Admiral's Log

The official newsletter of Farragut Intermediate School

September 16, 2019

Parking Info for Tuesday (9-17-19) & Wednesday (9-18-19)

We are so excited to have mulch being spread for our playgrounds - thank you PTA and Carla Sexton (grounds committee chair). The mulch for our 3rd grade playground is being delivered tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16th and Wednesday, September 17th. Please do not park along the curb or in the front circle during these two days. There is parking available in the adjacent parking lot. We really appreciate your cooperation during these two days so that we can get the much needed mulch.

School Coupon Books Kickoff

We are excited to announce that FIS gets to keep $9 of each book sale. This announcement was made by Superintendent Thomas on Thursday. Please see the video link for this special announcement: .

This year we are raising money to purchase supplementary science materials, add more technology tools that will support our teaching and learning, and help keep our facilities updated. The coupon books are not only a great way for you to save money but it puts money back in the school. Please see the attached letter below for full details. We appreciate all your support!

!!!! A special note from the PTA - They are needing help with coupon books and need some volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with distributing coupon books (9:15-11:00) and spinning the wheel (10:50-1:00). If you are willing and able to help, please email Kelly Martin at Thank you!

FIS Staff Member Spotlight

My name is Parker Miles. This is my second year teaching. I teach fifth grade reading, and I absolutely love it! I became a teacher because I love helping kids grow and learn. It's truly a pleasure to be able to work at FIS. Teaching is my absolute favorite thing in the world. However, when I am not teaching, I enjoy going to the farmer's market, running, and trying out new restaurants.

Campus Clean Up

There will be a campus clean up day this Saturday, September 21st from 9:00-12:00. This is a special day, because volunteers from the Town of Farragut will be joining us to refresh some of the inside of our building. We are asking our families to volunteer some of your day to help us maintain our beautiful campus. We are in need of people who can work outside weeding and cleaning the grounds. If you can come, be sure to bring gloves, water, and any other item you may need. We also need a blower if someone is able to bring one.


We would like to thank the FIS Art Department, specifically, Christy Davis for bringing in Quilting Hall of Fame member, Merikay Waldvogel, to share with our students her love and history of quilts. Students were able to hear stories and learn amazing details about how these quilts tell about our history.

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Families - it was very exciting this year to again be a Reward School. This takes a lot of hard work by all stakeholders. Our school receives grades from the state based on a variety of criteria and one being attendance. Attendance is a very important criteria, because it effects other aspects of school - learning and friends. Please make sure your child comes to school every day on time so that they can learn to their full potential and develop long lasting friendships.

Leaving FIS?

If your family is planning to move or leave FIS, please make sure you contact the main office at 865-966-6703 to let us know the last day your student will be at school. This will ensure all appropriate paperwork will be completed and prevent your child from being marked absent.
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Grade Level Homework

Parents, we strive to keep homework at a minimum:

  • Third grade students should have no more than a total of 30 minutes a day
  • Fourth grade should have no more than 40-50 minutes a day
  • Fifth grade should have no more than 60 minutes a day - total for all three subjects.

If students are unable to complete homework within the given time frames, parents/guardians can draw a line and sign the page.

FIS Cross Country Team

The FIS Cross Country team continues their winning streak.

"Fast Friends"

The team traveled to Sevierville on Monday to battle the heat and about 500 other participants. We had a ton of personal records and saw a bunch of the kids have breakout performances!

Girls Captain Marely, captured her first individual win of the year! She led her team to a second place finish for the third week in a row.

The boys side placed second. Captain Andrew Cabaniss kept his winning streak going, capturing his third individual win!

I'm very proud of how the team is progressing and the teamwork and friendships I'm seeing at every practice and meet!

-Coach Marshall

Upcoming meet schedule:

9/16 - Melton Hill Park (new meet)

9/23 - Leisure Pools

10/5 - Area Elementary and Middle School Championships and State Qualifier @Victor Ashe Park

10/19 - Tennessee State Championships @Victor Ashe Park

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program that meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30, for 10 weeks in room 232 (Gallaher's room) at FIS. Girls make lasting friendships, while increasing their activity level and learning important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 3rd through 5th grade girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a noncompetitive 5k event. The first meeting is Monday, September 16th. Registration is open until September 23rd. The program fee is $150 and financial assistance is available. Register today at GOTRKNOXVILLE.ORG, or call (865)712-9979.

Online Payment Option

Paying for school fees just got easier! Families can now enroll, using the link below, to pay school related fees. Now all your fees, money for field trips, t-shirts, etc. - anything that we are collecting money for can be paid online and its very easy!

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Dates to Remember

  • Sept. 16 - Girls on the Run (first day)
  • Sept. 21 - Campus Clean Up
  • Sept. 30 - Coupon Book Campaign ends
  • Oct. 7-11 - Fall Break, no school
  • Oct. 18 - All Pro Dads at 7:00 am
  • Oct. 18 - FIS PTA Movie Night at 6:00 in gym
  • Oct. 24 - FIS Fun Run
  • Nov 5 - Student Holiday -no school for students
  • Nov 8 - All Pro Dads
  • Nov. 15 - Battle of Campbell Station Day
  • Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

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