Principal's Message

Welcome to Southwood Elementary!


CELEBRATE LITERACY WEEK - January 23-27, 2023

Literacy Week 2023

Please complete the family survey, your opinion matters! 

Severe Weather Makeup Days

Due to the number of instructional minutes already built into the student schedule throughout the year, the following make-up days will satisfy the remaining instructional minutes lost due to the school closures caused by Hurricane Ian and Tropical Storm Nicole.

  • Monday, February 20, 2023 
  • Friday, March 10, 2023

  • Seven No-Early-Dismissal Wednesdays

    • December 7, 2022

    • January 18, 2023

    • February 1, 2023

    • February 15, 2023

    • March 22, 2023

    • April 5, 2023

    • May 10, 2023

It is with great joy that I introduce myself as the new principal of Southwood Elementary School. My name is Allison Garske, and I come to you from a nearby school here in the Southeast Learning Community.

I have served the students of OCPS for almost 20 years, and pride myself in building relationships with students and their families, understanding the unique needs of individual students, with a background in both exceptional student education and behavior that I think will support my work as the principal here at Southwood.

Student learning is a priority for me, and I know every student will have a promising and successful future if we all work together!


I look forward to getting to know everyone in the 2022-2023 school year


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