It was a night of delicious shared dishes and meaningful conversations at the 10th Annual Multicultural Potluck! The evening brought together family and friends to partake in discussions and crafts celebrating multiculturalism and inclusivity, as well a presentation on Cultural Shock and Cultural Curiosity by Brook Serrano, Director of International Student Services for SCAD. As a school that celebrates all cultures and backgrounds, we continue to foster a respectful, supportive community that affirms and celebrates one another.
Thanks to alumnus Jamel Pee ‘07 for returning to campus to meet with Madame Lewis’ French classes. Jamel is the founder and director of a digital services agency based in Amsterdam. He talked with students about his study abroad trips while at SCDS and how that shaped his post-graduate work at University of Geneva and his early career overseas. We were thrilled to welcome him back on campus!
Our alumni are doing incredible things! Chrissy Glover '13 spoke to Upper School students on January 10 about her passion for fashion, technology and helping others in need — and how those three worlds intersect.
Chrissy received a BFA in Fibers and minored in Fashion Design at SCAD and is currently pursuing a Master in Design Studies (MDes) in Technology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her research focus is on developing assistive wearable technology for people with disabilities and creating custom textile sensors to employ in such applications. She is particularly interested in how clothing can be used to mediate the sensory environment for children on the autism spectrum.
Third, fourth and fifth graders had a chance to explore and learn about several different cultures during the Lower School Multicultural Celebration. Activities included African dancing, Chinese character drawing and Latin American dancing. The celebration culminated in a cultural food festival, featuring foods from around the world, like Italian cannolis, German bratwurst, janssons frestesle from Sweden, taquitos from Guatemala and cinnamon buns from… America!
Thank you to parents Sergeant Major Benjamin Stolba and Captain Andrea Stolba for visiting Mrs. Johns' third grade class on Monday, November 12. In addition to talking with students about freedom and sacrifice, they explained the meaning behind the folding of the American flag. The Stolbas taught students how to fold the flag and even provided each one with a flag to fold and take home. Thank you again to the Stolba family for such a special Veterans Day lesson!
Our first through fourth graders enjoyed hearing from local scientist Cathy Sakas, Education Coordinator of NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, about Gray’s Reef and the wildlife populations that live there. As part of her presentation, she challenged some of our STRONG students to break different types of plastic that are often found in our oceans — their difficulty to do so demonstrated the dangers plastic pollution poses to our marine wildlife. Ms. Sakas suggested some easy ways our students can be part of the solution, including eliminating plastic straw use and cutting plastic soda rings before disposing of them. A huge thank you to Ms. Sakas for stopping by and presenting to our Lower School Hornets!
Congratulations to our Lower, Middle and Upper School choruses and Upper School Orchestra on a fantastic holiday concert at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church. It is always a beautiful concert to kickoff the holiday season!
Bravo to our Middle School student artists! On the evening of December 5, both Logan Loggia and Jelks Auditorium were packed with family and friends as our sixth, seventh and eighth graders showcased their work from the first half of the year. The event was a fantastic display of their time and talents!
Many thanks to local fiber artist Katie Rudd for spending a week in our Lower School. Over a week in late October, Ms. Rudd worked with all students in grades JK through 5th to create a large-scale collaborative piece of artwork using strips of cloth and fabric. Stop by the Lower School to see this special installation.
Mr. Bud Mingledorff Honored as Distinguished Alumnus
On Thursday, December 6, SCDS honored alumnus Bud Mingledorff '64 with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Mingledorff is widely regarded as a business leader with a track record of giving back to organizations that can make a difference. He is a true reflection of our school’s motto of Service through knowledge and character. Congratulations, Mr. Mingledorff! Thank you for taking the time to speak with our Upper School students on the importance of showing gratitude.
The Country Day Alumni Board came to campus the morning of April 19 for one of our favorite annual events — the Senior Pancake Breakfast! Alumni provided our seniors with a much-needed energy boost as the semester draws closer to the end. Thank you to our alumni for flipping pancakes and sharing the love with our seniors!
Congratulations to Vihan Lakshman, SCDS class of 2012, on his team win at the second annual NBA Hackathon. Competing teams worked for 24 hours, building tools to solve challenging and important analyticalproblems in the NBA. Team work was presented to panels of expert judges and an audience of NBA personnel, media, invited guests, and the other competitors. Lakshman’s team took the grand prize that included lunch with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and a trip to NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles.
Eighth grade Hornets are learning about Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet through a modern lens! You can see students throughout campus filming their own interpretations of the well-known play. This annual activity in Ms. Abineri’s Romeo and Juliet study always makes for a fun and interesting approach to learning about the classic piece of work!
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 The Outsiders facts. What a fun way to learn about the classic novel!
