Varsity Quiz Bowl Participates in Virtual Tourament
The varsity Quiz Bowl team is staying connected... and competitive! They recently participated in a remote tournament sponsored by Avery Enterprises, a leading writer of trivia and tournament questions. During the competition, some 75 schools from all over the United States and several other countries answered questions from a wide variety of content areas, ranging from math and science to literature and history, as well as sports, pop culture and more. The Country Day team of Alvin Adjei, Owen Elkin, Daniel Kim, Vik Manocha, Gigi Pytte, Landon Stone and Ana Talsness placed 12th in this large and competitive field! Please join us in congratulating these Quiz Bowl Hornets!
On February 7, Country Day was honored to host a very special guest on campus. Ms. Vera Hoffman met with Upper School students and shared the harrowing story of her family’s survival during the Holocaust. It was a powerful assembly for our students, and we greatly appreciate Ms. Hoffman’s time with our students.
Jelks Auditorium was filled with applause and excitement on Friday, January 10 as Country Day proudly hosted its first National Geographic GeoBee, a competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Fourth through eighth grade filled the auditorium to cheer on eight student representatives who competed for the title of GeoBee School Champion. Congratulations to all of the participants, including overall winner Paawan Patel ’24, who will advance to the next level, second place Rohan Patel ’24 and third place Frank Kamaleson ’28.
Country Day alumni Catherine Corish Grant '99 and Bess Butler '11, along with current parent Staci Donegan, were featured in Savannah Magazine’s recent article, “Meet the 2019 New Guard,” in which Savannah’s “next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, artists and all-around changemakers” are highlighted. Click here to read the full article.
Thank you to our special Veterans Day keynote speaker, Mr. L.D. Buerger, Vice President of Completions at Gulfstream Aerospace, who spoke to students this morning. Before joining Gulfstream, Mr. Buerger served in the Air Force for nearly 10 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer working on various aircraft including A-10s B-52s, and every model of F-15. He is the parent of Country Day students Emily ’22 and Chase ’25. In addition to our speaker, both our boys' and girls' choruses performed.
Hornets Win Second-Place Banner Prize at Georgia Day
Our fourth graders donned their colonial best to march in the annual Georgia Day parade on February 21, taking home the second-place banner prize! The parade is a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding, and our Hornets were thrilled to be a part of it. Congratulations, fourth graders!!!
On February 13, Kindergarten Hornets celebrated an early Valentine’s Day with a good old fashioned Sock Hop—complete with the limbo, a hand jive, hoola hoops and milkshakes! All while dressed the part, of course!
Fifth graders Alice Edwards, Kensie Glass, Jack Lerch, Connall Smith and Harper Sywassink participated this weekend in the GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) State Elementary Honors Chorus. Along with 500 other 4th and 5th graders from across the state, they refined their choral skills with nationally recognized conductors, culminating in a concert at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center on Saturday morning.
On February 6, the SCDS Thespian Troupe traveled to Columbus State University (CSU) to attend ThesCon 2020! This event included over 5,000 students from all over the state of Georgia. During their three days at the conference, they attended a large variety of Acting and Theatre Workshops taught by theatre professionals from across the country. They also had the opportunity to choose five (from 25) productions brought to CSU from other schools. Great experience for these student artists!
Members of the Upper School chorus returned from Orlando, Fla. last weekend, where they were one of the first groups to perform live music at ICON park having been selected following auditions. It was a fun and exciting opportunity for these Hornets!
On Wednesday, January 8, alumni Matt Bailey '17, Andy Paul '16, Bonnie Henneman '19 and Ana Jukic '18 came back to campus to speak with our juniors and seniors about their experiences since graduating from Country Day. They answered questions about the college application process, transitioning from high school to college, their current experiences and what they have carried with them from their time at Country Day. It was so good to see these familiar faces back on campus and hear that they're doing so well! Click HERE to watch the livestream taping.
