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Family Life

Students in grades 5 through 9 will participate in Family Life classes.  This is in compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1301-1303 that mandates that our school system implement a program of Family Life instruction for students. We have endeavored to make this an age appropriate instructional program following Tennessee's standards.  Family Life classes are taught by the Maryville City School System's instructor, Mrs. Shanna Lingerfelt.  All students will participate in these classes unless a parent/guardian requests in writing to exempt his or her son/daughter.  The form below may be used to express your desire to exempt your student or to allow them to participate.  You may also reply to this email with your decision.

Students may be exempted from the Family Life unit according to T.C.A. 49-6-1301-1303: "Upon receipt of a written statement from a student's parent or guardian to the effect that the parent / guardian has personally examined the appropriate grade level instructional materials or has conferred directly with the student's instructor, guidance counselor, or principal and that the parent / guardian finds objectionable any or all portions of Family Life instruction, the student shall be excused from such portion or portions of the Family Life instruction."

The Family Life curriculum and materials are available for parents/guardians to review at Central Office (833 Lawrence Avenue) from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10th or by appointment.  A list of Family Life topics by grade can be found on our district website at  After reviewing the Family Life curriculum and materials, please indicate your decision on the form below and return it to your student's science teacher by August 13, 2021.  You may also email Mrs. Lingerfelt with your decision by August 13, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Lingerfelt at

Letter to Parents


5th Grade

  • Vocabulary list review
  • Puberty, Body Systems

6th Grade

  • Life Goals, Decision Making, Abstinence
  • High Risk Behaviors
  • Emotional consequences
  • What are STI's?
  • Reproductive systems review and quiz
  • Human trafficking

7th Grade

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Abstinence Review
  • Common STI's
  • Unhealthy Relationships
  • Teen parenting
  • Reproductive system review
  • Human trafficking

8th Grade

  • Respect and abuse in relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Why abstinence?
  • Family life activity magazine
  • STI's
  • Human trafficking

9th Grade

  • Biology review, personal values, review of abstinence, opinion essays
  • Legal matters
  • Stereotypes and the media 
  • Committed relationships
  • Gender roles
  • STI's
  • Human trafficking