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May 2009


Top Row (from left): Wesley Fox, CAK Head Football Coach Bill Young, CAK Assistant Offensive Line Coach Jim Blackwell. Bottom Row (from left): Ron Fox, Manda Fox, Andrew Fox.




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ACSI Math Math Olympics Olympics ACSI Geometry Final Four Geometry Final Four CAK’s Scholar-Athletes CAK’s Scholar-Athletes 2009-2010 School School Calendar Calend Calendar 2009-2010 Scholars’ 2009 Bowl Scholars’ Bowl 2009 Stro Aqua Warriors Warriors Finish Finish Strong Strong Aqua Professor Visits UT UT Professor Visits Warrior News News Briefs Briefs Warrior May Calendar @ aa Glance Glance May Calendar @ Camps at CAK Summer Summer Camps at CAK

Land’s End Launches “Partners in Education” Scholarship Program

Above: Players from CAK’s High School baseball team take a team photo at Smokies Park. The team beat Grace Christian Academy 11-10 at the 6th Annual Spring Classic, to benefit Catholic Charities.

Warrior Baseball Team Dominates Powerhouse Opponent; Beats Rival at Spring Classic Coming off two back-to-back wins over division powerhouse Anderson County on April 22 and 23, the Christian Academy of Knoxville baseball team hit the Smokies field with a contagious excitement on Friday, April 24 to take on rival

Lands’ End has announced an exciting scholarship opportunity exclusively for families from schools participating in the Lands’ End school uniform program, like CAK. Parents of students currently enrolled at CAK are eligible to submit an entry in the Lands’ End Partners in Education Scholarship Sweepstakes. Simply log on to and fill out the online entry form for a chance to win. You may enter now through July 15, 2009.

Grace Christian Academy at the 6th Annual “Fighting Irish – Warriors Spring Classic.” Entering the game ranked #1 in their division (a school first!), the Warrior team lived up to expectations with an 11-10 win over the Rams, further solidifying an outstanding winning record in regular season play.

The team closed the season at home for Senior Night on April 28. The next step in the journey for CAK baseball is district tournament play in early May, followed by regional play May 11-13. The team also hopes to attend sectionals on May 15 and head to State Finals in Murfreesboro from May 19-22.

During the first week of August, Lands’ End will randomly select five eligible grand prize winners and award each a $10,000 scholarship to be placed into a preestablished 529 qualified tuition plan account. For every winning family, the corresponding Lands’ End Preferred School will also win $10,000 for funding to be used as needed. An additional 100 families will each win a $100 Lands’ End Gift card. Enter today at!

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CAK Students Sweep the Competition at Math Olympics The 2009 ACSI Math Olympics were held at Concord Christian School here in Knoxville. Nine Christian schools participated -- the largest turnout in several years. Over 300 students in grades three through eight came to challenge each other in either the Reasoning or Computation categories. Students scoring at least 85% on their tests received a commemorative medallion.* Congratulations to the following Elementary and Middle School students who placed in this year’s competition: 1st Place, 3rd Grade Reasoning -- Allison Ivey* 1st Place, 4th Grade Reasoning -- Austin Eaton* 1st Place, 7th Grade Computation -- Heather Grubbs* 2nd Place, 3rd Grade Computation -- Chase Bristow 2nd Place, 6th Grade Reasoning -- Liana Head 2nd Place, 7th Grade Computation -- Casey Moore 2nd Place, 7th Grade Reasoning -- Grant Bauer 3rd Place, 3rd Grade Reasoning -- Matthew Holztrager 3rd Place, 5th Grade Reasoning -- Sarah Miller 3rd Place, 7th Grade Reasoning -- Minta Ray 5th Place, 8th Grade Computation -- Jeffre Allen 5th Place, 8th Grade Reasoning -- English Daughtery

Above: Ms. Sparks’ winning geometry class (L to R) -- Front Row: Maggie Daves, Mackenzie Snider, Amanda Murphy, Abby Holt; Second Row: Morgan Arrants, Rachel Poe, Jessica Olson, Megan Castro, Rachel Dillon, Will Sparks; Third Row: James Berry, Andrew Graves, Jordan Hatfield, Steven Sarver, Joseph Clayton; Fourth Row: Ryan Berube, Nathan Donnell; Top Row: Bradley Salocks (top scorer)

Honors Geometry Class Reaches National Final Four The Honors Geometry class taught by Betsy Sparks has advanced to the National Final Four in the Educational League’s annual mathematics competition. The class has taken a series of tests and now prepares for the semi-final round. Schools nationwide compete each year, and this year, Missouri Military Academy, Northwest School, and LaLamiere School will join CAK in the final level of competition.

