Catholic Schools Office


The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Knoxville prepare SCHOLARS, LEADERS, and SAINTS.




Empowered by the Holy Spirit and recognizing the vital ministry of Catholic education to the future of the Church and nation, we will provide a learning environment that emphasizes quality education and spiritual growth for all.

Core Values

Catholic Identity

Our schools are family-centered communities where all decisions, traditions, and teachings originate from our membership in the Catholic Church and are visible as we serve, pray, encourage, and support each other.  We collaborate and problem-solve in positive ways while respecting the views and needs of others. 

Service to God & Others

Our schools serve God by placing our personal needs second to the service of others.  We believe that work has dignity and contributes to the community.

Dignity of Individual Persons

Our schools believe that God created each person with dignity and love.  We believe that this         God-given life should be supported and cared for from conception to natural death.

Honor & Integrity

Our schools are open, honest, and trustworthy.  We seek to be fair and loyal to our calling, to those we serve, and to those who serve us.  We seek to overlook the faults of others and continue to strive to love them as our Lord has asked.


Our schools strive to do the very best in all endeavors.  We prepare, support, and assist our students to glorify God and to be successful members of society.



Our schools bring out the best in others through leadership and guidance in a collaborative and community-based environment.  The love of God helps the growth of leadership.


                                       2015-2016 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ ANNUAL REPORT



2016-2017 School Year

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Johnson City
Knoxville Area Schools

2017-2018 School Year


Knoxville Area Schools



Catholic Schools Week  2017

January 29 – February 4, 2017

Letter from Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Family Letter from Bishop Stika (English)                Family Letter from Bishop Stika ( Spanish)



2017-18 Tuition Support Letter-English

2017-18 Tuition Support Letter – Spanish


(Highlights are posted  around the 15th of each month for the previous month’s happenings)

January 2017

Latest News

Notre Dame High School

When we returned from Christmas break we had plenty of activities ahead.

We started with an alumni wrestling recognition at a wrestling tournament. Alumni were recognized by Mr. Valadie.

The students attended an excellent safe driving assembly presented by Nissan/Interactive Thinking. What they thought would be a boring assembly ended up being very interesting and even entertaining.  The students have spoken often of the things they saw and learned. Most have said it was the actual interactive participation that helped them to see and understand so many factors of texting and drinking while driving.

We had several students and faculty attend the March for Life in Washington, DC.

During Catholic Schools Week the students decorated the halls, participated in Minute to Win It activities, dress up days, talent show and ended with the annual dodge ball tournament.  On Friday, the students were able to participate in the Blessing of the Throats.




We are very proud to say that we recognized more than 30 students who have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT.  It is a pleasure to say that 24% of the senior class is in this 30+ Club!!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Congratulations to our top three 5th-8th grade students who competed in the spelling bee in January! They will go on to compete in the city-wide bee on February 9. They are, from left to right: #3 Maddy Lundberg (8), #2 Ian Abannaoag (7), #1 Nick Gass (6). Well done!

First and second grade students celebrated the 100th day of school by wearing special shirts the designed for the occasion, playing games and trying out the 100 cup stacking challenge!



Catholic Schools’ week 2017 at OLPH was jam packed with activities, including reading with student buddies, a celebration of our nation with special prayers for our leaders and a flag ceremony, a science fair, and talent show.





In addition, we expressed our gratitude for our volunteers during a brunch in their honor.


Our Beta Club members organized a Donut Sale during morning drop-off and raised nearly $500 for Catholic Charities.

School families collected over 400 pounds of healthy snack food and decorated bags with cheerful words and images. Students packaged and delivered 400 individual bags for families served by the local Food Bank.



St. Jude School

St. Jude families were reminded that it takes a lot of heart and dedication to run a Catholic School. They offered a special thank you to these behind the scenes faces, members of the St. Jude Parish Council – all work, plan and pray on behalf of our students and families.

The Home and School Association (HASA) hosted a very successful parent meeting on the night of January 25. Pastor, Fr. Charlie Burton provided an insightful update on school finances and tuition. Special guests, Scott Barker with the FBI, and Grace Savage, with CADAS, taught us much about internet safety and illegal drug use. It’s a scary world to parent in today! But together, the family of St. Jude School works to keep our children safe.

Congratulations to the winners of our Spelling Bee who advanced to the next round in our Zone: 1st Place, Luke Smith; 2nd Place, Jobe Tabang; 3rd Place, Amelia Hunt and 4th Place, Samson Lee. It took 19 rounds – way to go Spelling Saints!

