The Athens City Middle School basketball teams are playing in the Area Basketball Tournament at Lenoir City this week.

We wish our Cougars and Lady Cougars the best this week in the tournament.

City Park and North City will have Family Engagement meetings this week. City Park will meet on Thursday, Jan. 23, at noon, and North City will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at noon.

We appreciate our Family Engagement committees at all of our schools. They meet regularly throughout the school year to provide helpful information on academics, health, wellness, and community support and opportunities available to families. It’s a great way to be involved in your child’s school and education!

On Friday, Westside will be having its annual Sock Hop. It is always a fun day for students and staff. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday evening.

Family Engagement, Kids Connection, and Coordinated School Health are teaming up to bring a systemwide Health Night to Athens City Schools next Tuesday evening, Jan. 28. The Health Night will be provided by Children’s Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Wesleyan University education students will be present to help with the fun activities.

Also, the McMinn County Health Department will be setup providing information on vaping. It begins at 6 p.m. at Athens City Middle School, so make plans to attend. It will be a great night for all families!

Just a reminder that all students at Athens City Schools can receive free breakfast and lunch this year. The menu is available online and a copy of the menu is sent home each month. Encourage your child to start their day with a healthy breakfast at school!

As always, enjoy a great week and weekend by staying healthy and active!

Julie Lofland is the Family Engagement Coordinator for Athens City Schools and may be reached by emailing

Julie Lofland is the Family Engagement Coordinator for Athens City Schools and may be reached by emailing

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