Principal's Message

Welcome to Southwood Elementary!


Summer Reading Challenge

Take the Orange County Library System’s (OCLS) Summer Reading Challenge with Southwood Elementary!  Read 600 minutes over the summer and earn an invitation to a Pizza Party with Ms. Schmitt and some other very special guests!
    3 Ways to earn the Pizza Party:

  1. When finished, mail your tracking form to:

Attention:  Ms. Schmitt, Southwood Media Specialist

                    12600 Bisted Dr.

                    Orlando, FL  32824

  1. turn in your tracking sheet to Ms. Schmitt or your new teacher when we start the 2024-2025 school year. 
  2. OR, visit the OCPS LaunchPad to access the Beanstack app and track minutes read through Beanstack.

Where do I get books to read?   

  • Try SORA!  This app, SORA, provides students and teachers with access to eBooks and audiobooks and includes over 100 titles in Spanish!  Visit the OCPS LaunchPad.  Click on the “Library Research Tools” folder and click on the SORA app.  The Sora app is also available for free on iTunes and the app store.
  • Take your child to the FREE Library! 


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!"

Sora's here. Check it out.

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