Principal's Update

May 15, 2023

Good Afternoon Karns Families,

We are entering our last full week of school, and next week will be finals for underclassmen. Please see the information linked below for the last couple weeks of school.

This week's newsletter highlights:

  • Senior Finals
  • Underclassmen Finals
  • Title IX Survey
  • ACT Prep for Rising Juniors and Seniors
  • Math Field Day
  • Student Celebrations


Laicee Hatfield

Executive Principal

Karns High School

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5.15.23 - 5.26.23

Monday 5.15

Academy Celebration Day

Tuesday 5.16

Wednesday 5.17

Math Field Day 9:00 - 11:45

Thursday 5.18

Senior Finals for 1st and 2nd block

**Permission slip required to leave at 12:00 for seniors only**

Friday 5.19

Senior Finals in 3rd and 4th block

Seniors do not need to attend for 1st and 2nd blocks on this day.

Monday 5.22

Underclassman Finals 1st and 2nd block- 8:30 - 12:00

*permission slip required to leave at 12:00

***Altered Schedule***

8:30 - 10:03- 1st block

10:10 - 11:45- 2nd block

12:00 - 12:30- Lunch

12:30 - 1:55 3rd block

2:05 - 3:30 4th block

Senior Drop-In- 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Pick-up items for graduation

Tuesday 5.23

Underclassman Finals 3rd & 4th block- 8:30 - 12:00

*permission slip required to leave at 12:00*

***Altered Schedule***

8:30 - 10:03- 3rd block

10:10 - 11:45- 4th block

Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:55 1st block

2:05 - 3:30 2nd block

Senior Drop-In- 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- Pick-up items for graduation

Wednesday 5.24

Thursday 5.25

Friday 5.26

7:30 AM- All seniors need to be in the gym

9:00 AM- Graduation Ceremony

Morning Announcement Highlights

Morning Announcements will be link posted on the Karns HS website home. This button takes you to that website. Visit it regularly to stay up to date on the most current morning announcements.

Senior Finals & Last Day

Seniors' last official school day is Wednesday, May 17th. Senior finals will be on May 18th and 19th. If a senior has a class average of 75% or higher, they will not be required to take finals in those classes and will not be counted absent for the day. In any class where a student has a 74% or lower they will need to be present on that day to take the final.

Thursday, May 18th

1st block - 8:30 - 10:05

2nd block- 10:12 - 11:45

** Seniors will need to bring a note to leave at 12:00 this day**

Friday, May 19th

3rd block- 12:02 - 1:55

4th block- 2:02 - 3:30

Underclassmen Finals

9th- 11th grade finals will be on Monday, May 22nd, and Tuesday, May 23rd. Students have the option to leave at 12:00 PM each day during finals. Busses and shuttles will run on a normal schedule, so students who wish to leave at 12:00 PM must have their own transportation as well as a signed permission slip turned into their last block teacher for the day. Please click here to print a copy of the permission form.

Monday, May 22nd

8:30 - 10:03- 1st block finals

10:10 - 11:45- 2nd block finals

12:00 - 12:30- Lunch

12:30 - 1:55 3rd block

2:05 - 3:30 4th block

Tuesday, May 23rd

8:30 - 10:03- 3rd block finals

10:10 - 11:45- 4th block finals

Lunch 12:00 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:55 1st block

2:05 - 3:30 2nd block


Title IX Parent Survey

Good afternoon families,

Knox County Schools is surveying families of all students in grades 5-11. This survey is designed to gauge the level of interest in athletics within KCS and to guide us in our decision making for offerings at our middle and high schools, while also helping us stay current with Title IX regulations.

Please complete this survey for each 5th – 11th grade student in your household.

Thank you for your continued support of KCS.


ACT Prep Summer Course for Rising Juniors & Seniors

This summer, Knox County Schools will again be offering the opportunity for rising 11th and 12th graders to enroll in a free online ACT Preparatory Course. During this course, students will engage in online instruction, complete ACT practice items, and conference with a certified KCS teacher. This course is completely online and asynchronous, so students will have the flexibility to complete the course around their existing summer schedule. One five-week session will run from June 12 to July 14, 2023. Please note that students will not automatically be registered for the July 15th ACT exam through this online course. Students wishing to register for an ACT exam date should visit the official ACT REGISTRATION website. Below are descriptions of the five courses offered this summer:

· ACT General Course – This course provides an overview of the exam and how best to study and prepare. Students will learn about each of the four sections of the exam and strategies to employ in each section. Topics will also include general improvement and time management.