Two CAK Scholar-Athletes Each year, the East Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation recognizes high school athletes who have achieved success in the sport of football and in the classroom. Award recipients have not only posted outstanding GPA’s, but have been a contributor and role model in their communities by what they do off the field, as well. Of 32 total recipients, two CAK football players received the Scholar-Athlete award at Top: CAK’s Elementary School winners (L to R) -- Sarah Miller, Allison Ivey, Matthew Holztrager, Chase Bristow, and Austin Eaton. Above: CAK’s Middle School winners (L to R) -- First row: Jeffre Allen, Liana Head, English Daughtery; Second row: Grant Bauer, Casey Moore, Heather Grubbs, and Minta Ray

the April 18 Awards Brunch at The Foundry: Seniors Andrew Frazer and Tyler Moran. Congratulations and thank you for representing CAK!

Watch CAK Videos Online Would you like your extended family and neighborhood friends to learn more about CAK? Watch our online video series for a virtual tour of campus and interviews with faculty, parents, and students... and pass the links on to anyone you know who may be considering Christian education for their child. These videos are great tools for families who may have questions about the CAK experience, allowing them to see and hear the mission of the school from a fresh perspective. Also remind your friends that Christian Academy of Knoxville offers Open Enrollment, which means it's not too late for new students to apply for admission for the 2009-2010 school year! Potential families may contact Wanda Mullins at or (865) 690-4721, ext. 190. Campus tours are given daily and enrollment materials are available online at

Stories to Look for This Summer CAK Today, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s summer magazine, will be published in July. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the stories in progress for the magazine... Graduation Recap -- Photos and advice from the Class of ‘09 Tour of CAK Athletics -- Photo tour of all athletic facilities HS Musical -- Overview and photos from “The Music Man” Student Features -- Spotlights students from each school Alumni Features -- Compelling stories from two CAK alumni Faculty Features -- Highlighting CAK alumni who now teach! Guest Writer -- Feature from a published Christian author

High School Final Exam Schedule Tuesday, 5/19 Wednesday, 5/20 Thursday, 5/21 Friday, 5/22

8:30 am 1st period 2nd period 6th period 7th period

10:30 am 5th period 3rd period 4th period Zero period

‘09-’10 School Calendar Below you will find the general school calendar for the 2009-2010 academic year, outlining holidays, Staff Development days, and early dismissals. A more detailed calendar will be available as the school year approaches. AUGUST 2009 13-18 Teachers Return, 8:00 am 19 First Day of School, Half Day 20-28 Noon Dismissal for K and Pre-1st SEPTEMBER 2009 7 Labor Day, NO SCHOOL 14 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 24-25 Parent Conferences, No School (K-8), Noon Dismissal (9-12) OCTOBER 2009 5 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 15-16 Fall Break, NO SCHOOL 19 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am NOVEMBER 2009 2 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 16 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL DECEMBER 2009 7 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 18 Christmas Break Begins, Noon Dismissal 21-1/4 Christmas Break, NO SCHOOL JANUARY 2010 1-4 Christmas Break, NO SCHOOL 4 Teacher Work Day 5 Classes Resume 11 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 18 Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL 25 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am FEBRUARY 2010 8 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 15 President's Day, NO SCHOOL 22 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am MARCH 2010 8 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 22 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 29- 4/5 Spring Break/Easter Holiday, NO SCHOOL APRIL 2010 1-5 Spring Break/Easter Holiday, NO SCHOOL 12 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am MAY 2010 3 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 17 Staff Development, School begins at 9:30 am 20-25 Final Exams (9-12th), Noon Dismissal 21 Last Day of School (Pre-K - 8th), Noon Dismissal 24-26 PK-8th Teacher Work Days 26-28 9-12th Teacher Work Days 30 High School Graduation

CAK Scholars Take 5th in the State; Junior Named to All-State Scholars’ Bowl Team CAK’s Scholars’ Bowl team, now in its 16th year, qualified for the state tournament for the sixth straight year. The tournament, held at Tennessee Tech, pitted the qualifying teams in the state against each other in a round-robin competition of twelve games on March 27-28. The CAK team worked well together, with members contributing answers in their areas of expertise, and finished in fifth place for the state of Tennessee. The Above: Christian Academy of Knoxville placed fifth in the state at Scholars’ Bowl (left to right): Kim Counts, Thomas Waldrupe, Chad Armstrong, Bradley Salocks, Blake Mayes, and Macy McNabb (Not pictured: Ryan Berube). Junior Kim Counts was also named to the All-State Scholars’ Bowl Team.

starting four players included seniors Thomas Waldrupe (captain) and Chad Armstrong and juniors Kim Counts and Blake Mayes (co-captain and CAK’s high scorer for the tournament). Alternates, all of whom saw playing time and scored, included junior Macy McNabb and sophomores Ryan Berube and Bradley Salocks. In addition to the team standings, Kim Counts received an individual award as she was named to the All-State Scholars’ Bowl team. Coaches Sara Baker and Mark Reeves accompanied

