The Indian Post

Director of Schools - Parent Issue - March 2023

Director's Corner -

The second half of the year is flying by and we are now moving toward the spring season.

Just a quick reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences are March 14th. Parents, please be sure that you communicate with your child's teacher. Research shows that when parents/guardians are involved in the lives of their kids, their success rate is much higher. We appreciate the opportunity to work with your kid(s). If your child's teacher does not reach out to you, please reach out to them. We have excellent teachers that are happy to help in any way they can.

I would like to send out a


to our teachers and staff members of the year!

This is a very prestigious award and we are so proud of our staff. This job is a calling and the following people have been instrumental in the lives of the faculty and students of Oneida.

OES - Valerie Hoffman and Stuart Manning

OMS - Heather Lowe and Renee Ryon

OHS - Melissa Cruz and April Jones

Coaches - Marv West & Jacob King

Staff -Julie Douglas

Administrator - Ashley Billingsley


Reminder: We would also 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 staff member for the "People's Choice Award" by emailing their 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!

It is that time of year again and Pre-K/Kindergarten registration is right around the corner. If you know a child who will be 3 or 4 years-old for Pre-K and 5 or 6 years-old for Kindergarten by August 15th, 2023, please encourage them to register at Oneida Elementary School. Students that receive exposure to our Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum tend to be our high fliers as they progress throughout our system.

PRE-K Registration: March 7th (9:00am - 2:00pm)

KINDERGARTEN Registration: Opens March 6th

(Further details below)

As always, 'Thank You' for your support & partnership,

Dr. Jeanny Phillips

OSSD Improvements part 3

Mark Your Calendar!

March 6th - Kindergarten Registration Opens

March 7th - Pre- K Registration Day

March 12th - Beginning of Daylight Savings Time

March 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences

March 17th - Saint Patrick's Day

March 20th - First Day of Spring

March 21st - ACT for Juniors

March 22nd - Pre-ACT for Sophomores

April 3rd - 7th - OSSD Spring Break!

April 19th - EOC's Exams Begin

April 22nd - OHS Prom

OSSD Core Standards

Our standards have been an intricate part of what we stand for as a district.

What are our standards as parents & guardians?

  1. We treat everyone with respect. Remember, you never know what someone is going through or how hard their job is until you walk in their shoes.
  2. We present our best selves to others.
  3. We are TEAM players - it takes parents, schools, and the community working together to ensure success for each of our students.
  4. We take PRIDE in ourselves and build positive relationships with the Oneida School staff.
  5. Your child's education is vital for their success. Focus on the positive things in the schools and work with the school staff on potential solutions for any issues that may arise.

"It is easier to put slippers on than it is to carpet the world."

- Al Franken

District Highlights!

The month of February was a great one to be a fan of Oneida Indians athletics! Our middle school basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end with nice runs in the postseason while the high school teams are off to a hot start in postseason play.

The OMS Lady Indians were successful in winning their first-round contest of the TMSAA Section 2-A Tournament against Soldiers Memorial, but would fall in the following round to Englewood to end their season. The Lady Indians finished their year with an overall record of 15-10.

The OMS Indians also won their first-round contest of the TMSAA Section 2-A Tournament against Springdale. Unfortunately, the Indians would fall in the next round to Riceville to bring their season to an end. The Indians finished their season with an overall record of 15-10. Congrats to both those teams.

The OHS Lady Indians have had an amazing month on the court. Currently riding a six-game winning streak, the Lady Indians have not dropped a game in the month of February including two dominating performances in route to their fourth-straight District Tournament Championship. Raylie Bush, Braelyn Russ, and Rachel Elmore were named to the All-Tournament Team with senior Kelsey Pike earning the District 3-A Tournament MVP award. Oneida is currently 23-6 overall this season and finished a perfect 8-0 in district action. They begin their Region 2-A Tournament on Friday, February 24th with a home contest against Greenback at 7 pm. If successful, the rest of the Region Tournament will be held at Wartburg.

Similarly, the OHS boys’ team is also riding a six-game winning streak in the month of February. They also finished the regular season an undefeated 8-0 in district action and currently are 19-10 overall on the year. They also had a pair of outstanding performances en route to their first District 3-A Tournament Championship since 2020. Zeb Spradlin, Gavin Keeton, and Hayden Brawner were named to the All-Tournament Team with junior Mason Keeton earning the District 3-A Tournament MVP award. They begin their Region 2-A Tournament on Saturday, February 25th with a home contest against Rockwood at 7 pm. If successful, the rest of the Region Tournament will be held at Wartburg.

Early in February, select members of the Oneida High School Pride of the Tribe Marching Band performed ETSBOA All-State East concerts. Over 2,000 student musicians auditioned for a spot in one of these prestigious bands and three Indians were chosen to be part of this special event. Congratulations to Philip Thompson, Steven Lawson, and Gabe Botts for their hard work and dedication to their craft. On Saturday, February 25th, the OHS Pride of the Tribe Marching Bank will compete at an Indoor Competition at Claiborne High School in New Tazewell, TN. Good luck to our program!

