Southwest Georgia Academy

Est. 1970

July 13, 2016

Welcome SGA Warriors!

Yes, it is that time of year! It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Warrior Faculty and Staff, to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year at Southwest Georgia Academy. We are grateful to have you with us as we celebrate the school’s 47th year of dedication to its service of educating children since 1970. We hope your summer has gone well and not so quickly! We are excited to welcome, though, in just a few weeks, the most precious commodity anyone can receive, your children.

As we move into a new school year here at SGA, I am extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, and staff members. Preparing for this upcoming school year has led me to 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” Although many of you will notice changes, upgrades, additions and modifications here and there to your “home away from home”, we are more excited about the continued heart of Southwest Georgia Academy. Much has taken place in our world since the close of school; my hope is that our school will serve not only as an exceptional institute of learning but as a safe haven for our families and our Christian values, as we come together to live, learn, and prepare our children to succeed in today’s society and world.

The following are important dates as well as information students and parents should note:

  • July 30th – 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Clean-Up Day
  • August 1st at 6:30 p.m. – K5 orientation in the music room
  • August 2nd at 5:30 p.m. – PTO meeting in Joe Bryan Auditorium
    • The official student’s schedule will be made available to parents at the close of the PTO meeting.
  • August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. – New family and faculty supper in the SGA cafeteria
  • August 4th – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – We would like to invite all students, parents, faculty and staff to come to the flag pole outside the main building at 8 AM for prayer as we embark on the new school year.
  • August 4th at 6:30 – K3/K4 orientation
  • August 8th – Tailgate Supper
  • We will continue to hold students to the rules and dress code stated in the school handbook. The handbook and changes will be reviewed and discussed with students August 4th. Please review the updated handbook on our website the first of August.
  • State law and GISA require that all students participating in athletics must have a physical (middle school and varsity.)
  • We are happy to be able to continue the tradition of chapel which will be the last Wednesday of each month at 8:40 a.m. in the Joe Bryan Auditorium. We encourage any parent to come and attend chapel with us!


I said this last year and would like to reiterate the same message— effective communication is a vital component to a successful school experience. The staff at SGA wants to keep an open line of communication so please feel free to email, call, or schedule a meeting. In addition to these forms of communication, we also use the following to keep our families up to date with school activities: the school website (, Information Now (located on our school website), and our Facebook page (SGA Friends and Family – Get the “411”).  Last but not least, I want to extend a thank you to you, your children, and the talented and dedicated staff at Southwest Georgia Academy. The support of my efforts and the success of the school could not happen without each and every one of you. Thank you for putting your trust in Southwest Georgia Academy.


See you in a few weeks; enjoy these last moments of summer!

Go Warriors,

Matthew T. Dalrymple












We would like to begin the 2016-17 school/PTO year by offering our thanks to Leslie and John Godwin and Valarie and Ashley Mock, who did an outstanding job as our PTO presidents last year.  In preparing and planning for the new school year, they have been invaluable. We are thankful for their guidance as we begin our journey as PTO leaders.  In order to encourage continued excellence from our PTO, we are implementing a system whereby the Presidents from the previous year will serve in a mentoring/advisory role to the current year Presidents. Additionally, the Vice-Presidents will be “Presidents in Training” and will assume the role of Presidents the following year. We believe this system will allow for us to build on successes from year to year while ensuring we don’t repeat mistakes.  This will also allow us to avoid having all the responsibilities heaped on just one set of parents who have agreed to serve our school in the vital role of PTO Presidents.  


We would also like to thank all of those who have volunteered to serve as committee chairpersons and members. We will not be able to accomplish our goals and dreams without everyone pitching in and doing their part to better our school.   It is with great anticipation that we look forward to working with Headmaster Matt Dalrymple, our outstanding teachers, support staff, and parents.


2016-2017 PTO officers:                                                   

  • Presidents: Elizabeth and Chase Brooks; Ashley and Jay Hathorn
  • Immediate Past Presidents: Leslie and John Godwin; Valarie and Ashley Mock
  • Vice-Presidents: To Be Determined

Please call Elizabeth (229-425-1940) or Ashley (229-308-3083) if you are interested in filling this position.        

