Spanish Students Earn High Honors At The National Spanish Exam,
Earlier this Spring, Savannah Country Day Upper School Spanish students participated in the National Spanish Exam, a test and contest that is given to Spanish students across the nation to assess their achievement and proficiency in Spanish.
This year, in addition to numerous high achievers nationally, 19 Savannah County Day Students were recognized and rewarded by the Georgia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for earning one of the top six scores in this state for their level. Together they earned $675.00 in prize money! Please join us in congratulating these students on this very prestigious honor and achievement. !Enhorabuena!
Individual high scores in the state of Georgia:
Highest scores in Georgia: Harrison West (level 6 contest), David DeVaro (level 4 contest), Uyen-Vy Hoang and Geena Panzitta (level 3 contest, tie), Alvin Adjei and Megan Kemp (level 2 contest, tie), Kevin Lin (level 1 contest)
Second highest score in Georgia: Vik Manocha (level 3 contest)
Third highest scores in Georgia: Anna Stone and Grace Win (level 4 contest, tie),
Fourth highest score in Georgia: Isabella Giusti (level 2 contest)
Fifth highest scores in Georgia: Caroline Gilpin (level 3 contest), Sydney Moore (level 2 contest), Margot Strother (level 1 contest)
Sixth highest scores in Georgia: Emily Perry (level 4), Judd Douglas, Ryah Johnson, Rachel Mascolo & John Vaught (level 2, tie)
Gold awards- Students who scored in the top 5% of the nation in their level
Alvin Adjei, David DeVaro, Caroline Gilpin, Isabella Giusti, Uyen-Vy Hoang, Megan Kemp, Kevin Lin, Vik Manocha, Sydney Moore, Geena Panzitta, Anna Stone, Margot Strother, Harrison West, Grace Win
Silver awards- Students who scored in the top 15% of the nation in their level
Pierce Brannen, Pepa Celaya, Richard Chen, Judd Douglas, Caroline Durham, Brittany Hodges, Ryan Johnson, Madeline Mascolo, Rachel Mascolo, Jordyn Mason, Grace Mcglynn, Andrew Muller, Ashley Pankey, Emily Perry, Gillian Pytte, Brookey Sligh, Peter Talsness, Blake Thacher, John Vaught
Bronze awards- Students who scored in the top 25% of the nation in their level
Helen Bishop, Josh Braun, Clay Dekle, Ben Goodman, Rishabh Jain, Ana Jukic, Evelyn Kahn, Erin Keene, Court Kelley, Cameron Kerr, Summer Lanier, Graham McGinty, Laura Neely, Param Patel, Zoe Rehman, Clarie Reitan, Isa Rivera, Anson Siu, Ethan Strother, Amy Su
Green and gold, that’s the spirit of the day! Middle School Hornets celebrated their school pride on Saunders field with the annual Green and GoldDay, a morning of fun activities and races! Amongst the fun, three Middle School track records were broken. Five Middle School track records were broken during today's 2017 Green and Gold Day!!! Anna Pollack, 6th grade, set new records in the 200m (28.01) and 400m (1:04.31). Seventh grader Kenny Odom ran 57.63 in the 400m to put his name in the record books. Both 7th grade 4X100m teams set new records- the girls 57.02 (Mya Felser, Reese Ritchie, Haley Avino, and Amina Okumu) and the boys 52.68 (Kenny Odom, Reese London, Carson Gay, and Alex Wynn).
On Thursday, April 6, Country Day celebrated the inaugural Founders' Day--a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the School's remarkable past, recognize all that has been achieved, and reaffirm the commitment to excellence. The day began with a breakfast reception to honor the family members of the school's incorporators. At mid-morning assemblies, Mr. John Cay reminisced on his time at The Pape School and the founding of Savannah Country Day School. After picnic lunches, many students participated in activities such as trivia and scavenger hunts as a way to discuss our history and honor the individuals whose vision and perseverance created this exceptional school.
Fifth graders are sitting on success as they wrap up the final stages of their chair design project! After studying a unit on industrial design, students were challenged to create their own chairs by applying what they had learned about art, design and even physics to their creations. The result will be some carefully crafted chairs, handmade by our Hornets and on display at the end of the year art show on Friday, May 26th!