It was a great CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – doors were decorated, visits were made, ice cream was eaten, prayers were prayed, parishioners were fed, food for the needy was collected, games were played, teachers were swapped, inspiration was given, and science was FAIRly fun – THANK YOU to everyone who made last week so special!


Knoxville Catholic High School

Junior Guidance Night was presented on January 12. The Guidance Department has invited over 25 guest speakers to campus so that each family can cater the event to their individual family needs with three sessions offered, with various guest speakers in each time slot.  Session speakers included representatives from Vanderbilt, Air Force, West Point Parent, Navy, UTK Athletics, Sewanee, Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, SCAD, University of South Carolina, UTC, Samford University, Centre College, UTK, Maryville College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Tennessee Technological University. Session topics include: ACT/SAT, Implications of Application Deadlines, Health Sciences, Creative Art Schools, Engineering, Financial Aid, Guaranteed Admissions, Highly Selective Private Universities, KCHS Learning Center, the College Application Process, Liberal Arts College, Military Academies, NCAA, Public Honors Colleges, State Financial Aid, Holistic Review, Transferring, Two Year Programs, TN College of Applied Technology, We Survived (Parent session and separate Student Session).

Parent Course Selection meetings were held January 26 at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Parish Hall. Parents attended to gather information regarding the course availabilities for the 2017-2018 school year.

A group of approximately 45 students and chaperones from KCHS attended the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 26-28.

The 6th annual Green & Gold Gala was held on January 28 at Jackson Terminal.  The event was very successful with a great turnout by parents, alumni and KCHS staff.   We would like to extend many thanks to all those who supported the Gala.

KCHS celebrated an awesome Catholic Schools’ Week, with recognition for both students and staff. The student’s had a free out of uniform day, cupcakes at break from IPN, a dress up day, tacky twin day, trivia contests each day, All School Mass and closed the week with an energetic game of dodge ball with staff members. Many thanks to our Irish Parish Network for providing gifts and an outstanding lunch to our faculty and staff, and to the many parents who dropped by special treats throughout the week. All of us are very grateful for your acknowledgement and support of Catholic Schools.

Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Kindergarten celebrating 100 days!







Students from the Sacred Heart Youth Orchestra joined us at 9am mass to kick off Catholic Schools Week.

7th graders dissect chicken legs in science class. This lab is part of SHCS’s famous line up of labs, including dissection of cow eyeballs and extraction of DNA from strawberries!

Our 8th grade students are so blessed to have both Father Joe and Father Arthur teaching their religion classes.  We love having the priests in our classrooms and engaging and sharing with our students!


St. John Neumann Catholic School

Spelling & Geography Bee Winners –

The last couple weeks have been exciting ones at SJNCS as we held our annual spelling and geography bees. Both events were nail biters, and we couldn’t be more proud of the participants and our winners. Congratulations to our SJNCS Spelling Bee champ, Michael Green, and runners-up Sophie Noell and Lila Satterfield. Congratulations to our Geography Bee winner, Paul Liulevicius and runner-up, Patrick Pettinger.  We wish Michael and Paul the best of luck as they continue in Tennessee’s regional competitions in the upcoming months.


Primary School Art Show –

The Town of Farragut hosted an art reception honoring the artwork of Farragut private school students at Farragut Town Hall to view and celebrate our students’ creative artwork. The following SJNCS students’ work was displayed at the event.

Foam Print – Transportation – Grade 1: Lambros Christopoulos, Cal Davis, Reese Drone, Eli Dryjanski, Ryleigh McEnery, Manuel Urquiza

Foam Print – Animal – Grade 2: Mason Crookshanks, Anna DeBusk, Molly Falvey, Kennedy Kimmitt, Ava Mauer, Brady Renfree

Wax Resist/Water Color – Observational Drawing – Grades 1 & 2: Sophia Bentley, Ed Bredehoft, Landon Hall, Cole Halter, Keely Hillesheim, Anderson Perry, Manuel Urquiza

Church Observational Drawing – Pencil – Grades K-2: Kennedy Kimmitt, Reagan Marlowe, Gisele McCabe

Still Life Drawing – Grades 1 & 2: Sophia Bentley, Landon Hall

Wax Resist/Water Color/ Stamp Printing – Grade 3: Elias Bauer, Jamie Bentley



4th Annual Community & Career Fair –

This year’s Community & Career Fair was a tremendous hit thanks to all our volunteers! Students were able to talk to a variety of community members including a fire fighter/EMT, a nurse practitioner, a police officer, a general contractor, a scientist, an engineer, a lawyer, a fundraiser, a web designer, the Sisters of Mercy, a youth director, a physical therapist, an Emmy award winning TV producer and more! Thank you for sharing your time and talents!


