Southwood Academy of the Arts

November 25th - December 6th

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8th Grade AOP Showcase Field Trip

8th grade students attended the 2019 AOP Showcase at the Anderson County Civic Center. It allowed them to see many businesses and industries available here in the upstate. The students had a great time!
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7th Grade Students Analyze Samples with Mircroscopes

All County Orchestra News!

Results are in, and Southwood students did well: 24 made All County Orchestra! Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

1st Violin

Tamia Ligon, Ava Dutton, Maura Wiliams, Julien Lebrun

2nd violin

Kiera Simmons, Hayden Grooms, Ariana Telles, Charlie Rojas, Rachael Patterson, Sara King


Tiana Collitson, Deacon Gause, Alli Jackson, Caleb Bates


Zander Reese, Brennan Speer, Makena Brock, Lila Morf, Greyson Powell, Josie Littlefield, Luke Stephens, Lanee Jones


Raychel Wilson, Phoenix Parnell

Day of Awesomeness

Students who participated in the PTO fundraiser will get the participate in the Day of Awesomeness! It is going to be Monday, November 25th! It will take place in the side parking lot where students are dropped off, so that lot will be closed after 8:15 am. Participating students will receive armbands during 1st block. 6th grade students will participate 10:00 - 11:30, and 7th & 8th grade students will participate 11:30-1:00. All students who raised $60 or more will receive a free Pelican’s Sno Cone. For students who sent 10 emails or texts, they may bring $2 if they would like to purchase a Sno Cone.

MAP Testing

MAP testing is going to be during the first week of December. Students need to bring fully charged Chromebooks. Below is the testing schedule.

Tuesday, December 3rd - Math

Wednesday, December 4th - Reading

Thursday, December 5th - Reading (finish)

Glee Club

If you love to sing, Mr. Kennedy is interested in sponsoring a Glee Club! Tryouts will be

Friday, December 6th in Mr. Kennedy’s room near the bus line. Glee Club will be every Friday morning, starting after Christmas Break. Sign ups are in the cafeteria. For more information, contact Mr. Kennedy.

High School IGP Meetings

Guidance counselors from TL Hanna will visit Southwood Academy Friday, December 6th at 1:30 pm. They will talk to 8th grade students zoned for TL Hanna about the IGP process and provide information about classes.

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

Anderson Arts Center After-School Classes

The Anderson Arts Center is offering after-school classes to interested students!

-Meet once or twice per week

-2D and 3D classes

-Ages 4-18

-Follows school calendar

-End-of-year exhibit

For more detailed information, access the flyer below.

Beta Club Reminder

Above are a few photos from this past week's Beta Club meeting. Don't forget to check the Beta Club Google Classroom for volunteer opportunities. Lights of Hope and others are listed!

PE Schedule

Students have PE with Mr. Scarborough one day a week during their arts classes. Arts classes for 8th grade is 1st block, for 7th grade is 2nd block, and for 6th grade is 4th block. Check out the PE schedule below. For example, McFarland's dance students have PE on Fridays.
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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.

Good Stuff

Parents, please use the Google Form below to submit "Good Stuff" your child does outside of school. This could include winning athletic tournaments, being cast in a community or playhouse event, or achievements in any other outside of school stuff. We would like to recognize some of these responses on Fridays at Morning Meeting and would love your input!

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, Nov. 25th - 10:45 Scott, Mundy circulation

Tuesday, Nov 26th - chess club, Ross & Nickles circulation

Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 27th-29th - No School for Thanksgiving

Monday, Dec. 2nd - 10:45 Scott

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd - chess club & newsletter club at 7:30, Boswell circulation

Wednesday, Dec. 4th- Cloninger research

Thursday, Dec. 5th - Cloninger research, 8th grade lunch- newsletter meeting

Friday, Dec. 6th - Paradis circulation

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Don't forget Thanksgiving Break: No School Wednesday-Friday next week!

Lights of Hope

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Lights of Hope will be open from November 28th-December 25th from 5:30-10:00 pm every day. it is at the Anderson County Civic Center. There will be many fun activities! It is $10 per car.

PS- Several of our Beta Club students are helping with the setup!

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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.