Page 1

scribe t h e m ag a z i n e o f t h e e p i sco pa l sc h o o l o f k n ox v i l l e

How Making a Difference Makes Us Different ellis whinery and her seventh grade classmates painted and cleaned houses for needy knoxville residents last may. page 12

fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1

Making a Difference


he selection of this year’s Annual Fund slogan -- Making a Difference Makes Us Different -- ran so deep, it quickly became a school wide theme. It just seemed to accurately name an undercurrent that everyone feels: the teachers and staff who work so hard in and outside the classroom; the parents and board members who give so many volunteer hours; the donors who joyfully gave enough to build a beautiful Lower School in record time; the athletic department that teaches excellence but

also sportsmanship and academic achievement. “Making a Difference Makes Us Different” describes our students who are ambitious as scholars but also deeply caring servant leaders. This Scribe is full of ways that students serve one another, the school community and people who need help in Knoxville and the world beyond. Enjoy this Scribe, in which you will probably find a reflection of yourself, too, and the ways you have helped The Episcopal School of Knoxville.

makin g a dif ferenc e

Make s




esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Fourth graders raised over $5,000, collected cleaning supplies and then delivered them to Nashville after the flood last May. Third graders collected enough food last November to feed 210 families for three days each.Third graders bagged popcorn at the Second Harvest Food Bank last January.Seventh graders painted houses for Operation Back Yard last April.


fter a busy year, I am very proud of the efforts of our school community, our contractor, Messer Construction, our architects, Barber McMurry, and all others who were instrumental in successfully opening the new Brewington Lower School. It was a monumental achievement, and one we should all applaud. After completion, and reflecting on the school’s accomplishments, it is now time to look forward again. I’m going to start by talking about “resources,” and sharing a story from a recent fly fishing trip to Wyoming, which I’ve taken with my father, brother, and brother-in-law for the past 12 years. A family friend owns a working cattle ranch just below the Big Horn mountain range, where we get to enjoy the Paint Rock Creek flowing through the center of the ranch. The night before “serious” fishing began, the conversation turned to the ranch’s irrigation system, for which the water is derived from the very creek we fish. As we talked about fishing locations for the next morning, nervousness about several items came to mind: Was the water level too low or had it become too warm? Were the trout still enjoying a good food source? Are the nice fishing runs damaged or changed? We retired with these concerns. After returning from a morning of moderately successful fishing, conversations about the water continued. In our afternoon fishing trip, I was enjoying good fishing when I started to consider what a great resource this river is for us to have and enjoy. However, to a ranch owner in an area which receives less than 15 inches of rain annually, this water resource is what keeps the ranch green and the cattle healthy. Without the Paint Rock Creek, the area would be a desert. My conclusion? A shared resource exists: one use is recreation, the other is for survival. Looking at the future of the Episcopal School of Knoxville, we also have shared resources, the first being the school itself, and the second being the school families and community. During this extended economic downturn and potentially changing tax laws, we need to look for new and different ideas to stretch our dollars farther while continuing to educate our students to become strong global citizens. Our families consider the school to be a strong resource for their children and grandchildren, and the school looks to our families to be the strong supportive body that moves the school forward. I believe as our lower and middle school classrooms achieve capacity levels, our school community will continually challenge the boundaries and expand the school. As the current ESK board looks to the future, our focus will be laying a solid framework on which to grow the school. We have enjoyed much success over the years and it has been a direct result of the entire school community. ESK now enjoys permanence in the words of Peter Klekamp, a permanence which definitely supports a strong viable future. In closing, I first want to thank our boards for their support over the years. You have made a difference. Secondly, I urge everyone involved with ESK to maximize and utilize the resources we have in order to provide a bright future. Remain committed. Remain involved. Most Sincerely, L. Blair Kline President Board of Trustees

contents 4 11 12 14 16 18


A Day in the Life A Servant’s Heart What’s New? Sports Talk The Arts at ESK

20 22 23 24 25 30

Tech Trends

An ESK Powerhouse What Makes Us Different? Keeping In Touch 2010 Annual Giving Report Letter from the Headmaster

news Book Buddies


he ESK Book Buddies program, in which older children meet with younger Book Buddies periodically, has already begun. Librarian Mary Lovely said she has been pleased at the care which the older students take in the project. “The older kids come in the library and pick out their own books, and then they pick out books for their book buddies. They want to be sure and pick something their buddies will like. They are really very thoughtful about it,” she said Dove Lloyd and Zoe Stach raised $1039.35 in a bake sale to send Haitian children to school.

Bake Sale for Haiti


“Everything that we hope children will do later down the road, they did.” Peter Klekamp

bake sale launched by two seventh graders who wanted to pay school tuition and uniforms for orphans in Haiti raised $1039.35 recently. Zoe Stach and Dove Lloyd sold brownies, hot chocolate, cheese biscuits, doughnuts and cupcakes on Oct. 4-5 during carpool times and after lunch. Enthusiastic supporters generated $1,039.35 in purchases and donations. With the Middle School’s support, the girls launched the sale when Zoe’s mom, Barbara Klinkhammer, associate dean and associate professor of the College of Architecture at UT, planned a trip to Haiti to help build a school for orphans displaced by the recent earthquake. The project also included an access road to the school and a bridge. About 15 UT faculty members and graduate students traveled to Haiti to work on the project. Zoe and Dove said they were pleased but astonished the sale did so well. “I’m happy. We didn’t think we’d raise this much money. We hoped we’d raise $200,” Zoe said. Assistant Headmaster Peter Klekamp said he was delighted with the results. “Everything that we hope children will do later down the road, they did. It was exciting to see them at this age take the project and run with it. Never did they seek direction from adults. We offered support and were helpful, but they did it.” Zoe said $150 will send a Haitian child to the school for a year with uniform, books and a daily hot meal. ESK Parents gather at school for prayer once a week.>


esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

ESK Prayer Group


he ESK prayer group is a small group of parents that meets on Monday mornings right after Lower School Chapel (about 8:30) in the Lower School Dining Hall. The group prays for our school community (teachers, administrators and children). It also prays

for personal requests from within the group and from families at ESK. The group welcomes visitors, new members and prayer requests. If you have any questions about this group or have a prayer request that you would like to submit, please email or call Michelle Klekamp (, 803-9948). Join in on any Monday that school is in session.

Piano Gift

Blessing of the Animals

ur sincere thanks go to Lowry and Jane Kline, grandparents of Sarah Jane and Andy Kline, for their gift of a magnificent 4’9” Kawai baby grand piano. It will sit in the Siler Great Hall of Googe Hall. The other grand piano has been moved to the chapel. This one will be used for special chapel services, piano recitals, and for the many events that are scheduled in Googe Hall.

ore than 200 students presented pets for benediction at ESK’s Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Oct. 7, before school. ESK Chaplain Father Kirk LaFon delivered the blessings with help from Jay Secor, Peter Klekamp and Stephanie McIntosh. Each animal received a sprinkling of holy water and, with its owner, the words, “Bless, O Lord, (animal’s name), and may your love for this pet be a reminder of God’s love for you.” This yearly tradition in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, typically draws a big crowd of Episcopal School children and parents, who bring animals ranging in size from insects to horses.


M Back to School Barbecue


ore than 500 people attended the annual Back to School Barbecue on Friday, Aug. 27, for a delicious cookout featuring barbecue pork and beef brisket, veggie burgers, and all the trimmings. Dinner was the handiwork of master chefs Ray Harris, Blair Kline, Peter Klekamp and Jay Secor, with the able assistance of kitchen staff and parent volunteers. Many thanks go to barbecue organizer Susan Howell, and to Renee Nye, Jeannie Fewell, and Carolyn Tolliver from the kitchen. Thanks also to parent volunteers Jackie and James Schrubb, Elizabeth Hurst, Amy Schumaker, Michelle Klekamp, and Angie Goethert; and to all the middle school helpers!

