Southwood Academy of the Arts

December 3rd - 7th

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Band Updates

December 10- All County auditions after school

December 14- Mall performance during school

December 17- SAA Open House performance

December 18- Robert Anderson performance after school

December 19- School holiday performance

Strings Updates

*December 6th RAMS concert starts at 6:30 pm. 8th grade strings students from SAA are asked to play this concert. Rehearsals start at 3:30 pm, or as soon as students can get there after school.

*The strings Winter Concert with band will be held on December 17 at 6 PM at Southwood. Students need to stay after school and rehearse that afternoon for the concert.

Winter Choir Concert

Soutwhwood´s 6th, 7th, 8th, and high school choir students will be performing a winter concert. It will be held at Anderson´s First Baptist Church in downtown Anderson. They will be starting at 6:30 pm on December 18.

8th Grade Theatre Working on a Comedy

Mrs. Rogers and 8th grade theatre are preparing for a performance of the comedy The Internet is a Distract -- Oh Look a Kitten. The play will be in the Black Box Theater January 14-15 at 6:00 pm, and all tickets will be $5.
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Visual Arts Awards

Congratulations to the 8th grade visual art students who participated in a recent exhibit at the Anderson Arts Center! Photos from the exhibit are above, and several Southwood Academy students received awards for their pieces.

3rd place 2D- Lily, Brieyln, Shatara

2nd place 2D- Corrine, Kate, Mark

2nd place 3D- Henley, Azariah, Abby

6th Grade Students Enjoy Book Club

Picture Order Forms Due Wednesday!

All school picture orders, regular and retakes, are due to the main office Wednesday, December 5th.

Interim Reports

Interim reports, also known as progress reports, will be distributed Wednesday, December 5th.

Winter MAP testing

Winter MAP testing will be December 3rd-6th. All MAP tests will be administered during ELA and math classes. Reading MAP tests will begin December 3, Math MAP tests will begin December 4th, and Language MAP tests will begin December 5th. ELA and math teachers will allow students to finish their MAP tests during class time. Students will need fully charged Chromebooks for MAP testing.

Cafeteria Update

*Romaine lettuce has recently been recalled due to an outbreak of E. Coli. All of the Romaine lettuce has been disposed of, and the Southwood Academy cafeteria will not be serving Romaine lettuce until further notice.

*If students have a negative cafeteria balance, balances need to be paid.

Check out Southwood Academy's State Report Card!

PTO Fundraiser Item Distribution

The PTO fundraiser orders will arrive just in time for the holidays! PTO members will have the orders ready for students to distribute Thursday, December 6th.

Yearbook News

If you didn't order a yearbook during August registration, you may order one now. Access and print the yearbook order form below. If you have questions about ordering a yearbook, contact Mr. Powell.
SAA Yearbook Order Form (September - January)

This order form may be used until January 31st, 2019.

Athletic Bus Information

If your student is involved in after school sports at the high schools or middle schools, please fill in the Google form for athletic transportation. Students meet the buses in the bus loop at the end of the school day.

In-coming 7th Grade Students Must Have T-DAP Vaccines

Students must get the T-DAP immunization BEFORE they begin the 7th grade! If the office has not received immunization documentation by the first day of school, students will not be able to start school. Please schedule an appointment early; the health department is only providing immunizations a few days a month.

After your student receives the immunization, please get the SC Department of Immunization record and turn it in to Robin Rosa as soon as possible. For more information, please email the Southwood Academy school nurse, Robin Rosa. The parent letter from SC DHEC is below.

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PE Schedule

Don't forget about PE! It is important for students to have athletic shoes on their PE day. Each student has PE during his or her related arts class one day a week. Below is the PE schedule.

Band - Monday

Strings - Tuesday

Visual Art - Wednesday

Dance and Drama - Thursday

Chorus - Friday

eLearning on Inclement Weather Days

Anderson 5 will have eLearning on days we are out of school for hurricanes, ice storms, and other forms of inclement weather. Teachers have prepared eLearning activities in advance. For a detailed description of Anderson 5's eLearning plan and helpful hints, access the parent information link below.

Media Center News

The following classes have scheduled visits to the media center this week.

Monday - Scott during 2nd block

Tuesday - Nickles circulation

Wednesday - Mahoney circulation & 6th grade book club meeting during lunch

Thursday - Ross circulation

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ACPL Winter Reading Challenge

Read 20 minutes for 25 days!

Register online beginning December 1.

Open to all: Listeners (0-5 years), Readers (6-12 years), Teens(13-18 years), Adults (18+).

3 Step Challenge:

1. Read - 20 minutes a day for 25 days between December 10 and January 7.

2. Track - Record reading online or on a worksheet available at any library location.

3. Complete - Submit all tracking online or turn in completed worksheets by January 9 to be eligible for prize drawings.

Prizes include certificates, toys, Wren Park skating vouchers, pizza party, RedBox ecards, and QT gas cards.

For more information, see Mrs. Spencer!

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Feel free to answer a few questions on this holiday survey!

SC Governor's School Information

If you are interested in more information about the SC Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, please access the helpful links below.
SCGSAH Important Dates

This form includes tour dates, application deadlines, and audition dates.

Anderson 5 Needs Bus Drivers

Each day Anderson School District Five transports nearly 6,000 students via bus to and from our schools. The goal of our transportation services department is to ensure that our students arrive to and from school safely and on time, but we need your help. Due to statewide bus driver shortages, the school district is offering a $500 referral incentive to any person who recommends a bus driver that is successfully employed a minimum of six months with Anderson Five. Our bus drivers earn the highest hourly rate in Anderson County, and max out at the highest rate in the Upstate. They are guaranteed a minimum of 30 hours per week, and they have no mandatory summer hours - but more importantly they play a critical role in our school system. Again, if someone you know is interested in serving their community while at the same time earning great benefits, please contact our office at 864-260-5000 ext. 10287.

Computer Science Education Week is December 3rd-9th

TL Hanna Softball Update

Softball Workouts for the month of December have been moved from TL Hanna to Duckworth. We will begin as close to 4 pm as possible. If you have questions or concerns, please email or call Coach Wesley. Email Phone is 864.260.5110 EXT 85105.

Westside Winter Guard

If you are in JV or Varsity practice days are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4-6 pm at Westside. Junior winter guard practice days are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday also from 4-6 pm at Robert Anderson.

Newsletter Credits

Kate & Lily - Visual Art photos & article

Haley - Strings update

Cara - Band update

Anna - Choir update

Asia - Winter Guard news

Nevaeh & Elliott - Holiday survey

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.