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October, 2010






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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A Look Ahead (October) Library News Battle of the Bottles Coach Estus Honored Athletics News 2010 Warrior Shootout Development Dept. News Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Coming Soon with your Help ... A New Elementary & Middle School Cafeteria!

History: Five years ago the CAK Board of Directors and Leadership team launched the “Pressin’ On” capital campaign to address strategic needs and growth on our 77-acre campus. Phases One and Two included remodeling and expanding the Middle School and High School buildings in order to provide critically needed learning space. Phase Three was to provide a much needed cafeteria/commons building that would be shared by the Elementary and Middle Schools. Need: While grateful for the gym space they currently use, the Elementary and Middle School students will benefit greatly from a dedicated cafeteria. Not only will they enjoy eating in a well lit room built for dining, the serving kitchen will open up new possibilities for improving the nutritional offerings that are available to our students.

Food Services: When the project is completed, there will be a food services program offered for PreK-12, resulting in improved nutrition campus-wide. Location: This cafeteria will be nestled in the common area between the Elementary and Middle School buildings and will provide seating for 425-450 students. Total Investment Need: $950,000 Gifts may be made online at or by check (payable to CAK and designated to the ES/MS Cafeteria) Project Completion Date: August 2011 Note: Construction will begin when the total investment amount is received. For More Information: Please contact the CAK Development Office (Located in the CAK Campus Center) 865-690-4721 Ext. 177.

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A Look Ahead ... October

Two teams = 1 BIG Difference! CAK and Grace Christian Academy teamed up to raise $12,223.80 for the Hope Resource Center through the recent “Battle of the Bottles” fundraiser. Each school was given 1,000 baby bottles and asked to fill them with spare change or bills. On September 1, the bottles were gathered and the money was counted. “This is very exciting and a blessing to this ministry,” said Lisa Hardin, Executive Director of the Hope Resource Center. “The Baby Bottle fundraiser is one of my favorites because it involves families. ‘Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it’ (Pro 22:6). Each time children add their change it’s an opportunity for parents to teach the value of life and pray for those who serve in this life-affirming ministry.”

Coach Estus Honored CAK Girls Soccer Coach Ried Estus was recently named 2009-10 TSSAA Girls Soccer Coach of the year. This puts coach Estus in the running for the Southeast Section Coach of the Year and potentially National Coach of the Year. “Our entire soccer program shares in the award,” Estus said. “We had 27 players contributing daily, two assistants coaching every day and I had the best seat in the house because I got to sit back and enjoy the fruit of our labor.” Estus led the Warriors to the Class A-AA State Championship and a No. 27 national ranking last season. “We prayed before every practice and match that we would use our talents to honor and glorify God and to use our soccer as a ministry,” Estus said. “I’m confident one day we’ll know how the Lord used us last year to affect change in the lives of our opponents.”

October 4 October 8 October 13 October 14-15 October 18 October 20 October 22 October 23 October 28-30 October 29

Staff Development High School Retreat End of 1st Quarter FALL BREAK! Staff Development (PK-12) Report Cards Homecoming/Alumni Dinner ACT Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (MS Musical) Evening of Elegance

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Library News

CAK is pleased to welcome two new librarians to our school. Kristie Buckner joins us in the Elementary School. She has over eight years classroom experience and has taught everything from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Her Bachelors Degree is in Early Elementary Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. She also has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialty in Reading from Tennessee Technology University and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Her hope is to instill a love of reading throughout the elementary school and to make the library the center of learning. She and her husband, along with her two sons, feel blessed and honored to be considered part of the CAK family. It is Mrs. Buckner’s hope and prayer that she will be able to watch her own children grow in the Christian love and traditions of CAK. Todd Fife joins us as the Middle School Librarian. He has worked in libraries for 9 1/2 years, 6 1/2 years at Johnson Bible College and 3 years at the Sevier County Public Library System. He graduated from Johnson Bible College in 2002 with a B.S. in Bible, specializing in Youth Ministry/ Preaching and from North Carolina Central University in 2009 with a M.L.I.S. He attends Woodlawn Christian Church where he plays guitar in the worship band and volunteers with the middle and high school ministries. He is married to Britiney and they have one cat, Tigger. We are planning some exciting events for the CAK Library Program. Watch this space for more information about activities, programs, and ways to get involved. If you are interested in volunteering in any of our libraries, please contact Diana Holden, Library Director at ext. 124 or - submitted by Diana Holden, CAK Library Director

