Southwood Academy of the Arts

January 15th-22nd

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18th. Let us not forget his dream!

Congratulations, Ashley! She earned 1st Chair Bass in the Carolina Youth Symphony!

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IGPs for 8th Grade Students & Parents

Individualized Graduation Plan meetings are very important for 8th grade students and their parents because this is when 9th grade course requests and forms are filled out. IGPs are going on now. If you have not set up an IGP meeting for your 8th grade student, please contact Paula Doolittle to schedule your appointment.

Magnet School Application & Information

The Magnet Application window is January 4th - February 29th. During this time, you may apply to any elementary or middle school in the district using this link. You may also fill in a form in person at the District Office located at 400 Pearman Dairy Road. Please fill in the Magnet Application form even if your rising 6th grade student plans to audition this spring.
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T-Dap Immunization Required for all 7th Grade Students

It is a state requirement that all students must have received the T-Dap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis) immunization before the start of 7th grade. When your 6th grader sees a doctor this year, please be aware that all students MUST have the T-Dap vaccine BEFORE they start school in the fall. In-coming 7th grade students will NOT receive a schedule or be able to go to class without an updated immunization record. When your child's shots are up to date, please send in a copy of his or her immunization record as soon as possible. For more information, please email our school nurse, Robin Rosa.

Final Payments for the Washington DC Trip Are Due Wednesday, January 20th!

Washington D.C. Field Trip News

A few spots have opened up for the D.C. field trip. If you have reconsidered and would like for your 7th or 8th grade student to go on this fantastic trip to our nation's capital, please contact Miss Paradis. The total cost for the trip is $650. The final payment for the D.C. trip is January 20th.

All students going on the D.C. field trip need to complete the Google form for T-shirts, roommates, and social security numbers for the Pentagon. It is very important that this information is completed no later than January 20th! If you do not fill in this form, you won't have any say in your roommate selection and you will not be able to go into the Pentagon.

Thank you, Southwood Academy and Beta Club!

Thank you for participating in the Beta Club paper goods drive! Your donations helped people in need in our community. All products were donated to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM).

2016 ELA & Math After-School Tutoring

Students will be invited to join ELA or math tutoring if they are in need of extra practice or assistance. If you would like your student to be part of after-school tutoring, please contact your student's teacher.

ELA tutoring will be on the following Mondays: January 25th, February 1st, February 8th, February 22nd, February 29th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, and April 25th.

Math tutoring will be on the following Thursdays: January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, February 25th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, April 7th, and April 14th.

ELA and Math tutoring is 3:15-4:15 pm; prompt pick up is greatly appreciated!

Southwood Academy's Parent Cafe

Enjoy lemonade, cookies, and conversation! Parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome to join a conversation about the joys and challenges associated with parenting middle school students. The Parent Cafe will be hosted by guidance counselor Paula Doolittle and will be held Thursday afternoons 2-3 pm in the cafeteria January 28th, February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, and February 25th. Space will be limited, so please contact Paula Doolittle to register.

Auditions for New Students

Auditions for rising 6th grade students new to Southwood Academy will be held January 20th-February 4th and will be at the elementary schools. Students in grades 6-8 who would like to audition for Southwood Academy, may do so during the open audition Thursday, February 4th at Southwood Academy. For more information, contact Mr. Smith.

Yearbook Update from Mr. Powell

The following students have already purchased yearbooks.

6th-Harley B, Ashton B, Sydnee B, Alyssa B, Kathryn B, Evelyn C, Jackson C, Ja'Shanti D, Parks E, Elizabeth F, Kaylen F, Catherine G, Olivia G, Jonathan H, Naomi H, Raven H, Madeline H, Meredith J, A Kiria K, Julianne L, Tori L, Molly L, Sara L, Kate M, Alex M, Claudia M, Dade N, Sara O, Isabella P, Madison P, Joshua P, Max R, Makayla S, Meredith S, Ainsley S, Logan S, Molly S, Destiny S, Caroline S, Joseph T, Madison T, Keyli W

7th-Alexus A, Gavin B, Emily B, Hallie B, Max B, Cassidy B, Eve C, Cassidy C, Abigail C, Hanna E, Ayrika F, Kelsie F, Katie G, Emilee G, Breelyn G, Jag G, Kyleigh H, Duncan H, Grace J, Anna M, Fiona M, Patricia M, Isaac M, Emma N, Zane O, Bailey P, Cole P, Isaac P, Jacob R, Molly R, Lillie R, Nicole S, Jillian S, Charisma S, Morgan T, Elisa V, Taylor V, Samantha W, Jesse W, Kristina W

8th-Gracie A, Harmony A, Nathan A, Taylor B, Sarah Grace B, Kaelyn B, Hannah B, Emma C, Mykala C, Austin C, Hunter C, Scott D, Morgan D, Conor D, Catie E, Emily G, Michael G, Jaden H, Ryne H, Jonathan H, Harrison H, Ella H, Madison H, Jada H, Madison K, Wesley K, Anna K, Ashley K, Claire L, Kaden M, Ryan M, Khyler M, Eli M, Conlan P, Garrett P, Abby P, Bessie P, Mary P, Amiyah P, Avery R, Kimi R, Aden S, Taylor Grace S, Maddie S, Austin S, Lilli T, Daylee V, Chandler V, Jessica W, Alexa W, Carly W, Rylyn W

If you do not see your name on this list and are certain that you have purchased a yearbook, please contact Mr. Powell. If you have not ordered a yearbook and you would like to order one, use this link to order online. Personalized yearbooks may still purchased until February 17th. Parents may also purchase recognition ads for 8th graders, and they are due February 12th. Design and submit an 8th grade recognition ad using this link.

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Upcoming PTO Events

The PTO Honor Roll lunch will be Friday, January 22nd for all students who earned Principal's Honor Roll and Honor Roll during the 2nd 9 weeks.

There will be a PTO Family Movie Night Friday, February 5th beginning at 6:00 pm. During spirit week, students will have a chance to vote for the movie. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for sale during the event. Bring your blankets, pillows, lawn chairs, and enjoy the film!

Mark your calendars for the Southwood Academy Spring Fling Saturday, April 23rd 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. More information will be available this spring. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Lagena Fant.

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VEX Robotics Competition

The Electric City VEX Robotics Competition is Saturday, January 16th in the Anderson 5 Career Campus Gym. Matches will be 9-noon, skill challenges will be noon-1:00, and matches until elimination will be 1:00-3:00. The event is free! All students and their parents are welcome to attend.

Westside Relay for Life

The Westside Relay for Life 5K will be February 13 at 8:30 am. The event will take place at Westside's practice field on Pearman Dairy Rd. and Jackson St. To register for this event, use this link. Early registration is $25 until Jan. 29th, and late registration is $30. Packet pickup and race registration will take place Friday, February 12th 4:30-6:30 in the Westside commons area.

6th Grade Dismissal Requests

We do not have a designated playground or direct supervision for elementary and preschool children. Recently, a few children have been hurt or have had disagreements. Please have elementary and preschool children wait in the car with you as you wait for 6th grade dismissal.

In addition, please be mindful that you are not cutting off others by switching lanes abruptly without a signal.

Thank you for your time and assistance. Everyone's safety is our priority.

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 compiled by Kristin Spencer. Contact her at for future announcements.