A personal note from Sally Absher

  I have decided to take a sabbatical from writing/reporting for The Focus. As many of you know, I am a consulting geologist during the day, and cover education issues in my spare time – but the demands of my “day job” have increased measurably and consumed me for the past eight months. I need […]

The Chalk Board for August 22, 2016

By Sally Absher     ACT Retake Offered The Tennessee Department of Education is offering a statewide ACT Senior Retake Opportunity that provides every eligible high school senior, meaning any public school student who took the ACT as a junior, the ability to retake the ACT free of charge on Saturday, Oct. 22, regardless of […]

Baby It’s Hot Outside

By Sally Absher Knox County experienced unusually warm weather during the first two weeks of school this year (or maybe KCS is just starting school in the middle of the summer now). Either way, a number of area students and parents are hot under the collar about Board of Education Policy J-260, Dress Code. What […]

The Chalk Board for August 15, 2016

By Sally Absher Inskip Elementary Students Receive School Supplies Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s North Knoxville Branch delivered school supplies to Inskip Elementary School to make sure all students have the proper supplies to have a productive and educational school year.  This is the second year the credit union has assisted Inskip Elementary with supplies for […]

RTI2 Comes to KCS High Schools

By Sally Absher   Knox County high school students returned to school this fall to find their schedule has been revised to accommodate something called “RTI2.” This year marks the final phase of the implementation of RTI, the education framework used across the country to identify students’ academic needs early in their educational career. In […]

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

The Chalk Board for August 8. 2016

By Sally Absher Welcome Back Students! A hearty “Welcome back” to Knox County students and their families! We hope you (or your parents) will make a habit of reading the Chalk Board column in the weekly Knoxville Focus paper – either the print version that comes out on Mondays, or the online version available at […]

The Buzz from Buzz: July Edition

By Sally Absher   A few weeks ago, The Focus had an opportunity to spend a few minutes chatting with Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas. We talked about the new school year, administrative appointments, and some announced and rumored changes in Central Office staff. Thomas plans to continue the tradition of visiting schools across the district […]

The Chalk Board for August 1, 2016

By Sally Absher It’s School Time in Tennessee! A hearty “Welcome back” to all of Knox County’s wonderful teachers and school administrators as you return to school this week! We wish you the very best for the 2016-2017 school year! Check The Focus often for news and updates you may not find in the other […]

The Chalk Board for July 25

The Chalk Board for July 25

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knoxville’s Summer Interns Create Mosaic in Honor of Zaevion Dobson High school and college students participating in the City of Knoxville’s Summer in the City internship program have created a mosaic in honor of Zaevion Dobson, the 15-year-old Fulton High School student who was tragically killed in December 2015. The 26 […]

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