Lions Weekly: September 15, 2021


A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion family,

Last week was such a fun and energizing week on campus for our students, faculty, parents, and members of our TKA community. I was blown away by the support at our Homecoming football game, which led to a significant win for our Lions! I want to personally thank each of you for supporting our students, whether by attending the parade/pep rally or the game as your presence is very significant. I want to personally thank Hannah S. and Tyler O. (both members of the class of 2022) who went above and beyond to clean up after the pep rally and game. These two were great examples of servant leaders, and I am thankful for their leadership that was on display.

I also had the honor to speak to the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board’s Board of Directors this week on behalf of The King’s Academy. Through the opportunity of sharing what the Lord is doing here at TKA, many great conversations occurred regarding ways that we can continue to grow what we have to offer here at The King’s Academy. We are truly thankful for the support of Tennessee Baptists throughout our great state as they support the vital ministry of Christian education here on our campus. Please join me in praying for the TBMB and its impact across our great state.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur


Table Sponsors

Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion

The Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion is nearing completion (aiming for the next few weeks), and we are in need of a few donations to furnish the space for our students. Upon completion, the Reagan Pavilion will be a greatly used outdoor spot on campus for covered meals, class meetings, fellowships, and more. If you, or your company, are interested in meeting one of these needs for our students you may either use the below link (list Pavilion table in the note) or contact the school office at (865) 573-8321. The following choices have been made based on durability and function. These will greatly add to this exciting spot on campus! All sponsors are greatly appreciated and will be listed within the Pavilion.

Give to electronically, click here.

Table Sponsors
10ft purple tables (6 tables, 1 already sponsored leaving a need for 5)

46 inch round purple tables
(3 tables, 2 already sponsored leaving a need for 1)

Personalized Benches

6ft benches (2 benches) $1,200

We are over halfway finished with our goal! Thank you to all who have given so graciously thus far!

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ACSI National Legislative Conference - Washington, D.C.

This week, Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Clifton were invited to attend the ACSI National Legislative Conference along with 30 other Christian school leaders to have training on the public policy and legislative process. Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Clifton were the only two invited to attend the conference from the state of Tennessee. While in Washington, D.C., they heard from various Senators, Representatives, Legislators, CEOs, and ACSI speakers.

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Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Clifton met with Micki Werner and Alexander Gonzalez on behalf of Senator Marsha Blackburn to discuss upcoming legislation and to discuss the great things happening at TKA.

Festival At The Academy

Festival At The Academy

Mark your calendars and save the date! The Festival at the Academy is taking place on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The committee is currently taking donations for the silent auction baskets. If you or your company would like to donate a tax deductible basket, reach out to one of the contacts listed below!

Contacts for Festival at The Academy:

The King’s Academy (865) 573-8321 ext.5
Kara Pritchard (865) 924-4333
Cherish McLin (865) 604-8303


Campus Safety Officer

We are excited to welcome Coach Matt Storm to our full-time staff as our Campus Safety Officer. Coach Storm (also our varsity baseball coach) began last week and is responsible for monitoring our campus, students, power-hour supervision, leading safety drills, and more. We are grateful for his willingness to help us continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students.

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Preview Night

On Friday, October 1, TKA will be hosting a preview night for prospective families and those interested in learning why TKA is a great choice for Christ-centered PreK-12 grade education!

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Varsity Football

Congratulations to our Varsity football Lions for their 22 - 20 Homecoming win over Grace Christian!

Our Lions open up region play against Friendship Christian in Lebanon, TN this Friday (8:00 Eastern).

Please purchase all tickets prior to the game by clicking here. Cash tickets will not be available at the gate.

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2021-2022 Football Calendar

This year's football calendars are for sale for $10! Stop by the school office to pick up your copy today!

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TKA Junior Cheer Parent Meeting

Join our Cheerleading Coaches for an informational meeting on 9/23 to learn more about our TKA Junior Cheer Program.

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TKA Fishing Team Meeting

Any students (5th-12th grades) that want to be a part of the school fishing team please attend the informational meeting in the Tibbetts building at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September, 16th.


Homecoming Week Recap

Thank you to all who helped our homecoming week to be fun and exciting! The dress up days were a hit among our students and staff. The parade, pep rally, tailgating, coronation were concluded with a Lion's win against Grace Christian!

Tuesday, September 7: Colors of the Jungle


Wednesday, September 8: Movies of the Jungle


Thursday, September 9:The Lion Sleeps Tonight


Friday, September 10: Purple and Black

Middle and High School Games


Parade and Pep Rally


Homecoming Court:

Freshmen: Cali Knight, Bella Lawson, Triston Brown and Glace White
Sophomores: Olivia Mapes, Caroline Rauhuff, Marshaun Bowers and Garrett Cogdill
Juniors: Chloe Shirley, Kloie Whaley, Zeke Connatser and Nick Donato
Seniors: Katelyn Cook, Harley McCall, Ella Wilbourn, Eli Knight, Tyler McCall and Tyler Overdorf.

A special thank you to 2021 Homecoming King, Lukas Campbell and Queen, Bianca Hood, for coming to participate in our Homecoming coronation.

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Freshmen winners: Bella Lawson and Glace White

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Sophomore winners: Caroline Rauhuff and Garrett Cogdill

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Junior Princess and Prince: Chloe Shirley and Zeke Connatser

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Senior Queen and King: Katelyn Cook and Tyler Overdorf


Book Fair

TKA Book Fair is open through this Friday, September 17. Stop by and stock up on Christmas and birthday gifts for your family!
The hours are listed below and more information can be found by clicking here.

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Econ Week

Econ Week: September 13th-17th

Our high school economics class students are hosting "Econ Week" September 13th - 17th. This activity is a "free enterprise" experience for the students in basic business lessons (budget, competition, profit/loss, etc.). Students will set up "stores" inside and on the walkway entering the cafeteria to sell a variety of goods during lunch, (some groups may choose to sell before/after school. Past stores have sold baked goods, pizza, lunch menu items, doughnuts, etc. Elementary and middle school students will be offered only pre-packaged items along with canned/bottled drinks. Prices generally range from $0.50 - $3.00. Students are always eager to buy these items, so you may want to consider reminding them to bring some extra cash during the week. Students keep half of the profits with the other half benefitting approved charities.

Jr. League Basketball

Jr. League Basketball

2nd-5th Grade

Is your child interested in playing basketball for TKA's Jr. League teams this year? Please complete this brief 'TKA Jr. League Basketball Interest Form' that will assist us in determining interest and developing preliminary rosters. Once completed our Jr. League leadership team will evaluate the responses and reach out to you with additional information.

Jr. League is a competitive elementary basketball league which typically consists of 1-2 practices per week. Historically there are 10 regular season games which take place on Saturdays in gyms throughout Sevier County (TKA included). The season typically begins in early November and concludes around mid-February.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Go Lions and Lady Lions!

Marshall Stanger
TKA Junior League Director



The next PTF meeting will take place on Thursday, September 16th from 3:15PM-4:05PM in Brandes. Childcare will be provided through out aftercare program free of charge until 4:15PM for the meeting.

If you haven't joined PTF, no worries, come anyway! Membership forms will be available at the meeting. The fee to join is $25 per family. We look forward to having you as part of our PTF this year!


Covid-19 Procedures

While we are excited to offer in-person education, we must continue to maintain a safe learning environment for all students, faculty/staff, and additional stakeholders.

To do so, we will be working closely with the Sevier County Health Department in regards to Covid-19 protocols (

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