Middle School Parent Night Please join the Middle School Faculty Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m., for Middle School Parent Night. Come visit the classrooms, meet the teachers and advisors, and gathering for refreshments and heavy hors d'oeuvres in the Siler Great Room in Googe Hall. Lower School Parent Night Lower School parents, please join us, Thursday, August 28, from 6:30-8:00 for Lower School Parent Night. It's an opportunity to see the course of your student's day and become familiar with their teachers. There will be a gathering in Withers Garden with refreshments and heavy hors d'oeuvres following.
The start of a new school year brings a lot of new faces both in the student body and administration. This year brings nine new faculty and staff members to the ESK family. Those new faces include: Briana Alleman (5th Grade Assistant), Katie Appleby (1st Grade Assistant), Rebecca Baker (2nd Grade Assistant), Margaret Googe (3rd Grade Assistant), Maddie Lewis (4th Grade Assistant), Tina San Gil (Kindergarten Assistant), Pamela Shields (4th Grade Assistant), Wendy Teffeteller (MS Science) and Mary Walker (Athletic Director) Please make these folks feel welcome! ESK also has several faculty members who are returning but will be in new roles for the 2014-15 school year. Sally Riley will be teaching Junior Kindergarten with Cheryl Powers as her assistant. Cameron Basden will now serve as MS boys PE teacher, MS history teacher and Co-Yearbook Advisor. Melissa Kirk has moved to the Learning Lab this year while Morgan Slatery will teach Middle School science. Former security guard Cody Stockwell is now the Superintendent of Building and Grounds.
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day ~ September 26, 2014 Muffins and Coffee – 9:15 a.m. All School Chapel & Music Program – Kline Gymnasium – 9:30 a.m. Visit Students’ Classrooms & Campus – 10:15 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Please make sure to update your grandparent or special friend information in RenWeb or via email to email@example.com
ESK Lower School Director Nancy Laurence, along with First Grade teacher Chris Bishop and Second Grade teacher Parri Thurman attended Robotics Revolution over the weekend, an event presented by The Muse Knoxville. The event, which was held at the Jacobs Building in Chilhowee Park, was meant to inspire young minds to develop an interest and passion in engineering, technology and robotics. As part of the day, Nancy, Chris and Parri, along with Ben, from L&N Stem Academy and Gary Steadman, an ESK parent, participated in a robot building competition and took first prize! The winner robot was named the ESK Minibot. Great work!
Forty eighth graders, the largest graduating class in the history of The Episcopal School of Knoxville, received blessings on Friday, May 25, during morning ceremonies at the school. They have announced plans to attend area high schools which include Bearden High School, Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville STEM Academy, South Doyle High School, Webb School of Knoxville, and West High School. One student will attend Mounds View High School in Minneapolis, MN. Three will attend boarding schools: Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA, and Woodberry Forest in Woodberry Forest, VA. The Very Rev. John Ross, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, offered a blessing for graduates. Student Government President Asad Jooma was guest speaker. Middle School social studies teacher Tom Jones was featured speaker, as decided by student vote. Middle School Director Kevin Foley also spoke. Headmaster James Jay Secor III, Foley and Amy Schumaker, president of the Board of Trustees, presented diplomas. Ian Matthew Greeley, son of Leigh and Mark Greeley, was named recipient of the fifth annual Harry W. Stowers Award. Presented by Mrs. Sarah Stowers, the award goes to a student who best displays service, faith, intellect, gentleness and compassion, characteristics of the late Mr. Stowers, a longtime friend of the school. The graduates are: Nicole Elizabeth Adams, Amelia Grace Adkins, Michaela Spencer Allen, Sarah Chandler Bazzoon, Rhetta Brooke Botts, Robert White Cantrell III, Garrett Michael Conti, William Preston Farabow, Chadwick Layne Feddersen, Sarah Elizabeth Feddersen, Tyler Vincent Feddersen, Kathryn Nicole Galyon, Elliot Robert Castrillon Granju, Ian Matthew Greeley, Bradley Morgan Grubb, Lauren Marjorie Hager, Sydney Marie Hager, Jared Thomas Heath, Austin Paul Hoffarth, Thomas Patrick Hyde, Eva Louise James, Asad A. Jooma, Claire Renee LaBine, John Malcolm Lambrecht, Karl Everette Lawrence, Dove G. Lloyd, Sarah Nichole Macri, Fifi Mahfouz, Briston Lee Maroney, Ryan Scott Moyers, Shannon Claire O’Hatnick, John Duncan Petersen, Zachary Paul Taylor, Emily L. Thompson, Caleb Thomas Wade, Lauren Christine Weller, James Connor Wike, S. Jeremey Wise, and Hannah Phillips Wright.
With a week of learning, practice, hard work and a lot of fun behind them, the 26 first through fifth grade students participating in the Episcopal School of Knoxville’s summer theater camp presented their production of “The Drum” to family and friends Friday afternoon in the Siler Great Room. Directed by ESK Music Teacher Deb Sousa, “The Drum” is an India folk tale of generosity and gratitude about a young child who gives away his meager possessions when the need arrives and receives a great gift in the end. During the weeklong camp, the students discussed the topics of generosity and gratitude, which were a top reason why the play was selected. “The theme of generosity and gratitude is beautiful and it pervaded the whole play,” Sousa said. “I loved it. The composers are ones that I use frequently for children’s music and their music is always very doable. We were able to do a lot of sweet things with it.” In addition to the musical, students at the camp read other Indian folk tales, created gratitude trees and participated in drum circles. Each day the campers would add to their tree something or someone they were grateful for. Students also participated in a knitting project. Family and friends celebrated the performance with a potluck lunch in the lower school cafeteria following the play. Also providing assistance during the week were Molly Corn, a current Vanderbilt University student, Blakely Daniel, a recent graduate of Bearden High School, and ESK students Claire LaBine and Erin Wallace. Lucille Tyler added special assistance on the day of the performance.
The activity at ESK doesn’t slow down just because school is out for the summer. Check out a number of different camps available on campus over the next two months, ranging from technology to athletics. Tech Tutor Summer Camps Let your child learn sophisticated tech skills and have a great time too! Led by ESK Tech Director Julie King, the sessions include: iPad Moviemaking (film, edit and share a movie using only an iPad), Minecraft Mission (problem solving and adventure via the interactive game Minecraft), Explore Tech, (learn about iPads, netbooks, websites and apps) Programming by SCRATCH, (Learn basic programming to create your own interactive online game) and e-Author Workshop (illustrate, edit and publish your book via computer). Ages K-8, depending upon camp. The cost is $150 per one-week session, with sessions running June 18- July. 27. All materials provided. Call 854.245.9655 or register online at www.techtutortime.com. Deadline May 31. Summer Basketball Camps Help your child improve his or her basketball proficiency in this fun and skills-oriented camp taught in the ESK gymnasium by Athletic Director Laurie Coburn and Basketball Coach Red Waller. For rising 5th – 8th graders. Boys – July 16-18, 9-11 a.m.; Girls – July 23-25, 9-11 a.m. Cost: $65 per session. Deadline May 22.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville Headmaster Jay Secor announced Monday that Joshua Ashton Hill has joined the staff after spending three years as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, CT. Hill will teach religion and ethics, conduct daily chapel services for all Lower and Middle School students and oversee community service at ESK at all grade levels. “I am thrilled to come on board at ESK,” Hill said. “Through the interview and search process it became clear that ESK is thriving and expanding in excellence. I’m humbled and thankful for the opportunity to serve Christ in the children, families, staff and extended community of the school, and I look forward to being a part of such a supportive and holistic community of learning and love. Finally, it feels good to be coming home to God’s country.” A native of Seymour, Tenn., Hill graduated from Yale Divinity School with the Master of Divinity degree in 2009, when he also completed a certificate of Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Emory and Henry College. Hill is tentatively scheduled for ordination as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in the fall. “We welcome Josh and his family into our school community,” Secor said. “Josh brings great experience with children and youth and is sure to be a wonderful addition to our staff.” Hill and his wife Hannah have a daughter, Elana (2-1/2 years) and are expecting their second child in late October. He is a graduate of Seymour High School and his parents, Keith and Vickie Hill, still reside in Tennessee.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is set to host a Tennessee Association of Independent Schools Regional Technology Forum, as part of a series of statewide events held by TAIS. The special double Regional Forum will be held Friday, Sept. 21 in The Brewington Family Lower School at ESK. The forum is composed of two outstanding sessions that were first presented at the TAIS Technology Institute in April 2012. Lunch will be provided for all those who attend. The first session is from 10 to 11 a.m. and is called “iPads in the Classroom”. This talk will focus on how to created digital content and prepare online assessments. The session, led by Julieanne Pope of the Webb School of Knoxville, will look at Edmodo, eBackpack and several other apps for creating a paperless classroom. The second session, scheduled from 11 to 12 p.m. is led by ESK Director of Technology Julie King and is titled “iPad Infused Classroom”. This session will cover how students at ESK use iPads to bring math, language arts, science and more to life. In addition, those in attendance will learn how iPads can also be used to create, edit and share original digital movies. Both sessions will be of great interest to all teachers and administrators who are now, or who soon will be, teaching in a school that uses iPads. “iPad Infused Classes” is focused on the K-8 classroom, while “iPads in the Classroom” approaches its topic from a K-12 perspective. The forum is only open to faculty members of TAIS member schools. Please email ESK Kindergarten teacher Kristie Saliba (saliba @esknoville.org) to reserve your spot. Call ESK with questions at 865-777-9032.
