Southwood Academy of the Arts
January 9th - 13th, 2023
Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!
Parents of 8th graders, please sign up for an IGP meeting!
IGP Information for 8th Grade Students
8th grade student IGP meetings have started, and they need to be completed by the end of January! Both Westside and Hanna have the same registration form. Parents, please set up an Individual Graduation Plan or IGP meeting with either Dr. Chamblee or Ms. Doolittle. Your meeting can be virtual or in person. During the IGP meeting, students will review the course catalog for their freshman year of high school, and the high school registration form will be completed. A PDF of the high school catalog, the high school registration form, and links to sign up for a meeting are below. For more information about IGPs, careeer clusters, and more, visit Ms. Doolittle's website.
Authors & Poets Performance
Southwood Academy’s choral students performed the previously postponed Authors and Poets concert on Friday, January 6th. They worked on their pieces for an entire semester. They sang many different songs, and several students had solos. Soloists were Nolan Rose, Aria Puckett, Ivey Moore, Katie Lee, Amari Skelton, and Shakyri Galloway. The members of the District Honors Choir also made an appearance.
English I Midterm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 16th!
A Day On & Not Off
Students Do Not Have School Friday & Monday!
Share Your Photos with the Yearbook Staff
The yearbook staff would love to include photos of your activities outside of school! If you have a fun travel, sports, club, team, or activity photo, please access the Google form and upload your photo! The best photos will be included in this year’s yearbook.
8th Grade Science is Out of This World
In Mr. Pendergrass’s science class, the 8th grade students are studying astronomy. In these pictures, the students are taking notes from their textbooks about observing the universe. Along with watching a video about the size of everything in space, the students have also been reading about astronomy and the nature of black holes.
Core Bites Beginning
Writing Activities in 6th Grade ELA
Mrs. Boswell's & Mrs. Liles's ELA class are learning how to create a text dependent analysis (TDA) in manageable sections. In the photos, students were working on their thesis statements and introductions. They also reviewed simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences with the sentence building activity.
Byzantine Empire in 6th Grade SS
End of the 9 Weeks
The second nine weeks ends on January 12th. The 13th is a professional development day for teachers, which means that there will be no school for students. All student work is due by Thursday, January 12th, so if you have anything late or missing, please turn it in. Report cards will be printed the following week and will go home on January 19th.
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.
*Video Information: Under the leadership of Mr. Keith White at TLHS and Mr. Mark Lyon at AIT, several videos have been created by students as part of a fun classroom assignment while using younger students and staff of A5 as the actors. We appreciate the partnership from Nevitt Forest and North Pointe with providing such talented student actors. There will be more videos to come…this is just the beginning!
The 7th and 8th grade Strings will be practicing every Friday from 7:45-8:15 AM. This is so the students can practice the songs they will be playing for the National Orchestra Festival and upcoming performances without having to take the students out of class. Parents please try to get your children to practices on time.
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 have been paying for the trip in installments, the last payment is $75 due 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.
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!
Junior Beta Club News
Beta Club students recently voted for Beta Club positions. Thank you to all of the students who threw their hats into the ring. Congratulations to all of the new Beta Club officers: Tyler Pearson - President, Khasius Hunt - Vice President, and M'Kenzie Saylors - Secretary! The next Beta Club meeting is TBD.
To kick off this semester of WyldLife events, the club will be from 7:00-8:00 PM at Skateland USA on Tuesday, January 10th! Everyone is welcome to come. Wyldlife is also having Weekend Camp from January 20th-22nd at Carolina Point. Spots are filling up for camp, so if you are interested, you should sign up as soon as possible. If you have any questions, you can email, text, or call 678-857-8767. For more information, check out the link below.
Cafeteria Online Payments
Students may 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.
SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!
Order Your Yearbook
PowerSchool for Students & Parents
A5's District Code is GWJZ
*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 News
Media Center Schedule
Tuesday, January 10th - Paradis circulation
Wednesday, January 11th - Games Club, English I Midterm 1-st-2nd block, Newsletter 3rd block
Thursday, January 12th - Mundy circulation
Friday, January 13th - Teacher PD day - no school for students
Read 3 & Review 3
TL Hanna Baseball
· All Eligibility paperwork needs to be completed on PlanetHS before coming out. NO EXCEPTIONS! Parent/Guardian and athlete have to have an account and both sign all paperwork. Athletes who were cleared for a fall/winter sport do not have to resubmit forms for the spring. Middle school Athletes must fill out all paperwork for the high school. Make sure to Add TL Hanna as a school in the profile.
· **All physicals must be dated after April 1, 2022
· There will be three preseason practices for middle school students in January. Practices will be from 4:00 – 5:15 pm.
- Thursday, 1/12 … Hitting Day
- Thursday, 1/19 … Scrimmage
· Athletes playing a winter sport for T.L Hanna or the middle schools will wait to come to baseball after their winter sport is over. They are not allowed at baseball practices/tryouts at all during their winter sport season.
· Tryouts for middle school students will be held February 6th – 9th. Tryouts will run from 4:00 – 5:30 pm each day.
· Middle School students will need to be dropped off and picked up from the back parking lot of TLH. DO NOT drive down the access road to the baseball stadium.
· Questions can be directed to Daniel Crenshaw via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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