7th Graders Score with Duke TIP!


wenty-eight ESK seventh graders have qualified this year to take the ACT or SAT, the college entrance exams taken by juniors and seniors. Through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), more than half our seventh graders qualified to participate, based on their performance on either their 5th or 6th grade CTP4 scores. These students are Michaela Allen, Robert Cantrell, Sydney Everett, Liam Farabow, Chadwick Fedderson, Sarah Feddersen, Tyler Feddersen, Katie Galyon, Elliot Granju, Ian Greeley, Thomas Hyde, Eva James, Claire LaBine, Malcolm Lambrecht, Dove Lloyd, Sarah Macri, Briston Maroney, Fisher Morton, Ryan Moyers, Zoe Stach, Sam Sullivan-Moore, Zachary Taylor, Emily Thompson, Caleb Wade, Lauren Weller, Connor Wike, Jeremy Wise, and Hannah Wright. Since 2000, 149 ESK seventh graders have qualified for the Duke TIP. Since 2000, twenty-six students have been invited to Vanderbilt University for state recognition, and three have qualified for the grand recognition ceremony at Duke University.

Ben Chapman brought his cat, Hermione, in for a blessing.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


Parent Information Nights


“I think it’s really cool that Jay Secor and Peter Klekamp open the car doors every morning. I love that the headmaster lets you out of the car.” A Parent


SK parents got to know their children’s teachers and curriculum and to meet other parents at two Parents’ Information Nights this fall. Middle School parents attended on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. Lower School parents came on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. Parents met in the gym, followed their children’s schedules and then gathered for a wine reception -Middle Schoolers in the Siler Great Room and Lower School in Siler Hall in the Brewington Family Lower School. Turnout at both events was excellent. Parents enjoyed hearing music from the new carillon, which played four hymns and “Getting to Know You” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A popular feature of both events was display of interactive classroom technology. “Many teachers used it in their presentations for Open House,” said Lower School Director Nancy Laurence. She said teachers not only put the equipment and software through its paces, but they showed clearly how students interact with it, touching it and moving around with it. Look for our article which tells details of this year’s exciting new offerings!

National Competitors


SK students distinguish themselves off campus in many ways, including Destination Imagination and National History Day. Last academic year, the ESK DI “S” Team made it to Global Competition in May. They were one of only two Knoxville DI teams to compete in Globals. Members of the “S” Team (pictured in top photo above) were Katie Babbit, Ellie Lai, Madison Howell, Hannah Nye, Jonah Zahn. And in June, two teams competed at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C, having advanced through regional and state competitions. The award-winning students and their projects are: (pictured above) Brandon Babbit, Graham Hardison, Riley Clem and Sophia Henderson, who placed first in the state in their division for a documentary entitled, “Women in the Workforce: How World War II Changed the Lives of American Women Forever;” and Anne Batcheller and Alexa Ewan who placed second with their project about the innovation of labor laws after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Journaling Camp


ifteen ESK 5th graders participated in a summer writing project spearheaded by Librarian Mary Lovely. Inspired by children’s author Jack Gantos, the students kept journals throughout the summer and attempted to make writing part of their daily lives. The fifteen students who kept journals are: Tori Schrubb, Holly Batey, Ansley Turley, Connor Klekamp, Ian McMichael, Steven Busby, Elizabeth Hethmon, Blair Turley, Peter Cooper, Christa Jane McFarland, Jon Koontz, Calder Woodward, Grace Jolley, and Alex Schrubb. Mrs. Lovely has made a donation to the Knox County Humane Society in their honor.

LemonAid from Lemons


n Tuesday, Aug. 3, Episcopal School of Knoxville 5th grader Damon Rodefer held his 2nd annual LemonAid Stand to raise money to feed hungry Knoxville families. On Aug. 28, he presented FISH Hospitality Pantries with the proceeds of the effort -- a check for $13,200 dollars, more than triple last year’s total. “I’m overwhelmed by it. It’s just amazing,” said FISH Director Jim Wright. He said he hopes LemonAid Stand Day will become an annual event. More than 25,000 people in Knox County benefit from the food provided. Damon held his LemonAid stand in the lobby of Rodefer Moss & Co., 608 Mabry Hood Road, from 9 a.m. until noon; and in the lobby of Clayton Bank and Trust, 620 Market St., until 4 p.m. Damon and about 14 assistants throughout the day sold cups of the fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2 per cup), plus cookies, brownies and iced tea. Several Knoxville restaurants also provided customers on Aug. 3 with cups of lemonade in exchange for donations for FISH Hospitality Pantries.

Kidzone Rocks!


earning and fun don’t stop at ESK just because school’s out. Episcopal School KidZone, which provides early morning and afternoon extended care, has become wildly popular. Students can arrive for a delicious breakfast and care as early as 7 a.m. Afternoon care, which begins at 3 p.m. with a big, healthy

snack, offers students a range of after school offerings which range from quiet activities to exciting classes. Among them are: dance, yoga, karate, gymnastics, the scientific “Ooey Gooey Hands-on Experiments”, crocheting, soccer, cooking and chess. The campus is alive in the afternoons with fragrant smells from the kitchen and the happy sounds of children in their activities. Renee Nye is director and Sara Gibson is assistant director.

Boarding School Fair


epresentatives of more than 25 boarding schools from around the country put dreams of high school away from home into the minds of students attending ESK’s seventh annual Boarding School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The event designed to acquaint students with the range of options for high school also brought representatives from local high schools including Christian Academy of Knoxville, Webb School of Knoxville, Knoxville Catholic High School, Hardin Valley Academy and Grace Christian Academy. Two ESK alumni attended the event as representatives of the boarding schools they now attend: Trantam Workman for Baylor in Chattanooga; and Dominic DiSanto for The Webb School Bell Buckle.

KidZone classes include (left) gymnastics for grades K-5 taught by Jessie Sousa and (above) cooking taught by Jeanie Fewell.

Devin Badgett, Elliot Granju, and Brad Grubb speak with McCallie representative at the 7th Annual Boarding School and High School Fair.

We view athletics as a means to an end. A way to teach students how to use the Tribes agreements in real world fashion. Laurie Coburn, Athletic Director and Dean of Students

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


New Teachers and Staff


he Episcopal School is fortunate to have a wonderful faculty. Meet the new teachers and staff: Ashley Adams, third grade teacher; Curtis Bower, Middle School Latin teacher; Tom Jones, Middle School science, math and social studies teacher; the Rev. Kirk LaFon, chaplain and religion teacher; Barb Quaint, Middle School math and science teacher; David Spates, fifth grade teacher; Parri Thurman, second grade teacher; Red Waller, Middle School PE ; Mary Walker, athletic coordinator; Susan Darby, fifth grade assistant teacher; Sarah Dew, kindergarten assistant teacher; Carmen DiSanto, Lower School office; Leslie Downey, kindergarten assistant; Rhonda Dukes, fourth grade assistant; and Megan Jenkins, fourth grade assistant.

Tribes: Not a Class but a Process Multiples Abound at ESK!


“So much of our focus involves reaching each child. With these tools, every class can become a tech lab in a matter of minutes.” Julie King, Tech Director


ou’re not seeing triple or even double. At The Episcopal School, you do see a lot of twins and triplets, however. It’s just another reflection of our happy and family-centered atmosphere. There are nine sets of twins and two sets of triplets among our 316 students. About 7.5 percent of our student population arrived via multiple birth. We invite you to meet our twins and triplets! They are: (l-r, front row) Alexis and Madison Farmer, kindergarten; Luke, Georgia and Tyson Vesser, kindergarten; (second row) Charlie and Laura Kirk, third grade; Jackson and Bailey Musrock, third grade; James and Katie Sutherland-Dufour, third grade; (fourth row) Tori and Alex Schrubb, fifth grade; Sydney and Lauren Hager, seventh grade; (fifth row) Claire Rogers, fourth grade, and Charlotte Rogers, fifth grade; Sarah, Chadwick and Tyler Feddersen, seventh grade; (top row) Blair and Ansley Turley, fifth grade; and Tony and John Nadrous, fifth grade.

Parents Unite!

