Weekly Warrior for Families

January 20, 2023

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming soon...

Parent-Teacher Conference Day is scheduled for Friday, February 10. Students will not attend school on this day.


Conferences are held Thursday, February 9th from 3-6pm (20 minutes intervals...last conference at 5:40) and Friday from 8am-12pm (last conference at 11:40pm).


If you are interested in meeting with your child's teacher(s), please call the Counseling Center, 378-2435, to set up a conference time during the timeframe listed above.


If teachers are specifically requesting a meeting for your child, the teacher and/or Counseling will attempt to reach you to get this scheduled. Please return the call/email promptly so we can get these scheduled. Your child's SUCCESS is our priority and we look forward to partnering with you.

Community Opportunity for Grandparents and Relative Caregivers

Are you a grandparent or relative caregiver raising kids? If so, please consider attending the event below (next meeting date is February 8th). We have heard great things about this organization. If you don't want to attend alone...reach out to Robin Kerkhoff, she will be happy to attend with you. Do you need help getting transportation to the event? Robin Kerkhoff can also assist with that. You can reach her at 423-378-2406 or rkerkhoff@k12k.com
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Dance Team Opportunity

Any student interested in trying out for the Sevier Dance Team for the 2023-2024 school year should plan to attend an informational meeting on January 31st after school in the library. The meeting will last until approximately 3:30PM. Questions? Please email Head Coach Tina McMurray at tmcmurray@k12k.com.

Golf Opportunity

Any girl or boy interested in playing golf for the school team needs to see Mr. Fissel for more information.

Cheer Opportunity

Any 6th or 7th grade girl or boy interested in trying out for the 2023/2024 John Sevier Cheer Team should plan to attend an information meeting after school on Tuesday, January 24th. The meeting should only last about 30 minutes. Please see Coach Jones in room 103 if you have any questions.

Baseball & Softball Information

Baseball - Information will be coming soon. Stay tuned.


Softball - Try-outs will be in early February. Information will be coming soon.

Weight Room Opportunity @ DB

Dobyns Bennett's strength and conditioning coach, Zach Fleming, will be holding workouts for Middle School Athletes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 starting January 9th. There will be a bus that will take students to DB if students need a ride. Anyone planning on playing football next year needs to take advantage of this opportunity and those individuals need to come see Coach Spivey or Coach Colobro.


Note: This is not just for football. The weight room will be open to ALL Middle School athletes at that time.

8th Grade: A Night of Discovery @ DB, January 26

For all 8th Graders & Families,

Please join us for a night of discovery and tours for your familly and to learn more about career opportunity courses that are offered at Dobyns-Bennett.

The doors will open at 5:00pm for sign in at the Regional Science and Technology Building (DB front entrance, glass area). Join us for a chance to win door prizes and a night to discover and explore! A flyer was sent home with each 8th grade student about this event and you can refer to the information below. Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiscoverDB2023

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Come see our talented students perform Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

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Kids Business Expo

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A message from our Sevier PTSA


  • PTSA would like to thank all the student, families and staff for all the support given for last week's Tribe Classic. Distribution of tshirts and snack bags went so smooth thanks to the helpfulness of the staff. We were so proud of student behavior and respectfulness during the event. PTA worked closely with RNR PTA to make sure both middle school student body's were representing the #ONETRIBE motto! GO WARRIORS!




  • Food City is making $700,000 available to participating schools to invest in classrooms, equipment and essential supplies. For every dollar spent at Food City, using your ValuCard, one point will be earned for JSMS. All you have to do is link your ValuCard and you'll automatically earn points every time you shop! Food City is no longer processing school requests in the store. The only way to connect your card to JSMS is to do it through the Food City website. You have to register your card each year, even if you registered your card to JSMS in a previous year.Please follow the steps below to connect your card to JSMS for the 2022-23 school year:



Go to the Food City School Bucks website https://www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks/


Click the COMMUNITY tab across the top

Choose School Bucks

Login using the email address connected to your value card OR create a new account

Go to COMMUNITY and School Bucks again (yes again)

Yet again it will ask you to login (yes a second time)

There is a My School Bucks section where you can click update my school. Click update my school and type John Sevier Middle School as your option.


We appreciate your support in all our endeavors.


Love, JSMS PTSA

8th grade Washington DC Trip

Attention 8th grade families: The third and final payment of $200 is due February 9. All money needs to be paid in full by this day. If you have questions, contact Marty Moore, mmoore@k12k.com.

