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
|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.
|Balloon Car Contest|
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|
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.
|Hispanic Studies Class Published in La Voz Latina Newspaper|
As part of an ongoing partnership with La Voz, Ana Zurita's Hispanic Studies students have translated articles into Spanish for publication use and have begun to write original pieces for the newspaper. The October issue features the article, “The Contributions of Arabs in the Western World.” Stay tuned as the class continues to write and contribute articles about latin american history and issues.