Southwood Academy of the Arts

May 17th-21st

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8th Grade Work on Display

In case you haven't had a chance to see them, there are some pretty great displays of 8th grade student work downstairs. Students reading To Kill A Mockingbird created psychological reports and tabloid articles for Boo Radley, and students created online profiles for Carl and Ellie Fredrickson from the movie UP. In math, students created posters based on some of their favorite pieces of media.

Interim Report Cards

Interim report cards will go home Wednesday, May 19th during homeroom. This is the last one, so that means the end of school is in sight!

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Focus on Mental Health: Mrs. Burgess

Mrs. Burgess is a Mental Health Therapist, and she works at Southwood Academy one day a week. Mrs. Burgess has degrees from Winthrop University and Clemson University. When students could use therapy, Ms. Doolittle refers students to see Mrs. Burgess. According to Mrs. Burgess, mental health is just as important as physical health.

SC Mask Information

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 2021-23, issued by Governor Henry McMaster on May 11, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has developed a standardized form to provide consent for or on behalf of a student in any public school in the State of South Carolina to opt out a student from a face covering requirement imposed by any public school official or public school district pertaining to school operations and facilities. DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided guidance stating that the wearing of face coverings slows the spread of COVID-19. Failure to wear a face covering may subject a student to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19 to others.

By printing and completing the form below, you are authorizing your student to not wear a face covering while at school. A separate form must be completed for each child and turned in at each school's main office.

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Congratulations to SAA's Poets!

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Congrats to the Newsletter Invitees!

Chorus News

All grades will have spring performances in the next few weeks! They will be recorded and posted to this chorus Google site.

Dance News

End of the year dance performances will be Tuesday, May 18th. 6th and 7th grade will be livestreamed at 2:45 pm and 1:15 pm respectively. The link will be distributed very soon. 8th grade will have a live performance and each student has received 6 tickets. It will also be livestreamed at 6:30 pm.


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Strings End of the Year Concerts

Mrs. Griffith is excited to announce that her students will have orchestra concerts in person on Thursday, May 20th in the SAA's Performing Arts Center! Students will be safely distanced on the stage and wearing masks. Parents are asked to sit in family groups safely distanced in the audience. Every other row will be marked off. There will be programs on the seats where you can sit. Students should wear their concert black attire.

6th & 7th Grade Concert 6:00 pm

(Students need to arrive by 5:30 pm)

8th Grade Concert 7:00 PM

(Students need to arrive by 6:40)

Theatre News

Theatre will perform a night of one act plays on Wednesday, June 2nd. 8th grade will perform an original play, titled “The Deception.'' 7th grade will preform “Four Little Words'' by Edward Finnegan. 6th will perform “Whodunit?” by Anne Coulter Martens. Ticket information has been sent home with students.

Important Testing Dates

Statewide testing will take place on several days in May and June. Please mark that dates that apply to you or your student on your calendar. If a student is sick, that cannot be helped, but please don’t schedule appointments on the testing dates your students must attend! If you have questions, please contact Ms. Doolittle.


**May 24th-25th Virtual Students SC Ready testing

(SAA students will be e-learning during these days.)

May 27th + 28th SC Ready ELA (all grades)

June 2nd SC PASS Science (6th grade)

June 3rd SC Ready Math (all grades)

June 8th Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)

Awards Day Information

The Southwood Academy awards day programs for each grade will be held on Friday, June 11th. Due to restrictions and limited space, we will live stream the event for family and friends to watch live or view the recording at a later time. The link for the stream will be posted on the school calendar closer to the event. The dates and times are listed below.


8th Grade 8:30 am

7th Grade 10:00 am

6th Grade 2:00 pm

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Get the Grade Tutoring Center

Interested in summer tutoring? If so, check out the informational flyer below. Information and prices are included.

YCI Thursday Mornings

YCI is meeting in the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 am on Thursday mornings! All are welcome.

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8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance will be outdoors! It will be Thursday, June 10th 7:00-8:30 pm at the Anderson County Farmers Market. This is casual formal and masks will be required. Please fill in the Google form below if you plan to attend. Parents, if you are interested in assisting, please contact Mrs. Flemming.
8th Grade Dance Google Form

Please fill in this form if you plan to attend.

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SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!

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

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SAA Chromebook Tips for Students & Parents

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

Don't Forget Athletic Shoes for PE Day!

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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.

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

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.

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.

All School Meals Are Free for Students

The USDA has extended free meals for students through the end of September! This includes summer meals as well!

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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Glenview Volleyball Information

For any rising 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for GVMS volleyball, tryouts will be May 11th-14th, 20th-21st, 25th, 27th after school until 5:30 pm. (Parents, pick up at the back of the school.) If you haven't played a sport for Glenview or Hanna, you need to complete their PlanetHS information before you can come to spring practice. Instructions for creating an account and submitting forms on PlanetHS are in the link below. Returning players or those who have played another sport for Glenview or Hanna have until June 1st to get PlanetHS information completed.

TLH Color Guard Information in the Main Office

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McCants Volleyball Info

If you are interested in playing volleyball for McCants, there is summer training information in the Google Classroom link below. The code to join the Classroom is uvmrvfm. All information they will need is in there!

McCants Volleyball Google Classroom

Join the McCants Volleyball Classroom with the code: uvmrvfm.

McCants Girls Basketball

If you are interested in playing girls basketball at McCants, please check out the Google Classroom linked below and email Coach Quan Ramsey. Bogodcd is the Google Classroom code in order to join. All announcements and information will be there!

Middle School Cheer Tryouts Are Happening Soon

If you are zoned for McCants or Glenview and want to be a football cheerleader, check out the information below.
McCants Football Information

This includes spring and summer workout information and a Google Classroom code for McCants Football.

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Library News

*New Books! Mrs. Spencer has been busily adding new books to the media center shelves! Check out a new title today!

*Media Center Bills! Bills for lost or damaged books were distributed this past week. If you received a bill and you have the book at home, bring it in and the bill will be thrown away! If you received a bill, and you cannot find the book or it has been destroyed, please take the bill and your payment to Mrs. Gilbert in the main office. Returns and payments are due by Friday, June4th.

*Final Due Date! All library books will be due Friday, June 4th. Mrs. Spencer will be conducting an inventory of the collection at the end of this school year, so all books must be back by then.

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Ebook Opportunities

If you are looking for something to read over the eLearning week, over a weekend, or over a break, we have choices! Use Follett Destiny & Destiny Discover to browse, read, and check out eBooks from our Southwood Academy Media Center collection. Teen Book Cloud is another option. Use DISCUS and select Teen Book Cloud. Happy eReading!
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Resource Lists Assist Your Search

The media center has lots of new fiction and non-fiction books for you to check out and enjoy! A resource list is a way for Mrs. Spencer to group books together on a particular topic or genre. If you need some ideas, use the link below and check out the resource lists Mrs. Spencer made for you.

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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 kristinspencer@anderson5.net for future announcements.