Southwood Academy of the Arts
November 7th - 11th
You Day is a SAA Tradition!
Time Change During Fall Break
The time change happens this Sunday, November 6th! Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, we ¨fall back¨ one hour. Daylight Savings time is a practice of putting clocks one hour ahead of time. This makes more use of using more sunlight in the spring, summer, and autumn evenings. This is used in over 70 countries around the world and affects more than one billion people every year.
7th Grade Science Gets Creative With Compounds
Veterans Day Program
Southwood Academy's Veterans Day Program will be November 11th at 10:30 AM in the Performing Arts Center. Parents and Veterans are invited to attend the performance. The strings, band, and chorus will be performing “Armed Forces on Parade.” The 8th and select 7th grade string students will be performing “America The Beautiful,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “God Bless America.” All chorus students will be performing “Song For The Unsung Hero,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” and “America Canon.” The seventh and eighth grade band will be performing “Spitfire.” The eight grade theatre students will be performing soldier’s poems.
District Honors Choir
Congratulations to the SAA District Honors Choir Students!
Beta Club News
Junior Beta Club is an organization that provides opportunities for students to serve as leaders. The Beta Club was shut down during COVID-19, but Southwood Academy is happy to announce that Beta Club is back! The Google form and the Beta Club payment have been submitted. The induction ceremonies will take place on Monday, November 21st in the Southwood Academy Performing Arts Center. Eighth grade’s induction will meet at 8:30 A.M., and seventh grade’s induction will meet at 12:30 P.M. The co-sponsors for Southwood Academy’s Beta Club are Dr. Boltin, Mrs. Dobson, Mrs. Hollingsworth, Mr. Kay, Mr. Maeger, and Ms. Silvey.
Kelton Shows His Support for the United Way on Hat Day!
6th Graders Are Working Hard Before the Break!
*This site does not include student arts area t-shirts. The sale for student arts area t-shirts will be later this fall.
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.
3rd Place Honors for TLHB
The TL Hanna Marching Band recently competed in the 4A state competition and earned 3rd place for their show “Dragonfly.” Now that the competitive marching band season is over, the TL Hanna Band will be playing at playoff games, the tree lighting ceremony, and the Christmas parade. Southwood Academy of the Arts has several students in The TL Hanna Marching Band. Musicians include Mia Avila, Maggie Hunsinger, and Elijah Williams. Members of the Color Guard include Kerrington Collington and Mia Volheim. Congratulations to all of these students!
Winter Guard Auditions
The Westside High School winter guard auditions are November 14th, 15th, and 17th
4:00 - 7:00 PM in the WHS commons.The final auditions are on November 18th.
TL Hanna winter guard auditions are November 15th -17th 4:15 - 7:00 PM in the mall area.
*Please wear school appropriate athletic clothes and shoes for auditions.
Anastasia November Practices
Below is a list of practice times for November. Not every cast member attends each practice. It is very important to read your schedule to know which day your group practices!
Nov. 14th 4-6 PM
Nov. 15th 4-6 PM
Nov. 17th 4-5:30 PM
Nov. 21st 4-6 PM
Nov. 28th 4-6 PM
Nov. 29th 4-6 PM
Nov. 30th 4-6 PM
SC Governor School of Arts & Humanities
7th and 8th grade students attended a meeting about the SC Governor's School for Arts & Humanities in Greenville. The Governor’s school feels all artists should have the following skills: creativity, dedication, collaboration, and communication. The Governor's school mission is to serve South Carolina's young artists. They foster five art areas Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Film. The offer summer programs and have a residential high school for juniors and seniors.To find out more use this link.
For more information
Attend an admission event
Follow @SCGSAH on social media ( Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Youtube
Join their mailing list
Electric City Pizza Fundraising Day - November 17th- a portion of their sales all day will go towards Southwood Middle School Strings.
Papa Bear Car Wash Gift Cards - Strings will be selling $25 gift cards for Papa Bear Car Wash for $20! Contact Mrs. Griffith (email@example.com), or bring money and order to Mrs. Cheri Gilbert in the office.
Orlando Field Trip - The $150 payments for the Orlando field trip, happening on March 15-19, 2023 will be due December 1st, 2022; January 26th, 2023; and a final $190 payment on February 23rd, 2023.
Anastasia Field Trip
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 would like to pay for the trip in installments, parents can follow this schedule: $50 November 9th and $75 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.
T-shirts - The Creative Writing Club created designs for t-shirts, and a final design for the t-shirts has been selected and can now be purchased. Anyone who wants a t-shirt and is in the Creative Writing Club can pay $13 by November 11th. The $13 may be paid online, by check, or with cash.
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!
No Wyldlife this week! Wyldlife Weekend Camp will be January 20th-22nd at Carolina Point. If you have any questions, you can email, text, or call 678-857-8767. If you are interested in the Camp Point trip, please check out the form below.
1. Breakfast and lunch is not free for all students this year. We encourage all students to apply for free/reduced meals. Applications are available in the cafeteria, or can be completed online using this link. However, even if a student does not qualify for free/reduced meals, they can always eat breakfast and/or lunch. The charge will go onto their account, and the parent/guardian will be required to pay off this charge as soon as possible.
2. Students can 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.
3. For breakfast and lunch, students are required to take at least 3 items, 1 of which must be a fruit or vegetable choice. There are multiple fruit and veggie choices available daily, and students are encouraged to choose as many of them as they wish!
4. For any questions that students have, we encourage them to come ask us! Our staff is here to help with any of our students’ needs.
SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!
Order Your Yearbook
*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 Schedule
Tuesday, November 8th - No School Fall Break
Wednesday, November 9th - Games Club AM, Moules class visit, Newsletter, Credit Recovery after school
Thursday, November 10th - Liles circulation, Boswell 2nd block circulation, 6th grade book club, 7th grade book club, Credit Recover after school
Friday, November 11th - Boswell circulation, Veterans Day Performance 2nd block
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 middle and high school students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM.
Early dismissal will be implemented on the following dates:
December 16, 2022
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