Southwood Academy of the Arts

May 3rd-7th

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Mr. Burdette's Students Study Internal Organs using Technology

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It is Frog Dissection Time!

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Ms. Lee's Students Measure and Record Plant Growth

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SAA's Cory White Diversity Award: Camila Ramirez Camarena

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Library Week

In the photos above, some students are participating in the Where's Rally scavenger hunt. Students who found the laminated bookmarks received small prizes. Thank you for participating in Library Week, and thank you for filling in the Library Week Survey! According to the survey image below, Where's Rally and Riddles, Problems, and Puzzles were the favorite activities. Students had a lot of nice things to say about the library, but one thing was a favorite: the books! SAA just received a shipment of new books, and Mrs. Spencer will start adding them to the collection next week!
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Chorus CPA

The 7th and 8th grade chorus students had the opportunity to submit a recording of two songs for a virtual Choral Performance Assessment, or CPA. The two songs were “Shut De Do” and “Over the Rainbow.” They recorded on April 30th.

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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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Get the Grade Tutoring Center

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

Performing Through the Decades

Rehearsals will be May 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th 4:00-6:00 pm. Come see the show! The audience can expect big energy, crazy movements, people having a good time, lots of creativity, and students bringing their arts out to the audience. The entire cast is so excited to share their performance with you.

Performance is Thursday, April 6th 6:30-7:30 pm!

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Honor Roll Lunch

Honor Roll Lunch will be Friday, May 7th!
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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.

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

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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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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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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.

Don't Forget Mother's Day is Sunday!

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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.