Michelle Obama, JK Rowling, Albert Einstein and Elvis – what could all these historical greats in one room mean? It’s time for the second grade Living Museum! On Thursday, May 11th, Hornets presented the culmination of their end of the year project in a display of famous figures for family and friends. Earlier in the year, these Hornets chose a historical figure, researched their life and accomplishments and then presented the “living museum” of all their accomplishments. These presidents, explorers, artists, scientists, movie directors and dancers also went one step further by performing a musical production about their historical friends!
Happy Makers Day! On April 25th, Lower School Hornets spent the entire day designing, constructing and building creative devices all through collaboration and innovation. From DIY musical instruments, to bridges that had to stand the test of time, our Hornets let their STEM-powered skills shine!
Upper School art students had a colorful weekend in Forsyth Park! Students participated in the 36th annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival, creating colorful chalk masterpieces alongside SCAD students and alumni.
On Sunday, April 23rd, Upper School hosted their final Fine Arts Night in extraordinary fashion. Aafter an opening reception that showcased a breadth of talent and creativity, guests moved into Jelks Auditorium to enjoy an evening of music and drama. The night concluded with a joint performance and the presentation of the Upper School Fine & Performing Art Awards. Another congratulations to the following students who were awarded throughout the night:
The Palette - Merida Ma
The Blueprint - Mario Ojeda
The Mudslinger - Rutherfurd Cairns
The National School Orchestra Award - Shannon Gavin
The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award- Ethan White
The Bouchillon Scholarship-Nolan Hogenboom
The Spirit Award - Emily Roher
The National School Chorus Award - Kate Templeton
The Proscenium Award - Emma Cavage, Brandt Backus & Isaiah Burks
Over the weekend, Middle School students delighted audiences with their heartwarming production of Charlotte's Web. Students reimagined the classic tale of friendship between the Wilbur, the runt pig scheduled for slaughter, and his creative and devoted friend Charlotte who spins flattering tales in her web. Congratulations to the cast and crew and to director Joanna Walchuk on two outstanding performances!
WINNER of The Triol Cup: Presented to the class with the highest percentage of participation in The Fund
WINNER of The Pressly Cup: Presented to the class with the highest participation of classmates attending Reunion Weekend
Reunion Party hosted at the Yacht Club Sail Loft
Reunion Committee: Helen Usher Boyle, Sally Altman Bradshaw, Dolly Chisholm, Sylvia Sparkman Coker, Gregory Crawford, Nita Ann Klein, Mark Lanier, McBrier Maner Maloney, Elizabeth D. Modlin, Corinne Stewart Reeves, Allan Reynolds, Janet Shepherd
Pictured (L to R): Boom Garwes Modlin, Janet Shepherd, Laura Zipperer, Sally Altman Bradshaw, Beverly Cann Reynolds, Sylvia Sparkman Coker, Allan Reynolds, Noreen Murphy Snellman, Corinne Stewart Reeves, Molly Piette Justice, Michael Reeves, Jack Blackburn, Dolly Chisholm Sadler, Connie Kennedy Darbyshire, Karen Dearing Ferebee, Bruce Ford and Amy Gregory Weeks
Reunion Party hosted at the Isle of Hope Marina, with a short sail from the Marina
Reunion Committee: Scott Backus, Hank Bahr, John Demere, Mrs. Karen Rosen Friedenberg, Tru Maddox Helms, Lannie Mason Niemiec, Alane Rollings, Will Weeks
Front Row (L to R): Frank and Kathy Bousquet, Kef Wilson, Alane Rollings, Cabell Marshall Romer, Susan Andrews Nall, Nora Riley Robinson, Vincent Martin, Tru Maddox Helms, Hank Bahr, George Hammond, Paul Meyer, Frank Maddox, Betsy Siemers, Marney Gilbert Sanford, Lannie Mason Niemiec, Scott Backus, Chris Knight, Johnny Demere, Carol Downing Blaisdell, Will Weeks.
WINNER of The Trusdell Cup Presented to the class who collectively contributes the highest amount to The Fund for Country Day
Reunion Party hosted at the Chatham Club
Reunion Committee: Meredith MacMillian Dyer, Brent Harlander, Austin Hill
Pictured (L to R): Meredith MacMillian Dyer, John Gold, Justin Johnson, Ben Levy, Jim Garrison, Brian Kulbersh, Meghan Bazemore, Pirkko Kiukkonen, Joey Bell, Todd Martin, Elizabeth Baker Brennan, Hunter Philbrick, Andrew Ginsberg, Austin Hill, Kristin Culver Jones, Melissa Allen Behm, Betsy M. Davis, Bracey Holland, Brent Harlander, Katie Burt Connell
The roaring 20’s, the awesome 80’s and every decade in between! Middle School’s "Decades Night" was a fantastic culmination of these hard-working Hornets year-long study of 20th century American history. Students spend months researching their selected decade, interviewing individuals, creating costumes and discovering all they could about the past! Each classroom was transformed into a particular decade, an interactive museum for all to admire! Decades Night is a way for Hornets to share historical tidbits, fun facts and making their own imprint on living history!
