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8th Annual Parent Conference

Great Schools Partnership receives grant

East Tennessee reveals new "STEMspark" brand

Inskip Elementary to celebrate 100th anniversary

Marching Band Exhibition DVDs available for order

"The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book" now available in stores

Dates to Save
8th Annual Parent Conference:

The Knox County Schools, Knox County Council PTA, and Project GRAD Knoxville are partnering to present “Parents…Our True Superheroes!” for the 8th Annual Parent Conference on Tuesday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center.

A light, complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a variety of free materials to all parents and caregivers of Knox County Schools’ students. Parents will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshops on topics identified through input from parents throughout the Knox County Schools, such as homework help, resources for English language learners, special needs advocacy, college prep, and much more.

Full workshop information information is available is here.

 All guests must register no later than Tuesday, October 16.

Great Schools Partnership Receives $45,000 from Cellular Sales
The Great Schools Partnership recently received a $45,000 donation from Cellular Sales in support of tutoring centers in Knox County High Schools.

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, said, "We can't do our job of educating children effectively  without this type of support from our parents and our community. We are so grateful to organizations, like Verizon Cellular Sales, that are willing to be a part of our effort to provide an outstanding education to our kids. It’s vitally important to the work that we do with children.”

The tutoring center provides a number of services for students, from after-school tutoring to credit recovery opportunities. Principal Katherine Banner states that the tutoring center has already made a significant impact by increasing graduation rates as well as the school’s ACT composite scores.

The Great Schools Partnership is a free-standing tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to help Knox County Schools go from good to great. It has plans to open additional tutoring centers in Knox County High Schools at Central, Carter, South-Doyle and Gibbs.

East Tennessee STEM Hub Reveals New “STEMspark” Brand
Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, and Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education, recently unveiled the new brand and logo for the East Tennessee STEM Hub at the L&N STEM Academy at a special press conference.

“We are excited to debut our new name and logo,” said Marilyn Roddy, former City Councilwoman who has been appointed as the East Tennessee STEM Hub Director. “Stakeholders felt that the former name of the STEM Hub, ‘Knoxville Area Resources for STEM Teaching’ or ‘KARST’ didn’t fully convey the regional significance of the initiative. I’m confident that the new brand will more accurately convey our mission and help us to expand our efforts.”

The East Tennessee Hub is a part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), which was established by then-Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen as a unique public-private collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and Battelle Memorial Institute to promote and expand STEM education in K-12 public schools across Tennessee.

This regional initiative is part of more than $500 million from the “Race to the Top” grant that Tennessee won in 2010. The East Tennessee Hub is located at L&N STEM Academy, which supports Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union Counties. Each of the 13 county school districts is involved as well as the city school systems in Alcoa, Lenoir City, and Maryville, and the Episcopal School of Knoxville and Webb School of Knoxville. 

When fully implemented, there will be six regional innovation hubs when the network is complete. For more information about the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, visit www.thetsin.org.

Inskip Elementary School to Celebrate 100th Anniversary 

Inskip Elementary School will hold a commemorative 100-Year Celebration on Friday, November 2, 2012. They welcome parents and community partners to join them in their following plans:

•    9 and 9:30 a.m. – Tree plantings led by Eddie Mannis, Inskip Elementary graduate and Chief Operating Officer for the City of Knoxville

•    1 p.m. – Program featuring Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Board of Education member Indya Kincannon, Principal Elisa Luna, and Inskip students
•    3:30 to 7 p.m. – Open House for classroom tours; viewing of school memorabilia; visit with former and current students, teachers, and administrators; to see Inskip’s 100-year timeline
Inskip Elementary School is located at 4701 High School Road. For more information, please email inskip100th@gmail.com.

Get Your Knox County High School Marching Exhibition DVD

Those who are interested in making a contribution for a DVD of the 2012 Knox County High Schools’ marching band exhibition, can contact their school’s band director for details. Each high school band showcased a 15 minute performance, and DVDs are available as a fundraising effort for each school.

“The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book” Available for Purchase in Stores
“The Original Knox County Schools Coupon Book” contains money-saving offers worth more than $10,000, providing discounts on fast food, fine dining, personal and professional services, as well as shopping and entertainment. Although the two-week student campaign to sell them has ended, they are now available in these select store locations and on our website at knoxschools.org for $10:

Knoxville Teachers Federal Credit Union

(all Knox County locations)

BreadBox Food Stores
(all Knox County locations)

Hearth & Patio

9347 Kingston Pike

Rocky Top Book Stores

2116 Cumberland Avenue

School Box
Morrell Road at Deane Hill Centre

Tots & Teens Optical

Koppel Plaza
Across from East TN Children’s Hospital

Linda’s Hallmark

7240 Kingston Pike

11527 Kingston Pike
Important Dates to Save

October 13

Knox County Schools’ Teacher Supply Depot Opens from 7 a.m. to noon

October 15
Knox County Board of Education Mid-Month Work Session at 5 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Building.

October 17
End of first 9-week grading period

October 18 and 19

Fall Break

October 23

8th Annual Parent Conference

November 2
Inskip Elementary School’s 100th Anniversary  

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