The Cherokee Chronicle

April 2022

Principal's Note

Lamar Families,

We hope everyone had a safe, relaxing, and fun Spring Break! As we continue into the final part of our school year, I am continually in awe of the progress that our students are making after several very difficult years! This progress is made possible through the tireless efforts of our teachers and staff and through the partnership we are able to make with your family!

Several things to be aware of as we move into April and approach the end of our 2021-22 school year:

1. Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAPs) will start the week of April 18 and run through April 29. This state assessment for students in grades 3-8 helps our school gather much needed data for the next school year. This in turn helps up provide the most prescriptive learning for your child. Please plan appointments and other absences outside of these dates and ensure that students are at school on time. Below are some simple testing tips as we prepare for this assessment. If you are able to Proctor for these assessments, please email Dr. Hill at or call the office. We are still in need of volunteers.

2. Summer School is a great opportunity to help your upcoming K-8 grade student prepare for next grade level and to get some extra help on the skills they worked on this school year! This program run from May 31 to June 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM. It will include work in reading, writing, math, fun STEM-like activities, and some field trips. There will be free breakfast and lunch each day and transportation is available. If your child is not already signed up, please contact the office at 753-1130 or email lead teacher Ms. Cindy McAvoy at Below is the letter that was sent to all families with more information.

3. A Child Safety Letter from the Washington County Sheriff's Office was sent home before Spring Break. This is a program that they are offering all students in Washington County. Parental permission is required before participation. The due date for these forms is April 12. Please contact Sergeant Rocky Ratliff at if you have any questions and see the image below for more information.

Again, thanks for your continued support and as always please feel free to contact the office at 753-1130 if you have questions.


Mark Merriman, Principal

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10 TCAP Testing Tips

1. Provide an opportunity for lots of rest the night before the test.

  • Sleep, Sleep, & Sleep = A Healthy Brain
  • Have a set bedtime and wake-time.

2. Provide a healthy breakfast

  • Less sugar and higher fiber is best
  • Protein = long term energy

3. Provide Encouragement

  • Encourage your child to work hard
  • The test is only one measure of academic performance

4. Make sure your child is on time and at school everyday of the testing window.

  • If your child has a fever and vomiting please notify the school of their illness and discuss make up dates.
  • Please DO NOT schedule doctors’ appointments during the test date window.

5. Try not to Panic!

  • Remind your child not to be scared
  • Remind your child not to get frustrated
  • Remind them be relaxed = better performance

6. Top Performers…

  • Read the test directions
  • Read each question carefully
  • Fill in the bubbles completely
  • Read every possible answer
  • Reread when necessary

7. Relax – Don’t Rush!

  • Pace to finish but not to hurry
  • Rushing increases mistakes
  • Do the easy questions first, the difficult ones last
  • Don’t spend too much time on one question
  • Use any remaining time to check your answers

8. Blow off some steam

  • Your child has been sitting most of the day
  • They will need to let out a little energy

9. Celebrate!

  • Do something to celebrate your child’s hard work and effort
  • Show you love them NO matter what the test scores.

10. Test Anxiety

  • Share and discuss feelings of anxiety
  • Talk about the test in a positive way
  • Encourage his/her best efforts

Summer School Information

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WCSO Child Safety Letter

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Request for Student Resources

If your child or family needs assistance with hygiene items, clothing, food, school supplies, or other school resources, please click the request button below.

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Mission, Vision, and Motto

The administration, faculty, and staff of Lamar School strive to meet the educational needs of all students enabling them to be responsible and productive citizens.

Learning is a process which is cultivated through the collaborative efforts of the school, home, and community.

I am a Cherokee working to be the best that I can be!