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


he Parent Association is in full force this fall under the direction of President Lynn Dryzer. A new slate of events and PA meetings is on tap. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Chaplain Kirk LaFon and Lower School Head Nancy Laurence spoke to parents. Monica Irvine, owner of The Etiquette Factory, spoke at the Oct. 16 meeting. Watch Headlines and the Renweb Parents’ Calendar for news on upcoming PA speakers. Monthly


very teacher learns how to use it, and every student gets a class period about it once a week. Tribes is in fact a learning process that revolves around five agreements -- attentive listening, appreciation/no put downs, mutual respect, the right to pass, and let go and move on. The use of Tribes principles gives ESK a powerful tool for good human relations. Students learn how to get along with one another. Teachers learn better how to effectively teach. “Teachers gain an understanding of how to effectively structure classroom learning and the group development process,” said Lois Ross, director of guidance at ESK. “They gain a good understanding of multiple intelligences and how that impacts learning in the classroom. They learn how today’s learners are different from students in the past and strategies for engaging today’s learners.”

meetings are in the Bishop Center Dining Room right after Lower School Chapel. PA events to come: • Cookie Dough Sale Oct. 27-Nov. 5, chaired by Kelly Fletcher • ESK Girls’ Night Out (a market and spa event), Nov. 11, chaired by Stacey Turley and Tammy Longest. • Winter Fest, Dec. 11, chaired by Melissa Kirk and Angie Goethert • ESK Saints Gala/ Down East Lobster Bake, to be May 7, chaired by Jacque

Clem. In addition to these events, the PA also sponsors Faculty Appreciation Luncheons, chaired by Mindy Spiller. Mindy is organizing the luncheons this year via Jooners, an online organization company. ESK is deeply blessed by its active Parent Association. Other PA officers this year are: Dana McAlister, Treasurer; Annie Turner, Secretary; and Lisa McMichael, Past President.

8th Graders Begin Life-Changing Work


ighth graders are channeling inquiry into a yearlong research project that may be life-changing. Called the Portfolio Project, the undertaking covers three academic terms and will produce, for each student, a research paper, an artifact and eight hours of community service. Spearheaded by Middle School English teacher Susan Lancaster and science teacher Cary Busby, the project will give students a chance to bear the fruit of longterm research. A book, a play, a performance, or a body of original research are among the possible outcomes “So many schools have a capstone project for seniors – a class or project that is supposed to be a symbolic capstone of their educational career in which they’ve learned to research, produce work and offer their talents to the community. So we decided to give the 8th graders an extended educational experience that would challenge them, allow them to learn research skills, and be an area of inquiry that they would be passionate about,” said Mrs. Lancaster. Students chose topics from among five disciplines: science, social studies, history, science/math, language arts/literature; technology, fine arts. Some of their topics include: a history of the Knoxville Volunteer Ministry Center; a study of the writing of J.K. Rowling; a study of how fashion changes and recycles over time; a history of the game, Monopoly. Each student’s artifact -- something he or she produces – may include a science fair poster, history project,

artwork, creative writing, video, etc. Students can enter any artifact into a national competition. The third part of the project, community service, involves each student doing something thematically related to their research and artifact. For example, a student who researches an important artist might produce artifacts exploring several different artistic media. For the service project, the student could teach art lessons at a senior center or create artwork to donate to a charity. Another student might do a project on a battle in World War II, produce a National History Day project for an artifact, and write letters to congressmen on veterans’ issues as a service project. At year’s end, students present their project in an Exhibition Night event. “This really is pretty neat. It will be something they can take with them showing that they can sustain a year-long inquiry,” Mrs. Lancaster said.

“The biggest thing we offer children is the desire to learn more. If children want to learn, they can pretty much learn anything.” Nancy Laurence, Lower School Director

Support Annual Fund


Development Associate Alice Smith and former Development Director Harrison Stuart rejoice over 2009-2010 Annual Giving donations.

he Episcopal School of Knoxville relies heavily on Annual Fund gifts. We have launched The 20102011 Annual Fund Drive with a goal of $200,000 by June 30. The support of the Annual Fund is vital to our high quality programs. Technology, the Arts, three foreign languages, nine different sports,and our staff of exceptional teachers all directly benefit from the Annual Fund. Our primary goal this year is 100% parent participation. The financial support and endorsement of our school families carries a powerful message to all of our constituents. Other school families, Episcopal Church members,community colleagues, grandparents, and friends note and follow the example of those who give generously. Join us! Our generosity together will make possible the bright young leaders of our future.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010



“We want students to leave ESK volunteering and doing service work. We want them to have a lifelong commitment to service.” Father Kirk LaFon Chaplain

Science Students Practice Inquiry


nquiry is the focus of science classes at The Episcopal School this year, said Middle School Science teacher Cary Busby. “Inquiry is one of the defining features of this school,” said Mrs. Busby. “It leads to involved projects that take a long time. It’s about learning to learn instead of learning a list of facts. “They do it very well in the Lower School,” Mrs. Busby said, pointing to the five senses project in second grade, the Valentine Delivery System inventions in third grade, and the projects in which students raise animals to maturity, such as the first graders’ Monarch butterfly project. As a result, The Episcopal School always has a strong showing at science fairs, like Tate’s Regional Science Fair for Lower School students in March and the Regional Appalachian Engineer-

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

ing and Science Fair for Middle School students in February. Last year, sixth grader Ian Greeley won 4th place overall at that fair. In Middle School, where sixth graders study earth science, seventh graders study life science and eighth graders study physical science, the emphasis this year is on details. Each student is now required to keep a science notebook. “That means we are incorporating more writing into science,” said Mrs. Busby. “We write down all lab activities. We keep a weekly science journal. They are valuable because everything gets collected in one place. They are useful for teaching about how scientists organize information.”

Nov. 8 No School – Faculty Professional Day Nov. 10 Open House Nov. 14 Open House Nov. 18 Band Concert Nov. 24-28 No School — Thanksgiving Break Dec. 11 Winterfest Dec.17 Christmas Holiday Begins Jan. 3 No School – Faculty Professional Day Jan. 4 School Resumes Jan. 9 Open House Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day – No School Feb. 18 Faculty Professional Half Day – 11:30 Dismissal Feb. 21 Presidents’ Day – No School March 4 Parent Teacher Conferences – No School March 11 Spring Break – Dismissal at 11:30 March 21 School Resumes April 22 Good Friday – No School April 25 Easter Monday – No School May 7 Lobster Bake May 18 CTP4 Parent Conferences – 11:30 Dismissal May 27 Graduation/ Last Day of School May 31-June 1 Faculty Professional Days


students. “I’m excited when I see our eighth graders who s the new building smell and the excitement of really set the tone for the school year with their personalischool’s beginning abate, students and teachers ties and actions,” he said. These range from Book Buddies are settling into the peaceful routine of each day. which pair older and younger students to the older At ESK, that’s when the things that set us apart are most children taking such leadership roles as judging the Lower apparent. School Science Fair. For Lower School Director Nancy Laurence, the mornIn the Middle School itself, there is a newly peaceful ing routine begins greeting children who are glad to be at spirit. “It’s nice to have our Middle School campus back school. to Middle School kids after months of construction,” “When kids get out of the car and are racing up the steps because they are so excited to be here, you know it’s Klekamp said. He pointed to the ambitious academic projects underdifferent,” she said. “I had a mother tell me that her child, way in the Middle School, such as the new Eighth Grade who is new to ESK, used to come home and say he was Portfolio Project (see article). Benefits of this and other bored. But he told her that this year, “I don’t have time to collaborative projects between students and faculty be bored.” include research, presentation, accountability, responsibilShe said they are excited to see their friends and to ity, serving others, and the opportunities for students and know that they are in a safe place where both they faculty to interact. and their classmates are valued. Pictured are (below) New Lower School Director “It is a great experience to The words of the “Tribes” song Nancy Laurence greeting students on the first day take with them to high school,” frequently sung in Chapel say as of school; (above) Father Kirk LaFon teaching a he said. middle school religion class. much. Family style lunches prepared Assistant Headmaster Peter by the kitchen staff headed by Klekamp said he is gratified that Jeanie Fewell and Renee Nye the school now has a dedicated create warmth and anticipation space for Chapel and a fulltime around meals, as do the snacks chaplain. “It’s nice to have a and fun activities of KidZone familiar face who will get to know extended care. each child as opposed to a visiting When the school day ends, priest,” he said, adding that he is the gymnasium and athletic excited about Father Kirk LaFon’s fields are dotted with students heading up community service in practicing sports or just enthe Lower and Middle Schools. grossed in play on the hillsides Klekamp said he loves seeing the and meadows of this rolling caring atmosphere that extends campus. from the oldest to the youngest

A Day in the Life Just What Makes A Day at ESK Different?

