Principal's Message

Welcome to Southwood Elementary!


         Book Fair Begins 3/6!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! SAVE THE DATE for March 6th - March 13th in person and March 7th to March 20th online and get ready to empower your reader with book choice. Start exploring together! #ScholasticBookFairs


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE BOOK FAIR!!!  If you are interested in volunteering please email Ms. Schmitt at [email protected] and let her know your availability.  This link will take you to the Scholastic Book Fair Schedule for classes, in case you would like to volunteer during your child’s scheduled visit.


It is with great joy that I introduce myself as the principal of Southwood Elementary School. My name is Allison Garske and I have loved serving the Southwood community for the past year.

I have worked with students in OCPS for almost 20 years, and pride myself in building relationships with students and their families. I  understand the unique needs of individual students and have a background in both exceptional student education and behavior that supports 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 continuing to collaborate with the families and students of Southwood in the 2023-2024 school year when we will be instilling that "If you can Dream it, you can do it!"


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