Principal's Update

January 30, 2023

Good Evening Karns Families,

We are entering our fourth week of school, and the end of the grading period is Friday. On Thursday of last week, we held parent night for parents to learn more about our new 865 Academies. We enjoyed seeing so many of you in the building and we are so excited for the future of our students.


Laicee Hatfield

Executive Principal

Karns High School

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1.30.23 - 2.3.23

Monday 1.30

Tuesday 1.31

Wednesday 2.1

Thursday 2.2

Friday 2.3

  • End of Grading Period


Other Upcoming Important Dates

February 7th - Medic Blood Drive

February 8th - ASVAB Testing

February 15th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 - 6:00

February 15th - Junior Parent Meeting 6:00 - 7:00

February 15th- 8th Grade Parent Night 6:00 - 7:30

March 7th- ACT Testing (11th Grade) PreACT Test (10th grade)


Open House Recap & Presentation

We held an Open House on January 26th and really enjoyed seeing so many of you and sharing information regarding our new 865 Academies. Please click here to access the presentation we shared with families at our parent night.

If you have any curriculum-specific questions, please feel free to reach out to our Curriculum Principal, Rachel Evans at with your questions.


ASVAB Testing

The Karns High School AFJROTC is sponsoring the ASVAB Career Exploration Exam on Wednesday, 8 Feb 2023, from 8:30 - 11:45 in the Karns HS Library. This opportunity is open to all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors on a "first come - first served" basis. There is an excellent career interest inventory survey involved with the test that can support students in figuring out future career goals and plans. If interested, please have your student see our College & Career Counselor, Lyndsey Donnell, Lt Col O'Donnell, or MSgt DuBrule by the end of the day on Monday, February 6th.

**Students who score a 31 or higher on this test will be one step closer to being considered a ReadyGrad which can help with Early Grad applications for next year.

WIDA Testing- (ELL Students)

WIDA: All day (library)

Tuesday, February 14th

Thursday, February 16th

Friday, February 17th (makeups)

Tuesday, February 21st

Wednesday, February 22nd

Thursday, February 23rd through Friday, February 24th (makeups)

WIDA Alt: (1 student - room 111 2nd period)

Monday, February 27 through Thursday, March 2nd

Friday, March 3rd (makeups)

ACT Testing

**All juniors will take the ACT for FREE on Tuesday, March 7th. The test is online. Students will need a charged Chromebook on the day of the test. More information will come home with students regarding creating an account with ACT. More information about test prep can be found at the link below:

**All sophomores will take the Pre-ACT on Tuesday, March 7th. This test is on paper and will be great practice for the ACT. Note: The school will not be able to provide calculators for sophomores on this date. The pre-ACT can be done without a calculator, but it is suggested to use one if you have one. More information can be found here:

Morning Announcement Highlights

Morning Announcements will be link posted on the Karns HS website home. This button takes you to that website. Visit it regularly to stay up to date on the most current morning announcements.

Remote Learning Drill


The state passed a law, Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-2-139, and due to this new law, we will need to verify our students are ready for remote learning, should the need present itself.

This is going to be a three-week process with one task per week. The first week is about ACCESS.

ACCESS (this task must be completed outside of school)

  • Teachers have been asked to post a link to a Google form in their Canvas pages. Students will go home and click this link. In the form, they will find a link to an Internet Speed Test. They will run that test and then enter the numbers into the Google Form. If your student doesn't have internet at home for their Chromebook, they need to fil the form out at school. We created a way for them to report they don't have internet.

  • Thank you for your support through this process. Steps 2 and 3 will take place at school.

  • This week you will receive a link to a BrightBytes survey. This is done once a year and we appreciate your response.


Spring Tutoring Schedule

We offer free after school tutoring with our teachers. Please see the schedule below and contact Mr. Scott Clark ( if you need more information.
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News from The 865 Academies

KHS Announces Our Academies

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Career Pathway Fair

As KCS was announcing our academies, Karns High announced its academies: our freshmen and sophomores attended a Career Pathway Fair with 88 opportunities to engage with our pathway teachers and student ambassadors, college and trade school representatives, and industry professionals. Students, Teachers, and Business Leaders were very complimentary of this event, and really enjoyed the opportunities presented.

A special thank you to all of them for making this a special day for students: TN Army National Guard, South College, Roane State Community College, Warner Music Group, Riverside Coffee Shop, Keller Williams Realty, Y12 Federal Credit Union, Knoxville Academy of Music, Y12, Knoxville Poop 911, 865 Customs, We Watch Your Website, Young-Williams Animal Center, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., SMART Local 5 Sheet Metal Workers, ShoffnerKalthoff MES, RVCTC-Knoxville, TN Plumbing Heating Cooling Association, TechUSA, Cherokee Millwright, Smithbilt Homes, ACG-Knoxville, Pellissippi Community College, WVLT-TV (Heather Haley and Will Puckett) , UTK College of Communication and Information, Regal Cinemas, The Cutting Edge Classroom Cooking School, Mike C Berry Studio and UT Downtown Gallery, Tennessee School of Beauty, Douglas J Aveda Institute, Great Clips, Tune Up The Manly Salon, Rooted, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson County Schools, Knox County School (Fort Sanders Educational Developmental Center, Morning Star Child Development Center, UTHSC Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, UT Herbert College of Agriculture, USDA Wildlife Services, Lincoln Memorial University, Sertoma of Knoxville, Blount Memorial Hospital, Children's West Surgery Center, The Tended Birth, Roane County EMS, UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center, Karns Fire Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office, US Marshals Service, US District Couty Bruce Guyton (ret.), D1 Hardin Valley, Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic, Covenant Methodist Therapy Services, Mental Health Association of East Tennessee, and Vaughn Pharmacy.

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Partner with Us!

The 865 Graduate is one who is ENROLLED in a post-secondary school, ENLISTED in the military, or EMPLOYED in a high-demand, high-paying field.

We are looking for parents, community organizations, and businesses who can give their time and talent to support this mission.

Please take a look at our survey and find out where YOU can support our mission of making our students #865Ready.

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Congratulations to Our Bowling Team!!

Our bowling team had a phenomenal season and we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge their accomplishments.

  • 13-3 During the Regular Season
  • 1-1 in the District
  • District Regional Runner Up
  • Abby Dalton (11th Grade) qualified for the Individual State Tournament

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