About 37 boarding and high schools will exhibit at the 9th Annual Boarding and High School Fair at The Episcopal School of Knoxville on Tuesday, Oct. 9, giving East Tennessee families the chance to visit with them and learn more about their schools. The idea is to acquaint students with the range of options available to them for their high school years. The Boarding and High School Fair will be in the Kline Gymnasium on the Episcopal School campus from 3-5:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge. The Episcopal School is located at 950 Episcopal School Way just off Lovell Road in West Knoxville. Local high schools exhibiting include Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville Catholic High School, Webb School of Knoxville and West High School. Schools from outside of Knoxville exhibiting include Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Asheville School, Asheville, N.C.; Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Blue Ridge School, Saint George, Va.; Chatham Hall, Chatham-Blairs, Va.; Christchurch School, Christchurch, Va.; Christ School, Arden, N.C.; Darlington School, Rome, Ga.; Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, Va.; Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Ill.; McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.; Miller School of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Va.; Milton Academy, Milton, Mass.; Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Conn.; Monteverde Academy, Montverde, Fla.; New York Military Academy, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Oldsfields School, Sparks Glencoe, Md.; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H,; Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Raburn, Ga.; Saint James School, St. James, Md.; Saint Mary's School, Raleigh, N.C.; Secondary School Admissions Testing, Princeton, N.J.; St. Andrew's Sewanee School, Mont Eagle, Tenn.; St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H.; St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin, Texas.; St. Timothy's School, Stevenson, Md,; Stuart Hall School, Staunton, Va,; The Governor's Academy, Newbury, Mass.; The Webb School of Bell Buckle, Bell Buckle, Tenn.; Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio; Westminster School, Simsbury, Conn.; Westover School, Middlebury, Conn.; Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, Va. All visitors are welcome to come. For more information, contact the school at 865-777-9032 or email Director of Special Events Alice Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At least 200 animals will receive blessings Thursday, Oct. 4 at annual Blessing of the Animals at 8 a.m. on the lawn of The Episcopal School of Knoxville. In years’ past, animals ranging from lizards to snakes as well as throngs of cats, dogs and gerbils have been present for the event. This year, a school-wide pet food collection project accompanied the longstanding tradition at ESK in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Kindergarten classes have collected bags of dry food for cats and dogs, which they will donate to the FISH hospitality pantries that feed hungry residents Knoxville residents. The project was conducted in partnership with the LAMBS pet ministry at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. "St. Francis is often remembered for his vision of human kinship with animals and with all creation,” ESK Chaplain Father Josh Hill said. “Over the years that memory has been translated into a fun celebration of human companionship with pets, which reminds us of the biblical mandate to care for all creation. But there was more to Francis than loving animals. He was even more focused on God's vision for human beings. “For Francis, loving animals and nature is the logical result of becoming the kind of human being who is compassionate, gentle, generous, and aware of the miraculous presence of God in everything. So we bless pets, but our school also collects pet food for those pet owners who struggle to provide food. This is one small way we can strive to be like Francis." The Blessing of the Animals typically draws a big crowd of Episcopal School children and parents, who bring animals ranging in size from goldfish to horse. The presiding priest; The Reverend Caroline Vogel, a priest associate at the Church of the Good Samaritan; will bless each animal by name as its owner stands near, and say “Bless, O Lord, (name of the animal) and may your love for this pet be a reminder of God’s love for you. Amen.” The ceremony will take place on the lawn in front of Googe Hall in front of The Episcopal School of Knoxville. Families are cautioned to take their animals home immediately after the blessing. For more information, please contact the school at (865) 777-9032.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville will celebrate the holiday season when it welcomes decorating team Jill Helmer and John Grady Burns for a book signing and design showcase open to the public on Friday, Nov. 2. In addition, a private event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1. This patron party takes place at a private home decorated by Helmer and Burns for the holiday season. Guests will dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres, hear music provided by students at ESK, meet the designers and support the school. The Nov. 2 event, scheduled to take place at St. Bart’s Chapel on the ESK campus, will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and include a demonstration on how to take items around your house and turn them into holiday decorations. Helmer and Burns, along with Kathy Stewart, are the authors of the book “Evergreen: Decorating with Colours of the Season”, a guide to transforming your living spaces for the Christmas season with the simplest of decorations. The collaboration of these three has produced a book that is the perfect companion to help cultivate holiday spirit. Helmer, a floral designer by trade, has a background in art and a love for all things natural, and is the driving force behind her floral business, Jill Siegel designs. A native of Texarkana, Ark., she calls Atlanta home after more than thirty years. Burns holds a degree in Retail Floral Management, which has led him to pursue a career in floral design while also teaching students the art of arranging. He is the author of “Personally Yours—Flowers for Weddings, Parties and Events”. Burns presently resides in Atlanta, Ga., where he is owner of a design and event company, Flora. In connection with this event, local artist Susan Watson is providing a limited edition ornament based on the Rose Window in Googe Hall. Dr. and Mrs. Paul Googe donated the window in 2008 to depict the descending dove with the eight tongues of fire as a token of appreciation to support ESK’s scholarship fund. Watson is a stained glass artist who has worked as a master craftsman, training others in her trade and has conducted workshops at Dollywood. Her work is available at the Knoxville Museum of Art and galleries in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. Seating for the Friday event is limited and reservations are required at the cost of $25 a person. The authors will be available for a book signing and copies of the book will be on sale for $60. For more information about this event or to make reservations, please contact ESK Director of Special Events Alice Smith at 865-218-4494 or via email at email@example.com.
The Kline Gymnasium was full of excitement Friday, Dec. 7 as the student body gathered for the annual Spelling Bee. Seventeen contestants were chosen for the event through individual class spelling bees. Eighth Grade Ellie Lai won the bee for the third straight year. Third Graders Carter Musrock and Sean Grace along with Fifth Grader Elliot Williamson tied for runner-up. The others participants in the spelling bee were Second Graders Tripp Keeton and Chase Vermillion, Fourth Graders Max Lancaster and Noor Musharbash, Fifth Graders Logan Williamson, Sixth Graders Alex Carter, Frances James and Buchanan Underwood (replacement for Will Fowler), Seventh Graders Zach Gilbert, Holly Batey and Alexis Hartwig and Eighth Graders Elliot Headden and Erin Wallace.
