Principal's Update

August 8th, 2022

Principal's Welcome

Good afternoon Karns Families,

We are excited to welcome our students to begin the 2022- 2023 school year tomorrow! Our teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure a safe and engaging year.

We have several important dates and updated information listed below. As always, if you need anything, please let me know.

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Laicee Hatfield

Executive Principal

Karns High School


THIS WEEK (8.8.22 - 8.11.22)

Monday, August 8th

Students will attend for a half-day of school (8:30 - 12:00). Breakfast will be served in the morning but lunch will not be served. Students should be in homeroom by 8:30 am and will be dismissed at noon.

Tuesday, August 9th through Friday, August 12th

These days will look much more normal. Students will have homeroom to start the day on Tuesday and will then progress through their schedule. They will be dismissed at 3:30.

Beginning Wednesday, students will start the day in first period and then attend homeroom after first. They will then progress through the rest of their schedule and be dismissed at 3:30.


NEXT WEEK (8.15.22 - 8.19.22)

Wednesday, August 17th

This is the first early release day for all Knox County Schools. Karns High School students will be released at 1:30 pm allowing administration to provide professional development to staff on instructional strategies to engage students.

This day will operate as a normal instructional day with class times listed below and students will still participate in rigorous academic content.

Early Release


1st Period - 8:30- 9:27

2nd Period - 9:35-10:27

3rd Period - 10:35-12:30

4th Period - 12:38- 1:30


1st Lunch 10:35-11:00

2nd Lunch 11:05-11:30

3rd Lunch 11:35-12:00

4th Lunch 12:05-12:30

Thank you, parents, for helping us to incorporate an Early Release day to monitor student progress, grow staff instructionally, and allow staff collaboration.


Upcoming Important Dates

August 23, 2022 - Underclassman Pictures

August 31, 2022 - Fall Open House

September 5, 2022 - No School (Labor Day Holiday)

September 7, 2022 - End of 1st Grading Period

September 21, 2022 - Early Release Day



Important Reminders for a Successful School Year


  • Attendance is imperative to your child's success. Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently and arrive to class on time.
  • We will have regular attendance incentives throughout the school year with the first one being on September 23rd for perfect attendance

Dress Code

  • The KCS dress code will be followed.
  • Students are not to wear hats or hoods on during the school day
  • All shirts should have a sleeve
  • Shorts should be mid-thigh
  • Please view the KCS Dress Code Policy Here.


  • Safety is our number one priority, and students are not able to learn unless they feel/know they are safe. Please encourage your student to report any suspicious behavior or information.

Parking Passes - Campus Safety

Upon increasing the safety of the Karns HS, students will have an assigned and numbered parking space. When your student purchases a parking pass, he/she will be assigned a number and should park in this space all year. This will allow us to quickly identify and address vehicles that are not supposed to be on campus.

Any vehicle on campus that is not registered will be booted and investigated. Repeat student offenders will be towed.

This system will allow us to quickly identify individuals who should not be on campus. Safety is our number one priority and this is one of the many steps we are taking to ensure a safe campus.

Chromebook Deployment

Chromebooks are being signed out to students who have completed device agreements on file. Please click HERE to sign the agreement. You will need your student's student ID number to complete the process.

Device agreements are required for a student to have a device. Insurance is optional and parents who want coverage must sign up by September 30th. Click HERE to sign up for insurance.

Updated school meal prices

  • Breakfast – $2
  • Middle / High School Lunch – $3

Please complete the application for Free and Reduced Lunches HERE.

School Supply Lists

Please click here for a list of school supplies organized by department.

Parent Square - New Communication Tool

Knox County Schools is now using ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. Invitations to join ParentSquare will be sent via email and text message on July 5. Please click the link in the invitation to activate your account. It takes less than a minute.

You can use ParentSquare on any device. You can download the free mobile app for iOS or Android or use the desktop version at

Our goal is for every family to join ParentSquare and engage with our school community. We encourage parents to activate their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.

If you would like to watch a few training videos to become more familiar with ParentSquare, please click HERE.

School Fees

Thank you for supporting Karns High by paying school fees. Please know this money goes directly to support student learning.

School fees go to teacher classrooms and allow teachers to enhance the learning experience and give students more opportunities.

Forms to Complete

We urge families to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application even if their child does not eat school lunch. Knox County will begin charging for breakfast and lunch unless families fill out and qualify for free/reduced lunch.

If enough of our families qualify, Karns High School can

  • Receive schoolwide funding assistance for ALL students because qualifying students remain anonymous.

  • Receive funding proportionate to the real needs of our students. Funds can be spent on staffing, supplies, curriculum needs, and technology.

  • Apply for grant funding that is now off-limits to us.

  • Have greater flexibility and freedom to address student needs as they arise.

  • Have funds to support parent and community engagement.

  • Can raise our standards because time spent fundraising and problem-solving can be spent improving teaching and learning as well as supporting extracurricular activities.

The 865 Academies

Karns High School is one of seven high schools in Knox County that is a part of the initial cohort of The 865 Academies, a transformative structure designed to create a meaningful high school experience for our students. We will be casting a new vision for the high school experience with Ford Next Generation Learning.

The goal of The 865 Academies is to ensure that our students are Enrolled in post-secondary education, which includes technical school; Enlisted in the military; or Employed in a high-demand, high-paying job field. With this new vision will come changes to the high school experience, including Freshman Academy, college visits, field trips to businesses, externship programs, and internship programs.

We are looking for business and community partners who are willing to give their time and talent to our students and teachers, whether as guest speakers, chaperones, special event volunteers, and collaborative partners who can help our teachers make real-world connections for our students. If you would like to partner with us, please contact Julie Langley, KHS Academy Coach, at

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