Lions Weekly: May 24, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

It is finished, well almost! We are blessed to be standing near the finish line of the 2022-23 academic year. We have been incredibly blessed throughout this year as many milestones have been achieved by our students, faculty, and staff. As we spend the next two half-days celebrating our students, let us continue to keep our eyes on Christ and all that He has done.

As we head into the summer, I want to let you know that we will be taking the month of June off in terms of sending out the Lions Weekly. You will begin receiving them again in July as we prepare for a new and exciting year. That said, you will still be receiving updates throughout the summer regarding new members of our academic team, events, and much more.

As I conclude, let me say thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for your loving support of our TKA faculty and staff. Thank you for your partnership that allows us to offer an academically rigorous, biblically based education for your students. Thank you for your prayers as we head into the break and begin preparations for moving forward to another year that the Lord has in store for us. Thank you and may God abundantly bless you this summer!

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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Summer Lions Weekly

This week will be the last Lions Weekly email until July. Keep an eye out for emails updates throughout the summer regarding new members of our academic team, events, and much more. We hope you have an amazing summer!


TKA Elementary Families,

As we are reaching the finish line of this school year, I would like to share with you how grateful I am to have the opportunity to serve your child and your family. Your partnership and support is most certainly appreciated and one of our biggest blessings. It is because of your partnership, our phenomenal educators, and hard-working students that we have continued to see success in closing the learning gaps along with huge academic growth in all areas. This is evident with our Summative Standardized IOWA testing results. In elementary, we strive for National Blue Ribbon (NBR) Status, meaning to be at the top 85% or higher in the nation based on standardized testing results in Math, Reading, and Language. We achieved and exceeded the NBR cut scores in the majority of these subjects across all grade levels assessed. This speaks volumes of the level of education being delivered at TKA.

Our entire elementary team contributes daily to this success along with your partnership! I am extremely proud of our students and teachers. Great Job, Lions!

I wanted to share this awesome report with our families prior to summer vacation. Parents, I encourage you to continue their learning this summer by reading together and reviewing math facts.

Thank you again for the opportunity to love your child, educate your child, and most importantly to share God's truth with your child.

Please enjoy a wonderful summer. We look forward to starting another school year with you in August. May God richly bless you and keep you.

In Christ,
Kelly Sullivan,
Elementary Principal

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Athletics Communications

As we are working to streamline communications within the athletic department, we will be using for all athletic needs, questions, help, and communications. Instead of emailing, Coach Sellers, Coach Jones, or Cyndie, separately, this email will allow all athletic communications to go to one area. We appreciate your help in directing your emails to as we are trying to make it easier to reach our athletic department by simplifying the avenue for communications to one email. We are looking forward to all God is going to do in TKA's Athletic Department in the upcoming season! Go Lions!


Used Book Sale

Your TKA Library has been doing some spring cleaning to make room for new things coming next year! Used library books for all ages are available to purchase in the library Monday-Thursday of next week. Come by and see if there's anything you'd like to add to your shelves!

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Middle School Softball

The King’s Academy is looking to offer middle school softball program this upcoming season! The team will be open to all rising 5th-8th grade girls, regardless of skill level or playing experience, who are hard working with a willingness to learn.

Practices would begin in June with the season starting in late July, running through September.

For more information please email

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D-1 Summer Training

Hello Parents!

It is an exciting time, with summer approaching and the end of the school year. We have received great reports of all our athletes working with us and achieving outstanding results in their sport and achieving starting positions and winning tournament honors. We have celebrated much success, and we want to keep it going over the summer.

This summer, we are inviting student-athletes in middle school to join our developmental program. While they have access to our training site, we will be leading 3 days at TKA each week from 6pm-7pm followed by our adult boot camp class.

Our classes will focus on sprinting mechanics, explosive movements, and character development. We’re in the business of building top-notch athletes, and that includes character. The students will also be able to join our test days so we can measure and work to ensure they are consistently progressing.

If you are looking for private training, we will be providing that through the summer and would encourage you to take advantage of our Memorial Day sale that ends 6/01!

● 10 sessions - $40/session
● 15 sessions- $37.50/session
● 20 sessions - $35/session

As always, we look forward to supporting your athletes in their journey of achieving greatness.

Have a great summer and stay safe!

