Southwood Academy of the Arts
January 30th - February 3rd
Southwood Academy is a Finalist!
6th Graders Need to Get Tdap Vaccines
Parents of 6th graders, if your student has received his or her Tdap vaccine, please turn in that documentation to Mrs. Rosa, the school nurse. At this time, there are nearly 120 students who are missing this documentation. **YOU MAY NOT ATTEND 7th GRADE ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WITHOUT THIS VACCINE!** If your student needs to get this vaccine, please call your doctor and make an appointment immediately. If you cannot get in with your doctor, please contact the Minute Clinics, Urgent Care, or the Health Department and make an appointment with them. Southwood Academy’s main office would like to have these by the end of this school year so we can run your child’s schedule over the summer.
A5 Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Liles! She goes the extra mile!
Order Your Yearbook
* If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, check this list of students who will get a yearbook in the spring when they arrive!
Share Your Photos with the Yearbook Staff
The yearbook staff would love to include photos of your activities outside of school! If you have a fun travel, sports, club, team, or activity photo, please access the Google form and upload your photo! The best photos will be included in this year’s yearbook.
Parents of 8th graders, please sign up for an IGP meeting!
IGP Information for 8th Grade Students
Not every 8th grader has signed up for an IGP meeting! The last day for an IGP meeting is Tuesday, January 31st!
Both Westside and Hanna have the same registration form. Parents, please set up an Individual Graduation Plan or IGP meeting with either Dr. Chamblee or Ms. Doolittle. Your meeting can be virtual or in person. During the IGP meeting, students will review the course catalog for their freshman year of high school, and the high school registration form will be completed. A PDF of the high school catalog, the high school registration form, and links to sign up for a meeting are below. For more information about IGPs, careeer clusters, and more, visit Ms. Doolittle's website.
Extended School Day
Students who have received a letter about extended day must get it signed by their parents and attend a minimum of two of the dates unless their letter mandates that they attend all four. These meetings will be held in the Media Center from 3:30 to 4:30 and will be Tuesday, January 31st; Wednesday, February 1st, and Thursday, February 2nd.
Spirit Week: Friday, February 3rd - 10th
Get Ready for Spirit Week
Spirit Week is coming up! Southwood will be kicking off spirit week on Friday, February 3rd and will be continuing all throughout the next week. The first day is Southwood Day, where students will dress in the Southwood colors, black, gray, and violet. The next day, Monday, is Surfers and Bikers day, where students will dress as a surfer, a biker or both. Tuesday is professional day or retired day; Wednesday is neon or camo day. Thursday is Light and Night, which can be any form of light or dark, including things like heroes or villains from movies or TV. The last day is Fandom Friday, where students can dress as anything they are a fan of, and the choice is up to you! The Spirit Sword will be given to the arts area with the highest percentage of participation, so make sure you show your spirit every day!
*Theatre currently holds the Spirit Sword. Who will earn it this year?
If you are interested in going on a summer 2024 trip to Europe, check out the presentation below!
Greece, Italy, & Spain Trip Info - SUMMER 2024
This trip is open to current 7th or 8th grade students!
Get Ready for Anastasia
The story of Anastasia is about a young lady who has lost her memory and is trying to get it back. She is assisted by Dmitri. Vlad tries to stop her from uncovering her past of being the princess of the deceased czar. According to Nolan Rose who plays Dmitri, SAA's production isn't exactly the same as the Atlanta production because "the choreography and there are different blockings or stage directions." Nolan has really enjoyed working with the cast and crew!
Clemson STEM Day
Clemson STEM day is a program for middle school students. The goal of this day is to introduce students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Activities include hands-on engineering and science demonstrations and interactions with current Clemson engineering students. STEM day is on February 4th, and students may attend the morning session from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM or the afternoon session from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Work It Out Wednesdays
The Appointment Portal Closes January 31st!
Clear Bag Policy for Anderson 5
As part of our ongoing effort to provide a safe and secure school environment for our students and staff, Anderson School District Five will be implementing a clear bag policy for high school and middle school football games. Further adjustments to this policy may be enacted prior to the beginning of winter sports. Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:
Purses - larger than a clutch bag
Tinted/printed pattern plastic bags
Diapers and other baby supplies can be carried into the stadium in a clear bag. Infant formula, milk, or medicine needing refrigeration is allowed in a small soft-side cooler, and is subject to search at the gate. For additional information, please check out the image below.