A NOTE FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: Bleed Blue If you have ever watched a golfer in competition, you understand the complexity of their mental calculations. Often times it is difficult to comprehend the courage required to defeat the nerves and act so independently. There is a steady strength pumping through the veins of these champions. It is rewarding to witness! Watching a golfer double-bogey a hole and then respond with a string of birdies requires a rare confidence and focus that was witnessed at the TSSAA DI Regional Championship. CAK freshman Sophia Schubert suffered a double-bogey on the 14th hole, but finished with three birdies and a par on the remaining holes. Her final score was a 72 (par) which lead her team to a Regional Championship and state appearance. The boys’ team finished with a Regional Championship and will pursue a back-to-back State Championship bid. There are a lot of good schools and strong athletic programs; plenty of options for families. But we are blessed at CAK. So often, we make choices based on perceptions. Sometimes we fail to recognize the truth in front of us. CAK is a great school with excellent leadership and educators. The coaching staff is blessed in their ability to teach their sport and to provide spiritual support. The facilities are some of the best. The teams are steadily adding to the trophy case. CAK is recognized nationally among Christian schools. CAK Athletics has the potential to become renowned as one of the top athletic programs among Christian schools in the southeastern region.

Blue Crew a big hit If you’ve attended a CAK sporting event this year, you may have noticed a rather large contingent of CAK students, standing, cheering loudly and wearing blue t-shirts. These students make up a new club at CAK, called the “Blue Crew.” Jamie Petrik, CAK’s Leadership Program Coordinator and Varsity Volleyball Coach, started the club to increase school spirit. It has taken off from there. “The best thing about it is the students are embracing it,” Petrik said. “A few people have really taken on the leadership for the blue crew and that’s really fun for me to watch.” The Blue Crew meets periodically to work on cheers. The goal is to make it out to all CAK sports by the end of the year. “We want to have school spirit and we want to lift it up for Him,” Petrik said. “We want to pick up a player that’s down, we want to cheer in the right way and we just want to have fun.” (Blue Crew during the CAK Football game at Sequoyah on Friday, Sept. 24, photos courtesy of NSPG Images)

BLEED BLUE. Be proud of who we are. Be confident in why we do what we do. Celebrate success. Encourage when necessary. Recognize Christ in and through us. It is rewarding to witness! I Thessalonians 5:10-12 (New International Version) 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Steve Denny Director of Athletics

(Blue Crew during the CAK Varsity Volleyball game against Stone on Sept 30.)

Christian Academy of Knoxville says...

THANK YOU! (Top: CAK Board Members Marty Duncan and Monty Scott)

A special ‘Thank You’ to the many sponsors and volunteers that made our 23rd Warrior Shootout such a huge success! GOLD SPONSORS Duncan Automotive Jerry Duncan Ford Kraft Foods Regions Bank


AllState Trailers Aztec International, LLC Bank of America BB&T (Branch & Banking Trust) Cadbury/Adams CFI Insulation Drs. Shields & Shields FESCO First Tennessee Bank Fleenor Security Gatorade Hershey Integrity Management LBMC Loomis-Fargo Armored Car M&M Mars Mastercraft Mercy Health Partners Mirror Sales Nestle Waters Perfetti/Van Melle Regal Entertainment Group Ritchie Tractor Co., Saplings Garden Center Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic Trinity Medical Associates Wrigley

PRIZE & REFRESHMENT SPONSORS All Occasions Party Rentals Appleview River Resort Cannon & Cannon Chick-fil-A Coca-Cola Dayton’s Pest Control Duncan Automotive Flemings Freightliner of Knoxville Gatorade Great American Deli Hershey Foods H.T. Hackney Jerry Duncan Ford Kraft Foods Mirror Sales, Inc. Nestle Waters NIKE Panera Bread Rarity Pointe Golf Club Regions Bank Rice Buick/GMC Starbucks Taylor Graphix TDS Exhibits Ted Russell Ford, Parkside Threds Whitestone Inn Wilderness at the Smokies


ADS Phoenix ALPHA Home Inspection Services BreadBox Clayton Volvo Dennis Cunningham & Ever Bank Image Matters Kelsan Michael Brady Inc. Scott Insurance Shafer Insurance Agency

GOODY BAG SPONSORS HT Hackney Waste Management BB&T Bank Coca-Cola Pilot Arby’s Backyard Burgers Mancino’s Pizza Flemings

