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Principal's Message

Andy Means
              Andy Means

Hello Southwood Families!

A year of learning and growth for Southwood students and staff is off to a terrific start.  We are building on the wonderful work of previous years to provide a positive learning experience for all. At Southwood, we are dedicated to developing a learning community where all students:

• Feel physically and emotionally safe;
• Develop a sense of belonging in a caring learning community; and,
• Experience academic success, maximizing their learning potential

The staff have been hard at work in the weeks leading to the first days of school so that each Southwood student is set up for success this year.  I have been thoroughly impressed how Southwood staff continually goes above and beyond by giving time during the summer to prepare for our kids.  They are dedicated to the collaborative and reflective work of a professional learning community, continually refining their craft knowledge in order to maximize the learning of each student with whom we are entrusted.  I am blessed to get to serve with a staff that truly loves each of their students and prioritizes their needs.

In addition to essential learning experiences in core content areas, Southwood Elementary offers two learning communities in which the students participate from 1st to 5th grade.  Quest offers students hands-on enrichment experiences in science, technology, engineering, art and math (the “STEAM” disciplines).  Through these learning rotations, students are exposed to various emerging fields of study, exploring potential career aspirations.  Students in the Magic Strings program participate in a self-paced learning experience in violin or cello.  Through group lessons, individual practice, concerts and recitals, students develop a love of music, and build confidence as they accomplish goals.  In addition to Quest and Magic Strings, Southwood houses the district developmental preschool, the ECEAP preschool, and the elementary Highly Capable program.

In my first year at Southwood, I am excited to invest in my home community, and am eager to get to know Southwood students and families. A student’s academic success does not rest solely on the shoulders of the teacher and student, but rather on the group of adults that surround and support him or her.  I invite you to swing by the school to introduce yourself, and to open up lines of communication so that we can think creatively about how to meet the needs of our kids.  

Partnering with you,

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