To Our KCHS Community,

Have you ever been left out or excluded?  As the youngest of four siblings always trying to keep up with my older brother and sisters, I can assure you that I know this feeling well.  During this year, as we continue to focus our efforts on enriching our culture of kindness, I want to reflect for just a moment on today’s reading from St. Paul who was talking to the Ephesians about this very question. As pagans and gentiles, St. Paul reminds the Ephesians that they use to be excluded because they were not considered to be people of God. But now, he says, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, no one is excluded, no one is left out.  High school can sometimes be a tough place to find your way for many reasons, and this can leave students feeling like the Ephesians did – left out.  Please pray for all of those students who might be feeling that way, and for those students who are thriving, that they me be instruments of kindness to those who are most in need.

Much is happening is our school community as we approach November.  This week’s email includes information on our KCHS Open House, our 2nd Annual Raffle/Calendar Sale, Supplemental Tuition Assistance for Catholic and Non-Catholic families for the 2019-2020 school year, Parent-Teacher Conferences, a Trivia Night Wrap-Up, TSSAA Regional News for next year for all sports, and kudos for both Volleyball and Girls’ Soccer.

2nd Annual Raffle/ Calendar News: Once again, our school and diocese will be participating in a state approved Raffle, where students will be encouraged to sell raffle tickets (with a calendar) to raise money for each school and for the neediest of Catholic families in our diocese for tuition assistance. Each Raffle Ticket/Calendar is $36.50 or 3 for $100.  Last year, Knoxville Catholic High School sold over 1500 calendars, more than any other school in our diocese. Additionally, last year we had 71 winners from our community who won just over $10,000 in cash from purchasing a raffle/calendar.  Our goal for this year is to sell 1800 as a school.  We have the following incentives for our students:

  • 3 Raffle/Calendars Sold = Out of Uniform for exams for both semesters
  • 6 Raffle/Calendars Sold = I extra excused absence (can be used either semester)
  • 12 Raffle/Calendars Sold = 2 extra excused absence (can be used either semester)
  • Additionally, the top 2 A block classes that sell the most per student will receive a free Waffle House breakfast during a selected school day.

KCHS Open House – is this Sunday at 2 p.m.  For interested new families, this day is great opportunity to meet so many of the people that make Knoxville Catholic the place that it is.  Please help us spread the good news with your friends and neighbors.

PSAT reminder– just a quick reminder, no late arrival tomorrow. Students (especially juniors) should go to bed early tonight and eat a good breakfast and pray hard :). Dismissal is 12 noon. Good luck to all of our students and seniors – enjoy the day off!

Applying for Tuition Assistance for 2019-2020: for Catholic families, the process has begun and the deadline for applying is November 30.  For Non-Catholic families, the application process will begin November 1. Parents will need to complete a Supplemental Tuition Assistance Intent to Apply Form as well as complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application which will be found on our school’s web site beginning November 1. We will post a link to this in next week’s email.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: are this Friday from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m. We hope to see you here!

1st Annual Campus Ministry Trivia Night – last Friday was a huge success. Over 150 folks turned out and it appeared to be a fun time for all. Totals are still being calculated, but it appears that almost $3,000 was raised to help support our Campus Ministry efforts. Special thanks to Fr. Christopher and Ms. Sanok for their hard work in making this night happen.

TSSAA Classification for ’19-’20 – Yesterday, Jason Surlas and I attended a meeting in Nashville among other large D2 schools to look at classification for next year. The results are as follows –

Non-Football Sports (4 schools per gender)

  • Baylor (Chattanooga)
  • Chattanooga Christian (Chattanooga)
  • GPS (girls only) (Chattanooga
  • Knoxvile Catholic
  • MCallie (boys only) (Chattanooga)

Football (6 Schools)

  • Baylor (Chattanooga)
  • Brentwood Academy (Nashville)
  • Ensworth (Nashville)
  • Father Ryan (Nashville)
  • Knoxville Catholic
  • McCallie (Chattanooga)

This week in Athletics:

  • Cross Country: Thursday, October 25th:  Region Cross Country Championships at Victor Ashe Park – Girls 9:00am, Boys 9:40am
  • Football: Friday, October 26th: At Lenoir City HS – 7:30pm
  • Volleyball: Congratulations to the Lady Irish Volleyball Team on a great showing at the state tournament, and a terrific season. They finished runner-up in             the state in Class AA, as well as District and Region Champions.
  • Girls Soccer: Congratulations to the Lady Irish Soccer Team on a great season this year. They finished as District and Region Champions.

Bidding Farewell – Diannah Miller, who has been our Director of Development for the last 13 years has decided to take a similar job at the University of Tennessee.  This is a good move for her and we are happy for Diannah and wish her all the best in her new endeavor – she will be missed.  Her last day with us will be November 1.  With that said, we are currently accepting applications for the position of Associate Director of Advancement. Interested applicants should send in a resume and a cover letter to Joni Punch at

Halo House – please don’t forget to use the link below for your Holiday or everyday shopping to benefit KCHS.  A rebate from every purchase will come to Knoxville Catholic when you go through this site. Thanks a bunch!

Hope you have a great week – Go Irish!

God Bless,

Dickie Sompayrac