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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.”

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!

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.

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.

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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