The Middle School Math Team won the regional round of the national MATHCOUNTS competition Tuesday, February 21! Hornets Sowah Adjei '21, Owen Elkin '21, Landon Stone '21 and Cole Gensheimer '22 took first place and will advance to the state competition in Atlanta in March. Sowah Adjei was the first place individual at the competition with Owen Elkin taking home the second place trophy and Landon Stone winning fourth place individual. In addition to these four competitors, Jimmy Grove '22 placed seventh in the contest, Charles Harris '22 placed ninth, Cole Gensheimer and Robinson Norman '22 tied for tenth place, and Vaibhav Patel '21 filled out the team. Good Luck at State, Hornets!
During the week of January 30th, the eighth grade class participated in the annual Outward Bound excursion in the Florida Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands! Using canoes, teams navigated their way to sandy beaches, setting up camp, boarding up on canoes, cooking their own meals and learning ‘Leave No Trace’ techniques to minimize their impact on the land. They worked together to decipher charts and used compasses to navigate their way through the maze-like mangrove tunnels. Without a doubt, this experience is one that will not soon be forgotten by all who participated. Thanks to all of the teachers that continue to make this such an amazing experience for each eighth grade class!
Country Day was proud to host famed author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells! Wells is the well-known author of many childhood classics, including the Max & Ruby series. Lower School students worked with Wells over two days in both writing and arts workshops, honing their creative skills and creating illustrations like their favorite author! A BIG thanks to Rosemary Wells for sharing her talents with the Country Day community!
Lower School students harnessed solar energy and Fresnel lenses to toast marshmallows! Students were tasked with creating a Fresnel lens to trap some of the sun’s energy, making the air inside the box hotter than the air outside the box. Students quickly realized that "the solar oven is like a super greenhouse!" The result? Tasty toasted marshmallows, no campfire necessary!
SCDS parent and marine biologist Kim Roberson talked with young Hornets about her deep dives off the GA coast!! Students learned more about how scuba gear works, talked about the creatures of the deep and even tracked Mary Lee, the great white shark that frequents our coastal waters.
Hornets Awarded Scholastic Award for Achievement in Art
Congratulations! to Hornets awarded Scholastic Award for Achievement in Art!
Win Johns (collage)
Amy Su (watercolor)
Amelia Tate (ceramics)
Lily Glass (ceramics)
Merida Ma (painting)
Patrick Dimond (sculpture)
Merida Ma (drawing)
Margaret Mercer (propaganda poster)
Mary Beth Sampey (perspective drawing)
Braden Sorge (perspective drawing)
Gold and Silver key work will be displayed at a state show in Savannah at SCAD's Poetter Hall from March 1st-11th. (Silver work is displayed digitally.) The exhibition will conclude with an awards reception to be held on Saturday, March 11 from 2-4 p.m.
Congratulations to GMEA All-State Orchestra Members
SCDS is truly proud of students who accept serious musical challenges and during the week of February 6, several SCDS students competed in Atlanta against students from all over the state of Georgia. They performed impressively and earned coveted spots in GMEA All-State Orchestras. They will rehearse and perform in Athens at the Classic Center on March 2-4, 2017. Congratulations to these widly talented Hornets: Alvin Adjei '20, Junho Chang '20, Olivia Johnson-Liu '20 and Yenna Park '23
Congratulations to Hornets Caroline DeWalt ’18, Kate Keaveney ’17, Lily Glass ’18, Olivia Allen ’19, Rutherford Cairns ’18, Ben Goodman '19, Harrison West ’17, Margaret Mercer ’18, Mario Ojeda ’18, Merida Ma ’18 and Patrick Dimond ‘19, whose work was accepted into the Congressional Art Exhibition hosted at Armstrong State University! The show will open at the Armstrong Art Gallery on Monday, February 20, and will close on Sunday, March 5, at 3PM following the reception and awards ceremony from 2:00 - 3:00PM
The Barrow family legacy with Savannah Country Day School spans four generations. Their commitment to education is demonstrated through their dedication to the school that continues to provide long-lasting lessons and strong fundamentals.
When we asked David Barrow (’90) to reflect back on his experience, he had a very profound message. “In a world that is changing more and more rapidly with the pace of innovation accelerating, the traditional approaches are being disrupted continually. It is essential that we have an education like the one we benefited from at Country Day, which prepares you to challenge assumptions and ask new questions.”
The preparedness of the Country Day students continues to be a focal point for many graduates. “I was prepared for college, not because of the content I learned, but because of the skills I had acquired to be successful,” Virginia Barrow Hills (’95) articulates. “I learned the importance of being prepared, asking the right questions and reaching for excellence.”
