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.
Congressman Buddy Carter, parent to alumni Joel '03, Barrett '05 and Travis '08, visited Country Day and spoke to students on Monday, Oct. 21. Congressman Carter addressed the Upper School in assembly before meeting with AP government students to discuss topics related to their studies.
The Varsity Quiz Bowl Team took third place on Saturday at the Georgia Academic Team Association Fall South Tournament! The team of Daniel Kim, Vik Manocha, Gigi Pytte, Landon Stone, and Ana Talsness competed against 22 other teams from all over the southern half of the state, answering questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture. Congratulations, Varsity Quiz Bowl Hornets!
Have questions about teeth? Just ask a fifth grader! They have been exploring living systems in animals and are learning about the digestive system. Students constructed models of the four tooth types— the incisors, canines, premolars, and molars—and learned how the different tooth types have roles in biting, cutting, tearing and grinding the food we eat.
Lower School assistant teacher Ms. Terri Francis shared a little bit of her heritage with fourth grade students. Dressed in an authentic camp dress and Chiricahua moccasins, Ms. Francis talked about her family’s tribe in Mescalero, NM and treated the students to Native American Fry Bread.
SCDS is (once again) #1 in Georgia for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge! As a reward, the Lower School got to participate in a reading-themed interactive game show by The Story Ship! Way to go, Hornets!
The Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church was packed for the annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 8. Upper School, Middle School and Lower School Choruses—under the direction of Michael Ray and John Barnes—joined with the Upper School Chamber Ensemble—under the direction of Paula Swart—for a holiday spirit-filled performance.
On Wednesday, November 20, the award-winning arts program at SCDS was on full display for Upper School Fine Arts Night. Students hosted a reception of the visual arts in Logan Loggia, featuring a breadth of talent and creativity, followed by performances from our orchestra, chorus, jazz band and drama students. Bravo to all of our talented student artists!
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!
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.”
Ms. English's 8th grade advisory spent the morning of Tuesday, September 17 at Second Harvest, where they packed 201 boxes in less than an hour. This is equivalent to 4,020 lbs and 3,350 meals provided to families in need! This trip is part of the Middle School's larger service learning outreach.
The Middle School Math Team was invited to participate in the GCTM State Math Tournament in Macon on Saturday, April 20. The team of Aden Adjei, Phil Ajayi, Alysa Young, Tillman Clark, Jacqueline Bunger, Ayo Ajayi, Francie Norman, and Preston Stone took third place in the tournament against teams from the Atlanta area and Macon! Congratulations!
Savannah Country Day’s Isa Rivera, a standout on the Hornet girls' soccer team, signed to play with Agnes Scott College, a Division III program in Decatur, in a ceremony on campus Thursday.
Rivera was a All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection last year as a defender. She played a pivotal role in her central back position for a team that allowed just 18 goals all season.
“Isa is the centerpiece to our defensive unit with her experience and ability,” SCD girls soccer coach David Hooker said. “She reads the game so well and organizes everything for us defensively. She has vision, discipline and poise and adjusts well to win the ball. Her play on the back line helps us transition into our offense.” Hooker said Rivera has grown and matured since her freshman year and is a very unselfish player and leader. “She has the right kind of attitude,” Hooker said. “She doesn’t get a lot of fanfare or recognition because she doesn’t score a lot of goals being a defender. But she is the backbone of our team.” Congratulatons Isa!
Reed Lotter, a sophomore at Savannah Country Day was crowned as the overall champion of the SJGT Sea Island Junior Classic on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12. The par-72 Sea Island Retreat Course on St. Simons Island hosted 111 juniors to start the 2020 Southeastern Junior Golf Tour season. Lotter won the title in sudden death over Metter’s Ian Glanton (Male 16-19 Division). He was also the champion of the Male 14-15 Division.
The Savannah Morning News honors the top area athletes in their sports with the Best of Preps selections. The athletes will be recognized at the SMN Best of Preps banquet in May 2020. Alston McCaslin was honored as 1st Team All Greater Savannah for cross country. Anna Mondy was selected to the Second Team and Eliza Stubbs was Honorable Mention. For volleyball, Mya Felser, Abby Nicholson and Fiona Wilson received Honorable Mention. Five Hornets were selected to the 1st Team All Greater Savannah for football - Erik Brown, Barry Kleinpeter, Andre Miller, Kenny Odom and Kenneth Reedy. Second Team honors were Graham McGinty, Davion Smith, Brock Taylor and John Woods. Honorable Mention were Rivers Carson, Karlo Jukic, Paul Mosley, Brayton Rahimi, Dalton Spivey, Will Templeton and Logan Ziegler. Congratulations!
The Atlanta Journal Constitution announnced the 2019 All State Football Teams. Senior Andre Miller was honored 1st Team All State Class A Private as a defensive lineman. Also selected as a defensive lineman Honorable Mention was senior Kenneth Reedy. Congratulations!
Seniors Braden Sorge and Matthew Osterman were pivotal players for the Savannah Country Day baseball team last season as the Hornets went 23-6 and had the best year in school history.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, Sorge and Osterman set their baseball futures in motion as they signed their Letters of Intent in a ceremony on campus. Sorge, an outfielder, signed with North Georgia, while Osterman, a catcher, signed with Flagler College.
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!
JK and Upper School Students Collaborate on One Love Project
Junior kindergarten students collaborated with members of the One Love Club on Wednesday, February 20 and Friday, February 22. The students made dog biscuits to bring to our furry friends at One Love Animal Rescue, which is an organization that helps abandoned, neglected, abused and unwanted pets in the Savannah, GA area by partnering with shelters, rescue groups and the community to facilitate adoption of these animals into permanent and loving homes.
Chemistry students kicked off the new year in celebratory fashion — with explosions! Upper School students explored gas behavior in order to discover the relationships between gas properties. Potatoes were shot, cans were imploded and balloons were blown up without touching them!
The Egg Drop Challenge in Mr. Weber’s physics class is more fun when you do it from a commercial lift! As part of their study on force and acceleration, students were tasked with constructing a protective and energy-absorbent container for an egg using only a small piece of foam and a single roll of tape. Some eggs fared better than others after falling from the sky-high lift, but it was a fun and interesting learning experience for all!
As part of College Physics class’ “Work and Energy” study, students were given a ball at a random height and a cup placed at a random distance away. They then had to calculate what height was needed to lift the pendulum so that upon release, it would be cut by a razor blade and then fall into the cup. Gigi Pytte and Emily Johnson (pictured) were successful in their first attempt!
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!
Last week was Community Helper Week at The Little School! Our little Hornets had a visit from a police officer and McGruff the Crime Dog, and they celebrated our own community helpers—the maintenance staff—by hand-delivering some special care packages to them! From our school community to the Savannah community at large, we thank these special people for the important work they do!
The Little School welcomed some special guests from Oatland Island on Wednesday, September 18, including a baby alligator, a screech owl and a very friendly opossum. We love getting up-close and personal with our scaly, feathery and furry friends to learn more about our earth's inhabitants!
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.