The Cherokee Chronicle

December 2020

Principal's Note

Lamar Families,

I hope you and your family had a restful, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving! Just a few updates as we move into December.

The school board voted at their November 23 meeting to continue Fully Virtual until January 8. They will meet January 4th 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, I am pleased to announce that at this time, all students at Lamar have access to a Chromebook (or other device), to wifi (or a hotspot), or have been provided with alternatives for accessing their digital content.

Also, the STAR testing previously planned for December 10-17 has need cancelled due to a continued rise in Covid cases.

Finally, with inclement weather on the horizon, please make sure you are signed up for the WCDE Emergency Text Alert system using the button below. This system will send emergency alerts including school closure information via text message.

If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance, please call the school at 423-753-1130 or email me at


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!