The Indian Post

Director of Schools - Parent Issue - November 2022

Director's Corner

Fall, harvest, autumn... words that whisper magic's on the way!🍂

As the temperatures fall, we are reminded that Thanksgiving is in the air. The culture at our schools for the month of November is "Thankful." At Oneida Schools, it brings us such joy to come to school everyday, where we are given the gift of educating students. Teaching allows each of us an opportunity to enhance your child's future. We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our parents. Thank you for supporting us, for being involved, and for providing the necessary structure and discipline needed at home to assist your child as they grow and mature. It has been a great school year so far and we are thankful for your partnership.

Navigating COVID has taught us the value of quality educators and the OSSD has amazing staff! We would like input from our community on staff members that you see who are going above and beyond to support our students and community. You can nominate a "People's Choice Award" by emailing the name and an explanation as to why you think this employee deserves the people's choice award to

One employee will be chosen each month!

As we begin this holiday season, please don't forget to take time to focus on the things that matter and enjoy the special moments with family and friends.

- Dr. Jeanny Phillips

Mark Your Calendar!

November 6th - End of Daylight Savings Time

November 11th - Veteran's Day (NO SCHOOL)

November 14th - 18th - American Education Week

November 24th - Thanksgiving Day

November 21st - 25th - Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

December 16th - Early Dismissal at 10:30am (BUSES WILL NOT RUN)

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November Highlights

November Employee Spotlight

Cloie Strunk

Brittany Kennedy

Sarah Christie

Amy Buttram

Doris Boyatt

Dr. Melinda McCartt

Jim Burchfield

Student of the Month

OHS - Griffin Lafferty (CTE Program)

After-School Club Update

  • Clover Bowl - During Clover Bowl, we work on practicing for the Clover Bowl Competition through 4-H. We practice on categories in Agriculture, Tennessee, Government, Life Skills, Science, and 4-H. We will have a school competition later in the year to determine the competing team members and alternates followed by the County and Regional competitions if we win the County competition.
  • EXPLORE is an enrichment program designed to help higher-ability students find a love for learning. They get to think outside of the box, create, and solve problems in a fun way.

Sports Media Highlights

The Indians continue to make their mark on the athletic fields in 2022 with a fantastic start to the year! Let’s review the month of October for those student-athletes!


  • Football – The OMS Indians completed an undefeated 8-0 regular season and marched through Dayton City in the postseason semifinals. They face Wartburg on Saturday, October 29th for the TMSAA Area 2 State Championship at Campbell County High School in Jacksboro, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm.
  • Girls’ Soccer – The OMS Lady Indians came up just a bit short in the postseason but earned a third-place finish in the East United Middle School Soccer (EUMSS) Championships. There was seven Lady Indians named to the All-Tournament team including RayLynne Blevins, Julie Chambers, Adysan Douglas, Ashlynn Douglas, Mylee Dunlap, Avery Rector, and Jerica Stanley. Congrats to the team on a fantastic year that saw them finish with a record of 9-3.


  • Cross Country – The Indians continued to run solid times throughout the season. Three student-athletes, two boys and one girl, set new Personal Best times at the Sgt. York Invitational on October 18th, including Kaimon Sexton, Austin Jeffers, and Shannon Baird. The teams finished up their season on Wednesday, October 26th at the TSSAA Region 2 Championships. Congrats to our teams for great seasons, especially our three seniors: Shannon Baird, Caitlynn Chitwood, and Vega Rochat.
  • Girls’ Soccer – The Lady Indians wrapped up their season in October with a runner-up finish in the District 3-A Tournament and a trip to the Region 2-A Tournament. The ladies finished the year with an overall record of 10-6-2 and had a plethora of honors in the postseason. The Lady Indians had 10 players named All-District representatives. First team honorees included Alexea Jones, Aliyah Douglas, Rory Blevins, Claire Burress, Ali Smith, Kamryn Kennedy, and Lydia Kline. Second team honors were awarded to Jillian Cross, Jailyn Anderson, and Ayla Sims. Oneida was well represented in the individual awards also. Douglas was named District Offensive Player of the Year, Jones was named District Midfielder of the Year, and Blevins was named the District Defender of the Year.
  • Football – The Indians continued their season into October with a tough stretch of contests. Currently, Oneida sits with a record of 4-5 overall on the year but are coming off a nice 27-19 win over Sequoyah heading into Senior Night on October 28th as they host Coalfield for their regular season finale. The Indians will head to Hampton for the opening round of the TSSAA Class AA State Playoffs on Nov. 4th.
  • Band- Excellent rating at festival. Improved that score and earned a superior rating during competition performance. Finished 3rd overall, 2 points shy of second place. Percussion: excellent rating. 3rd place overall. Color guard: earned their first superior rating in several years. Drum major: earned superior rating. Earned grand champion with the highest score of any drum major from all of the bands. Congrats Ryan Day! Congrats to senior trumpet Steven Lawson for earning outstanding soloist for having the best solo out of all the bands.

You can continue to follow the progress of all Oneida Middle and Oneida High School athletics on Facebook and Twitter. We have also launched our new athletics website for all Indians Athletics. You can visit that at It is still currently in the process of being updated daily with new rosters, schedules, statistics, etc. so please be patient as we look to also include all other extra-curricular activities on the site including clubs! - Bo Kidd

Alumni Highlights

We are so excited about this new award program to highlight the heroes who built our amazing school system. Congratulations to our alumni supporters and the many more who will be honored in the years to come!

Veteran's Day - November 11th






American Education Week! November 14th-18th

As a community, we want to send a BIG 'Thank You'

to our teachers and staff for everything they do for our kids!