· Math ACT Course - This course will review the breadth of high-school math content as it relates to the topics tested on the exam. Students will review the skills and knowledge gained in high-school math courses and explore the quantitative reasoning and application employed on the ACT.

· English/Reading ACT Course - This course will examine both the English test and the Reading test. In the English portion of the course, students will review conventions of standard written English, production of writing, and knowledge of language. Using the perspective of a writer, students will engage with various texts. In the Reading portion of the course, students will review the types of prose used on the exam and learn strategies for reading texts closely, using evidence to draw conclusions, and synthesizing information.

· Science Reasoning ACT Course - This course will focus on the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. Students will learn strategies for interpreting various types of data, analyzing scientific investigations, and evaluating models and experimental results.

· ACT General Course for English Language Learners - This course provides specific support for KCS students who are English language learners. This course provides an overview of the exam and how best to study and prepare. Students will learn about each of the four sections of the exam and strategies to employ in each section. Topics will also include general improvement and time management.

If you would like to share the link for students to access the course, this link will take you to the REGISTRATION FORM. Students will be notified of their enrollment through the Canvas platform by June 5th. Please note that registration will close at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 29th. Due to limited seats, no late registrations will be accepted. Students taking the course may need to check out their Chromebook for the summer. Please contact Dr. Shannon Siebe at with questions.


News from The 865 Academies

Beaver Tails--The Official Dessert of The 865 Academies at KHS

A collaboration between our ambassadors and The Beaver Dough Jo is undoubtedly a highlight of the year. Students suggested three flavors and the Dough-Jo worked its magic to create a Bacon and Maple, Blueberry Pancake, and Cinnamon Sugar.

Beaver Tails will be a gift we present to our business and community partners who visit us next year. We will also serve these on special occasions for students and staff. And these will be the official fundraiser for a new wrestling mat for our wrestling team!

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Math Field Day is Back!

We are looking for business and community partners to engage our students in how math is used in the workplace. Specifically, we are looking for how math is used in automotive, business (management, marketing, finance, accounting), construction, cosmetology, education (outside of teaching), law, healthcare (all facets), mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems, and welding.

Our event will occur on Wednesday, May 17 from 9A-11:45A on the Karns High School football field. Engagements can be 5-15 minutes in length. We will be happy to provide ideas and assist with writing these opportunities. We simply need businesses and the community to be willing to participate.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Julie Langley at or at 865.599.5681.

Karns High School Math Field Day 2022

Partner with Us!

The 865 Graduate is one who is ENROLLED in a post-secondary school, ENLISTED in the military, or EMPLOYED in a high-demand, high-paying field.

We are looking for parents, community organizations, and businesses who can give their time and talent to support this mission.

Please take a look at our survey and find out where YOU can support our mission of making our students #865Ready.

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Student Celebrations

Softball District Champs!!

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Our track athletes competed in the TSSAA region 1 sectionals on Saturday.

Congrats to the following for qualifying for state!

  • Abby Harris finished 1st place in the long jump. She will also compete in the 110 hurdles. Abby also leaves Tuesday to compete in the state pentathlon.
  • Trystan Duke set a new school record of 45 feet and a 1/4 inch in the triple jump winning first place.
  • Gavyn Duke will also be competing in the triple jump at State
  • Hannah Little qualified in the 400 meter dash and Rylee Gifford will compete in the 3200m.

Wish them All good luck as they travel to Murfreesboro to represent Karns on May 25.

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Senior Celebration Day

We had the best time celebrating our seniors on Thursday and Friday. We are so proud of all the class of 2023 has accomplished and we can't wait to see what they do in the future.

KHS Concert Band and Symphonic Band performed at the World's Fair Park Pavilion

Mr. Crawford, Mr. Brady, and Mr. Gallagher work so hard all year with these students and it really showed last night! Congrats to every musician on that stage. Bravo!!
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Art Awards

Congrats to Ava Boedges and Elena Craddock!! They both received Honorable Mention for their Epiphone guitar paintings on exhibition at Dogwood Gallery, downtown Knoxville. They took home cash prizes and tickets to Southern Skies Festival. These will be on exhibition through May.