Shane Williamson '88 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
On the morning of Monday, December 9, Shane Williamson ’88 was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award, becoming the nineteenth individual to receive the honor. Mr. Williamson was recognized at a packed campus assembly with family, friends, fellow alumni, students and faculty.
There’s a saying that still rings loudly at Savannah Country Day — tradition never graduates.
“We build it in what we do,” said Hornets girls' basketball coach Bobbi Mock. Former Head Coach Dale Parker and members from the Hornets’ 1999-2000 team reunited for a cookout at the school, sharing hugs and memories from their first and only GHSA Class A state basketball championship
Twenty seasons ago, on March 3, 2000, SCD held off Turner County 53-46 in the title game.
“It was a season none of us have forgotten,” said Parker, who retired from coaching in 2015 and handed the reins to Mock, her assistant for nearly 20 years.“To win a state championship, it takes a lot of skill, but it takes a lot of luck, too,” Parker said. “It takes everything coming together at the same time.”
Middle School Math Team Advances to State Mathcounts
On Thursday, February 27, the Middle School Math Team competed in the regional round of the national Mathcounts competition. The team of Sofia Pablo, Jessica Elkin, Tillman Clark, and Timo Moeller placed first in the region and qualifies to compete in the state tournament on Monday, March 9, at Emory University. Sofia was the second place individual overall, and Tillman was the seventh place individual. Nico Dascombe, Francie Norman, Jacqueline Bunger, and Jaiyi Zheng also competed well in the competition. Way to go, Hornets!
Paawan Patel '24 qualified for the state National Geographic GeoBee competition with a top-100 score in the state of Georgia! Students will be competing for a top prize of $1,000 cash and a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Championship. Congratulations, Paawan!!!
Our 6th grade “Panel of Student Experts” took center stage at last week's Rising 6th Grade Middle School Curricular Preview! The event welcomed 5th grade students and parents into Pape Hall as a way to help ease the transition from Lower to Middle School.
Maria Wolfe's Outstanding History in Cross Country and Track
Of all the great female distance runners to come through Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, few can hold a candle to what Maria Large Wolfe accomplished in the early 1980s at Virginia High in Bristol, Virginia. She was a five-time individual VHSL Group AA champion (1980 and 1981 in the 3,200 meters and cross country, and 1982 in the 1,600). As a major contributor to four team titles (1980 and 1981 cross country and outdoor track) and all-state four other times, Wolfe defined a dynasty of strong Bearcats runners. Wolfe’s high school personal bests of 4:59.0 for the 1,600, 10:38.7 for the 3,200 and 16:48.0 for 5 kilometers in cross country still rank among the area’s all-time great marks.
Amy Brooks has been hired as the girls' varsity basketball coach, assistant athletic director and Chair of the Physical Education Department. Before moving to Savannah in 2016, Brooks worked at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland for fifteen years. She was the school’s Director of Physical Education and coached a variety of sports. She coached the girls’ basketball team, which has been a state powerhouse in Maryland. During her high school and AAU coaching career, more than 25 of her players advanced to play at the collegiate level. "We are excited to have Amy join our athletic department. Her experience as a coach is invaluable and her knowledge in developing a physical education curriculum will advance our overall program,” said Athletic Director Jim Collis. Amy is the wife of Craig Brooks, Director of Institutional Advancement at SCDS.
The SCDS SPAL Gold boys' basketball team had a great season this year. The Hornets finished the regular season at 9-2 and secured the No. 2 seed heading into the SPAL tournament. In the quarterfinals, they beat Pinewood Christian School. They lost in the semifinals on a buzzer-beater to No. 3 seed and eventual champion Blessed Sacrament School. The Hornets finished the season with a 10-3 record and in third place. Coaches Tyler Ward and Bill Hunter were proud of their team members: John Avino, Rooster Bing, Dalton Brown, Dallas Hunter, KJ James, Gabe Kaminsky, Brooks Kleinpeter, Barton Mixon, Timo Moeller, Zander Paderewski, Robert Spaulding and Richaard Williams.
