Southwood Academy of the Arts

November 16-20 Newsletter

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Seussical the Musical - This Weekend and Next Weekend!

Southwood Academy, Calhoun Academy, and Hanna and Westside students team up to provide a wonderful production of Seussical the Musical, which makes Dr. Seuss's timeless classics come to life on stage. It is not too late to see this amazing production at the Calhoun Academy of the Arts auditorium! Seussical show dates and times: November 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st at 7:00 pm and November 15th & 22nd at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door.

6th Grade Book Club Members to Talk with Ben Mikaelsen

Mrs. Spencer's 6th grade Jungle of Bones book club members will get to talk to Ben Mikaelsen, who is the author of Jungle of Bones and many other well-known novels such as Touching Spirit Bear. The phone conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th during 6th grade lunch. According to Miss Mahoney, "Talking with the author is such a special opportunity for these students because they get to hear about how writers invent the stories and characters they love!" 6th grade book club photo below.
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Veterans Day Program Photos

Mr. Nowell and Southwood's 7th & 8th grade Band Performed for Hospice House

Chamber Choir News from Mr. Hawkins

Congratulations to high school chamber choir students McCrae B and Samuel W for being selected to participate in the South Carolina All-State Chorus! These students will perform at Winthrop University in April with selected students from the state of South Carolina. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students are able to audition for a panel of judges. Students are selected based on their individual performance as well as a sight-reading exercise. It is extremely competitive, and we are so happy that McCrae, a sophomore, has been accepted his first year of auditioning and Samuel, a senior, has been accepted for the third year in a row.

ELA and Math Tutoring

ELA tutoring will be Mondays November 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 14. Math tutoring will be Thursdays November 19 and December 3, 10, 17. After-school tutoring is 3:15-4:15, and prompt pick-up is greatly appreciated.
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United Way Drive Update

Mr. Burdette has been monitoring the Penny Wars this week, and he says that the students have had a lot of fun adding their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills to the grade level buckets! All of these donations are for the United Way. Southwood Academy's United Way drive continues through November 20th! During this time, students and faculty will have an opportunity to be generous to those in need in our community.

RUSH has started up; students welcome to join!

RUSH, which stands for Rising Up Serving Him, is a Christian organization that meets every two weeks in the media center. Their second meeting will be Friday, November 20th 7:15-7:45. Students of all grade levels are welcome to attend.

Technology Tips: Chromebooks at Home

If your students are experiencing issues with Chromebooks at home, please try the following after logging in and authenticating with Lightspeed:

1. Do a hard restart on the device.

2. Shut down the browser after login and bring it back in again.

3. Go to or any school site or Google Drive.

4. Clearing the cache / browsing history, if needed.

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.