We kicked off our Black History Month activities on February 1 with a visit from SCDS alumnus and board member Kevan Jackson '84, who met with Upper School students at assembly. Mr. Jackson, who is the Director of Program Management for the G650/G650ER aircraft models at Gulfstream, shared with students his experience at Country Day, the trajectory that led him to his current career, and some sage words of wisdom: "Don't settle. Always push harder."
Thank you to Mr. Jackson for visiting campus and speaking to our students!
If you felt a little chill in the air today, it's likely thanks to today's special visitor — Elsa! The Little School's Frozen Day is always a magical experience, and this year's was no exception... from snowy activities, s'mores stations, a performance by Elsa herself, and a cozy showing of "Frozen" in the gym, our students won't soon be "letting go" of the memories made on this fun day!
On Saturday, the Varsity and JV Quiz Bowl Teams traveled to Forsyth, GA to compete in the Georgia Academic Teams Association Winter South Tournament. The JV Team of Raphael Giandinoto, Collin Harris, Cameron MacLeod, Daisy Salyer, Drew Salyer, Andrew Semones, Finn Taylor and Connor Umbel answered questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture. After seven rounds of intense head-to-head competition, they took fourth place in their division! The Varsity Team of Aden Adjei, Devin Beauchamp, Aiden Eyth, Harris Glidewell, Avi Heyman, Paawan Patel and Rohan Patel faced an extremely competitive field of schools from all over the southern half of the state. After five preliminary rounds and three single-elimination play-off rounds they secured a fourth-place finish in the tournament. Both teams will continue on to the State Championship Tournaments, which will be held in March. Congratulations, JV and Varsity Quiz Bowl!
Last week Upper School Drama students spent the day at SCAD. While there, they participated in multiple acting workshops, visited Hamilton Hall film and sound facility, and enjoyed a tour of the SCAD XR Studios. It was a fun day of theatre and technology!
The US Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo traveled to Universal Studios Orlando to do a recording session in a professional studio. The band recorded the soundtrack, voice-overs, and sound effects for a portion of Despicable Me. Mr. Elliott arranged the music for the band. The sound crew at Universal was impressed with the level of performance and preparedness of our band students. While two hours had been allotted for the session, only 1 hour and 15 minutes was needed to complete the final product. This session provided the students with a unique look at the music industry that we do not offer at SCDS -- recording for TV and film. The students called the experience a WIN and want to do it again next year!
A beloved Junior Kindergarten tradition, students donned their tea party best for the annual Teddy Bear Tea Party last week. After a unit on bears, JK Hornets invited their special snuggly friends to join them for petit fours and (iced) tea as a special treat!
Do you know how many particles of chalk it takes to write your name on the sidewalk? Our Chemistry students do! In a recent lab, they used the masses of everyday items such as a nickel, water, sugar, and chalk to perform conversions and calculate moles in their daily lives.
The Hornets Middle School Quiz Bowl team had a good showing at the state PAGE academic bowl tournament! The team won 3/6 and almost won another in the tiebreaker. Captain Suri Desai was an impressive leader with fellow players making great contributions.