The K-8 Episcopal School of Knoxville will an admissions Open Houses for all interested families on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Visitors will tour the campus and meet Headmaster Jay Secor, Lower School Director Nancy Laurence and Middle School Director Kevin Foley. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. Now in its 15th year, ESK has nearly 350 students. It offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, daily chapel, three foreign languages, a range of courses in the arts and a full sports program. The nationally accredited Episcopal School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and offers a faith-based environment, but actively seeks children of all faiths and background. For more information, call 777-9032, consult the school’s website at www.esknoxville.org, or contact Susan Denton at denton@esknoxville.
Winter Band Concert The ESK Band hosted its winter concert Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Googe Hall. Director of Bands Daniel Foster led the Advanced and Beginning Bands in the playing of such holiday classics as “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “Good King Wenceslas”, Up on the House Top”, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”, “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Great job to all the students! Lower School Christmas Program Second through Fifth Grade students put on a spectacular show the night of December 11 at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Knoxville. The program featured holiday classics such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night” as well as new favorites like “How Far is it to Bethlehem” and “Rise Up Shepherds.” Students sang songs in many different languages, including Spanish, French, German and Latin. Fifth Grade students provided the narration and Fourth Grade students participated in the Nativity Tableau. A special thanks to Choral Director Deb Sousa for coordinating this cherished annual tradition. K-1 Christmas Program The Kindergarten and First Grade classes closed out the second week of December with their own Christmas Program. The students from Mrs. Noland's, Mrs. Saliba's, Mr. Bishop's and Mrs. Ottaviano's classes put on a wonderful show for their families and friends. The children opened the program with "Get Ready" and "Will You Be Ready for the Light" and wowed the crowd with such holiday favorites as "Jingle Bells" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Other higlights included "Il Est Ne" and "Must be Santa". Holden Evening Prayer and Carol Service Middle School Holden Evening Prayer and Carol Service will be presented tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 18th) at 6 p.m. at Church of the Ascension on Northshore. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Chorus will present an evening of Christmas music in the lovely setting at Ascension Church. The Chorus will be accompanied by piano, flute and violin. All are invited to attend this beautiful evening worship. A reception will follow in the Googe Dining Room.
It’s time to clean out closets and find new homes for all those old toys, children's clothing, bikes, tricycles scooters, books, TVs, computers, and other items. On Monday, January 14, the first grade classes at the Episcopal School began collecting donations for their service project, the Holiday Bureau. What is the Holiday Bureau? It is an all volunteer organization in Oak Ridge that collects old toys and other items and cleans them up to distribute to needy families in Anderson and Roane Counties in December. What can I donate? The Holiday Bureau accepts a wide variety of used items including toys, board games, puzzles, dolls, stuffed animals, books, play furniture, bikes, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, TVs, computers, radios, CD players, and children’s clothing. When can I donate? We will be collecting donations from Monday, January 14 through Monday, January 28. Due to the large quantity of toys being generously given, please drop your donations off in Siler Hallway in the Lower School. Over the last 12 years, the Episcopal School has become a huge part of the Holiday Bureau’s collections each year and we appreciate your support of such a worthy organization. If you have any questions please email Chris Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Ottaviano at email@example.com.
The 2013 Geography Bee was held in the Kline Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon. All Fourth through Eighth Grade classes held their own geography bees in preparation. The two winners from each class competed in the school-wide bee. Eighth Grader Teddy Colocotronis was the first-place winner followed by Fifth Grader Cooper Milam, who was runner up. Teddy will now take a written test as an opportunity to qualify for the state bee. Other participants included Aidan Farabow, Matt Robinson, Charlie Kirk, Will Fowler, Miles Duncan, Elizabeth Hethmon, Emerson Wright and Alex Daley.
There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. All Episcopal School of Knoxville students, faculty members and families are invited to march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade for the eleventh year. Step-off for the parade will be at 10 a.m. The 2013 Parade route will stretch from the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Avenue to Greater Warner A.M.E. Church in Burlington. Parents should plan to take their children to the parade route or arrange a carpool for them. The ESK marchers will be part of a larger delegation that typically includes members of Episcopal churches in the Diocese of East Tennessee, as well as the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Our participation is an ongoing reflection of the church's historic involvement in issues concerning social justice. ESK students will meet at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Chestnut Street. Please contact Father Josh via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to attend. Following the parade, Headmaster Jay Secor will provide lunch and the group will visit the Beck Cultural Exchange Center for ice cream and cake.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville now provides its Middle School students the opportunity to brings iPads and laptops to class each day as a part of its recently launched FLEx 1:1 program. FLEx refers to the free-platform learning exchange; a program open to iOS, Mac, Windows and Linux devices used for collaboration and innovation in learning. The goal for technology integration at ESK is to create an environment in which students learn to adapt, collaborate and innovate using technology throughout the learning process. “Having each student with their own device in the classroom has simply perked up the students and allowed them to experience learning the same way they interact with their friends,” Middle School Latin teacher Curtis Bower said. “One of them even said that taking notes is fun now.” ESK spent much of the fall planning for the FLEx initiative with upgrades to wireless networks, firewall and content filtering, and expansion of campus bandwidth. Funding for infrastructure improvements, workshops and other aspects of the FLEx program was provided through a generous grant from the Jane L. Pettway Foundation. Unique to the FLEx program at ESK, Director of Technology Julie King made it a priority to provide students with the necessary skills and applications to best prepare students to use technology in effective, collaborative and creative ways. In August, students began participating in ESK’s FLEx Academy, a course custom-designed to prepare students in study and organization skills, digital research strategies and online safety awareness. The course is co-taught by technology, literature, language arts and library faculty members. Students have already begun using ESK’s Google Apps for Education domain, with Google Drive to create, edit and share documents for collaboration with other students and feedback from teachers. Edmodo groups are also being used with classes and projects to create an online forum for questions and idea sharing. Math teachers Barb Quaint and Laurie Coburn use the Penultimate and Reflection apps to create and share instruction and lessons with students using their digital whiteboards. Social Studies teacher Stephanie McIntosh integrates students’ iPads and laptops in digital research presentations for their Model UN projects. Students in Mary Lovely’s Literature class use Comic Life on iPads to create graphic novels of the book they read together and Bower’s Latin classes were able to learn a reproduction of the Roman Forum created with Minecraft. “The whole research and writing intensive process inherent in the (Model UN) project was greatly expedited through the successful use of technology,” McIntosh said. “The students remained engaged and excited about using their own devices.”
Go ahead and get the babysitter for Friday, Feb. 8th! Join the Parents' Association from 7-9 p.m. in the Siler Great Room of Googe Hall to taste wines, hors d'oeuvres, and enjoy the company of others. This event is a great way to catch up with the parents you only see in passing in carpool. Not a wine drinker? Please still come; we will have a variety of beers to taste as well. For those participating in the wine tasting, rules are: each person must bring two bottles of the same wine labeled with your name. One will be placed in the tasting and the other in the cellar. The bottle in each category with the most votes will take home their pick of wines. Second and third prizes will be given as well. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer for the event, contact Carolyn Kirkland (email@example.com). Tickets for the event are $25 per person, $30 at the door. Please contact Alice Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-4494) if you would like to purchase tickets or to drop off your wine.
