Southwood Academy of the Arts

Summer 2020 Newsletter

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Not Our Usual Goodbye

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We Look Forward to Being Back in August!

7th Grade Students Need TDAP Vaccines

Incoming 7th grade students needs to get the TDAP vaccine and turn in documentation at the start of the school year. Documentation needs to be turned in to the main office or to Nurse Rosa. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Rosa.

Art I Final Art Exhibit

Please enjoy looking through the 8th grade final visual art exhibit, reading the artist bios, seeing the artist logos, and appreciating the artwork. Congratulations to the 8th grade visual art class!

Mr. Smith Notes

If you did not attend the item drop off and pick up last week, then you will need to schedule a time with Mr. Smith. The end of this school year has been much different than any of us could have expected. It was definitely not the way we wanted to end off our school year, especially for our 8th-grade students. We are going to miss all of them very much!

*Chromebooks - Students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer and bring them back to school when they enter in the fall. 8th-grade students will carry theirs to their respective high school. If you are worried about any damages to the Chromebook during this time, please find a safe place in your home to store over the summer. Students who are not returning or are moving may drop off their Chromebook AND charger at the District Office Chromebook Depot during normal operating hours.

*8th Grade Celebration - Since we are not able to celebrate with our 8th-grade students at the end of the school year, we are hoping to plan a back-to-school dance for them in late August or early September. We will send out an email in August letting you know if we are able to do this for our 8th-grade students as they get ready to move on to high school.

*Medications - If you have medications at the school, Nurse Rosa should have already been in contact with you about a scheduled pick-up time. If you have not been contacted and still need to retrieve any medication at the school, please email Nurse Rosa.

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Back to School Info

Unfortunately, we do not have all of the details about our return to the classrooms. You will receive back to school information at the beginning of August. There will also be a back to school newsletter with all of the details. If you are wondering about school supplies, the A5 middle school supply list is below.

Important Information from Ms. Doolittle

During the summer, she is available to respond to questions and provide assistance. Ms. Doolittle has listed valuable counseling and guidance services information below.


If at ANY TIME you or someone you know is in crisis, or if you have any concern for the safety of yourself or someone else, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. Police officers are trained to conduct wellness visits and have the resources to connect individuals in need with appropriate services. Additionally, please find the community mental health resources listed below.

Department of Social Services (DSS): Anderson County

Phone# 864-260-4100 press 3, After Hours Reporting: 864-224-6576

24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline

Phone # 864-231-7273 or 1-800-585-8952

Coding & Technology Class for Teachers

AU is offering Coding & Technology Can Be Fun! (K-12 Educators) June 8th or June 10th . The cost is $10. To register for either date, access the link in Mr. Chamblee's email. Completion of the course provides 5 hours toward technology PD.

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A5 COVID-19 Updates Site

Anderson 5 is listing all COVID-19 related updates on the site below. To get all of the latest news regarding all of the schools in A5, use the link below.

Technology Tips

Items like Chromebooks and phones can be covered with germs. Below is a link for a video that shows you how to clean your devices.

How to Clean Devices

Some of your teachers may ask you to take a screenshot of your work and send it to them. Below is a video that demonstrates how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

If you or your student is having Chromebook issues they can contact the District Technology Depot at 864-222-4911 located at the District Office. Technology support will be available from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.

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Prevent Summer Slump & Keep Reading, SAA!

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Ebooks & Interactive Nonfiction Site

The Southwood Academy Media Center website has added an ebook access page. This page contains instructions for accessing the collection's 200 eBooks and interactive books. The page also contains access to many other eBook and audio book options that are FREE! All usernames and passwords are available on the page. Happy eReading, SAA!

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Spencer.

Mrs. Spencer's Reading List

Athletic Notes

If you are interested in playing a fall sport, please check in with the school’s Athletic Office or with coaches directly. All students must have a completed physical in order to try out and participate in sports. Below is an email from a coach for TL Hanna Cross Country.

If any boy or girl is interested in running cross country for T.L. Hanna in the fall to contact Coach Andrew King at .

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.