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 Savannah Morning News featured the SCDS Middle School baseball team as the "Team of hte Week." They recently captured the Championship in the Future Pros League. Members of the team are: Harris Brown, Rivers Carson, Miles Clemmons, Michael Clifton, John Day, Holden Geriner, Henry Giello, Jimmy Grove, Ethan Myers, John Neely, Robinson Norman, Willy Strickland-Marino, Nyle Rehman, Tyler Schneider, Daniel Sims, Eamon Wilson and Alex Wynn.
Monday May 12th was the perfect day for the SPAL Championship track meet at Saunders Stadium! Local teams competing included Blessed Sacrament, Bible Baptist, Calvary, Country Day, Hancock, Savannah Christian and St. James. Overall, Country Day took 1st place in 3 of the 4 team divisions and Savannah Christian took first in 5th-6th boys.
We are so proud of all of the student athletes that competed during the afternoon and into the evening. Congrats to the below Hornets on setting new school records:
- Anna Pollack 6th grade girls 400m 1:04.26 - Amina Okumu 7th grade girls 1600m 5:59.75 - 7th grade girls 4x100 relay (Mya Felser, Reese Ritchie, Haley Avino, Amina Okumu) :56.51 - Eva Beauchamp 5th grade girls 1600m 6:15.50 - 5th grade girls 4x100 relay (Helen Kenney, Sofia Pablo, Eva Beauchamp, Ella Stone) 1:02.87
Hornets take recycling seriously! The annual Lower School aluminum recycling contest is always a way for students to showcase their commitment to the environment. Congratulations to the following students on donating the highest amount of cans:
3rd grade winner: Emma Bromley (1,309 cans)
4th Grade winner: Allyson McCray (4,060)
5th Grade winner: Katie Bibby (840)
Highest number of Aluminum tabs donated: Anna Hull (63,243 tabs)
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!
Students in the College Physics class recently designed and built their own wind turbines. The faster the generator would spin, the more volts--the amount of electricity flowing through a circuit--were produced. Innovation design and sharp calculations made for a productive class!
Father Brett A. Brannen Visits World Religions Class
Father Brett A. Brannen visited the World Religions class on Wednesday, March 29th to talk about Catholicism and The Diocese of Savannah. One of the core components of this Upper School course is not only the exposure to the many different religions rooted in western culture, but the chance to meet local faith leaders who practice and identify with any of the given religions the students are focusing on.
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!
The circus came to town on Wednesday, April 12th, thanks to Little School Hornets! Friends and family were treated to songs from lion tamers, acrobats, clowns and plenty of joyous fun. Even the tiniest of Hornets had participating roles in the production! A special thanks to Debra Mamalakis for producing the event and showcasing these Hornets talents!
To see a short clip of the performance, click HERE
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!
We will hold class-specific information coffees for sophomore (May 16) and junior (May 18) parents in Bradley from 8 to 9. We want to provide college timelines for our rising junior and senior families and answer your questions. Some of the topics we will cover include: standardized testing schedules, college visit protocols, what colleges are looking for, and financial aid. We hope to see all of you for coffee and college questions later this month!
Dawn and Chris attend Southern Association of College Admission Counseling Conference in San Antonio
A couple of times a year, the College Counseling team travels to major conferences around the country. These conferences are a vital part of keeping up to date on what’s going on in our field, one that has changed at an increasingly rapid rate over the past couple of decades. While there, we heard from colleagues about decision plan trends at selective universities, better ways to use numbers and stats when advising students on admission, insights on the new SAT and sane test prep, and more. These conferences are also great opportunities for us to talk with our college admission colleagues about our interested juniors and seniors and to encourage them to visit Savannah this fall, as well as to learn about any potential changes in their policies for the coming year. We return energized about our profession and full of new ideas to improve our counseling.
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 Girls 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 student’s 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.
Marge 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, SCDS class of 1999.
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 Mc Graw-Hill Publishers and was a sales territory manager for Pearson Education. Her heart is in Education.
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.
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.