From now until Friday, March 1, ESK is having an aluminum can drive to help raise awareness and money for our sustainability efforts. The goal is to bring in at least 250 pounds of aluminum cans. To date, we have about 30 pounds of recycled cans. One pound of aluminum equals 33 cans. Aluminum can be dropped off at any time of the day. There will be three stations set up outside of the school: at the bottom of the stairs leading to the lower school, at the sunshade and next to the mailbox outside of the lower school. We ask that you crush the cans if possible. Please bring aluminum cans only; please no glass or tin cans at this time.
ESK will welcome author Gene Luen Yang for a presentation to Grades 5-8 on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Siler Great Room. Yang will visit ESK and discuss American Born Chinese, Avatar, and graphic novels. Please feel free to visit his website (http://geneyang.com) for additional information about Gene and his books. He will also speak to educators about "Comics in the Classroom" on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m., in the UT Hodges Library Auditorium. This event is open to the public, but seating may be limited, so arrive early. He will then present, "How to Make Comics" on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at the East TN History Center. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Betsy Connally 215-8700 or register online at www.knoxlib.org.
Ninety-five students displayed exhibits in six categories at the Middle School Science Fair on Thursday. Seventh Graders Jamie Hickling won Best of Show for his project, “Remaking Mars,” which hypothesized that hydrogen peroxide catalysis can increase the pressure and humidity of a simulated Martian atsmophere to the point where it will support germination of Earth plants. His project also won first place in the Earth Science category. Judges awarded first and second places and honorable mentions in these categories: Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry, Technology/Engineering, Biology/Life Science and Behavioral/Social Sciences. Students examined such questions as: Does a homemade chicken incubator work as well as a store bought one?, What is the best way to build a marshmallow cannon that shoots as far as possible?, Which single collision sport helmet would protect your head best in an accident?. Can a person determine if a smile is real or fake? and many, many others. For a complete list of winners, click here.
Be on the lookout for a Save the Date for the upcoming 9th Annual Saints’ Gala: An Evening on the Hilltop, Celebrating the Flavors of Tennessee! The event will take place Saturday, May 11, from 6-11 p.m. on the campus of ESK. The evening includes a silent auction, student art auction and live auction, as well as a wonderful menu. If you are interested in donating an item or being a sponsor, please contact Director of Special Events Alice Smith via email at email@example.com.
Looking for something to do this summer! ESK has just what you’re looking for: ESKamp! During the month of June, ESK will be offering a number of enrichment summer camps ranging from technology to musical theater. The camps will run from June 3-28 with a morning and afternoon session. All camps will be $150 per student. Online registration is now available at eskamp.org. For more information, please contact Director of Technology Julie King (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Director of Communications Melissa Anderson (email@example.com).
The K-8 Episcopal School of Knoxville will host a Kindergarten Open House for all interested families on Friday, April 12 from 8:30-10 a.m. Visitors will tour the campus and meet Headmaster Jay Secor, Lower School Director Nancy Laurence and Kindergarten teachers Kristie Saliba and Connie Noland. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. Now in its 15th year, ESK has nearly 350 students. It offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, daily chapel, three foreign languages, a range of courses in the arts and a full sports program. The nationally accredited Episcopal School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and offers a faith-based environment, but actively seeks children of all faiths and background. For more information, call 777-9032, consult the school’s website at www.esknoxville.org, or contact Susan Denton at denton@esknoxville.
ESK sent 7 players (Austin Rhea, José Vowell, Eliot Jolley, Phil Spates, Tono Vowell, Meg Quigley, and J.P. Quigley) to the 2013 SuperNationals V chess tournament held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, April 5-7. With 5,335 participants, the 2013 SuperNationals beat the previous record to become the world's largest over-the-board chess tournament. Held once every 4 years, this event brought competitors from every grade level to compete under one roof at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. Participants came from 47 states, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico. The ESK Team won the trophy for their 30th place finish in the K-5 Under 900 Category.
Several ESK Lower School students earned honors at the Tate’s Regional Science Fair! Congratuations to: Henry Partridge: Wernher von Braun Award (best project about propulsion) David Arnold: Bill Nye Award (best question) Max Lancaster: Julius Wilbrand Award Alexa McCarren: Thomas Alva Edison Award (Sees new ways to address a question) Eleni Christopoulos: Charles A. Spencer Award Leah Busby: 3rd Place in Life Sciences, Third Grade Leoni Kunz: 2nd Place in Life Science, Fifth Grade Sydney Aikens, Asher Brownlie, Noor Musharbash, Caiden Bach-O'Donnell, Austin Rhea, and Ryan Steadman earned Fish Bowl Prizes.
Save the date for the ESK Lower School Talent Show scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Kline Gymnasium. A required practice will be held on Monday, April 22, right after school from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should pick up a form in the Lower School Office. For more information, please contact Ghadeer Musharbash: 803-2424 or Ghadeer3@aol.com.
Attention all parents, grandparents, and special friends - if you are unable to visit the book fair in the Clayton Family Library this May, please consider shopping with our online book fair! Purchases may be made for your special student and the books will be shipped to ESK for free. This is a great way to help prepare for summer reading! Our share of book fair provides new materials and equipment for our school and libraries. You may shop online by visiting our ESK Book Fair web page from May 1-12.
All families – please mark your calendars for upcoming Field Days! All field days are 12-3 p.m. More details will follow. Parent volunteers will be a must to make these annual events a success! Please contact Lower School Gym Teacher Pansie Evans via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. Mrs. Evans is in need of the following items: baby wipe containers, giant stuffed animals, clown costumes/props. Check your basements and attics to see if you can donate to the fun! 3-5th Grade: Friday, April 26 – MINUTE TO WIN IT! K-2nd Grade: Monday, May 6 – UNDER THE BIG TOP CARNIVAL Middle School: Friday, May 17
Students, faculty and families at The Episcopal School of Knoxville recently raised $5,196.70 for tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma. "One of the most distinctive things about our school and Episcopal schools in general is that we value community service as a core component of the curriculum,” ESK Chaplain Josh Hill said. “In the case of the tornadoes in Oklahoma, our whole school community -- from parents and students to faculty and staff -- exercised that commitment to service and to our partners in the wider Episcopal network. “By sending funds, we empowered a relief effort that was driven by existing, local relationships and the common faith we profess.” The money was donated to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City in support of the Tornado Respond Fund sponsored by Episcopal Relief and Development. The fund enables the ERD to aid relief efforts and help local congregations expand their outreach ministries to meet community needs. "I was very pleased to see the way our students showed a sense of enthusiasm and compassion in the wake of the storms,” Hill said. “They were praying for victims in earnest during chapel in the days following the tornadoes, and they were really motivated to help." Following the devastating storms in May, students collected cash donations during carpool times. The school’s Parents’ Association matched dollar for dollar the amount the students raised. "It is so encouraging to see a whole community working in concert for the benefit of others,” Hill said. “It was a beautiful thing."
The National Association of Episcopal Schools announced last week that The Episcopal School of Knoxville was one of 12 recipients of a $1,000 Outreach Fund Grant for use during the 2013-14 school year. Each school year NAES distributes 10 percent of its budgeted Annual Fund goal as Outreach Fund Grants to members, associate members and regional, state or diocesan Episcopal schools organizations. The grants support projects commensurate with the mission and philosophy of the organization. “We are delighted to be able to support the mission and ministry of our member schools in this way,” said the Rev. Daniel R. Heischmann, D.D., executive director of NAES. At ESK, the grant will benefit the second-grade charity store project, providing the necessary funds for equipment replacement in the school’s supply store, which is staffed by second grade students and designed to enhance mathematics education and community service through student-designated proceeds recipients. “We are very thankful that the NAES selected our school as one of the recipients for this grant,” ESK Lower School Director Nancy Laurence said. “The second grade store project is just one of the many examples of how community service can be integrated into our academic rigor and plays as an integral role as we strive to enrich our student’s intellectual, physical, culture and spiritual growth.” The money will cover the cost of materials, design and construction of a lockable merchandise cart to help secure the items when the store in closed at the end of each day. This year, the students raised a total of $568.10 for Friends of the Smokies and tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma through the school store and a free-dress day in support of Earth Day. Friends of the Smokies helps Great Smoky Mountain National Park improve education, natural-resource protection, historic preservation and wildlife protection. The NAES is an independently incorporated, voluntary membership organization that supports, serves and advocates for the vital work and ministry of those who serve nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs throughout the Episcopal Church, as well as school establishment efforts.