8th grade appointments for high school planning

DB appointment letters for High School registration have been mailed home to 8th grade families. Parents/Guardians are invited, but not required, to attend these appointments. Appointments will be held in the library at Sevier. Appointments will review the 9th grade requests and 4 year plan. Students were encouraged to take a picture of both, but were also welcome to stop by counseling for a copy until January 19. Due to the number of appointments, we are unable to accommodate requests for dates/times or rescheduling. Thank you for your understanding!

8th Grade High School Planning - Dates to Know

  • October 27 - Teacher Recommendations Due

    • Teachers should discuss these recommendations with individual students prior to Nov. 1st.

    • We understand that it is early for recommendations. Teachers will have an opportunity to update recommendations in April.

  • November 1 - 8th grade Family Night (all students and a guardian should plan to attend)

    • 5:00-7:30pm, DB Cafeteria (the event will begin in the cafeteria, see below for more information)

    • 5:00-5:30 - General Information from DB and Sevier Counselors

    • 5:30-7:30 - Rotate through sessions with DB teachers to learn about different programs, course expectations, etc.

  • November/December - High School Planning classes with Sevier Counselors

      • Nov. 9 - Science

      • Nov. 16 - Math

      • Nov. 30 - Social Studies

      • Dec. 9 - ELA

    • Students will be working on their 4 year class schedule. Counselors will be walking them through each step.

  • November 29 - DB Visit and Tour

    • Students will be introduced to several opportunities available at DB. They will tour career and technical courses.

    • Details TBA - stay tuned

    • Please avoid late drop off or early pick up on this date

  • January 23-27 - Individual High School Planning Meetings

    • 20 minute appointments in Sevier Library

    • Students will meet with counselors during the school day to review their 4 year plan and their 9th grade course requests.

    • Letters with appointment date/time will be mailed home in early January. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, but not required. We are unable to take date and time requests.

General Information

  • Pre-orders for our 1980s-inspired yearbook, "Retro Memories". Pre-order your yearbook for the low price of $30. To reserve your copy visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and enter code "13619723".

  • Please keep your contact information updated. This can be done through your Aspen Parent Portal or by contacting LeAnn Franklin in the counseling office, 378-2435 or lfranklin@k12k.com. It's vitally important that we have current contact phone numbers and a correct address for each student.
  • You MUST present an ID when visiting Sevier or checking out your student.
  • If you know your child is going to be absent, please email ewilliams@k12k.com, you can do this rather than calling the school. If you prefer to call, please call 423.378.2450 as early as possible on the day of the absence. Any doctors notes or other excuses can be sent to the above mentioned email as well, or brought to the front office by the student upon their return.
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Service Opportunity with Prayer Warriors

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January 23-27, 2023

Saturday, January 21

  • 1/21--JSMS Orchestra Junior Clinic Auditions (9am-3pm D-B Instrumental Building)


Monday, January 23

  • High School Planning Individual Meetings in the Library
  • Leadership Ambassadors will meet from 2:45-4:00 in Mrs. Bingham's room.


Tuesday, January 24

  • High School Planning Individual Meetings in the Library
  • Spelling Bee at 1:00pm in the Auditorium
  • Any 6th or 7th-grade girl or boy interested in trying out for the 2023/2024 John Sevier Cheer Team should plan to attend an information meeting after school. The meeting should only last about 30 minutes, please have a parent here to pick you up by 3:30pm. Please see Coach Jones in room 103 if you have any questions.


Wednesday, January 25

  • High School Planning Individual Meetings in the Library


Thursday, January 26

  • High School Planning Individual Meetings in the Library
  • 8th grade Night of Discovery @ DB (enter through the glass area, main/front entrance), doors open at 5pm


Friday, January 27

  • High School Planning Individual Meetings in the Library



Save the Date

  • 8th graders will be going to DB on Feb. 3 to watch "Legally Blonde" by the Drama Hawks. Opt out forms will be sent home w/ students on Jan. 25th if they do not want their student attending.
  • Spring Picture Day, February 17th. This will be for students that have pre-paid only.
  • End of Year Awards Programs

    6th grade: Wednesday, May 17 @ 8:00 AM

    7th grade: Wednesday, May 17 @1:30 PM

    8th grade: Thursday, May 18 @ 9:00 AM

    *All programs will be held in the Sevier Gym.