West Valley dance team earns top honors

Josh FloryOur Town Kids, Our Town Teens

The pandemic may have changed the format, but it couldn’t stop the West Valley Middle School dance team from earning two national championships this spring.


Dancers at West Valley took top honors in both the Jazz and Pom categories of the Universal Dance Association’s virtual competition last month.

The event marked the first time that West Valley has won two national championships in a single year, and it also highlighted the success of a related program. Many dancers at West Valley go on to attend Bearden High School, which also won championships in Large Varsity Pom and Large Varsity Game Day at this year’s virtual competition.

KCS Offers Free, Online ACT Prep Course

Knox County Schools will offer a free, online ACT Preparatory Course this summer to help students prepare for the July 17 ACT test.

Rising 11th- and 12th-grade students may register for this five-week course, which will be held June 14 – July 16. Registrations is now open here and will close at noon on Sunday, June 6. Please see the parent letter here and flyer here for more information and registration instructions.

Picture of the Week

Clean-up crew at Northshore Elementary

A group of Northshore Elementary students recently teamed up to keep their campus looking sharp.

Northshore 5th-grade teacher Liz Cole organized the project, in which trash was gathered, items were organized and equipment was cleaned. The after-school effort featured students whose parents are on staff at NES, and assistant principal JoLea Behrens said their goal was to make a positive impact while leaving the school “clean and pristine”.

Great work, Knights!

Josh Flory is a multi-media specialist with Knox County Schools and writes the blog Hall Pass for the KCS website.

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