Southwood Academy of the Arts

May 10th-14th

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Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week was last week, so Mr. Powell asked students to make short videos describing how they appreciate their teachers. Look for the student videos during Morning Meeting this week!
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Thank you, PTO! The teachers felt very appreciated!

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Strings End of the Year Concerts

Mrs. Griffith is excited to announce that her students will have orchestra concerts in person on Thursday, May 20th in the SAA's Performing Arts Center! Students will be safely distanced on the stage and wearing masks. Parents are asked to sit in family groups safely distanced in the audience. Every other row will be marked off. There will be programs on the seats where you can sit. Students should wear their concert black attire.

6th & 7th Grade Concert 6:00 pm

(Students need to arrive by 5:30 pm)

8th Grade Concert 7:00 PM

(Students need to arrive by 6:40)

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All State Photos of Caleb & CJ!

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Students Love Honor Roll Lunch!

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Mr. Hatcher's Class Shared Their Appreciation

Mr. Hatcher's 8th grade chorus students showered the teachers, administrators, and staff with tidings of their appreciation. It was a pretty fantastic surprise Friday morning! Yes, they actually gave Mr. Scarborough a signed bat!
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6th Graders' Plants are Blooming!

Important Testing Dates

Statewide testing will take place on several days in May and June. Please mark that dates that apply to you or your student on your calendar. If a student is sick, that cannot be helped, but please don’t schedule appointments on the testing dates your students must attend! If you have questions, please contact Ms. Doolittle.

**May 24th-25th Virtual Students SC Ready testing

(SAA students will be e-learning during these days.)

May 27th + 28th SC Ready ELA (all grades)

June 2nd SC PASS Science (6th grade)

June 3rd SC Ready Math (all grades)

June 8th Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)

Awards Day Information

The Southwood Academy awards day programs for each grade will be held on Friday, June 11th. Due to restrictions and limited space, we will live stream the event for family and friends to watch live or view the recording at a later time. The link for the stream will be posted on the school calendar closer to the event. The dates and times are listed below.

8th Grade 8:30 am

7th Grade 10:00 am

6th Grade 2:00 pm

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Get the Grade Tutoring Center

Interested in summer tutoring? If so, check out the informational flyer below. Information and prices are included.

YCI Thursday Mornings

YCI is meeting in the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 am on Thursday mornings! All are welcome.

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8th Grade Dance

The 8th Grade Dance will be outdoors! It will be Thursday, June 10th 7:00-8:30 pm at the Anderson County Farmers Market. This is casual formal and masks will be required. Please fill in the Google form below if you plan to attend. Parents, if you are interested in assisting, please contact Mrs. Flemming.
8th Grade Dance Google Form

Please fill in this form if you plan to attend.

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AM Drop Off - front of the school 7:30-8:15!

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SAA Chromebook Tips for Students & Parents

This 7 page document has many helpful hints and links for Google Classroom, Google Meet, and much more.

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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Glenview Volleyball Information

For any rising 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for GVMS volleyball, tryouts will be May 11th-14th, 20th-21st, 25th, 27th after school until 5:30 pm. (Parents, pick up at the back of the school.) If you haven't played a sport for Glenview or Hanna, you need to complete their PlanetHS information before you can come to spring practice. Instructions for creating an account and submitting forms on PlanetHS are in the link below. Returning players or those who have played another sport for Glenview or Hanna have until June 1st to get PlanetHS information completed.

Robert Anderson Cheerleading

Any 6th or 7th grade student interested in cheerleading at Robert Anderson Middle next year. We will be having tryouts on Friday, May 14th at Robert Anderson. To try out, you must fill out the google form below or posted on the school website so the coaches can email you tryout materials and information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Solla .

RAMS Cheerleading Google Form

This is for 6th or 7th grade students who want to try out for RAMS cheerleading.

TLH Color Guard Information in the Main Office

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McCants Volleyball Info

If you are interested in playing volleyball for McCants, there is summer training information in the Google Classroom link below. The code to join the Classroom is uvmrvfm. All information they will need is in there!

McCants Volleyball Google Classroom

Join the McCants Volleyball Classroom with the code: uvmrvfm.

McCants Girls Basketball

If you are interested in playing girls basketball at McCants, please check out the Google Classroom linked below and email Coach Quan Ramsey. Bogodcd is the Google Classroom code in order to join. All announcements and information will be there!

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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Library News

*New Books! Mrs. Spencer has been busily adding new books to the media center shelves! Check out a new title today!

*Media Center Bills! Bills for lost or damaged books were distributed this past week. If you received a bill and you have the book at home, bring it in and the bill will be thrown away! If you received a bill, and you cannot find the book or it has been destroyed, please take the bill and your payment to Mrs. Gilbert in the main office. Returns and payments are due by Friday, June4th.

*Final Due Date! All library books will be due Friday, June 4th. Mrs. Spencer will be conducting an inventory of the collection at the end of this school year, so all books must be back by then.

*The Hold List is working well thanks to you! Below is the Hold List as of last Friday. For the latest list, check it out in the media center.

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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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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.

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.