Archives: May 2019

Sidekicks Help Our Tristar Reads Superheroes!
Almost all superheroes have a sidekick! This week, learn about a special sidekick helping our reading superheroes! Also, keep reading for this weeks Superhero Challenge and show off your superhero skills this summer

Get to Reading with Your Super Pet!

Many superheroes have a sidekick–some even have a super pet! Having a super pet can help fight crime AND help with reading. Did you know children who read to dogs are reported to enjoy reading more than children who did not read to their pets? 

In an interview with ABC, Francine Alexander, the chief academic officer for Scholastic, discusses how it is often easier for children to read aloud to dogs than in front of classmates because it takes out the embarrassment if mistakes occur.

The University of California-Davis completed a study on reading to dog programs in 2019, which suggested that children who read to dogs improved their own reading skills in comparison to children who did not read to dogs.Get to reading with your super pet this summer! 

Sign up online if you’re the parent of or are a student in grades K-12. After you sign up, you’ll also have the chance to win a$1,000 scholarship!

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#TristarReadsWithUs

Our featured superhero of the week is Super Courtney– AND her sidekick Emma.

Super Courtney and her sidekick, Emma, are with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.  Check out Super Courtney’s reading skills with the special reading of Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud.

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Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 5:

Send us a picture of you reading to your sidekick to #tristarreadstopets and we will send you a treat!

Also, don’t forget to log your time this week. Everyone who logs their time this week will be entered into a random drawing to win a gift card! 
Sign Up to Be a Superhero with Tristar Reads!
We’ve got a special REAL LIFE superhero this week with some awesome reading skills about an essential part of reading to share! Also, keep reading to learn how to show off your superhero skills and get to reading this summer

Explore Different Types of Reading

Even in an age when interactive maps and atlases are widely available, understanding how to read them is still a critical part of literacy. What would happen if a Superhero lost his/her power for just one minute? Would they be able to find the person in trouble? Maps are important to locate important places and also study and compare different locations. They even can help predict the weather!

Maps represent the real world on a much smaller scale. With all the many different types of maps available, they have multiple functions. They help you travel from one location to another, organize information, and figure out where you are and how to get where you want to go. 

Put your reading skills to the test with Tristar Reads this summer! If you’re the parent of or are a Tennessee student grades K-12, sign up online and you’ll also have the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

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#TristarReadsWithUs

Our featured superhero of the week isSuper Ranger Eric Runkle.

He has been a park ranger at Montgomery Bell Park for the past 16 years!Don’t miss his special reading of the book, There’s a Map on My Lap.

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Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 4:

Find a paper map and try to read it. If you don’t know how, ask your parents or look up how to use it on Youtube. Send us a picture a at #tristarreadsmaps and we will send you a prize.

Also, don’t forget to log your time!
Weekly Update, May 20, 2019
Graduation Season, Tristar Reads, & More!

The weather is warming up, teachers are preparing final lesson plans and seniors are ready to don their caps and gowns. That means it’s graduation season! Also, don’t forget to sign up for Tristar Reads and be a superhero with us this summer.

As we are doing summer planning and goal setting, we are excited to share some updates and new faces with you soon! Keep reading to learn more ways to get involved and promote student success throughout Tennessee!


Preparing Students for Graduation and Beyond

Congratulations to all of Tennessee’s high school seniors preparing for graduation and beyond!

At Tennesseans for Student Success, we believe it is essential for all Tennesseans to prepared for, have access to, and complete a post-secondary credential or degree. Today, more than ever, Tennessee’s students have an opportunity to seamlessly transition from high school to college and career and have economic freedom.

We will continue to advocate for policies that strengthen pathways to a post-secondary degree or credential, increase retention and completion, and prepare students for success in the 21st century economy.


Teachers are Real Life Superheroes!

Help us celebrate our real life superheroes– TEACHERS! Throughout the summer months, it is so important to not let the summer slide set in and encourage children to read!

Our featured superhero, Meredith Daniel, is the Theatre Director at Centennial Performing Arts Studio in Nashville. Click to see her superhero skills and a special reading of Escargot!

It’s not too late to sign up! All Tennessee students ages 5-18 are eligible to participate. All you have to do is read a book at least 20 minutes a day and log your hours and you’ll be entered for a chance to receive a $1000 college scholarship!Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly Tristar Reads emails with important reminders and other chances to win prizes! 

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Get Involved!

Nominate a Teacher for Tennesseans for Student Success Advocate of the Month!

Each month, we are celebrating a passionate educator making a difference from each of the grand divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee) each month. Nominate an educator going above and beyond for his or her students!


Use Your Voice

Want to learn more about Tennesseans for Student Success and our legislative agenda? Visit our advocacy center here
Thank You to Our Real Life Superheroes: Teachers!
Real Life Superheroes: TEACHERS!

This week we are celebrating one of our favorite superheroes…TEACHERS!

We all know how important it is to encourage children to read during the summer. Read more below and learn from our every day superheroes– teachers– and how to be a Superhero this summer too! 

Crush the Summer Slide!

Studies show that summer reading is critical to help students stay sharp for the upcoming school year.

Students who do not read during the summer can quickly fall behind, losing between one and three months of learning. