Lions Weekly: February 1, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

I pray that each of you is doing incredibly well and are having a blessed week. As we enter a new month I am encouraged by the excitement that is filling the campus. In the world of athletics, our basketball teams are experiencing great success and are participating and preparing for their postseason tournaments. Also, our cheerleaders are preparing to depart to compete in the UCA Nationals Cheer competition. We are truly proud of our students for how they are using their God-given gifts and talents to bring Him glory.

I would like to personally invite you to attend the 2nd annual PTF Love Gala, of which tickets are currently on sale. The Love Gala made a huge difference in the life of The Academy last year, and we are looking forward to another successful evening that will greatly benefit our students, campus, and school community.

Finally, I would like to provide one last reminder that our priority re-enrollment window closes Friday afternoon. If you have not secured your child's spot for the 2023-24 academic year, I strongly encourage you to do so as waiting lists from our community will become open on Monday. We truly value your partnership and pray that we will be able to partner with you and your family for many years to come.

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

Lions Weekly Reminder

Priority Re-enrollment

We are two days away from our priority re-enrollment window closing! The re-enrollment packet must be submitted by Friday, February 3, to receive the reduced fee of $100 per student.

Use the link below to complete your re-enrollment form and make payment. Please note that re-enrollment CANNOT be completed on a smartphone or tablet.

Instructions for completing re-enrollment:

Please note that this form looks different than previous years as we are working to streamline this process as much as possible.

• When logging into the portal, enter the District Code TK-TN followed by your existing username and password. If you do not remember your username and password, please contact Lori Campbell.

• After logging in, click on the “Apply/Enroll” tab on the left, then click “Enrollment/Reenrollment.”

• Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the re-enrollment packet. Please be sure to update any information that has changed over the past year such as address, insurance, and phone numbers.

• Once all information is updated and complete, FACTS will ask for the re-enrollment fee.

Please remember that re-enrollment is for current TKA students only. Any siblings of current students or new students who have not been enrolled at our school prior to this point will need to start an application found on our website.

Contact the Admissions and Enrollment Office by phone or email if you have any questions or need help with the re-enrollment process. We hope to see all of our families return to TKA next year! We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you in the education and development of your students.


Lori Campbell
Director of Admissions
(865) 573-8321 option 1

Pertinent information regarding the 2023-24 academic year can be found by utilizing the below listed links:

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Teacher of the Year Voting

It's time to vote for Teacher of the Year! This award will be given to one elementary teacher and one middle/high school teacher voted on by the TKA students, teachers, and staff of the current 2022-2023 school year. Please vote for the educator(s) who made an impact by reaching beyond his/her classroom at TKA.

Only one electronic vote per student, teacher, or staff is allowed. All votes must be submitted no later than February 7th by 3:00 p.m.

The winner will be announced during chapel on February 16th and presented during our 2nd annual Love Gala on February 25th.

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2023 Love Gala

Saturday, February 25

How does an evening filled with entertainment, food, and auctions sound?

The 2nd Annual Love Gala is just around the corner! This semi-formal, adult only event is sure to be a wonderful evening filled with live entertainment, a silent auction, and a live auction.

Tickets for this event can be purchased by using the link below.

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Maynard Magic Music

Friday, February 3

How does a Friday night filled with laughter and family-fun entertainment sound? What if we told you it was FREE? That's right!

Make plans to join us this Friday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Woody Auditorium!

TKA will host Maynard Magic Music which will fill the evening with ventriloquism, magic, music, skills and family-fun entertainment. This is a community-wide event, so invite everyone you know!

The final Deposit for the Senior Trip is due Friday February 3rd.

Senior Trip

The Senior Trip is almost here! We will be sending out permission slips this week that will have specific information about your student that we will keep on file should we need it regarding allergies and other medical information.

Please submit this permission slip along with the final deposit on Friday, February 3rd.

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Host Family Informational Meeting

Thursday, February 16

TKA is excited about this new opportunity to partner with Faces & Our Cultures to bring students from Guatemala for 7 weeks to The Academy.

Middle School students will stay with host families for the entire 7 weeks. High School students will stay in the dorm during the week and with host families on the weekend.

The young cultural ambassadors will arrive on Saturday, October 14th, stay with their host families and join our school community for the following seven (7) weeks, and then depart on Saturday, December 9th.

If you are potentially interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, or would like more information, please plan on attending the informational meeting on Thursday, February 16, at 8:00 a.m. in the Clark Library.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Janice Mink ( or Sandy Cardona (

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D1 Training

I hope the holiday season has been wonderful for you all. I am happy to announce that we will be adding morning workout times in the near future. The times added will be a 6 am and 7 am class for adults. We understand time is important, and we want to make sure that we help and assist you as much as we can in order for you to reach your health goals. Many times resolutions fail because of a lack of accountability- That's why D1 is here! To keep you accountable to yourself, your family, and your commitment. Join the team!

Melvin Jones
D1 Sevierville

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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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