Common Core FAQs Provided by Achieve the Core

    • A Common Core FAQ created by teachers, for teachers that includes key information about the background of the Standards, what the changes mean for students and resources where parents can learn more.

    • Milestone Videos from are short videos for parents that show what children in grades K-5 should be able to do in each grade.

    • Parent Roadmaps from Council of Great City Schools (available in both English and Spanish) provide guidance to parents about what the Standards call for students to be able to do in grades K-8 in math andELA by the end of each grade level. The roadmaps also offer tips for parents on how to help their children at home and how to talk to their children’s teachers about the Standards.

    • As always, the Shifts at a Glance help explain the biggest instructional changes in ELA and math.

Classes and Events

    • FREE ESL and Basic Literacy Classes at Lonsdale Elementary/Clases de alfabetización e inglés GRATIS en Lonsdale Elementary 
      Come and learn how to read and write in English. Classes are offered as follows: 
       ESL-- Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5 PM
      Basic Literacy-- Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5 PM
      Venga a aprender a leer y escribir además del Inglés. Las clases se ofrecen de la siguiente manera:
      Inglés-- Martes y Jueves 4-5 PM
      Alfabetización-- Lunes y Miércoles 4-5 PM
      For more information call Centro Hispano/para mayor información llame a Centro Hispano: 865-522-0052 

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    • Arts and Culture for One Penny: Penny4Arts provides every child in Knox County and surrounding counties opportunities to attend local arts and culture activities at a maximum cost of ONE PENNY! Nearly 30 organizations are participating in Penny4Arts, providing cultural events such as plays, concerts, and movies. Visit for more information. 
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    • Twice Monthly: Start Smart Classes: Knox County Health Department is offering a free interactive learning program for expectant parents and parents of children up to two years old. This class is one session only with an additional follow up session. Participants will receive a free gift. Click here for more information. 

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Parents and Staff

    • Lending Library Is Now Available Online! Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Department and Family Resource Center have an extensive collection of books, covering many topics, that are available to be checked out! Click On "Lending Library" under the Community Resources tab to view the library's contents.

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District News

    • The Knox County Schools is using a new system to manage student meals accounts.  PayPams is no longer a service used by the Knox County Schools, and therefore no money should be added to your child’s account through this system.  Parents should disregard any requests to replenish funds to a child’s account with PayPams.  PayPams has already been deactivated for Knox County Schools students. 
    • For any pre-payments on a student’s account, parents should go to  All money deposited into a PayPams account will carry over to the new pre-pay portal.  If parents have questions, they may call the Knox County Schools Nutrition Department at 865-594-3640.​
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New Parent Portal

  • New Parent Portal:  First Step
    The transition to the new website means that existing parent portal accounts are no longer available.  The first step in establishing your new and improved portal account is to complete the “Student Information Verification” form that will be sent home from your student’s school.  Please take time to review this verification sheet and update accordingly.  We apologize for any inconvenience these forms might cause, particularly if you have multiple children in the schools.  It’s important, however, to update the information carefully as the e-mail addresses you provide on this sheet will enable you to create your account later in the school year. 
    The process of collecting and inputting parent e-mail addresses that will connect parents to their new parent portal accounts will require a significant amount of time for the schools.  Parents can expect to receive instructions for setting up their accounts, therefore, in early October. 
    In the meantime, students will be able to access their grades, attendance, etc., beginning August 8 by using their current active directory logins, and parents can access their students’ information using the students’ login information.  For help in locating your student’s login information, please contact your student’s school.
               Click here for the Q and A form.