Southwood Academy of the Arts
October 31st - November 4th
Congratulations to Our SOMs!
Students Enjoyed YCI's Glow Club!
Spooky Stories in the Media Center
Independent Reading Projects
Last week, Ms. Crittendon’s English I class presented projects on books they’ve been reading on their own. While some students created book trailer videos, the pictures above are some examples of projects that were presented for Heir to the Empire by Zahn, Assassin's Curse by Sands, Ground Zero by Gratz, and Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Bacigalupi. Just in time for Halloween, Ms. Crittendon’s class has been reading gothic stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe including “The Cask of Amontillado," "Annabelle Lee,” and “The Raven.”
Bring in Socks by Monday!
Social Studies South American Newscasts
Beta Club News
Junior Beta Club is an organization that provides opportunities for students to serve as leaders. The Beta Club was shut down during COVID-19, but Southwood Academy is happy to announce that Beta Club is back! The students invited to join Beta Club received a letter encouraging them to fill in a Google form and pay Beta Club dues. All submissions are due by Wednesday, November 2nd. The 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.
Wednesday is You Day!
Hat Day for United Way
Friday is Hat & Make-Up Picture Day!
Make-Up Picture Day
If your parent did not receive the emailed proof of your 1st portrait, please open this link.
Media Center Puzzle #1 is Complete!
Southwood Academy PTO, Thank You For Honor Roll Lunch!
*This site does not include student arts area t-shirts. The sale for student arts area t-shirts will be later this fall.
Work It Out Wednesdays
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.
District Honors Choir
District Honors Choir is a program that allows students from every middle school in Anderson School District Five to combine their talents. Choral students in 7th and 8th grade recently auditioned for the District Honors Choir. Students who were accepted into the District Honors Choir are practicing several songs, which include “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” “Jubilate Deo,” “Double Trouble,” and several more pieces. A workshop will take place on November 3rd during the school day in the Performing Arts Center. The District Honors Choir Concert will be at 4:30PM in the PAC, and family and friends are welcome to attend!
Dancing Through the Eras
Mrs. Kay's dance classes are studying different ballet eras. 8th graders are selecting an era of ballet, choreographing a solo dance, and writing a two page essay. Choices include Baroque, Romantic, Neoclassical, Classical, Contemporary, or Imperial. 7th grade students get to create a timeline that describes the different ballet eras, and they present their group dances. 6th grade students make a dance from the Baroque Era.
Spooky Scenes in Theatre
For the past couple of weeks, Mrs. Small's 7th grade theatre has been working on spooky scenes that are Halloween related. 7th graders have been working together in groups to create and edit the script. After finalizing the scripts, they performed the short scenes for their classmates.
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. 1st 4-6 PM
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
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 (email@example.com), or bring money and order to Mrs. Cheri Gilbert in the office.
Veterans Day Program
November 11 at 10:30 AM in the PAC
Strings (8th Grade), Band (7th and 8th ), and Chorus (6th-8th), and Drama (8th) students will be performing. Parents are invited to attend. We want to give a special invitation to Veterans in your family.
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.
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!
Tuesday, November 1st, Halloween Club is this week! It will be at Pointe Church at 1001 N Main Street, and all are welcome. You can come dressed in a Halloween costume, and the best costume might win a prize! 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 Schedule
Tuesday, November 1st - Nickles circulation & class novel check out
Wednesday, November 2nd - Games Club AM, Moules 10:30-11, Newsletter 3rd block
Thursday, November 3rd - Mundy circulation, 6th grade book club lunch, 7th grade book club lunch
Friday, November 4th - Paradis circulation
6th & 7th Grade Book Clubs
*8th Grade book club will be later this fall!
TLH JV Cross Country
Photo credit: Mrs. Erwin
Robert Anderson Tryouts
7th Grade girls basketball tryouts will be on October 26th, 27th, and 29th from 4-5:30.
8th Grade girls basketball tryouts will be on November 1-3rd from 4-5:30.
7th and 8th grade boys basketball tryouts will be on November 7-8th from 3:45-5:30.
Any 7th or 8th grade boy or girl interested in wrestling. Practices begin on November 17th at 3:45pm.
Please make sure physical and Planeths paperwork is completed prior to practices.
Glenview & McCants Basketball Information
Glenview Boys Basketball - 3:30-5:15 Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st
Glenview Girls Basketball - 3:30-5:15 Nov. 2nd and 3rd
McCants Girls Basketball - 3:30-5:15 Nov. 2nd and 3rd
Students who are interested in trying out need to get a physical and need to complete the proper paperwork. A physical form and instructions for completing the paperwork online are below.
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 middle and high school students will be dismissed at 11:45 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