Southwood Academy of the Arts

December 18th-January 8th

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Visual Art with Mr. Powell

Rough Cut Wood Value Artwork: 8th Grade (photos above)

Objective: Students used the elements and principles of design to create a composition with a personal meaning on rough cut wood using sharpie, nails, wood burning, and/or stain to create depth with value.

Each student was given a rough cut piece of oak and had to use the character of that wood and the chosen materials to create a composition that could show depth using value. Students had to choose their subject and sketch multiple composition sketches prior to starting on their final artwork. Student artwork was assessed on value, creativity, craftsmanship and details.

Georgia O’Keeffe Artwork: 6th Grade (photos below)

Objective: Students completed a pastel drawing of a flower that utilizes abstraction techniques like the famous American artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Students looked at images of flowers and selected portions of that image to sketch at least 16 different composition possibilities. Students selected their favorite composition and drew it proportionately larger. They then used oil pastels to add color and create depth using multiple values of colors. Student artwork as assessed on layout, value, blending, craftsmanship and color.

Visual Art with Mrs. Marchi-Monroe

HS Painting & Drawing - They are working on mixed media fantasy creatures! They rolled the dice and selected from an animal, vegetable, element, and tech group to create a new animal. (1st row of photos below)

HS Art III - They are completing a printmaking unit that involves a series of collagraph, linocut, and monotype prints. (2nd row of photos below)

7th Grade Advanced Art & 8th Grade Art - They are finishing a unit on color theory: vocabulary, achromatic and monochromatic paintings, acrylic mixing and painting skills. (3rd row of photos below)

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All County Band

Congratulations to Ryan M, Corey A, Max B, and Jacob R! These four students earned All County Band this past week! Ryan M plays the clarinet, Corey A plays the trumpet, Max B plays the tuba, and Jacob R plays the baritone. Way to go!

Winter Break

Winter Break is December 19th - January 3rd. School is back in session Monday, January 4th. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends!

Washington D.C. Field Trip News

A few spots have opened up for the D.C. field trip. If you have reconsidered and would like for your 7th or 8th grade student to go on this fantastic trip to our nation's capital, please contact Miss Paradis. The total cost for the trip is $650. The final payment for the D.C. trip is January 20th. If you are behind on your payment schedule, please send in your payment as soon as possible. For more information and access to important DC Trip documents, use this link.

All students going on the D.C. field trip need to complete the Google form for T-shirts, roommates, and social security numbers for the Pentagon. It is very important that this information is completed by January 20th!

Magnet School Application & Information

The Magnet Application window is January 4th - February 29th. During this time, you may apply to any elementary or middle school in the district using this link. You may also fill in a form in person at the District Office located at 400 Pearman Dairy Road. Please fill in the Magnet Application form even if your rising 6th grade student plans to audition this spring.

If you have questions, there will be a Magnet Informational Meeting January 12th at 5:30 pm in the Robert Anderson Middle School auditorium. Representatives from each school will be available to provide information about their programs.

6th Grade Dismissal Requests

We do not have a designated playground or direct supervision for elementary and preschool children. Recently, a few children have been hurt or have had disagreements. Please have elementary and preschool children wait in the car with you as you wait for 6th grade dismissal.

In addition, please be mindful that you are not cutting off others by switching lanes abruptly without a signal.

Thank you for your time and assistance. Everyone's safety is our priority.

Softball & Tennis Tryout Information

Westside Softball - Winter conditioning started Wednesday, December 9th 4:30-6:30 at the Westside softball field. Conditioning is open to any 7th or 8th grade girl that may be interested in trying out in February. For more information contact Coach Ashley Mullen at #934-9349.

Hanna Softball - Winter conditioning will be Mondays and Wednesday 4:30-6:00 at the Hanna softball field. Conditioning is open to any 7th or 8th grade girl that may be interested in trying out in January.

Hanna Boys Tennis - All boys interested in trying out for the Hanna HS Boys Tennis team should use this link and follow the tennis tryout instructions. For more information, email Rob Spencer.

January Book Clubs

The Media Center will sponsor grade level book clubs, and sign ups for those book clubs will be January 5th-7th in the Media Center. Students will receive copies if they are among the first 15 students to sign up. Students who have read the book already or would like to purchase a copy are welcome to be a part of the book club as well! See Mrs. Spencer for more information.

Books always make wonderful Christmas presents!

BI-LO Hometown Educational Rewards

Help our school earn FREE educational equipment and supplies from BI-LO. All you have to do is enroll your Bonuscard to our school code and shop at BI-LO. Card enrollments take less than a minute and your support will help make a difference for our students! Visit this link, click on Community, then Hometown Educational Rewards, and enroll your Bonuscard number today. Our school code is 54267. Thank you for supporting our school!

AmazonSmile Can Mean Money for Our School

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Southwood Academy every time you shop at no cost to you! Once you select the link, all you have to do is search for Southwood. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases! Keep this in mind as you complete your holiday shopping.

Merry Christmas From Several 8th Grade Carolers!

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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 compiled by Kristin Spencer. Contact her at for future announcements.