  • Treasurer/Secretary: Leigh Fain


Fund Raisers:


PTO now has five primary fundraisers:  Football/ Basketball Concessions, Fall Festival, Buck Daze, Reverse Raffle, and The Big Blue.  Each of these fundraisers has a committee and we are listing the chairpersons below, so if you are interested in serving please contact them.


  • Football Concessions: Chairperson- Dianne Johnson (229)793-2694 or (229) 400-1365; Teresa Tedder (229)308-2243 or
  • Basketball Concessions: Dianne Johnson (229) 793-2694
  • Fall Festival: Chairperson- Melanie Sheppard (229) 723-1103 or
  • Buck Daze: Chairperson- Susan (229) 723-1130 & Scott Cochran and Ashley Hathorn (229)308-3083
  • Reverse Raffle: Chairpersons Mandy Hornsby (229) 220-7402 & Kayla Calhoun (229) 254-2530
  • The Big Blue: Leeanne Sheffield and Mandy Hornsby have graciously agreed to help us in The Big Blue, however, we still need volunteers! If you are a parent that can donate a few mornings a week, or just a day, that would help us tremendously! The Big Blue is an awesome asset to our school and we want to keep it going! Call me to volunteer!! Elizabeth, 229-425-1940


A strong PTO is vital to the mission of Southwest Georgia Academy. PTO provides over $115,000.00 to support the activities of our school, including: technology, books, supplies, maintenance, janitorial supplies, teacher pre/post planning meals, teacher appreciation, new family supper, literary, academic breakfast, library supplies, A/R materials, PE equipment, and the list goes on and on!  It is essential that we all work together to raise these important funds in order to enhance and elevate our children’s school experience.


PTO remains committed to the integration and advancement of technology throughout our campus.  Administration and the Board are currently assessing how we will best proceed with this process and we look forward to working together with them on this important endeavor.

In addition to activities at school there are other programs that we encourage you to participate in, these include:


  • Box Tops for Education: clip your box tops and send them to school, or to Mischa Smith. You can contact Mischa at 229-308-0759 or
  • COKE Rewards: login or register if you are not already a member. Enter your codes to collect points. Search for Southwest Georgia Academy and enter the points you want to donate! Please do not send these to school. You can create an account and donate them to SGA.


These programs benefit our school tremendously by helping us to order school supplies and office supplies for the year; however, they require everyone’s participation.




Clean Up Day:


Calling all Warriors to come and join us for our annual S.G.A. Clean Up Day on Saturday, July 30th from 8AM-11AM. Our efforts this year will be somewhat different, as we have hired a landscaping company to keep the school grounds.  However, we still need everyone’s participation.  We have asked Mr. Dalrymple to identify 5-6 projects that we can focus on to improve our school prior to the start of the new school year. Once the projects are identified, we will be appointing a chairperson for each project and they will then assemble their team to complete the task.  We hope that this will allow us to be more efficient in our efforts on Clean Up Day. If you can’t help on July 30th, but would still like to take part in this important activity, please contact Leigh Fain in the school office at (229) 725-4792.



Concession Sign-up/Parent Volunteerism:


In order for SGA to be successful, we must have the active participation of all our parents.  Parents certainly should be actively involved in the lives of their children, but we must also have all parents contributing to the success of our school.  Part of this responsibility is the requirement of all parents to work at a football or basketball concession/cleanup, or at the annual Buck Daze fundraiser in December.  Dianne Johnson, (229)793-2694, has graciously agreed to coordinate concessions and sign-ups for us.  When you registered your student for the upcoming academic year, you were given the option of “opting out” of this requirement by paying $200/parent.  If you did not “opt out” the expectation is that you will work at least one event.  This year we are going back to a written sign-up process.  We have used Volunteer Spot the last few years with mixed results, and after consultation with Administration we have decided to use the written sign-up.  Each parent will be given the opportunity to sign up beginning with those who show up at Work Day on July 30th.  The next opportunity to sign up will be at the initial PTO meeting on August 4th at 5:30 PM.  Thereafter, the sign-up book will be maintained by Leigh Fain and available to all parents in the front office.  All parents will be expected to sign up by Friday, August 19th.  If you have not signed up by this date, then you will be assigned an event to work and you will be notified.  Choosing not to work, or being a no-show, will result in a $500.00 fine per parent ($1000.00 per family). Administration has informed us that any outstanding debt to PTO (as a result of not having met your work requirement) will be reason to disallow your student from sitting for their final exams.  Should you not be able to work your assigned time, it is YOUR responsibility to find your replacement and then sign up for another time slot. 