Country Day’s rigorous program empowers students with the tools necessary to enter into the academic and professional environments beyond high school. But it isn’t always about the academics. Through further conversations with the Barrow family, it was apparent that the relationships built at Country Day were just as influential.
George Barrow (’96) attributes Coach Bach with making a difference in his life by being a positive influence through his tenure at Country Day. “He had the ability to the be firm, fair, fun and inspirational all in one moment.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by Charlie Barrow (’69) when he elaborated, “there were several teachers who impacted me. Not only to show me that study and preparation were necessary, but also that there is great value in listening to others for wisdom and guidance.”
The message is clear. Country Day is not just a school; it is an environment that continues to foster academic development and more importantly a sense of community among our students and teachers.
“We need to be inspired to learn, adapt to, and even shape our changing world.”
Electa Hoffman, a member of the Pape School’s 1934 graduating class, established the foundation for four generations to attend Savannah Country Day School. Spanning almost one hundred years, the Culver Family legacy reflects their commitment to a strong work ethic, lifelong relationships and an understanding of the importance of being a versatile individual.
Electa’s daughter, Robbie Culver (’64), appreciates her time at Country Day and portrays the School as the place where she gained her most valuable life lessons: “One in particular was how to organize in order to balance academics with other activities.” She adds, “discipline and time management learned at Country Day helped with choosing college courses and knowing how much I could handle at a time.”
Robbie later married SCDS alumnus Eddie Culver (‘62). Eddie shares his wife’s sentiments. “The ability to be organized and to plan ahead were among the skills that helped students cope with the work load and studying necessary to succeed at Country Day.”
In addition to graduating with the ability to effectively juggle a multitude of responsibilities and activities, students leave the school gates with close bonds with both classmates and faculty.
“I started at Country Day in Kindergarten and was fortunate to cultivate some incredible lifelong friendships during the thirteen years that I attended the school,” explains Brian Culver (’94). “Some of the very best friends that I have today are Country Day alumni.”
This school prides itself on the success of our alumni, in hopes that they will return and offer guidance, advice and support to our current students and programs. Kristin Jones (’97) enthuses, “Our long relationship with Country Day has taught us that it is important to continue to be involved with the Country Day community, whether through direct financial support or participation on boards or at school events. Our family hopes to help Country Day continue to provide the same experience for future students – perhaps including future Culver generations!”
Savannah Country Day School Alumni Home for the Holidays Happy Hour
There was a great turnout for Savannah Country Day School Alumni Home for the Holidays Happy Hour at The Wyld Dock Bar! Over 70 attendees enjoyed oysters, cocktails and conversation with fellow Hornets. Save the Date for this event next year! Hope to see everyone next at the Alumni Weekend, April 21st-22nd
Mr. Swanson’s seventh-grade class got up close and personal with their dissection subjects in a lesson about the in’s and out’s of anatomy. These curious hornets started off by opening the abdominal and thoracic cavity of the fetal pig and identifying the organs and structures, as well as recording their observations. They then reviewed the external anatomy and determined the gender of each pig. The dissection provides a hands-on way to study an anatomy similar to our own.
It was Socs versus Greasers in sixth grade English class! A long-standing tradition for Country Day, our students honed their knowledge of the classic book, The Outsiders, by having a rumble--with their smarts of course. Students donned their 50's best and joined teams to quiz each other on Outsiders facts. Stay gold, Hornets!
The Middle School quiz bowl team attended the regional PAGE academic bowl competition on Saturday, January 7th. These Hornets competed against nine other teams from around the region and after some tough rounds, the Country Day team pulled a first place win and earned a spot at the state-wide tournament later in January! Congratulations to our Regional Champs!
Three basketball teams won their SPAL Championship last night. Both 5th Grade teams finished their season 12-0. The girls defeated St Andrews 44-14 and the boys knocked out SCPS 62-32 in the Championship games. The 7th Grade boys defeated #1 Seed Hancock 38-36 to take home the trophy in front of a packed Demere Gym. The 6th Grade girls and boys finished as the SPAL Runner-Up. Congratulations coaches and athletes!
Madeline Wynn leads the Greater Savannah Area in rebounds. In 26 games she has recorded 266 rebounds (10.6 Average). Bryce Dunn is 10th for the boys. He has a 7.5 average in 24 games and a total of 181 rebounds. Madeline leads the Lady Hornets to the GHSA State Playoffs. The Lady Honets travel to Pinecrest Academy for the 1st Round of State. Go Hornets!
Senior midfielder Jack Rittmeyer has signed to play soccer for Georgia Southern, GS reported in a press release. Rittmeyer was an All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection last year when he had six goals and 10 assists. He is a two-time All-Region selection who plans to major in physics.