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


Service is so much a part of life at ESK that it is part of the fabric of the school...” Chaplain Kirk LaFon



hen third graders at The Episcopal School collected food for Knoxville’s FISH pantry last November, they didn’t just bring a few canned goods. They threw heart and soul into the drive, visiting every classroom in the school and weighing the food each day. Together they collected enough food to feed 216 families of four for three days. When fourth graders had to cancel their trip to Nashville last spring because of the devastating flood that swept through the city May 1 and 2, they decided to help the flood victims. They hosted a Walk-a-thon that ultimately raised $5668 and they collected a roomful of cleaning supplies. Then they boarded a bus and personally delivered it all, as a class, to St. Luke’s Community House in Nashville. Seventh graders spent their class trip time last April camping out in St. John’s Cathedral in downtown

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Knoxville and doing volunteer work. While other Middle School classes traveled to Chattanooga and Washington, D.C., they painted a garage for Operation Back Yard and rooms in St. John’s, and worked at Second Harvest Food Bank. “Service is so much a part of life at ESK that it is part of the fabric of the school, “ said Chaplain Kirk LaFon. Teachers say students are quick to leap from talking about a problem to developing a service plan. In October, when Zoe Stach’s mom traveled to Haiti to help build a school, seventh graders Zoe and Dove Lloyd raised $1,039 in a two-day bake sale to aid the project. (See article.) When students began collecting money last August for Pennies for Peace, Greg Mortensen’s fund to build schools in Afghanistan, teachers were astounded when they quickly raised more than $2,500, mostly in small coins. Father LaFon said that in heeding the call to serve, students receive deep satisfaction through making a dif-

Servant’s Heart

Developing a

ference and discovering their special gifts and talents. “We’re called to serve others. We’re called to think beyond ourselves and recognize that we are connected to other people. What we do at this school is help students discover and develop their gifts.” Father LaFon said he hopes students will continually raise their sights in service, so that they are not afraid to move out of their comfort zone and serve their community wherever they are. “We want students to leave ESK volunteering and doing service work. We want them to have a lifelong commitment to service.” He said said the goal of helping students make a difference using their gifts and abilities is reinforced in many ways at ESK. One is the 8th grade portfolio project (see article), which requires students to combine intensive research and a service project. Cornerstones in teaching the concept of servant leadership at ESK also include:

• Daily chapel, a 15-minute service that includes music,

prayers, a reading from the Bible or other inspirational book, and a short homily. • Tribes learning process classes, which create a caring school wide environment through its agreements to attentive listening, appreciation/no put downs, mutual respect, and the right to pass and let go and move on. • Religion classes at each grade level, which teach tenets of the Christian faith and of world religions. 8th grade ethics class, which teaches character development, morality, ethical decision making. • A school wide commitment to annual service projects at each grade level. For example, the first grade always collects toys for refurbishing and delivers them to the Holiday Bureau in Oak Ridge in January. “We’re called to serve,” said Father LaFon. “We’re all created unique. We’re called to discover our unique abilities and put them to use.”

Students serving include (l-r) 4th graders working Walk-a-thon that raised more than$5,000 for Nashville flood victims; 3rd graders working at Second Harvest Food Bank; Christmas gifts for FISH pantry patrons; (below) 4th graders planning Walk-athon; 4th grader who raised over $13,000 for FISH pantry with a lemonade stand; students donating cleaning products for Nashville flood victims.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


New Facilities, Expanded Faculty, Strong Athletics Mark 13th ESK Year

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

What’s New?


record enrollment, a new Lower School building, additional school leadership and a ramped-up athletic program mark the 13th academic year for The Episcopal School of Knoxville, which began Aug. 23. The school now has 316 students (196 in Lower School and 120 in Middle School) and feels like a different place since last January, when ground was broken for the Brewington Family Lower School. A 22,000 square foot, Arts and Crafts style building now stands alongside the existing Middle School Building where a cluster of portable classrooms had been for 10 years. “The power of the Holy Spirit at work in our school community as evidenced by the incredible and timely construction of our magnificent new Lower School,” said Headmaster Jay Secor. “It gives our school a sense of permanence – offering stability that all of us are comforted by,” said Peter Klekamp, assistant headmaster and director of admissions. The $3 million Lower School building includes a director’s office, 12 classrooms, a library, art and music rooms, foreign language labs and interactive classroom technology for children in grades K-5. New Lower School Director Nancy Laurence and Chaplain Kirk LaFon, the school’s first full-time chaplain, have helped integrate students into campus life. Part of that is a daily chapel service for all students, now held in the dedicated building known as St. Bartholomew’s Chapel.

“We believe in the importance of making time and space in the day to come together and offer up our prayers and thanks to God. It indicates to children the significance of God in our lives. It also helps them express their own spirituality,” said the Rev. LaFon. The 15-minute morning chapel services for Lower School and Middle School students include songs, prayers, a short reading and a brief homily, or explanation of the reading. The services are Christian but emphasize helping others and learning about other faiths. Other key gains this year include: • School wide interactive classroom technology, with Promethean ActivBoards, individual netbooks for each child in grades 2-5, and wireless slates for Middle School students. • A full selection of before and after school activities in the popular KidZone program, featuring breakfast, generous after-school snacks and a range of after school activities, such as karate, dancing, cooking, art and gymnastics • A new approach by athletic director Laurie Coburn and athletic coordinator Mary Walker that encourages participation in sports by all students whether they have experience or not. Coburn said the emphasis is on having fun and being a part of a team as a way to gain confidence and learn responsibility. About 92 percent of the Middle School students now play a sport, with the fall season well underway. Sports at ESK include football, cross country, volleyball, tennis, basketball, golf, soccer, cheerleading, and skeet shooting.

The Bob and Diana Samples Fine Arts Center is a focal point of Ross Hall

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

ESK student athletes at work! Pictured: Football team rushes onto the field at home game with Shenandoah Baptist Academy; Volleyball’s Varsity “A” team took 3rd place in the KISL large division tournament; (Next page, left) Chadwick Feddersen swings a mean forehand;


full lineup of sports unfolded at The Episcopal School this fall! Enjoy the reports below on each team. ESK’s second year of tackle football rolled under the guidance of new Head Football Coach  Jabari Davis and Assistant Coach Tanner Rice, plus volunteer coaches Kevin Weaver and ESK alumni Garrett Johnson and Rick Nye.   The 22-member team  played a tough, six-game schedule with courage and determination, learning skills that lay a foundation for next year’s team. The schedule included two official home games complete with home uniforms. Victory was elusive and the young team took its licks playing against older, established teams. But glory and grit showed clearly among the ESK players too, like Devin Badgett’s incredible open-field tackle on a punt


esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

return against a much larger CAK player. Michael Dryzer showed great speed, outrunning defenders for touchdowns on several occasions.  Austin Piper capped off his first year playing football with some fine runs straight through the defensive line.  Natali Erickson held her own as kicker in this predominantly male sport. “We saw a lot of good things to build on going into spring ball and 2011 ball,” said Coach Davis. “Most importantly, the players competed. They played a hardnose football game. We gave it 110%. We fell and got back up. We tried our best. We’re building.” The team played Oakdale, Jellico, Shenandoah Baptist Academy (Cleveland), The King’s Academy (Seymour), Christian Academy of Knoxville, and Knoxville Christian School. This year, ESK fielded three volleyball teams  and moved up a division, placing one varsity team in the Large division of KISL (Varsity “A”); one varsity team in the Small division (Varsity “B”); and one junior varsity team. The Varsity “A” team in its new division took second place in the regular season and third place in the tournament.  “It’s been successful because of the teamwork of everyone,” said Coach Sichelstiel, who last year led the team, when it was in the Small division, to a citywide championship with no defeats. Regular season teams included Apostolic Knoxville; Sacred Heart; CAK; Webb; St.John Neumann;  and Grace Academy. Varsity “B” and Junior Varsity learned a lot, and improved skills that will serve them in future play.  Individual award winners include: Elise Walker, Varsity “A” All-League Player, All-Tournament Player, and Tournament Most Valuable Player; Anika Sichelstiel, Varsity “A” All League Player; Lauren Hager, Varsity “B” All League Player; and Amber Adams, JV All League Player. Coaches were Lynn Sichelstiel, Varsity “A”; Jacque Clem and Jen Morgan, Varsity “B”; and Angela Scruggs, JV. Coaches Sichelstiel and Clem retired at the end of this season, having built tough and award-winning teams for ESK! Three tennis teams made of 17 players have represented The Episcopal School this fall, playing five matches per team. Having Alicia Wolfe and Barb Quaint as inschool coaches has greatly strengthened the team, which last year relied on outside coaches. Teams were formed according to the US Tennis Association as B (advanced), C1 and C2 (beginning).  After early tryouts, teams began twice a week practice at nearby Pellissippi Community College. “We loved Pellissippi,” said Coach Quaint. “Players got an hour of tennis twice a week with instruction. As part of being on the team, everyone’s skills improve with ample instruction and practice on good courts.” She

