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Football’s Home Opener


Our high school football team will host the Grace Christian Academy Rams in tomorrow night’s home opener at 7:30 p.m. on TKA’s Huskey Field. Admission prices are $7.00 per person.

There will be two entrances set up for home games again this season. The entrance under the archway in the wall will be for those who already have tickets. The “ticket gate” entrance will be set up in the Stokely Gym parking lot as in the past. Go to this gate if you need to purchase tickets.

Full concessions will be available during the game as well: hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, assorted chips & candy bars. Restrooms are located inside the McKinley Braden Student Life Center, located to the right of the concession stand.

Additionally, former head football coach Larry Watson will be honored before tomorrow night’s game for his years of dedication and service to TKA’s football program.


Priority Parking will now be available for $10 at the home high school football game against Grace Christian Academy Friday evening, August 25.

Priority Parking is assigned to the 48 slots in the new, paved parking lot adjacent to the football field and to the 35 slots in the Stokely Gymnasium parking lot.

For the remaining four home high school football games this season, Vice President of Development Marc Weekly will offer VIP Package pricing for these two lots to include parking and additional incentives. Please contact Mr. Weekly at for more details and pricing.

Free parking remains available in the paved areas around Ashe Cafeteria, the new parking lot adjacent to the Tibbetts building, behind the Anderson/Hasson/Woody Buildings complex, in the lot adjacent to the Ogle Building, and at the Softball Field.

NASA approves King’s Academy’s campus as an official total eclipse viewing site for the public!

We are excited to announce that The King’s Academy (TKA) campus has been endorsed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the only Official NASA Event Site in the local East Tennessee area still open to the general public.

“TKA’s Glimpse at the Eclipse” viewing celebration occurs on Monday, August 21, 2017, from noon to 3:00 pm. The event is located on the school’s campus at 202 Smothers Road in Seymour, an approximately 15 minute drive from downtown Knoxville. Solar eclipse darkness totality at this location is 99.8 percent at maximum, occurring at 2:34 pm.

Activities are free of charge to all attendees. Official viewing safety glasses will be supplied to the first 1,000 arrivers. Hands-on educational activities, fun craft assembly booths, safe-viewing projector construction, live music, and a focal program will all occur leading up to the actual eclipse occurrence. Space-themed snacks, beverages, and souvenirs will also be for sale throughout the event.

Become Positive: Principles from the Principal

Henry B. Eyring said, “We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.” Do we really do that? I’m afraid we often do. A constant dose of negative can “program” us if we aren’t careful. A good antidote is to control our input—read good material, listen to positive, encouraging messages, and hang out with positive people.

A positive attitude isn’t the default. It has to be developed.

LeRoy Beam, EdD


“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” Zig Ziglar

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Influence: Principles from the Principal

Wednesday was George Washington’s 285th birthday. Today representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the Academy with a big photo copy of our first President. Washington was a person of great influence. However, he wasn’t nearly as influential in my life as my parents. My Dad turned 90 in December and my Mom will be 90 on Sunday. I often find myself quoting them and understanding the value of their influence. They inspired a work ethic in me and a deep compassion for others that have made a major difference in my life.

Too often, we tend to confuse influence with power and fame. The truth is, though, that the great leaders of history almost never credit a famous person as a major influence in their lives. Most of the time, they will point to their mother or father…or a teacher. Never underestimate the impact you may have on other people, especially young people….our future.

LeRoy Beam, EdD


“In most cases, those who want power probably shouldn’t have it, those who enjoy it probably do so for the wrong reasons, and those who want most to hold on to it don’t understand that it’s only temporary.” – John C. Maxwell: Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others

Kaiyi Jiang Named Finalist for the Dongrun-Yao Science Award

On September 14, 2016, The King’s Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) held its first meeting of the 2016-17 school year. The guest speaker for the September meeting was The King’s Academy’s very own NHS president, Kaiyi Jiang. Kaiyi was appointed president because he is the senior NHS member with the highest GPA. However, this is not why he was chosen to be the inaugural speaker for the 2016-2017 school year. Kaiyi was chosen because of the significant contributions he is making in the field of science.

