Southwood Academy of the Arts

January 27th - 31st

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Performing Arts Center Dedication Showcases Student Talent

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Art I Project

8th grade art students worked on their paintings while other 8th graders went to the Performing Arts Center to practice for the dedication. They took a break for lunch to have Chick-fil-A and snacks that the class members brought.

Traffic Changes around Southwood Academy

* Starting Monday, January 27th, students may be dropped off after 7:20 am at the front of the school or at the side of the school.

* At the end of the day, 6th grade will dismiss from the front of the school, 7th grade will dismiss from the side of the school, and 8th grade will dismiss from the back of the school.

Rising 6th Grade Open House

Rising sixth grade students and parents are welcome to come to an open house on Monday, January 27th at 6:00 -7:00 pm. The open house will be in the new Performing Arts Center auditorium. Teachers and arts teachers will talk about the coming school year and be on hand to meet parents and students. Welcome to all the rising sixth graders!

IGP Meetings for 8th Grade Students

*IGPs- 8th Grade Parents! It is not too late to sign up for an IGP meeting with Ms. Doolittle or Mr. Chamblee. Appointments are available on Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th. Please sign up using the Google form below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Doolittle.

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip

7th & 8th grade students will be going to see Kwame Alexander at the Peace Center on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. There is no cost for the trip because it is covered through an art grant. Students are welcome to bring money for lunch at the Haywood Mall food court. Lunch options are on the back of the permission slip. Students need to wear a Southwood shirt or something similar. Students do not need their IDs.

Students need to return their completed permission forms as soon as possible! If you have misplaced your form, download and print the form below.

All County Strings

All of the following students will be involved in All County Orchestra Thursday, January 30th throughout the school day. All County Orchestra will be at Southwood Academy in the new auditorium. The students are responsible for all missed assignments.

6th Grade - Julien Lebrun

7th Grade - Maura Williams, Hayden Grooms, Caleb Bates, Lila Morf, Luke Stephens, Lanee Jones, Andrew Hunt

8th Grade - Tamia Ligon, Ava Dutton, Kiera Simmons, Ariana Telles, Charlie Rojas, Sara King, Tiana Colliston, Deacon Gause, Alli Jackson, Zander Reese, Brennan Speer, Makena Brock, Greyson Powell, Josie Littlefield, Raychel Wilson, Phoenix Parnell

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Flu Reminder from Nurse Rosa

Flu season is here!

If your child has the following symptoms, please keep your child at home:

  • Fever of 100 degrees fahrenheit or higher with cough and/or sore throat.

  • Body aches

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Runny nose/congestion


  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

Please remember that your child will not be allowed to return to school until they are fever free WITHOUT use of fever reducing medications for 24 hours. You may send either a handwritten note or a doctor’s excuse upon their return.

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Cafeteria Breakfast Cart is Back

The breakfast cart is back! If you take a bus in the morning, look for the breakfast cart downstairs. Grab your breakfast and get the class earlier!

Middle School Content Recovery Saturday School

Saturday school is offered so that students can complete work to earn a passing grade. It will be held at C. F. Reames Education Center from 8:00 am-3:30 pm on the Saturdays listed below. It is for any student who has failed one or more courses. If your child failed one course, they only have to serve 3.5 hours. They can come from 8-11:30 or 12 pm-3:30 pm. If a student failed more than one class, they will stay the entire day. Students staying the entire day will be responsible for their own lunch. Lunch lasts from 11:30 am-12 pm. The dates for Saturday school are as follows:

Saturday School Dates 2019-2020

2nd Quarter - January 25 & February 1

3rd Quarter - March 28 & April 18

4th Quarter - May 30

Students will attend Health Class in place of PE for 6 weeks!

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Archery News

Members of the archery team will have practices with Coach Scarborough on the following dates until 4:15 pm. Parents may pick up their students at the 7th grade dismissal area at the side door. The archery team is preparing for a competition at the Civic Center February 13th.

Practice Dates: January 27th and 29th; February 3rd, 10th, and 12th.

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Order a Yearbook

If you did not order a yearbook during registration, you may order one using this link. If you have questions, contact Mr. Powell or a yearbook staff member.
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8th Grade Recognition Ads

Parents, to create a recognition ad for your 8th grade student, use the link below. Ads are due by January 31st, 2020, so don't delay.

SAA's Yearbook Wants to Include Your Photos

Use the ReplayIt App to upload pictures of what your student does outside of school. What does he/she participate in? What has he/she accomplished? Where has he/she gone?

Download the ReplayIt app from Google Play or the App Store, add Southwood Academy as the school, and upload your pictures to the ReplayIt app! For more information, use the link below.

Unplug from devices for 30 minutes a day & READ!

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Read 3 & Review 3, Southwood Academy!

All students have heard about Read 3 & Review 3 in the media center, so this is a reminder to participate! Read 3 of the 20 SCJBA Nominees, and fill in 3 online reviews by Friday, February 14th. You will get an invitation to a special luncheon, and you will get to exercise your democratic right and vote for your favorite. The Read 3 & Review 3 site link is below for more information and access to the online book review form.

Media Center Schedule

The Media Center is a busy place! If you aren't sure when your class is visiting, take a peek at the schedule below.

Monday, Jan. 27th - Scott visit 10:45

Tuesday, Jan. 28th - chess club & newsletter club at 7:30

Wednesday, Jan. 29th - Boswell circulation

Friday, Jan. 31st - Paradis circulation

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2019-2020 District Calendar

The 2019-2020 district calendar is out! Feel free to print your own copy from the newsletter using the link below.
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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 created and compiled by Kristin Spencer. Contact her at for future announcements.