Spring seasons are just around the corner as most of our teams will get started by the second week of March. Schedules and roster for all of our spring sports will soon be listed on the official athletics site of the Oneida Indians at

- Bo Kidd

Pre-K Registration!

Oneida Elementary School

Pre-K Registration

for the 2023-2024 School Year

When: March 7th, 2023 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Oneida Elementary School

330 Claude Terry Drive; Oneida, TN 37841

Pre-K Age Requirements:

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 15th, 2023 to be eligible for Pre-K

*4 year old students that meet requirements will have first priority*

You will need to bring:

1. Child's Birth Certificate

2. Child's current Immunization Record & Physical Form

3. Child's Social Security Card

4. Current Pay Stub, W-2 or Tax Forms

If you have any questions, please contact

Mrs. Jordan Sims, Ms. Debbie Creech,

or Mrs. Renee Chitwood at (423) 569-8340.

Kindergarten Registration!

Oneida Elementary School

Kindergarten Registration

for the 2023-2024 School Year

When: Beginning March 6th, 2023 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Oneida Elementary School

330 Claude Terry Drive; Oneida, TN 37841

Beginning March 7th:

Kindergarten parents may pickup a registration packet ANYTIME

Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:30pm at Oneida Elementary School

Kindergarten Age Requirements:

*Your child must be 5 years old on or before August 15th, 2023

to be eligible for Kindergarten*

You will need to bring:

1. Child's Birth Certificate

2. Child's current Immunization Record & Physical Form

3. Child's Social Security Card

If your child is already enrolled in Pre-K at Oneida Elementary, you DO NOT need to attend registration - the packet will be sent home with your child from his/her teacher.

If you have any questions, please contact

Mrs. Jordan Sims, Ms. Debbie Creech,

or Mrs. Renee Chitwood at (423) 569-8340.

March is Literacy Month!

March is designated as National Literacy Month -

a month to motivate children of all ages

to read each and every day!

Let's celebrate and advocate the wonders of reading in our classrooms

by sharing our favorite books or by reaching for something new!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

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


Tutoring - Tuesday & Wednesday 3:15-4:15pm

Time for Time - Tuesday & Thursday 3:15-4:15pm

Drama - Monday & Wednesday 3:15-4:15pm

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

2023 Spring Sports Schedules!

OHS Indians Baseball

March 13 - Bell County, KY at Campbell County (8:00pm)

March 15 - Cocke County at Campbell County (4:00pm)

March 16 - Carter County at Carter (6:00pm)

March 17 - Campbell County (V & JV) at Bear Creek (5:30pm)

March 20 - Rockwood at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

March 21 - Rockwood at Rockwood (6:00pm)

March 23 - McCreary Co. (V & JV) at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

March 24 - Grace Christian Academy at Grace Christian (6:00pm)

March 27 - *Wartburg at Wartburg (6:00pm)

March 28 - *Wartburg at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

March 30 - Oakdale (V & JV) at Oakdale (6:00pm)

April 3 - *Oliver Springs at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

April 4 - *Oliver Springs at Oliver Springs (6:00pm)

April 10 - Oakdale (V & JV) at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

April 13 - Carter at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

April 14 - McCreary Co. (V & JV) at McCreary Co. (6:00pm)

April 17 - *Sunbright at Sunbright (5:30pm)

April 18 - *Sunbright at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

April 20 - Harriman (DH) at Harriman (6:00pm)

April 24 - *Coalfield at Bear Creek (5:30pm)

April 25 - *Coalfield at Coalfield (5:30pm)

April 27 - Campbell County (V & JV) at Campbell County (5:30pm)

May 1 - Greenback at Bear Creek (6:00pm)

May 2 - Clarkrange at Clarkrange (5:30pm est)

*District Game

DH - Double Header Varsity

OHS Lady Indians Softball

March 4 - Playday at Oakridge (8:00am)

March 11 - Playday at Home (TBA)

March 13 - Anderson Co. (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

March 14 - Somerset Christian (JV) at Home (6:00pm)

March 16 - Coalfield (V & JV) Away (6:30pm)

March 17 - Southwestern (V & JV) Away (6:00pm)

March 18 - Eagleton Christian (JV DH) at Home (11:00am)

March 20 - Christian Academy of Knoxville (V & JV) Away (6:00pm)

March 21 - Harriman (V) at Home (6:00pm)

March 23 - Sunbright (V) at Home (6:00pm)

March 24 & 25 - Wartburg JV Tourney

March 27 - Oliver Springs (V & JV) Away (6:30pm)

March 28 - Jellico (V & JV) Away (6:00pm)

