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus. Each year, a new organization is selected to benefit from all donations from the night-of  the concert, and this year's beneficiary is Savannah Friends of Music. Country Day is proud to have participated in Savannah Youth Sings for the past few years and equally excited to continue to take part in the years to come!


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Nathaniel Hawthorne Gets a Modern Twist
12/8/2014
Spongebob Squarepants, Dr. Seuss, selfies, and Nathaniel Hawthorne? There couldn't be a better way to interpret that old classic, The Scarlet Letter. Students in Rena Patton's American Literature class performed their interpretation of one of the three scaffold scenes, giving us Hester Prynne in a whole new light. This is only the Second Annual performance of The Scarlet Letter on the Quad, but given the enthusiasm from the audience, we can't wait for the next one.
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Two Students Selected for National ACDA Honors Choir
11/17/2014
Congratulations to sophomore Kate Templeton and eighth grader Blake Thacher. These two talented students were selected for the National ACDA Honors Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah in February 25-28, 2015.

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Upper School Production of Enchanted April Delights Audiences
11/17/2014
For three nights in November, the cast of Enchanted April transported audience members to a secluded seaside castle in Italy. The Upper School production was based on Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel that tells the story of four dissimilar English women who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on holiday. Congratulations to the entire cast for a “marvelous” show! 

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Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus
11/16/2014
Congratulations to Ansley Keaton, Catherine Goodman, Sarah Coyle, Karlo Jukic and Reid Keller. These five students represented Country Day at the Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus in Tifton, Ga., on Saturday, November 15!

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"Giving Bach"
11/2/2014
Orchestra teacher Paula Swart recently unveiled a new program at SCDS that provides opportunities for older student musicians to perform for their peers in concerts that are both educational and interactive. On the morning of Thursday, October 23, Upper School students performed for Mrs. Morgan’s second grade class. Rather than a typical performance, the younger students were encouraged to walk through the orchestra as they performed a piece by Tchaikovsky, and were instructed by orchestra members how to hold, pizzicato, and bow their instruments. Mrs. Swart hopes the “Giving Bach” program--originally started in California by orchestra teacher Richard Meyer—will flourish at Country Day.
 

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

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


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

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

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

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Upper School News
Nick Johnson '18 Earns Perfect Score At National Latin Exam
5/19/2015
Congratulations to Nick Johnson ’18 for earning a perfect score on the National Latin Exam! Johnson placed in the top score percentile out of 140,000 students worldwide. Fellow Latin students also did not disappoint with 13 students taking home 4 gold and 3 silver medals!


Spanish Sing-A-Long In The Quad
5/18/2015
Es hora de cantar! Spanish students of all ages got to participate in sing-a-long on the Quad, putting their language skills of all levels to practice and making music to our ears!

French Ambassadors Study Regional Cuisine
5/15/2015
Upper School French students are celebrating all of the geographical regions they have studied this year with some tasty treats! Each student chose a particular French region to study and became the “cultural ambassador” of the area—a project that finished with students preparing, from scratch, a dish from their region. Bon Appétit et C'était délicieux !


Hornets Get Knee Deep In Bog Exploration
5/13/2015
Chemistry and Biology students were knee deep in the campus bog, taking samples and learning more about the environmental impact of the bog. Chemistry students discussed the differences in water quality in the bog in comparison to the campus stream they previously visited, while Biology students began sampling the area to see how specific plant species affect the area. The lab challenges students to use what they have learned in class all year-long and apply it to a real life scenario where their observations and data can positively impact the greater campus.


Lighting Up In Upper School Photography
5/6/2015
Upper School photography students are finishing out their year by using what they have learned about photographic lighting for their final projects. Ms. Horan worked with students in a test round, where they experimented with different ways of lighting, from backlit objects, to using a lighting kit to control the exposure of their photograph.


Environmental Science Studies Biodiversity On Sapelo
4/27/2015
Environmental Science students packed their bags and headed to Sapelo Island to continue their study on local biodiversity at the National Estuarine Research Reserve. These Hornets took samples from different parts of the island, from the back river to the sprawling beach, concentrating on the distinct species they found in each area, as well as how it fit in to it’s Genus and Phyllum.


