The Indian Post

Director of Schools - Parent Issue - January 2023

Director's Corner -

The year 2022 is over and the New Year is upon us!

At Oneida Schools, we have learned and grown so much during 2022, and I firmly believe that 2023 will be the beginning of another promising year.

I am very thankful for our parents, students, and staff for all their hard work and dedication during this first semester. It is our community's enthusiasm and tenacity that truly makes Oneida Schools such a great place to learn. We would 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 "People's Choice Award" by emailing the 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!

Free Reading Resources!

The TN Department of Education in partnership with Governor's Early Literacy Foundation are opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any children in grades K-2. All TN families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using the website below:

As we begin this New Year, I pray for nothing but the best for you and your family. Let us begin the New Year with positive goals, patience, kindness, and continued support for one another.

- Dr. Jeanny Phillips

What is new in the OSSD

Mark Your Calendar!

January 1st - New Year's Day

January 3rd - First Day Back to School!

January 4th - NWEA Testing begins at OES

January 12th - Best Buddies at OES

January 13th - Basketball Homecoming

January 16th - Martin Luther King Day (no school)

January 30th - TN Promise (1:00pm in Lower Gym)

Big picture

District Highlights!

The first semester has nearly come and gone for us here at Oneida, but there is plenty of athletics still going on for the Indians. Basketball season is in full swing at both the middle and high school levels and all of the teams are off to solid starts to the year.

At OMS, both the Indians and Lady Indians are currently 7-1 as they entered play on Saturday at the Eagleton Christmas Tournament. For the boys, Drayton Wade has been a force for the Indians, averaging just under 16 points per game. The duo of Kannon Gazay and Canaan Shoemaker are also chipping in just over six points a game for the Indians. For the girls, the scoring has been spread out well as Kendall Duncan leads the way with just under 10 points per contest. Avery Rector (8.7 ppg) and Maddie Pike (6.5 ppg) have also been big contributors for the Lady Indians.

At OHS, the ladies are off to a hot start, currently sitting at 5-2 overall and 1-0 in district play after defeating Coalfield last Friday. Senior Kelsey Pike (17.1 ppg) is off to a great start this year. Braelyn Russ, Raylie Bush, and Elli West are all chipping in nearly six points per contest as well. For the boys, it was a tough start against big competition, but the Indians have begun to settle in, winning three of their last five including a victory over Coalfield last Friday to move to 3-4 overall and 1-0 in district play. The duo of Mason Keeton (17.0 ppg) and Grady Keeton (13.4 ppg) have been dynamic this season. Chip in the post presence of Zeb Spradlin, Hayden Brawner, and Gavin Keeton (combined 17.1 ppg and 17.3 rebounds per game) and the Indians are beginning to hit their stride heading into the holidays.

Although football season in over, there were a number of Indians that earned postseason awards recently. Elijah Phillips was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Region 2-2A while Luke Barna was named the Special Teams Player of the Year. All-Region selections included Caden Rector, Levi James, Colten Daugherty, and Landon Limburg.

The OHS Pride of the Tribe Marching Band recently traveled to perform in the 2022 Gatlinburg Festival of Lights Christmas Parade. They also hosted the OHS Night of the Arts concert last week. Included in the Night of the Arts were performances by the OHS Theatre Department, the OHS Choir, the Oneida Elementary 5th Grade Band, the OMS 6th Grade Band, the OMS Advance Band, the OHS Concert Band, and art displayed from the OHS Art Department.

- Bo Kidd

Winter NWEA Testing at OES

January 4th - 3rd, 4th, 5th Reading

January 5th - 3rd, 4th, 5th Math

January 6th - Kindergarten Reading

January 9th - Kindergarten Math

January 12th - Makeups

*Testing will begin promptly at 8:20am

Please remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, think positively, and use your strategies! We know each student will do their very best, and we are so proud of their hard work!

- Dr. Jeanny Phillips

Oneida Schools Food Services Website!

The Oneida Schools Food Services website is updated regularly for anyone who may want information about P-EBT, National School Free and Reduced Program, and My School Bucks. Additionally, each school has a sub page of their own with the updated monthly Breakfast and Lunch Menus!


If you have any additional questions,

please contact our Food Services Admin. Assistant, Angie Ellis.

Big picture

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


Hiking Club (2022-2023)

February 17 - Group Meeting

February 24

March 24 - Group Meeting

March 31

April 21 - Group Meeting

April 28

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

2022-2023 Sports Schedules!

OHS Indians & Lady Indians Basketball

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 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)

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.

Big picture