Southwood Academy of the Arts

March 29th - April 2nd

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Science Updates

There’s a lot going on in all of the science classes. Ms. Lee’s students are researching

different types of animals. In Mr. Burdette’s class students are learning all about how the heart

works. For an activity, students did jumping jacks or running in place and then took their heart rates. Mr. Parker’s students are learning about earthquakes.

Step It Up News

Thank you to everyone who participated in the PTO fundraiser! We were able to raise over $9,000 for our school! Prizes will be distributed Thursday, April 1st to students. They will be called up to pick up their prizes during 8th grade lunch and 4th block. Thursday morning, 54 students get to spin the wheel or jump for cash.

Spring Break is April 3rd - 11th!

Spring Break Survey

Whether you are traveling far away or staying close to home, the Newsletter staff wants to hear from you! Take a couple of minutes to complete our spring break survey below.

P.E. News

During P.E. this week, students enjoyed many variations of dodgeball! These included Hula Hut and Hunger Games. After spring break, students will begin health.

Congratulations to SAA Students!

Southwood Academy students tried out and made it into the SCGSAH Odyssey program for a week of summer specialized camp! We have students who will study creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, and visual art. Check out the presentation below that includes the students and photos.

Performing Through the Decades Rehearsals

This week, rehearsals will be Tuesday, March 30th and Thursday, April 1st 4:00-5:30 pm in the Black Box Theater. After spring break, rehearsals will be April 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th 4:00-5:30 pm.

Band News

On Wednesday, March 31st, the SAA Concert Winds will be performing virtually for our annual statewide performance assessment! This will necessitate students missing some academic class time; grade levels and times are listed below. Participating students are to get the assignments ahead of time, and they will be able to make up work during band class.

3/31/21: Recording session beginning 8:30-10. 6th and 7th grade will miss academic classes at that time.

Congratulations to all of the participants! Anna K, Mia A, Bayleigh H, Brooklyn F, Cobi D, Hector PJ, Maggie H, Layla P, Lily M, Ryker E, Trace W, Jayden A, Ava A, Grady D, Aliana GP, Jacob G, Michael J, Gavin K, Jack R, Andy V, Jack Z, Carson B, Matthew H, Aynsley J, Sophia K, Kieren M, Cameron M, Brylee M, Donavan RH, Anthony R, Derrick S, Hayden S, Adrian W, and Kahlessa W.

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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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TLH Cheer Tryouts

Tryouts for TLH Competition/Football Spirit Cheer will take place April 12-16, 2021 in the auxiliary gym for those that have completed the Google Form. The Google Form can be found on the school website and cheer social media. For additional information please contact Head Coach Kelly Jones via e-mail

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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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.
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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. Contact her at for future announcements.