“Jack is a quick, mobile attacker who can play centrally or out wide,” Georgia Southern coach John Murphy said in a press release. “He has a great engine and his work rate allows him to impact the game either feeding teammates or creating chances for himself … He is also a committed defender out of possession and is strong in 50/50s. His versatility and skill set will provide him with opportunities to impact the team as a freshman.”
Upper School Hornets have joined forces with Project Linus, an organization that makes blankets for ill and traumatized children! Members of the Service Club will come together on a regular basis to create the blankets from beautiful pieces of donated fabric. It's a great and simple way for these Hornets to create care in our community!
As a continuation of the summer camp offering, Camp Wildflower, Upper School Hornets held a lock-in for sixth grade girls. Camp Wildflower focuses on empowering adolescent girls to be expressive, powerful, and healthy individuals. During the lock-in, students played games, participated in team building activities and spent the night bonding with one another! A special thanks to Upper School students Georgianna James, Patti Tao and Amelia Tate for organizing the event for the younger girls.
The 2016 Second Harvest Protein Food Drive was a huge success! This year, students donated nine HUGE bins of protein items, which will be used in crafting meals in the upcoming holidays. SCDS is proud of its 20+ year partnership with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia! Thank you to all who donated!
Psychology students visited the Little School on February10, as part of their developmental psychology unit! To learn more about the developmental stages of preschoolers, students used a technique known as naturalistic observation--a research method commonly used by psychologists and other social scientists and involves observing subjects in their natural environment. While observers aren't supposed to have contact with their subjects, few students could resist these adorable Hornets
Harrison West Named Chatham County's 2017 STAR Student
On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 8, senior Harrison West was named Chatham County’s 2017 STAR Student. Students and teachers from 18 public and private high schools were recognized for their academic performance. Harrison earned the overall STAR Student award with the highest SAT score in Chatham County--a near perfect SAT score of 1,580.
AP French students started La Chandeleur with a scrumptious petit déjeuner at the local French owned café, Le Café Gourmet. Students conversed with the owners Angela & Alexandre en français and had une merveilleuse période!
'Tis the season for frosty weather, pajamas at school, holiday crafts and the gift of family and friends! Little School Hornets always are always shining brightest when it comes to holiday spirit at Country Day. The past week alone, students performed holiday songs for family, had a door conest and even celebrated Tacky Sweater day--these Hornets know how to get the holidays started!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Little School! Our youngest Hornets wore their best turkey and pilgrim costumes and celebrated in their own style--singing songs, reading books, and feasting on their favorite foods!
Bruni Book Club: Thursday, March 23, 5-6 in Bradley
The college office will be hosting our second evening Book Club discussion on March 23rd. This is a make up for the book club canceled in October due to Hurricane Matthew. We will be reading Frank Bruni’s Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to College Admission Mania. In it, he makes the case that, “Where we go to college will have infinitely less bearing on our fulfillment in life than so much else: the wisdom with which we choose our romantic partners; our interactions with the communities that we inhabit; our generosity toward the families we inherit and the families that we make.” We hope to start a conversation about the college process, what’s causing the most stress to both students and parents, and what we can all do to bring more sanity to this process. The discussions are open to all upper school parents, so please pick up a copy of the book and plan to join us. Refreshments will be provided.
College Counseling Coffee Drop In: Thursday, Feb. 16, 8-8:30 in the College Office
Do college counseling-related questions come up when you speak with your friends? Do you feel overwhelmed at times by any of the following: your child applying/attending college, paying for college, discussing college choices with your child? Do you wish you had a regular forum for these questions/concerns? If so, then please attend our first monthly College Counseling Coffee Drop In on Feb. 16 at 8. Dawn and I will have coffee and donuts and we’d love to facilitate an agenda-less discussion on the college-related topics of interest to you. No reservations needed and we hope to see some of you on the morning of the 16th.
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.
Gwennette Parker always knew that Country Day provided the best education possible—but she also knew the roadblocks that could keep students from receiving it.
“ My son always wanted to attend Country Day, but because I was a single parent, I couldn’t afford tuition at the time,” said Gwennette.
Through scholarship and financial aid, she was able to put her son through Country Day; a decision that she knows has impacted his life course.
“I see how Country Day has given him the confidence to push himself in more ways than just one. It gave him the confidence in his oral skills, his writing, and his public speaking,” she said.
Gwennette and her son T. have set up the T. Miller Endowed Scholarship. At Counntry Day, endowed scholarships are named at the $25,000 level. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance to a Country Day student, with a preference toward helping a child, interested in athletics, from a single parent family.
Gwennette knows firsthand the ripple effect a great education can have and what can then be possible.
“I see this scholarship as a way to pay it forward. Country Day is a wonderful place to receive an education that you can take with you through your whole life.”
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.