French Students Conquer Le Grand Concours Awards
4/27/2015
Each year the French students at Savannah Country Day participate in the American Association of Teachers of French’s Grand Concours, or National French Contest, in grades 8 through 12.  The American Association of Teachers of French, or the AATF, invites students from across the entire nation to participate in this rigorous, timed competition consisting of three parts: listening comprehension, grammar analysis in context, and reading comprehension with contextual culture elements.  Alongside teachers of all disciplines, empowering critical thinkers and global citizens is an important part of our mission here at our. We laud the following students for their excellent results. (click READ MORE to view student names)


SHARE Shares Insight On Middle School Experience
4/22/2015
Change is always a bit scary, but no fear –SHARE is here! SHARE mentors discussed the middle school jitters with fifth graders. Working in small groups, students asked their older Hornet peers questions  about their upcoming transition to Middle School, addressing misconceptions, homework and of course, the fun stuff like clubs and Mini-mester!

Spanish Students Earn Top Scores in State Exam
4/22/2015
Earlier this Spring, Savannah Country Day Spanish students participated in the National Spanish Exam, a test and contest that is given to Spanish students across the nation to assess their achievement and proficiency in Spanish. The test includes sections on vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening comprehension. Student scores are ranked into percentiles, which allow for comparison with other students at the same level from across the nation. In addition, the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese recognizes and rewards the top 6 individual scorers in the the state. This year, in addition to numerous high achievers nationally,  22 Savannah County Day Students were recognized by the GA-AATSP for earning one of the top six scores in the state for their level. Please join us in congratulating these students on this very prestigious honor and achievement. !Enhorabuena!
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Powerful Printing: Students Get Crafty With Screen printing
4/16/2015
Art & Design students are getting crafty with a unit in screen printing! Screen printing is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it be T-shirts, wood or other material. From Andy Warhol to concert posters, Hornets learned the history behind the process and used their knowledge to create their own designs which will be printed on Hornet-made items! 


Altered Perspective: Photography Experiments With Scale
4/15/2015
Upper School Photography students are learning about perspective distortion and how the focal length of an object can be creatively altered based on scale and distance! Inspired Hornets experimented with all tricks of the trade, from “squishing” a fellow student at a far off distance to “hanging on” in an angle that made them look like they were falling. It’s a way for students not only to satisfy their artistic instincts, but to use principles of math in relation to the arts!


Chemistry Students Learn The Delicious Science Of Ice Cream
3/26/2015
Chemistry students are learning the tasty facts behind the science of ice cream! To apply their lessons on freezing-point depression, these Hornets decided to take what they had learned about lowering the freezing point in water and turn it into a lab that was both delicious and informative. By combining rock salt with ice, students created a freezing solution that caused milk and sugar to become solidified and later, tasted and enjoyed!


Hornets Document The Souls of Savannah
3/25/2015
Photography students went soul searching as part of their creative collaboration with Souls of Savannah, a social media project that explores the human spirit of Savannah with photograph and storytelling. With help from Ms. Horan and SCDS alumna Jade Rowland, students wandered Forsyth Park gathering local stories. The project, which was co-founded by Mrs. Rowland and Upper School staff Mrs. Johnson, encourages students to explore our local community through photography and storytelling.


Digital Literature: AP English Skypes With Poet Chrissy Kolaya
3/23/2015
It’s one thing to learn about authors and another to talk to them directly--and exactly what these Hornets did! Mrs. Patton’s AP English skyped with Chrissy Kolaya, a poet and professor at the University of Minnesota about her writing and what literature has influenced her work.


Art & Design Class Creates Toys
3/13/2015
Art & Design students recently began a study of vacuum-forming as a means to explore 3-D design.  Students were challenged to design and create a toy by carving out a styrofoam model, creating the outer shell of their design, filling their shells with flex foam and executing the final detail. These puffy projects will be judged based on creativity and execution.


Marine Biology Students Collect Data From Marshes
3/11/2015
Upper School students traveled to Butterbean Beach to study salt marsh diversity as an interactive approach to their recent lessons on data collection and biodiversity. Biodiversity is an indicator of the health of an ecosystem and our local salt marsh is an especially rich place to explore. Students ventured into the marshes to collect data from six sites--each an indicator of how diverse an area can be, even just a few yards apart!


Upper School Physics Test Sound Principles
3/4/2015
Mr. Weber’s ninth-grade Physics class is learning how music is actually applied physics! Students were challenged to create their own musical instruments from a variety of materials. 