Let us spend American Education Week thanking our teachers & staff Members.

Send little things such as a 'Thank You' note, a coffee coupon, or a candy bar, etc... Just to show how much you appreciate them.

They are worthy of our celebration today and every day of the year!

Please join me in honoring our teachers and staff

by sharing your appreciation with them during

American Education Week!

Oneida Schools' Attendance Policies & Procedures:

  • Only five (5) days, whether consecutive or not, can be excused by a parent note OR doctor’s note per semester. (Semesters will run August – December and January – May).
  • Sign Ins and Sign Outs are considered parent notes. Every day of absence equals one note.
  • Notes should include the student's name, date(s) of absence(s), reason for absence, signature of parent, and a phone number where a parent can be reached.
  • All parent and doctor notes must be presented to the office the day the student returns to school.

Examples of Excused Absences:

  1. Personal illness/injury
  2. Illness of immediate family member
  3. Death in the family
  4. Extreme weather conditions
  5. Religious observances
  6. Pregnancy
  7. School endorsed activities
  8. Summons, subpoena, or court order
  9. Circumstances which in the judgment of the principal create emergencies over which the student has no control.

Absences that do not meet any of the criteria listed above will be considered unexcused.

These Policies can be found in the school handbook,

or by contacting the District Attendance Supervisor, Jason Terry.

After School Programs & Tutoring!


2nd Grade Math Club
- Tuesday & Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm

2nd Grade Tutoring - Monday & Wednesday 3:15pm-4:15pm

3rd Grade Tutoring - Tuesday & Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm

4th/5th Grade Tutoring - Monday & Wednesday 3:15pm-4:15pm

4th/5th Grade Tutoring - Tuesday & Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm

4th/5th Grade STEM Club - Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm

(Permission form required)

4th/5th Grade Drama Club - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm

(Permission form required)

Literacy Bridge Club - Tuesday & Friday 3:15pm-4:15pm

(Invitation Only)

5th Grade Safety Patrol (Invitation Only)

3rd-5th Ukulele Class - Thursday 3:15pm-4:15pm

3rd-5th Choir Class - Tuesday 3:15pm-4:15pm

5th Grade Band - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3:15pm-4:15pm

4th & 5th Clover Bowl Club - Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15

3rd-5th EXPLORE Club - Thursdays from 3:15-4:15


Yoga Go-GO

November 1

November 7

November 14

November 28

December 5

December 12

December 14

Drama Club (Monday & Wednesday)

November 7

November 9

November 14

November 16

November 28

November 30

December 5

December 7

December 12

December 14

Hiking Club (2022-2023)

October 21 - Group Meeting

October 28

February 17 - Group Meeting

February 24

March 24 - Group Meeting

March 31

April 21 - Group Meeting

April 28


Math Tutoring

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3:15 - 4:15

Time 4 Time (Fall 2022)

Monday, October 31

Tuesday, November 1

Thursday, November 3

Monday, November 7

Tuesday, November 8

Thursday, November 10

Monday, November 14

Tuesday, November 15

Thursday, November 17

Monday, November 28

Tuesday, November 29

Thursday, December 1

Monday, December 5

Tuesday, December 6

Thursday, December 8

Monday, December 12

Tuesday, December 13

Please contact your child's teacher for sign-up and additional details!

2022-2023 Sports Schedules:

OHS Indians & Lady Indians Basketball

November 19 - at Anderson Co. Hall of Champions (TBA)

November 21 - at Clarkrange (7:00pm)

November 28 - Campbell County (6:30pm)

November 29 - at Kingston (6:30pm)

December 2 - at Pickett County (7:00pm)

December 6 - at Oakdale (6:30pm)

December 9 - Coalfield (6:30pm)

December 13 - Harriman (6:30pm)

December 15 - York (7:00pm)

December 16 - Jellico (6:30pm)

December 20 - 22 - OHS Christmas Tournament (TBA)

January 3 - Oakdale (6:30pm)

January 6 - at Wartburg (6:30pm)

January 7 - Clarkrange (7:00pm)

January 9 - at Campbell County (6:00pm)

January 13 - Sunbright (6:30pm)

January 17 - Kingston (6:30pm)

January 20 - at Oliver Springs (6:30pm)

January 24 - at Coalfield (6:30pm)

January 30 - at York (7:00pm)

January 31 - at Jellico (6:30pm)

February 3 - Wartburg (6:30pm)

February 7 - at Sunbright (6:30pm)

February 10 - Oliver Springs (6:30pm)

OMS Indians Basketball

November 3 - at Elk Valley (6:00pm)

November 7 - at Wynn (6:00pm)

November 8 - Fairview (6:00pm)

November 10 - Burchfield (6:00pm)

November 15 - at Cherokee (Boys JV- 5:00pm)

November 17 - at Huntsville (6:00pm)

November 21 - at White Oak (6:00pm)

November 28 - OPEN

December 1 - Clinton (Boys JV - 5:00pm)

December 5 - Jellico (6:00pm)

December 8 - Winfield (6:00pm)

December 10 - 17 - Eagleton Christmas Tournament

December 19 - Robertsville (Girls JV - 5:00pm)

December 27 - 29 - Anderson County Christmas Tournament

January 2 - Cherokee (Girls JV - 5:00pm)

January 5 - at Robertsville (Boys JV - 5:00pm)

January 9 - OPEN

January 12 - Robbins (6:00pm)

January 16 - 26 - Area 7 Tournament (Oneida)


November 12 - Cherokee Lake, Dam