Congratulations to the Upper School Jazz Ensemble and Combo for fantastic performances at the Savannah Jazz Festival over the weekend. Country Day has a long history of participating in this annual community event. Video links: Jazz Combo, vocals Claudia Birthisel - CLICK HERE, Jazz Combo, vocals Ben Templeton - CLICK HERE, Jazz Combo, vocals Madison DeLoach - CLICK HERE
The SCDS Learning Support Department was pleased to welcome guest speaker Jonathan Mooney to campus on Wednesday, September 21. Mr. Mooney hosted four sessions throughout the day, two with Middle and Upper School students, one with faculty and a final session with parents and the larger Savannah community. If you missed the parent session and would like to watch, please click HERE (password is SCDSMooney). Mr. Mooney generously agreed to allow us to share his talk with our school community.
Jr. Kindergarteners recently spent an afternoon visiting with Mr. Eswine and exploring the Lower School Science Room. Each student was paired with a fifth grade docent to shadow and share knowledge. Mr. Eswine also led the class on a campus nature walk and engaged the class with his vast knowledge of the plants, animals, and insects that call Country Day home.
Country Day is thrilled to have six seniors selected as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to Aden Adjei, Ned Henneman, Avi Heyman, Sarah Jane Schultz, Eoin Wilson, and Fiona Wilson. In addition, seniors Gracie Daters and Jordan Ruben were commended by the National Merit Scholarship program.
The six semi-finalists are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, which represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
How often does one have to dodge flying water balloons on campus? At least once a year in our Advanced Calculus-Based Physics class! Water balloon target practice has become one of the highlights of the year and a great way to emphasize studies on projectile motion. Students spend time analyzing factors and calculating the velocity needed to project a water balloon as far as possible. On the day of the experiment, student teams test their theories, applying what they learned into target practice!
Over the weekend, WJCL aired a segment highlighting 5th grade teacher Betsy Sampey. Click HERE to watch the short video segment.
Video intro: Betsy Sampey may teach children how to read and write better, but it’s her methods and attitude that resonate with her students at Savannah Country Day School. “Trying to build that self-confidence and ownership of their own learning is almost just as important as what I am teaching," Sampey said. "And I always tell them it’s okay to get it wrong. A lot of times that’s how we learn is through our mistakes.” And when they make a mistake, she’s right there with a smile and a positive approach.
Let's kick off Homecoming 2022 with a picnic full of food, games, and good times for all! Mark your calendar for the Alumni & Hornet Family Homecoming Picnic on Friday, September 30 from 5:30-7:30PM in the Saunders Field Parking Lot. Click HERE to register.
Despite light rain and lightning, guests gathered on Friday, August 26 to celebrate the official unveiling of Mingledorff Hall, the School's new Upper School building centered in the Quad. Following the remarks, Bud and Shirley Mingledorff, surrounded by family, cut the ribbon and guests were invited to tour the new state-of-the-art facility. The new building houses five math classrooms, five science labs, an energy learning lab, and a maker space. Other building features include an expansive library, conference rooms, common areas for students, Deans' offices, and a second-story outdoor gathering space.