particularly cited Coach Wolfe’s expertise on the court in making her an excellent instructor. The C1 and C2 teams have had a winning season in their divisions. Coach Quaint said that B2 with skilled team members has played at an upper level division and has met tough challenges which also improved their skills, getting them ready for HS ball. They played teams which included Farragut and Webb. ESK enjoyed a successful cross country season with runners in grades 3-8 who competed in seven meets. Under the guidance of Coach Alice Smith and Assistant Coach Curtis Bower, the season ended with 18 runners going to the Championship cross country Meet at Victor Ashe Park. Five runners qualified for the Tennessee State Cross Country Meet on Oct. 23: Davis Clem, Grade 3; Peter Schaefer, Grade 4; Kate Stapp, Grade 4; Marcel Wilder, Grade 4; and Reece Rose, Grade 8. This is the second year ESK has had a Lower School team. The 2010 ESK cross country team consists of 23 runners led by three 8th graders- Turner Colocotronis, Reece Rose, and Jacob Wike. The Lower School runners have participated in a 1 mile run each week for the last month and improving each race, while Middle School participates in a 2 mile. In the championship meet Oct. 12, the Lower School girls ran a great race with a team average time of 7:41, while the boys had a fast run with an average time of 6:40 and placing 7th overall. “I am very pleased with how the Lower School ran in their last meet of the season. They gave it their all and improved their times greatlymost by 25-30 seconds,” said Coach Alice Smith.

ESK runner Reece Rose placed 11th at the MS State Championship Meet; Lower school students taking honors at LS State Championship Cross Country Meet were, with Coach Alice Smith, (l-r, top) Kate Stapp, 14th place; Peter Schaefer, 24th; (bottom,l-r) Marcel Wilder, 21st; and Davis Clem, 7th.

Sport Talk Students Enjoy a Full Run of Fall Sports

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

The Arts@ESK


tudents at all grade levels are immersed in the arts at The Episcopal School. The school is lively with the rich images of studio and computer arts classes, and with the happy strains of music, chorus, and band. In the Art Department, run jointly by Marie and Sara Gibson, students work out of two art studios -- one in the Lower School and one in the Middle School -- plus the Middle School Tech Lab, where computers are loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite. The very youngest students quickly began painting this fall using protective smocks tie-dyed for them by Middle School students. Kindergarteners began work with paint and oil pastels in a project depicting their own names. First graders executed self-portraits with water color resist and then created Eric Carle animals based on his books, “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” and “Hello, Red Fox”. Other grade levels are making clay leaf-impression dishes (4th grade), printmaking with styrofoam shapes and pigment (2nd grade), watercolor and crayon-resist self portraits (3rd grade) and pop art posters in the tradition of Andy Warhol (5th grade). Middle school arts move into digital technology. Seventh and eighth grade Art and Design classes are working in an online virtual classroom where they can post digital artwork and comments. Said art teacher Sara Gibson: “For every class, I place a discussion question in the forum for them to answer. It’s basically an online artist community that’s private, just for our school.”

18 e s k s c r i b e | f a l l / w i n t e r 2 0 1 0

Seventh graders are working in Adobe Photoshop to create Pop Art pieces. Eighth graders are combining computer art design with the printmaking process of photo emulsion. Students also must do weekly sketches and journal entries in personal sketchbooks. Later, they will make stop-action claymation movies. All students’ art portfolios for the year will be showcased at Lower School and Middle School Fine Arts Celebrations in the spring. Music and Chorus students enjoy listening to music and performing. In the new Fine Arts Center located in the Brewington Family Lower School, Dr. Deb Sousa keeps the music playing and the doors open. American composers, Middle Eastern musicians, pop musicians like the Monkees and classic rock and roll musicians like the Beatles can be heard at all hours of the day. “We do tons of listening to every genre you can think of and multicultural music,” she said. A special project this fall focuses on vinyl records of decade music played on a turntable. Parents soon will be able to enjoy Lower School performances on Thanksgiving and all students’ voices at the Christmas programs. A sixth grade dinner theater performance called “Dinner at 6 – Dead by 9” was in the Dining Hall on Nov. 2. Seventh and eighth graders will perform a spring musical in March. “We’re doing either “The Music Man” or “Aladdin”. I love that the kids are already talking about it. We’ll cast it in November. It will be a big collaboration,” Dr. Sousa said. The Band Program, directed by Christine Thomas with the assistance of Tyler Dieterich, is split into two ensembles: a beginning band for 6th graders and an advanced band for 7th and 8th graders. Band practice is in Middle School classrooms, with a permanent band room under development thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Willene Rush Chalmers. It is named for Mr. Bob Rush, founder of Rush’s Music in Knoxville. The fall band concert, which will be on November 18th, will serve as an introduction to the band program.  Current band parents can see what goes on during a typical band rehearsal and listen to the band’s pieces.  “I encourage any 5th grade families, or anyone else who may be interested in band in the coming years, to come to the concert, as well,” said Ms. Thomas. Upcoming chances to hear the band play are:  Lessons & Carols in December, at some of the basketball games as a pep band, and the Spring Fine Arts Celebration.   Band students receive double expertise. Christine Thomas is a woodwind specialist and Tyler Dieterich is a brass specialist!

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Tech Trends Interactive classrooms now allow learners to do things we had only dreamed of before.


echnology is reaching a new level at ESK! Interactive classrooms now allow learners to do things we had only dreamed of before: • Promethean ActivBoards bring 77-inch computer screens into the classroom, allowing students to move shapes on the screen with their hands and interact with the lessons as they unfold. The boards feature built-in speakers, dual-pen technology, and access to tens of thousands of lesson plans. • A digital document camera lets teachers project images onto the ActivBoard of things the class is studying, like a chrysalis, a butterfly or a rock. • Netbooks for second through fifth graders feature Tux Type, Paint and Math, Google Earth, Pencil and Photo, audio and video editing. Because they can be used in large or small groups, they create a very flexible and individualized learning environment. • Middle School students are learning to use wireless slates in their math and science classes. These allow the teacher to

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

move around the classroom and student to interact with the whiteboard while they are mobile. How does this play out in actual learning? Kindergarten students recently studied living and non-living things by examining little illustrations of items on the interactive white board (IWB) and moving them with their hands into the right column. Fourth graders exploring tectonic plates used the IWB to see projections into the future while they examined plate models at their desks. Fifth grade math students made a graph on the IWB as a group project to figure out the mean, median and mode. They printed their graph, which the students pronounced a success because “it was easier to read, everyone could see it, we could highlight the colors, and we enjoyed working together.” “So much of our focus involves reaching each child. With these tools, every class can become a tech lab in a matter of minutes,” said Tech Director Julie King.  “They allow for spontaneity, flexible and absolutely cutting edge information for

kids to learn from. If three kids are ready to move on, the teacher can tell them to go on and work together on a project in depth.” Each 2nd-5th grade classroom has 18 netbooks, giving each child his or her own netbook for the year.  Lower School Director Nancy Laurence says usage ranges from kindergarteners adding two cats and two dogs on a template to a fifth grader’s conducting research into current events. “It is a segue into what you have to know, but it’s inviting rather than just reading out of a textbook. It allows kids to interact with information,” she said.   All students attend weekly tech classes, where they learn fundamentals of

keyboarding, internet safety and internet research as a foundation for efficient and ethical use of technology. Middle School students will also learn to use digital video tools and other software for animation programming and digital rendering. Middle School art and design students use an online virtual classroom to post the work they produce using the Adobe Creative Suite and exchange critiques with their peers. “It’s a safe zone for them as a community. It’s also a place for them to see what their classmates are doing,” said Art Design Teacher Sara Gibson.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

