Lions Weekly: April 12, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

I pray that you had a wonderful Holy Week and enjoyed time reflecting on and celebrating the resurrection of Christ our Savior. I am truly thankful for all the Lord is doing among our family of believers here on campus as reports of life-changing decisions are being communicated weekly. As we prepare to end this school year we are seeking to do so in a way to honor the Lord.

I am very thankful to report that members of our Leadership Team have had wonderful conversations with local authorities regarding the next steps as we continue to seek to emphasize safety within our school community. We want to thank the Sevier County Sheriff's office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol office for the increased presence on our campus and assistance as we make plans that we seek to announce in the coming weeks regarding enhancements to our campus safety plan.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to attend our Choir's TKA's Got Talent performance tomorrow evening as well as upcoming athletic events on campus. Our students work hard inside and outside the classroom, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments. Go Lions!

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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TKA's Got Talent

Thursday, April 13

You're invited to come enjoy our TKA choir students as they perform in TKA's Got Talent 2023 (Choir Version)! The show will include a variety of singing, dancing, juggling, and even contortion! Solos, duets, trios, and choir numbers featuring Christian, pop, southern gospel, and Broadway songs will all be showcased.

Admission is free to TKA's Got Talent (Choir Version) this Thursday evening, April 13th @ 6:30 PM in Woody Auditorium. Tickets to vote for your favorite acts may be purchased for $1 each at the door. Come early and enjoy the pre-show acts beginning @ 5:30 PM.

Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, April 13

Cost: Free -- Voting tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each.

Time: Pre-show begins at 5:30. Main event begins at 6:30

Location: Woody Auditorium

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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 are honored to share their work with the community.

TKA artwork will be on display through April15th at the Vienna Coffee House in downtown Maryville. You may visit the show anytime during regular coffee house hours. Come and enjoy original artwork by our talented students!

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

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

When: Now until Saturday, April 15th

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

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PTF Officer Nominations

March 29 - April 12

Today is the last day for PTF Officer Nominations for the 2023-2024 school year!

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 today and April 26. We hope to see everyone at CAK cheering on our Little Lions!

Dates: April 12 and 26
Location: CAK
Times: 4:30 p.m.

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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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Upcoming PTF Meetings

Save the following dates for the upcoming PTF meetings that will take place at 3:15 in Brandes:

▪ April 20
▪ May 4
April 20
May 4

We hope to see all of our PTF members at these meetings!

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TKA Fishing Team Update

TKA Fishing Team won Bass Pro Highschool Tournament Junior Division on Saturday, April 8th, with an 8.12 lbs fish! Congratulations to Garrett Johnson and Cayden Blankenship.

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Cultural Exchange Program

Dear TKA family,

We are happy to share with you that this coming 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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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.

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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