(Top-Bottom: CAK Board Member Misty Mayes; CAK Leadership Coordinator & Volleyball Coach Jamie Petrik; CAK Athletic Director Steve Denny )

(Top: Former CAK Soccer Coach and MS Teacher Tom Gerlach)

A NOTE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT: Different approach to fundraising

At CAK, students are not asked to go door-to-door selling wrapping paper, magazines or cookie dough. Parents are not asked to bring catalogues with them to work. We do not hold car washes, candy sales, or bake sales. Instead, we take a different approach to fundraising: We just ask. Because this might be a new approach for some of you, we wanted to take the opportunity to answer a few questions about CAK’s fundraising efforts. The questions below are based on an article from the National Association of Independent Schools, “Gifts that Give Back.” Q: Please explain to me the different opportunities that I have regarding giving. • Annual Giving Fund - The school’s checking account: Money for the school’s operating budget for that academic year. It is the money that makes up the difference between what tuition revenue produces and the cost of educating your child and running the school. •

Capital Campaigns - Funding the building of additions to our school: Major gifts are designated to meet a specific need. Often the needs are for building or facility enhancements. These capital campaign gifts are frequently large in size and are often donated over a period of several years. Endowment Gifts - The school’s savings account: Gifts to this fund help continue CAK’s plan for the future. When a school receives distributions from the Endowment, the principal is kept intact.

Planned Giving - A retirement account: A gift to the school through a trust, annuity, insurance policy, or, as is most commonly done, through a bequest. Please contact the Development Office for more information about planned giving.

Matching Gifts - A “buy one, get one free” opportunity for the school: Over 500 American corporations who match or sometimes even triple their employees’ philanthropic gifts offer matching gifts. Check with your employer or visit our website at Employer Matching Gifts to determine whether your company participates. A matching gift form obtained from your employer may be sent to the Development Office for processing.

Q: Are gifts to Annual Giving tax deductible? Yes! Gifts are fully tax-deductible and you will receive an acknowledgment from the school for your tax records.

Q: Can I charge my gift to my debit or credit card? YES! Your gift can be charged to Master Card, Discover, or Visa online at Q: Can I make a gift of stock? Yes, please contact the school office for stock transfer information. Q: My family is already paying tuition. How does my child benefit from my gift? Your gift supports the people and the programs that make Christian Academy of Knoxville such a special place: talented teachers, great facilities, and additional resources for academic courses. On a daily basis, your child receives personal attention, intellectual stimulation, challenges, and a level of freedom to take risks, dream dreams, and try things beyond the parameters of a rigid curriculum. Q: Christian Academy of Knoxville has beautiful grounds and many other features. It does not appear as if the school needs money. Why should we give? It is easy to look at the school and see the wonderful facilities that God has already provided to us through the generosity of donors in previous years. However, we are a growing school, and the current facilities here are limited. In addition, annual giving helps support a robust financial aid program, technology enhancements, and facility improvements/updates.

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2010 Christian Academy of Knoxville Middle School Musical Theatre


Where: Christian Academy of Knoxville

When: Thursday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults $8.00

Campus Center

Friday, October 29th, 10:30 a.m.

Students, $3.00

529 Academy Way

“Evening of Elegance”, 6:00 p.m.

Tickets available at door

Saturday, October 30th, 7:00 p.m.

For more information call 865-690-4721, ext. 136 Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico Based on the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” and the novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Coming Soon to CAK! Each Fall, the Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Middle School Musical Theatre Group produces a Broadway-like play to entertain the CAK Community. This year’s musical will be Alice in Wonderland, Jr. and performances will take place at the CAK Campus Center on October 28, 29 and 30. Visit for a full cast and crew list!

In conjunction with the 2010 fall musical performance, an Evening of Elegance Dinner will be held on Friday, Oct 29 (dinner 6 p.m.; performance 7:30 p.m.). The Evening of Elegance serves as the main fundraiser for CAK’s Arts programs. Tickets for the Evening of Elegance are $100 for adults and $25 for Children (12 and under) and CAK Faculty/Staff. Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to CAK and can be hand-delivered to the Development Office in the Campus Center or mailed to: Christian Acadmey of Knoxville, c/o Evening of Elegance, 529 Academy Way, Knoxville, TN 37923. Credit Card payments for tickets can be made at

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Warrior News - October  

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