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A snapshot of the events and news at SDHS! Our students will amaze you with their news!

The SDHS Science Department is sponsoring an Earth Day event for the entire faculty and student body on Monday, April 22nd. @OneTwelve pre-ordered shirts for the students for this event.

T-shirts available in the school store



National Merit Finalist: Jacob DiChiacchio

Nine students from Hamilton County Schools are moving on as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition, including our very own Jacob R. DiChiacchio. National Merit Finalist students represent the top 1.12 percent of the nation in academics.  This is a huge accomplishment for him, so please congratulate him if you see him!

National Merit Finalist Jake DiChiacchio



Week of March 11th, 2019

SDHS Students Job Shadowing

Former Soddy elementary students, now SDHS Seniors in the national Honor society job shadowing/volunteering to help Ms. Roberts’ class!

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SDHS Concert Performance Assessment

Concert Performance Assessment The band participated in Concert Performance Assessment. Both the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble received a Superior Rating from the Judges in both On Stage Performance and Sight-Reading! Congrats SDHS Band!

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Special Olympics

Student Council Core volunteered with Special Olympics to host the annual swim meet at GPS. SDHS students acted as recorders, timers, runners, and even assisted the swimmers in and out of the water. Great day of cheering on the athletes and celebrating with them!

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Week of March 4th, 2019

  • TSBA SCOPE Conference @MTSU
  • Student Council Read Across America
  • Tennis vs East Hamilton @ Standifer Gap
  • Special Olympics Swim Meet @ GPS
  • Spanish presentations to Daisy Elementary
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Tennis at Warner Park vs CSAS
  • Prom Fashion Show
  • Track SD vs Walker Valley @ Walker Valley HS-Jamboree
  • Forensics Tournament @ Morristown East
  • Band Winter Guard Comp @ Kell HS, Marietta, GA
  • SDHS Prom Fashion Show 

    Prom Fashion Show 2019 was sponsored by David's Bridal of Chattanooga, Tn. If you're looking for a beautiful dress go see Tonya at David's Bridal. A special thanks to her for setting all of this up and making it a huge success!

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    HUDDLE HOUSE owner recognized as 2019 Outstanding Partner

    Hamilton County Schools recognized businesses, community organizations, and faith-based organizations for their commitment to public education and contributions to children at the Partners In Education breakfast at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The event was sponsored by Unum and Fund for Excellence. More than 300 guest gathered for the recognition. Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson spoke to the partners about how community partners have positively impacted the district and the importance of continuing to engage the community in the promise for tomorrow for all children in Hamilton County Schools. In addition, the event honored and recognized each partnership involved in our schools because all partnerships are vital to the success of our schools and the children we serve. Hamilton County Schools recognized eight community partners with a 2019 Outstanding Partner Award.

    Huddle House local owner, Gregg Hansen, is a local business owner who volunteers with several schools - but not by himself - he always brings along another community business partner. The visits help his business colleagues learn more about and see the needs in schools. Hansen also uses his business to donate food to school events that engage families as well as for teacher celebrations.

    Mr. Hansen, SDHS would like to thank you for your continued support for our school!

    Mr. Hanson is honored for helping SDHS

    Hamilton Book of the Week

    The Warcross series by Marie Wu is the Hamilton book of the week nominated by Jeanne Mochel, the librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School. The series is a young adult, science fiction series that keeps readers on their toes with every twist and turn that takes place. Readers can often relate to the 18-year-old heroine, Emika Chen, and her journey through the virtual reality game, Warcross. Often referred to as a “cyberpunk” novel, Warcross is an exciting page-turner that you won’t want to put down!

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    TVA Visits SDHS

    TVA visited SDHS to give our seniors 10 minute mock job interviews to prepare for the future!

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    Full Sail University Visits SDHS

    Full Sail University came to demonstrate the different courses they offer to the F.R.I. students of SDHS! Students participated in creating a small game and making music like real producers!

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    Trojan Spring College Fair

    The 2019 SDHS Spring College Fair went off without a hitch! Students have the opportunity to find more information about the colleges of their dreams. Thank you to all of the colleges who participated! Here is a list of the colleges who attended.

    If you plan on attending a college fair in the future, here are some of the questions you should ask! Click here to view.