On Thursday afternoon at Savannah Country Day School, senior Hornet baseball player Win Johns fulfilled a lifelong dream by signing his letter of intent to play college baseball. Johns, a Savannah Morning News first team All Greater Savannah selection as a junior, signed on to play collegiately at Columbus State University. A packed crowd with family, friends and classmates added to the excitment for the Johns family. Congratulations Win!
The Savannah Morning News honors the outstanding athletes for the Fall sports. Volleyball selections for the All Greater Savannah Team are Madeline Wynn - 1st Team and Abigail Kahn - Honorable Mention. Ben Goodman, Court Kelley, Alston McCaslin and Emma West were selected Honorable Mention for cross country. For football, Andre Miller and Clay Dekle were selected as 1st Team All Greater Savannah. Brock Taylor and Matthew Mims were honored as Second Team. Honorable Mention went to Donavan Davelaar, Albert Grandy, Barry Kleinpeter, C. J. Nugara, Kenneth Odom, Ash Pinckney, Brayton Rahimi, Kenneth Reedy, and Cameron Weaver. The 2018-19 Players and Coaches of the Year and First-Team All City selections will be honored at the annual Savannah Morning News Best of Preps banquet in the spring.
Colin Porter, the Savannah Country Day senior, captured the ISSA Cressy Championship Regatta in the Laser Full Singlehanded Division on Lake Macatawa near Holland, Michigan. “The conditions were something I’ve never sailed in before,” Porter said after returning to his native Savannah. “I’ve never sailed north of Virginia in the cold in the winter months. It was like 45 degrees. It hailed.” After two full days on the water and 14 races of about 25-30 minutes each, Porter was cold and wet and happy. He won his first National High School Championship. Colin will be interviewed on ESPN radio Saturday at 10:15 AM as the "Athlete of the Week." Congratulations!!
Ceramics Students Donate Pottery to Soup Kitchen Fundraiser
For the 7th straight year, the SCDS ceramics students and art teachers donated bowls for the Emmaus House Empty Bowl Fundraiser. The annual luncheon benefits the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen at 18 Abercorn Street.
34 of our ninth graders recently participated in a local service project, “Scary in the Dairy.” The event raises funds for Pegasus Riding Academy, an organization provides therapeutic horse back riding lessons for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. This specific program's proceeds will go towards their Veterans’ program. Well done, Hornets!
On Friday, October 12, as part of the homecoming activities, the seventh grade welcomed their buddies from Wesley Community Centers Preschools to the Lower School garden. Seventh graders made sandwiches and packed lunch bags with notes and snacks for their friends, and everyone enjoyed the gardens, chickens, fish, and bunnies. Each year, the SCDS seventh graders partner with Wesley Community Center for a year-long community project.
Thanks to Savannah Economic Development (SEDA), seniors in AP Economics had the opportunity to hear from celebrity entrepreneur Daymond John. Mr. John, most commonly recognized from ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, appeared at the SEDA event to discuss his own rise to fame and offer advice to students on the cusp of entering college.
Students and faculty recently traveled to Nashville, TN for the annual NAIS People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership conferences. More than 6,400 educators and students joined together to explore the theme of Equitable Schools and Inclusive Communities: Harmony, Discord, and the Notes in Between.” Hornets attended various workshops and discussion groups during the multi-day conference, discussing race and ethnic identity development with fellow students and faculty from across the nation. The conferences serve as a way for Country Day students to engage in an unforgettable inclusion experience, bring back to Country Day invaluable leadership and insights and become cultural ambassadors on campus.
The mission: Build the fastest model car powered only by an air-filled balloon. Students in Mr. Weber’s College Physics class took on this challenge using Newton’s Laws of Motion to develop the winning design. In this fun activity, students put their creations to the test on race day and were BLOWN away by the results!
We may not get snow very often in Savannah, but the Little School celebrated Blizzard Day on January 16! They enjoyed having “snowball fights,” with homemade snow, wearing white outfits and participating in lots of fun snow-related activities!
Little School students were thrilled to open their clasrooms to the "big kids" for holiday fun. With expert help for cutting and gluing, these Hornets pairs created colorful and creative gingerbread men.
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.
Fall College Counseling Programs for Freshmen and Sophomore Parents
In the past, we have hosted informal coffees for underclassmen parents each spring to answer college-related questions. Beginning this fall, and in response to family requests, we will offer two “meatier” college programs for parents of freshmen and sophomores. On Monday, October 29, freshmen parents are invited to attend one of two sessions (8-9 AM or 5-6 PM). The following Monday, November 5, sophomore parents are invited to one of two sessions (8-9 AM or 5-6 PM). All sessions will be held in Bradley (LS). Dawn and I will describe our program year-by-year, discuss in detail our roles as counselors, and answer all of your questions. We look forward to seeing all of you in October or November.
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.