Southwood Academy of the Arts

October 19th - 23rd

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Density Lab in 7th Grade Science

Mr. Burdette's 7th grade science students conducted a density lab. They received cubes of unknown materials, and with water, beakers, and scales, they calculated the density of the various materials. Through careful measurement and observation, they discovered they had materials such as copper, brass, iron, steel, and more.
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6th Graders Get Studious

Mrs. Liles and Mrs. Boswell's students visited the Media Center this past week, and they made excellent use of their media center time with reading, book fair browsing, and working on Independent Reading Projects. The media center is a great place for teachers to work as well! 6th graders also use their study hall time in Mrs. Cloninger's homeroom. Students check assignments in Google Classroom, the email, and review vocabulary.
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8th Grade ELA's Spooky Stories

Mrs. Nickles' 8th Grade ELA class just finished reading Edgar Allan Poe's famous short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart." Now, they are creating a Venn diagram that will compare and contrast the short story to a movie version.

November Schedule Change - Message from Superintendent Wilson

Please be aware regarding the following changes to this year’s calendar. The change in the calendar is necessary to allow our support personnel time to disinfect our schools after the general election on November 3rd. Additionally, we will pause our face to face instruction to fine tune the enhancements we have made to our eLearning platform. All staff will report to their schools or work sites during the eLearning days and meals will be delivered to students in the same manner we did when school was closed this spring (menu below). The Virtual Academy will operate as normal during the eLearning days. Athletic teams may practice during the eLearning days after the school day is complete and any athletic events scheduled can proceed as planned.

-November 2nd-eLearning

-November 3rd-holiday all schools/sites closed

-November 4th-eLearning

-November 5th-eLearning

-November 6th-eLearning

Important ELearning Reminders

Any time we have ELearning, there are some important expectations. ELearning is a regular school day. Please be aware of the following procedures.

*Students must login at the designated time to be counted as present. Teachers will have a minimum of 20 minutes of instruction and be available for another 30 minutes for questions or assistance.

Block 1 - 8:25 am

Block 2 - 10:00 am

Block 3 - 11:35 am

Block 4 - 1:40 pm

*Students must be dressed, sitting up, and ready for learning. Students must have the camera on, the microphone off, and be in a well-lit room. Please sit with a back to a wall to avoid other family members being on camera. Phones and other distractions should be turned off or set aside.

*If you or your student is having Chromebook issues or difficulty with Google Meet, please consult the helpful guide below.

SAA Chromebook Tips for Students & Parents

This 7 page document has many helpful hints and links for Google Classroom, Google Meet, and much more.

Make-Up Picture Day

If you were absent or would like a do-over for your yearbook photo, the make-up picture day is Tuesday, October 20th! Photos will be take 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Virtual learning students may get their photos taken 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For questions, contact Mr. Powell.
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For the month of October, Southwood is partnering up with The Lot Project, a local organization that helps feed and clothe our community. You will be able to donate new socks by putting them in the bins that will be located at the front of the cafeteria. The socks donated over the month of October will be handed out at The Lot Project for the winter months. For more information on The Lot Project visit this link.

Kona Ice Supports A5 Schools

Anderson 5 has partnered with Kona Ice to offer its shaved ice treats to benefit the schools. Every Tuesday and Thursday the trucks will be stationed around town in order to maintain proper social distancing. 15% of the total sales will go back to the school district.

Tuesdays – T.L. Hanna feeder school zone

1706 East Greenville Street

Anderson, SC 29621

(Vacant parking lot of the old Bi-Lo)

Thursdays – Westside feeder school zone

300 Pearman Dairy Road

Anderson, SC 29625

(Top of Lakeside Shopping Center, directly across from AIT)

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AM Drop Off - front of the school 7:30-8:15!

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PE Schedule

Students have PE with Mr. Scarborough one day a week during related arts. Related arts for 8th grade is 1st block, for 7th grade is 3rd block, and for 6th grade is 4th block. For example, Mrs. Kay's dance students have PE on Fridays.

Order a Yearbook!

Order a copy of the 2020-2021 SAA Yearbook! Order your copy online using this link. Contact Mr. Powell if you have questions.

Order a Yearbook Ad for your 8th Grade Student!

8th grade students are the seniors of SAA! Order your 8th grade ad online using this link.

For ad choices and prices, open the document below. Contact Mr. Powell if you have questions.

SC Governor's School for the Arts Odyssey Program

7th and 8th grade students may audition for the SC Governor's School summer Odyssey Program. The links for arts area applications are below. For general information about the summer program, use this link. All applications are due by December 11th.


Creative Writing:



Visual Art:

For more information, access the Governor's School information below.

8th Grade Field Trip to AIT

8th Grade students will take two separate field trips to the Anderson Institute of Technology in November. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the courses available at AIT associated with the 18 areas of study listed in the chart below. Students will receive more specific information next week.
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Don't Forget to Wash Your Masks!

