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Knox County Schools Host Variety of National Magnet Month Celebrations
February is Magnet School Awareness Month and Knox County magnet schools are celebrating! The initiative, led by Magnet Schools of America, celebrates magnet schools and the impact they have on the lives of students and communities across the country. In an effort to achieve Excellence for Every Child and to provide families with more choices in finding the right school for their child, the Knox County Schools has nine magnet schools spanning elementary, middle and high school programs. These magnet schools offer the same rigorous curriculum as other schools, but also integrate specialized themes to meet the learning interests and strengths of every child.
On Monday, Feb. 1, a representative from DENSO will bring a DENSO robot named Henry, who was created by college interns, to Green Magnet Academy to illustrate how science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) are used in the work place. Some students will get to play Henry in a game of Connect 4. Members of the media are also invited to attend the presentation and challenge Henry, who will be in classrooms between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. To date, only a handful of people have been able to defeat the robot at the game.
On Thursday, Feb. 25, Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy will host Legends and Legacy Day, with programming from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. that includes school tours, a museum walk with light refreshments, a reception for former and current staff, recognition of legends and legacies of the school during an evening program, musical performances, and the option to view a traveling exhibit from the Beck Cultural Center.
In addition to the activities above, each magnet school will host open an open house event; the dates and times of those are listed below:
- Beaumont Magnet Academy: Jan. 28 at 5:00 p.m.
- FulCom Magnet School: Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy: Feb. 2 at 5:00 p.m.
- Green Magnet Academy: Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.
- Career Magnet Academy at PSTCC: Feb. 4 at 5:00 p.m.
- L&N STEM Academy: Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m.
- Austin-East Magnet High School: Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
- West High School – IB: Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m.
- Vine Middle Magnet School: TBD