The Forest City Juniors youth shooting team successfully defended its title and its home turf, winning the 2020 Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship on June 5-7 at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah. The top prize of HOA Team (high overall) is based on the top five scores for each team in all three disciplines: skeet, sporting clays and trap. The Forest City Juniors showed great depth, as 10 different shooters contributed at the varsity level. Congratulations to John Neely, James Daters, Jackson Ezelle, Owen Haas, Jim Reynolds Morrison and Anna Loren Dekle respresenting SCDS
Coach Lamar Kirkley just completed his 45th year as a physical education teacher at Savannah Country Day School. He was honored today as 2020 Grainger Nissan Teacher of the Year by the Exchange Club of Savannah. Coach Kirkley has had a positve impact on generations of Hornets. Congratulations on a well deserved honor to this beloved coach.
Students Gracie Daters, Fiona Wilson and Michael Grandy attended a HOBY Community Leadership Workshop where they joined other area high school students to work with local community leaders and engage in in-depth group discussions. HOBY’s Community Leadership Workshops (CLeW) are developed and implemented across the country by volunteers from local businesses, civic groups, and HOBY alumni for students to grow as inspired, confident leaders.
Thanks to our school community for the donations to Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia! Middle School students joined friends from Hancock and St. Andrews to organize donations and pack boxes. Collectively, the three schools brought in almost 3,000 lbs of canned and protein goods.
For the eighth straight year, the Country Day Ceramics students and faculty have donated bowls to the Empty Bowl fundraiser, benefitting the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen. The event, which took place on Sunday, Nov. 3, raised funds to provide hearty meals and basic needs and services to the homeless in Savannah. Learn more at http://unitedministriessavannah.org/emptybowl. It was a day of good food, pottery and community!
AP French students enjoyed using their writing and speaking skills with the owners of Le Café Gourmet in downtown Savannah. Students reached out to Alexandre and Angela Darbousset via email in advance of their visit. During the outing, students enjoyed conversing with Madame Darbousset as she filled orders.
Congratulations to the Mock Trial team on a fantastic showing at the District Competition held on February 22, taking home third place. The team also picked up several outstanding individual awards, including: Rachel Mascolo ‘20 (Outstanding Attorney), Margot Strother ‘20 (Outstanding Attorney), Ashley Pankey ‘20 (Outstanding Attorney) and Lane McCullough ‘22 (Outstanding Witness). We are so proud of these Hornets!
TREE members were all smiles while volunteering at the Telluride Mountainfilm tour last weekend. The shows and exhibits shown during the tour explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.
The Little School celebrated "Decades Day" on February 20, where they dressed in the style of their (parents') favorite decade! From the nifty 50’s to the awesome 80’s, 90’s and beyond, there was NO shortage of creativity and cuteness at The Little School that day!
On December 5, The Little School celebrated Walt Disney’s birthday by sporting their favorite Disney character outfits. Walt Disney, a source of inspiration and creativity for many of our students, would have been 108 years old!
College Admissions Panel, April 23, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
The College Counseling Office will be hosting a spring college panel for all Upper School families and their children on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in Andrews Assembly Room. The panel includes the Directors of Admission at Florida State and Swarthmore as well as regional admissions representatives from The University of Michigan and Dickinson College. These schools span geographic and selectivity spectrums while also representing large public research institutions and small liberal arts schools. These distinctions are important as we design these panels not to sell particular colleges to our families but instead to introduce them to the range of college options and their admissions practices.
I was in Athens September 6-8 along with 16 fellow counselors from Georgia and seven other states for two days of conversations with admissions officers, faculty, students, staff, and President Morehead (see picture above), who hosted a reception and dinner on our first night. The UGA admissions office solicits feedback from those of us on the high school side regarding messaging, outreach, and application protocols. They also allow us to peer behind the curtain a bit into their evaluation process. For instance, we were informed that UGA will move towards a more holistic review (considering recs, essays, and activities, as well as numbers) during the EA round, especially for those students on the admit/defer and defer/deny bubbles. In the past, these decisions were almost exclusively quantitative. Insights like these allow us to offer the best possible advice for our charges applying to UGA.