Upper School Psychology Studies Childhood Development With Kindergarten Students
3/4/2015
One of the perks of being a PreK through 12 school is the opportunity for student interaction at all grades. Upper School psychology students recently experienced this as they spent time with our Little ‪Hornets‬ as part of their study on childhood development. The older students interacted with kindergarteners, setting up a few experiments to see how children learn and acquire perception skills. It’s not only a great way for our older students to gain real world experience from what they have learned in their textbooks, but for our younger Hornets to interact with their older peers in a fun and challenging exercise!

Upper School Hosts International Choir Director, Ann-Sofi Stål
2/24/2015
Upper School Chorus hosted international guest and choir-director, Ann-Sofi Stål! Stål is touring through America as part of the Swedish-American exchange program and came to speak with Mr. Ray’s class on the heritage of Dalarna folk music. Our Hornets‬ tried out a few Scandinavian folk tunes and learned more about the vibrant music and cultural significance that has influenced Stål's work.

Upper School Art Explores 3-D Printing
2/23/2015
Ms. Mulzer’s Upper School Art class hosted Bryan Mossing, Professor of Architecture and Drafting at Savannah Technical College, for a demonstration on 3D printing and scanning. Thanks to the Arts Alliance, students now have a Makerbot 3D printer of their own, and will apply it towards learning 2D design and 3D modeling. 3D printing not only integrates a wide variety of visual art classes from Ceramics to Digital Art and Design, but Engineering and Mathematics

Environmental Science Class Welcomes Back Coastal Georgia Master Naturalist and Country Day Alumnus, Jefferson Kirkland
2/19/2015
Seniors and Juniors in Mrs. Lucas’s Environmental Science class hosted guest speaker and Country Day alumnus, Jefferson Kirkland ‘98! Kirkland, an Environmental Program Coordinator and Coastal Georgia Master Naturalist with the Chatham County Department of Engineering, oversees the protection of natural habitats here in Savannah. He spoke with our Hornets about smart growth and the importance of preserving natural habitat and biodiversity-- and with perfect timing! These students will plan to take all they have learned from their studies on biodiversity and conservation and collaborate with Mr. Kirkland on the creation of a campus nature trail! 


Cyanotype Club Makes Outside Imprint
2/17/2015
Students in Ms. Horan’s Cyanotype Club are learning the basics of creating a cyan-blue print, which is a photographic printing process of imprinting the shadow of an object through sunlight. The process teaches Upper School students on the different types of alternative processes in photography and how photography can be expanded beyond the scope of traditional means! 


Upper School Students Collect Marsh Data For Lesson On Biodiversity
2/17/2015
Our Upper School Ecology and Marine Biology classes traveled to Skidaway Institute to study salt marsh diversity as an interactive approach to their recent lessons on biodiversity. Biodiversity is an indicator of the health of an ecosystem and our local Savannah salt marsh is an especially rich place to explore. Salt marsh acts as a buffer zone for the ocean, traps pollutants and provides habitat for a variety of marine organisms. Students went out into the marshes and collected data from twenty-five sites, determining that the salt levels in our local area were at a healthy level.


Upper School Biology Goes To The Birds
2/13/2015
Jill Jasper brought eight different tropical birds to Mrs. Lucas's Biology class as a follow-up to their recent discussion on Darwin's finches and the role of evolution and adaptation. Jasper talked to students about how these birds are all part of the parrot family, but exhibit a variety of adaptations which have evolved over thousands of years, allowing them to survive and play an important role in the environment. Students then got up close and personal with their newfound feathered friends, allowing them to really get to know one another!

Upper School Leads Campus Wide Serenade For Valentine's Day
2/13/2015
Our AMAZING choral students spread the love with serenades across campus--the talented Regan Bowers on violin and choral director Michael Ray on guitar.

Upper School Students Have Roundtable Discussions On Intricacies Of Government
2/13/2015
Mrs. Patton's class held a World Cafe style roundtable discussion on how the internal operations of government work. Each group had a host that would concentrate on one particular subject--bureaucracy, government corporations or lobbying-- as students would switch from table to table every few minutes, covering each subject in a loose discussion. This unusual style of observation led to a variety of opinions and ideas on how different aspects of the government function, and it allowed for multiple student opinions on the pro's and con's of how each worked!

