Lions Weekly: March 1, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

It is hard to imagine that the campus is becoming alive with new blooms and blossoms everywhere as we transition into a new season. Spring is always a reminder of renewal as we witness new birth coming from what has gone before it. This season is a perfect picture of where we are as a school. Our enrollment, academic trends/achievements, and sweet spirit are examples of new growth that are budding and are reflecting the greatness of our Creator.

I would like to personally thank Crystal Pugh and the PTF leadership team who worked so diligently for our 2nd annual Love Gala. It was a wonderful evening of great support for TKA, with all financial resources going to the betterment of our students and The Academy.

Finally, I would like to personally congratulate our Lady Lions Varsity Basketball team for qualifying for the State Final Four which will be held in Cookeville tomorrow. Please consider joining me in Cookeville as we support our Lady Lions!

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

Lions Weekly Reminder
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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.

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


Varsity Basketball Updates

Score vs. The Webb School

Varsity Girls Basketball

Final Four

Our Lady Lions had a great win on Friday night to advance to the final four!

Game Information
Thursday, March 2,
@ Tennesse Tech (1100 McGee Blvd Cookeville, TN 38501)

3:30 p.m. CT
Vs. Webb Bell Buckle

Thanks to a generous friend of TKA athletics, ALL TKA students are able to attend FREE by checking in at the ticket table.

Please come out and support your Lions!

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Varsity Boys Basketball

Region Champions

Our Varsity boys played hard in their elite 8 game! These Lions had a record breaking season with this being the furthest our Lions have made it the history of TKA! Way to go, Lions! We are proud of you!

Juleigh Anne Tucker

5 Star Preps Player of the Week Voting

Juleigh Anne Tucker

TKA Lady Lion and Varsity Basketball player, Juleigh Anne Tucker, has been nominated for 5 Star Preps Player of the Week! Take a moment and go vote for Juleigh Anne as player of the week! Use the link below to vote before voting closes on Thursday at Noon.

Cat in The Hat Super Reader Week

Elementary Super Reader Week 2023

We have had a great first few days of Super Reader Week. We kicked off with Miss Knoxville Volunteer, Kelsi Walters. We have had many guest readers from our upper school Lions, fellow teachers, administrators, and community leaders! Thank you to all of our super readers who have joined us this week!


Kelly Sullivan
Elementary Principal


Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!

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Wacky Wednesday!

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Elementary Super Reader Week Dress Up Days

Cat in The Hat Super Reader Week 2

Thursday, March 2

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character or in your normal school uniform.

Remember, all attire must adhere to dress code.


Friday, March 3

The Sleep Book

Dress in your pajamas or in your normal school uniform.

Remember, all attire must adhere to dress code.

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2023 Love Gala

Thank you to all who attended, donated, bid in the auctions, and participated in the 2023 Love Gala. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise more money this year than at last year's event! These funds are used in the Legacy fund to help with school improvement, educational needs, and much more!

Take a look at some of images from this fun night at Johnson University!

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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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