May 24, 2012
The mission of The Episcopal School of Knoxville is to prepare students for higher education and a lifetime of learning within the context of a loving, family-centered environment. We enrich our students' intellectual, physical, cultural and spiritual growth so that they may realize their potential as children of God and involved citizens of local, state and international communities.
Thomas Hyde
Thomas Hyde at Awards Service
Graduation will be Friday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. Graduating eighth graders should report to school by 9 a.m. Everyone will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. following graduation. All graduates and their invited guests are asked to stay for a graduation lunch prepared by the seventh grade parents. All parents are invited to attend our graduation exercises. Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Hugs at Awards Service
Hugs at Awards Service
8th Graders Honored Thursday

The 40 graduating 8th graders were honored on Thursday in ESK's annual Eucharist service for 5th-8th graders.  Each graduating boy received an ESK tie, and each girl a charm bracelet. The graduates played a spirited game of kickball with the faculty afterward. Awards of Excellence presented were:
Nicole Adams -Faculty Portfolio Award; Sarah Bazzoon, Sports & Recreation; Rhetta Botts, Social Science; Garrett Conti, Portfolio Serve Project; Ian Greeley, Portfolio Research ; Lauren Hager,  Science; Sydney Hager, History for Research; Austin Hoffarth, Art; Claire LaBine, Students' Choice Award; Briston Maroney, Music; Fisher Morton, Technology; Ryan Moyers, Literature; Shannon O'Hatnick, Portfolio Artifact ; Emily Thompson, Distinguished Portfolio Award; Connor Wike, History for his Artifact; Jeremey Wise, Portfolio Service Project.

Magnificent Gift to Legacy Fund!
The 8th grade class raised a grand total of $10,000.00 for the scholarship fund, which they presented at the Awards Eucharist Service on Thursday. The Class of 2012 has now started a tradition which will be repeated every year to come.  Come see the placque in their honor in the Siler Great Room in Googe Hall!
8th Grade Presents Legacy Fund Award
8th Grade Presents Legacy Fund Award

Tribes Survey
ESK is conducting a series of surveys to help us assess our use of the Tribes process.  All students, faculty and staff have completed surveys, and now WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We would greatly appreciate your taking the time to fill out the parent survey, which assesses the interactions occurring among adults within the school.  To complete the survey, please follow this link: .
School News  

Laurie Coburn
Laurie Coburn 
Woohoo Mrs. Coburn!

 On behalf of the significant funds raised by this year's Interact Club and the ESK community, Laurie Coburn, ESK MS Interact Club sponsor, was awarded the honor of status as a Paul Harris Fellow.The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundations way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its many programs, specifically, this appreciation is for the contribution to eradicate polio.  It is named for Rotary's founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, who started Rotary with three business associates in 1905.  This award has been given to such notables as Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Pope John II.

  Annual Fund Party!
The first grade parents enjoyed a cocktail reception Thursday evening for their assistance in the Annual Fund drive! As an incentive to achieve 100% participation in the Annual Fund, the Development Office offered a party to the grade with the highest parent participation level by May 17. Parents of the winning class were invited to a cocktail reception in the Siler Great Hall at 6 p.m. on May 24, hosted by members of the Executive Committee of the Board.  Students were treated to a pizza party and movie with supervision provided by our Aftercare staff.  Many thanks to these energetic families! To everyone else: We appreciate your many contributions and gifts to ESK, and we'll be hosting more events soon! The participation drive has increased overall school participation to 54%, and, although the drive is over, we are still hoping to reach 100% participation. 
Annual Fund party
First grade parents had a great time at the Annual Fund party! 

Soccer Collies
Mark Lukas and his soccer collies
Event News

Soccer Collies!     
ESK students enjoyed a visit this week from the famous Soccer Collies of Ocala. FL. Owner Mark Lukas brought the two dogs to school to play our students. Despite skilled defense by students, the collies scored again and again. Lukas, who taught the dogs to play, said they associate soccer playing with all humans. "Whenever they meet a human, they want to play soccer," he said.
PA News


Thanks from the PA!
The PA sends heartfelt thanks to all parents for their help and support this year. Have a safe and happy summer!
Collect Box Tops This Summer!  
Please tear off those box tops this summer and send them to school with your child in the fall. We can redeem them for money. Contact Rachel Hacker at for more information.  You can also go to and register your Kroger card to start earning e-box tops for ESK. 
Used Uniforms 
The PA is collecting clean, gently used uniforms to be sold over the summer.  There is a bin outside the Lower School office..  The PA will have two uniform sales during the summer break.  Please look for more details soon.  Contact Annie Turner at if you have any questions. 
Library News

Summer Reading!      
Please plan ahead and help encourage your student to complete their required Summer Reading and math books. You may access the reading lists via Quick Links on the ESK home page. Several books from the lists were available during our Book Fair or can be borrowed from the Knox County Public Libraries. Students will be sent home with summer math books that should be completed and returned to teachers in August. A small amount of time in the summer can mean big gains in August!
Summer News 


Summer Math Workshop  
Mrs. Stivers will once again be offering two weeks of math workshops at ESK this summer.  Any rising 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is welcome to attend.  We will cover basic operations (adding, subtracting, multiplication, etc.) and play math based games.  Students may also bring their summer workbook pages and we will work problems together while answering any questions they may have.

