Southwood Academy of the Arts

November 21st - December 2nd

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Southwood Academy & Region Orchestra

9 Southwood Academy students participated in the Region Orchestra this past weekend. Dr. Charles Laux was the Region 2 Orchestra Conductor. Congratulations to all of the participants!
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6th Grade Science Project

6th grade science is working on a project about heat conduction. They are trying to find a way to boil a pot of water without creating heat themselves. The groups have to research different ways they could heat the water using what they’ve been learning in class. In addition to their research, students will build a model and attempt to prove their hypothesis is correct.


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Moules & Boehnlein Class Updates

The special education classes are working hard! Ms. Moules and Mrs. Boehnlein differentiate instruction to match the educational abilities of their students. In Ms. Moules' class, the students are working on spelling, reading, and addition. Ms. Moules' students have recently added a Wednesday morning library visit to their weekly schedule. In Mrs. Boehnlein’s class, the students are working on time and money. In addition to other skills, both classes work on life skills such as teamwork, communication, organization, and more.

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Blended Poetry

Mrs. Nickels and Mrs.Crittidons 8th grade ELA classes have been reading the novel Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen. For a creative assignment, students quoted significant phrases from the book and blended their own words to make an amazing poem. The blended poems are outside the 8th grade ELA classes.

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8th Grade Social Studies Update

In Mr. Maeger's Social Studies classes, 8th grade students are studying the Revolutionary War. They are working on a Revolutionary War A to Z project. This project contains all of the letters of the alphabet and two facts for each letter, students can earn extra credit for X, Y, or Z!

Beta Club News

The Beta Club 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.

Day of Awesomeness

Students who participated in the Step It Up Fundraiser will get to enjoy the Day of Awesomeness Tuesday, November 22nd. Southwood Academy will follow the schedule below for that day.

6th grade 8:30 AM - 10 AM

7th grade 10 AM - 11:30 AM

8th grade 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Palmetto's Finest

Southwood Academy has applied for the Palmetto’s Finest Award. Palmetto’s Finest is an organization that recognizes schools with great teachers, students, and community involvement. If Southwood is accepted for the award, we will be recognized as one of the highest quality middle schools in the state. Each year the state recognizes two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Southwood is honored to compete for this prestigious award.


Winter MAP Testing

Reading MAP testing will be Thursday, December 1st - Friday, December 2nd during ELA classes. Math MAP testing will be Monday, December 5th - Tuesday, December 6th during Math classes. If students miss any of these days, they will need to make them up. Students, please charge your Chromebooks for MAP testing and bring a charger to school just in case it is needed.

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Veterans Day Program

Strings, Choir, Band, and Theatre put on quite a Veteran's Day performance! Many parents, families, and veterans were in a attendance. Veterans, thank you for your service to our country! If you were not able to see the performance, enjoy the recording.

Guidance News for 8th Grade Students

This year, for the first time, both Westside and Hanna will have the same registration form, and a PDF of it is below. In January, parents will set up an Individual Graduation Plan or IGP meeting with either Dr. Chamblee or Ms. Doolittle; this information will be available in a future newsletter. During the IGP meeting, students will receive a course catalog for their freshman year of high school, and students will complete their registration form. The IGP meeting happens yearly and helps students stay on track toward educational and career goals.

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Work It Out Wednesdays

7th grade students have the option to attend Work It Out Wednesdays if they are missing work or need help. This will be held during 7th grade lunch on Wednesdays in the media center. Interested students may sign up to participate.

Student IDs

New student IDs have been distributed. Students need to wear their IDs throughout the school day. If a student forgets his or her ID, the first one is free. Temporary stickers are $1. If an ID is lost, it will cost $3 for a new ID and $2 for a new lanyard. IDs will be required at all times this year.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

We finally reached our goal to save 10,000 water bottles from the landfill! Newsletter Staff's next goal is to reach 20,000. Fill up your reusable bottle at the water fountain between the 6th and 7th grade hallways and help us reach our goal!

Thanksgiving Survey Results

Thank you for taking the time to fill in the Newsletter's Thanksgiving Survey! Check out the results below. According to the final survey question, many students are most grateful for the following: family, friends, teachers, pets, and the opportunity to be at Southwood Academy.
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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

  • Camera cases

  • Briefcases

  • Backpacks

  • Cinch bags

  • Tinted/printed pattern plastic bags

  • Diaper bags

  • Mesh 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.

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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.

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High School Theatre News

Miss Crittendon’s High School Theatre has an upcoming production. It is about a girl named Jane. Jane is a senior in high school and is also trying to figure out who she is. She has been told her whole life that she needs to conform and fit into a box. As Jane is forced to go through many challenges of growing up, she needs to figure out whether to hide in her box or to be herself and conquer it all. If you would like to see this one-act play go to the Southwood Academy’s Performing Arts Center, on December 15th at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $5.

