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Tate’s School Announces New “Paw”rtnership

April 30, 2016
By Tate's School

In Celebration of National Therapy Animals Day (April 30th), Tate’s School, a private school for students from Preschool – 7th Grade, announced its’ partnership with the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine to welcome therapy dogs on campus. HABIT (Human Animal Bond In Tennessee) certified companion dogs, along with their handlers, will begin visiting classrooms and the library this month.

Tate’s School has a long history of companion animals on campus. Prince, a beautiful, black foundered horse, and Maudy, a donkey rescued from a test lab, spent approximately 20 years together on campus. Their legacy is carried on by TC (Tate’s Cat), a stray Maine coon that wandered onto campus some 10 years ago. “I love seeing TC start his campus rounds by greeting the 6th grade students in the morning. We are enthusiastic about welcoming dogs to our campus,” said LouL Tate, Founder and CEO.

“Research has shown that pet therapy is a wonderful, unique form of support for children’s learning, physical health, and emotional well-being. With our rigorous STEM+Arts curriculum, the dogs add a new level of interest to challenging academic activities. Teachers are enthusiastic about engaging the dogs in different learning activities, not only in reading, but across subject areas,” said Kaye Simmons, Principal.

“The kids are over the moon about Luna being on campus,” said Louise Snodgrass , volunteer monitor with HABIT. Luna is a 2 year old golden-doodle who visits the school with her handler, Phoebe Caron. Dog teams will work with all age groups and allow them to experience the unconditional acceptance of a dog in a classroom. Classrooms feature exposed logs and wooden beams consistent with the warm, inviting, non-institutional style that defines Tate’s 52 acre campus. A newly dedicated area of Tate’s campus (opening this fall) will feature a gym and dining hall designed to look like a Kentucky horse stable.

Tate’s School Leads the Way in Green Infrastructure

April 15, 2016
By Tate's School

Contributed By Mary Halley, P.E., Water Resources Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler

Did you know that the fountain and rock garden between the Studio Building and Sixth Grade Classroom are more than just decorative landscaping?  In fact, these attractive features of the Tate’s School campus serve an important function to our campus by collecting the stormwater that is generated from the roofs of the Studio and Classroom when it rains, and using that water for the fountain and surrounding plants.

In a natural setting, rain falls on trees, shrubs, grasses, rocks and soil.  It either evaporates from plant leaves and the earth’s surface, or it soaks into the soil, where it recharges groundwater or is used by the plants.  Very little stormwater runoff occurs in a natural setting, and usually only during very heavy storms.  When hard surfaces such as buildings and pavement are constructed, they change the way that rainfall is managed.  Significantly more runoff is generated.  The water runs over roads, parking lots and lawns collecting pollutants like gasoline, oils, grease, brake dust, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.  This dirty stormwater moves quickly to pipes and ditches which carry it as fast as possible to a local stream or river.  This large increase of dirty, fast-moving stormwater can lead to stream pollution and erosion, and downstream flooding.

The Tate’s School fountain changes that cycle.  Together, the fountain, rock garden and building downspouts create a cistern, which is a fancy word for a tank or reservoir that collects and stores water (usually rainwater) for another use.  As you can imagine, cisterns have probably been used as long as man has walked the earth, collecting and storing rainwater to use for drinking water. Lately however, cisterns are growing in popularity as devices that manage rainfall as close as possible to where it falls, thus preventing the generation of dirty, fast-moving stormwater.  Cisterns come in many forms and size and have a variety of uses – providing water for toilet flushing to gardening/landscaping to water feature decoration.

In the worlds of civil engineering and landscape architecture, cisterns are part of a larger group of rainfall management devices that are collectively called Green Infrastructure.  The cistern at Tate’s School is one of only a handful of green infrastructure devices that exist in Knox County at this time.  That is changing however, as engineers and landscape architects are beginning to see the benefits of such devices for land developments beyond stormwater management.

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Goodfriend

April 14, 2016
By Brenda Seagraves

Jeff Goodfriend, Tate's Alum, chose Tate's School for his two daughters. Riley has graduated from Tate's and Gabby is currently attending fourth grade.

Jeff is the owner of Alumni Hall Stores which recaptures traditional collegiate spirit in gifts and clothing. There are currently 24 stores (3 in Knoxville) located in 11 states.

When asked about his favorite memories of Tate's, Jeff remembered Duso, the dolphin, which was a hand puppet used to teach life lessons to kindergarten and first grade students. He said, "I even remember the song...Hey, Duso. Come on out..."
(What a memory!)

Jeff said, "I vividly remember how nervous I was when Necole Seagraves Sykes and I did our rendition of 'Saturday Night Fever' in the Tate's School Musical!"

Jeff has many fond memories of his Tate's teachers (especially Mrs. Donna Law -1st grade) who "helped shape my life."

Jeff is pictured with Gabby (4th grade)

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