The Cherokee Chronicle

May 2022

Principal's Note

Lamar Families,

This year has been exceptional in so many ways! Our students, teachers, staff, and families, weathered the prior school year where we were in the throes of the pandemic and came back even stronger this school year as we worked to return to a sense of normalcy. This team effort allowed our students to thrive as they worked to live up to our motto of "working to be the best that I can be."

Next week we will recognize our educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. The month of May is also filling up with lots of activities. These are summarized below.

Also, as we move into the summer months, note that there is a great blurb below from our counselor and school resource officer regarding online and social media with linked resources.

Finally, note that it is not too late to sign you child up for summer school. See the flier below for more information or contact Ms. McAvoy at

Below is a breakdown of upcoming important dates

Important Dates:

May 2-6- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3- Teacher In-service- No Students

May 4- 1st to Cooper Gem Mine

May 6- PreK to Golden Oaks Park/ 7th to Holiday Lanes/ 8th to Movie Theater/ DCHS Senior Walk

May 9- Teacher In-service- No Students

May 10- Band Concert

May 11- PTA Board Meeting/ 8th to DCHS for Choral Concert/ 5th to Tipton Haynes/ 6th to Paradise Acres/ School Nurse's Day!

May 12- 7th & 8th to Career Quest/ 2nd to Rocky Mount/ Teacher of the Year Banquet/ Choir Concert at 6:30

May 13- PTA Mega Party

May 16- Teacher In-service Day- No Students

May 17- Kindergarten Kickoff @ 5:30/ 5th to Bristol Caverns

May 18- K to Fenders/ 3rd to Movie Theater/ 6-8 EPIC! Trip to Pathfinders Youth Camp

May 19- Field Day/ Sport's Banquet @ 6 PM

May 20- Fun Friday!/ End of Year EPIC! Celebrations

May 24- Kindergarten Promotion @ 10 AM/ 8th Grade Promotion @ 6 PM (in person)

May 25- Last Day of School- Abbreviated (dismiss at 11 AM)/ Report Cards

May 31-June 27- Summer Camp/ Summer School

July 28- Open House at 6 PM

Aug. 1- First Day of School- Abbreviated (dismiss at 11 AM)

Again, thanks you for a great year and as always please feel free to contact the office at 753-1130 if you have questions.


Mark Merriman, Principal

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Note from the School Counselor and School Resource Officer

Now that we are approaching Summer Break and our students possibly not seeing their friends regularly, phone and social media communications will increase as they keep up with each other. We want to encourage parents and guardians to monitor their child’s time on their devices and on these platforms and share a few tips.

  • Most social media platforms have an age-limit of 13+.

  • Check your child’s messages and social media randomly, but regularly.

  • Talk to them about who they talk to or follow or who follows them.

  • Remind them that everything they send; text or pictures, is out forever.

  • Remind them that sharing provocative or sexual/nude pictures of a minor is considered distribution of child pornography and is illegal.

  • Talk to them about future employers, coaches, and college admissions offices doing social media searches on their applicants.

  • Tell them to report any cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, or strangers trying to chat or befriend them, to you.

We want our students to grow up to be adults with integrity and respect, and to be responsible for the consequences of their words and actions. Social media can be a wonderful thing, but for the young, developing brain, it can cause a lot more problems and anxiety than we realize. See the attached link and picture about certain apps kids today use and the serious dangers they present ( Please feel free to contact your school counselor, Mrs. Clark at, or our Lamar SRO, Officer Cowan at with any questions or concerns.
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Summer School Information

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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, please click the request button below.

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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!