An ESK Powerhouse Karen Gilbertson


hen ESK Board Member Karen Gilbertson asks for money for The Episcopal School, she doesn’t take “no” lightly. Thanks to the tenacity and fervor of people like Mrs. Gilbertson, our youngest students now have in the Brewington Family Lower School, a beautiful new building with warm, spacious classrooms and cutting edge technology. The building which followed groundbreaking on an icy day last January was completed in just four and a half months of construction. Mrs. Gilbertson, grandmother to ESK students Alden, fourth grade, and Taylor, sixth grade, was a powerhouse in assembling funds to build the Brewington Family Lower School. “Karen Gilbertson made sure that she gave first,” said Headmaster Jay Secor. “With a generous they should be honored in gift to the campaign a significant way. Several received by Bob and members of Saint John’s CaKaren Gilbertson, oss Hall of the thedral made this possible.” Karen was off and Brewington Fam“Dean John Ross of St. running! At a time ily Lower School is John’s Cathedral has meant when the school lacks a living symbol of the love more to the growth of a fully staffed fundraisand respect of Knoxville The Episcopal School of ing office, Karen has residents for John and Lois Knoxville than anyone,” said accepted the imRoss. Its 11,000 square feet Jay Secor, headmaster. “From portant challenge to contain rooms for art, music the founding years through and foreign language study, provide the necessary the present, he and Lois have and classrooms for grades been among the school’s components which 3, 4 and 5. Karen Gilbertson most ardent supporters. made a grand Lower organized and gathered the Their enthusiasm for our School faculty for our donors who paid for this school is in direct correlation students.” building. with the success of enroll “I have two “John and Lois Ross are ment growth.” grandchildren here. I so loved and appreciated The Tribes learning comknow what it’s meant by Saint John’s parishionmunity, which Mrs. Ross for them. I feel that ers and so many others in oversees at ESK, is the source having a school of this the Knoxville community,” of the Agreements that caliber is great for the said Mrs. Gilbertson.”John are central to the school’s Knoxville community. has been so instrumental in operating philosophy. Every It makes everyone a the success of the Episcopal student and teacher knows little sharper,” Mrs. School. Lois makes such them. They are: Attentive a difference in the lives of Gilbertson said. Listening; Appreciations the students as the guid“That’s what makes it / No Put-downs; Mutual ance counselor. I thought Respect; the Right to Pass. easier for me to go ask for money. When you Sara Gibson’s art classes enjoy a brand new enviroment. feel strongly about a project, it is easier to ask for money.” And ask she did. Community donors contributed nearly $3

Ross Hall


22 e s k s c r i b e | f a l l / w i n t e r 2 0 1 0

million to make the building happen. A key piece was the assembling of gifts by admirers of the Very Rev. John Ross, dean of St. John’s Cathedral, and his wife, Lois, guidance counselor at ESK. Those gifts built the Lower School’s Ross Hall (see adjoining article). Lower School Director Nancy Laurence said the response to the new building among ESK families has been powerful. “Returning students are just so excited to see the transformation. They love their rooms. Teachers say it feels so big after teaching in small spaces for so long. “Every room has a sink, a water fountain and a bathroom. Every classroom has a Promethean Smart Board,” she said. Mrs. Gilbertson said that excitement about the building prompted many other expressions of generosity from school friends including the architect, the builder, and many subcontractors. When she was pricing grass seed, for example, a local landscaper offered to donate his time to plant the seed. Now there is about $450,000 left to be raised to pay for remaining obligations on the new Lower School.  These will benefit the technology package which furnished netbooks for each student in second grade through fifth grade; landscaping, the sprinkler system, and enhanced security. Mrs. Gilbertson and the Board of Trustees are turning to families of the ESK community for contributions. “We have the generosity of large gifts. Now we’re asking parents and other people in the community for smaller gifts. If you’re asked, please think carefully about what you CAN do,” Mrs. Gilbertson said.  “ This school teaches kindness, responsibility and honesty, all virtues needed in today’s world. I believe we offer so many things other schools cannot or do not offer. All of us need to work together to complete this endeavor. “


nnual Fund Co-Chairs Amy Wilbanks and Debbie Martin have to make themselves slow down and draw a breath when they start naming the ways that The Episcopal School of Knoxville makes a difference. Even though they essentially agree on the school’s strengths, they present two aspects of its character. Amy, mother of 6th grade daughter, Harris, cites the culture first, which she said begins with the faculty. “We have the most caring, wise faculty. They’re also creative, cutting edge. When Harris woke up this morning, she said, “Mother. When you think of Christianity, are you thinking exclusive or inclusive Christianity?” That broad thinking where they equip students to think beyond themselves… that ties into the service mission here,” she said. Culture for Amy is reflected in the school’s size, high academic standards, the relationship principles taught in Tribes, the teaching of lifelong learning habits, and character development. One example of the school’s accessibility, she said, is: “Every Friday on Renweb I can see where my daughter stands in every subject.” “When a person is thinking about investing financially in their child’s education, they want to attach emotionally to a school. It is easy to do that here,” Amy said. “People believe in ESK. It’s authentic. Where else can you go to have your animal blessed?” Debbie, mother of second grade son, Ethan, first names the school’s small size and strong community. “With the small classes and sense of community within that, teachers get the one on one time to spend with each student,” she said. “There is individualized education – teaching to each student’s personal needs. There is wonderful technology and everything a big school provides, only in a small school. “Tribes, small community, small classes, technology, chapel. It all breeds community. There’s a safe environment here for children,” she said. She said she loves the

school’s opportunities for involvement and warm relationships. “I love that your child has the opportunity to be in a musical and also be captain of an athletic team. Because of the size, you can be involved in a lot of things. I love Book Buddies and the ways students from one grade work with kids from another. “I think it’s really cool that Jay Secor and Peter Klekamp open the car doors every morning. I love that the headmaster lets you out of the car. Those are the things that stamp it and seal it. You want to feel a part of your child’s education.” Other things they both named that set ESK apart: . Sixth grade Latin . Extensive offerings in the arts . Mutual respect among students . People who are respected in the community send their children here . The school’s holistic approach to each child . Its emphasis on service

What Is It That Sets Us Apart? Amy Wilbanks and Debbie Martin Will Be Glad to Tell You...

Amy Wilbanks and Debbie Martin in the lower school music room.

e s k s c r i b e | f a l l / w i n t e r 2 0 1 0 23

Alums on the move! Pictured are (right) some of the 45 alumni who attended the 2010 Summer Barbecue; (below, top) Alums Canon Woodward, Jessie Wagers, and Myra Lloyd enjoyed watching kickball at the barbecue; (below, bottom) ESK 2003 grad Libby Sewell prepares for a semester in Jordan.


lumni of The Episcopal School, unite! Get an update on alumni goings-on here. Even better, plan to join the ESK Alumni Christmas gathering on December 20! The Episcopal School family mourns this year the loss of two much-loved alumni. Joe Restaino, 21, ESK Class of 2004, died Jan. 8 following a battle with cancer. Henry Granju, 18, ESK Class of 2006, died May 31 after an injury. We miss these vibrant members of our community. ESK gained 35 new alumni with the graduation of its Class of 2010 on May 21. That made a total of 181 8th grade students who have graduated from the K-8 Episcopal School, starting with the ESK Class of 2003 with 12 students. Of the class of 2010, three students now attend regional boarding schools: McCallie in Chattanooga, Christ School in Arden, NC, and Webb School at Bell Buckle. Of the others, 17 attend Knoxville Catholic High School, eight, the Webb School of Knoxville, one, Knoxville Christian School, one, Roane County High School, one, Farragut High School, one, Hardin Valley Academy and three, West High School. This fall, 20 students from the Class of 2006, the fourth class of students to graduate from The Episcopal School, matriculated at colleges. Those students and their institutions are: Hunter Alex Barton, Walter State Community College; Blair Ellen Brandt, University of Virginia; Steven Brewington, University of Tennessee; Kathryn Sloan Burton, Pellissippi State Community College; Grace Logan Douglas, PSCC; Lauren Eady, UT Chattanooga; Preston Flaherty, University of Wyoming; Annie Freeland, UT; Holly Gary, UT; Adam Greeley, UT; Emily