In an effort to encourage a culture of volunteerism, we are implementing some “rewards” for parents who choose to give of their time and efforts above and beyond the minimum required. The incentives are as follows:


(1) Working at Clean Up Day = Free admission to the first two (2) home football games.*

 (2) Signing up to work ten (10) events = All sports admission pass (good for free admission to all sporting events on campus for the entire school year)*

* per person per event worked


We also will be recognizing the “Warrior Volunteer” Individual/Family of the year at the PTO sponsored year-end teacher’s banquet.








It is only as a result of God’s grace and mercy that we are blessed to have such an amazing school in which to nurture our children. With that powerful and humbling thought in mind, last year we initiated a time of prayer on the first day of school for all parents and supporters of SGA.  During that time we prayed for God’s guidance, support, and strength for our leaders, teachers, staff, and children for the upcoming school year.  This event was well received and we again plan to start off the school year with a gathering at the flagpole at 8:00 AM on August 4th.             


“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6


We are excited about what the 2016-17 school year holds for SGA! Through hard work, exceptional attitudes, unity, and everyone’s commitment, we can continue to make SGA a great school for our children! Without dedicated parents, SGA would not be where it is today. It is only through the continued work and efforts of dedicated parents, teachers and supporters that we will build on the proud tradition of SGA.  Thank you for allowing us to serve as Presidents this year! 



Enjoy the final few days of summer and GO WARRIORS,



Elizabeth and Chase Brooks, Ashley and Jay Hathorn


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Substitutes Needed

If you would like to be added to our substitute list for the 2016-2017 school year, please call Miss Leigh in the school office at 725-4792.  


Asbestos Information

REQUIRED ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF MANAGEMENTS PLANS.  The management plan for asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) required by the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) has been performed for this facility. The management plan is on file at the school office and is available for public inspection upon reasonable notice. If desired, a copy of the plan may be obtained upon payment of a reasonable reproduction cost. Copies of this dated notification shall be distributed to the organizations of parents, teachers, and employees: or in the absence of such organizations, the notification shall be distributed to the individual parents, teachers, and employees. A copy shall also be placed in the schools management plan. Distribution shall be by MAIL.


Lunchroom Information

I would like to say thank you to everyone that supported the lunchroom last year. We are still in the learning stage and will continue to strive to provide the best possible meals for the lowest possible price. Lunch and Breakfast prices will remain the same for the 2016-2017 school year. Lunch is $3.50 (includes milk or juice) & Breakfast is $1.00 (does not include milk or juice). We are always looking for ways to improve. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate to call 725-1888.


                                                                                                                 Tereasa Tedder

(Lunchroom Supervisor)

School Supply List (Please label your child’s things with a permanent marker)

1st Grade- 2 packs of #2 pencils, pack of basic long twistable crayons, 1 pk. of colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, art bag with long ties, scissors, 1 plastic folder with 2 inside pockets, book bag, ruler with cm and inches, 2 large boxes of Kleenex, 1 folder with brads, 1- 1” view binder, 10 plastic sheet protector sleeves, 1 large container of Clorox wipes, 1 box of Band Aids, 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

2nd Grade-  1 box of 24 twistable or crayons, 3 glue sticks, art bag with long ties, scissors, ruler with cm and inches, 2 folders with 2 inside pockets, book bag, 3 single subject spiral composition, 20 #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils), 2 pks. of wide ruled paper, 2 large boxes of tissues, a large bottle of hand sanitizer, 1 large box of unscented baby wipes, 1 large container of Lysol wipes, 2 expo markers and 1 sock, girls- 1 pack of colored copier paper, boys- 1 box of bandaids and 1 small container of tums

