Lions Weekly: July 6, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

It is great to be writing to you again! This summer has been full of activity between the TKA teacher trip to Kenya, special projects on campus, and the preparations for the upcoming academic year that are in full swing. I want to personally thank everyone who has played a role in the improvements on campus, as they are noticeable and will impact our school community for years to come. I hope you are having a wonderful summer and a time of renewal during this season.

Over the next month, you will be receiving these newsletters that will contain important information regarding the start of the new academic year. Please pay close attention to this information as it should answer most if not all of the questions that you may have regarding events, programs, reminders of expectations, etc.

We greatly look forward to seeing you and your students very soon.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur

Summer Hours

Summer 2022 Office Hours

This summer the school offices (Anderson and Ogle) will be open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The offices will be closed Friday through Sunday.

July 4 - 8 closed

July 4th - 8th

In observance of July 4, The King's Academy offices will be closed Monday, July 4, through Friday, July 8.

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Night of Worship and Prayer

Thursday, July 21

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Thursday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. on TKA's Huskey Football Field. We will take some time to pray for the upcoming school year and participate in worship as we ask for the Lord's blessing. We are thankful for the members of local churches who are gathering with us in lifting up TKA to the Lord. All members of the TKA family are invited to join us as we gather together.

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PTF Work Day

Saturday, July 30

Join us on campus, Saturday, July 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a work day to help get the TKA campus ready for school to start!

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Family Orientation Night

Tuesday, August 2

Family Orientation Night will take place on Tuesday, August 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students and families will have the opportunity to receive important paperwork, meet teachers, move in to lockers, and enjoy fellowship together.

Food from local food trucks, Geno's Curbside Diner and Halfback BBQ and Smokehouse, will be available for purchase during this time for a time of fellowship with our Lion family. Proceeds will go to the PTF and be used for campus needs.

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Back to School Bash

Saturday, August 6

Middle and High School Back to School Bash will take place on Saturday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Come out and enjoy a free concert by Rare of Breed, games and hangout time as we get ready for school to begin. Food trucks will also be available for purchase prior to the concert.

We hope to see all of our Middle and High School Students at this event!

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6th - 8th Washington D.C. Trip

March 6-9, 2023

How to register:
1. Go to:
2. Enter Tour Code: T232036A
3. Enter Password: 36603

*You will be required to answer some questions, read and agree to terms, pay deposit, etc. Additional insurance can be purchased at this time.

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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.


TKA Partnerships

Over the 143 years that The King's Academy has been an institution, God has provided incredible partnerships with local families and businesses. Because of these partnerships, The Academy has been able to invest in the lives of students who have impacted the world for Christ. We are thankful for these partnerships that have helped create the TKA family we have today.

As we look toward the future, we know there will be needs around our campus that need to be filled. When we address the various needs, we would love to keep the partnerships within our TKA families. In order for us to do so, we will be starting a database that lists occupational trades that our TKA families have within their areas of expertise. This database will allow us to support our local families as we continue to love where we live through community partnerships. There are many times where you would like to be able to partner with us through your God-given gifts and talents, and this database will allow us to contact you as we move forward. Throughout the year, we will have work days to help with various areas on campus. If you would be willing to partner with us on these days, please indicate that by marking "yes" on the form below.

We are thankful for each one of you and are looking forward to continuing to partner with you in the future.

In Christ Alone,

Tyler Rhoton
Chief Operating Officer


Here We Grow Again: New Staff Elementary Announcements

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Ms. Brianna Connatser

Brianna Connatser (TKA Class of 2017) will be joining our teaching team in First Grade as a first-year teacher. Ms. Connatser received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-5 and ESL K-12 in 2021, as well as her master’s degree in Holistic Education in 2022 from Johnson University. Brianna enjoys all things sports (playing collegiate volleyball), being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. The King’s Academy played a foundational role in her life, and she is overjoyed to have the opportunity to return to TKA and provide young learners with the same God-centered education she received. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Brianna Connatser to our TKA teaching faculty.

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Mrs. Erin Fuller

Erin Fuller joins our teaching team in Kindergarten with eleven years of experience (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and special education).

She is the mother of Grayson (7) and baby Johnathan who was born in June. Originally from Florida, Mrs. Fuller has enjoyed her time in East Tennessee and is excited about joining the TKA teaching faculty. Mrs. Fuller is a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church where she also helps teach Children’s church for the Pre-K/K age group.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Erin Fuller to our TKA teaching faculty.


Mrs. J.C. Gardner

J.C. Gardner joins our teaching team in Third Grade with seven years of classroom experience in Christian Education.

Mrs. Gardner graduated from Johnson University with a B.S. in Elementary Education (‘11) and an M.A. in Holistic Education (‘12). She taught for 7 years at Freedom Christian Academy in Knoxville. The past three years she has stayed home with her son (Maverick) and taught Chinese students online through VIPKID.

