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Word from Holly...

This is an oldie, but a goodie!

For the Word From Holly this week, I reflected on all of that which we may need to be reminded of at this point of the school-year such as finishing strong or keeping up the good fight in the midst of stress and hectic schedules. I finally settled for the second week in a row on some inspiration that brings us back to where we started.

I can't help but end each school year the way I begin...by reminding myself of our purpose...of the sphere of our influence...of the power we have to change so many lives for the good.



Enjoy the short clip below! (Watch until the band/orchestra starts playing, at least...)

Mr. Holland's Opus [Final Scene]

Warrior Weekly Update:

Monday, May 2nd

Algebra and Geometry Mapping meeting at DB at 3:00

Washington DC Parent Meeting: There will be a meeting for all families of 8th grade students going to Washington DC on Monday, May 2nd at 5:30 in the JSMS auditorium.

JSMS Band Concert 7:00-JSMS Gym

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:45

Football Practice: 2:50-5:00

Tuesday, May 3rd

Student Council Meeting-Mrs. Wagner's Room-3:00-4:00--Remember to bring a snack!

Parent Informational Meeting for families of Cheerleaders for the 2016-1017 school year-5:30-JSMS Library

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:45

Football Practice: 2:50-5:00

Wednesday, May 4th

College T-Shirt Day

Football Practice: 2:50-5:00

The journalism students of Sevier will hold a journalism celebration from 3:00-4:00 pm in room 340

Thursday, May 5th

Football Practice: 2:50-5:00

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:45

2015-2016 End of Year Cheer Banquet-7:00-Mustard Seed

Friday, May 6th

8th Grade Field Trip: Tour of Dobyns-Bennett (8:30-11:30)--8th Graders should wear comfortable shoes

TRIBE GAMES Track and Field-9:00-1:00-DB Track

Football Practice: 2:50-5:00

Nick's News:

*With the cancellation of most state testing this year, we are excited to now be able to give the students the opportunity to see the work their fellow classmates have put in for the band concert. We will begin calling for students to come to the gym shortly after announcements on Monday morning. We should be able to put all students on the home side bleachers – 6th grade office side, 7th grade middle, 8th grade bus stop side. Students will leave backpacks in their first period class, will return to their first period after the concert, and we will pick up with the regular schedule at that time. Also, Mrs. Watkins’ 1st period Algebra students will return to her class during 6th period. -Nick

*Please remember to fill out your professionalism surveys so that your evaluator can use those to score your TEAM professionalism rubric.

*Please fill out the KCS administrative perception survey on Holly, Nick and Jim.

ASC Update:


Upcoming Jeans Day

Please remember that Wednesday, May 4, is a FREE jeans day for all employees who wear a college or career shirt.


Tennessee Educator Survey

The TDOE has launched its annual Tennessee Educator Survey. All teachers, administrators, and other certified staff in Tennessee's public schools are encouraged to participate in this voluntary survey. The survey will close on Friday, May 27.

PLEASE NOTE: There are weekly and school level drawings tied to participation!

Bring Computer Science to Your School

Tynker is partnering with Infosys Foundation USA to give away Tynker's premium programming courses to 1,000 high-need schools across the country.

Every K-8 teacher can apply. Applications are considered in the order they are submitted.

To learn more about Infosys Foundation USA or Tynker, please click here. Click here to apply.

Call for Presenters

Planning is underway for the 2016 TN School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute, being held Sept. 25-27 in Murfreesboro, TN. This year’s theme is “Transforming School Counseling so All Students will be Ready!”

The Call for Presenters online application is live. If you have information you think would be beneficial, please consider submitting a session proposal. The deadline for submissions is May 15. Click here to review the topics of interest and submit a proposal.

Feedback on Science Standards

The State Board of Education launched the science standards review website to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K–12 science standards. The deadline for providing feedback is May 13.



  • Fri. 4/29: Deadline for submitting 2015-16 School Accomplishments to ASC


  • Mon. 5/2 - Fri. 2/6: KCS Employee Appreciation Week
  • Wed. 5/4: College/Career Shirt Day (FREE jeans day if wearing college/career shirt)
  • Thu. 5/5: BOE Meeting, TN Room (ASC), 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 5/9 - Fri. 5/13: National Police Week
  • Tue. 5/17: BOE Work Session, TN Room (ASC), 6:00 p.m.
  • Fri. 5/20: Administrative Day
  • Friday, 5/20: Deadline to provide feedback on core documents
  • Sat. 5/21: DBHS Graduation, J. Fred Johnson Stadium, 9:00 a.m.
  • Mon. 5/23: In-Service Day
  • Mon. 5/30: Memorial Day - ASC CLOSED

Celebrations and Recognitions:

Recognitions and Celebrations:

*Thank you to ALL of our JSMS teachers who work hard and do an outstanding job EVERY day to serve the students of John Sevier. They truly are World Changing Warriors!

*Thank you to Hope Hall for serving as Heather Donihe's interim while she has been on maternity leave!


Sevier Girls: 2nd Place

Sevier Boys: 4th place

CONFERENCE MVP Girls (Frank Carver Award): Jaden Potts

*Thank you to all of our teacher volunteers who came to serve at the conference track meet to help make it a huge success! You make a difference!

Proud to be a Warrior,

Holly Flora

Principal, JSMS