The Fund for Country Day raised just over $159,000 on Giving Day! This is the largest amount of money raised within 24 hours benefitting The Fund for Country Day! Thanks to the generosity of the Country Day community, we captured the $25,000 matching gift and made history. A very special thanks to members of our Board of Trustees for their gift challenge. Your gift ensures that every Hornet has the extraordinary moments, limitless opportunities, and unparalleled experiences that make Country Day a school unlike any other. THANK YOU!
Join us for our single largest day of giving at The Savannah Country Day School! Give thanks and give back on November 14 to signify your appreciation for the people and programs that make Country Day exceptional.
Leadership donors are offering a 1:1 match up to $25,000 on November 14. By GIVING THANKS and GIVING BACK on Giving Day, your gift will double in size!
SCDS parents, help us race to the finish for the Fund for Country Day! In parent giving stats, second grade leads with 65% of parents participating with a gift this year, followed by ninth grade at 62% and third grade at 61%. Help your child's class end the year on top! Visit savcds.org/giving to make a gift today.
A huge THANK YOU to the 313 Country Day families who have already made their gift during the 2018-19 school year!
Marjorie E. Arnsdorff '64, Newest Member of Heritage Society
Marjorie E. Arnsdorff 64, the newest member of Country Days Heritage Society, has a longstanding connection and commitment to The Savannah Country Day School. She attended The Pape School for grades 1-3 on Drayton Street and SCDS from grades 4 -12. Her father Herman L. Arnsdorff was one of the original donors to Savannah Country Day School.
As both a graduate and faculty member, Marge has committed 26 years to Savannah Country Day. During her tenure as a teacher, she chaired the SCDS Middle School Science Department and her students' science projects were recognized at the local, state and international levels. She is proud that her students have become research scientists, physicians, teachers and outstanding citizens.
Marjorie has set up a Living Trust. She created a scholarship stipulation--the MARJORIE E. ARNSDORFF and FAMILY Scholarship for Country Day in the Trust. She is dedicated to maintaining the traditions of her family and looks to return the consideration SCDS gave to her son, Chris '99.
After Country Day, Marge graduated from the University of Virginia. She completed her master’s work at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of South Florida. She has taught and chaired departments, and has been a science coordinator for twenty-two years at all grade levels. Moving from teaching to Educational Publishing in 1999, she traveled nationally for McGraw-Hill Publishers and was a sales territory manager for Pearson Education.
Her heart is in education, and Country Day is so thankful.
Henry is in the 1st grade at Country Day. Henry’s parents provide him the opportunity to attend the best school in Savannah. Henry’s favorite subject is Spanish… “because the teacher says I am good at it!” He also likes the food in the cafeteria.
Henry gets to watch the turtles in Mr. Eswine’s pond. He gets to work on the fruit trees and the garden with Mrs. Vetrovsky. These opportunities are provided to Henry by you and your support of The Fund for Country Day.
Henry attends PE class and plays on the very same fields and courts where the varsity teams play. And he can dream of one day being one of the big boys wearing his Hornet jersey. All of those teams, and those dreams, are provided by you and your gift to The Fund.
Henry gets to attend dramatic performances put on by both middle schoolers and upper schoolers. In the last years, he could have seen The Sound of Music, Lion King, Charlotte’s Web, and several original one-act plays. All of these would push Henry to explore his talents in performance art and all of these are funded by your annual contributions to The Fund.
Your contribution to The Fund for Country Day provides these experiences outside of the classroom for all students. It’s you that makes the Country Day difference, and we need you again this year! I ask for your support for Henry and all of the students that your gift directly impacts. Please consider your support again for The Fund for Country Day. Thanks so much.
Dr. Carol Fulenwider Elliott ’68 describes the time she spent at Country Day as the best years of her career. But even though she was a “lifer”- attending SCDS from Kindergarten to High School, Carol is referring to her days as a teacher in the Upper School.
