Outstanding work cited for Bartlett’s Regional Principal of Year honor

Farragut High School principal Dr. John Bartlett recently was honored by Tennessee Association for Secondary School Principals as regional Principal of the Year for his outstanding work.

Bartlett joins Cedar Bluff

Middle School assistant principal Jeff Castleberry in being honored, as Castleberry was named regional Assistant Principal of the Year.

They will advance to the state awards, which are scheduled to be announced later this month. Those winners then will advance for the national award, which will be announced in October.

“Obviously it’s an honor and very humbling,” Bartlett said about receiving the award; but he was quick to credit the work of his assistant principals, teachers and support staff.

“So while this is an honor for me, this is a school award,” he added. “It’s for the whole school. It’s for the achievements everyone has done.

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World Cultures Night set at FHS

Farragut High School Spanish teacher Allison Maldonado (seated center), with FHS senior Ana Laurenti, seated left; FHS junior Safa Ahmed, seated right; and standing, from left, are sophomores Vrinda Rana and Abigail King and junior Reva Bagi. They had a fun moment in between planning for FHS’s World Language Department-sponsored World Culture Night, which will take place on Thursday, March 5, in FHS Commons. The event is free and open to all Knox County students and their families.
Marking World Cultures Night at Farragut High School has been a dream of FIS Spanish teacher Allison Maldonado.

“It has been my dream for 10 years to get all the students, the community and teachers together,” she said.

To kick off that dream, she and her students have organized the second FHS World Language Department-sponsored World Cultures Night, free for all Knox County Schools students and their parents, starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the Commons of Farragut High School, 11237 Kingston Pike.

“We have a diverse population of students who are from all over the world, either first generation or they were born in another country,” Maldonado said, adding in one of her classes alone she has students from China, Pakistan and Brazil.

Since a World Cultures Night, held in 2017, was such a success, “we want to make it an annual event or a semi-annual event,” she said. “The last time we had 350 people attend. We expect even bigger numbers this time.”

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James, Sophia top two SJNCS spellers at Bee

James Long, champion of St. John Neumann Catholic School spelling bee, is joined by runner-up Sophia Collins after the competition Tuesday, Jan. 28.
After going about 20 rounds, St. John Neumann Catholic School eighth-grader James Long won SJNCS’s school-wide spelling bee by correctly spelling “Giza” and “gallium,” at the school Tuesday, Jan. 28.

While surprised at the win, James said he “feels just great, excited.”

The son of Jason and Carol Anne Long and grandson of Kay Long, he will compete in the Scripps National Appalachian Spelling Bee in March at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“I’m hoping I will do well,” James said. “I’m prepared for it.”

Fellow eighth-grader Sophia Collins was close behind, garnering the runner-up title.

“I feel good, but it was funny to be up there (on stage) because my friend was screaming,” she said. Sophia is the daughter of Paul and Lisa Collins and granddaughter of Domingos and Dolores Teixeira and Paul and Carol Collins.

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Distinguished Finalist honors at state go to Chen, FHS senior

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, recently recognized Forest Chen, a Farragut High School senior, as one of six Tennessee students earning Distinguished Finalists honors for their impressive

community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

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College honors for Farragut students told

Four Farragut college students — Grace Sommi, Jane Foncea, Kaci Deakins and Ellie Fussell — were named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade-point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework.

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‘Funtastic Field Day’ at FPS featuring K-12 youth March 1

For the second year in a row, Farragut Primary School will be the site of an all-inclusive “Funtastic Field Day” from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 1.

The event is intended for

students from kindergarten through 12th grade, with and without disabilities, according to organizers.

“This event is for all children and their families regardless of ability,” said Lindsay Willis, who last year served as FPS Parent Teacher Association special education liaison when FPS hosted the event for the first time, but who now fills the role of special education chair for Knox County Council Parent Teacher Association. “Our goal is to promote inclusion and show teachers and families that it is possible.

“Knox County has been so great to help us spread the word to all of the schools countywide; flyers went in all backpacks recently.”

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