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Staying Connected with Southwood Academy

Follow Southwood Academy on your choice of social media: Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! Another way to stay on top of Southwood Academy events is to check the school's website and calendar. You can add Southwood Academy's Google calendar to yours.

PowerSchool for Students & Parents

Students and parents may check assignment grades using this PowerSchool link. You may also download the PowerSchool app for your Android or Apple device.

A5's District Code is GWJZ

Basketball Tryout Information

Basketball tryouts are approaching in November. If you plan to tryout, please complete the short form below. Remember that you will need a sport’s physical completed by a doctor in order to tryout. This can be done at your primary care doctor or at a walk-in facility like Doctor’s Care. Once your physical has been completed, you will need to upload it to and complete the other required paperwork. Full directions on how to upload and complete forms on PlanetHS are listed below.

Newsletter Club Meetings

Newsletter Club members will get assignments Tuesday mornings 8:00-8:8:15 in the media center. Members also meet Thursdays or Fridays during 8th grade lunch in the media center. If you are late or unable to meet, please check with Mrs. Spencer.

Early Dismissal / Appointment Policies

Procedure change for any dismissal during the school day due to COVID19 precautions:
    • When you arrive at school, please call the office: 864-260-5205 to let us know you are here to pick up a student for dismissal.
    • Make sure to have your license ready and press the buzzer for entrance.
    • Once the door is unlocked, be prepared to show your license through the window while you will remain in the foyer. Please DO NOT enter the office area.
    • We will have a sign-out sheet in the foyer. Please know that we will get your student to you as quickly as we can.
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Traffic Concerns

Parents, please watch for staff instructions and traffic cones or lanes when it comes to dropping off and picking up your students. Pedestrians have the right of way. Please watch traffic patterns and avoid using your phone while in the car line. Thank you for keeping student and faculty safety in mind.

Bus Information

Students will not be allowed to ride the bus with friends or neighbors unless that is going to be their permanent stop. If your student needs to ride the bus and have a stop created, please fill out this form.

Cafeteria News

As of now, all students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through the rest of the school year! If you have already made a payment, it will be transferred to the following year.

Cafeteria Reminders
1. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer BEFORE eating.

2. Please wear masks in the lunch line and stand 6 feet apart.

3. Please do not grab utensils, condiments, etc. The cafeteria staff can help!

News from Nurse Rosa

COVID-19: Attendance is important and we want children to be in school every day that they are healthy. However, this year the greater good for school attendance is to keep children showing any symptoms of COVID-19 home until they are well. To keep all staff and classmates healthy, it is imperative that parents monitor the symptoms and temperatures of their children before sending them to school and implement the following steps:

1. Take the temperature of any child demonstrating shortness of breath, loss of taste, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, new or worsening cough, or runny nose.

2. Keep the child at home one or more days to monitor symptoms.

3. If you decide to have a COVID-19 test, notify the school nurse of the results so that the school can implement the Enhanced Health and Safety Protocols in the classroom(s) where your child attended.

*All information will remain confidential between the school and family. No other families will be given the health information of your child.

TDAP: All students are reminded that they must have their Tdap vaccination BEFORE starting 7th grade! Now is the time to schedule an appointment for your 6th grade student. Please submit documentation to Nurse Rosa after immunization.

For any health-related questions, call the office or email Nurse Rosa.

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5th Grade Recruitment

District Five 5th grade recruiting will begin at the end of September. If you know students and parents who are interested, please direct them to our recruitment website below.

Staff Pick from the Media Center

Newsletter Staff Member Lanee says one of her favorite books in the Media Center is Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. The book follows Aven Green as she moves to and adjusts to her new home Stagecoach Pass, which is in the middle of the desert. The book explores what it’s like for Aven to make friends as a girl with no arms. In a turn of events she learns a secret that might change who she is as a person.

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Online Book Fair News

The online book fair is here and shopping will be available October 12th-25th. Book fair access is available through the media center website below. All book orders will be delivered to your home, and $25 book orders receive free shipping. This is the perfect opportunity to load up on books for your SAA student and other readers in your home! Book trailer videos and online shopping are available through the website. Online shopping begins October 12th.

Newsletter Fall & Halloween Survey

You may not be old enough to vote, but your opinion counts! Please fill in the Newsletter Staff's Fall & Halloween Survey. The results will be posted in next week's newsletter just before Halloween!
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2020-2021 District Calendar

The 2020-2021 district calendar is out! Feel free to print your own copy from the newsletter using the link below.

Southwood Academy of the Arts

Jamie Smith, Principal

Eric Chamblee, Associate Principal & Instructional Facilitator

Paula Doolittle, Guidance

Joshua Powell, Arts Lead Teacher

Cheri Gilbert, Secretary

Newsletter created and compiled by Kristin Spencer. Contact her at for future announcements.