Harrison West to Compete for 2017 State STAR Student
Senior Harrison West will travel to Atlanta in late April to compete for the state STAR student title. Harrison earned the overall STAR Student award for Chatham County and tied for the Region 8 title with a near perfect SAT score of 1,580.
The 3rd Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons 3 v 3 charity basketball tournament was held on Saturday, March 4. Country Day was pleased to once again host the community tournament, named in memory of former SCDS parent and Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti.
It was a great day of basketball, with several SCDS teams performing well. Congratulations to the below teams!
Adult Division Champion: Jeremy Hammond, Johnathan Day, Jasen Cheatham, Robert Walsh, Hughes Barber
High School Boys Runner Up: Rhodes Pendarvis, Albert Grandy, Kyle Hou
7th/8th Grade Boys Runner Up: Reese London, Alex Wynn, Holden Geriner
7th/8th Grade Boys 3rd Place: Jack Ballard, Ethan Myers, Daniel Sims, Will Jowers, Luke Wall
Best day of the year! On the morning of Wednesday, March 1st, the Lower School was full of Cat in the Hats, Loraxs, Thing One and Thing Twos as excited Hornets celebrated Seuss Day! Students came to school in every type of Seuss costume imaginable and celebrated with readings by special guests, imaginative activities and yummy treats! Hooray for Seuss Day!
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!
Varsity Jazz students took to the seven seas over the weekend as they performed on a cruise to the Bahamas! Hornets wowed the crowds, showed off their talents and even got a little beach time in. To see video of one of their many amazing performances, click HERE
Congratulations to Hornet Amelia Tate '19, for winning a Scholastic National Medal! Her ceramic hand-built piece, "Crabby Burger Patty" won a Silver Medal and was one of only 90 artworks from Georgia to get national recognition. Congratulations to this talented Hornet!
Congratulations to Caroline Downs '17 for winning the Regional Shakespeare Competition! She will perform at Lincoln Center in New York City in the spring--we are so proud of this wildly talented Hornet!
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!”
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!
Congratulations to our awesome Fifth Grade Lady Hornets for being the Savannah Morning News team of the week! From the article
Grade level: Fifth-grade
Coaches: Lamar Kirkley and Darla Wynn
News: The strong 11-member Lady Hornets team, guided by the talented father/daughter duo of coaches Kirkley and Wynn, recently completed an undefeated 12-0 season by topping rival St. Andrew’s 44-14 in the league’s annual postseason championship game.
According to Kirkley, the team utilized a stifling defense to hold the Lady Lions in check to preserve the win.
Junior Kindergarten Hornets have gone to the dogs! Students are heading to the kitchen to make dog biscuits for One Love Animal Rescue, a favorite yearly service project! These tasty treats will fill the bellies of hungry pups that are waiting to be adopted. The handmade biscuits will be presented to One Love, along with donated blankets, handmade peanut butter treats, and pet toys. Our students combined flour, chicken stock, and lots and lots of love to this recipe for their furry-friends--and even pretended to be puppy dogs with some treats of their own!
Over the weekend, several Upper School Hornets took part in the new service initiative, UTime. The organization was created by Lily Glass '18 to provide families with children with special needs a free and dependable babysitting service. Not only does this help the parents by giving them much deserved personal time, but the children enjoy their experience in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. UTime is one of the new student-driven service clubs at Country Day!
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!
How do you combine art and sustainability? Through an Andy Warhol inspired project where you waste not want not! After studying the famous artist, Hornets were tasked at creating a Warhol styled piece of their own using Campbell's soup labels. But what to do with the many cans of soup leftover? Take the lessons students have learned from sustainability practices and create a buffet style art experience that is both tasty and fun!
Ceramics students challenged themselves with a "blind" shaping exercise ! Hornets were tasked with blindfolding themselves and taking to the potters wheel to test their skills. The exercise, while completely silly looking, is a great way for students to test their spacial skills and rely on what they know about shape and size to guide them in creating a piece of art.
Students Present to the Georgia Association of Historians
In February, Leah Jackson and Cecilia Belzer traveled with Upper School teacher Peter Foley to present a paper to the Georgia Association of Historians at the yearly Jekyll Island Conference center. Leah and Cecilia have been working on the piece since summer. It is an examination of the influence of Savannah on the life and work of Joel Chandler Harris, the author and native Georgian (Eatonton) of the Uncle Remus Tales. Harris began to write the stories after a stint at the Savannah Morning News as editor and columnist from 1870 to 1876 when he fled the yellow fever epidemic with his wife and two sons and moved to Atlanta as editor of the Atlanta Constitution. (click on the title for the full story)
Little School Hornets Teach Their Older Peers Stress Relief Techniques
On Wednesday, March 1st, Little and Big Hornets shared the Quad for a morning of relaxing fun! A part of the Upper School "Stress Relief Week", Little School Hornets were invited to bring Stretch and Grow, one of their favorite curricular programs, to their older peers. The Quad was filled with laughter and smiles as the younger and older Hornets enjoyed time together.
'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!
The college office will be hosting our second evening Book Club discussion on March 23rd, 5-6 in Bradley. This is a make up for the Book Club canceled in October due to 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.
Beckmann and Berger at SACAC Georgia Legislative Day
On February 8, Dawn and I, along with more than 50 of our Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) colleagues (both college admissions and school counselors like ourselves), traveled to Atlanta to meet with lawmakers and advocate for legislation related to higher education. Dawn spoke with Senator Lester Jackson (father of Lester, SCDS ‘17) about expanding need-based financial aid and I met with Representative Carl Wayne Gilliard about enhanced funding for school counselors in an effort to reduce their burdensome caseloads. Dawn and I hope to participate in future initiatives like this both in Atlanta and in Washington.
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.