Lions Weekly: July 13, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

Greetings from campus! We are excited as the start of our school year gets closer and look forward to seeing each of you on campus very soon! We are in the process of finalizing preparations so that our facilities, teachers, and programs are ready for your students in a few short days. Over the next several weeks you will see new information regarding new courses, procedures, policies, and additions to our student life experience on campus.

I would like to invite all of you to join us next Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. for our annual prayer and worship evening on campus. We are looking forward to collectively going before the Lord as we ask for His protection, blessing, and provision for the upcoming year. Please prayerfully consider joining us next Thursday as we gather in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur

Summer Hours

Summer 2022 Office Hours

This summer the school offices (Anderson and Ogle) will be open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The offices will be closed Friday through Sunday.

Night of Worship and Prayer

Night of Worship and Prayer

Thursday, July 21

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. on TKA's Huskey Football Field. We will take some time to pray for the upcoming school year and participate in worship as we ask for the Lord's blessing. We are thankful for the members of local churches who are gathering with us in lifting up TKA to the Lord. All members of the TKA family are invited to join us as we gather together.

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PTF Work Day

Saturday, July 30

Bring your gardening tools and gloves and join us on campus, Saturday, July 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a work day to help get the TKA campus ready for school to start!

If you will be able to join us for this workday please RSVP to, Crystal Pugh: or Robin Reed:

Uniform Sale

Used Unifrom Sale

July 30th, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Back by popular demand, we will host one last used uniform sale that is sponsored by parents and the PTF. If you would like to sell, trade, etc. uniforms, please come to the Reagan Pavilion on Saturday, July 30th after the PTF workday from 12:00 - 2:00.

As a reminder, the pink and light blue tops are no longer in the updated dress code.

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Family Orientation Night

Tuesday, August 2

Family Orientation Night will take place on Tuesday, August 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students and families will have the opportunity to receive important paperwork, meet teachers, move in to lockers, and enjoy fellowship together.

Food from local food trucks, Geno's Curbside Diner and Halfback BBQ and Smokehouse, will be available for purchase during this time for a time of fellowship with our Lion family. Proceeds will go to the PTF and be used for campus needs.

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Back to School Bash

Saturday, August 6

Middle and High School Back to School Bash will take place on Saturday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Come out and enjoy a free concert by Rare of Breed, games and hangout time as we get ready for school to begin. Food trucks will have food, drinks, and snacks available for purchase prior to the concert.

We hope to see all of our Middle and High School Students at this event!

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6th - 8th Washington D.C. Trip

March 6-9, 2023

How to register:
1. Go to:
2. Enter Tour Code: T232036A
3. Enter Password: 36603

*You will be required to answer some questions, read and agree to terms, pay deposit, etc. Additional insurance can be purchased at this time.

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9-12th Spring Break Trip: France, Germany and The Alps

March 11-18, 2023

For more information and to register for this trip, click here.

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TKA Athletics Banner

Do you have a business or know someone who does? TKA Athletics Banners are available for purchase now! These 3' by 5' banners will be proudly displayed in our Athletic facilities on campus for the 2022-2023 school year.

Click here to download the form. For any questions regarding Athletic Banners, please contact Cyndie Webber at


Here We Grow Again: Assistant Director of Residence Life (Girls Dorm)

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The King’s Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Hiko Eilertson as Assistant Director of Residence Life (Girls’ Dorm) and Japanese 1 Instructor. Hiko joins Kendedrick Jones (Director of Residence Life), Brent Frazier (Assistant Director of Residence Life – Boys Dorm), and our Residence Life team to serve our residence life students.

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Hiko Eilertson came to know Jesus when she was in Kindergarten, thanks to a Sunday School teacher who taught English class on Saturday afternoon. Hiko grew to love the language when she was nine years old and kept learning, going to college to study English/Business in Tokyo. Ms. Eilertson has a deep passion for serving the Lord, playing and coaching the sport of tennis, and spending time with her son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren in West

Ms. Eilertson comes to Tennessee from Dallas, Texas (where she has been for the past thirty-plus years), where she works with multiple businesses, and BuddyUp Tennis (a Tennis clinic organization for those with Downs Syndrome) and is involved with Bible Study Fellowship. Hiko is a volunteer for Mission Maasai, where she recently served with TKA teachers in Empukani, Kenya. TKA is excited to announce the addition of Hiko Eilertson as she brings a deep-rooted passion for the gospel, students, discipleship, and the ability to offer Japanese as a foreign language for our academic offerings.

Any high school student who is interested in enrolling in Japanese 1 for their foreign language credit should email Mrs. Hatmaker (

Please join us in welcoming Hiko Eilertson to our Lion family!

Athletic Partnership

Athletic Partnership Announcement

The King’s Academy (Seymour, TN) and its Athletic Department is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with D1-Sevierville for all athletic performance and training services for TKA student athletes. D1-Sevierville is a nationally recognized provider of athletic strength and conditioning professionals that will be responsible for strength training and conditioning for all Lion athletic teams under the direct partnership and supervision of TKA coaches.

D-1 instructors will partner with TKA coaches and the athletic department to create specific programs to enhance individual and team performance for each sport offered at The King’s Academy. All D-1 strength coaches are nationally certified, trained, insured, and background checked to be able to serve on campus with student athletes.

