Lions Weekly: March 8, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

Greetings from our nation’s capitol! I have the blessed opportunity to tour Washington D.C. with forty-five middle school students and eighteen chaperones as we have learned about God’s hand that has been on our nation since its founding. Our students have had the opportunity to tour Mount Vernon, participate in the laying of the wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, tour the Capitol building, meet with Senator Marsha Blackburn, and so much more.

Please join me in praying for safety for the remainder of the trip and for traveling mercies as we head home tomorrow.

As we prepare to enter our spring break next week, I pray that you and your family will be able to rest and rejuvenate. I am thankful for your partnership and pray that this week is a blessing to you and your family!

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

Lions Weekly Reminder
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Our High School SGA and BETA are currently taking gift card donations for Isaiah 117 House. The gift card drive will run from now until Wednesday, March 22. Gift cards can be dropped off in the front offices or purchased through SCRIP.

How to donate:

1. Drop off gift cards in the front office.
2. Purchase gift cards through SCRIP.
1. Drop off gift cards in the front office.
2. Purchase gift cards through SCRIP.

Scrip Donation Information:

1. Use the link below to purchase gift cards.
2. Text Cindy Tucker at 865-804-1924 to let her know your order is for BETA.
3. If you are enrolling in SCRIP for the first time, use this code for enrollment: FC75F12F26641
1. Use the link below to purchase gift cards.
2. Text Cindy Tucker at 865-804-1924 to let her know your order is for BETA.
3. If you are enrolling in SCRIP for the first time, use this code for enrollment: FC75F12F26641

Donations and online orders are due by Wednesday, March 22

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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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Save the Date!

Tickets for this year's High School Prom will go live soon!

Prom Information

PROM 2023 Grades 9-12
DATE: April 1, 2023
PLACE: Capitol Theatre, Maryville, TN
TIME: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

TICKETS: $50 per person through March 17/$55 per person March 18-March 31.

A link to purchase tickets will be sent shortly.

Desserts/Light Refreshments will be served.

ALL outside guests must be approved. An outside guest form can be found in Mrs. Griffin's office or by using the link below.

Girls - Prom and homecoming dresses must be viewed on the individual in advance for suitable fitting - no exceptions. Skirts of the dresses may not be sheer (see through) material. “Dollar Bill” test will be used for the length. Length should be no shorter than width of dollar bill above knee (approximately two inches). Neckline and backline must be modest (backline must be above the natural waistline). Spaghetti straps and strapless styles are acceptable, if modest. The midriff should always remain covered. No open sides or sheer panels. No immodest tight dresses are allowed. Viewing dates will be provided for both homecoming and prom.

Boys - Suit & Tie or Tuxedo, Dress Shoes

Prom Dress Checks will be:
March 8 3:15-4:00
March 23 3:15-4:00
Or via email to and - send pics of front and back full length of dress in good lighting.

Remember, all attire must adhere to dress code.

Contact Jenny Cook via text 865-387-3468 with any prom related questions.


Varsity Basketball Updates

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Varsity Girls Basketball

Our Lady Lions had a great season. We are proud of how hard they worked to make it to the final four! Congratulations, Lady Lions, on a great season!

Cat in The Hat Super Reader Week

Elementary Super Reader Week 2023

Over Super Reader Week, our Little Lions had a goal of reading 25,000 minutes outside of the classroom. Our Lions exceeded this goal by reading over 41,500 minutes! We celebrated our super readers with Kona Ice sponsored by TKA parent, Josh Sullivan with Tri Star Land Management and Rockford Valley LandWorks. Way to ROAR in reading Little Lions!

Mrs. Russell's class read for the most minutes with a total of 5,148 minutes! This averages out to approximately 40 minutes per student each night.

All of this additional reading with our elementary students has already proven to help our Little Lions by the progress on their benchmark testing. The overall average for growth in reading is 82 points. The 82 points in growth equate to almost one year's growth within one quarter!

Thank you to our TKA families for reading to and with your Lion each night. It has made an impact on their reading. Keep up the great work Little Lions!


Kelly Sullivan
Elementary Principal

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The Sleep Book & Reading Reward Day

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Important Senior Dates
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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.

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


Weekly Sports Schedule


Important information for the 2022-2023 School Year

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Updated Immunizations
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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