March 30 - Wartburg (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

March 31 - Scott High (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

April 11 - Harriman (V) Away (6:00pm)

April 13 - Monterey (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

April 14 - York (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

April 18 - Coalfield (Senior Night) at Home (6:30pm)

April 20 - Sunbright (V) Away (5:30pm)

April 21 - Coffee Co Classic

April 25 - Oliver Springs (V/JV) at Home (6:30pm)

April 27 - Harriman (V) at Home (6:00pm)

May 1 - Christian Academy of Knoxville (V & JV) at Home (5:30pm)

May 2 - Wartburg (V & JV) Away (6:00pm)

May 4 - Jellico (V & JV) at Home (5:00 & 6:30pm)

May 5 - Somerset (V & JV) at Home (6:00pm)

May 8 - 12 - TBA District at Wartburg

May 15 - Regional Round 1

May 17 Regional Championship

May 19 Substate

May 23 - 26 State Tournament

OHS Indians Soccer

March 4 - Scott High Play Date (Away)

March 13 - Sweetwater at 6:00pm (Away)

March 21 - Clinton at 6:00pm (Home)

March 24 - Halls at Smokey Mt. Cup at 8:00pm (Away)

March 25 - William Blount at Smokey Mt. Cup at 9:30am (Away)

March 28 - Grace Christian Academy at 6:30pm (Home)

March 30 - Scott High School at 6:00pm (Home)

April 4 - Northview Academy at 6:30pm (Away)

April 6 - Kingston at 6:30pm (Away)

April 11 - *Harriman at 6:00pm (Away)

April 13 - *Cumberland Gap at 6:30pm (Home)

April 14 - Anderson County at 6:30pm (Away)

April 18 - Knox Central at 6:30pm (Home)

April 21 - *Rockwood at 6:30pm (Home)

April 24 - Campbell Co. at 6:00pm (Away JV)

April 27 - Scoot High at 6:00pm (Away)

May 2 - Hall High at 6:00pm (Away)

May 8 - 11 District Tournament

May 15 -18 Regional Tournament

May 20 State Sectionals

May 23 State Tournament

*District Game

OMS Lady Indians Softball

March 6 - Wartburg Away 5:00pm

March 7 - Norwood (JV) Home 6:00pm

March 13 - Coalfield Home 6:00pm

March 16 - Scott (JV) Away 5:00pm

March 17 - Cherokee Home 6:00pm

March 20 - Wayne Co. KY (JV) Home 6:00pm

March 27 - OS Away 5:00pm

March 28 - Norwood (JV) Away 6:00pm

March 30 - Wartburg Home 5:30pm


April 11 - Scott (JV) Home 5:00pm

April 14 - Midway (JV) Away 6:00pm

April 18 - Coalfield Away 6:00pm

April 20 - Harriman Home 5:30pm

April 21 - Rockwood (8th grade night) Home 6:00pm

April 25 - OS Home 5:00pm

OMS Boys Soccer

March 4 - Cumberland Gap Jamboree @ Cumberland Gap 10:00am

March 9 - Campbell County A @ Campbell County 6:00pm

March 13 - Horace Maynard @ Horace Maynard 6:00pm

March 16 - Cumberland Gap @ Cumberland Gap 6:00pm (JV after)

March 18 - Cocke County @ Home 1:00pm

March 23 - Campbell County B @ Lafollette Elementary 6:00pm

March 27 - Campbell County B @ Home 6:00pm

April 13 - Cumberland Gap @ Home 5:00pm (JV after)

April 15 - JV Jamboree 12:00pm

April 20 - Cocke County @ Cocke County 6:00pm

April 28 - Campbell County A @ Campbell County 6:00pm

May 2 - Horace Maynard @ Home 6:00pm

May 6 - EUMSS Tournament @ Horace Maynard TBD

OMS Baseball


2/24 – 2/25 Pre-season Tournament @ Oliver Springs T.B.A.

Regular Season

2/11 North Campbell (S) @ Home 12:00

2/18 Norris (S) @ Home 12:00

3/6 Scott County @ Away 5:30

3/7 Scott County @ Home 5:00

3/13 Oakdale @ Home 5:30

3/14 Oakdale @ Away 5:30

3/18 JV Playday @ Wartburg T.B.A.

3/20 Oliver Springs @ Away 5:30

3/21 Oliver Springs @ Home 5:30

3/27 Lake City @ Home 5:30

3/28 Lake City @ Away 5:30

4/3 – 4/7 Spring Break

4/8 Norwood (DH) @ Home 12:00

4/17 Wartburg @ Home 5:30

4/18 Wartburg @ Away 5:30

4/22 Coalfield (DH) @ Away 12:00

Post Season

4/28 – 5/1 District Tournament @ Bear Creek T.B.A.

** (S) = Scrimmage

** (DH) = Double Header