Principal's Message

Photo of School Principal Stacey Merritt

Hello Southwood Families,

The 2019-2020 school year has come to an end and we made it! I know that the last part of the year was challenging for families as you navigated the pandemic as it related to careers, childcare, staying healthy, and the overall safety of your family. I could not be more proud of our faculty, staff, community and our parents for helping our students finish out the year strong. This experience will no doubt help teach our students the “grit” that it takes to succeed in tough times such as these with COVID19. So congratulations to YOU and our students!

For our 5th Graders, we will miss everyone as they start their journey in middle school. For our parents, I know that it seems like it was just yesterday that we were taking pictures of their 1st day of kindergarten with them sitting at their new desk with their name tag on it. Please take some time to talk with your children and congratulate them on making it this far and know that their school journey will be an important step as they grow into young adults. Be sure to dig up those old kindergarten pictures and reminisce on their journey so far.

Summer Office Hours begin on June 11th – We will be open from 7:30am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Thursday and closed Fridays, until July 28th by appointment only. There will be no “walk-in” opportunities, an appointment is required to maintain social distancing requirements. The front office staff will be available via telephone at (407) 858-2230 for any questions or to schedule an appointment for you.

– At this time registration is done online at If you have questions, please contact our office and we can help you navigate the process.

As many of you are probably wondering, we are not sure what school will look like in August as of now due to COVID 19. I am hopeful that we will be back in the classrooms with our children and continuing to make our students learning a priority. . I encourage everyone to follow OCPS webpage and social media sites for updates this summer as it relates to the 2020-2021 school year.

It is such an honor to be the principal of Southwood and I am thankful to be able to serve such an amazing group of students, parents, faculty, staff and the community. I take personal pride in continuing Southwood’s record of excellence!

Stay safe and be well,

Stacey Tanenbaum

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