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Principal's Message

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Hello Southwood Families,

This is my FAVORITE time of year! I absolutely love the fall and the change in temperature it brings. With that, I cannot believe how much learning has occurred at Southwood, and we have already completed our first quarter! I continue to see strong growth for all of our students, and I am proud of the education that we offer our community. Southwood is a great place to learn and I am so glad that you are part of it!

One of the best parts of Southwood Elementary is that we strive to meet the academic and social needs of every student on our campus.  Teachers meet throughout the week and analyze student learning data with their colleagues so that we can make the best decisions for what our students need. During staff development days, our teachers are continuing these conversations and collaboration around student learning. Additionally, we regularly talk about our students’ social/emotional needs as we believe in educating the whole child, and work hard to create an environment in which all children are successful. We pride ourselves each day in knowing what our students need, and then delivering the instruction that best fits. At Southwood, we will continue to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to reach their potential. We believe in your children and cannot wait to see them develop into positive citizens within our community!

As we enter the winter months, please remember to have your children check the lost and found, located in our cafeteria. We tend to get many items left over the noon hour. I know these items easily get lost during transition or recess times. Thank you again for your continued support of our school. As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for such a caring community, and specifically for you giving us your children to be part of our school.

Important Times to Remember:

Student Arrival

8:15 AM to 8:40 AM

Breakfast

8:15 AM to 8:35 AM

Tardy/Late Bell

8:45 AM

No Early Release

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM (1:30 PM to 2:10 PM Wednesday)

Student Dismissal

3:00 PM (2:10 PM on Wednesday)

Stacey Tanenbaum

Principal, Southwood Elementary School
407-858-2230
stacey.tanenbaum@ocps.net



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