AP Biology Looks For Bio-Diversity On Campus
2/11/2015
Mrs. Gussler’s AP Biology class continued their lab on transpiration, this time, taking the classroom outside to examine vascular plant morphology across campus. Students looked at the different types of flowering plants, pollination strategies, as well as epiphytes like Spanish moss and parasitic plants like mistletoe. By investigating both the external and internal structures of campus plants, these Hornets gain a better perspective on the defining characteristics of local plants and how the bio-diversity actually helps create a better-balanced environment for each. 


AP Biology Goes Green With Plant Experiment
2/6/2015
In Mrs. Gussler’s AP Biology class, seniors are studying plant structure and testing how plants react under different conditions. Factors like light, wind and high humidity all affect how much water is lost from the leaves in a process called transpiration. These hornets placed their greenery in different physical environments, looking at their stomata under the microscope to see how each element changed their plants!


Upper School Digital Photography Experiments With Camera Obscura
2/6/2015
Upper School Digital Photography had a throwback moment when they experimented with camera obscura! You might be asking, what is a camera obscura? It’s when you turn an entire room into a camera, by covering up all sources of light with the exception of one very tiny hole. Once inside, you let your eyes adjust for approximately 10 minutes and whatever is outside of the window, becomes visible on the walls around you - only upside down! It’s a great way to explain how photography works, even in the digital age.

Eighty-Six Upper School Students Take the American Mathematics Competitions
2/3/2015
Country Day is proud to have 86  students qualify and take up the challenge of America's longest running and most prestigious math contests, the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). Every year, at thousands of schools in every state, more than 350,000 students are presented with a set of questions rich in content, designed to make them think and sure to leave them talking. It’s an opportunity for students to be recognized for their mathematical abilities.

"Spanish Through The Arts" Learns To Tango
2/2/2015
Mrs. Zurita’s "Spanish Through The Arts" class honed their dancing skills as part of their survey of Latin dances. Students learned how to dance tango and merengue--even Mrs. Strother joined in on the lesson!



Ninth-Grade Physics Takes Over Minis With Roller Coasters
1/30/2015
If you happened to be in the Upper Schools's ​Minis building this week, you might have noticed strange foam pipes snaking the hallway. Not to worry--this was all part of Mr. Hooker's ninth-grade Physics​ class experiment on work and energy transformation! Students engineered​roller coasters and used​ measurements from those designs to successfully move an object through their roller coaster using potential and kinetic energy.
 


Juniors Discover Chemical Reactions In AP Chemistry
1/29/2015
Students in Mr. Manley’s AP Chemistry class are studying acid-base equilibrium. Mr. Manley demonstrates that with a mixture of chemicals called an acid-base indicator, you can change colors based on the presence of acidic or basic base.

Upper School Students Work On Turning In Ceramics
1/27/2015
Upper School students gathered around their potter's wheel to work on turning, which is a shaping process in ceramics. With patience and concentration, our hornets‬ took lumps of clay and shaped them into beautiful hollow ware, ready to head into the kiln for firing.

Upper School Focuses On Physical And Emotional Wellness
1/23/2015
As part of Country Day's commitment to physical and emotional wellness, our Upper School hornets recently participated in the Freedom from Chemical Dependency course, which focused on equipping students with the information and skills they need to make healthy, safe decisions. The week started off with our Seniors and Juniors taking part  in a seminar on continuing healthy decisions as they head off to college. Our ninth-graders participated in week-long workshops that helped them develop the skills necessary when encountering peer pressure. Even parents got involved at the evening session of the Ninth Grade Family Health Forum, where student-parent roundtable discussions took place to provide a platform for a safe and non-judgmental dialogue between the two generations.

AP Spanish Skypes With Students In Spain
1/22/2015
Mrs. Zurita’s AP Spanish students tested their conversational spanish skills on a skype call with fellow high school students in Cordoba, Spain. Both classes read the same classic by Spanish author, Lazarillo de Tormes, and talked over skype about the cultural importance of the book in Spanish literature. Our hornets then shared their personal likes and hobbies with their fellow students, creating a larger connection that is muy bien!

Seniors Learn The Art Of Enameling
1/20/2015
Seniors in Ms. Mulzer's art class are learning about the art of enameling, the process of painting fine particles of glass on top of metal, and then baking it so that it hardens. Enameling is used in decorative art, but more commonly, in jewelry making. The final products are sure to be show-stoppers.

