Southwood Academy of the Arts
October 24th - 28th
Seventh grade science is creating molecules with Lego bricks! To improve their understanding of molecules, they conducted an experiment in which they were given a kit of assorted Legos and cards with chemical formulas of everyday substances. Using the Legos, students created models of the molecules. Reading a formula involves looking at the letters and subscripts to figure out which atoms and how many needed to be used. When asked what he liked about the experiment, Alex said that he "liked being able to visualize the molecules and he looks forward to more experiments in the future."
Weather Around the US
6th grade students are learning about weather in Miss Silvey's science class. They are studying types of weather and how weather is measured. They are also learning about different types of clouds, the water cycle, and different forms of precipitation. They are recording weather forecast for US cities or towns, and they explain warm and cold fronts, temperatures, and the chance for precipitation.
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 students invited to join Beta Club received a letter encouraging them to fill in a Google form and pay Beta Club dues. All submissions are due by Wednesday, November 2nd. The induction ceremony 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.
Earthquake, Fire & Lockdown Drills
*This site does not include student arts area t-shirts. The sale for student arts area t-shirts will be later this fall.
Make-Up Picture Day
If your parent did not receive the emailed proof of your 1st portrait, please open this link.
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.
Anastasia Cast List
LITTLE ANASTASIA - Addyson Rainey
THE DOWAGER EMPRESS - Lilliana Sanchez
THE TSARINA/COUNTESS GREGORY - Mary Catherine Brunson
THE TSAR/COUNT GREGORY - Caleb Crosby
GLEB - Benjamin Williams
DMITRY - Nolan Rose
FIRST WOMAN/PATRON #1 - Asha Roland
SECOND WOMAN/PATRON #2 - Riley Wofford
SOLO WOMAN/PATRON #3 - Ava McCollum
FIRST MAN/PATRON #4 - Loyal Smith
SECOND MAN/TRAIN PASSENGER - Madison Rodriguez
VLAD - Randy Jordan
ANYA - Kaitlyn Blair
BLACK MARKETEER #1/MARFA - Joey Paul
BLACK MARKETEER #2/PAULINA - Sara Kate Smith
BLACK MARKETEER #3/DUNYA - Daveigh Cabasa
COUNT IPOLITOV/SERGEI - Elijah Wilkes Kidd
POLICEMAN #1 - Libby Flemming
POLICEMAN #2 - Allison Covert
GORLINSKY/COUNT LEOPOLD - Israel Johnson
LILY - Simone Cheek
LITTLE BROTHER - Izzy Rose
COMRADE #3 - Laela Williams
ROMANOV DAUGHTERS: Emmy Chacon, Evie Trent, Nadia Rashed
RUSSIAN ENSEMBLE: Kentiya Baskin, Emelia Gropp, Joey Paul, Sara Kate Smith, Daveigh Cabasa, Asha Roland, Riley Wofford, Ava McCollum, Loyal Smith, Madison Rodriguez, Israel Johnson, Elijah Wilkes Kidd
PARIS ENSEMBLE: Sadie Haren, Bailee Gump, Evie Trent, Nadia Rashed, Emmy Chacon, Libby Flemming, Allison Covert, Ella Kate Hanks, Caleb Crosby, Mary Catherine Brunson, Madi Brandt
DANCERS: Emily Chapman, Abbey Rae Dochney, Kyleigh Creecy, Phoebe Burriss, Natalie Rashed, Lily Macbeth, Reagan Baker, Lauren Parker, Shiloh Edney
BACKSTAGE CREW: Mia Chacon, Grace Metz, Kimberly Salazar, Tyler Pearson, Meghan Martin, Madelyn Hembree, Khasius Hunt, M'Kenzie Saylors, Lillian Chapman, Kinley Davis
AV: Hayden Wideman, Savannah Glasgow, Adair Seemuller, Myla Whitner
Band Keeps the Beat
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
Veterans Day Concert - All 7th and 8th grade string students will play on November 11th for our Veterans Day performance.
Winter Concert - The string class final performance of 2022 will be on December 13th at 7:00 PM.
Concerts are formal events and all participants are expected to present themselves in a professional manner. Please follow the concert dress guidelines.
Boys: Black or navy dress pants, white or black long sleeve button up shirt, black socks and shoes.
Girls: Black pants or skirt (school appropriate length), white or black top with ¾ sleeves or
long sleeves. You may wear a solid black dress. Black socks and shoes.
Orlando Field Trip - The $150 payments for the Orlando field trip, happening on March 15-19, 2023 will be due October 27th, 2022; December 1st, 2022; January 26th, 2023; and a final $190 payment on February 23rd, 2023.
Pecans for Sale
We will be selling delicious pecans from South Georgia again this year during the month of October. Pecans will be in before Thanksgiving. We will sell plain halves, chocolate covered, cinnamon glazed and pecan caramel clusters. They make great gifts and are wonderful for holiday baking. Order forms are on Google Classroom or you can get an order form from Mrs. Griffith at school.
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. Use this link or the QR code to make a payment. The parent form for the field trip is below.
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!
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, October 25th - Boswell circulation, ELA department meeting after school
Wednesday, October 26th - Games Club AM, Moules 10:30-11, Kay SS project filming, Book Club sign up forms available
Thursday, October 27th - Liles circulation
Friday, October 28th - Media Center work day - books will be added!
6th & 7th Grade Book Clubs
*8th Grade book club will be later this fall!
Robert Anderson Tryouts
7th Grade girls basketball tryouts will be on October 26th, 27th, and 29th from 4-5:30.
8th Grade girls basketball tryouts will be on November 1-3rd from 4-5:30.
7th and 8th grade boys basketball tryouts will be on November 7-8th from 3:45-5:30.
Any 7th or 8th grade boy or girl interested in wrestling. Practices begin on November 17th at 3:45pm.
Please make sure physical and Planeths paperwork is completed prior to practices.
Glenview & McCants Girls Basketball Information
Glenview Girls Basketball - 3:30-5:15 Nov 2nd and 3rd
McCants Girls Basketball - 3:30-5:15 Nov 2nd and 3rd
Students who are interested in trying out need to get a physical and need to complete the proper paperwork. A physical form and instructions for completing the paperwork online are below. For more information, contact Coach Elrod.
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