Southwood Academy of the Arts

October 31st - November 4th

Congratulations to Our SOMs!

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Students Enjoyed YCI's Glow Club!

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Spooky Stories in the Media Center

Just in time for Halloween, 6th graders were able to create their own spooky story starters a few weeks ago, and this past week they enjoyed a spooky story. From Things That Go Bump in the Night, Mrs. Spencer read them the short story "Mr. Mason's Jars" about a mysterious teacher who steals the personalities of rambunctious students, and they watched a short video of a possible ending. It is probably not very surprising, but the thriller section of the Media Center is most popular during this time of year.
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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!

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Eye-Catching Display

English I and ELA 8 classes created character obituaries, decorative character masks, and Monkey's Paw Owner's Manuals. These are on display outside Mrs. Nickels' classroom.
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Social Studies South American Newscasts

For the last several weeks, Mr. Kay's 7th grade social studies classes have been studying South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, and more. Groups of students selected one country to create a newscast that described the country and its climate, major cities, geographical features, culture, and interesting facts. Students recorded the newscasts using their Chromebooks. Students spent time in the Media Center filming and editing their videos. Students took the South America unit test Friday.

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.

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Wednesday is You Day!

Hat Day for United Way

Students will be allowed to purchase a hat pass on Friday, November 4th. The cost will be $1 and students will receive a sticker they are to wear on their hat. Student government members will be selling these Friday morning in the cafeteria. Late students can see Mrs. Cloninger or Mrs. Gilbert to purchase a sticker. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

Friday is Hat & Make-Up Picture Day!

Make-Up Picture Day

Students who were absent during picture day last month or students who would like to take another photo may get school photos taken Friday, November 4th 9AM - noon.

If your parent did not receive the emailed proof of your 1st portrait, please open this link.

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Media Center Puzzle #1 is Complete!

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Southwood Academy PTO, Thank You For Honor Roll Lunch!

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PTO Spiritwear

Are you a new Southwood Academy parent and would like to get some SAA gear? If so, the PTO is sponsoring a spiritwear sale! These items are school spirit related. The link to the webstore is below. Orders may be placed now through Monday, November 7th!

*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

7th grade students have the option to attend Work It Out Wednesdays if they are missing work or need help. This will be held during 7th grade lunch on Wednesdays in the media center. Interested students may sign up to participate.

Student IDs

New student IDs have been distributed. Students need to wear their IDs throughout the school day. If a student forgets his or her ID, the first one is free. Temporary stickers are $1. If an ID is lost, it will cost $3 for a new ID and $2 for a new lanyard. IDs will be required at all times this year.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

We finally reached our goal to save 10,000 water bottles from the landfill! Newsletter Staff's next goal is to reach 20,000. Fill up your reusable bottle at the water fountain between the 6th and 7th grade hallways and help us reach our goal!

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

  • Camera cases

  • Briefcases

  • Backpacks

  • Cinch bags

  • Tinted/printed pattern plastic bags

  • Diaper bags

  • Mesh 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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


Strings Reminders

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 (, 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

7th and 8th grade band, chorus, dance, and theatre students have the opportunity to see the Broadway tour of Anastasia in Atlanta's Fox Theatre! The field trip will be Thursday, December 8th - Friday, December 9th. The deposit and a 2nd payment has been paid. The last payment of $110 is due November 29, 2022. For more specific information, check out the field trip form below.
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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.

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Club News

Newsletter Club

In order to provide more time, the Newsletter Club staff will meet Monday mornings 7:45 am in the media center classroom for assignments. Wednesday work sessions will be during 3rd block and 8th grade lunch. If you cannot make a meeting, please check in with Mrs. Spencer.

Creative Writing Club

Students will 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 had the freedom to write in any form or style.

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!

Games Club

Games Club normally meets on Wednesday morning in the media center. Games Club members are listed on a spreadsheet and do not need to get a pass. If you haven't been attending for a while, your name will be dropped from the spreadsheet. If you are interested in joining Games Club, there will be a sign up sheet in the Media Center. During our club meetings, students play games like checkers, chess, cards, Uno, Battleship, Sorry, Clue, Jenga, Trouble and more. If you like to work on puzzles, there will be a puzzle table as well. Unplug and join in the fun!
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Wyldlife News

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.

Cafeteria News

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.

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SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!

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Order Your Yearbook

If you would like to order a yearbook, use the link below! Information was sent home with students through their arts classes. Yearbooks are $45. If you have an 8th grade student, you may order a yearbook and order an 8th grade recognition ad! If you have yearbook questions, contact Mr. Powell.
Order a Yearbook

Use this to order a 2022-2023 yearbook!

Order an 8th Grade Recognition Ad

Use this to order an ad for your 8th grade student!

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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.

*The Robert Anderson Sports Bus is now available after school!

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.

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. 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

Monday, October 31st - Newsletter AM, Crittendon creative writing & class novel check out

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

Book Clubs will meet Thursdays during lunch, and the first meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 3rd! If you have your own copy of Twins or Ground Zero, please sign up for the book club and join in the fun! If you have questions, talk to Mrs. Spencer in the Media Center. Lastly, teachers are always welcome to join the book club!

*8th Grade book club will be later this fall!

Sports News

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TLH JV Cross Country

Southwood Acadedmy students Kelton Curd, Ryker Erwin, Ezra Beben, Tully Ware, and the TLH JV cross country team finished their season recently. They came in 2nd in the Region! This photo is missing 7th grader Whit Waters.

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.

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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.

Chromebook Care

All A5 students have new touch-screen Chromebooks this year! With the new devices come Chromebook responsibilities. These devices are meant to be used by the students for four years. For more information, feel free to review an in-depth presentation from our DIS team below.
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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

A PDF of the A5 Academic Calendar is available below. Save it to your device and stay on top of grading periods and breaks!
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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 and her Newsletter staff: Ezra, Ryker, Savannah, Bailee, Karis, Anna, Tori, Zoie, Tully, Eli, and Julia. Contact her at for future announcements.