6th Grade Science Fair –

The top tier overall winner for this year’s science & engineering fair is Adriana Zablah with her project titled “Why Eating With Your Eyes Can Bump You Up A Shirt Size”. Adriana, along with other classmates, will move on to the regional competition at the University of Tennessee.

St. Joseph School

Sami McLean Wins 2nd Geography Bee of Her Middle School Career – Jan 6th

On Friday afternoon, students in Grades 3-8 gathered in the gym to watch ten 4th-8th Graders compete in the annual National Geographic Bee.  After slugging it out for numerous rounds, the field was narrowed to two 8th Grade finalists: Sami McLean and Keeley Wade.  Hawaii, Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Panama – still the finalists were at a stalemate.  Finally the winning question:  The Bab el Maneb, a straight between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, connects the Gulf of Aden to which body of water?  Sami’s answer: “the Red Sea” – victory at last!  Sami, who was also the school champ in her 6th Grade year, credits her knowledge of that region of the world from her study of the Exodus narrative throughout her career at Saint Joseph School.  Congratulations to Sami, Keeley, and all the contestants!

Father/Daughter Dance – Jan 21st

Following our theme for the school year of HEROES, our Dads and Daughters came to superhero headquarters for our annual Father/Daughter Dance.  Each duo made sure to protect their secret identities with appropriate costumes.  The night included crime-fighting games and super photo shoots, a la Peter Parker and Jimmy Olsen.  What a great event to showcase the important role our fathers play as HEROES in the lives of their daughters!

100th Day of School – Jan 23rd

Students in Grades PK-2nd celebrated the 100th Day of School with projects, presentations, hats, and of course, ice cream!  Special thanks to the many parent volunteers who helped make it a special day for our students.

8th Grade Night – Jan 26th

Our Bulldog Basketball teams took on the TN School for the Deaf on Thu, Jan 26th.  Thanks to some great teamwork, awesome coaching, superior cheerleading, and amazing fan support, both our Varsity squads were victorious!  In between the games, our 8th Grade athletes and their parents were honored and recognized for the leadership.  Special thanks to our many parent volunteers for their help in honoring our Bulldog athletes!

Scarves for School Choice – Jan 27th

Wouldn’t it be great if the property taxes we paid could offset tuition costs?  What if all or some of the $9,098.00 Knox County allocates per pupil could be taken by parents to the school of their choice?  January 27th brought an end to National School Choice Week, an event put on by a national school choice lobby to make citizens aware of the possibilities for school choice in each state.  While the issue is complicated and often politicized – and while no state has a perfect system, the concept certainly has practical merit.  Our PreK and Kindergarten students brought home scarves for school choice as a reminder of those possibilities!

SJS Admissions Open House – Jan 29th

We posed this question to our families:  Why doesn’t that family that sits next to you at Mass on Sundays send their kids to Saint Joseph School?  Who knows until you ask them?  Thank you to all our parents who helped tour prospective families or spread the word about Saint Joseph School for our Open House.  12 Families came to our Open House with 14 Prospective Students at 6 different grade levels.

Haiti Service Project: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:9Jan 30th

YES!  In partnership with the Haiti Committee from Immaculate Conception Church, our students brought in over $1200 of spare change throughout Catholic Schools’ Week to help the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  In October, our students were visited by Father Beliziaer, the Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Church in Fond des Blancs, Haiti.  Father Beliziaer celebrated Mass and answered questions about what life was like for the Catholic school children he serves.  Thank you to our community for teaching our students the Catholic Social Justice Teaching of Solidarity: standing with our neighbors on a global scale and working for their good!

St. Mary's School - Oak Ridge

St. Mary’s School hosted the TORCH Book Signing on January 4th. The book, Carley’s Project, is the 3rd book in the Carley series put out by Trinity Out-Reach Center of Hope (TORCH).  Sheila Michel, TORCH founder & Board Chair, authored the book.  We are proud of the efforts of local students that contributed to this project.  Congratulations to St. Mary’s Students JT Gormley -Front Cover Illustration and to Lilligrace Langenberg – Dedication Page Illustration.

Congratulations to Genevieve Robinson. She entered the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest and took first place at the Local Post level. She recently learned that her essay took first place in the State of Tennessee! Now her essay moves on the National level where she will be competing with 51 other students. Congratulations, Genevieve, and good luck at the National level!