Last month, The Episcopal School of Knoxville hosted three technology camps that featured Minecraft along with 3D printing and programming basics for close to 90 students. The campers spent time during the camps working together to problem-solve, build, learn about the world of Minecraft, create their own games with beginning programming skills, and design and print their own object on a 3D printer. ESK Director of Technology Julie King, along with five counselors, guided campers through the basics of Minecraft and Scratch programming to give the students a strong base from which to expand their creative minds during the week. “Students gain valuable problem solving and team building skills while working both individually and in teams to solve problems and creatively develop shelter, farming, mining, and resources for their team,” King said. MIT's Scratch programming tool provided the platform for 3rd through 8th graders to learn how to create objects and control their motion on a scrolling-background game. The school's Replicator 3D printer, by Makerbot, allowed students to print files they designed during camp on introductory 3D-design software. “Giving middle school students the opportunity to learn the logic and process concepts for programming at an early age is important for these campers,” King said. “It is an engaging way to give the students confidence to pursue engineering, science and computer fields.” “It also builds student’s abilities to identify problems and work to creative innovative solutions to them.” The school’s 3D printer was a gift of the ESK Parents’ Association and will be integrated into the curriculum for middle school students in the fall. After students identify a process, improvement, or need for a product, they will design, edit and refine a unique solution, then send it to the 3D printer to create an actual prototype. Students had a wonderful time creating, learning, sharing and building truly impressive projects during each weeklong camp.
The Right Reverend George D. Young III, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, presided over the ordination of Father Joshua Ashton Hill to the sacred order of the priests Tuesday at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. "It was incredibly special to be surrounded by so many friends--young and old--who have walked by my side during different stages of my journey towards this day,” Hill said. “The love was thick." Nearly 40 clergy from East Tennessee and surrounding areas, along with family and friends of Hill and parents and supporters of ESK, were in attendance for the ordination. The service, although typically held in a cathedral setting, was hosted in the school’s Kline Gymnasium. The students attended the service as well as participating as both readers and special music. According to The Reverend Daniel Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, Hill’s ordination was one of only a handful he can remember taking place at a school. “ESK was honored to host such a momentous occasion in the ministry and life of Father Josh,” ESK Headmaster Jay Secor said. “Not only did today allow us to celebrate with Josh and his family but it gave our students the opportunity to share in the significance of the day.” A native of Seymour, Tenn., Hill graduated from Yale Divinity School with the Master of Divinity degree in 2009, when he also completed a certificate of Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Emory and Henry College. Hill spent three years as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, CT. He was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church this past January. Hill and his wife Hannah have two daughters, Elana and Maya. He is a graduate of Seymour High School and his parents, Keith and Vickie Hill, still reside in Tennessee. Hill serves as the chaplain at ESK with duties that include teaching religion and ethics, conducting daily chapel services for all Lower and Middle School students and overseeing community service at ESK at all grade levels.
All parents of grade 1-5 boys are cordially invited to a Cub Scout fall kickoff on Wednesday, Sep 4th at 6:30 p.m. in Dr. Sousa’s room in the Brewington Lower School. Pack 926's program nurtures character and leadership development, spiritual growth, and good citizenship through a program encompassing field trips, campouts, sportsmanship and fitness, the famous pinewood derby, the Blue & Gold Banquet, Smokies Scout nights, and exciting summer camp options. Please contact Greg Rainey (Thomas, 4th Grade) at 865-223-6438 for more information.
Middle School and Lower School parents, please join us for Back to School Nights on Wednesday, Sept. 4 (MS) and Thursday, Sept. 5 (LS). It’s an opportunity to see the course of the students’ day and become familiar with their teachers. The events will be 6:30-8 p.m. No students should be in attendance.
6th Annual ESK Lobster Bake Saturday, October 12th at 6:00 PM ESK Tickets: $60/person Contact Alice Smith, 218-4494, for more information or to purchase tickets!
ESK will host its 10th Annual Boarding and High School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with about 50 schools expected. Students and parents can become acquainted with the range of options available to them for their high school years. The Boarding and High School Fair will be in the Kline Gymnasium from 3-5:30 p.m. All visitors and ESK students of any age are welcome to come. For more information, contact the school at 865-777-9032 or email Director of Special Events Alice Smith at email@example.com.
Beginning on Monday, October 7th, Lower School librarian, Miranda Clark, will be offering a preschool story time on the first Monday of each month from 8:15am until 8:45am. This story time is open to all pre-K siblings of current ESK students as well as pre-K friends or neighbors and parents. Guests are invited to come and experience our chapel service at 8am then head to the Clayton Lower School Library for a half-hour story time. Mrs. Clark will read two or three books to the group and talk to parents about early reading suggestions for preschoolers. We look forward to sharing stories with you and your preschooler!
Even with the year only being two months old, it is not too early to start thinking about buying a 2013-14 ESK Yearbook! Sales have already begun. This year, all orders will be submitted online at www.yearbookforever.com. The cost is $35. On this page you will search for Episcopal School of Knoxville then follow the navigation to purchase either a yearbook or an Eighth Grade Parent Ad. The deadline for Eighth Grade Parent Ads is December 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Communications Melissa Callahan via email at Callahan@esknoxville.org.
Congratulations to Middle School science teacher Cary Busby who this week was awarded a STEMspark minigrant for the Eighth Grade robotics engineering program. Grants were read and scored by a team of six grant readers, all science and mathematics faculty members at STEMspark higher education partner institutions. There were many excellent projects submitted, providing a significant challenge to the grant readers. The funded grants will affect more than 6500 students across grades K-12 in nine different school systems across our region.
