Students are encouraged to explore their talents and interests beyond their classroom experiences through participation in co-curricular activities. A great variety of opportunities is available for students to develop skills in leadership and collaborative work. Each class annually elects class officers who work under the direction of a faculty class advisor. Also, numerous community service opportunities are coordinated by the student volunteer council. Club leaders meet quarterly as a Club Council.
Following is a brief listing of some of the more than forty activities offered at Savannah Country Day Upper School. Seven of the co-curricular organizations go to regional competitions, including Advanced Acting, Mock Trial, Quiz Bowl, and Math Team.
Clubs & Co-curricular Activities
Advisor: Ms. Kay Godawa
The goal of Art Guild is to help keep the arts visually present on
campus through exhibits and special events. This will provide an
aesthetic experience for all students. The club will take part in
community events such as gallery showings and art lectures at SCAD or
Telfair. All students interested in art are welcome even if they are
not taking an art class. Members will participate in a community
service project, probably involving an activity with a nursing home.
Concerned Students for Animal Welfare
Students in this group volunteer each week at the Humane Society where
they help to care for the animals, i.e. walk dogs, play with cats, etc.
They also go to PETSMART each month to help with the adoption
The purpose of Country Data is to create an annual that successfully
represents all the different aspects of the school year in a creative
and sophisticated manner. We intend to achieve this goal through
teamwork and under the supervision of each individual section leader.
We intend to incorporate the significant events into a theme that will
serve to tie the book together.
Coaches Adam Weber, Ari Anderson, Chris Swanson
|National Honor Society|
Advisor: Mrs. Sophia Caparisos
To be eligible, students in grades 10-12 must demonstrate
outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service,
leadership, and character. The NHS advisor circulates a list
of eligible students to all Upper School faculty, soliciting
their opinion about each candidate's strengths and weaknesses
in the four areas. The four-selection criteria form the foundation
upon which the National Honor Society and its activities are
Students must maintain an 88 cumulative grade point average
to meet the scholarship requirement for NHS. Service is displayed
through the students’ volunteer work in both the school
and the community at large. Student leadership is demonstrated
through involvement with school and community activities. A
student of good character is honest, respectful, courteous,
and cooperative .
Election is based on a review of the student's entire profile.
If three or more members of the NHS committee vote to accept,
the candidate is selected.
Advocating Living without Substance Abuse
Advisor: Mrs. Kathy Hodges
Made up of Upper Schoolers who have made a commitment to abstain from
drug and alcohol use, SALSA is an outreach program that enables SCDS
students to talk their younger peers at neighboring schools about the
dangers of drug and alcohol use. They work to dispel the myth that all
young people take part in substance abuse.
|Students for Cultural Diversity|
President: Rachel Martin
Advisor: Marsha Lucas
Meetings - Monday, Wednesday, 3:00, Lewis 15
| (Barely) Float Your Boat|
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.
|Cyanotype Club |
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|
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.