Lions Weekly: October 26, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Families,

I pray that you are having an incredible week and that you were able to join us for one of our many amazing Homecoming 2022 activities last week. Our campus was full of activity and excitement as students enjoyed many opportunities for fun and fellowship.

As you may have seen in my recent update email regarding our mission partners, TKA is diligently seeking to impact students both locally and globally. Upon arriving on campus a little over eighteen months ago, the need for us to expand our global impact as a renowned international boarding school became a renewed priority. For many reasons, most of which involved the pandemic, our reach to the nations had not been as prevalent as previously nor as desired due to the inability to travel and interact.

Over the coming months and seasons, you will see increased opportunities for students and families to participate in the mission of developing servant leaders that will change the world for Christ. This will come in multiple forms; including but not limited to mission trips, resource collection, emphasis chapels, and much more. Please join me as we pray that our students will develop a love for the gospel and the nations.

Lastly, I’d like to personally invite you to attend two events. The first is our last home football game of the year this Friday night as we honor our seniors and celebrate our fall sports teams. And finally, I hope to see you Saturday at our Fall Festival. All funds raised on Saturday go directly to classrooms and organizations, so please come out and support your TKA Lions!

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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"Senior" Dress Up Day

Friday, October 28

Dress in "Senior" clothes in honor of our fall Senior night.

Remember, all attire must adhere to dress code.

Our last home game of the season will take place this Friday! Senior night will take place at 7:00 p.m. as we recognize our seniors who participated in fall sports. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. We hope to see everyone on Huskey Field!

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Preview Night

Friday, October 28

Our fall preview night is just a few short days away!

This event is for any prospective families who would like to know why TKA should be their choice for Christ-centered, college prep education! If you know of a family that would like to attend, please have them RSVP by using the link below.

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Fall Festival

Saturday, October 29

This Saturday is TKA's Fall Festival! This is a community-wide event that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All proceeds from this event and the auction will go directly back into the classrooms! Are you unable to attend? Don't worry! The silent auction is online and live now through Saturday. Use the link below to begin bidding now!

We hope to see everyone on campus Saturday at this fun fall event!

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Make-up Picture Day

Wednesday, November 2

A week from today is yearbook make-up picture day. If your Lion needs to retake or make-up their picture, please be sure to have it completed on Wednesday, November 2.

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Winter Choir Program: Frozen, Jr.

Save The Dates

Our TKA Choral department is excited to present Frozen, Jr. the first weekend in December! Tickets will go on sale next week!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following presentations of Frozen Jr. as you will not want to miss this exciting performance:

▪ December 1st at 6:30 p.m.
▪ December 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
▪ December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
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December 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
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Love Where We Live

Last year TKA launched our “Love Where We Live” initiative with TKA students serving over 1,425 hours throughout the East Tennessee community. Both day and boarding students participate in grade-level mission projects to develop a deeper understanding of God’s creation and to inspire a culture of service.

Yesterday we launched another Love Where We Live project for the 2022-23 school year! Our 9th and 12th grade Lions served alongside our facilities team to help prepare Atchley Hall for the J.T. Shen Science Center renovations to begin. We are excited about many more service opportunities throughout this school year as we seek to develop servant leaders that will change the world for Christ!

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Principal Appreciation Month

October is National Principals' Month. We want to take time and celebrate our two TKA Principals! Mr. Fuller is our middle and high school principal, and Ms. Sullivan oversees our elementary department as their principal. This is Mr. Fuller’s fourth year at TKA and Ms. Sullivan’s fifth year at TKA.

Both principals go above and beyond each day to serve our students, teachers, and families. We at TKA are thankful for Mr. Fuller and Ms. Sullivan! If you pass them in the hallways, give them a high five, fist bump, or even a hug to thank them for all they do daily to help our TKA Lions!


Homecoming 2022 Recap

Our first few days of Blast From the Past was an exciting time on campus as we celebrated the 70s and had a pep rally, parade and football game. Check out some of our pictures from these events below.

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2022 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to this year's 2022 Homecoming Court winners! Freshmen: Jack Hamilton and Isla Cartee. Sophomores: Kenneth Hall and Kyndal Neubert. Juniors, Prince and Princess: Will Rhoton and Caroline Rauhuff. Seniors, King and Queen: Mekhi Paddock and Abby Day. PTF Mum winner and top sellers Ruthie Smith and Mason Pugh also helped with the presentation for the court by being the ball and crown holder.

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Alumni Tailgating Event

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We're Hiring!

TKA has an employment opportunity available in food services.

Food Services Employee: TKA is seeking an employee to faithfully serve in our food services department. Prior food service experience is preferred. Please email resumes to or call 865-573-8321.

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Middle School Break Away Event

PTF Hosted Event

Who: TKA MS Students
What: TKA MS Breakaway 2022
When: Saturday, November 5, from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: TKA Reagan Pavilion and Circle
Cost: This event is free.
Optional Cost: Kona Ice will be available for purchase with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the Isaiah 117 House!
What to Wear: Attire is casual and warm. This is not a FORMAL Event. It is fall now, and we will be outdoors the entire time.
What to Expect: This event is designed especially for our TKA MS Students in 6-7-8 grades. TKA Breakaway will offer: a soda, popcorn, candy table, Johnson University DJ/ Music/Dance, glow volleyball, glow 3v3 basketball, photo backdrop, a scavenger hunt, and random door prize drawings for those in attendance.
Sponsor Opportunities: PTF is taking sponsors if anyone is interested to help cover some costs so that this event is free for our students!
Volunteer Opportunities: If you would like to volunteer to help at this event, please complete the background check below and contact Chris Fisher (865-235-5724).
Contact for this Event: To volunteer, sponsor, or ask questions regarding this event, please contact Chris Fisher at 865-235-5724.

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2022-23 Yearbooks

2022-23 yearbooks are now on sale! Scan this QR code to visit the site to purchase yours today. For any questions regarding yearbooks, contact Mr. Josh Smith at

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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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Important information for the 2022-2023 School Year

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Visitor Policy

TKA Visitor Policy

In order to help maintain a safe and instructionally based learning environment for our students, all visitors for middle and high school must enter through the front door of the Anderson Building and sign in in the middle/high school office in order to receive a visitor's pass. All visitors for elementary must enter the front door of the Ogle Building in order to receive a visitor's pass. This pass should be visible at all times so that TKA faculty and staff know that you have checked in at the office.

Our doors are open to visitors, but please call ahead of time to schedule conferences with your child’s teachers. This will prevent interruptions to instruction and the loss of the valuable learning time of our students. Adults will not be allowed to wander the halls of the building or hold conferences with teachers during instructional times.

TKA family lunch visitors should follow the above procedure. Lunch tickets are $5 each.

Students who are not enrolled at TKA are not permitted to visit TKA students during the school day, which includes lunch.

This policy has been developed in order to help maintain a safe and instruction focused environment at school each day. Any visitor who does not meet these expectations may be asked to leave school grounds.

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