3rd Grade- bookbag, 2-1”clearview  binders, 2-3 prong folders, 3expo markers, pencils, scissors, plastic pencil box, 24 pack of crayons, 1 pack of colored pencils, 1 pack of 5 dividers, washable markers, 1 old sock, 1 pack of colored paper, 2 packs of wide ruled notebook paper, 2 packs of index cards

4th Grade-  1-1” clearview binder, 1 pack of dividers, 5 pocket folders, 2 pocket folders with brads, 4 spiral notebooks, #2 pencils, I pack of blue pens, 1 pack of highlighters, 1 pack of expo markers, 1 black sharpie, 1 pack of cap erasers, 1 zippered pencil pouch, 1 pack of (crayons, markers, or colored pencils), 2 large glue sticks, 2 packs of 3x5 index cards, scissors, 1 ruler with cm and inches, 2 packs of wide ruled paper, 1 large Clorox wipes, 2 large boxes of  tissues, 1 box of any size ziplock storage bags, 1 hand held pencil sharpener, 1 large book cover

5th Grade- pencils, 2 pens, 1 pack of wide ruled paper, colors, markers, scissors, liquid elmers glue, 2 plastic folders with pockets, 2 inch binder, 2 packs of index cards, 2 dry erase markers, 1 old sock, 1 box of wipes, 1 box of Kleenex, 2 spiral notebooks, 1 pack of colored copy paper, 2 yellow highlighters, 5 dividers

Miss Debbie’s Art Supplies Needed for Grades K5-4th: Small art box to store in the art room, colored pencils (3rd and 4th grade only), 24 count crayons (not washable), fiskars scissors, pencils, glue sticks


*Teachers will give students a supply list for classes not listed in the in the newsletter on the first day of school. Students will be allowed time to purchase necessary items.

Grandparents Club

SGA Grands had an awesome school year in 2015-2016 and we are looking forward to another great year for the 2016-2017 term. Our attendance was down at our regular monthly meetings. We would love to have more participation from those who can attend. If the grandparents live out of the area or are unable to attend, we understand. What we desperately need is financial support from members with their annual $30 dues. We don't do a lot of money making projects, but we can assure you that every penny taken goes directly back to benefit our grandchildren.

Our main project this year was renovating the restrooms in the blue elementary building. Renee’ Shingler and Joy Bonner chaired this project and did a wonderful job! We added shrubs and trees around our butterfly garden and it looks so beautiful! Grandparents, Susan and Charles Cowart, set their Slushie machine up in May at the butterfly garden to serve all students and staff. We gave Christmas goodie bags to all students and staff, the same day we did our teacher appreciation breakfast. We chair the cake walk at the fall festival every year. These are just a few of the things we do each year to benefit our grandchildren and their school.

We are asking parents to send names and addresses of any grandparents to the school office. These will be placed in our mail basket. We will add them to our mailing list to receive our newsletter each year.

Our first meeting will be August 11th, and every second Thursday at 2:00.  All of our meetings are located in the technology center.  We never call off a meeting.

We may be “old warriors,” but we love to support the school and our grandchildren! We also have fun in the process! Come join us!


News from the Fall Festival Committee:


SGA’s Fall Festival will be on October 20th this year. We are looking forward to a great event and fundraiser for our school. However, to make it as great as possible, we will need your help!  Each class from K3-12th grade must have a designated chairperson. It makes the committee’s job so much easier if we don’t have to seek someone out each year. In fact, if no one volunteers for this, the teacher is to appoint someone. The duties of the class chairperson are simply to organize the parents of that class into a schedule to work the class’ booth. All parents are required to work at their child/children’s booth/booths. The Fall Festival committee will assign the booths based on class size. The day of the festival, the chairperson or other designated class parents will decorate the assigned booth in a fall theme (having everything ready by 12 noon). Signing up as a class chairperson exempts you from having to work other booths at the fall festival for the given year.