ESK will be participating In the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl Challenge from October 21 – November 16. ESK already does a great job of recycling but we thought it would be great to put our school to the test and see how we stack up state wide and nationally. ESK is the only school in Knoxville competing and one of 26 schools in the state. We think this will be a great way to increase awareness for recycling at our school and put some numbers behind the materials that we collect. Please continue or start having conversations at home about recycling and composting. This is just a little something we can all do to keep our communities clean and beautiful.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is set to host a Tennessee Association of Independent Schools Regional Technology Forum as part of a series of statewide events held by TAIS. The special Regional Forum will be held Friday, Nov. 15, in Googe Hall at ESK. It is composed of four outstanding presentations that will encompass topics from 3D printing to meaningful technology integration. Sessions will run from 10-11:30 followed by a delicious boxed lunch provided by ESK’s dining hall staff. “ESK is very excited to host this TAIS event on our campus for the second straight year,” ESK Director of Technology Julie King said. “We have an excellent panel of faculty and staff prepared to share on topics that are at the cutting edge of technology in education.” The first session is called “Robotics, 3D Printing and Maker Clubs in Middle School”. This talk will explore ESK’s First Lego League team and Maker Club members who are designing and printing innovative projects on our Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. Cary Busby will share her strategies for managing all aspects of these projects with middle school students. Technology instructor Brett Tannhauser and Latin instructor Curtis Bower are the presenters for the second session called “Google Apps and Edmodo in the Classroom”. Tannhauser and Bower will share how Edmodo and Google Drive can be used together to create a free and effective cloud-based way for students to interact and learn. In the third session, titled “Weebly Websites 101 – Easy Websites for Teachers and Students”, ESK Director of Communications Melissa Callahan and Kindergarten teacher Kristie Saliba will share introductory steps to getting a helpful website up and running. Weebly provides a free, web-based and easy way to create classroom websites with photo galleries and more. The afternoon will conclude with “Make IT Matter: Meaningful Technology Integration.” This talk will focus on how technology is best used in school to support the curriculum and will stress that no one device can be the best answer to every situation. King will share some strategies for choosing effective tools, apps and resources for effectively integrating technology at your school. The forum is free to faculty members of TAIS member schools while faculty from non-member schools will be charged $25. Please email Kristie Saliba (saliba @esknoville.org) to reserve your spot. Call ESK with questions at 865-777-9032.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville’s annual Winterfest event is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. throughout the halls of ESK. Children are $10 and adults are free. Check in will be in Googe Hall that morning and then families can enjoy light refreshments, Santa photos (bring your own camera!), fun crafts, basket auctions, the Holiday Market (bigger and better than ever this year!), bounce house, Christmas music throughout the event and more! Children will have the chance to make an ESK themed ornament and gingerbread houses! Join us for this wonderful event! Vendors for the Holiday Market include: Little Hoot Designs-custom applique, monogram and personalized printing Cachepot Flower Shop-floral and garden design Rustic Cradle-Julie Sterchi's custom paintings on canvas Doodle Pad-stationery and invitations Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop-4" mini and 9" pies, thumbprint cookies, biscuits, strawberry preserves, chocolate gravy and more Snigglefritz- custom children's and adolescent clothing and jewelry Dang Chicks- women's apparel and jewelry Dragonfly Photography Imagination Forest-toys Cities Cupcakes Door Decor Sophie's Choice-mixes and treats ESK Cafeteria Baked Goods Denise Williams-Earrings and Bracelets Cool Sports Stella and Dot jewelry Betty Longworth-Christmas wreaths and bows This year, Winterfest will also feature the opportunity for community service. Four years ago Ryan Steadman, a current ESK fifth grader, started a business named Work Builders, which makes building block sets for kids. All along he's shared half his earnings with local charities. Wanting to do more for kids less fortunate, he then created the “Work Builders Block Party”, a community volunteer project making building block toys for kids in need. Through his two previous block parties Ryan has donated over 200 sets of building blocks to charity. This year you can help him make block sets that will go to Helen Ross McNabb Center. While you’re at Winterfest, spend a little time at the block party and help support kids in our community!
Third grade students at The Episcopal School of Knoxville collected 6,039 pounds of groceries for hungry people during the school’s annual food drive. This year’s collection is the largest in school history, exceeding previous years by nearly 2,000 pounds. “Giving back to our community is a core component of what we do here at Episcopal School,” Lower School Director Nancy Laurence said. “Being able to give students a hands-on experience in serving others, while supporting their learning in the classroom, is a just one example of the interactive learning that happens at ESK.” The 6,000 pounds will feed 400 families of four a three-day supply of food each, according to FISH Hospitality Pantry calculations. The rule of thumb is that 15 pounds of groceries will feed a family of four for three days. At the K-8 Episcopal School, where every class spearheads a community service project each year, third graders have collected food items and hygiene products throughout the month of November for the last 16 years. This year’s increase was in large part due to collaboration between the third graders and the Middle School’s Interact Club and their mutual desire to increase the success of this annual event. After distributing a collection box and a needs list to each class – requests for canned vegetables from first graders, canned meat from fifth graders, dried food like beans, pasta and rice from one middle school class – third graders visited every class in the school each day to collect donations. They weighed the groceries, recorded the weight and number of items collected and put the figures on a graph. Then, they packed it all for delivery to the FISH Hospitality Pantry located at 122 West Scott Avenue. The grand totals were announced at a Thanksgiving assembly on November 22, just before school was dismissed for the holiday. “It was a wonderful surprise that this year’s collection exceeded last year’s collection by such a big margin,” Jim Wright, Director of FISH Hospitality Pantry, said. “The food collected this year will provide food packages for over 400 families just in time for Thanksgiving. “The school’s donation comes at an especially good time as families are struggling for the basic necessities of life. The need is great.” He said more than 57,000 people in Knox County live below the poverty line, and that of those, 25 percent are children. FISH Hospitality Pantry currently provides 11,000 food packages each month for the four Knoxville-area based food relief pantries.
The deadline for the purchase/submission of Eighth Grade Farewell Ads has been extended to FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014. The information packet became available before Fall Break. For additional info or with questions, please contact Director of Communications Melissa Callahan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the 2013-14 ESK Yearbook will increase to $40 after FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014. Please visit yearbookforever.com to lock in the $35 price.
It’s time to clean out closets and find new homes for all those old toys, children's clothing, bikes, tricycles scooters, books, TVs, computers, and other items. On Monday, January 13, the first grade classes at the Episcopal School will begin collecting donations for their service project, the Holiday Bureau. What is the Holiday Bureau? It is an all-volunteer organization in Oak Ridge that collects old toys and other items and cleans them up to distribute to needy families in Anderson and Roane Counties the following December. What can I donate? The Holiday Bureau accepts a wide variety of used items including toys, board games, puzzles, dolls, stuffed animals, books, play furniture, bikes, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, TVs, computers, radios, CD players, and children’s clothing. When can I donate? We will be collecting donations from Monday, January 13 through Monday, January 27. Please drop your donations off in the middle hallway in the lower school. Over the last 12 years, the Episcopal School has become a huge part of the Holiday Bureau’s collections each year and we appreciate your support of such a worthy organization. If you have any questions please email Chris Bishop at email@example.com or Anna Ottaviano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to get involved? Contact Alice Smith (email@example.com) to learn more about volunteer opportunities for the 10th Annual Saints' Gala coming up Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. A variety of roles are available. She would love to have you! We'd love your help finding items for the auction too! If you have connections with shops, restaurants, or businesses, access to a vacation home or special experience, please let us know!
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is pleased to announce the addition of a Junior Kindergarten beginning in the fall of 2014. This academic program is designed for four and five year olds entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2015. “The Episcopal School of Knoxville is striving to stay at the forefront of early childhood education and we know that our Junior Kindergarten program will be another step toward that goal,” ESK Headmaster Jay Secor said. “We are excited to provide this opportunity not only to our current families, but also to families in Knoxville and surrounding areas.” The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Drop off will begin at 8:00 a.m. for early risers. Lunch will be provided, and extended care (1:30-3:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.) is available for an additional fee. Class size is limited to 15 students. “Our Junior Kindergarten will be unique in Knoxville as we combine the highly acclaimed Reggio Approach with our fully developed discovery-based curriculum,” Lower School Director Nancy Laurence said. “ It will be a place for our youngest children to thrive and explore the world around them!” At ESK, we believe that “play is the work of children,” and that through play-based projects, Junior Kindergarten students will be able to learn lifelong skills that will help them successfully transition to our Lower School Kindergarten program. Children are not left to their own devices, nor is their development left to chance. Academic goals and objectives are met by careful planning and building on what each individual can do and challenging them to reach just beyond their comfort zone. The teacher’s role is to co-explore and co-construct the learning experience with the children. An emergent curriculum values student input and encourages children to explore, create, and make choices leading to greater involvement in their own learning. Time is not set by the clock but by the child’s needs and interests. There should be sufficient time for a child to express, learn, explore, extend, and revisit a given project. Enrichments will include daily chapel and also (but not limited to) library, Spanish, Mandarin, physical education, music, and art sessions. Our 96-acre campus will serve as our outdoor classroom to learn about the environment. ESK is committed to creating and maintaining a place for our youngest children that acknowledges, reflects and communicates our beliefs. The values of our Junior Kindergarten program are based on an image of the child as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge. 2013-2014 marks sixteen years of academic excellence at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. From the founders' earliest efforts, it is apparent that careful planning, consensus building and community outreach have helped pave the way for the school's success. The blessings of talented youth, willing volunteers, generous gifts, dedicated faculty and staff, community support and engaged parents all have made The Episcopal School of Knoxville an important member of the independent school community in East Tennessee.
