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DISTRICT UPDATE

It is our greatest hope that the first couple weeks of school have been terrific in every way.   

Please take a few minutes to review these topics of interest to parents and guardians.  If you need anything or have questions that can be answered in the district office, please do not hesitate to contact us at (865) 982-7121.  

August 17, 2018

Calendar approved for 2019-20

Earlier this week, our School Board approved the academic calendar for NEXT YEAR (2019-2020), which we are sharing here and providing a link to download and print.

Link here ... to download a copy of the calendar for printing.

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Securly (New features available next week)

As announced earlier,  we are partnering with Securly, a cloud-based web filter that currently serves 1 out of every 10 school districts in the United States.  Both Securly and Maryville schools share your priority of safety for your family.  Starting with internet filtering, we are helping students learn more about responsible use and safety on the web.  

REVIEW THIS VIDEO for more information about INTERNET SAFETY, PRIVACY, and SECURITY,  as part of our Digital Citizenship initiative (DC9).

NEW NEXT WEEK:  A new parent portal will allow you to stay up-to-date with your child's online activity at school, including snapshots of their search history and sites visited.  Beginning  next week,  parents will start to receive weekly emails about their students online behavior.  Some emails will begin arriving on Monday, August 20, but all parents with a registered email account will see emails no later than August 28th.   After this roll-out period, you should expect to receive emails on Monday or Tuesday of each week.

When you receive your first Parent Portal email, there will be an overview of your student's online activity and a link to the Securly Parent Portal website and instructions for downloading the optional (but very handy!) Securly app.   In future parent updates, we will provide more information about using Securly.   We look forward to working with you to explore the many features of this robust product and not only help create healthy online habits, but define a new level of security for your online users. 

Securly screen capture_parent portal

UNSUBSCRIBE:   If you do NOT wish to receive these parent portal emails, simply unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.  It says "Unsubscribe to these reports instantly." 

HELP:  If you have trouble with the Securly platform, visit the parent help forum online
for helpful advice.    http://securly.eltropy.com/sh/RfqXAi 

Swiftk12 (NEW MESSAGING SYSTEM)

As most of you are aware, we have used SchoolMessenger  for several years as our vendor for outbound messaging to parents, via email and voicemail.  Over the next two weeks we will transition to a new service provider called SwiftK12.  While this switch offers many benefits to us internally, it will likely be transparent to families receiving calls and email communication.

However, there is one feature you will want to be aware of.  Since SwiftK12 resides in PowerSchool (our student information system), you can now see your contact information and review messages sent through the system to your contacts.  

Click on the SwiftK12 button on the upper-left corner of your PowerSchool parent portal.

screen capture of logon for powerschool / SwiftK12

In addition, you may want to know that calls from your school will come from specific telephone numbers.  When you call that number back, you can hear the message again.  This does not apply to automated calls such as lunch balances and absence alerts.  Following are the phone numbers tied to each school:

  • District  (865)448-5877
  • MHS       (865)448-5879
  • MJHS     (865)444-8275
  • CGIS       (865)444-8278
  • MRIS       (865)448-5880
  • FHE         (865)444-8277
  • JSE         (865)448-5878
  • SHE        (865)444-8276

peachjar (e-flyer service)

logo of peachjar flyer app

We are pleased to now offer PEACHJAR.  This service is a terrific way for families to stay abreast of enrichment opportunities for children throughout the community and at school.  On Thursday, August  23rd, you will receive an email from PEACHJAR - allowing you to setup an account.  Ultimately you'll be able to view and filter flyers of interest from your school, the district, and community organizations that choose to be included in PEACHJAR by uploading their flyer.  Guidelines for the entire program can be found at this link.

it's football time in maryville!

First game of the new football season
is tonight at Catholic. 
GO REBELS!

If you can't make it to the game, we have a terrific alternative that could benefit you and your family for the year to come.  

REBELS BROADCASTING, a student operated school program, films every football games, many other sports, as well as graduation.  Watch the games as they happen, with professional commentary and at least four HD camera angles - you will not miss a thing!  Thanks to Coach Scott West for his leadership with this student program.


Go to NFHSNETWORK.COM, sign up through the Maryville High School page and select Maryville Rebels as your team.  Make sure you sign up through MHS Rebels, as a portion of the proceeds benefit MHS Broadcasting.

1. Search on https://www.nfhsnetwork.com 

2. Under find your school and subscribe ... type Maryville High School.

3.  In the upper right corner, click on  "SUPPORT SCHOOL - SUBSCRIBE"

4.  Pick your plan  (1) Monthly at $9.95  (2) Seasonal at $40.00 (3) Annual at $45.00

5. Check out and ENJOY THE GAME!

Device Insurance (AVAILABLE UNTIL 8/31/2018)

Safeware offers insurance to MCS families for loaner devices - insuring them against theft, burglary, and robbery.  If you are interested in this insurance, the one year cost for the Lenovo laptop is $4.24, for the iPad it is $4.17, and for the Dell laptop it is $2.84.  

Visit the Safeware website to learn more:  my.safeware.com .  The userid is mcs and the password is rebels.  

This insurance is only available through this online portal until August 31, 2018.

Rebel Run

The 2018 Rebel Run 10K, 5K  and 1Mile Run/Walk will finish on the 50 yard line of Renfro Field in Shields Stadium at Maryville High School, in Maryville, TN. The Rebel Run is a fundraising event for the Maryville City Schools Foundation which provides the ongoing enrichment of educational programs for all students in Maryville City Schools.

DATE/TIME/PLACE: Saturday, August 25, 2018 starting at Maryville High School, 825 Lawrence Avenue, Maryville, TN 37803; The 10K race will begin at 7:30am with the 5K and 1mi to follow shortly afterwards.  Participants in all three events should plan to be at the start line at 7:30am.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The 10K and 5K courses are USA Track & Field certified!  Both the 10K and 5K are single loop courses with some rolling hills and fast flats, travelling on area roads, greenway, and sidewalks. The 10K features five of the seven Maryville City Schools along the way. 1 Mi. course is out-and-back on area roads. All courses start and finish at MHS.

REGISTRATION: Online registration must be complete by August 21, 2018; Day-of-race registration is held in the MHS gym between 6:00am and 7:00am on August 25, 2018.  Note: Day-of-race registration prices increase by $10.

link to registration site