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    Week of February 25, 2019
    • SDHS had our first track practice of the season
    • FCA Leadership Breakfast @ Ridgedale Baptist Church
    • Incoming 8th graders from Loftis and Soddy Middle School visited SDHS!
    • Spanish students presented to Daisy Elementary students
    • Forensics competed in their qualifying Tournament @ Franklin High School
    • Band Winter Guard Competition @ McEachern HS
    • SkillsUSA State Competition @ Brentwood Academy 

    SDHS Hall of Fame

    The SDHS Hall of Fame was presented on March 1st. Congratulations to all of the 2019 inductees!  Read more about the Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees.

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    The men of Troy helping out with the recycling pick up!

    Help make our school a little greener and recycle! The recycling is picked up every Tuesday. In Ms. Leffew's Biology II classroom is all the trash that was collected in one week! Thank you Soddy Daisy High School.

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    T.I.M.E Student Ambassadors at UNUM!

    The ambassadors at our very own T.I.M.E. Institute were meeting and greeting 8th grade students  (and their parents) at UNUM to help promote our Marketing, Web Design, Video Production and Entrepreneurship programs! Great job by our Freshmen Ambassadors!

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    SDHS Robotics Teams are taking over!

    The Trojan Robotics teams paired up to be Tournament Champions at the 2019 Chattanooga Christian School Charger State Qualifier. This allows Soddy Daisy High School to send two robot teams to the State Championships. SkillsUSA State Competition @ Brentwood Academy

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    Week of February 11, 2019

  • Students learned about the TCAT/Lineman Job Opportunities.
  • SkillsUSA Final League Game
  • Basketball-District Tournament
  • Web Design class tour of Amazon and the Chattanooga Police Department Real Time Intelligence Center (RTIC)
  • Wrestling TSSAA State Championship
  • Amazon Future Engineer Program

    Soddy Daisy High School has been chosen to participate in Amazon's Future Engineer Program! The students participating this spring were interviewed and featured on News Channel 12! Click on the video below to learn more!

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    Guest Conductor Visits SDHS Band

    The SDHS Band classes were given an opportunity to work with a guest conductor during their classes this week! This was an amazing opportunity for all band students involved! Everyone learned a few new things to make them a better musician.

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    Josten's visit SDHS and brings along a cool piece of sports history!

    Josten’s Memorabilia came to visit SDHS with the Heisman Memorial Trophy! The Heisman Trophy winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work; perfect for SDHS! 

    Jostens Visit


     Week of February 04, 2019

  • Students took the Climate Survey to give feedback on how SDHS is meeting their needs.
  • Theatre Arts attended the performance at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre
  • Band competed at ETSBOA at the All East Clinic in Gatlinburg, TN.
  • Wrestling competed in the Region 4 Tournament @ Ooltewah HS
  • SkillsUSA VexRobotics competed @ Chattanooga Christian 
  • Biology II Students are making SDHS Environmentally Friendly

    The Biology II class has implemented a school-wide recycling program for paper and plastics after watching A Plastic Ocean on Netflix.The They delivered recycling bin to all classrooms. Students collect the recycling during 1st block on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Things that should be recycled: all paper products, cardboard, plastic drink bottles. If students have items at their home that they would like taken to the recycling center (glass, metal), please bring it to room 104. Mrs. Leffew will be happy to take care of recycling it.

    Chattanooga's Amazon Fulfillment Center Invited SDHS to Visit 

    The Marketing and Computer Science students visited the Chattanooga Amazon Fulfillment Center this month. Amazon graciously paid for the transportation and provided a great tour for 75 students interested in marketing, technology and computer science.

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    Week of January 28, 2019

  • SDHS students attended Substance Abuse Awareness program
  • Freshmen Reality Check
  • NOSB-Hurricane Bowl @ Gulf Coast Research Lab
  • Wrestling State Dual Championship
  • SkillsUSA VexRobotics Competition @ Chatt Christian 

  • The SDHS staff had the best attendance of any other high school in Hamilton County! For this accomplishment, Central Office staff provided pizza for the whole staff. Congratulations on a win Soddy Daisy!

    Pizza day for the staff

    SDHS participated in Winter Wishes!

    For two weeks there were Winter Wishes raindrops with various ways for Trojans to choose kindness within our building, as well as opportunities to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Community Kitchen in downtown Chattanooga. Student Counsel organized this great event for making someone's day!

