Excellence for Every Child

Mason Strader, a 7th grader, was invited to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program.  Participants are selected for scoring above the 95th percentile on state achievement tests.  Mason scored high enough on the ACT to be recognized at the State Recognition Ceremony, which will be held on May 9th at Belmont University. 


Our 8th grade chorus participated in the East Tennessee Vocal Association Middle School Choral Festival and received Superior ratings (highest possible) in both performance and sight reading.  Chorus teachers are Rebecca McCurdy and Bethany Williams.

8th Grade Teacher Lisa Taylor Spends Summer Teaching Kids Outside the Classroom
Taking to the Water  
Lisa Taylor spent her summer working with students from around the country to encourage a love of learning, science, and the outdoors. To read the full article, please click here

 SDMS Student Wins 1st Place in the Knoxville Chalk Walk Art Show
Chalk Walk 1st Place Winner  
Congratulations to Elena Lawson a SDMS student for winning first place in the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk in Market Square.
The Chalk Walk comes back in its seventh year and remains one of the fan favorites among our visitors in April! The street painting festival, whose origination as a featured event of Dogwood Arts, drew inspiration from a 16th century Italian happening, turns Knoxville’s downtown sidewalks into a seemingly infinite canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. Dogwood Arts brings this event to Knoxville once again to continue to educate visitors and artists, alike, of this lost art in hopes of keeping it alive for future generations. Bring the family and get some ideas for your child’s next driveway masterpiece – or your own! 

Two South-Doyle Students Win at the National History Day Competition
Katie Hunneycutt and Emily Kersey  


Congratulations to 8th graders Katie Hunneycutt and Emily Kersey for winning the National History Day competition in the documentary division state championship in Nashville. We are so excited to announce that these amazing girls will be moving on to the nationals competition in Washington D.C. Congratulations girls you make South-Doyle proud! 

8th Grade Chorus and Ensemble Receives Top Rating!
SDMS Chorus Ensemble  
Congratulations to the 8th Grade Chorus and Ensemble members! Both groups received ratings of "Excellent" for performance and ratings of "Superior" for sight reading at choral festival! (Ensemble actually got a perfect score in sightreading!)

SDMS Students participate in the Very Special Arts Festival

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A Very Special Arts Festival is a one of a kind event that celebrates Knox County Students with diverse abilities and the various artistic skills they are learning in the classroom.

It's not a competition, but an opportunity for students with disabilities to share their talents, works of art, and accomplishments with the community. Through this event, the Dogwood Arts Festival wants to encourage and stimulate feelings of self-worth within these students.

Wednesday's festival included a wide variety of activities in music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Students also participated in workshops of “make and take” arts and crafts, demonstrations, exhibits of art work, and performances by individuals with disabilities

A Very Special Arts Festival is supported by AKIMA Women’s Club of Knoxville, The Pilot Club, West High School, and West Knoxville Civitan Club.



The event is a united effort between Dogwood Arts, the University of Tennessee Departments of Art and Special Education, and Knox County Schools.

 Cast and Crew of the SDMS Guys and Dolls Jr. Go See a Broadway Production
 Guys and Dolls Jr. Cast and Crew
 The SDMS cast and crew of "Guys and Dolls Jr." was awarded a grant that provided tickets for the entire group to see "Guys and Dolls" at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday! It was the first time a lot of them have ever had the opportunity to see a Broadway production. To say they were excited would definitely be an understatement. Congratulations to all of our students and crew.

50,000 Trees Planted Across Knox County
And a Few at South-Doyle 
A national group planned a day to plant 50,000 trees across the country in one day ( http://tectn.org/50ktreeday/)
As part of this program, Joseph Konvicka, an intern with the local Adopt-a-Watershed program through Americorps, and I developed a plan to have SDMS students participate.
Students who participated received bonus points and were provided with gloves and tools use to plant the seedlings.
An area was picked along Baker Creek and members of my Outdoor Classroom Club marked the planting sites a few days before the big planting day, March 14. 
About ten students and several adults showed up at 10am and got to work. In less than two hours, we planted 100 trees and erected a barrier to mark their location and protect the trees from lawn mowers or  playing children.