Southwood Academy of the Arts
November 14th - 18th
Veterans Day Program
Strings, Choir, Band, and Theatre put on quite a Veteran's Day performance! Many parents, families, and veterans were in a attendance. Veterans, thank you for your service to our country! If you were not able to see the performance, enjoy the recording below.
Middle School Winter Guard Workshop
Books Clubs in the Media Center
7th Grade Career Exploration
Most students don’t really think about what their careers will be after high school, so it’s good to get them thinking about it now. Ms. Greer worked with the seventh grade students in Mr. Kay’s Social Studies classes and to help them consider future careers. Students completed SCOIS career assessments. The assessment has eighty questions about activities students may find enjoyment in and used this to put them in career clusters. According to Ms. Greer “You can’t teach passion, but we can teach them the skills to use it.” In addition, she visited Mrs. Mundy's ELA class and conducted a career related activity associated with The Giver, which they are reading at this time.
Authors & Poets
Southwood Academy’s 6th, 7th, and 8th Choir will perform Authors and Poets Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center. This concert will focus on arrangements of songs used in or based on works of literature. They will be singing many songs, including “When I Grow Up,” “Pure Imagination,” and “The Road Not Taken.” Thursday, students will stay after school to rehearse. All are welcome to attend the performance, and there is no admission fee. If you are unable to make it to the concert, it will be livestreamed.
Beta Club News
The Beta Club induction ceremonies will take place on Monday, November 21st in the Southwood Academy Performing Arts Center. Eighth grade’s induction will meet at 8:30 A.M., and seventh grade’s induction will meet at 12:30 P.M. The co-sponsors for Southwood Academy’s Beta Club are Dr. Boltin, Mrs. Dobson, Mrs. Hollingsworth, Mr. Kay, Mr. Maeger, and Ms. Silvey.
Guidance News for 8th Grade Students
On Thursday, November 17th, T.L. Hanna will be visiting Southwood Academy at 1:30 PM (during 8th grade lunch) to talk about high school registration, and Westside has already visited. This year, for the first time, both schools will have the same registration form. In January, parents will set up an Individual Graduation Plan or IGP meeting with either Dr. Chamblee or Ms. Doolittle. Students will also receive their course catalog for their freshman year of high school. Students must complete their registration form before their IGP meeting.
Work It Out Wednesdays
Thanksgiving Survey - Due by Wednesday!
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.
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.
Visual Art Updates
8th grade - Art I students have been working on SC Governor's school application pieces. The work currently in the cafeteria are drypoint etching portraits, where the students made tiles by carving into plexiglass, putting ink on it, and running it through a printing press.
7th grade - They finished their linocut carving pieces. They carved a picture of a living thing on a material called linoleum with special tools. They then applied ink on it and ran it through a printing press onto paper.
6th grade - 6th grade visual art students created 3D sculptures. They made molds out of clay and filled them with colorful plaster.
High School Theatre News
Winter Guard Auditions
The Westside High School winter guard auditions are November 14th, 15th, and 17th
4:00 - 7:00 PM in the WHS commons.The final auditions are on November 18th.
The TL Hanna winter guard auditions are November 15th -17th 4:15 - 7:00 PM in the mall area.
*Please wear school appropriate athletic clothes and shoes for auditions.
Anastasia November Practices
Below is a list of practice times for November. Not every cast member attends each practice. It is very important to read your schedule to know which day your group practices!
Nov. 14th 4-6 PM
Nov. 15th 4-6 PM
Nov. 17th 4-5:30 PM
Nov. 21st 4-6 PM
Nov. 28th 4-6 PM
Nov. 29th 4-6 PM
Nov. 30th 4-6 PM
Picture Retakes are Available
SC Governor School of Arts & Humanities
7th and 8th grade students attended a meeting about the SC Governor's School for Arts & Humanities in Greenville. The Governor’s school feels all artists should have the following skills: creativity, dedication, collaboration, and communication. The Governor's school mission is to serve South Carolina's young artists. They foster five art areas Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Film. The offer summer programs and have a residential high school for juniors and seniors.To find out more use this link.
For more information
Attend an admission event
Follow @SCGSAH on social media ( Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Youtube
Join their mailing list
Electric City Pizza Fundraising Day - November 17th- a portion of their sales all day will go towards Southwood Middle School Strings.
Papa Bear Car Wash Gift Cards - Strings will be selling $25 gift cards for Papa Bear Car Wash for $20! Contact Mrs. Griffith (firstname.lastname@example.org), or bring money and order to Mrs. Cheri Gilbert in the office.
Orlando Field Trip - The $150 payments for the Orlando field trip, happening on March 15-19, 2023 will be due December 1st, 2022; January 26th, 2023; and a final $190 payment on February 23rd, 2023.
Anastasia Field Trip
6th Grade Field Trip
The field trip is March 9-10 2023.The total cost of this trip will be $175. This is an overnight trip and the trip fee will include: transportation, lodging, all meals, all activities, and sixth grade t-shirts. Parents have until January 9th, 2023 to pay for the trip. If you would like to pay for the trip in installments, parents can follow this schedule: $50 November 9th and $75 January 9th. The parent form for the field trip is below.
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.
T-shirts - The Creative Writing Club created designs for t-shirts, and a final design for the t-shirts has been selected and can now be purchased. Anyone who wants a t-shirt or is in the Creative Writing Club may get one. The $13 may be paid online, by check, or with cash.
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!
Wyldlife will have JLUB (jeans club) this week! It will be at The Point Church, 1001 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621. Come dressed in your best all denim outfit or in anything with jeans. Anyone and everyone is welcome! Wyldlife Weekend Camp will be January 20th-22nd at Carolina Point. If you have any questions, you can email, text, or call 678-857-8767. If you are interested in the Camp Point trip, please check out the form below.
1. Breakfast and lunch is not free for all students this year. We encourage all students to apply for free/reduced meals. Applications are available in the cafeteria, or can be completed online using this link. However, even if a student does not qualify for free/reduced meals, they can always eat breakfast and/or lunch. The charge will go onto their account, and the parent/guardian will be required to pay off this charge as soon as possible.
2. Students can 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.
3. For breakfast and lunch, students are required to take at least 3 items, 1 of which must be a fruit or vegetable choice. There are multiple fruit and veggie choices available daily, and students are encouraged to choose as many of them as they wish!
4. For any questions that students have, we encourage them to come ask us! Our staff is here to help with any of our students’ needs.
SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!
Order Your Yearbook
*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.
News from Nurse Rosa
1. Any students with the following symptoms should stay home: temperature, headache, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, new or worsening cough, or runny nose.
2. Students may return to school once they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication AND their symptoms have significantly improved.
3. If you decide to have a COVID-19 test, notify the school nurse of the results.
*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.
Media Center Puzzle #2
Media Center Schedule
Tuesday, November 15th - Nickles circulation
Wednesday, November 16th - Games Club AM, Moules class visit, Newsletter & TL
Thursday, November 17th - Mundy circulation, 6th grade book club, 7th grade book club
Friday, November 18th - Paradis circulation
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:
December 16, 2022
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