The first workshop will be June 25th - 28th (M-TH).  The session will run 9:30-11:00 a.m.  The second session will be July 23rd - 26th (M-TH).  To ensure the students will have lots of individual instruction, the session will be limited to 10 students.  The cost of the workshop is $125.00.  Contact Cathy Stivers by email- or by phone-777-9032 ext 245.  

Kickball with the faculty!
8th graders played kickball with the faculty Thursday!
Technology Camp
There are still some spots available for  technology summer camps!
ESK's tech camps will encourage students to use technology in teamwork and innovative ways, writing digital books, creating online environments and making movies.  Camp and registration information are at

Technology News 

Khaliff shows his book cover
Khaliff shows his book cover
Tech Fun!

Kindergarten and first grade students finished up the year presenting their favorite iPad apps to their classmates.  Among the favorites were
Bugs and Buttons, TeachMe Kindergarten and Rocket Math.  Second and third grade students ended  the year improving their desktop publishing skills using Microsoft's Publisher.  Students created well-designed book
covers and report title pages for their classroom projects.

Mrs. King Interviewed! 
Tech Director Julie King was interviewed by educational technology
blogger (and aunt of kindergarten student Megan Hacker) .Check out her blog at

Claymation Videos Online!   
Coming attractions...stay tuned to our Vimeo channel for this year's outstanding Claymation Movies led by middle school art teacher Sara Gibson.  Students and their families will be able to view, share and download the movies.  The website is

Student News

Kyle Wehrenberg
Kyle Wehrenberg
Kyle Wehrenberg
ESK Alumnus Kyle Wehrenberg (2011) received two awards at the Webb School of Knoxville Awards Day recently. Kyle won  the William R. Webb III Citizenship Award and the Mockingbird Award!  There were six citizenship and one Mockingbird given for the 120 member freshman class. " He was so surprised and we are so proud of him.  He wouldn't be where he is today, a confident young man, if it wasn't for all of you," said his parents, Mike and Jeannine Wehrenberg

LS News
Lower School students wore gray shirts on Tuesday in McLean Sto asked students to wear gray shirts on Tuesday for Brain Cancer Awareness Day. Her dad recently learned that he has brain cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Brain Cancer Awareness Day
Students wore gray for brain cancer awareness

Middle School News

Happy Exam!

In Middle School, the tradition is to take 8th graders bowling and then to IHOP for breakfast instead of a social studies final exam. Look at these happy scholars!
8th Grade Exam
Happy Substitute for Exam
Athletic News
8th graders thinking of summer!
8th Graders thinking of summer!


Fall Sport Sign-Ups 
Sign-ups have begun for fall sports for upcoming 6th - 8th graders. Students interested in cross-country, flag football, volleyball and tennis should sign up on the sheets in the Middle School hallway. 


LS Golf Camp
Interested in Lower School golf instruction? Plans are underway for an upcoming golf camp for 3rd - 5th graders.  More information to come. 


Basketball Camp 
Attend summer Basketball Camp. Have fun and learn basketball skills too! 
Rising 6th-8th gr. Boys Basketball Camp at ESK July 16-18, 9-11:00 a.m. 
Rising 6th-8th gr. Girls Basketball Camp at ESK July 23-25, 9-11:00 a.m. 
Registration forms  are available in the Middle School office. 

Soccer Camps   
2012 Tennessee Soccer Camps are now open for registration for the summer! Parents can email  For more information, visit

Summer Activities 
Shannon Davis of Shannon Davis Studios, 315 Mohican Street, Homberg, is offering children's art classes! Classes start May 11 and 12 and continue for 6 weeks.
Fridays: 4-5:00 mixed ages
Saturdays: 9:30-10:30 ages 5-7
                  11-12 ages 8 and up
                  2-3:00 mixed ages
special: sign up with a friend and receive 25 dollars off each class fee!  Regularly $100 for all 6 classes. Call 584 1219, visit
Have a wonderful summer!
Best wishes,


Kelly Norrell
Communications Director 
In This Issue
School News
Event News
PA News
Summer News
Student News
MS News
Tommy McFarland!
Quick Links


Tommy McFarland
Tommy McFarland spoke Thursday
Tommy McFarland Spoke at 8th Grade Awards Service!

In keeping with ESK tradition, the most recently graduated SGA President comes back to speak at the 8th Grade Awards Service. It was great to have 2011 ESK President Tommy McFarland  home from Baylor to speak to the Class of 2012!