A5 Transportation News
Parents, A5 Transportation is excited to promote a new opportunity for you to get in contact with the Transportation Department. You can now text CONCERN to 98127 and gain quick access to:
Submit a new bus stop request
Submit a question, comment, or concern
Learn about the new Traversa Ride 360 parent app (this app is how parents get notification of late buses)
Anderson 5 Needs Bus Drivers
Anderson School District Five is in immediate need of bus drivers. The current salary is $17.43 for new drivers and up to $25.82 for equivalence drivers. On-site paid training is offered at a rate of $16.43 per hour. This includes, but is not limited to, classroom training and behind-the-wheel training. Certified bus drivers are guaranteed 30 hours per week and could work up to 40 hours per week. Full-time drivers qualify for state benefits and participation in the South Carolina Retirement System. If you are only interested in driving a morning or afternoon route, part-time positions are available. Please check out the interest form below.
Strings students have a lot of upcoming events this spring! Every Friday at 7:45 AM students will rehearse for the National Orchestra Festival. On Tuesday, February 21, 2023 students will have an After School Rehearsal until 4:30 PM. February 24-26 select students will attend All State Orchestra at Cane Bay High School, Summerville, SC. On Thursday, March 2, 2023 students will have an after school rehearsal, as well as a Concert at 6:00 PM followed by a National Orchestra Festival question and answer. On Thursday, March 9, 2023, Concert Performance Assessment will happen at Wade Hampton High School. Finally, from March 15-19 National Orchestra Festival in Orlando, Florida will occur.
6th Grade Field Trip
The field trip is March 9-10 2023. This is an overnight trip and the trip fee will include: transportation, lodging, all meals, all activities, and sixth grade t-shirts. The parent form for the field trip is below. All fees should have been paid. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Liles.
Creative Writing Club
Creative Writing students meet every Tuesday morning in Miss Paradis's classroom! Students who attended worked on a short piece of literature about something that happened to them that morning. There were no guidelines, so everyone has the freedom to write in any form or style.
Southwood Academy's YCI
YCI is starting back up at Southwood Academy of the Arts! YCI, Youth Commission International, is a Christian organization that talks about God and fellowship. YCI is 7:30 am every Thursday in the Performance Arts Center, and Mr. Pendergrass (the 8th grade science teacher) is the supervisor. There will be games and snacks. All are welcome!
Cafeteria Online Payments
Students may purchase meals and extra sales items with cash, checks deposited onto their account, or funds deposited into their account online. Students cannot purchase extra sales if their account balance is negative. To view your child’s balance or make payments on their account, visit this site. You will need your child’s student account number to create an account/log in and view their meal account.
SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!
PowerSchool for Students & Parents
A5's District Code is GWJZ
*The Robert Anderson Sports Bus is now available after school!
Early Dismissal / Appointment Policies
- 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.
A5 COVID Guidelines
Book Love Month
Media Center News
Media Center Schedule
Tuesday, January 31st - Boswell circulation
Wednesday, February 1st - Games Club, Gunn class visit 10:30-11, Newsletter 3rd block
Thursday, February 2nd - Liles circulation
Friday, February 3rd - Media Center work day
Read 3 & Review 3
Westside Softball Tryouts
Are you a student that is interested in trying out for the JV or Varsity Westside Softball team? Softball tryouts are held on Monday Jan. 30th and Tuesday Jan. 31st from 4pm-6pm at the Westside High School softball field. To participate, you must have an updated physical and all forms completed on Planet HS. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Staton.
TL Hanna Baseball Tryouts
Baseball tryouts at TL Hanna will begin on Monday, February 6th from 4-5:30 pm. Players must have all PlanetHS forms complete in order to tryout. More information can be found at www.tlhannasports.com. If you have questions, contact Daniel Crenshaw the Head Baseball Coach.
Early Dismissal Days
Anderson Five will utilize three early dismissal days during the 2022-23 school year to support staff development, teacher conferences or end-of-semester exams. When utilizing early dismissal, lunch will be offered to students. Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:00 AM and Southwood Academy students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.
Early dismissal will be implemented on the following dates:
May 31, 2023
June 1, 2023
Please add these dates to your calendar!
2022-2023 Academic Calendar
Southwood Academy of the Arts
Eric Chamblee, Associate Principal & Instructional Facilitator
Paula Doolittle, Guidance
Joshua Powell, Arts Lead Teacher
Cheri Gilbert, Secretary