July 10, 2017

Welcome SGA Warriors!


We are over halfway through our summer break and already planning, in expectation, for another great school year.  It is that time of the year that we welcome all of our families to the upcoming school year at Southwest Georgia Academy.  For some of you, this is your first warm welcome to our school family and for many it is more of a welcome back.  I speak for the entire Warrior Faculty and Staff when I say that we are grateful to have you and yours with us as we embark on the school’s 48th year of dedication to serving families through educating their children.


As usual, we have utilized the first part of the summer to enhance, market, practice, stimulate, modify and discuss a variety of areas that make up our “home away from home.”  The continued heart of SGA is the most beneficial and effective piece of the puzzle so we thank you for being a tremendously large part of the family piece and for sustaining the heartbeat of the school.  Your children will be joining us before we know it as we move into the 2017-2018 school year at SGA.  It is my hope that SGA will serve not only as an exceptional institute of learning but as a safe haven for everyone as we come together as one big family 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:

1. Clean-up day is Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2. State law and GISA require all students participating in athletics to have a physical (JV and         varsity.)
3. 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.
4. K5 orientation is July 31 in the music room at 6:30 p.m.
5. The official student’s schedule will be made available to parents as early as August 1st at the close of the PTO meeting.  PTO meeting will be at 5:30 in the Joe Bryan Auditorium.
6. New family and faculty supper is August 1st in the SGA cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
7. K3/K4 orientation is August 3rd at 6:30.
8. Tailgate supper is August 10th.
9. Chapel began three years ago and will continue this year. The last Wednesday of each month is when we gather for chapel in the Joe Bryan Auditorium at 8:40 AM. We encourage any parent to come and attend chapel with us!
10. On the first day of school, August 3rd, 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.


I said this last year and I 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 or call or schedule a meeting or conference. In addition to these forms of communication is the alternate: the school website, Information Now, Facebook and the 411 page. 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.

May God continue to bless these last moments of summer! See you soon!

Go Warriors,

Matthew T. Dalrymple


We would like to begin the 2017-18 school/PTO year by offering our thanks to Chase and Elizabeth Brooks, who did a great job as our PTO presidents last year.  They, along with our Treasurer, Leigh Fain, have made this quite an easy role to slip in to. We are thankful for their guidance as we begin our journey as PTO leaders.  We’ve laughed along the way that life has come full circle.  It seems that our parents were just serving in various roles when we were students at SGA.  Now, here we are, trying to help better our child’s school and this place that is so dear to our hearts.


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.  Please be in prayer as we continue to look for Vice-Presidents.  We know that just the right person will step up to the plate to take over the PTO responsibilities next year. 


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 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.


We are excited about what the 2017-18 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. 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,


Jay and Ashley Hathorn


2016-2017 PTO officers:      

  • Presidents: Jay and Ashley Hathorn
  • Immediate Past Presidents: Chase and Elizabeth Brooks
  • Vice-Presidents: To Be Determined

Please call 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.  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
  • Basketball Concessions: Chairperson- Dianne Johnson (229) 793-2694
  • Fall Festival: Chairperson- Melanie Sheppard (229) 723-1103
  • Buck Daze: Chairpersons- John Godwin (229)726-3147, Jay Hathorn (229)894-9262, Eric Kimbrel (229)308-7352, Steve Singletary (229)308-2040
  • Reverse Raffle: Chairpersons- Kayla Calhoun (229) 254-2530 & Mandy Hornsby (229) 220-7402
  • The Big Blue: Chairperson-Lee Anne Sheffield (229)245-2682
    • If you are a parent that can donate a few mornings a week, or just a day, to work in The Big Blue, that would help us tremendously! The Big Blue is an awesome asset to our school and we want to keep it going. Call the front office to volunteer.

A strong PTO is vital to the mission of Southwest Georgia Academy. PTO provides over $125,000.00 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, Accelerated Reader materials, and PE equipment.  The list goes on!  It is essential that we all work together to raise these important funds in order to enhance and elevate our children’s experience at SGA.


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 (229)308-0759
  • 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.
  • Shoparoo App: You will need to download the Shoparoo Fundraising app on your phone or device, register for an account, and choose Southwest Georgia Academy as your school.  Receipts are loaded into the app simply by taking a picture.  Each receipt earns points/money for our school.  This is money you’ve already spent, so it’s an easy way to raise extra funds for 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 SGA Clean Up Day on Saturday, July 29th from 8AM-11AM.  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 gathering materials and calling on volunteers to help complete the tasks.  If you are unable to help on July 29th, 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.  Each parent will be given the opportunity to sign up beginning with those who show up at Work Day on July 29th.  The next opportunity to sign up will be at the initial PTO meeting on August 1st 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 18th.  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.