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. 21st 4-6 PM

Nov. 28th 4-6 PM

Nov. 29th 4-6 PM

Nov. 30th 4-6 PM

Picture Retakes are Available

Parents, if your student had photos take on Picture Retake Day, please use this link to access the photos. If you are unable to see your student's photos, find your student using event code: FE116322.

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.

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For more information

Attend an admission event

Follow @SCGSAH on social media ( Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Youtube

Join their mailing list

Explore SCGSAH.org

Strings Reminders

Papa Bear Car Wash Gift Cards - Strings will be selling $25 gift cards for Papa Bear Car Wash for $20! Contact Mrs. Griffith (celestegriffith@anderson5.net), 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

7th and 8th grade band, chorus, dance, and theatre students have the opportunity to see the Broadway tour of Anastasia in Atlanta's Fox Theatre! The field trip will be Thursday, December 8th - Friday, December 9th. The deposit and a 2nd payment has been paid. The last payment of $110 is due November 29, 2022. For more specific information, check out the field trip form below.
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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.

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Club News

Newsletter Club

In order to provide more time, the Newsletter Club staff will meet Monday mornings 7:45 am in the media center classroom for assignments. Wednesday work sessions will be during 3rd block and 8th grade lunch. If you cannot make a meeting, please check in with Mrs. Spencer.
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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 or is in the Creative Writing Club may get one. 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!

Games Club

Games Club meets on Wednesday mornings in the media center. Games Club members are listed on a spreadsheet and do not need to get a pass. If you haven't been attending for a while, your name will be dropped from the spreadsheet. If you are interested in joining Games Club, there will be a sign up sheet in the Media Center. During our club meetings, students play games like checkers, chess, cards, Uno, Battleship, Sorry, Clue, Jenga, Trouble and more. If you like to work on puzzles, there will be a puzzle table as well. Unplug and join in the fun!
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Wyldlife News

Tuesday, November 22nd Wyldlife will have Campaigners! It will be at The Point Church, 1001 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621. Anyone and everyone is welcome! 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.

Cafeteria News

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.

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SAA is an ABC Grant Recipient through the South Carolina Arts Commission!

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Order Your Yearbook

If you would like to order a yearbook, use the link below! Information was sent home with students through their arts classes. Yearbooks are $45. If you have an 8th grade student, you may order a yearbook and order an 8th grade recognition ad! If you have yearbook questions, contact Mr. Powell.
Order a Yearbook

Use this to order a 2022-2023 yearbook!

Order an 8th Grade Recognition Ad

Use this to order an ad for your 8th grade student!

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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.

*The Robert Anderson Sports Bus is now available after school!

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.

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. 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 News

Books Club News

The 6th grade Twins book club ended last week. If you haven't turned in your copy of Twins, please do that before Thanksgiving Break. The 7th grade Ground Zero book club has its final meeting Tuesday, November 22nd.

Media Center Schedule

Monday, November 21st - Boswell & Liles circulation

Tuesday, November 22nd - Day of Awesomeness, 7th Grade Book Club, Prepare for Read 3 & Decorate for Holidays

Wednesday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 28th - Newsletter AM, Crittendon circulation & Nickles 3rd circulation

Tuesday, November 29th - Nickles circulation & 3rd block activity

Wednesday, November 23rd - Games Club AM, Moules visit 10:30-11, Newsletter 3rd block

Thursday, November 24th - Mundy circulation

Friday, November 25th - Paradis circulation

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12 Days of Holiday Trivia

Starting on December 1st, the Media Center will celebrate the 12 days before holiday break with trivia and prizes. At the end of Morning Meeting, Mr. Powell will share a holiday trivia question. Students may respond using the Newsletter Google form. One 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student will be selected to pick out a prize from the Media Center.
12 Days of Holiday Trivia Form

This form is not available until Thursday, December 1st!

Please help us build Media Center Puzzle #3! It is a doozy!

Chromebook Care

All A5 students have new touch-screen Chromebooks this year! With the new devices come Chromebook responsibilities. These devices are meant to be used by the students for four years. For more information, feel free to review an in-depth presentation from our DIS team below.

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 Southwood Academy students will be dismissed at 11:30 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

A PDF of the A5 Academic Calendar is available below. Save it to your device and stay on top of grading periods and breaks!
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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 and her Newsletter staff: Ezra, Ryker, Savannah, Bailee, Karis, Anna, Tori, Zoie, Tully, Eli, and Julia. Contact her at kristinspencer@anderson5.net for future announcements.