Friday, March 14 Changed to Instructional Day
While the Knox County Schools has eight days available to use as inclement weather days, the district has used nine so far this winter. This means that one day currently must be made up. On March 5, the Knox County Board of Education voted to change the staff professional development day scheduled for Friday, March 14 to a regular school day.
If additional days are missed due to inclement weather, the student and staff holiday scheduled for April 21 will be used as a make-up day.
If you have additional questions about these calendar changes, please contact your child's school.
Race Brings Hundreds of Runners, Thousands of Smiles
Heart rates weren't the only things soaring at the sixth annual Rusty Wallace Honda Run for the Schools on Saturday, March 1. Spirits were high as well on this cold March morning when close to 1,800 people put power to pavement to race and walk in support of schools in East Tennessee. Several Knox County Schools entered teams of teachers, administrators, or students, including Carter High School, Holton Middle School, and Shannondale Elementary School. Thanks to major sponsors, Rusty Wallace Honda, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, and the Knoxville Zoo, for their support of education.
Teachers of the Year honored at annual banquet
The Teacher of the Year banquet is held to celebrate the achievements of our great teachers. Teachers from each school are nominated by their peers and winners are selected from our elementary, middle, and high school divisions.
Congratulations to this year's winners, Kristin Risdahl, 4th grade, Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, Merry Anderson, 8th grade, Karns Middle School, and Leslie Howe, Computer Science, Farragut High School. (Read More)
Students' experiments bound for space aboard International Space Station
The Knox County Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Instructional Program is sponsoring this school system-wide initiative to involve students in authentic science and offer them the chance to be part of the U.S. Space Program. Students in the Knox County Schools have the opportunity to design experiments, one of which will be chosen to go into space. This Knox County effort is the only such program offered in Tennessee. Knox County Schools is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program’s (SSEP) Mission 6 to the International Space Station (ISS). SSEP is a national STEM education program undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC.(Read More)
Superintendent delivers “State of the Schools” Address
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, delivered his third annual “State of the Schools Address” February 11 at Hardin Valley Academy.
The State of the Schools Address provides an overview of academic progress in the Knox County Schools, gives an update on implementation of the five-year strategic plan entitled Excellence for All Children, and outlines the educational goals and aspirations for the coming year.
Strategic Plan Development - Knox Schools 2020
We are very pleased with the amount of feedback we have received from stakeholders regarding the development of the next five-year strategic plan for Knox County Schools. The next step is to consolidate the information into a draft document. For periodic updates, please continue to visit the Knoxschools2020.org website and also follow us on Twitter @knoxschools2020. As always, if you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
Knox County Schools Strategic Plan:
The strategic plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to identify and assess the strengths and the needs of the Knox County Schools. The plan builds on the vision for the future, Building on Strength: Excellence for All Children, that I presented to the Board of Education and the community in December 2008.
Just as we did with the development of the vision, we have had broad stakeholder participation and comment as we have developed this strategic plan. We have collected insights at multiple community forums and meetings with school leaders. The Knox County Council PTA, the Knox County Education Association, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and our school principals were also represented on the strategic plan advisory group.
This strategic plan provides a blueprint for our actions, and defines our success for the next five years. There are areas in this strategic plan that are very specific in nature, elements that are more general, and some components that will require additional research and analysis. We have clearly established goals and initiatives that will be regularly measured using a variety of methods and metrics.
This strategic plan provides for the productive development of our instructional practices, processes, and systems, as well as an educational culture that will enable us to realize higher levels of academic success for all students, and achieve our vision of Excellence for All Children.
James P. McIntyre, Jr.
Knox County Schools Mission:
Knox County Schools will enable all students to achieve academic success based on established performance standards and students' individual needs and abilities, by providing highly trained teachers, a nurturing environment and by partnering with parents and the community to ensure that a commitment to education continues outside the classroom.
DIRECTIONS TO CENTRAL OFFICE:
From I-40 W, take exit 388A for James White Parkway. Merge onto Downtown Loop/James White Parkway. Take the exit toward US-441/Downtown/Cumberland Ave onto Cumberland Avenue. Turn left onto Gay Street. Turn left onto Hill Avenue then left onto State Street where parking is available in the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage on the right.
From I-40 E, take the 389 Exit for Hall of Fame Drive toward US 441- N/Broadway. Keep left at the fork and merge onto Downtown Loop/James White Parkway. Take exit US-441 S/Downtown/Cumberland Avenue onto Cumberland Avenue. Take the first left onto Gay Street. Turn left onto Hill Avenue then left onto State Street where parking is available in the Dwight Kessel Parking Garage.
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