Grandparents Club

SGA Grands had a great school year in 2016-2017.  We are looking forward to 2017-2018.  Our attendance has been down for meetings, but we are so thankful for the Grands who send in their $30.00 dues.  Most of them add a little, or a lot, as a donation.  We have some awesome people connected to our school.  We encourage all parents to make sure that we have names and addresses for your children’s grandparents. Please just drop a note to our attention in the school office and we will add them to our summer mailing list.

We are so excited to have a new meeting place of our own.  This past year, we renovated one of the little red school houses on the back of the campus.  This is where we hold meetings now.  We also share the building with the piano teacher.  This was our biggest project of the year.  We also host the cake walk at the Fall Festival, maintain the butterfly garden, donate to the school website charges, provide grade level Accelerated Reader winners with lunch at McDonalds, host Christmas Bunch for faculty and staff, and give goody bags to all students and staff.  We are in the process of renovating the restrooms in the lunchroom building.  We are also building a flower bed with drainage under the K3-K4 windows.  Our kids had a blast at the lemonade stand in May.  So did we!  We may be ‘Old Warriors’ but we love to support our school and our grandchildren.  We have fun in the process.  Encourage Grandparents in your family to join.


Mary Jean Cooper, President




Fall Festival News

To SGA parents and teachers,

We have a proposed date of October 19th for this year’s Fall Festival. The usual process of getting things set up is for each homeroom to have a parent that oversees the class’ booth. That parent/chairperson is responsible for organizing the parents in the class ( which includes setting up a booth, preparing a parent work schedule for that booth, and taking the booth down at the end of the evening).This year, instead of the Fall Festival committee assigning booths, we’d like for each class to create their own booth (with the exception of K3, K4, K5, 11TH and 12th grades, which will be assigned a booth).All homerooms must have a chairperson whether it be someone that has volunteered or one that is teacher appointed. To increase SGA’s profit from this fundraiser, we will be renting a minimal number of inflatables from B & B this year. We ask that teachers work with their chairperson to decide on a booth and for them to submit their booth idea to the office by September 5th to allow the committee time to review booth ideas to ensure there are no repetitions.



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Lunchroom Information

I would like to say thank you to everyone that supported the lunchroom last year. We 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 2017-2018 school year. Lunch is $3.50 (includes milk or juice) & Breakfast is $1.25 (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.


                                                                                                                Teresa Tedder

                                                                                                                Lunchroom Supervisor


Substitutes Needed

If you would like to be added to our substitute list for the 2017-2018 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.

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


1st Grade- 2 packs of #2 pencils, pack of basic colors long twistable crayons, 1 pk. of colored pencils(basic colors), 4 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 bottle of hand sanitizer, a few dry erase markers, boys-1 box gallon Ziploc bags, girls, 1 box quart Ziploc bags


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, 2 packs #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils), 2 pks. of wide ruled paper, 2 large boxes of tissues, a large bottle of Germ-X original hand sanitizer, 1 large box of unscented baby wipes, 1 large container of Lysol wipes, 2-4 expo markers and 1 sock, girls- 1 pack of colored copier paper, boys- 1 box of band aids and 1 box of quart Ziploc bags


3rd Grade- book bag (no rolling), 2-1”clearview  binders, 1 pack of wide black dry erase markers (more than a 2 pack), 1 box #2 or mechanical lead pencils, scissors, plastic pencil box, 24 pack of crayons, 1 pack of colored pencils, 1 pack of 5 dividers, 1 pack of washable thin markers, 1 pack of colored paper, 2 packs of wide ruled notebook paper, 2 packs of 3x5 index cards, 1 plastic pocket folder, 1 red plastic pocket folder, 4-5 glue sticks, 3 large boxes of Kleenex, 1 container disinfectant wipes, 10 clear sheet protectors, 1 ruler, 1 bottle of germ-x hand sanitizer (no fragrance), boys- 1 box quart Ziploc bags, girls- 1 box gallon Ziploc bags


4th Grade-  1-1” clear view binder, 1 pack of dividers, 5 pocket folders, 2 pocket folders with brads, 4 spiral notebooks, #2 pencils, 1 pack of blue pens, 1 pack of highlighters, 1 pack of expo markers and eraser or sock, 2 black sharpies, 1 pencil pouch, 1 pack of (crayons, markers, or colored pencils), 1 large glue stick, 3 packs of 3x5 index cards,  1 ruler with cm and inches, 2 packs of wide ruled paper, 1 large Clorox type wipes, 1 large boxes of  tissue, 1 box of any size Ziploc storage bags, 1 hand held pencil sharpener, 1 large book cover, 1 large bottle of Elmer’s glue, 1 package of colored copy paper


5th Grade- pencils, 2 pens, 1 pack of wide ruled paper, colors, markers, scissors, liquid Elmer’s glue, 2 plastic folders with pockets, 2 inch binder, 2 packs of index cards, 2 dry erase markers, 1 old sock, 2 boxes of wipes, 2 boxes of Kleenex, 5 subject notebook, 1 pack of colored copy paper, 2 yellow highlighters, 5 dividers, ***Please remember that 5th graders have to follow dress code


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.