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• Greenway School invites interested families to tour from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. Visitors will meet the teachers and learn about the school’s college-track curriculum for grades 6, 7 and 8. This fully accredited, independent day school provides hands-on learning in all subjects, a laptop computer for every student and free after-school care. Licensed master teachers in a nurturing environment teach the advanced “Connected Curriculum” in classes of only 10 to 14. Greenway is enrolling now for fall 2008. School is located on a 20-acre wooded campus at 544 Canton Hollow Road. No reservation is needed for the open house.  For more information, visit www.greenwayschool.edu or call 865-777-0197.

• A.L. Lotts PTA will host a Scholastic Book Fair through Friday, Nov. 2.  Family Night will be held beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1. Children and their families are welcomed to shop the fair located in the gymnasium. Stop by the cafeteria to watch your child create his/her own book at the Build-A-Book event. Book kits cost $6, and all supplies are included. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Julie Werner or DeAnna Ward at 865-539-8611.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s Lower School, kindergarten through fifth-grade, will host an Admissions Open House, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Lower School Commons on the Webb School campus. Interested parents are invited to learn about education and admissions at Webb from Webb School president, Scott Hutchinson, and Lower School director, Angie Crabtree. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deborah Gross at 865-291-3864. Webb also invites parents and their children to “Take a Look” at Webb’s Lower School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13. Take a self-guided tour of the Lower School, visit the classrooms and meet members of the Lower School faculty.

• Paideia Academy will host the first of its open houses for families interested in registering for grades K-9 in the 2008-09 school year from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Each open house will include a presentation about the vision and distinctives of Paideia Academy, student recitals, classroom tours and opportunities to talk with the teachers. To learn more about Paideia Academy, call the school office at 865-670-0440 or visit the Web site www.PaideiaKnoxville.org.

• Hsiang-te Kung, a direct descendant of Confucius, is keeping the ancient philosopher’s penchant for wisdom alive and well. Kung, director of the Confucius Institute soon to open at the University of Memphis, will speak on the importance of the U.S.-China relationship for education and business at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Performing Arts Center at the campus off Hardin Valley Road. Presentation is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Theresa Castillo at 865-539-7279 or tcastillo@tncis.org.

• While your friends and family freeze through another gray Tennessee winter, you can be soaking up the sun in Morelia, Mexico, and getting college credit for it. Pellissippi State Technical Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for Interna-tional Studies are offering a brand-new semester-long study abroad program, and registration is now under way. Enrollment deadline is Friday, Nov. 30, and the number of students is limited. Participants leave Knoxville Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, for Morelia, a city of more than one million situated in central Mexico between Guadalajara and Mexico City. Students return April 29 with 12 hours of college credit (six hours of Spanish and six hours of general education courses) and a lifetime of memories that include the irreplaceable experience of living with a local family. Other online classes also are available. Cost of the semester is $4,800, which includes full room and board, a round-trip airline ticket and all excursions. Students may be eligible for federal and state financial aid, as well as for international education grants from the college. Applications are available at www.tncis.org and at the TnCIS office, Room 103, Alexander Building, on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For further details, contact Theresa Castillo at 865-539-7279 or tcastillo@pstcc.edu, or Milton Grimes at 865-539-7268 or jmgrimes@pstcc.edu.

• Farragut Primary School PTA will hold its annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3. Lunch will be available for $4, including drink, and is catered by Buddy’s BBQ. Activities include a bake sale, children’s games, arts and crafts, basket auction, children’s music program and inflatable bounce houses. Game and food tickets may be purchased at the event.

• Farragut High School Science Academy will present its first in a series of scientific lectures beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the FHS library. Dr. Ward Plummer, distinguished professor of physics at The University of Tennessee and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present “Materials for the 21st Century: A Revolutionary-Not an Evolutionary-Approach.” A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

• The Episcopal School of Knoxville will host a drop-in Open House for all grades from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet headmaster, Jay Secor, and admissions director, Peter Klekamp, tour the school, observe classes and hear from families with children now enrolled in the school. ESK is located at 950 Episcopal School Way just off Lovell Road in West Knoxville. For more information, call 865-777-9032, consult the school’s Web site at www.esknoxville.org or contact Peter Klekamp at klekamp@esknoxville.org.

• Sacred Heart Cathedral School will hold Information Night at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the SHCS library. Teachers will be on hand to answer questions, and applications for grades K-8 will be available. Childcare will be provided in the school cafeteria. For more information, call admissions director, Jere Doherty, at 865-558-4136 or visit www.shcschool.org.

• Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is now accepting applications for Middle Tennessee’s first Doctor of Pharmacy program through the online application available at www.pharmacy.lipscomb.edu. Program will enroll the first class of 75 students in August 2008, pending receipt of pre-candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Applications from individuals will be accepted through Feb. 4. Information on pharmacy prerequisites and specifics of the program can be found at www.pharmacy.lipscomb.edu or by calling 615-966-7160.

• For the third semester in a row, Pellissippi State Technical Community College has experienced its highest enrollment ever. Officials recently announced an increase in student enrollment for the 2007 fall semester—exceeding last year’s record fall enrollment by 5.2 percent. Head count is 8,608 students taking classes for hourly credit, up by 422 over this time in 2006. PSTCC offers 13 career/technical programs for students who plan to earn a two-year associate’s degree and pursue a career. Numerous college transfer options also are available to students who want to earn an associate’s degree and continue on to a four-year school.

• Lipscomb University announced the debut of the Center for Law, Justice & Society, a new program designed to not only engender civic pride among its students, but to craft them into strong civic leaders, armed with the skills to implement social change. The center will promote dialogue on legal and societal issues in the community, as well as offering Lipscomb’s new major in law, justice & society, which debuted this fall, joining a growing trend in undergraduate law programs in the nation.

• Members of the Farragut High School Red Cross Club made a global impact by raising money to benefit the Measles Initiative, an international program dedicated to reducing the number of measles deaths worldwide. The Red Cross club organized a bake sale at the high school at the beginning of October and raised about $500 by selling home-baked goods to their fellow students during school lunches. A child can be protected from measles by a simple vaccination that costs less than $1, and the club dedicated their first project of the school year to protecting children around the globe from this vaccine-preventable disease. Club members presented these funds to the Red Cross at their Monday, Oct. 15, meeting. For more information, call the Red Cross in Knoxville at 865-584-2999

 

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