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• Knox County Superintendent of schools will conduct additional onsite reviews of some schools with members of his staff as they develop a capital proposal for fiscal year 2009. Superintendent has invited members of School Board to participate in review. Schedule for area schools is as follows: From 9 to 10 a.m.,Thursday, Feb. 21, Farragut Primary School; from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., Farragut Intermediate School and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Farragut Middle School. From 9 to 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, Bluegrass Elementary School and from 10:15 to 11:15, Bearden Elementary School. From 4 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, Hardin Valley Academy.

• Farragut High School PTSO announces its Farragut Spirit Wear Sale. Orders will be taken through Friday, Feb. 15. All proceeds will go to the FHS Education Foundation to help fund the fine arts renovations slated for this year. To place Online orders, visit or students may place orders during their lunch period. For more information, call 865-777-5232.

• Pellissipi State Technical Com-munity College will host the eighth annual Tennessee Middle School Mathematics Competition Friday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at its Hardin Valley Road campus. Comp-etition is designed for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, including home-schoolers, in the East Ten-nessee region who excel in mathematics. Participants will be able to see how their math ability compares to that of other regional students. Contestants should compete at their grade level and not at the grade level of the math class in which they are enrolled. Students will be permitted to use calculators, including graphing calculators, on the exams. Registra-tion deadline is Tuesday, March 31, and no registrations will be accepted after that date. Space for students is limited and may fill up prior to deadline, so early registration is recommended. To be eligible for the team competition, a school must bring at least four students at each grade level. Schools must limit the number of students at any level to a maximum of 10 percent of grade-level enrollment, or up to 15 students. For additional information, call Jonathan Lamb, associate professor of Mathe-matics at PSTCC, at 865-694-6699 or email

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College is now accepting new and gently used books and other items for its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale, set for March 25-26. Event will take place at all four sites: Pellissippi Campus, Blount County Center, Magnolia Avenue Campus and Division Street Campus. Music and movies on CD, DVD and videotape, as well as puzzles and computer games eill be accepted as well. Proceeds from the sale will go to Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships. Drop-off points include McWherter, Alexander, and Bagwell buildings on Hardin Valley campus. For additional information or to make arrangements for book pickup, call 865-539-7261.

• Knox County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will offer as riding clinic from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at Roane State Community College’s Indoor Riding Arena. Clinic will give all 4-H members the opportunity to learn, practice and ride in the indoor arena, and will offer a tremendous amount of instruction and hands-on training. Bring your horse, your parents, or just come by and enjoy the day. All youth grades 4-12 are encouraged to attend, as well as all surrounding 4-H clubs. Price of clinic is $15. All participants must have a parent or guardian sign a RSTCC release form prior to entering arena. For a copy of form in advance, call 865-215-2340. For additional information, call Mary Wigginton at 865-207-2247, or Melanie Prater at 865-660-2223.

• Farragut High School Parent Teacher Student Organization’s mid-year newsletter is now available at

• Five Star Admirals Service Club will hold its third annual Scholastic Book Fair through Friday, Feb. 15, at Farragut Middle School’s Studio Theatre.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College Foundation announces the completion of its dollar-for-dollar Challenge Grant from U.S. Department of Education. Foundation raised required funds of $362,000. USDE matched each dollar. Funds will be used toward scholarships, equipment and other areas of need.

• Knoxville Museum of Art will display an exhibit of ceramic bowls made by Webb Lower School students in the month of February.

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet its faculty at a Visitors’ Open House from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24. No reservation is necessary to attend.

• American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge announces Third Thursdays, a program specifically designed for home schoolers in grades K-3 and grades 4-6, whereby AMSE educators lead the interactive science programs at the museum on the third Thursday of each month through May. Programs for grades K-3 are one hour and begin at 11 a.m., while programs for grades 4-6 are two hours and begin at 12:30 p.m., on the designated Thursday.  Advance reservations are required one week prior to the third Thursday of each month and no registrations are confirmed until receipt of payment is received by AMSE. The programs of grades K-3 are $6 per session and grades 4-6 are $10 to $25 a session. Program fees include AMSE admission for one student and one adult. Any siblings accompanying the student and parent will have to pay regular admission into the museum. Registration is open at AMSE for Third Thursdays. Scheduled dates and programs are: Thursday, Feb. 14, Wheels and Motion; Thursday, Feb. 21, Flight and Hovercraft; Thursday, March 27, Robomania; Thursday, April 17, Chemistry; and Thursday, May 15, Butterflies. All programs are held at AMSE, except Thursday, May 15, program, which is scheduled for Freels Bend Cabin in Oak Ridge. For more information on Third Thursdays schedules, costs and registration, visit or come by AMSE to pick-up a schedule registration form. Registration form and fee per class can be mailed to Third Thursdays, c/o AMSE, 300 South Tulane Ave. Oak Ridge, TN  37830.

• Hardin Valley Academy has added two more people to its staff. Rachel Bruun is currently a guidance counselor at Karns High School and will take on that same position with HVA in January. Carloyn Carter is currently a teaching assistant at Hardin Valley Elementary School and will be joining HVA in January as a secretary to the guidance office. 

• Knox County Schools has sent out letters to parents whose child has been absent more than is permitted by school policy. Knox County policy is that the student has five class days in which to turn in a note after returning to classes. Students are allowed 10 “parent” notes a year. After 10 absences, a doctor’s note is required in order to be counted as excused. All absences are entered as unexcused when a student is absent and then changed to excused (either by a parent note or a doctor note) only after a note is received. If a student receives 10 unexcused absences, both the parents and the student are requested to attend a hearing.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College announces its approval from Tennessee Board of Regents, to offer an Associate of Science in Teaching degree for elementary education, with a K-6 emphasis. Degree will transfer to any TBR institution, and to Carson-Newman College. A.S.T. coursework includes 15 hours of field experience in elementary schools. A.S.T. degree leads directly into Tennessee Technological Univers-ity’s education program hereby PSTCC graduates can earn elementary teaching licensure (grades K through 6) and a bachelor’s degree in human learning while attending classes a PSTCC. For more information, contact Meg Moss at 865-694-6673 or

• Paieda Academy will hold its annual Spring Banquet and Silent Auction beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, at Bearden Banquet Hall. Guest speaker will be Joel Belz, founder and former publisher of World magazine. Advance tickets are required. Tickets may be purchased by calling the school office at 865-670-0440. To view silent auction catalog, visit All proceeds from the banquet go to support Paideia Academy’s mission of providing a challenging classical education founded upon a biblical worldview.

• Webb School of Knoxville an-nounces its award of The All-Tennessee Award from Tennessee High School Press Association for its 2007 Priceps Yearbook. Award will be officially presented at THSPA’s spring conference at VCanderbilt University. Yearbooks student editors were Aftyn Behn and Emily King.


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