Lions Weekly: April 5, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

Habari Simba! Hello Lions! It is an honor to write to you from Empukani, Kenya, where my family and I are preparing to return with two new students who are members of the Maasai tribe in Southern Kenya. We have enjoyed connecting with our friends at Empukani through teacher training, student shadowing, clinic observations, and much more. We have been asked to share the gratitude of the people of Empukani with you as two of their own will join our school community. I ask that you join me in praying for the impact that our International Boarding program has on the nations and in asking the Lord to continue to multiply those opportunities.

Our school community will be celebrating Easter tomorrow with one combined chapel, as we seek to remind our students of the love and mercy that the Lord so graciously poured out for them. I ask that you join me in praying that the Lord would move in a powerful way in the hearts of many as only He can.

I look forward to seeing you all in a very short amount of time and to celebrating our students as we finish out the academic year in the days ahead.

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

Lions Weekly Reminder
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School Closed

TKA school and offices will be closed in observance of Easter on Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10.

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Art Showcase

The Art showcase is taking place now in Vienna Coffee House in Maryville! Take time to stop by and see the fantastic artwork our Lions have completed!

Students in middle and high school art classes have done an amazing job this year, and they would like to share their work with the community.

TKA artwork will be on display April 3rd-15th at the Vienna Coffee House in downtown Maryville.

Reception and art sales will take place on Saturday, April 15, from 2:00-4:00 pm. Cookies will be provided by PTF at this event.

You may visit the art show anytime during regular coffee house hours. Come and enjoy original artwork by our talented students!

Where: Vienna Coffee House Loft
212 College St. Maryville, 37804

When: April 3rd-15th

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 am - 6 pm
Closed on Sundays

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Used Uniform Sale

Tuesday, April 11

When: Tuesday, April 11

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Reagan Pavilion

Contact Person: Sarah Knight 865-621-0741

Who: Anyone is invited to sell or purchase TKA uniforms.

What to Bring: outgrown, new or used polos, pants/shorts/skirts, spirit wear, shoes, backpacks/bags & ANYTHING TKA related. Don’t forget about: Daddy-Daughter & Prom dresses/attire and sport equipment.

What to Expect: We will set up a “uniform shop” under the Reagan Pavilion so you can sell your own items for whatever price you choose. Hopefully we can reuse and repurpose and bless each other. Stay as little or as long as you wish!

SENIORS! Clean out your closets and make a few dollars for college clothes!

If it is not allowed at school, please do not bring it.

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PTF Officer Nominations

March 29 - April 12

PTF Officer Nominations for the 2023-2024 school year are taking place now through April 12.

Use the link below to nominate a PTF officer.

All officer nominees must be a good standing member of PTF.


Elementary Track Meets

Our Elementary Track Team will have two upcoming meets that will take place at CAK. The two meets are on April 12 and 26. The times will be announced at a later date. We hope to see everyone at CAK cheering on our Little Lions!

Dates: April 12 and 26
Location: CAK
Times: TBD

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Middle School Social

Saturday, April 29

Save the Date for TKA's Middle School Social! Saturday, April 29th, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Middle School students are invited to join us for an evening of fun! We will have a bonfire, silent disco, games, food, and more! RSVP below!

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Cultural Exchange Program

Dear TKA family,

We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students on campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program. These young participants spend seven (7) weeks living with a host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school.

How can you help?

TKA needs families who are willing to host students. We are 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.

Program Details

Participant Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
Dates of Exchange Program: Saturday, October 14th - Saturday, December 9th
Point of Contact: Janice Mink: or Sandy Cardona:
Middle School Student Lodging: Middle School students will stay with host families for the entire 7 weeks.
High School Student Lodging: High School students will stay in the dorm during the week and with host families on the weekend.

Program Informational Session

If you would like more information or are potentially interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, please plan on attending the informational meeting on Monday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Library.

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

Unique Opportunity for TKA Lions

Students from TKA also have the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange experience in Guatemala during their summer. The program can be customized from two to eight weeks. Students live with local Faces host families in Guatemala City and attend private bilingual schools.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us. Don´t miss the opportunity to LEARN MORE.

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PTF Highlights

Thanks to our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) and your generous support, some amazing things have taken place on campus for our students and teachers.

Take a moment and read the accomplishments that have taken place through our PTF!

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Cafeteria Volunteers

While Ashe cafeteria was undergoing renovations after the water damage, PTF volunteered their time and resources to help serve and assist in the cafeteria.


Bible Study Guides

PTF provided Bible study guides for Mr. Burgess to use with his middle school Bible classes.

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Love Gala

PTF sponsored and hosted the 2nd annual Love Gala in February. In partnership with your generosity, this event raised over $30,000 for the Legacy Fund.

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Teacher of the Year

PTF coordinated and provided awards for the Elementary and Middle/High school teachers of the year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Connatser (Elementary) and Coach Dante Turnipseed (Middle/High) for being awarded teachers of the year!

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Donuts for Small Groups

PTF provided donuts for the middle and high school small groups to enjoy and fellowship together.

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School Cleaning for Elementary

PTF volunteers loved on the elementary teachers and students by cleaning the classrooms in Ogle.

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PTF Faculty and Staff Breakfast Partnerships

PTF continuously supplies the faculty and staff with delicious snacks and drinks throughout the year with the partnership of various churches and businesses.

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Faculty and Staff Snacks

PTF continuously supplies the faculty and staff with delicious snacks and drinks throughout the year.

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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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D1 Training

Middle/High school athletes can come train outside of their team training hours at the listed times.

For any additional information, parents can contact Mr. Melvin Jones.

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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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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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