Southwood Academy of the Arts

January 11th - 15th

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Miss Tina's Last Week

Be extra sweet to Miss Tina this week because Friday, January 15th is her last day! She is retiring after 15 years of service to Anderson 5. Miss Tina has worked for Westside, McCants, and our very own Southwood Academy. Upon retirement, she hopes to tackle some home projects, spend time with family, and travel. SAA will miss Miss Tina!
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8th Grade Students & Parents: IGPs

Ms. Doolittle and Mr. Chamblee will conduct IGP meetings with 8th grade students and their parents in January. Course catalogs and information will be distributed this week. Calendar sign-ups are happening now. General IGP information, the high school course catalog, and more is available through Ms. Doolittle's IGP website linked below. As always, Ms. Doolittle is just an email or phone call (864-260-5205) away.

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No School Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Janurary 18th

Monday, January 18th, we do not have school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This day is set aside to acknowledge Dr. King's life and achievements. This day is an reminder of our nation's past and how a daring man chose to stand up for what is right. Let us remember his dream, his message, and his fight for civil rights!

6th Grade SS Greek Mythology Research

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All School Meals Are Free for Students

All school breakfasts and lunches are free for students for the entire school year!

A5 Free Internet Information

If you do not have internet service at home, you may fill in the Anderson 5 Free Internet Application form below to get a mobile hot spot. This is especially important to do before any kind of eLearning.
SAA Chromebook Tips for Students & Parents

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

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

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PE Schedule

Students have PE with Mr. Scarborough one day a week during related arts. Related arts for 8th grade is 1st block, for 7th grade is 3rd block, and for 6th grade is 4th block. For example, Mrs. Kay's dance students have PE on Fridays.

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.

Order a Yearbook Ad for your 8th Grade Student!

8th grade students are the seniors of SAA! Order your 8th grade ad online using this link.

For ad choices and prices, open the document below. Contact Mr. Powell if you have questions.

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Masks for Sale in the Main Office

If you have lost your mask or just need some new ones, SAA masks are for sale in the main office. Masks are $2 each or you can get four for $6!

Don't Forget to Wash Your Masks!

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T-Shirt Order Issues

Parents and students with recent T-Shirt order issues need to contact Select Spiritwear directly. Their contact information is below.

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

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.

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.

Cafeteria News

As of now, all students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through the rest of the school year! If you have already made a payment, it will be transferred to the following year.

Cafeteria Reminders
1. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer BEFORE eating.

2. Please wear masks in the lunch line and stand 6 feet apart.

3. Please do not grab utensils, condiments, etc. The cafeteria staff can help!

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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Westside Track

Track Conditioning will begin on Monday January 11th from 4pm-5pm. You must have your physical in order to begin conditioning.

TLH Track

Conditioning will start on Tuesday, January 12th starting at 4:00 pm down at the Hanna Track. All athletes will be picked up in the back parking lot. Mandatory practice starts on February 1st (unless competing in a winter sport) Everyone must complete their Eligibility online through PlanetHS. Athletes cannot come out until all forms are completed! Make sure to sign up for the New Remind App to stay-up-to-date with all information about the 2021 Track Season. This year there is a Parents Remind and an Athletes Remind. Sign up for the correct one.

Sign up to receive track emails at: Email questions to

TLH Boys Tennis

Tryouts for boys tennis team begins February 1st, 2021.

All players interested in trying out for boys tennis must fill out the Google Form below.

All players trying out for boys tennis MUST have their PlanetHS paperwork completed by January 28.

PlanetHS Getting Started Guide

Physical & History Form

If you have any questions please e-mail Coach Spencer at

Spring Sports Information

Mr. Powell and Mrs. Spencer post spring sports information they receive, so not all spring sports information is listed in the announcements or in the newsletter. If you need information for a spring sport, please check the school's website or contact the school's athletic office.
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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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Mrs. Spencer's Reading Recommendation

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there’s Lenny, her mom’s boyfriend—they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it’s best if no one notices them. Unfortunately, she’s not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom’s relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia’s situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they’re better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she’s ever had?

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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.
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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. Contact her at for future announcements.