PAC Newsletter

Parent Advisory Council Volume 4 Issue 1

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

To support students with special needs and their families to successfully navigate the support services offered by Knox County Schools and the surrounding community.
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Familiar Faces in New Places

Mr. Myers is honored to be the Executive Director of Student Supports and looks forward to serving Knox County Schools and the students we serve. Mr. Myers is committed to keeping the needs of students at the center of all decisions and will strive to treat students as he would want his own treated.

Mr. Myers graduated from Lenoir City High School in 2000. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee where he also earned his M.S. in special education and earned his school leadership certification while completing coursework for a PhD also at the University of Tennessee.

Most of Mr. Myers’ career has been spent working with high school students. During his time in education he has worked in many capacities, and strived to be the best he could in all of them. His career began at Lenoir City High School in 2004 where he worked with the in-school suspension program and coached football as-well-as track and field. In 2008 he moved to Fulton High School where he served as a special education teacher and continued coaching. In 2011, he was appointed to a lead teacher position at Fulton. In 2012, he joined West High School as an assistant principal, where he focused on freshman transition supports before serving as curriculum principal in 2015. He was appointed principal of Knoxville Adaptive Education Center in 2016 where he served for two years. Last school year Mr. Myers served as the principal of Bearden High School. Each position has taught him countless lessons related to serving students and school communities

Hi, I’m Janice Cook the new Director of School Culture. This is a new branch of Student Support Services within Knox County Schools. Currently, in our district, we have many excellent support systems and programs for students facing social emotional or behavioral challenges. My job will be to set goals for the district and mold these programs together in a cohesive process to increase supports to students. For the past 30+ years, I have worked to support students who struggled to access their education for a variety of different reasons. This new position allows me to continue that work at a district level.

Making a Smooth Transition for Early Elementary School

  • Lay the groundwork in advance: it is a good idea to let them get familiar with the school so the new surroundings won't seem as scary on the first day. Many of the Elementary Schools have social stories specifically about their school to help to overcome first-day-of-school jitters. The books are a good way to open up discussion with the child about any scary emotions they may be experiencing .
  • Get the child excited about school. Have the child help shop for new school clothes or supplies. Let them pick out what they will wear. Talk about all the fun things that they may do when they are at school.
  • Plan a morning routine. As the first day draws near, parents should start implementing a morning schedule. Practice routines such as setting out the clothing and packing their backpack the night before.
  • Create a super-special "goodbye" just for them. A hug and kiss is fine, but sometimes a little something extra can help both parents and child separate without too many tears. Humor is always good to lighten the mood, whether it's telling a funny joke or a silly handshake. Anything that is special to your child.
  • Make a graceful exit. You've arrived at the classroom on the first day, introduced your child to the teacher and found your student's desk or cubby. As much as you'd like to stay, it's best not to linger.
  • Give the child a little something to hang onto. Parents who anticipate that their children may have some tears during the day can give them a trinket as a remembrance of mom and dad. A little note in the lunch box or back pack is a simple way to support them.
  • Plan something special after school It can be a trip to the library for new books or an ice cream outing--the promise of doing something fun may help the children separate more easily from the parent at school, knowing they have something to look forward to at the end of the day,


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FREE Mock ACT Saturday, August 17

Saturday, Aug. 17th, 8:30am-1:30pm

3904 Lonas Drive

Knoxville, TN

Outlier's Advantage: ACT Prep Academy is hosting a free mock ACT on Saturday, August 17 at 8:45 am. All tests will be graded before students leave, and students will get to keep their tests for their personal review. We will do a small part at the end teaching students several tips and tricks that the ACT does not want students to know.

The test will be done and graded by 1:30.

4 important things to know:

· All students need to bring a calculator that is allowed by the ACT

· All students need to bring multiple pencils (#2 pencils are the official pencil the ACT requires)

· All students need to have a photo I.D. (If the student does not have a photo ID, we WILL still allow them to test).

· All students need to bring a lunch that can be eaten in 15 minutes or less (no microwave available).

For more Information Click Here

South College If you have any questions, call 865-643-6030.

Our Place Art Cooking Club for Youth with Autism & Other Disabilities

Saturday, Aug. 24th, 1-3pm

6730 Papermill Drive Northwest

Knoxville, TN

Join Our Place Art at Whole Foods Market located at 6730 PaperMill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 for an inclusive cooking club open to youth with disabilities (all abilities are welcome). Participants will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and healthy eating, while making yummy treats! This is a free event!

Class Theme: Participants will be making pizza!

Click Here to Register for Our Place Art Cooking Club

For more information about this event or to volunteer, contact

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LEGO Club (Knoxville) with Bricks for Kidz!!!

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 5:30-6:30pm

8833 Middlebrook Pike · Knoxville, TN

We are rebranding our Knoxville Lego Club by partnering with Bricks 4 Kidz. To expand our reach Lego Club will now be divided into 3 categories(rooms):

1. Creative Play
2. DUPLO Play
3. LEGO Theme & Curriculum Snacks provided and parent/support discussions are greatly encouraged. Bricks 4 Kidz programs provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide kids with the opportunity to solve problems and develop an appreciation for how things work, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Hosted by Autism Society of East T.

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