ESK will host two Admissions Open Houses in the month of January. The first is Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 9-11 a.m. with the second scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m. For more information, please contact Admissions Director Susan Denton via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirty-one first graders at The Episcopal School of Knoxville spent time Monday morning loading enough toys, books, clothes and bicycles to fill a 26-foot U-Haul truck and then helped deliver them to the Holiday Bureau in Oak Ridge. It was the culmination of the school’s 13th annual drive to help supply Christmas gifts for needy Anderson County families. The Holiday Bureau on Emory Road in Oak Ridge will take those items and refurbish them as needed in time for Christmas 2014. The project is an eye-opening experience for these very young students, who plan the Episcopal School drive, solicit toys from others and give their own, and then sort and deliver them. The first graders have an able partner in the well-organized Holiday Bureau, which serves about 800 families yearly and operates wholly on volunteer effort. The Holiday Bureau has been in operation for 67 years. “I think the best part of it is that we’re taking something that they’ve had in their possession and they are having to make a decision about giving that up for someone else to use,” ESK first grade teacher Chris Bishop said. “There is that immediate conversation that we can have with the kids, that there are people who are less fortunate than us, and it is our goal and our responsibility to help those people.” Last year alone, the Holiday Bureau was able to purchase 700 food gift cards, provide over 800 children with new toys, bicycles and helmets, and to assist another 1,000 individuals with clothing. The Episcopal School drive began with a school-wide call in early January for good, used toys. The first graders took the donated toys and stored them, first in bags in their classrooms and then in a giant bin behind the school gymnasium. Just prior to February 3, the delivery day, they sorted the toys into categories: things in bags, including clothes, things in boxes, such as games, and things with wheels, like bicycles, tricycles, and scooters. On delivery day, the first graders with the help of parent volunteers loaded the sorted items onto the trucks. The things with wheels entirely filled one 26-foot truck. Bishop, who has participated in the Episcopal collection project for each of its 13 years, said the first graders were surprised at the number of volunteers they found working at the Holiday Bureau and at how the building they visit in the fall that is filled with toys is empty again awaiting their delivery in January. “The last couple years we’ve been fortunate to go early, before they do the delivery, and actually see the Holiday Bureau,” Bishop said. “The staff gives us a great tour and talk about what it is that they do and what our collection means, so that when we start the collection, the students actually have a better idea of what it is that we are collecting for. It means a whole lot more. “It is a happy thing all the way around – there are so many positives to it.”
All four ESK basketball teams competed in their post-season tournament last week. It was a great weekend of competition and a showcase of the talent and sportsmanship that we have at ESK. Congratulations to all the teams on a great regular season and a spectacular showing in the tournaments! The Varsity Girls’ basketball team advanced to play in the KISL Tournament Championship game Tuesday night after wins over Temple (36-8) and St. Joseph’s (31-14) in the first two rounds of the tournament. ESK played a tough, physical game against Concord Christian in the championship but came up short, falling 40-26. Eighth Graders Blair Turley and Holly Batey were named to both the All-League and All-Tournament teams. The Varsity Boys’ team opened the tournament with a 27-20 win over Maryville Christian on Saturday night, earning the Saints a matchup with tournament-host First Lutheran School on Monday. Down 10 points in the third quarter, ESK used a 20-8 run to pull in front 36-34 with 3:10 remaining. The game came down to the wire with FLS hitting four free throws inside of 18 seconds to edge out the 42-38 win. With the loss, ESK turned around to face Knoxville Christian in the consolation game Tuesday night. Eighth Grader Ethan Baughman was named to the All-League team with Seventh Grader Riley Schumaker earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. The JV girls’ and boys’ tournaments were played at St. Joseph’s and Freedom Academy. The action got underway Saturday morning with the JV girls’ team taking on First Baptist Powell at 9 a.m. The girls played tough defense and came away with an 18-6 victory. That afternoon, the boys squared off against Berean and earned a 35-17 win. On Monday, the JV boys’ team returned to action versus St. John Neumann. The game was tightly contested and emotions ran high as St. John Neumann pulled out a 37-24 victory. The JV girls’ played their next game Tuesday night against Sacred Heart, falling 23-16 despite a strong defensive effort. Sixth Graders Jackson Musrock and Bailey Musrock were named All-League. Seventh Grader Hannah Nye earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
ESK Lower School students have the unique opportunity to participate in the Covenant Kids Run “Marathon” as part of the Knoxville Marathon weekend. By participating, kids can run a "marathon." Each child receives a logbook to start tracking his or her miles and exercise between now and the official Covenant Kids Run March 29. Kids can finish the last mile of the marathon on the 50- yard line of UT's Neyland Stadium. The event will not be timed – it’s about having fun. Parents are welcome to participate in the race with children. The registration fee is $15 until February 15, $20 after February 15. Please contact LS P.E. Teacher Pansie Evans for more information.
Theater Camp ESK summer theatre camp with Dr. Sousa will be held June 913 for rising First through Sixth graders. Watch next week's Headlines for more information. Minecraft Camps This summer's camps will be held at ESK the week of June 9-13. A morning session, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., will be held for beginning players, and an afternoon session 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for intermediate/advanced skills. Campers are welcome to sign up for both sessions, but afternoon attendees will want to have basic game skills already mastered. For more information, or to register, please go to www.techtutortime.com.
Do you ever find yourself sitting at a soccer game, attending church or grocery shopping when you strike up a conversation about ESK with the person next to you? Do they ever ask you a question that makes you think and you're not sure how to answer? The ESK Communications and Marketing Committee has a solution for you. Answers to several of ESK's most frequently asked questions are now available on the ESK homepage. Check them out and be ready to spread the good word about our wonderful school!
The Episcopal School of Knoxville Headmaster Jay Secor announced that after much reflection, he will retire after 42 years of service to education at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Secor, who was named the founding Headmaster at ESK in 1998, has seen the school through its entire 16-year history and feels that ESK is now poised for fresh leadership that will not only maintain, but also grow what he started. “I am a ‘lucky guy’ to have been tapped to be the founding Headmaster of the Episcopal School of Knoxville,” Secor said. “From its fragile beginnings on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church to the school that we love today, ESK has accomplished a great deal. “The school is in sound standing with an advanced academic program, and is now recognized as a prominent leader in quality independent education in Knoxville.” Under Secor’s leadership, ESK has experienced modernization and expansion, resulting in record enrollment and the successful launch of programs such as Farm to Table lunch, a school-wide sustainability program and a Flex 1:1 program for Middle School students. In addition, Secor helped to create a unique learning environment in which students thrive by combining academic excellence with a commitment to educating the child as a whole. ESK has become a school where faculty and staff at the top of their professions provide individualized attention to all students and varied learning styles in small classes. The last 16 years have seen the school grow from 23 students in “cottages” in 1998 to over 350 students on a 100-acre state-of-the art Junior Kindergarten through Eighth Grade campus. Secor oversaw the construction of Googe Hall, the Bishop Center, The Brewington Family Lower School and in his final year will see the addition of new Lower School classrooms. Amy Schumaker, president of the Board of Trustees, said that Secor has played an integral role in the school’s history. “His legacy is nothing less than the very existence and excellence of The Episcopal School of Knoxville,” she said. “From 1998 to today, Jay has led this dynamic institution with unparalleled leadership, vision and good humor.” Schumaker added “it is hard to imagine ESK without his unyielding optimistic style of leadership, his contagious laugh and warm sprit.” The Episcopal School of Knoxville Board of Trustees has formed a search committee and retained the services of a national executive search and leadership advisory firm specializing in independent schools, colleges and nonprofits. Schumaker said they anticipate that ESK's second Headmaster will be announced in late fall of 2014.
