Welcome toSouthwood Elementary

Excellence and Equity in Education

Welcome to Southwood Elementary School.  We are proud of our tradition of academic excellence and equity and look to continue that tradition this school year.  Over the last 10 years we have been recognized by the state of Michigan as a “Beating the Odds School”, an Academic State Champ, and received an "A" award from the Mackinac Center for outstanding academic achievement.  We believe all students can learn, and we will support them to reach their highest potential. 

Our staff is dedicated to bringing innovative instruction to each student at Southwood. Whether it be hands on learning opportunities in areas outside our building, like our garden, or the woods and creek behind our school, or best practice techniques in reading and math to help our students be engaged and active learners in all subject areas, Southwood staff members are committed to our students' success.

Excellence and Equity in Education is the vision of Kentwood Public Schools, and we are committed to being part of that vision here at Southwood.

Jeff Overkleeft, Principal

Vision Statement:

Our school community holds high expectations for all students to learn and develop respect for self and others.  Through a cooperative effort, the Southwood families, students, and staff assume responsibility for a safe and orderly environment to maximize personal achievement and improvement of society.

Mission Statement:

We, the staff of Southwood Elementary School, in partnership with community, will insure an environment to enhance growth academically, socially, physically, and emotionally according to the individual need of students. We will measure observable growth in those areas to develop future citizens and to promote the desire for lifelong learning.

 

  • A child's education must utilize and involve families and the entire community.
  • Each student can learn and is entitled to a comprehensive, quality education that reflects the expectations and needs of society.
  • Every student should be given opportunities to reach his/her fullest potential in the mastery of skills and content.
  • In fostering an appreciation of diversity and providing a curriculum that affirms diversity.
  • In providing a safe and secure environment for each student and staff member.
  • In providing an equitable curriculum which includes a variety of environments and instructional methods.
  • In evaluating the mastery of essential skills and content through a variety of assessments.
  • A positive attitude of the school community toward learning is a result of pride, respect and responsibility for self, others, and the environment.

Southwood News

Southwood Newsletter 2/23/2024

  • 6 Mar
    • Half Day/Students/Afternoon PD Staff
      Date: Mar 6
      Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
      Location: District Wide - District Wide
      Calendar: District Wide
    • Girl Scouts Troop 8259 5:20 PM to 7:20 PM
      Girl Scouts Troop 8259
      Date: Mar 6
      Time: 5:20 PM to 7:20 PM
      Location: Southwood ES - Southwood Elementary
      Calendar: Southwood Elementary
  • 20 Mar
    • Girl Scouts Troop 8259 5:20 PM to 7:20 PM
      Girl Scouts Troop 8259
      Date: Mar 20
      Time: 5:20 PM to 7:20 PM
      Location: Southwood ES - Southwood Elementary
      Calendar: Southwood Elementary
  • 28 Mar
  • 29 Mar
    • No School/Spring Break 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
      No School/Spring Break
      Date: Mar 29
      Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
      Location: District Wide - District Wide
      Calendar: District Wide
  • 1 Apr
    • No School/Spring Break 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
      No School/Spring Break
      Date: Apr 1
      Time: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
      Location: District Wide - District Wide
      Calendar: District Wide
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October

October 30 - Frandale Fundraiser Sub Orders Due

October 31 - Fall Harvest Parties - Parade at 2:50 - Parties Follow

November

November 1 - No School

November 2 - Picture Retake

November 15 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

December

December 13 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

December 22 - 1/2 Day. 12:15 PM Dismissal. Holiday Parties @ 11:00 AM.

December 25 - Holiday Break Begins

January

January 1-5 - Holiday Break

January 8 - Classes Resume

January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 17 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

February

February 14 - Count Day - Valentine Party

Febuary 14 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 pm

February 19 - 20 - Winter Break

February 21 - Classes Resume

March

March 6 - 1/2 Day. 12:15 PM Dismissal

March 13 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

March 28 - 1/2 Day. 12:15 PM Dismissal

March 29 - Spring Break - No School

April 

April 1-5 -Spring Break - No School

April 8 - Classes Resume

April 17 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

May

May 15 - PTC Meeting @ 6:00 PM

May 24 - 1/2 Day. 12:15 PM Dismissal

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

May 31 - 1/2 Day. 12:15 PM Dismissal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southwood Elementary

630 66th ST Kentwood, MI 49548
P: 616-455-7230

Principal

Jeffrey Overkleeft

School Hours

Reg School Day  9:00 am - 3:59 pm
Half Day - 9:00 am - 12:15 pm