Lions Weekly: November 16, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Families,

I along with Tyler Rhoton, Jared Cartee, and Kendedrick Jones have had the privilege of attending the Tennessee Baptist Summit to share about all that the Lord is doing here at The King’s Academy. We are currently in the process of returning to campus and are happy to report that we took part in many positive conversations surrounding the status of TKA.

For those that may not know, TKA is a partner ministry of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and Tennessee Baptist Convention. Based upon this partnership, TKA receives a percentage of the Cooperative Program giving that is collected throughout the fiscal year. As a result of such support, TKA is able to invest and operate the International Boarding Program that is such an integral part of the life of The Academy. We are grateful for the support of Tennessee Baptists throughout this great state that allows us the opportunity to develop servant leaders that will change the world for Christ.

Finally, I would like to personally and publicly thank Bill Cupp for his faithful service over the last thirteen years as our Director of Facilities. Mr. Cupp is retiring to West Virginia in order to be with his children and grandchildren after faithfully serving the students, faculty, and families of TKA for over a decade. Please join me in thanking Mr. Cupp for his hard work and dedication. I look forward to introducing you to our new Director of Facilities in the days ahead.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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No Aftercare

Friday, November 18

This Friday, November 18, we will not have aftercare. Please make arrangements to have your Lion picked up by their dismissal time.

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Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 21- Nov. 25

The King's Academy school and offices will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25).

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PTF Meeting

The next PTF meeting will take place tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. in Woody Auditorium.

We hope to see all PTF members at this meeting. If you are not a member of PTF, use the link below to join!

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Illness Precautions

As we enter into cold and flu season, we need your help to mitigate the potential spread of illness by monitoring symptoms and keeping your child home if they present with a fever or are sick with other symptoms. Teachers and administrators will work with students to make up work in a timely manner once they are feeling better. By partnering with us we will strive together to stay as healthy as possible during this season.

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STEAM Showcase

Thursday, November 17

We are incredibly excited for you to join us for this year's STEAM Showcase! Mark your calendars for this free event on November 17th from 4:30-6:00 as we showcase all of the amazing things in the STEAM field. We will have several fun activities including electromagnets, solar-powered vehicle kits, chemistry demonstrations, and more!

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Elementary STEAM Week

November 14th - 18th

This week is our 3rd Annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Week for our Elementary students! Students throughout the different grade levels are participating in various STEAM workshops, presentations, and activities to enhance their learning. During this week students have access to our very own STEAM Store (select hours available) to purchase fun science items (pencils, notepads, folders, erasers, and more) along with a variety of snack items for the cost of $1 each.

For the fun finale on Thursday, students will have the opportunity to observe Ms. Sullivan being SLIMED!

Check out some of the excitement that has been happening for STEAM week thus far!

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Shoebox Donations

The High School BETA has organized a Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child campaign at The King's Academy. You can pick up a label for your shoebox in both the high school and elementary school offices. Please return the packed boxes to the school by November 18. BETA members will collect them from both offices daily.

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PTF Coffee Mingle

Friday, December 1

PTF will host a coffee mingle on Friday, December 1, at 8:15 a.m. at The Bridge Coffee House. Drop off your Lion at school, then head to The Bridge Coffee House for a time of fellowship and conversation with your PTF. Not a member of PTF? Don't worry! It's not too late to join PTF by using the link below.

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Winter Choir Program: Frozen, Jr.

December 1st & 3rd

Our TKA Choral department is excited to present Frozen, Jr. the first weekend in December! Tickets are now on sale! Use the link below to purchase your tickets for the performances.

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.
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Save the Date!

The 29th Annual Seymour Christmas Parade is December 10th at 3:00 p.m.

The King’s Academy PTF has registered for 4 floats for this year’s parade. This is such a fun annual town tradition. We’d like as many people as possible to show up and show out for TKA!! This is an amazing opportunity for teachers, students, and families to represent TKA in the community and to celebrate Christmas together! To make the parade a success, we need some help! So, grab your boots, banjos, and hats and sign up to help below.

Ways you can help:

▪ Donate candy to be thrown out at the parade (candy can be given to Mrs. Gioioso or Mrs. Reed)
▪ Walk or ride with us on parade day (limited spots so please sign up with the link below) This is a HUGE NEED!
▪ Have a cool vehicle that can be used in the parade? Old car? Horse-drawn carriage? Fire truck? Email Melissa Stephan at
Donate candy to be thrown out at the parade (candy can be given to Mrs. Gioioso or Mrs. Reed)
Walk or ride with us on parade day (limited spots so please sign up with the link below) This is a HUGE NEED!
Have a cool vehicle that can be used in the parade? Old car? Horse-drawn carriage? Fire truck? Email Melissa Stephan at

Director of Facilities

Derek McNutt

The King’s Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Derek McNutt as Director of Facilities.

Our Lord has made His direction clear to us as we have sought His will and discernment in filling the role. Please join me in welcoming Derek McNutt to our team here at TKA.

Derek was born and raised in south Knox County and has lived here in the Seymour community for the past 18 years. After graduating from South-Doyle High School, he attended and completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship program while working to earn his title as a journeyman electrician. Derek spent a total of 12 years working as an electrician. For the last 11 years, Derek has been serving the Lord at a local church overseeing Facilities/Maintenance.

Derek and his wife, Erika, have been married for 15 years. They have three children: Logan, Lauren, and Lillie. Derek loves spending time with his family, watching his girls play volleyball, watching the Vols, and spending time outdoors.

Derek is thankful for the opportunity here at TKA and is very excited to get started!

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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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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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