Selma Film Screening And Classroom Discussion
1/14/2015
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, our Upper School students went to a screening of Selma, a chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1965 campaign to secure equal voting rights through an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Over 90 students and faculty attended the screening and followed up with discussions on the legacy of both King and then-president, Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the continuing impact of the march on Selma.

Upper School Physics Shares The Weight With Pulley Systems
1/8/2015
How can you tell if a pulley system is worth its weight?  Mr. Weber’s physics students will tell you that it’s all about making the force you apply matter less by increasing the distance that the force needs.  Pulleys use the idea of sharing the weight between multiple ropes. The more pulleys the ropes are wrapped around, the more the load is shared, but then there must be more rope to lift it the same height.  In order to determine this, students calculated the Mechanical Advantage of their pulleys, which lets them know not only how many times the load must be lifted, but also how often!
 


Latin American Cuisine Turns Senior Students Into Chefs
1/7/2015
Teja cocinero! To study the diversity in Latin-American gastronomy, Mrs. Zurita's Hispanic Studies class went from students, to hornets chefs. Each chef found a recipe that spoke to them, then recorded their cooking process in spanish. The result was a bounty of delicious foods, from Argentine alfajores to Mexican tacos to Peruvian delights. Gran trabajo todo el mundo!
 


Egg Catapults Across Campus!
12/16/2014
It’s exams week here at Country Day and while most of our students are in front of a pen and paper, Adam Weber decided to make his exam a bit more interesting. For his Newtonian Mechanics class final, students had to build a catapult that will launch an egg -AND- create a mechanism that would protect the egg as it landed. While building their catapults, students had to consider free fall to rotation, conservation of energy, and momentum  forces. It’s egg-xactly the type of exam that we need!


Upper School Students Take Charge of The Classroom
12/11/2014
Seniors recently took the reigns in Lower School by bringing book reviews to life! Our Upper School Recasting Canon in Children’s Literature Class took a step into teaching this week by placing themselves at the front of Lower School classes.
Seniors had to develop a lesson plan for a 30-minute tutorial that was engaging and informative, as well as a display of excellent classroom presence. It's a switch in roles for our students, but one that's exciting for both seniors stepping into the role of teaching for the first time, as well as 4th and 5th graders watching their peers lead them in an interactive classroom lesson!
 


Bowling Ball Grand Prix
11/13/2014
Mr. Hooker's Physics class recently used bowling balls, brooms and orange cones to investigate how inertia explains the motion of objects. Team members used a broom to maneuver a bowing ball through a timed course designed by Mr. Hooker. After totaling up the times, teams worked together to contemplate how they could have shaved off seconds and avoided obstacles. 

(Barely) Float Your Boat
10/30/2014
Adam Weber’s most recent challenge to his Physics students was especially daunting: construct a boat for a brick that would float as low as possible in a water tank.  Applying the principles of buoyancy and flotation, students crafted their boats using only a 30 cm x 40 cm piece of foam board and tape. The winning team earned bragging rights and, more importantly, was exempt from the lab write-up. In addition, a “gentleman’s agreement” between two students (based on final lab scores) resulted in the losing student dying his brown hair to blonde. 


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Service Learning News
Spring 2015 Savannah Country Day of Dialogue
5/18/2015
On May 8, Country Day held its annual Spring 2015 Day of Dialogue, a time when Upper School students discuss building an empathetic community at Country Day. Six students stood in front of their peers and addressed the prompt from a variety of perspectives, from reflecting upon Country Day's motto to working on both international and local service projects. 


Emma Gibney '15 Recipient of United Way Youth Service Award
5/3/2015
On April 22, United Way Savannah held its 36th Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards luncheon celebrating the giving spirit of volunteers who made a difference in the lives of others in the area. In addition to awards given in areas such as Arts and Culture and Health and Human Services, an award is presented to the highest scoring youth individual in honor of their outstanding service, the Global Youth Service Day Award. The winner of this year’s award was senior Emma Gibney for her volunteer service through SCDS's Volunteer Council. Emma also receives a $500 scholarship.