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    On February 7, Mr. Bill Hailey from the Tennessee Aquarium, brought several animals to share with our CDC students: a leopard gecko, a box turtle, a chocolate chip sea star, a Vietnamese mossy frog, and a milk snake.

    He used this time to introduce the students to some basic knowledge of the animals including their habitat, diet, and special adaptations. The students also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see (and sometimes touch!) the unique critters.

    Aquarium visit



     Week of January 21, 2019

  • On Friday, January 25th, we played McMinn County. The girls game at 6:00 is part of the nationwide Coaches Vs. Cancer weeklong event to raise money for American Cancer Society and cancer research. The game is being played in honor of Coach Lyness' uncle, Mark Harvey, who has been battling pancreatic and liver cancer. As well as being played in honor of SDHS graduate Makayla Hamby, who has been battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Makayla’s sister Katie is on our team. Please contact Coach Lyness if you're interested in donating! Over $4000 was raised at this event!
  • Cheer - NCA High School National Competition 
  • Wrestling - Region 4 Duals @ Walker Valley
  • Soddy, Daisy and Montlake Historical Association History Fair

    Multiple vendors, most from the immediate area, displayed multiple Native American and Civil War artifacts on January 19th. They also have showed how to begin a genealogical search or simply tell the story of a beloved family member whose military, business or community service helped etch the history of these North Hamilton County communities.

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    Week of January 3, 2019


  • Our Wrestling and Basketball teams continued their seasons at home and on the road during our break.
  • Wrestling sponsored the Soddy Daisy Showdown.
  • Cheerleaders competed at the Championship League in Nashville.
  • Start of Second Semester
  • SkillsUSA competed in a Vex Robotics Competition
  • Wrestling Senior Night was against Walker Valley
  • SDHS Basketball  competed against Red Bank HS.
  • Report Card Day!
  • SDHS has been accepted into the Amazon Future Engineer Program for January 2019!

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     Congratulations to our very own Tammy Baxter and her dedication to make SDHS a great school!

    “I am Hamilton” spotlights our first parent Tammy Baxter, an active and involved parent at Soddy Daisy High Schools in the North River Learning Community. Baxter is involved in activities involving her daughters at Soddy Daisy, active in parent volunteer groups, regularly seen at Hamilton County Board of Education meetings, and a voice for parents in parent advisory activities for her school and the district.

    “It is important for parents, the community, students, teachers, and staff to all be a team,” Baxter said. “It is going to take all of us working together to get our schools where we really want them to be for our children.”

    Baxter has been the band uniform mom, an officer for the band boosters, an officer in the PTA, the parent representative for the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Group, and a regular at any activity her daughters may participate in during high school.

    “I make it a priority to support my schools and support my kids,” Baxter added. “Hopefully, Ashley and Haley will look back and remember that my mom was there.”





    Week of December 17th, 2018

    Semester Final Exams.
    Monday: Blocks 4 and 5
    Tuesday: Blocks 1 and 2
    December 19: 1/2 day and make up exams.
    December 20 - January 6th: Winter Break
    January 7: Start of Second Semester



    Week of December 10, 2018

    It's Christmas Dress-up Days!

    Tuesday – Red and Green Attire
    Wednesday – Tacky Sweater and Socks
    Thursday – Pajama Day (no shorts!)
    Friday – Santa Hat Day

  • More End of Course (EOC) exams! Algebra, Geometry, English, and US Civics.
  • State/Dual Credit Exams for Pre-Cal and Stats
  • Wonderful Wednesday
  • UTK/ETSU/TN TECH Scholarship Application Deadline



  • Week of December 3, 2018

  • Mikayla Phillips sign a volleyball scholarship with Union College.
  • ACT Prep teachers make an impact on 57% of seniors who retook their tests in October.
  • A father’s appreciation for the random act of kindness from JROTC Cadet Dylan DeLorenzo. He brightened an autistic child’s day with 267 Chuck E. Cheese tickets. Thank you Dylan!!
  • Amber Douglas share her experiences of serving others through Global Leadership Adventures with the Interact Club.
  • Forensics sweep the competition at Sullivan East High School. Way to go, Trojans!!
  • T.I.M.E. Future Ready Students participated in the Hour of Code activities!





