The Cherokee Chronicle

January 2021

Principal's Note

Lamar Families,

Welcome back to the 2nd semester of what is turning out to be the most unusual school year!

The school board voted at their January meeting to continue Fully Virtual until February 8. They will meet the first week of February to re-evaluate the situation. The fully virtual plan in the box below will stay in place during this time.

With this continued virtual environment, we have implemented new district expectations for students in grades PK-8. These expectations are linked through the button below. Hardship cases in relation to these expectations can be arranged with your child's homeroom teacher and then approved by me. Since the implementation of the expectations, we have see monumental increase in students participation in their lessons and our absentee rate has dropped dramatically. Thank you for you help!

Also, as many families have seen in communications from your child's homeroom teacher, there will be virtual STAR testing starting next week (January 19). This assessment will give the school fresh data to help better meet the individual learning needs of your child.

Finally, just a reminder that Semester 1 report cards come out this Friday, January 15. Please discuss your child's progress with them and reach out to teachers if you have questions. Report cards will be available through PowerSchool's Parent Portal (see button below). If you need access to this program or need a hard copy, please contact the office at 423-753-1130.


Mark Merriman, Principal

Fully Virtual Plan

The Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 23 and voted to continue Full Virtual Instruction through January 8. Below is the continued plan...

  • Mondays-Fridays – All students will be fully virtual 5 days a week for standards based instruction from their teachers (including related arts, SPED, RTI). This will be through via Google Classroom. Teachers will provide a morning meetings, live and recorded sessions, as well as assignments on Google Classroom.

  • Materials Pickup- Students who need to access materials or books he/she left at school can drop by anytime between 8 AM and 3:30 PM

  • Learning Packets (Grades PK-2)- Grades PK-2 Learning Packets are available 24/7 in the file cabinets by the front doors.

  • Fully Remote Students- Our K-4 students who have been in the separate fully virtual program will continue with their (non-Lamar) teacher.

  • Food Service will continue to provide free curbside meal pickup in the back of the building from 10 AM to 1 PM for any child 0-18 years old. 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 at elect school sites (not at Lamar). Click the link below for more information or email Megan Hite at or call 434-4924.

  • COVID-19 County Specific Data can be found using the link below.

  • Grades/ Attendance- Check your child's grades and attendance using the PowerSchool button 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.

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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!