Tabs Help Out Friends In Need At The Ronald McDonald House
4/27/2015
A tab’s a tab, except when it helps out a friend in need! Students have been collecting soda can tabs, to help out the Ronald McDonald House and the tabs will be recycled for cash to help provide donations to the charity. The annual year-long project culminates on Earth Day and includes all third, fourth, and fifth graders, as they bring in both aluminum cans and tabs and keep track of their numbers. This year’s numbers are through the roof! Students collected a total of 535,671 tabs! A huge congratulations to our Lower School students, as well as to our top donators, Wesley Hooker, Emma Morrison, Rebecca Diamond and Belle Jackson!


Hornets Lend A Helping Hand At 2015 Special Olympics
4/1/2015
Let the games begin! Upper School students gathered on Saunders field on Wednesday, April 1, to help out with the 2015 Special Olympics. It was all smiles as Hornets supported athletes from multiple counties competing in this year's events. Country Day is proud to have hosted this campus event for over 15 years.


Through The Eyes Of A Hornet Teacher: Student Led Classroom In The Dominican Republic
3/30/2015
Upper School students recently traveled to the Dominican Republic on a service trip. The experience was an astounding success and Ms. Romano was eager to share her observations of Country Day students planning and teaching at a public school in the fishing village of Monte Cristi.
 
“This is it.” “Serve, don’t help.” These are just two of the principles that Country Day students embraced during a weeklong service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break.  In the town of Monte Cristi, fourteen Upper School students, accompanied by Mr. Mooney and myself, planned and taught four English lessons per day to 1st-4th graders at a local public school. Hornets faced various challenges – broaching language barriers, dealing with rough living/working conditions, determining what it takes to plan and implement a good lesson - with boundless positivity.
 
Outside of the classroom, they participated in cultural activities that allowed them to better understand the Dominican people and their history. Through our partnership with Outreach360, a humanitarian organization promoting social change through educational opportunities, our students learned more about themselves, the power of empathy, and how – “poco a poco”- we each have the power to initiate change. 


A Miracle In Midtown With The Eco-Action Club
3/27/2015
There was a miracle in midtown when our green-thumbed Hornets planted strawberries and herbs at the Midtown Miracle Community Garden! The Eco-Action club got down and dirty, as they worked together to plant and weed, putting their environmental stewardship to practice and helping beautify a community garden for all of Savannah to enjoy.


Beekeeping Club Educates And Gives Back
1/28/2015
Talk about the bee's knees! These sixth-grade hornets‬ got bzzzz-y at Beekeeping Club by working together to create lotion. Mr. Wiley helped students harvest and transform beeswax into a hand-creme, adding together ingredients like coconut and almond oil, and mixing to perfection. After students made sure the texture was just right, they came together to add the finishing touch - scented essential oils. Lotion is just one of the many homemade products that Beekeeping Club makes along with jarred and harvested honey, lip balm and beeswax candles. Throughout their time in Beekeeping Club, these students will develop an understanding and appreciation for the important role that honeybees play in our environment. At the end of the year, these bee experts will operate a table at the local farmers market, armed with a mobile observation hive containing 20,000 honeybees and our honeybee products. Students will educate the local community and sell their homemade wares, with all profits going to  a local Honeybee charity called The Bee Cause Project.

Pre-K Makes Dog Biscuits For One Love Animal Rescue
1/16/2015
Woof! Woof! These Pre-K hornets‬ put on their best puppy-dog ears and headed to the kitchen to make dog biscuits for One Love Animal Rescue. These tasty treats will fill the bellies of hungry pups that are waiting to be adopted. The hand-made biscuits will be presented to One Love next week, along with donated blankets, hand-made peanut butter treats, and pet toys. Our students combined flour, chicken stock, and lots and lots of love to this recipe for their furry-friends!

Pre-Kindergarten Bakes for Kids Cafe
12/11/2014
Sniff Sniff - did you catch that delectable smell? That's our pre-kindergarten students baking bread! With the help of a few more experienced hands (thanks, moms!), our young Hornets learned how to make a holiday specialty--Cinnamon Sugar Bread. By working together, the students were able to bake over twenty loaves of their delicious bread, which will all be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank’s Kids Cafe. The students were thrilled to get their hands dirty and proud to be helping other kids in our area.

SALSA Students Lead Program at Hancock Day School
11/24/2014
Some of our SALSA members (Students Advocating Living without Substance Abuse) recently led a program for Hancock Middle School students.  They shared their own personal reasons for choosing to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and talked about people who have been positive role models. They then helped the Hancock students identify positive role models in their lives. 

