News from the Upper School

Week of Jan. 22
Week of Jan. 22
Week of Jan. 22

What an incredible week! Hats off to the entire SDS community for a job well done. Homecoming is a time of tradition, competition, and fun that brings students, alums, faculty, and staff together to celebrate the life and history of the Day School.

Upper school students have been planning, banner painting, scriptwriting, filming, and editing for weeks. Teamwork and creativity joined forces on Thursday night as each grade level constructed their movie-themed halls. For twenty-four hours, Presnell becomes a space for our students to create a wonderland for our younger Griffins to enjoy. From Freshmen to Seniors, the hall themes were Teen Beach Movie, Space Jam, Ratatouille, and Hunger Games. As you can see from the images below, lots of time and energy went into creating fun, memorable experiences for Griffins of all ages. On the surface, Hall Night seems like four hours of fun. While there is much enjoyment in the evening, the occasion provides lessons in advanced planning, budgeting, conflict resolution, leadership, execution, and collaboration. It does an educator's heart good to see students pull off such a large-scale project and be proud of the outcome. Witnessing the excitement of Lower School students as they view the halls on Friday is a huge bonus! Below, you'll see banner pictures followed by a random selection of candids, including shots from our spirit dress-up days. Rhyme Without a Reason was my favorite!

Please join us tonight as our teams compete against SCA. The fun will continue as we invite alums back to campus and cheer on our Griffin athletes! Upper School closes out Homecoming week with a dance in Dent on Saturday night from 8:00 - 10:00.

Several Upper School students will participate in the Ethics Bowl competition this weekend. Led by Dr. Tim Fisher and Bobbie Jean Shepard, our students will compete against thirteen schools from across the state. You can read more about the event here. Good luck, Griffins! Dr. Duncan's SAT prep continues on Sunday, 1/21, from 1-3 in the Seminar room. 

Next week promises to be reasonably quiet. Continue to check the calendar for updates. A few key things to note are listed below.

Saturday, January 20 Homecoming Dance   8:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday, January 21 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, January 28 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, January 30 Interact Bake Sale Milliken Lobby  
Sunday, February 4 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 11 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, February 15 Early Dismissal 12:05  
Friday, February 16 Student Holiday    
Monday, February 19 School Holiday for Presidents Day    
  Upper School Art Show ends Dent Gallery  
Monday, February 26 Special Studies Week    
Sunday, March 3 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, March 14 Early Dismissal 12:05  
Friday, March 15 Upper School in session    
Thursday, March 21 Upper School Play 6:00 pm Dent Gallery
Friday, March 22 Upper School Play 6:00 pm Dent Gallery


College Counseling Corner

Week of April 15

Looking Ahead:

Seniors will attend the 2nd Senior Series on Tuesday, April 16th from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in the Parents' Community Seminar Room. Lunch from Chick-fil-A will be provided. Please make sure your student fills out the Google Form.

All rising 10th-12th grade students:
Reminder about Course Requests - You must receive signatures from your teachers AND a parent/guardian before turning into College Counseling by Thursday, April 18th.


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