Southwood Academy of the Arts

April 19th-23rd

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All State Orchestra

Mrs. Griffith is excited to announce that Caleb B, who plays viola, and CJ W, who plays bass, made All-State Orchestra! All State Orchestra will be held in Columbia on Saturday, May 1st. Congratulations!
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Coding is Pentastic

Mr. Cobb, the Digital Integration Specialist, worked with sixth grade math teacher Mrs. Hollingsworth and her classes to create a 3D learning experience. Students learned all about finding the area of composite shapes. Students created their own images using the 3D doodler from individual shapes such as squares and triangles. Using a ruler, students found the area of each individual shape along with the entire composite shape. With a 3D pen students can draw a raised graphic on a piece of paper or any flat surface. But what makes a 3D pen truly unique is its ability to “draw” in mid-air, allowing students to instantly form 3D structures, which students can pick up and hold.

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It Is Planting Season in 6th Grade Science

Yearbook Application Time

If you are a 7th grade student and are interested in journalism of one form or another, then this is for you! If you are interested in being on next year's yearbook or newsletter staff, fill in the application below. Your responses and teacher recommendations are involved in the process. The Google form application is due Friday, April 30th.
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YCI Thursday Mornings

YCI is meeting in the Performing Arts Center at 7:40 am on Thursday mornings! All are welcome.

MAP Testing

Spring MAP testing will take place in April. Students must have fully charged Chromebooks for testing. Students will take the tests in their ELA and math classes.

April 20-21- math

Performing Through the Decades Rehearsals

After spring break, rehearsals will be April 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th 4:00-5:30 pm.
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AIM Donations

As a school, we are going to pitch in and help our community. We will start collecting items for the AIM food pantry April 19-23. Much needed items are listed below.

*Individual shelf milks (do not require refrigeration)

*Individual cereals

*Individual Juice boxes

*Individual Snack items

Please bring in donations to the cafeteria and place them in the collection bins. Thank you for helping others in need!

A5 Free Internet Information

If you do not have internet service at home, you may fill in the Anderson 5 Free Internet Application form below to get a mobile hot spot. This is especially important to do before any kind of eLearning.
SAA Chromebook Tips for Students & Parents

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

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

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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.

Don't Forget to Wash Your Masks!

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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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Earth Day!

Earth Day is April 22nd. The purpose of Earth Day is to “build the world's largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet.” According to Please go to to learn more about Earth Day!

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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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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School Library Week

School Library Week is going to be April 26th-30th! Come to the Media Center to receive prizes or participate in fun activities. Monday is make your own bookmark day, Tuesday you will receive smarties if you check out a book, Wednesday you will have clues to find a photo of Mrs. Spencer's dog, Rally, inside of a book, Thursday there will be riddles and puzzles in the Media Center, and on Friday if you have participated in Read 3 & Review 3 you will be invited to select a freebie.

Read 3 & Review 3

Read 3 of the SCJBA nominees and write short reviews for the ones you read! Need a reminder of the 20 titles? Just check out the video above or the bookmark you received in the media center. The link for the Read 3 & Review 3 Book Review Form is below. Students who participate will be eligible for prizes in April! If you have questions, ask Mrs. Spencer in the Media Center.
Read 3 & Review 3 Book Review form

This may be filled in multiple times for multiple books!

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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 for future announcements.