News from CAK
The CAK campus is BUZZING once again! While following all the Knox County Health Department Guidelines for safety, our athletes are now practicing, summer camps are now in full swing, and CAK's leadership is currently planning and anticipating returning to campus in person this fall!
Please watch the following message from Head of School Rich Fulford:
CAK's leadership is planning and learning about safety protocols and best practices. Our maintenance and cleaning teams are in training regarding extra steps to take during COVID-19. Our school nurse is working with local and state health officials on best practices. SAGE Dining is in national training about the very latest guidance for food safety precautions.
We are excited and hopeful about this fall, which includes welcoming over 80 brand new students to our school! Praise the Lord!
Please save the date - our next All Campus Prayer Walk will take place on July 8. More details will be coming out soon. Many additional events are also being planned. See the full list HERE (and check back for updates).
Please note, before coming to campus this summer, we need to follow these guidelines to ensure our COVID risk remains low, and we can continue to meet in person:
- First, bring a mask. These need to be worn when 6' of separation cannot be guaranteed.
- We have plenty of hand sanitizer available and encourage frequent hand washing.
- If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, please do NOT return to campus until speaking with your building receptionist or coach:
- Are you or anyone in your household currently awaiting the results of COVID 19 testing?
- Within the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household traveled to any foreign country or COVID-19 hot spot?
- Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
- Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
- Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? Take your temperature prior to coming to campus. If it is greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, do not come to campus. We do have touchless thermometers available as needed.
God is going great things at CAK! We hope to see you soon!
At the beginning of the 2019 school year, Monica Beaumont began with an excitement that only a new teacher can feel when returning home. You see, Ms. Beaumont is an alumnus of CAK, and she accepted a position teaching 5th grade Social Studies in the very school where she spent her youth.
“As once a student and now a teacher at CAK, I can tell you that CAK fully prepared me for life after high school academically and spiritually.”
'This school is like one big supportive, loving family'
And she had no idea how much she’d need that family this year. No one could have foreseen COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic, closing schools nation-wide late in the school year. But CAK did not “close,” instead, young Warriors continued learning remotely. And Ms. Beaumont was learning right alongside them.
“Right before we left for Spring Break, unknowing what the future might hold, I shared a special moment with my students: I had just returned from speaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that day, and we had one big group hug before leaving for dismissal. I honestly told them that I do not know what is going to happen or when we might see each other again, we held each other and prayed. We “popcorn” prayed in which each student can pray out loud if they wished. Every single one of them prayed for health (for their family and others) and that we see each other again soon. I held that moment close to my heart during those last few months of the school year.”
Maintaining a connection with her class during distance learning was important.
“Growth academically and spiritually continued even though it seemed like the world was shutting down. The technology, resources, and connections are bountiful in this school. I know I was thankful as a student to have attended here, so much so that I chose to return!”
Monica was thankful for the connections made while a student at CAK. After graduating from UTK with her teaching degrees, returning to teach at CAK was her heart’s desire and 5th grade was the perfect fit. “5th grade is my favorite grade, I love everything about it from the students to the content. At this age, they are independent enough to do a little more complex experiments but also young enough to still like silly books about what we are learning.”
The smaller class sizes and the freedom of teaching at a private school were a distinct advantage to Monica. “I can spend so much one on one time with each student to meet their specific needs. This also helps me to build a great student to teacher relationship that is unmatched in large class sizes. I love that I can share and discuss my faith with my students. I also love that I can be there for them during their walk with Jesus.”
At Christian Academy of Knoxville, our students have continued to learn and be connected to their own teachers during this strange time of social distancing. Yet, there are still many things about being physically present with one another each day that we all miss. The following is a Facebook post submitted by Ms. Hannah Seaver, CAK art teacher.
Just a few things I miss ...
- In-person Chapel every Thursday morning (we now have it ONLINE)
- “Fixing” the pencil sharpener (you just have to dump the shavings most of the time)
- Peeling the paper off crayons to make sure we use the whole thing
- Hanging up new art in the locker bay
- My group of high school girls that stands around my desk every morning before the bell rings
- Plugging in the Christmas lights and lava lamps in my classroom
- Teaching “paintbrush etiquette”
- Wednesday morning hallway duty
- Tater tot day ...and then smelling like tater tots all day
- Also taco day
- Starting class with prayer
- Sandra Welshan busting into my room to tell me something that probably could’ve waited until after class (and vice versa)
- Accidentally getting paint on my clothes and it never coming out
- The kids getting mad at me for singing while they work
- Having to leave my house even earlier (6:30am) to get my laptop charger from the middle school to take to the high school because I forgot it the night before
- My classroom closet full of infinite amounts of art supplies
- My coworkers
- Going past the big cross on campus when I run
- The smell of new crayons
- Intercom announcements from Mrs. Earl
- Students burning things in the Panini press at lunch
- Carpet time
- Watering my very dead desk plant
- Writing blue slips/golden tickets
- Getting to say “bye” to all the kids on Tuesday blacktop duty
- Being asked for a pencil
The look on a child’s face when they finish something, and they are really proud of it
- Hearing worship band practice after school
- Surprises from the WPA
- Sidewalk chalk and shaving cream
- Listening to the kids trying to explain a joke, but it just ends up being them laughing
- Students asking where the Sharpies are even though they’ve been in the same place for the last two years
- Watching the sunrise/sunset on my way down Dutchtown Road
- Having my hands stained with whatever we worked with that day
- Being greeted by Mrs. Campbell and the rest of the office squad after my high school class
- Booking it over to unlock the locker room for practice after school to beat high school campus traffic
- Being bombarded at the snack cart at break
- Playing pick up games of red-rover at recess
- Making coffee and never getting to actually drink it because I got busy
- High fives and student smiles in between classes
It's all these little things, and more, that add up to make the culture of CAK. We miss you, Warriors. We can't wait to see you in person on our campus again!