CAK Aqua Warriors Finish 13th at Tennessee High School State Meet The State High School Championship capped another successful season for our swimmers. CAK had 15 out of the 28 team members qualify for the state championship meet. Coaches Brad Boswell and Megan Tomes guided the team to a great finish. The seniors who qualified for the state meet were Kirk Allen, Philip Chesney, Stevie Key, and Mike Zaczyk. In addition, Matt Absher, Lauren Beets, Jack Gobbel, Andrew Holztrager, Lindsay Lee, Mary Mansfield, Jared McPherson, Madison Pate, Callie Ragland, and Chris Shields -along with our diver, Michael Bowie -- formed a great group of Warriors to represent CAK at the state level. The boys team finished 13th at the state championship meet, which was held in February at the new Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the UT campus. Mike Zaczyk (a recent signee to the UT swim team) led the team in individual performances, finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:27.51 and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.11. Junior Matt Absher finished 12th in the 500yard freestyle with a time of 4:46.03. Freshman Andrew Holztrager finished 11th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.34. Just to compete in the high school championship as a freshman is an astounding feat, let alone qualify to swim in the championship finals! There were several best time swims during the state championship, and the relay teams also contributed to the team’s success. The 200yard freestyle relay team of Jared McPherson, Stevie Key, Philip Chesney, and Mike Zaczyk placed 12th with a time of 1:31.35. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Andrew Holztrager, Philip Chesney, Matt Absher, and Mike Zaczyk finished 10th at the meet, coming in at 3:20.10. The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lauren Beets, Lindsay Lee, Mary Mansfield, and Callie Ragland placed 29th with a time of 1:48.65. Great job, Aqua Warriors!

the team, and a strong contingent of family members and other teachers came to cheer them on. With a strong group of returning players and some new freshmen already practicing, the team hopes to be even more competitive next year. They welcome interested students to practice with them and see how they like the competition.

Graduation Practice May 21, 2009

Graduation Ceremony Sunday, May 24, 2009 3:30 pm Fellowship Church

Want to know more about the Class of 2009? Look for a tribute to our graduates in the CAK Today magazine this summer!


Support Those Who Support CAK: Camp Lake Frances

Kindergarten Students Salute to America Ms. Prine’s kindergarten class presented a patriotic play for parents last month. Students dressed as famous figures from the colonial days such as Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, and Thomas Edison.

In April, Olympic gymnast John Macready was our special guest speaker at the Annual Booster Bash. His message was inspiring, encouraging everyone to be an Olympian in life. Well, Macready and fellow Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger have started a camp in Crossville, Tenn. to help kids do just that -- leave camp as not only a better athlete, but also as a better person. Camp Lake Frances is a three-day adventure camp for kids of all ages. Campers kick off the summer in style as they tube on the lake, swing from the giant swing in the ropes course, hike mountain trails, play in the unique gym, and make lasting camp memories. Camp Lake Francis runs from May 27-29. For information, visit

UT Professor (aka. “Al-Chemist”) Makes Flames for 3rd-Grade Scientists On April 29, chemistry was the “hot topic” among CAK third grade students as they welcomed University of Tennessee chemistry professor Dr. Al Hazari into Ms. Jenkins’ classroom for a fun-filled science lesson. Dr. Hazari, also known as “Al-Chemist” among these elementary students, had several fascinating experiments in store. From making a science book seemingly go up in flames, to creating the colors of the American flag in a liquid concoction, Dr. Hazari showed students that science is fun, and useful, too!

Above: The professor entertains and teaches at the same time. Students say the magic word, “chemistry,” as Dr. Hazari mixes secret liquids. He later confesses that science sometimes seems like magic! Left: Dr. Hazari’s lesson gets “heated” when his chemistry book suddenly breaks into flame. Students learned that three elements, (fuel, air, and a source) are needed to start and keep a fire going.

Warrior News Briefs 8th Grade Banquet at West Town Christian

6th Grade Field Trip: Serve, Eat, & Enjoy!

The annual 8th grade banquet will be held on Friday, May 15 from 6:30 - 9:15 pm at West Town Christian Church (9300 Middlebrook Pike). A group picture will be taken promptly at 6:30 pm, and students are asked to follow the dress guidelines distributed in April. Picture order forms will be sent home prior to the banquet.

The sixth grade field trip is a three-part excursion on Thursday, May 7. Students will begin the day by serving others at Hillcrest Nursing Home. From there, buses will make a stop at West Town Mall for lunch. After lunch, students will enjoy an afternoon of bowling at Strike & Spare. There is no charge for transportation and bowling, but students will need to bring money for the Food Court. Questions? Contact Janet McLean at or ext. 240.

