Weekly Warrior for Families

January 6, 2023

2023...here we come!

Parents, guardians, community members ~


Watch out for all of the AMAZING things that our Warrior students will be accomplishing this year. Join us as we wish each student great success, much happiness, and a very healthy 2023! #RiseWithUs

Indoor Soccer Opportunity

Any 6-8th grade girl or boy interested in participating in INDOOR SOCCER.. pick up a form from Coach Potts (room 239) or front office.


Forms are due no later than Thursday, January 12.

Shout out....Sequoyah Scribe

Congratulations to the Sequoyah Scribe’s Sydney Gentry, whose article about a local drive-in theater was selected for publication by ‘Best of School Newspapers Online’.


The Sevier staff, students, and community would like to congratulate Sydney and say thank you to all of the hard-working students that are a part of this publication team, led by Mr. Flanary. The Sequoyah Scribe is another great example of the talent and dedication that our Warrior students showcase. #RiseWithUs

Weight Room Opportunity @ DB

Dobyns Bennett's strength and conditioning coach, Zach Fleming, will be holding workouts for Middle School Athletes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 starting January 9th. There will be a bus that will take students to DB if students need a ride. Anyone planning on playing football next year needs to take advantage of this opportunity and those individuals need to come see Coach Spivey or Coach Colobro.


Note: This is not just for football. The weight room will be open to ALL Middle School athletes at that time.

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A message from our Sevier PTSA

Blessings for a wonderful 2023 from your Sevier PTSA.


Food City is making $700,000 available to participating schools to invest in classrooms, equipment and essential supplies. For every dollar spent at Food City, using your ValuCard, one point will be earned for JSMS. All you have to do is link your ValuCard and you'll automatically earn points every time you shop!

Food City is no longer processing school requests in the store. The only way to connect your card to JSMS is to do it through the Food City website. You have to register your card each year, even if you registered your card to JSMS in a previous year.


Please follow the steps below to connect your card to JSMS for the 2022-23 school year:


Go to the Food City School Bucks website https://www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks/


Click the COMMUNITY tab across the top

Choose School Bucks

Login using the email address connected to your value card OR create a new account

Go to COMMUNITY and School Bucks again (yes again)

Yet again it will ask you to login (yes a second time)

There is a My School Bucks section where you can click update my school. Click update my school and type John Sevier Middle School as your option.


We appreciate your support in all our endeavors.


Love, JSMS PTSA

Items needed

  • Our STEM classes are in need of unwanted electronics. We will take whatever you have that kids can take apart. We have very few things to reverse engineer at this time. Please email artrue@k12k.com if you have questions regarding this. You can drop off at the front office and let them know the items are for Mrs. True's STEM class.
  • Our clothes closet is in need of the following: joggers/sweatpants/leggings (elastic waist pants). Needed sizes are: adult M, L, XL. Keep us in mind as you are cleaning out closets/drawers or as you pass a clearance rack. We will be happy to take items that are gently used, as well as new items. We appreciate your donations to help us keep our clothes closet stocked.

Kids Business Expo

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8th grade students will complete the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services survey on Wednesday, January 18, 2023

All 8th grade guardians have received this information via email.


Dear Parents/Guardians of John Sevier Middle School 8th grade students,

In coordination with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), Sevier Middle School will be administering the 2022-23 TN Together Student Survey in the coming days. This anonymous survey is administered every two years to students across Tennessee to support the development of a state comprehensive plan to combat opioid addiction and reduce overdose deaths in Tennessee. The anonymous statewide survey measures patterns and prevalence of adolescent alcohol and other drug use and related risk and protective factors. Information gathered will be utilized by the TDMHSAS to bolster state and local capacity to design prevention and intervention programs tailored to meet community needs and address local youth substance use issues.

The survey will be administered online at school and takes approximately 15 minutes. It is administered anonymously, so that no information can be used to identify individual student responses. The survey administration method was reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and has received full IRB approval (IRB Study #2020.10.03).

Sevier Middle School is scheduled to administer the survey to all 8th graders beginning on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Per KCS Board Policy 6.4001, parents/guardians may review this survey and may elect to opt their child out of participation. Click here to view the survey. If you wish to opt your child out of participation, click here. The deadline to opt your child out of participation in the survey is Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Additional information may be found by clicking here to view a survey FAQ.

8th Grade High School Planning - Dates to Know

  • October 27 - Teacher Recommendations Due

    • Teachers should discuss these recommendations with individual students prior to Nov. 1st.

    • We understand that it is early for recommendations. Teachers will have an opportunity to update recommendations in April.