Staying Touch


24 e s k s c r i b e | f a l l / w i n t e r 2 0 1 0

Griswold, UTC; Kerry Hennessy, UGA; Peter Constantine Jones, MTSU; Caroline Matthews, MTSU; Eliza Jane Norrell, UT; Kevin Robertson, Tennessee Tech; Raakhi Sood, University of Alabama; Brittany Leigh Spiegelman, Johnson and Wales University at Charlotte, NC; Michael G. Tremoulis, University of Kentucky; Claire Yoste, University of South Alabama. ESK alumni are doing fascinating things! Libby Sewell, ESK Class of 2003, is studying Arabic this fall in Amman, Jordan. She spent the summer studying Arabic at Middlebury Language School for Arabic in Oakland, CA. When she returns to the U.S. Dec. 31, she will resume her senior year at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. While in the Middle East, Libby is living with a Jordanian family with five children. She has floated in the Dead Sea, ridden a camel, and gone camping at Wadi Rum. Peter Jones, Class of 2006, published a book in June called “Midnight Musings.” Published under the pseudonym, Ari Constantine, it is a collection of poems, short stories and illustrations. Raakhi Sood, Class of 2006, has appeared in a nationally and internationally distributed commercial for HGTV. She has a modeling contract with Talent Track. She was the Fit Model for the Goody’s Corporation. Mathias Hoover, Class of 2007, was named Most Intellectual at Hardin Valley Academy. Matthew Adams, class of 2005, made the dean’s list his first year at Carleton College. Samuel Adams, class of 2007, is a National Merit semifinalist at the Webb School of Knoxville. About 45 alumni attended the third annual summer campus cookout for its now eight classes of graduates on July 8. The students enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream sundaes and a pick-up game of kickball. They also toured the new Brewington Family Lower School building then under construction and wrote messages with Sharpies on beams of the future 22,000 square foot complex to house grades K-5. Send us information about yourself!

Annual Report 2010

on giving

100% Circle $1 to $349

Steven Addonizio Col. Alice Alderman Kathryn and Randy Allen Anson Asbury Kathleen and Burt Bagley Sara and Max Bahner Mary and Albert Bedinger Chris Bishop Gina and John Boike Melissa and Craig Bornemann Virginia Browning Mary Jane and Bob Bowman Pauline and Percy Brewington Donna and Tom Broberg

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Marsha and Brian Brophy Brad Burkett Sharon and Robert Butterfield Capital Antenna Co., Inc Sharon Cassada Marilyn and Lloyd Champan Laurie and Bradley Coburn Judy and Greg Colocotronis Michelle and Mike Davis Margaret Dempster Lucinda and Harold Denton Edie and Jeffrey Devlin Bobbie Dickson

Kathy and Anthony Divalentin Terrill and Donald Dowd Lynn and Scott Dryzer Megan and Turner Emery Pansie and Steve Evans Susan and Bruce Ewing Susie and Butch Farabow Betty and John Felton Jeanie and Mike Fewell Robin and James Flournoy George Mason University Sara Gibson Marie and Steve Gibson Jennifer and Keith Goforth James Goodson Julia and Charles Gouffon Leigh and Mark Greeley Farida Hadjerioua Mary and Berani Halley Elizabeth and Charles Hamilton Joe Haskins Doris Heath Diane Mollenkopf and Graham Hickling Cindy and Tommy Hindman Jeannie Hoover Anne Marie and Mark Housel Phyllis Hurst Lisa and Michael Janke Carmella and Michael Jochmann Mary and Tom Jones Jorge Scientfic Corp Yolanda and Fuad Jubran Leslie and Robert Jubran

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Melissa Kennedy Julie King Knoxville Dermatopathology Laboratory Ruthie and Ron Koontz Dawn Lader Sara and Khai Lai Susan and Frank Lancaster Mikie Lancaster Land’s End Jackie Lane Denise DuBose and Francis Lloyd Maureen and Kevin Looney Mary and Dan Lovely Mary and William Lyell Tracey and Matt Macdonald Jill and Austin Manuel Janina and Preston Maples Phyllis and Samuel Marcy Jo and Robert Martyn Dennis Mayhew Anoula and Donald McCarren Sandy McDonald Stephanie McIntosh Gale and Tom McMichael Robert McMillin Linda Minton and Nancy Mott Barb Mitchell Bryan Moore Ann and Robert Moore Julia Morelli Mt. Tabor C.P. Church James Murphy Teresa and Julian Nadolsky Connie and Gerald Noland Ghadeer Nino Kelly Norrell Renee and Rick Nye Carolyn and Richard O’Tool Leslie and Erin O’Tool Diane Ownby Marnie and Robert Page Anita and Wylvan Parker Ellen and Phil Petree Pfizer Foundation Matching Gift Programs Quality Waste Solution, LLC Cindy and Thom Rasnick Elizabeth Rawlings Christopher Renberg Bernadette Renfro Lois and John Ross Pat Brake and Alan Rutenberg Darlene Schrubb Jackie and James Schrubb Ruth and David Siseth Alice Smith Inge Smith Mindy and Chris Spiller

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Anne and Neal Stapp Grace and Mack Steele Cathy and Robbi Stivers Mildred Stuart Jean Stuckey Jennie Sullivan Katherine and Ralph Sweet Summer and Brett Tannhauser TaTarus’ Gymnastics Sharon Thompson Carolyn Tolliver Helen and David Traver Stacey and Travis Turley Lucy and Doug Tyler Miriam Wilson Deborah Thompson-Wise and Kenneth Wise Tracy and Blake Young Tamara and Vic Young

Saints Circle $350 to $884

Jenny and Arthur Adams Catherine and William Ambrose Kate and Scott Atchley Cary and Jeremey Busby Sue Chappell Gloria and Ron Fife Birgid and Chritoph Harmes Karen and John Hoffarth Johnson & Galyon, Inc. Michelle and Peter Klekamp Lisa and John LaBine Sigrid and Mat Luce Kimberly and Mohamed Mahfouz Brenda and John Mayo Donna McEntee Ellen and Dante Pappano Brian Parker Lori and Steve Robinson Mary and Joe Sullivan Catherine and Doug Traver Heidi Stolz and Matt Whinery Brooks and Edward Workman

Patrons Circle $885 to $1,499

Ann Bond Patricia and Stephen Askew Christy and Ross Babbit Cecil Byers Katie and Andrew Colocotronis Jalana and Anthony Cooper Ann and Jess Gehin Martin Hunt Dorothy and Glenn Jackson Leslie and Robert James Shelley and Jimmy Rodefer Kristie and Nick Saliba Susan and Arthur Seymour Renee and David Sprouse Janey and John Sterchi The Clayton Family Foundation The Turn Key Group, Inc. Mary and Bill Walker Jeannine and Michael Wehrenberg

Leadership Circle $1,500 to $2,499

Mary and Albert Bedinger Rosalind Cadigan and Charles Schroeder Stacie and Mike Cox Leslie and Patrick Downey Elizabeth Sutherland and Pierre Dufour Educational Outfitters Ruth and Joe Fielden Julia Huster The L.A.M.P Foundation Barbara Lee Mark MacKenzie Lisa and Gary McMichael Shannon Byrd and Mick Reed Chase and Burke Russell Carol and Sam Weaver

Headmaster’s Circle $2,500 to $4,999

Lin and Chris Christenberry Beth and Paul Banick Ginny and Scott Batey Edie and Robert Devrnja Jan and David Dugger Mari and Andy Lorenz Glo and Bob Marquis Ghadeer and Bashir Musharbash Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants David Rhodes Anne and Jeff Robinson Sarah and Craig Schaefer Margaret and Raj Sood Deborah Sousa TIS Insurance Service, Inc Catherine and Jim Wike

