Episcopal School of Knoxville Celebrates 20 years

Episcopal School of Knoxville second-, third- and fourth-graders sing “What Can One Little Person Do” and “If You Want to Be A Star” during a Chapel Service Celebration Friday, Oct. 26.
Twenty years ago Google began, Game Boy’s Pokémon went on the market, Harry Potter books started a phenomenon and a group opened a new Episcopal school in Knoxville.

In 1998, Episcopal School of Knoxville, 950 Episcopal School Way off Gilbert Drive, opened its doors for its first class of students and “has been nurturing students in academic excellence, fine arts, world languages, outdoor education and more ever since,” said Amanda Sharpe, ESK communications and strategic coordinator.

“Look how far we’ve come in 20 years, and a lot is going to happen in the next 20 years,” said Jack Talmadge, ESK head of schools during a Chapel Service Celebration in the school Friday, Oct. 26.

“I know everybody and everybody knows me,” fourth-grader Eleanor Bookstaff said after the chapel service. “It’s just really nice to be with other classmates, and the teachers are very nice, too. They treat you like you’re their child.”

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CCS helping hand

Students’ love for special needs shines with FBC’s Helping Hands

CCS eighth-grader Maddie Wright assists Helping Hands ministry participant Corey Wyatt.
Diane Knudsen has long had a love for members of the special needs community, which certainly shows as she leads First Baptist Concord’s Helping Hands adult day program.

While she had long hoped for some connectivity with the students next door at Concord Christian School regarding that program, she did not realize CCS Middle school principal Amanda Lane had a similar thought.

“I had an idea in August to see how students could be helpful, and learn to serve in the community,” said Lane, who involved her rising eighth-grade students in the collaboration process. “We started talking about service, and what God wants from us.”

One of the students suggested reaching out to the Helping Hands ministry — serving special needs adults — as several had worked with it as fourth-graders in what has become an annual local mission focus for that grade group, which raises funds for Helping Hands participants to attend summer camp.

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HVA’s ‘Little Women’ to run Nov. 16-19

Alex Miller, left, portraying Amy March in Hardin Valley Academy’s production of “Little Women,” comforts sister, Beth March, who is dying of scarlet fever and is portrayed by Grace Finney, in preparation for the production starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in the HVA auditorium, 11345 Hardin Valley Road.
Hardin Valley Academy’s advanced theater class is leading the community into the holidays as it presents the emotional, coming-of-age production of “Little Women,” based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel.

The production is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in HVA’s auditorium, 11345 Hardin Valley Road.

Tickets, $5 for students and $7 for adults, will be sold at the door.

“This is the 150th anniversary of the novel, ‘Little Women,’ so it’s been a big push all year, all over the country in literary circles,” HVA advanced theater teacher Robert Warren said about “Little Women.”

“I love this piece because it’s so timely about what a woman is capable of being,” Warren added, explaining back in the 1800s it was unheard of for a woman, who had no rights, to be published using her real name.

The only way a woman could get published was to change her name to a man’s name, he added.

“But (Alcott), who wrote this book, managed to get published by an American publisher (under her name),” Warren said. “I think that’s a very empowering story. The story is about life and it’s about growing up.”

Girls from Hardin Valley Middle School will be playing the March sisters at a younger age while HVA’s advanced theater students portray them at a later age.

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Fall Festivals

The “Where’s Waldo Family” of Matt and Chante Hensley, with children, Darrien, Deionna, Cainnan, Ava Joy, Jericho, Sydni, Savannah and Athena.
Area schools celebrated fall in October with outdoor festivals at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and SJN Catholic School, Farragut Primary and Hardin Valley Elementary schools. Hundreds of students, parents and community volunteers enjoyed lots of food and games, crafts, face-painting, collecting Jazzy Jars and testing their outdoor skills, with many also dressing up in their Halloween finery.

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