Melvin Jones
General Manager

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PTF Spotlight Updates

Below are a few things that PTF has sponsored for our Lions.

Thank you to our PTF for sponsoring these events and activities! Also, thank you to all who have participated in these events and activities to help make them a success.

Updated Security for Visitor Check-in

PTF is sponsoring updates to our security for visitor check-in. When visitors arrive on campus, the new system will scan driver's licenses and provide them with a printed name tag. We are thankful to PTF for helping us make our campus as safe as possible for our Lions.

Elementary Popsicle Sales

PTF provided the popsicles that are sold each Friday in elementary. By providing the popsicles, the funds raised go directly back into the classrooms. Each teacher received approximately $110 to go back into the elementary classrooms.

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Balloon Arches

PTF sponsored balloon arches in Woody Auditorium for PreK, Kindergarten, and 5th grade promotions that were provided by Emily's Etc.

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Summer Math Tutoring

2nd-4th Grades

Dear TKA Families,

My name is Ms. Addison, and I teach third grade here at TKA. I have been a part of the TKA family for four years now, including a portion of my masters degree internship program. I am excited to announce I will be offering summer tutoring for rising, or current year, 2nd through 4th grade math. I will be offering tutoring to better solidify skills from the grade the student will be leaving, or working on skills to prepare for the upcoming school year. The cost will be $30/half hour session in small groups and $35/half hour session for individual sessions. This will be made payable through your FACTS account. I will be working out of my classroom in the Ogle Elementary building.

IMPORTANT: Deadline to sign up is May 26, 2023.

I have created a sign-up form in which you can decide which dates and times work best for you. Students will be signed up for 30 minutes each session. The sign-up page lists all of the available dates. Please choose dates that work best for you and the number of sessions you would like. If you need to cancel a session or would like to be added to a session, please email me 48 hours in advance. Details are listed on the sign-up page. Dates are only available in June.

Please select the dates and times from the sign-up page below. Please know space is limited.

Thank you in advance for the opportunity to be a part of your student's education. I look forward to a fun and successful summer.

Ms. Addison
3rd Grade Teacher

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May 2023 Events

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we want to be sure and communicate any calendar events as soon as we are able. Below are upcoming events for the month of May that we would like for you to mark on your calendar. Athletic playoff dates will be announced as scheduled. We are looking forward to having you on campus with us as we finish the 2022-23 school year!


Thursday, May 25

½ day dismissal at 11:30

NO AFTERCARE will be provided
1st Grade Awards Day
8:15 a.m. 1st Grade Classrooms
2nd Grade Awards Day
8:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
3rd Grade Awards Day
9:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
4th Grade Awards Day
9:30 a.m. Brandes
5th Grade Promotion & Middle School Launch
10:30 a.m Woody Auditorium
High School 5th Period Exam
8:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
High School 6th Period Exam
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Friday, May 26

½ day dismissal at 11:30

NO AFTERCARE will be provided
Middle School Honors Chapel
9:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
8th Grade Promotion
10:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
High School 7th Period Exam
8:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
High School Makeup Exam
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Sunday, May 28

Dorm Closes for All Students
5:00 p.m. Stewart


Monday, May 29

Memorial Day
Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

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Softball Coach Announcement

Dear TKA Family,

On behalf of the Athletic Department of The King's Academy, it is my honor to inform all stakeholders of an exciting addition to our staff. We are thrilled to announce the hire of Coach Maddie Webber as the next high school girls' softball coach at TKA.

Coach Webber brings unique experience to our head coaching position, blending a decorated college softball career and TKA alumni. We are looking forward to having Coach Webber on our campus and ask that you join us in welcoming her to our community.

In Christ,

Jonathan Sellers
Athletic Director

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Maddie Webber

High School Girls Softball Coach

Coach Webber attended TKA for 5 years and was a High School All-American Softball player all 5 years. Once she graduated, she went to college at the University of Tennessee where she played softball for 3 years. After those 3 years, Coach Webber transferred to Johnson University where she continued to play softball and received a B.S. in Bible and Theology with a minor in Family Studies.

Coach Webber is very excited about this opportunity and hopes to make an immediate impact on the softball program.

Join us in welcoming Coach Maddie Webber back to the TKA Lion family!

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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


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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