Afternoon Bowling for 7th Grade Students On Tuesday, May 19, CAK 7th grade students can enjoy an afternoon of bowling. Permission slips, which went home with students earlier this semester, need to be signed and returned. Lunch will be provided, however, extra spending money will be necessary for drinks and snacks. Questions? Contact Jaime Ketchen at or (865) 690-4721, ext. 213.

Sports Physicals for 2009-2010 Seasons All students planning to participate in CAK Athletics during the 2009-2010 school year, may get a physical on May 19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Campus Center Gym. You must bring a physical form signed by your parent. TSSAA rules state that all physical forms must be dated after May 1, 2009. 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12:15 pm 12:45 pm 1:15 pm 1:30 pm

7th Grade 8th Grade (after Exams) CAK Boys Soccer Team 11th Grade 10th Grade 9th Grade 6th Grade

If you cannot attend with your grade, please choose another time. Charge for your physical is $10. All money is donated to CAK Athletics by Dr. Richard Cunningham and his staff. Questions? Call Kathy Sexton at ext. 146.

Spelling Bee Winners in Our Midst In February, 7th-grader Grant Bruer represented the CAK Middle School at the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee for Knox County, hosted by the University of Tennessee. Grant went to the Knox County Bee after beating challengers from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Regarding his experience at the Bee, Grant said, “It was fun, and I got a free t-shirt!” RunnerUp in the Middle School Bee was CAK 6th-grader Samuel Swayne.

Happy Birthday Faculty & Staff! May 3 May 3 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 15 May 18 May 19 May 21 May 21 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 28 May 29 May 29 May 29 May 30

Chris Perkins, HS Bible Jackie Clanton, Custodian Robert Tramel, Custodian Rhonda Friar, MS PE / Athletics Jane Williams, Curriculum Coord. Frank Merry, Development Emily Prine, Kindergarten Kathy Sexton, Athletics Mark Reeves, HS Physics & Ecology Mary Beth Jones, ES Principal Wanda Mullins, Admissions Joanna McBride, HS English Jeannine Linn, HS Algebra Kimberly Fanning, 3rd Grade Donna Hardesty, Pre-K Peggy Filyaw, MS/HS Music Lee Ann Starnes, MS Math Laura Duncan, Student Billing

June 3 June 4 June 6 June 8 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 20 June 22

David Parker, MS French & PE Tom Gerlach, MS Science Laurie Denton, Pre-K & AfterKare Christa Bennett, HS History Lenore Gooden, MS English Laurel Clothier, 1st Grade Richard Cowan, Athletics Leigh Howell, Pre-K Margaret Hallquist, Homeschool

July 1 July 6 July 7 July 10 July 13 July 13 July 16 July 16 July 19 July 21 July 28

Sharon Goodman, MS Spanish Betsy Sparks, HS Math Mary Helen Story, HS Gov. & Econ. Sandra Welshan, 5th Grade Brenda Miller, MS Science LeeAnne Mischler, ES Admin. Ass’t. Niki Kurusu, 2nd Grade Jennifer Lukens, 2nd Grade Sara Baker, HS English Kristin Smith, MS Bible Kevin Johnson, Custodian

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Tournaments: Co-Ed V. Track Boys V. Tennis Girls V. Tennis

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Tournaments: Boys MS Gold Soccer Boys MS Blue Soccer

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Moms Prayer Group, After Elem. Drop-Off

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Tournaments: Girls V. Softball Boys V. Soccer Boys MS Gold Soccer Boys MS Blue Soccer Boys V. Tennis Girls V. Tennis


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Moms Prayer Group, After Elem. Drop-Off

Sports Physicals 10 am - 2 pm

Last Day of School, Pre-K - 8

Tournaments: Boys V. Soccer Co-Ed V. Track

Tournament: Co-Ed V. Track

Tournament: Boys V. Soccer

Tournament: V. Baseball

Tournament: Boys V. Soccer

9-12 Final Exams, Noon Dismissal

9-12 Final Exams, Noon Dismissal




Memorial Day, School Closed

Teacher Workday, 9-12th

Teacher Workday, 9-12th

Boys MS Blue Soccer

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9-12 Final Exams, Noon Dismissal Teacher Workday, Pre-K - 8

9-12 Final Exams, Noon Dismissal Teacher Workday, Pre-K - 8

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE: CAK Today magazine, July 2009 (Submissions due June 1)

Warrior News, resumes August 2009 (Submissions due July 17) Email news to, or Ext. 143

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Date Set for the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament The tradition continues -- the 22nd Annual Warrior ShootOut, a fundraiser for CAK tuition assistance and other funding needs, will be held on Friday, September 11 at Rarity Pointe. The tournament committee is now looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of roles, and registration for golfers is already open, as well. For more information, to volunteer, or to register to play, visit the tournament website at

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