  • Week of November 19, 2018

  • Bailey Conyer, Max Blevins, Gabbi Beckett, Hannah Rogers, Aaron Couch, and Harrison Travis sign athletic scholarships. Congratulations to these students, their parents, their coaches, and their respective teams! Go Trojans!!
  • SDHS host North River Algebra 1 Collaborative Learning Labs and teachers train online for TNReady test administration.
  • Basketball and Wrestling opened their seasons.
  • The Rifle and Forensics teams had successful competitions.
  • Spanish 3 students taught lessons at Daisy Elementary.
  • Seniors participate in small group HR panel discussions.
  • Science students attend breakout sessions for the Science Expedition.
  • HCDE recognize Tammy Baxter for her work and involvement as a parent and Soddy Daisy community member.
  • SDHS upper classmen checked out a "future ready" field trip to Atlanta, exploring the marketing, business, video and web careers behind the Mercedes-Benz stadium!

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    SDHS Forensics Team for the win!

    The Soddy Daisy Forensics Team competed at the Science Hill High Forensics Invitational in Johnson City on November 17th. The team took first place; their third sweepstakes win this semester. Congrats Soddy Daisy!

    Forensics Team Win



    Week of November 5, 2018

    Live Your Best Life Week sponsored by the Guidance Department included activities to encourage students in making good choices. Topics included: Vaping and Smoking, Suicide Prevention, Healthy Relationships and Veteran's Day Activities

  • JROTC Raiders place in the National Championship and all cadets show appreciation to veterans with an evening parade.
  • TN Tech/MTSU Trip
  • Senior Project: Job Shadowing Day
  • Student Council Seniors @ E TN Workshop.
  • SDHS Theatre Department and our Forensics Team perform SNL, live from Soddy Daisy.
  • The Interact Club help build a playground at Rivermont Elementary School.
  • Football - our Men of Troy continue onward toward a state tournament….Go Trojans!



  • Week of October 29, 2018

  • HCDE (Semester) Benchmark #2.
  • ACT Testing for 10-12 grade students.
  • 9th grade field trip to Rock City.
  • English 12 attended the Macbeth Play in Atlanta
  • “You’re Hired” presentation for senior
  • Science Halloween Exhibition for Daisy Elementary students
  • TN Promise Deadline was November 1st.
  • Chatt State Application Day at SDHS
  • Football - Round 1 Playoff Game. Men of Troy continue their journey to a state bid
  • XC - State Meet qualifiers: Max Blevins, Gabbi Beckett, and Katilee Croft…Go Trojans!
  • JROTC Raiders National Championship competition




    Week of October 22, 2018

  • Students expressed to our visitors from SCORE that they felt cared for and respected by teachers, along with giving other great feedback about SDHS. They did a great job communicating to SCORE what it is like to be a Trojan.
  • Cross County Division 1 Regionals and Soccer was at the State Tournament.
  • Physics trip to Dollywood.
  • Spanish 3 students visited Daisy Elementary School.
  • PSAT and EOC Verification Tests.
  • Finalized TN Promise and FAFSA registration.
  • Enjoyed extra time at lunch for the perfect attendance incentive.
  • Hosted the TSSAA Cross Country Regional Meet.
  • Rallied our football team against Walker Valley for the Regional Championship



  • Week of October 15, 2018

  • Monday there was no school due to SDHS staff at Professional Development.
  • Special Olympics was at Spare Time Bowling.
  • Future Ready Institute traveled to Camp Lookout for as great day of Team Building
  • Girls Basketball Tryouts were this week.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences at SDHS
  • Report Cards were distributed.
  • Student Council Leadership Training @ Summerville, GA.
  • Robotics STEM Summit was a Chatt State



  • Week of October 8th, 2018. FALL BREAK - No School



    Week of October 1st, 2018

  • HCDE year long Benchmark Assessments.
  • FASA opened on October 1st for Seniors.
  • Quarter exam week, Friday is the end of First Quarter!
  • All seniors will be took the US Civics Exam.
  • Tuesday's ACT tests has been rescheduled due to a national testing breach. The new ACT testing day is October 30th for 10, 11, and 12th grade students.
  • Tuesday's 9th grade field trip to Rock City has been moved to October 30th.
  • On Wednesday, Seniors interested in manufacturing and engineering took a field trip to RoadTec.
  • On Thursday, Spanish 2/3 students went to see the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet.
  • On Friday, JROTC Ultimate Tourney was during 3rd Block: Alpha v Bravo.
  • On Saturday, our Trojans worked hard on earning high scores on their SAT test.
  • Our Lady Trojan Volleyball Team won the district title.
  • Trojan's XC Team is holding a strong second place in their division.