Mrs. Gardner has been married to her husband, Richard, for 13 years and they have three children: Malachi (10), Macie (7), Maverick (4). She enjoys spending time watching her kids play sports, coaching middle school volleyball, and being with friends and family.

Mrs. Gardner is excited for the opportunity to step back into the classroom and serve at a school her family already loves. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. J.C. Gardner to our TKA teaching faculty.

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Mrs. Morgan Kulig

Morgan Kulig joins our teaching team in Fourth Grade with six years of classroom experience in Christian Education (1st, 3rd, and 4th). Mrs. Kulig graduated from Truett-McConnell University, in 2016, with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She has been married to Corwin for 6 years. They have a daughter, Esther Reese. Mrs. Kulig attends church at First Baptist Church of Sevierville where her husband is the student pastor.

Mrs. Kulig loves good coffee, sunshine, being outside, reading, and spending time with family! Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Morgan Kulig to our TKA teaching faculty.


2022 Summer Camps

We are excited to offer a variety of camps for our TKA Lions this summer! Each camp will be listed in the link below with links to register for each event. We are looking forward to seeing our Lions on campus at these fun camps!

Frozen jr. Choir Camp

Fine Arts Camp

Rising 6th - 12th Choir students

Dates: July 18-20
Cost: FREE
Time: 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Woody

Calling all 6th-12th grade Choir students or those interested in being in the TKA Choral Department! Fine Arts Camp will take place during July 18-20, from 1-4 PM in Woody. This camp will include: guest speakers, choreography classes and an introduction to Frozen Jr.!

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Basketball Camp

Rising 3rd - 8th students

Dates: July 11-15, July 25-28
Cost: $120
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Tibbetts

Athletes will have: individual instruction, Fundamental Skill stations, daily competitions, games (1v1, 3v3, and 5v5), and opportunities to purchase concessions.

Math Camp

July 11-14: Back to School Math Camp

Rising 5th - 7th students

Cost: $160
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Sasscer’s room

A fun way to refresh and sharpen basic math skills! Please email or call Mrs. Sasscer or Mrs. Ailor with any questions.
Heidi Sasscer: (865)963-9601
Marcelete Ailor: (865)659-8794

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July 18-21: Math Boot Camp Level 1

8th - 11th grade students

Cost: $200
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Moore’s room

Students will review: combining like terms, balancing equations, graphing linear equations, radicals, polynomial, quadratic, adding vs multiplying terms, exponent rules, distribution, fractions, complex functions, integers, functions and system of equations.

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July 25-29: Math Boot Camp Level 2

Students who have taken Algebra 1 through Pre- Cal

Cost: $200
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Moore’s room

Students will review: fundamentals of Algebra and geometry, Trig ratios, unit circle, transformations related to linear, quadratic, exponential and absolute, domain, range, end behavior and complex radical expressions.


TKA Cheerleaders


Our Lady Lions attended the UCA cheer camp in Gatlinburg June 20-22nd and received many awards and recognition. We are proud of how the Ladies represented TKA!

Varsity Cheer Squad Awards:
-Sideline cheer evaluation: superior ribbon
-Camp routine evaluation: superior ribbon
-2nd place in sideline cheer championship Large Varsity division
-3rd place in camp routine championship Large Varsity division
-UCA 2022 School Tradition Award "inspiring leadership on and off the field"

Middle School Cheer Squad Awards:
-Sideline cheer evaluation: superior ribbon
-Camp routine evaluation: superior ribbon
-Most improved award in Junior high division
-2nd place in sideline cheer championship junior high division
-UCA 2022 School Tradition Award "inspiring leadership on and off the field"


Important information for the 2022-2023 School Year

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Updated Immunizations

2022- 2023 Elementary Supply Lists

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Football Calendar Ad

TKA's football team will be selling 2022-2023 calendars. Save your advertising spot today!

Pricing for the Ads are as follows:

▪ $750 Back Cover (Full Page)
▪ $500 Full Page
▪ $250 Half Page
▪ $125 Quarter Page
▪ $75 Side Page
$750 Back Cover (Full Page)
$500 Full Page
$250 Half Page
$125 Quarter Page
$75 Side Page

Contact Jessie Cogdill at 865-661-2848 to place your ad.

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Missing Keys?

A set of keys were found in the elementary parking lot. If you are missing keys, please contact Mrs. Gioioso in the elementary office at


Jr. Tennis Clinics

8 week summer program

What: Tennis Pro Hugh Stratman will be offering an eight week tennis clinic.

Who: Middle and High school students

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting May 30th through July 29th.

Where: TKA Tennis Courts

Cost (for 8 weeks): $550 for twice a week
$320 for once a week

How to sign up: Contact Hugh Stratman through text, phone call, or email at the contact information listed below:
Phone: 805-680-4941

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2021-2022 Yearbook

The price for the 2021-2022 TKA yearbook is $55. All grades, K3-12 will have the same yearbook. The slight price increase is because we are only going to have one larger all-school book.

All yearbook orders can be placed online--here is the link.

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