Trustee Circle $5,000 to $9,999

Bette and Joseph Bacon Susan and Hal Denton Courtney George and Wade Milam Yolla and John Hager Lamar Jones Lisa and Gary McMichael Beverly and James Milam Julia and Michael Mullaney Sharon and Joe Pryse

Founder’s Circle $10,000 to $14,000

Salwa and Youhanna Altawil Patsy and Steve Boyce Ashley and Kirk Haun Rush’s Musical Service, Inc. Trina and Jay Secor April and Jason Stouffer

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Fellowship In Faith

Serving in Faith

Anonymous Donor Carla and Brad Bower Heather and Brian Buckberry Donna Davis and Ivan Beltz Elaine and Frank Erickson Jodi and Fred Feddersen Jeanine and Doug McKamey Louise Rhodes Shelley and Jimmy Rodefer Anne Sprouse Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic Amy and Dan Wilbanks

Ann and Steve Bailey Willene Chalmers Karen and Robert Gilbertson Pam and Ray Harris The Haslam Family Foundation Debbie and Mitch Martin Nancy and Don Preston Peggy Sood

St. Bart’s Society

Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington Kay and Jim Clayton Katie and Blair Kline Diana and Bob Samples Susie and Paul Siler Sarah Stowers

$15,000 to $24,999

$25,000 to $49,999

Anonymous Donor Jacque and Peter Clem Sandy and Hank Bertelkamp Messer Construction Company Christy Park and Chris Aikens Jane and Charles Gouffon Margie and Bob Parrott David and Amy Schumaker Sarah and Oliver Smith

$50,000 to $99,999

Partners in Faith $100,000+

Special Thanks to Those Who Made The Brewington Lower School Possible Anonymous donor Christy Park and Chris Aikens Patricia and Stephen Askew Bette and Joe Bacon Ann and Steve Bailey Barber McMurry Architects Mary and Albert Bedinger Sandy and Hank Bertelkamp Ann Bond Carla and Brad Bower Patsy and Stephen Boyce Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington Heather and Brian Buckberry Willene Chalmers Lin and Chris Christenberry Kay and Jim Clayton Jacque and Peter Clem Jalana and Anthony Cooper Donna Davis and Ivan Beltz Elaine and Frank Erickson Jodi and Fred Feddersen Ruth and Joe Fieldon Courtney George and Wade Milam Karen and Bob Gilbertson Jane and Charlie Gouffon Pam and Ray Harris The Haslam Family Foundation Ashley and Kirk Haun Julia Huster

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

Katie and Blair Kline Glo and Bob Marquis Debbie and Mitch Martin Jeanine and Doug McKamey Lisa and Gary McMichael Robert McMillin Messer Construction Company Beverly and James Milam Margie and Bob Parrott Nancy and Don Preston Sharon and Joe Pryse Louise Rhodes Shelley and Jimmy Rodefer Rush’s Musical Service, Inc. Chase and Burke Russell Diana and Bob Samples Sarah and Craig Schaefer David and Amy Schumaker Trina and Jay Secor Susie and Paul Siler Sarah and Oliver Smith Peggy Sood Ann Sprouse Renee and David Sprouse April and Jason Stouffer Sarah Stowers Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics Amy and Dan Wilbanks


In Kind Gifts

In Memory of Mrs. Margaret Bedinger Albert Bedinger

Kathryn Allen BarberMcMurry Architecture ESK Parents Association Kline Building Group Deb Hardison Design Diana and Bob Samples Shoffner Mechanical Sarah and Oliver Smith April and Jason Stouffer Jeannine and Michael Wehrenberg

In Memory of Ethel Bruner Susie and Paul Siler In Memory of Terry Cooley Charles Hamilton George Mason University Melissa Kennedy Steven Addonizio Col. Alice Alderman Capital Antenna Co., Inc. Jorge Scientific Corp Julia Morelli Quality Waste Solutions, LLC Elizabeth Rawlings TaTarus Gymnastics John Boike In Memory of Ronnie Hoover Mt. Tabor C.P. Church In Memory of Joseph Restaino Alan Rutenberg and Pat Brake In Memory of George Sampson Joe Haskins Mary and Bill Walker Susan and Arthur Seymour In Honor of Aiden and Alexis Lori Asbury In Honor of The Clem Family Jennifer and Keith Goforth In Honor of Dr. Paul B. Googe Knoxville Dermatopatholoy In Honor of Nancy Laurence The Clem Family In Honor of Lowry and Jane Kline Catherine, Sarah Jane, and Andy Kline In Honor of Jay Secor Mark Housel Jefferson Robinson In Honor of Sarah Smith Anonymous Donor In Honor of Sarah Stowers Anonymous Donor In Honor of Harrison Stuart CR Secor

Glossary of Giving Annual Fund Gifts are gifts that support the current year’s budget. They help fund salaries, enrichment activities, library acquisitions, building and grounds maintenance, continuing education, scholarship, and more. Capital Gifts become part of the school’s assets. They fund construction, significant renovations, major durable equipment purchases or become endowments to fund scholarship and other longer term needs. Endowment a permanent fund invested to produce income to meet day to day needs of the school or address special needs as they arise. In Kind Gifts Include tangible items such as equipment, art, antiques, coins, real estate or other items that might be used for converted into cash for the school. Other examples might include essential professional services. Matching Gifts Many employers and foundations will match on a dollar for dollar basis the gifts their employees, retirees, and directors make to worthwhile causes such as education. Many gifts to The Episcopal School of Knoxville can be doubled in value when donors remember to take advantage of matching gift opportunities. Unrestricted/ Restricted Gifts Your gift to school can be restricted to a defined budgetary need such as library books, faculty enrichment, or you make leave your gift unrestricted and allow the administration the direction to apply it as needed to meet defined priorities. esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

letter Dear Episcopal Parents and Friends,


hank you for reading our Fall Scribe. I hope you are as proud as I am of our many accomplishments during our 2009-10 academic year. I encourage you to come to campus for a tour, to attend morning chapel, and to learn more about how ESK is different and is continuing to make a difference both in and outside the classroom. I am confident in stating that ESK has made a difference in each child here, whether on the playing field or in the classroom, in our community or in ways that reach other countries. Not only do the girls and boys serve at ESK, our outstanding faculty and staff strive daily to make our students stand out among their peers. The new technology is becoming a part of the students’ daily learning. Foreign language broadens students’ knowledge of other cultures, and the arts continue to ignite their creative minds. I look forward to seeing you on our campus and want you to see first hand how the ESK students are making a difference. My best, Jay Secor


esk scribe|fall/winter 2010

scrIbe 2010 FALL|WINTER

is a publication of The Episcopal School of Knoxville 950 Episcopal School Way Knoxville, TN 37932 865.777.9032

Editorial + Photography Kelly Norrell Design + Production Deb Hardison Production Assistance Elaine Erickson Alice Smith copyright 2010 all rights reserved

The Episcopal School of Knoxville does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and other programs.

esk scribe|fall/winter 2010


9 5 0 e p i s c o pa l s c h o o l wa y k n o x v i l l e t n 3 7 9 3 2

8 6 5 . 7 7 7. 9 0 3 2 w w w. e s k n o x v i l l e .o r g

2010-2011 Board of Trustees :: Ms. Lori Asbury, Rev. Stephen Askew, Mrs. Kelly Baker, Dr. Paul Banick; Mr. Scott Batey, Mr. Brad Bower - Treasurer, Mrs. Jacque Clem, Mrs. Karen Gilbertson, Dr. Charles Gouffon, Mr. Blair Kline - President, Mr. Andy Lorenz, Vice President, Mr. John Mayo - Bishop’s Representative, Mrs. Lynn Dryzer - Parents’ Association Representative, Dr. Mitch Martin, Mr. Bob Parrott - Vice President, Mrs. Amy Schumaker - Secretary, Mr. Jay Secor Headmaster, Mrs. Susie Siler, Mr. Raj Sood, Mrs. Sarah Smith, Mrs. April Stouffer, Mrs. Sarah Stowers.

Scribe Fall 2010  

The Magazine for The Episcopal School of Knoxville