  • Week of September 24th, 2018

    Nineteen schools competed at the Portland tournament. Our team placed 3rd in sweeps. We had two 1st places, two 2nd places, three 3rd places, one 4th place, two 5th places and a 6th place. Meredith and Morgan Baker, Kinsey Miller, Destiny McDaniel, Nate Hookey, Page Runyon, Rory Narron, Brady Harris, Isaiah Frye, Zack Damon, Hunter Cotton, and Sarah Cardwell all placed at the tournament.

  • Friday's Senior lunch was postponed due to the weather. Future Lunch Permission Slip can be found HERE.
  • Wednesday, the FRI students visit Camp Lookout was canceled due to weather and rescheduled to October 17th.
  • Thursday, SDHS students did not attend the SSAC Student Leadership at @ S. Chattanooga Rec Center due to weather.
  • XC competing at the Burnett Invitational on Saturday and it was a sunny day!




  • Week of September 17th, 2018

  • Open House and Parent Night for College Information.
  • FRI students went to WDEF TV.
  • Fall Sports Pictures were taken.
  • Wednesday is the SCALES Field Trip. Seniors observe a Tennessee Supreme Court session held in Chattanooga (once every 10 years).
  • UTK/TN Wes Field Trip.
  • SDHS Raiders place 2nd (out of 30) in the Fairview “Bring the Sting” Raider Competition.
  • SDHS competed in the Forensics Tournament @ Portland, TN.
  • The new Interact Club will be meeting.
  • Our “Men of Troy” defeat state champions Knox Catholic; soccer, golf, and volleyball earn wins as well.
  • SDHS alumni participate in a discussion panel with seniors about choices, opportunities, regrets, and successes.




  • Week of September 10th, 2018

  • Each Future Ready Institute (FRI) student receive a Chromebook provided by Hamilton County. Schools
  • Students connected with hundreds of colleges, college information, and college experiences during College Week@SDHS.
  • Students and teachers wearing college gear all week!
  • A successful safety drill for possible intruders.
  • 300+ 10th graders took the ASVAB which was administered by a military support team.
  • Best 20-day attendance report since 2013!
  • College Fair at Chattanooga State on Friday.
  • Jacob DiChiacchio, has been qualified as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.

  • Students begin the National Merit process during their junior year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/NMSQT). More than 1.6 million juniors in high schools across the country took the test this year. The test evaluates critical reading, math, and writing skills.

    In the spring, National Merit will announce the winners of 7,500 Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Finalists will be announced in February with scholarship winners announced from March to June.



    Homecoming Week - September 3-7, 2018
  • Monday - No School - Labor Day
  • Tuesday - Wilderness vs Waves Day/Cornhole Tournament 6-9pm
  • Wednesday - Character Day/Wonderful Wednesday/Homecoming Carnival
  • Thursday - Decades Day - 9th/50's, 10th/60's, 11th/70's, 12th/80's/Mr. Irresistible/PowderPuff Game
  • Friday - Spirit Day/Pepe Rally/Buggy Parade/Football vs Hixson at 7:30. 



  • Week of August 27th, 2018

  • Speeches were made by students running for class office, organized by the Student Council and SDHS Media Classes.
  • Nominations and voting for Homecoming Court.
  • Hour-Long Lunches as attendance rewards for students with perfect attendance for the month of August.
  • Governor Bill Haslam and representatives from several school districts across the state visited SDHS to discuss ways to improve TNReady testing and discuss Mastery Connect.
  • Cadet Training by Chattanooga Police Department on the JROTC Obstacle Course.
  • Community support for SDHS teachers and staff provided by Huddle House! Thank you for breakfast!



  • Week of August 20, 2018

  • SDHS Cross Country Girls finished 1st and Boys finished 2nd in their season openers
  • A successful  week of signups for Club Rush Week, organized by our Student Council
  • Signups/tryouts began for bowling, which has awarded scholarships over the last three years (contact Lori Gearinger at lorig@goldbondinc.com for more information)
  • SDHS Soccer and Volleyball teams continue to build winning seasons
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