Tag: education

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Gifts during the holiday season come in many shapes and sizes—some are expensive, some are priceless; some are store-bought, some are handmade—but the most important thing to focus on is giving meaningful, powerful gifts that will instill joy and positive memories for a lifetime. It makes me so proud and excited to think about the gifts we give students in the Knox County Schools every day in the form of time and education—these gifts help foster a life full of hope and opportunity. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual “Reach Them To Teach Them” event at the historic Tennessee Theatre.  Reach Them To Teach them is an annual event focused on celebrating and recognizing the incredibly important work our teachers do every day.  This event serves all levels of school personnel across East Tennessee through an evening of appreciation and personal challenge for educators.  The idea of the event was conceived in the basement of a West Knoxville church from Knox County Schools middle school teacher, Amy Crawford, who felt a bit weary and began to question if she was really making a difference in the lives of children.  She was inspired by an old cassette recording of Dr. Guy Doud who was sharing his insight as a National Teacher of the Year recipient.  This resulted in a renewed passion for educating children and a relentless vision to inspire fellow teachers. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

We are fortunate to have teachers in our organization who work enthusiastically to make learning engaging and exciting for our students in the Knox County Schools. 

We recently concluded Thank A Teacher Week (Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015), a time set aside in the Knox County Schools to thank our valued teachers for what they do every day and the enormous difference they make in the lives of children.  We are seeing the fruits of our labor in terms of increased student learning and success!  Just recently, ACT results were released and the composite score for Knox County Schools students improved from 20.4 in 2014 to 20.7 in 2015.  Additionally, our school system was recently recognized by the State of Tennessee as an Exemplary School District, the first large urban school district to ever earn this honor.  We could not enjoy this success without our teachers and their collective talents, passions, and persistence toward excellence. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Welcome back to school!  My favorite time of the year is the start of school, when students are back in the classrooms and teachers are engaging young minds to grow and learn.  While I visit our schools throughout the year, during the first few weeks of each year I make it a point to visit as many classrooms as possible.  Each year, I witness our teachers using incredible creativity, energy, and skill in leading their students.  I’m not at all surprised to witness this.  I know our educators are professionals who work diligently every day to reach our students, personalize their learning, and help them succeed. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Welcome back to school!  I am thrilled that our schools are bustling again with effective teaching and high-level learning.  As I visit the schools, I’m impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism demonstrated by our teachers and principals and the bright optimism shared by students and parents. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

As I reflect upon the 2014-15 school year, I am extremely proud of the great work that has occurred in the classrooms throughout the Knox County Schools.  Our recent teacher survey reflects a lot of positive momentum among our educators and staff, and I am thrilled our students continue to make strong academic progress.  We are extremely fortunate to have talented educators, supportive families, and a community that cares deeply about ensuring a bright and successful future for our children. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

This month, our high schools celebrate commencements. Proud parents, grandparents, siblings and friends join principals and teachers—and your superintendent—get to witness graduating seniors cross the stage and move toward bright and promising futures.  Of all of the events I participate in throughout the school year, commencement makes me perhaps the proudest.  Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Knox County was honored recently to have the President of the United States visit our community. President Obama spoke about his desire to offer community college education free of charge to students in the U.S. This innovative idea began in Tennessee and underscores a prominent strategy in the Knox County Schools to prepare students for post-secondary learning opportunities, a rewarding career, a meaningful role in American democracy, and an enlightened and fulfilling life. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

The start of the new year gives us all an opportunity to look ahead with optimism and reflect with discernment. We often make plans—even resolutions—that build upon successes of the past and challenge us to improve as we move forward. Read more →

‘Tis A Gift To Be Simple

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

Untitled-9As we enter the holiday season, we enter into a period of expectancy, longing, and preparation. This season is a journey of faith and hope that asks for our patience, as we await the arrival of that which we so dearly long for: The Christ child, the arrival of the lamp oil, the purification of the temple, or just that one morning where family members, once scattered to the four corners can all be together, sharing in the warmth of their love for one another. Read more →