Following Kaiyi’s return to TKA this fall, he submitted original research he had completed over the summer to be considered for the  Dongrun-Yao Science Award. This competition, based in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, encourages innovative scientific research by high school and middle school students. Kaiyi was able to show evidence of  reversing the chemotherapeutic resistance in the breast cancer cell line MCF7R. He was selected as a semi-finalists to present his research to the Dongrun – Yao Science Award committee in Beijing on October 29, 2016. Kaiyi made it past the semi-finalist round and traveled back to China to present again in December where he was named a finalist in the competition.

Kaiyi exemplifies the core values of the National Honor Society. The King’s Academy faculty, staff and administration are excited and proud of the work Kaiyi is continuing to do to better the world we live in. We wish him all the luck as he advances further along in his research and educational endeavors.

Victim or Victor?: Principles from the Principal

Do you know people who are always playing the “victim” card? Do you invite them over for dinner, enjoy hanging out with them or would you rather spend time with those who are victors? What causes someone to feel “picked on” all the time? Why do they choose to feel that way? Maybe, it’s because they can’t deal with the alternative. Tom Clancy, in The Hunt for Red October, wrote, “Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one’s own governing philosophy.” If we allow ourselves to be victims, we will never be able to recognize those characteristics that may be limiting our potential.

Be reminded, we are made victorious though Christ! IJohn 5:4-5, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God””

LeRoy Beam

“Self pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” – John Gardner

Weeds or Grass: Principles from the Principal

I had a beautiful Bermuda grass lawn at my home in Oklahoma. I sprayed my lawn with a pre-emergent combination designed to get rid of weeds and help the Bermuda to thrive. Weeds have the tendency to grow much faster than the Bermuda because they don’t need any help! They will grow anywhere and will thrive even in the harshest conditions. On the other hand, if Bermuda grass is going to flourish, it has to be watered and fertilized.

I’ve found that life is like that. Bad habits, negative attitudes, and a critical and judgmental spirit will flourish under almost any circumstances. Generosity, compassion, humility, loyalty, and tolerance require some attention. If our lives are going to add value to the lives of others, we need regular doses of water and fertilizer—–like scripture, inspirational messages, good books, positive friendships/relationships, devoted prayer time, and maybe even a good sermon ever so often.

LeRoy Beam, EdD
The King’s Academy

“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.” – Miguel Ruiz

Pumpkins and Cookies Make Learning Fun for Second Grade

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TKA second grade teachers Kari Polk and Amanda Russell are using creative methods of teaching their students to make learning fun and effective! In the month of October, the students completed a pumpkin book report project and made cookies in class.

Pumpkin book reports were completed in early October. Each student selected a character from a book and decorated a pumpkin to resemble the character. They also completed a book report worksheet about the book and then presented their report orally to the class.

Later in October, when the students were learning about measurements, they made Cake Batter No Bake Cookies in class. Students took turns adding ingredients using measuring spoons and measuring cups as they read the recipe instructions. Eating them later was a real treat!

“Our goal is to make learning fun,” said Kari Polk.  “Hopefully students will  develop a love for learning, which will continue throughout their lives.”

Meyer Hatchery Helps Expand TKA Farm to Table Program

meyers-hatchery-thank-youchicks-from-meyers-hatcheryCongratulations!  It’s a girl!  Well, 26 girls to be exact! Wednesday, October 19 TKA’s Farm to Cafeteria program received 26 pullets from Meyer Hatchery of Polk, Ohio.  The Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Australorps, and Buff Orpingtons arrived and were placed in their new home by some of our intermediate students.  We are grateful for the generous support of our friends at Meyer Hatchery!