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Principal's Message

Welcome to Central Academy of the Arts!  We are so excited your child and family are a part of our school!

Below this message, you will find helpful information to help you navigate through this unprecedented school year.  We understand that there are many unknowns at this time, but I want to reassure you that your child’s wellbeing and education remain our top priority.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year.  In the meantime, I want to give you some information about our school.

Central Elementary became Central Academy of the Arts (CAA) in the fall of 2018.  At that time, we transitioned from a traditional elementary school into an arts magnet school and began implementing The Kennedy Center's art integration focus.  Arts integration is defined by The Kennedy Center as “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives in both.”  We believe that our students’ social, emotional, and educational needs are better met through the integration of the arts in their learning of new information and demonstration of mastery of new skills.  We look forward to your child and family joining us on this journey of arts discovery!

If at any time you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to reach out.  I am always here to listen or lend a hand; if needed.  Again, we are so excited to have your child and family at CAA!  We believe “Central Shines!” and we look forward to you seeing this as well!

Tish M. Goode
Central Academy of the Arts
(864) 397-1400

COVID-19 Updates

The School District of Pickens County is sending out weekly, and sometimes daily, updates to parents via email, text messages, and social media.  Please visit the district's web page for up-to-date information, if needed, by clicking here

 Technology Needs

If your child is having a problem with his/her Chromebook, please click here for Chromebook troubleshooting tips. 

If you’re still having problems, please submit a “Chromebook Help Desk Ticket” by clicking here.  You will need to answer a few questions, supply an email address, and one of our Tech Team members will respond to you as soon as possible.  Our Tech Team is made up of Mrs. Shirley and Mrs. Donald.  They can be reached at (864) 397-1400 or their contact information is as follows:

Mrs. Shirley:

E-mail address:  hopeshirley@pickens.k12.sc.us 

Webex address:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/hopeshirley

Mrs. Donald:

E-mail address:  shannondonald@pickens.k12.sc.us 

Webex address:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/shannondonald

contact information

Below are Webex addresses for all teachers and leadership at Central Academy of the Arts.
  If you need email addresses for any of the people listed below, please click here. 

If you need to speak to someone on the phone, please call (864) 397-1400.


Principal Tish Goode:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/tishgoode

Assistant Principal Brandi Roberts:  


Jessica Max:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/jessicamax 

Family Liaison

Cindy Burgess: ext. 1455


Karen Brown:  ext. 1407



Connie Freeze:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/conniefreeze  



Connie Avery:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/connieavery

Laura St. Peter:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/laurastpeter

Lisa Patterson:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/lisapatterson

1st Grade:

Lisa Alexander:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/lisaalexander 

Jill Keeran:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/jillkeeran

Kim Wood:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/kimwood


2nd Grade:

Allison Bogan:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/allisonbogan 

Morgan Smith:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/morgansmith 

Elizabeth Stephens:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/elizabethstephens 


3rd Grade:

Sharon Durham:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/sharondurham 

Susan Moore:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/susanmoore 

Trina Stephens:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/trinastephens 


4th Grade:

Amy Bodie:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/amybodie

Brittany Burris:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/brittanyburris 

Kevin Stinehart:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/kevinstinehart 


5th Grade:

Tami Fields:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/tamilafields

Sherry Golden:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/sherrygolden 

Andy Rodgers:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/andyrodgers 


Special Services:


Mary Elizabeth Owens:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/maryowens

(Speech) Andrea Manz:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/andreamanz 


Reading Help:

Patti Williams:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/pattiwilliams 

Beth McCracken:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/bethmccracken


ESOL Services:

Karen Barton:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/karenbarton


GT Services:

Jennie Patterson:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/jenniepatterson 


Related Arts:

(Art)  Briana Dunbar:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/brianadunbar  

(Dance) Tiffany Moss:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/tiffanymoss 

(Music) Hannah Chapman:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/hannahchapman 

(PE) Mindy Bolin:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/mindybolin 

Magnet School Coordinator:

Ashleigh Cobey:  https://pickens.webex.com/meet/ashleighcobey

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