The Hilltop, the Episcopal School of Knoxville’s yearbook, has been inducted into the Walsworth Gallery of Excellence. The 2013-14 publication is the first yearbook to be recognized, both for the end result and the dedication of the staff. The award was presented to Yearbook Advisor and ESK Director of Communications Melissa Callahan at the Walsworth Advisor Appreciation Luncheon in March. “It was a total shock,” Callahan said. “I knew that we had worked hard to raise the caliber of The Hilltop over the last two years but was never expecting to receive such an award. It is an honor to be producing such distinctive work for ESK.” Only a small percentage of yearbooks enter the Gallery of Excellence each year. According to the publisher, the yearbooks demonstrate the best in design, theme and photography. The Walsworth sales force uses the Gallery winners as “great examples, loaned to schools across the country to serve as idea generators, and displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops.” Cover designs, unique spreads and other components are used for example illustrations in the company’s educational materials and resources. The 16th edition of the Hilltop was created and produced using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Apple Macintosh computers. Adobe Photoshop CS6 was used for color correction of images, as well as for special affects. Artwork for the cover was created in InDesign. Yearbooks will be distributed to students during the last week of school in May and are available for purchase at yearbookforever.com until Thursday, May 1.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville raised $155,00 for its students with the 10th Annual Saints’ Gala “Once Upon a Time” held on Saturday, April 26. The event featured a family-style gourmet dinner and an auction of luxury items and children’s artwork. About 250 guests attended the event to benefit ESK. Alice Smith was the event chair with the assistance of several staff and parent volunteers. Oliver Smith, of Oliver Smith Realty and Auction, and David Alley, of Alley Auction, served as auctioneers for the evening. Guests included Susan and Arthur Seymour, Ted and Avis Phillips, Bob and Margie Parrott, Bob and Karen Gilbertson, Joe and Ruth Fielden, Charlie and Jane Gouffon, Sarah Stowers, Lisa and Wes Stowers, Dan and Whitney Webb, John and Lois Ross, David and Ashley Klappholz and Jim and Cate Biggs. The Kline Gymnasium was transformed into an elegant wonderland full of magic where guests were seated at pastel linen covered tables with flower bundles of hydrangeas and roses, votives and fairytale books, while dining on food from Creative Catering. There was beef tenderloin, poached filet of salmon with lemon caper sauce, a variety of roasted potatoes and roasted vegetables. To satisfy the guests’ sweet tooth, French macaroons, chocolate mousse bites, and chocolate covered strawberries were served. During the Silent Auction, guests enjoyed a “poison apple” signature drink, mini crab cakes with lemon aioli, goat cheese lollipops encrusted with dried fruits and nuts, stuffed cucumber cups with curry cranberry pecan chicken salad and mushroom duxelle tartlets. Live and silent auction items included: a hand-crafted schoolmaster’s desk, week-long trips to the Little Cayman islands and Keystone, Colorado, pie for a year from Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, a birthday party at JumpJam, naming of the street on the ESK campus, a ride in a T-34 airplane and a playhouse built by Saddlebrook Properties. A favorite feature of the annual benefit was the auction of artwork created by Lower School classes. Items included a quilt featuring Kindergarteners’ drawings of The Cat in the Hat, a map of the United States created out of license plates, a fire pit with tiles decorated by Third Grade students and a shadow box containing butterfly cutouts painted with watercolors by First Graders. The evening concluded with a “Raise the Paddle” bringing in $13,600 to benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Sponsors for the event included Scripps Networks Interactive, Clayton Bank and Trust, Cynthia Gibson and David Gilbert, Neyland Associates, David Burkhalter and Michelle Mazerolle Burkhalter, Yogli Mogli, Pilot Travel Centers, Functional Pathways, Enrollment First, Inc., Christopher Aikens and Christy Park, Peter and Jacque Clem, Abacus, BarberMcMurry, OBGYN Professionals of East Tennessee, Paul and Cindy Googe, Jim and Tammy Longest, Jim and Cate Biggs, Tillman Companies, Rodefer Moss, Cherokee Distributing, Bob’s Package Store, Ted and Avis Phillips, Sarah Stowers, Bill and Rhonda Rice, Kirk and Ashley Haun and David and Amy Schumaker.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville will break ground Friday, May 16, for a new 5,000 square foot Lower School addition slated to be ready for use by August 2014. The Reverend Joshua Ashton Hill will officiate at the 8 a.m. ceremony, which will be attended by about 340 students, 75 faculty and staff and other invited guests of ESK. The arts and crafts style building will house two Fifth Grade classrooms and a great room for the Lower School as ESK expands to make room for the first class of Junior Kindergarten students in the fall. Fourth Grade students will participate in the service, as they will be the first Fifth Grade class to use the building. Members of the rising Junior Kindergarten class will assist the Fourth Graders. Each classroom will feature the latest in educational technology, including interactive projectors, which allow teachers to make any surface a learning environment. “ESK has always been at the forefront in educational technology and these interactive projectors allow the school to be a good steward of our resources and invest in technology that really does benefit the educational process,” Director of Technology Julie King said. Barber McMurry Architects designed the building. Messer Construction Co. is the building contractor. Following Episcopalian groundbreaking tradition, students will wrap ribbons around the groundbreaking site to form the ancient letter, “Chi,” which is the symbol of both the cross and the name of Christ. “Construction of this Lower School addition is another step toward cementing the legacy of The Episcopal School of Knoxville in this community,” Headmaster Jay Secor said. “We are certain the impact of our Junior-Kindergarten program will be a shining example of ESK’s commitment to academic excellence.”
The Episcopal School of Knoxville held graduation exercises for the 45 members of the Class of 2014 on Friday, May 23, in the school’s Kline Gymnasium. Students have announced plans to attend area high schools which include Bearden High School, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville Catholic High School, L&N Stem Academy, Webb School of Knoxville, Concord Christian School, Bearden High School, Roane County High School and West High School. One student will attend University School in Cleveland, Ohio. Six students will attend boarding schools: The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. The Very Rev. John Ross, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, offered a blessing for the graduates. Student Government president Holly Batey was guest speaker. Athletic Director Red Waller was featured speaker, as decided by student vote. Middle School Director Kevin Foley also spoke. Headmaster James Jay Secor III, Foley and Cate Biggs, president of the Board of Trustees, presented diplomas. Hallie Longest, daughter of Jim and Tammy Longest, was named recipient of the seventh annual Harry W. Stowers Award. Presented by Mrs. Sarah Stowers, the award goes to a student who best displays service, faith, intellect, gentleness and compassion, characteristics of the late Mr. Stowers, a longtime friend of the school. The graduates are: Holly Batey, Ethan Baughman, Will Betz, Addy Bonovich, Sydney Broussard, Steven Busby, Matt Byers, Peter Cooper, Megan Garcia, Zach Gilbert, Alexis Hartwig, Elizabeth Hethmon, Jamie Hickling, Towns Hughes, Ethan Johnson, Grace Jolley, Yana Kelley, Zan Killeffer, Hallie Longest, Casey Majors, Christa Jane McFarland, Tim Monroe, Anna Catherine Morton, John Mullaney, Alexandra Musrock, Andrew Natter, George NeCastro, Georgia Pappano, Lauren Reed, Damon Rodefer, Alex Schrubb, Tori Scrubb, Witt Spiller, Zach Stivers, Tristan Stouffer, Matt Tambornini, Grace Taylor, Ansley Turley, Blair Turley, Todd Walker, Lauren Wise, Calder Woodward, Emerson Wright and Aaron Young. The Episcopal School of Knoxville has graduated 11 eighth grade classes.