The Cherokee Chronicle

October 2020

Principal's Note

Happy Fall Lamar Families!

As we move into the 2nd nine weeks and transition into a new reopening setting, I wanted to again thank all of our students, faculty, staff, and families for their hard work and patience during these unprecendented times. The experience with virtual learning, while sometimes confusing and cumbersome, has made us stronger and more resilient as a school community.

We are looking forward to helping our students get back into a normal routine and helping them catch up on missed learning from last school year. We will will also continue to support our families who have opted for remote learning for their child. Please continue to stay in close communication with your child's teachers so that you are aware of their progress throughout the school year. Below is a summary of the most current reopening plans. If there is anyway we can support you, please reach out to the school at 423-753-1130 or email me at

Wishing everyone a restful Fall Break!

Mark Merriman, Principal

Updated Reopening Plans

The Board of Education met on Thursday, October 1 and voted to alter the Full Reopening Plan. Below is a summary of this new plan. Beginning Monday, October 12th, schools will operate…

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 100% of our physically attending students will be in school and buses will run normally. 100% of our pre-registered virtually attending students will be engaged.
  • Wednesdays – All students will be fully virtual. Teachers will provide a morning meeting, communicating with students, and assigning independent work for students for that day. Custodians and other staff will be deep cleaning the entire building.
  • Fully Remote Students- Our students on fully remote learning contracts will continue to work while adhering to their contracts requirements.
  • Food Service will continue to provide student meals free through Decmeber including on fully virtual Wednesdays. Click the link below to visit their webpage. For more information, contact our Cafeteria Manager, Donna Mauk, at or call 753-1132.
  • School Aged Child Care (SACC) will be available before and after school hours. Click the link below for more information or email our site director, Austin Jenkins, at or call 753-2050.
  • COVID-19 County Specific Data can be found using the link below.
Click Here to View Covid-19 Data for TN Counties

The Tennessee Department of Health now has an online county data snapshot page. Use this link to check it out.

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Request for Student Resources

If your child or family needs assistance with hygiene items, clothing, food, school supplies, or other school resources while students are learning remotely, please click the request button below.

Support Our School!

Our PTA continues to support the students and teachers of Lamar School during these ever changing times. Please consider helping then out with their fundraisers. There are selling RADA Cutlery and Southern Sheets. These fundraisers are 100% online with orders being shipped directly to your home. See the link below for access to these fundraisers.

Cherokee Reusable Water Bottles for Sale

Lamar Cherokee water bottles are still for sale for students and faculty for $7. They are available for sell in the office and at the concession stand and are an item on the school-wide supply list. Below are pictures. Call the office with any questions 423-753-1130.
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Mission, Vision, and Motto

The administration, faculty, and staff of Lamar School strive to meet the educational needs of all students enabling them to be responsible and productive citizens.

Learning is a process which is cultivated through the collaborative efforts of the school, home, and community.

I am a Cherokee working to be the best that I can be!