We are proud of our students who competed in the St. Mary’s School Spelling Bee! Those who competed were: 5thgrade – Caleb Beauchamp, Ilse Dale, Cooper Delamain, Victoria Corbett, Breea Schoenthaler. 6th grade – Emma Tripp, Ian Hubbard, Brock Schoenthaler, Sophie Sherlock, 7th grade – Genevieve Robinson, Sophie Chou, Karina Dale, Joyce Ann Urban, 8th grade – Bri Milne, Evyn Wolfe, Seth Lange, and Molly Deinhart. Our school winners are: 1st place – Genevieve Robinson, 2nd place – Sophie Chou, and 3rd place – Bri Milne. Congratulations to all of these students!

Thank you to our 7th grade parents for a beautiful and delicious breakfast at our After Mass Reception on January 19th. It is so good for our students and parishioners to get to know one another!

WBIR TV recently visited our Chess Club after school to film a story about our team and upcoming chess competitions.  Thank you, Chess Club, for your hard work!


Congratulations to Elliott Barnes, Connor Tripp, Brock Schoenthaler, and Breea Schoenthaler, who participated in the Mini Mu Math Competition held at Oak Ridge High School .   Elliott took 1st place in mental math, 1st place in the individual test, 1st place in the cyphering test, and 2nd place in speed math in the 7th grade division. Connor Tripp received 2nd place in mental math, 2nd place in cyphering, 3rd place in speed math, and 3rd place in individual math in the 7th grade division. Brock Schoenthaler took 2ndplace in mental math, 2nd place in speed math, and 3rd place in the cyphering test in the 6th grade division. Breea Schoenthaler won 2nd place in the cyphering test and 3rd place in the individual math test in the 5th grade division. Breea’s group took second place in the poster contest and Brock’s group took 3rd place in the poster contest.

St. Mary’s 3rd grade students made 11 blankets for Project Linus as a service project.  Project Linus has been around for 20 years and in East Tennessee for 15 years.    The blankets have a good chance of being taking to kids who lost everything in the Gatlinburg fires.   Father Dustin blessed the blankets and the people who receive them.  Mrs. Deb Miller was thrilled to receive the blankets.  The 3rd grade class is hoping to expand the service project next year.

The 5th grade class has just completed a unit of study on the Roaring 20’s.  For one assignment, students were asked to choose a photo to impersonate, collect a costume and props to pose for the “Photo Replica Project”.

One fifth-grader, Caleb Beauchamp, brought in a glove worn by his Great-Grandfather when he played Babe Ruth. Caleb’s Grandfather also wore it when he played for the St Louis Cardinals. All the children were very impressed and enjoyed viewing it up close behind the glass, commenting on little details they noticed.

Catholic Schools Week was another exciting week at St. Mary’s School!                           Students participated in cleaning the church, ice cream social, Science Show by Dr. Al Hazari, (retired Director of Labs and Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Blue & White Spirit Day, Bowling, 8th grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game and Faith Rally.  We are blessed to be a part of an amazing Catholic Parish and School community!


St. Dominic School

Annual SDCS Spelling Bee

   Congratulations to all who competed at a personal best level in our spelling bee.  It was great to watch our students take pride in their participation and in the participation of their peers.  The last person standing, the winner of this year’s Saint Dominic School spelling bee was fifth grader Sachin Poobalasingham. That name may sound familiar to you. This was Sachin’s third consecutive win. It is a testament to the way Sachin prepares, the way he competes, and his passion for spelling. If you look at our spelling bee plaque, you’ll notice the Poobalasingham name for five consecutive years. Prior to Sachin winning in 2015, his sister Sonali, won for two years. In the history of SDCS, only one other family has won five consecutive years. That is the Wang family (Joseph and Christine; 1973 to 1977).
Moon Phases: Oreo Lab 

SDCS first graders use Oreo cookies to learn about the phases of the moon.

Fossil Dig

Dr. Carr’s 3rd grade class excavates “fossils” from a model of sedimentary rock.

Bristol Cavern Field Trip 


SDCS students visited one of the oldest and most beautiful attractions in northeast Tennessee.  Students spent the day winding through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.

St. Mary's School - Johnson City

St. Mary’s School, Johnson City was invited to sing for the opening of the ETSU basketball game on Thursday, January 12th.    Our Chorus performed under the direction of Ann Lavender, our music teacher.

Kindergarten – third grade attend the play “Moon Mouse/A Space Odyssey” at the Nyswonger Performing Art Center in Greeneville, Tennessee on Friday, December 13th.

Our 8th graders are buddies with our kindergartners; they have a mentoring time on Mondays at 12:30 each week.   The 8th graders sit with the kindergartners during our Mass on Wednesday mornings to help mentor our Catholic faith.    They also adopted a family at Christmas with their kindergartners.   They form a close bond with their kindergartners that last long after they leave St. Mary’s School.