Leadership Giving at the $2,500 level or higher to The Fund for Country Day makes a huge impact on our campus. These donors, known as our Green & Gold Society, account for over 50% of The Fund. Thanks so much to those Green & Gold Donors who have contributed thus far:
We hope that all Georgia income tax payers will take advantage of this program that allows you to redirect your tax dollars to Savannah Country Day. To support Country Day, simply log on to www.apogee123.org. The deadline is Dec.15th.
Single filers can redirect $1,000 and joint filers can redirect $2,500 but because of the popularity of this program, the actual amounts will likely be 50% of those figures. Business owners can redirect up to $10,000. Select Savannah Country Day School on the benefitting school tab.
On January 1st, Apogee will enter all of our contributors for approval. Once the Georgia Department of Revenue has approved you, you will receive a letter from them and an email from Apogee.
*When you receive the DOR acceptance letter, you have 60 days to submit the funds.
*You write a check to Apogee for the approved amount
*When you file your taxes for 2017, you receive a dollar for dollar deduction off your taxes for the amount of the check.
Last year, Savannah Country Day received over $350,000 in financial aid money through Apogee and the GA Income Tax Credit. Please utilize this wonderful program. Call Craig Brooks at 912-961-8825 to help you through the process.
The Hunter Foundation, led by alumni Susan Hungerpiller ‘72 and Jim Hungerpiller ’74, has offered a $25,000 matching gift challenge to SCDS alumni. The Foundation will match dollar for dollar every gift from any alumnus/alumna who did not contribute last year.
Alumni Giving to The Fund for Country Day jumped 46% last year and The Hunter Foundation wants to continue this momentum.
“There are wonderful things happening at Country Day and we are hoping this match will encourage alumni who have not been active to support the School,” said Jim Hungerpiller. “The School needs alumni support to continue to thrive.”
The Fund for Country Day raised $517,371 last year, which was the highest annual fund total since 2008. Make your tax-deductible gift or pledge to The Fund HERE.
Country Day is pleased to announce the renewal of the Schmidt Lecture Series. The series was created in 2007 by over 90 donors through the Louis W. & Nellie H. Schmidt Endowment Fund as a way to honor the legendary couple.
"We are excited about resurrecting the Schmidt Lecture Series," said Advancement Director Craig Brooks. "This is a wonderful way to honor two legendary figures in the School's history while bringing impactful programming to the school community."
The Schmidt Fund series will kick off on January 23 2017 at 7PM, with Rob Evans as the first speaker. Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, administrators, and boards, and speaks widely at educational conferences.Rob speaks to parents in a straight, common-sense way that avoids the usual clichés, and, with wit and humor, helps parents recognize their strengths, rethink their responsibilities, and concentrate on strategies they can actually apply.
Evans will be on campus working with faculty and the administrative team, as well speaking to parents in Jelks Auditorium with his lecture Family Matters: Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times.
Harlander Family Gives Back With Endowed Scholarship
Kathie Harlander was deeply involved in The Savannah Country Day School when her three children, Dr. Kris Harlander Saudek '91, Lisa Harlander Lemke J.D. '93 and Brent Harlander '97 attended. After getting them all through college, Kathie renewed her involvement with Country Day and is a current member of the Board of Trustees.
Julius and Danyse Edel have always been grateful to The Savannah Country Day School for educating their children Ken and Cathy '74, and now grandchildren Delia Solomons '02 and Danyse Solomons Cail '04. This gratitude has led Julius and Danyse to be lifelong benefactors to Country Day.
The Heritage Society was recently created to honor those individuals who have named Country Day as a beneficiary in their respective estate plans. The proceeds from planned estate gifts go to build the endowment fund. The individuals listed below will be named on a plaque honoring them as The Charter Class of The Country Day Heritage Society. Director of Institutional Advancement Craig Brooks would enjoy speaking with you confidentially about this exciting opportunity to leave your legacy at Country Day.