D-1 Sevierville brings years of experience in best practices, a wealth of resources, and industry leading techniques to the student athletes of The King’s Academy. “We at D1 Training of Sevierville are really excited about the opportunity to partner with TKA. We look forward to working with all the student athletes and staff on and off the field. We thank you for entrusting us with your athletes and look forward to taking their sports performance to next level.” Owner of D1 Sevierville Devin Driscoll

Athletic Director, Coach Sean Jones, said of the partnership, “We are very fortunate to have D1 working with our student athletes. Our goal is to provide our student-athletes with high quality athletic experiences and this partnership meets that goal wholeheartedly. Not only will our teams be working with an organization in D1 that develops them physically as they go throughout their careers, but they are an organization we feel shares the same values as our community. We look forward to building our partnership and welcoming D1 onto our campus very soon."

“I am truly grateful for our partnership with D-1 Sevierville, as they will benefit our student athletes in ways that we have not been able to provide in the past with a limited strength and conditioning staff. I fully believe that our students, teams, and school community will be stronger due to this partnership,” said The King’s Academy President/Head of School, Mr. Jeremy Sandefur.

Lions Athletic teams will begin training with their assigned D-1 strength and conditioning coaches beginning this fall. Go Lions!


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2022 Summer Camps

We are excited to offer a variety of camps for our TKA Lions this summer! Each camp will be listed in the link below with links to register for each event. We are looking forward to seeing our Lions on campus at these fun camps!

Frozen jr. Choir Camp

Fine Arts Camp

Rising 6th - 12th Choir students

Dates: July 18-20
Cost: FREE
Time: 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Woody

Calling all 6th-12th grade Choir students or those interested in being in the TKA Choral Department! Fine Arts Camp will take place during July 18-20, from 1-4 PM in Woody. This camp will include: guest speakers, choreography classes and an introduction to Frozen Jr.!

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Basketball Camp

Rising 3rd - 8th students

Dates: July 25-28
Cost: $120
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Tibbetts

Athletes will have: individual instruction, Fundamental Skill stations, daily competitions, games (1v1, 3v3, and 5v5), and opportunities to purchase concessions.

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July 18-21: Math Boot Camp Level 1

8th - 11th grade students

Cost: $200
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Moore’s room

Students will review: combining like terms, balancing equations, graphing linear equations, radicals, polynomial, quadratic, adding vs multiplying terms, exponent rules, distribution, fractions, complex functions, integers, functions and system of equations.


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National BETA Convention

TKA had three Middle School Student Attendees representing The King's Academy at the National BETA Convention: Olivia Loveday (7th), Colt Glasgow (8th), and Delana Pritchard (7th).

Colt Glasgow placed in Color Photography at the State Level Gatlinburg and was qualified to compete Nationally. Colt placed in the National Top 10, bringing home 9th Place for TKA. Olivia Loveday represented TKA, entering interviews and leadership challenges back in April at the State Convention in Gatlinburg where she was selected as one of only two Tennessee State representatives, qualifying her to compete at the National BETA convention for the role of National Leadership Ambassador. On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Olivia was interviewed in competition with 13 other National Ambassador candidates from across the nation, scored by National BETA Directors and Sponsors. While two young ladies from Texas and Louisiana were selected, Olivia was awarded a full scholarship to attend National BETA Leadership Camp for her efforts. She will be representing TKA there in Greenville, Tennessee, on July 18-22, 2022.

Colt, Delana, & Olivia represented The King's Academy by serving in the National BETA Serves Project. The King's Academy BETA Jr. Club collected over 250+ items for the BETA Serves Homeless Project and spent 1 additional service hour in Nashville dividing and sorting the items donated. The club with the most donated items for BETA Serves received an award, and we were so proud that the award was still local, Congrats to Northview Intermediate School (Sevier County)! Thank you to Mrs. Angie Glasgow for picking up the collected items from TKA and transporting them to Nashville for unloading.

All three students represented TKA for four national General Sessions, heard all of the candidates' campaign speeches for various representing the Southeastern US, and voted using the BETA app, when prompted. They participated in The Summitt, where they were given challenges and received a highly motivational speech regarding making mistakes, becoming stronger and more confident, and working hard. They were able to view the exhibition halls of competitions and unlimited displays of sculptures, recyclables, photography, engineering, and so much more. They were able to watch SongFest, where students changed the lyrics of a song to match the BETA theme. Each talent was respected, both great and small. Most of all, our students were able to make connections and friendships with other BETAs and their sponsors from all over the nation.

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Important information for the 2022-2023 School Year

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Updated Immunizations

2022- 2023 Elementary Supply Lists

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Football Calendar Ad

TKA's football team will be selling 2022-2023 calendars. Save your advertising spot today!

Pricing for the Ads are as follows:

▪ $750 Back Cover (Full Page)
▪ $500 Full Page
▪ $250 Half Page
▪ $125 Quarter Page
▪ $75 Side Page
$750 Back Cover (Full Page)
$500 Full Page
$250 Half Page
$125 Quarter Page
$75 Side Page

Contact Jessie Cogdill at 865-661-2848 to place your ad.

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Missing Keys?

A set of keys were found in the elementary parking lot. If you are missing keys, please contact Mrs. Gioioso in the elementary office at


Jr. Tennis Clinics

8 week summer program

What: Tennis Pro Hugh Stratman will be offering an eight week tennis clinic.

Who: Middle and High school students

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting May 30th through July 29th.

Where: TKA Tennis Courts

Cost (for 8 weeks): $550 for twice a week
$320 for once a week

How to sign up: Contact Hugh Stratman through text, phone call, or email at the contact information listed below:
Phone: 805-680-4941

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2021-2022 Yearbook

The price for the 2021-2022 TKA yearbook is $55. All grades, K3-12 will have the same yearbook. The slight price increase is because we are only going to have one larger all-school book.

All yearbook orders can be placed online--here is the link.

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