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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.

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.

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!

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.

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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