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Emiline Baxter '24 Named Chatham County STAR Student

Congratulations to Emiline Baxter '24, the 2024 Chatham County STAR Student! Emiline earned the highest score on the SAT in a single sitting among all high school seniors in greater Savannah. She selected Upper School math teacher AJ Goldman as her STAR Teacher. Sponsored locally by the Kiwanis Club, the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Savannah's highest-achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Emiline will now advance to the regional round in March. Congratulations to Emiline and Mr. Goldman!

Ribbon-cutting for T. Brown Field

On the afternoon of Thursday, February 15, Country Day proudly hosted a ribbon-cutting event for the newly-renovated T. Brown Field. The new ballpark was made possible by the generosity of SCDS parent Yaël van Hulst in memory of her late husband Tim Brown. Following the ribbon-cutting and first-pitch, the crowd enjoyed a cookout and a big Hornet win.  

Mock Trial Advances

Congratulations to our Mock Trial teams on a fantastic showing on February 10 at the Chatham County Courthouse. Our gold team placed 2nd in the region and will advance to the district competition, which will be held on March 2 at the Chatham County Courthouse. The following students won individual awards: Jessica Elkin ‘24, outstanding attorney; Selene Zhao ‘24, outstanding attorney; Mollie Macfadyen ‘25, outstanding witness; Emily Moretz ‘26, outstanding witness; and Caroline Semones ‘26, outstanding witness. Well done, Hornets!

Eighth Grade Decades Project

Bravo to our eighth grade class! After conquering the Florida Everglades during their Outward Bound excursion, eighth-graders returned and quickly refocused on presenting the Decades Living Museum. The museum was the culminating activity that serves as a capstone project for their final year of history in Middle School. The research project included a writing component as well as a public speaking element in historical character. Parent attendees loved walking through the decades and brushing up on their historical knowledge. Well done, Hornets!

Black History Month Collaboration

First and third graders partnered to research and write about important Black American figures for Black History Month. From Harriet Tubman to Wally Amos (creator of Famous Amos Cookies!), third graders helped their partners navigate the web and write about the amazing contributions these individuals have made (and continue to make!) to society.

Schmidt Lecture Speaker: Jennifer Wallace

Each year, the Louis W. & Nellie H. Schmidt Endowment Fund allows Country Day to bring in a speaker for a community lecture. This year, we were thrilled to welcome Jennifer Wallace, author of "Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic—and What We Can Do About It," for two days on campus. In addition to her evening lecture with parents, she spoke to Upper School students during an afternoon session and to our faculty as part of the faculty in-service day.

With the rise of "toxic achievement culture" overtaking our kids' and parents' lives, Mrs. Wallace provided tools to help parents, students, and teachers untangle self-worth from achievement, with the biggest takeaway being: MATTERING — the idea that we are valued for who we are at our core and that we can add meaningful value to the lives of others.

Thank you to the Schmidt family and donors to the endowment – your generosity allows us to bring nationally respected authors, researchers, and other education and childhood development experts to campus and speak to our families and the community.

Faculty In-Service Day

Friday's Faculty In-Service Day was a wonderful opportunity for our faculty and staff to come together and explore a variety of professional development topics. Participants engaged in interactive sessions, reflecting and connecting with colleagues from across all divisions. Session topics ranged from executive function and AI to service learning in the classroom and more. 

Black History Month Recognized at The Little School

Like the ABCs and 123s, social behaviors—like empathy and noticing and celebrating differences—are important topics taught at The Little School. This month, students are recognizing Black History Month in several ways — through history (learning about historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Benjamin Banneker), art (creating Kehinde Wiley and Alma Thomas-inspired artwork), literature (reading Black History Month books), and more!