The Indian Post

Director of Schools - Parent Issue 5 - December 2022

Director's Corner

Where does the time go? The magic of the Holiday Season is upon us, and we are quickly approaching the start of the new year. We had such a great start to the school year, and our excitement and enthusiasm continues as we close out 2022!

There is so much learning going on in the Oneida Schools, and our students have been working extremely hard. The month of December tends to be quite hectic as students prepare for EOC exams and semester tests. The Oneida Band's Christmas Concert, Night of the Arts, will be held on December 8th at 6:30pm, and for this year's concert, they are offering the opportunity for Oneida Band Alumni to perform with them for a special piece! If you would like to take part, please reach out to our Band Director, Mr. Johnathan Elliot. Basketball season for OMS and OHS has also begun, so there is something for everyone. Hours of practice and preparation have gone into each of these activities, and it reminds us how fortunate OSSD is to have such great students and talented teachers. I hope that you can attend these events and support our students, coaches, volunteers and sponsors.

I would also like to send out a huge congratulations to Varsity and Junior Varsity Football on a wonderful year! Our OMS Junior Varsity Football team brought home the TMSAA State Championship title! We are extremely proud of our teams, coaches, parents, and volunteers on an excellent job this season!

- Dr. Jeanny Phillips

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Mark Your Calendar!

December 8th - Night of the Arts Christmas Concert at 6:30pm

December 16th - Early Dismissal at 10:30am (Buses will not run)

December 19th - 30th - Christmas Break (No School)

December 25th - Christmas Day

January 1st - New Year's Day

January 3rd - First Day Back to School

Highlights from this month!

Oneida High School:

FFA has two teams practicing hard and competing right now. The first team is the Horse Judging Team. This team learns advanced critique techniques and equine vocabulary and serves as judges during equestrian events. They place and score the field of horses and present an oral set of reasons to a panel of judges. This Career Development Event teaches our kids the following: public speaking skills, decision making skills, time management, commitment to a devision and a team. This team competed on 11/14/22 at the state competition at MTSU and placed 26th out of 78 registered teams.

Team Members:

Codie Lackey

Carys Baird

Emily Newport

Jalen Burchfield

Riley Byrge

Our second competing team is our Parliamentary Procedure Team. This team has worked extremely hard learning how to properly conduct a business meeting using Roberts Rules of Order 12th Edition. They won the competition at the District and Sub-Regional levels and are now preparing for Regionals on December 6th at Eagleton College and Career Academy in Maryville. If they place in the top 3 at Regionals, they will move on to compete at the state competition in March at the TN State FFA Convention. This Career Development Event teaches our kids the following: How to properly conduct business in a professional setting, decision making skills, public speaking skills, respectful debate techniques, and teamwork.

Team Members:

Blayden King

Codie Lackey

Katie Jones

Eli Sewell

Cole Cross

Evan Jeffers

Kaleb Ward

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Oneida Elementary School

NIET Support Day - November 15th, 2022

NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching) had another wonderfully reflective day at OES on November 15th!

End of Course & Semester Testing Schedule

Oneida Middle School

Semester Exams will be Dec. 13th - Dec. 15th

December 13th - 1st, 3rd & 5th Periods will test

December 14th - 2nd, 4th & 6th Periods will test

December 15th - Makeups

Oneida High School

Semester Exams will be Nov. 29th - Dec.7th

November 29th/30th - ELA 9th & 10th Grade

December 1st - Geometry

December 6th - Algebra 1

December 6th - Biology

December 7th - US History

December 2nd, 8th & 9th - Makeups

Wishing each and every student the best of luck on their exams! I know you will make us proud!

- Dr. Jeanny Phillips

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 28

December 5

December 12

December 14

Drama Club (Monday & Wednesday)

November 30

December 5

December 7

December 12

December 14

Hiking Club (2022-2023)

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)

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

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

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)