Southwood Academy of the Arts

February 12th-19th

School Spelling Bee

Our school spelling bee was Wednesday, February 10th. 7th grader Max B was the runner-up, and 8th grader Conor D was the champion! Conor will compete in the Anderson Independent Regional Spelling Bee at Anderson University's Henderson Auditorium on Saturday, March 5th at 9:00 am. Congratulations to Conor and everyone who participated in the spelling bee!

T-Dap One-Day Clinic

Parents, 6th grade students MUST get the T-DAP vaccine in order to receive their 7th grade schedules and attend classes in the fall. In order to help, Southwood Academy will have a 1 day T-DAP clinic. DHEC will come to our school and administer the T-DAP vaccine to 6th graders. Your 6th grade student will be able to get the immunization and have all of the necessary paperwork at school. Watch for the permission form that will be sent home Tuesday, February 16th! Please complete the front and back of the form. Completed forms are due on or before Tuesday, February 23rd. The clinic will be the week of March 14th-18th.

For more information, please email our school nurse, Robin Rosa.

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7th Grade Book Club Met the Author

The 7th grade book club was able to Skype with Deborah Hopkinson, author of The Great Trouble, this past Wednesday! The Great Trouble blends history and science into an exciting novel about the Cholera epidemic of 1854 in London. Mr. Burdette especially liked how concepts he has covered in class were a large part of the novel. (Photo left-right: Elisa V, Jillian S, Katie G, Bella G, Emilee G, Breelyn G, Ashley W, Cassidy B, Abi D, Anna H, Patricia M, Jacob R and not pictured Miss Paradis, Mr. Burdette, and Mrs. Spencer)

Monday, February 15th is a PD Day - No School for Students

Yearbook News from Mr. Powell

It is not too late! If you have not ordered a yearbook and you would like to get 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.

IGP's 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.

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: 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: 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 February 18th and February 25th. Space will be limited, so please contact Paula Doolittle to register. You may also download and fill in the registration form below.

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.

Student Government's Valentine Assembly Line

PTO Spring Fling

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.

Inclement Weather Make-up Day

It was so nice to sleep in Friday, January 22nd! Since we took an inclement weather day, we will need to make up that school day. Anderson 5 has declared that we will make up the day on Friday, March 25th.

Poetry Slam

Southwood Academy's third annual Poetry Slam will be Friday, February 26th at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. The 7th grade ELA classes have been studying poetry and finding their voices in preparation for the big event.

Just a few reminders from Mr. Smith

*Students, please remember to walk on the right side of the hallway. Please be quiet in the hallway as well!

*Students, please remember our morning cafeteria rules: Unless you are getting your food, throwing away trash, or going to the media center, please stay in a seat.

Book Club News

The last meeting for the 6th grade Tesla's Attic book club is Wednesday, February 17th during lunch in the media center. Please turn in you books then.

The 7th grade Great Trouble and 8th grade Zebra Forest book clubs have finished the books, so book club student need to turn in their copies if they haven't turned them in yet.

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Celtic Fest Has Been Rescheduled

Celtic Fest has been rescheduled for February 19th-20th at Calhoun Academy of the Arts Auditorium. Orchestra students from Anderson Districts 1 and 5 will be participating in the annual Celtic Fest. This is an event during which elementary, middle, and high school orchestra students learn the art of fiddlin'. Emerald Road will be in attendance at this concert, playing along with the students, as well as performing some of their songs.

Celtic Fest is a free event! Hope to see you there!

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.

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.