Emmaus House Soup Kitchen Fundraiser
11/13/2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen. The annual Empty Bowl event helps to raise funds that will allow Emmaus House to continue to serve homeless and hungry people in our community. SCDS ceramics students joined other local potters to contribute handmade bowls for the lunch event. SCDS had over 40  students, families and teachers support the event, helping Emmaus House raise $15,000 towards their efforts.

Seventh Grade Spends Time at Wesley Community Centers
11/3/2014
As part of their commitment to serving our larger community, seventh graders have spent the last several weeks leaving campus to visit and spend time with young children at Wesley’s Early Childhood Education and Development Center.  The SCDS students read books to the younger children and helped the teachers with general tasks. The cooler weather provided great opportunities to entertain and work with the younger children outside.  After these initial visits in the fall, the seventh graders will plan projects to take back with them in the spring.  Student idea includes handmade coloring books, a book donation drive or perhaps even handmade puppets and a show for the younger kids.  The Country Day students also want to visit with our very own Little School to get more ideas about early childhood development and appropriate educational projects. 

Alumni News
Alumni Reconnect in the Big Apple
3/13/2015
The 2015 New York SCDS Alumni Happy Hour was a rousing success with alumni ranging from the classes of 1977 to 2011 reconnecting in the beautiful setting of hosts Hunter Philbrick '97 and wife Clementine Drackett's Tribeca home. ​Some highlights of the evening were Kef Wilson's speech on the state of SCDS and Coach Lamar Kirkley meeting past student athletes. A special thanks to Hunter and Clem for graciously welcoming alumni into their home! 
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Alumni Spotlight: Meta Adler '03
2/17/2015
Alumni Spotlight is proud to present, Meta Adler! A Savannah native with cooking in her veins, Adler graduated from Country Day in 2003, and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied nutrition. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she returned to Savannah, with full intentions of pursuing medical school, when her love for cooking began to get the best of her. After a stint in catering, as well as having her own catering company, Adler opened up Dept. 7 East, a culinary love-letter to the flavors and sensibilities of Savannah and the Lowcountry region, with a modern twist. To see the full interview, click the link here!

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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Black '11
1/20/2015
Alumni Spotlight is proud to present, Katie Black! After graduating from Country Day in 2011, the vastly talented Black went on to attend University of Georgia, where she entered the Honors Program to major in vocal performance and receive a certificate in Music Business. Country Day was thrilled to learn that she became the inaugural recipient of the Gregg Allman Scholarship, which is given to a student who displays excellence in both music and music business. To see the full interview, click the link here!
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Alumni Spotlight: Greg Greenberg ‘00
1/14/2015
If you had the TV on anytime during the holidays, you probably saw Apple’s short film "The Song". Now if you made it through this holiday tribute without any tears, you'll be excited to know that know that this simple and powerful work was created by one of our own alumni! Greg Greenberg, Class of 2000, is the Creative Director at TBWA \ Media Arts Lab, Apple’s own Ad Agency. Since the ad’s release on December 14th from the Huffington Post, Ad Week and eager Apple fans. We had the privilege of speaking with Greenberg about his latest success and how Country Day has influenced his decisions. Check out the full interview here! 

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Alumni Greg Greenberg (‘00) Brings Holiday Cheer with Apple Ad
12/16/2014
Apple just released their short holiday film "The Song" and if you made it through this holiday tribute without any tears, you'll be pleased to know that this simple and powerful work was created by SCDS alumni, Greg Greenberg ('00) and his team. Since it's release on December 14th, the ad has gone viral and is currently being run on TV. A huge congratulations to Greenburg for creating such a beautiful short film and for the accolades it has garnered!
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Alumni Athletes Reunite
9/22/2014
A special addition to the opening home football game was the return of eight alumni football players from Coach Coyle's first year at SCDS. Players Morgan Clemm, Mallery Pindar, Fred Bergen, Josh Murphy, Cord Glaize, Mac Viers, Zach Crute and Julian Dunston returned to SCDS to reconnect with Coach Coyle and his staff. The players were introduced at halftime, with the fans applauding their many accomplishments since graduation in 2010. Welcome back, Hornets!

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

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