  • November 1 - 8th grade Family Night (all students and a guardian should plan to attend)

    • 5:00-7:30pm, DB Cafeteria (the event will begin in the cafeteria, see below for more information)

    • 5:00-5:30 - General Information from DB and Sevier Counselors

    • 5:30-7:30 - Rotate through sessions with DB teachers to learn about different programs, course expectations, etc.

  • November/December - High School Planning classes with Sevier Counselors

      • Nov. 9 - Science

      • Nov. 16 - Math

      • Nov. 30 - Social Studies

      • Dec. 9 - ELA

    • Students will be working on their 4 year class schedule. Counselors will be walking them through each step.

  • November 29 - DB Visit and Tour

    • Students will be introduced to several opportunities available at DB. They will tour career and technical courses.

    • Details TBA - stay tuned

    • Please avoid late drop off or early pick up on this date

  • January 23-27 - Individual High School Planning Meetings

    • 20 minute appointments in Sevier Library

    • Students will meet with counselors during the school day to review their 4 year plan and their 9th grade course requests.

    • Letters with appointment date/time will be mailed home in early January. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but not required. We are unable to take date and time requests.

General Information

  • Attention 8th grade families: The next payment of $200 for the DC Trip is due no later than January 12. Students may go ahead and bring in that payment anytime to Mr. Moore or Mrs. Bingham. The third and final payment of $200 is due February 9. All money needs to be paid in full by this day. If you have questions, contact Marty Moore, mmoore@k12k.com.

  • Pre-orders for our 1980s-inspired yearbook, "Retro Memories". Pre-order your yearbook for the low price of $30. To reserve your copy visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and enter code "13619723".

  • Please keep your contact information updated. This can be done through your Aspen Parent Portal or by contacting LeAnn Franklin in the counseling office, 378-2435 or lfranklin@k12k.com. It's vitally important that we have current contact phone numbers and a correct address for each student.
  • You MUST present an ID when visiting Sevier or checking out your student.
  • If you know your child is going to be absent, please email ewilliams@k12k.com, you can do this rather than calling the school. If you prefer to call, please call 423.378.2450 as early as possible on the day of the absence. Any doctors notes or other excuses can be sent to the above mentioned email as well, or brought to the front office by the student upon their return.

Community Opportunity for Grandparents and Relative Caregivers

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January 9-15, 2023

Monday, January 9

  • Spirit Week Dress up - Favorite Sports Team/Jersey Day
  • Robotics practice for grades 7/8 from 3-4:30
  • Fiddler Rehearsal: All Cast is called for every rehearsal with the exception of Wednesday - Choreography (3-4)

  • Lady Warriors Basketball Game vs. Liberty Bell (JV-4:30 V-5:30). White out (wear white!), student admission is FREE (with an adult)


Tuesday, January 10

  • Spirit Week Dress up - Disney Day
  • Next payment of $200 is due February 9. All money needs to be paid in full by this day.
  • Fiddler Rehearsal: All Cast is called for every rehearsal with the exception of Wednesday - Scenes 1-8 (3-4)


Wednesday, January 11

  • Spirit Week Dress up - Wacky Wednesday (no costumes)
  • There will be a journalism staff meeting on Wednesday from 2:50 to 3:30 pm in room 329. All members are required to attend to receive assignments for our third issue. The editorial team will meet until 5:00 pm.
  • Fiddler Rehearsal: All Cast is called for every rehearsal with the exception of Wednesday -Hair, Makeup, and Costumes Meeting (3-4)

  • Boys Basketball Game vs. Indian Trial (JV-4:30 V-5:30), 8th grade night


Thursday, January 12

  • Spirit Week Dress up - Class Color Day ( 6th - White 7th - Red 8th - Black Faculty - Sevier Shirt)
  • The 2nd Payment for the DC Trip is due no later than today. The payment amount is $200. The third and final payment of $200 is due February 9. All money needs to be paid in full by Feb. 9th.
  • Any 6-8th grade girl or boy interested in participating in INDOOR SOCCER.. pick up a form from Coach Potts (room 239) or the front office. Forms are due on Thursday, January 12!
  • Robotics practice for grades 7/8 from 3-4:30
  • Fiddler Rehearsal: All Cast is called for every rehearsal with the exception of Wednesday - Scenes 9-15 (3-4)

  • Boys and Girls JV Basketball Game vs. RNR (Girls-4:30 Boys-5:30)


Friday, January 13

  • Spirit Week Dress up - Tribe Classic or any Sevier Shirt
  • Tribe Classic


Saturday, January 14

  • Fiddler Rehearsal: Set Build (10am-4pm) Props Team Only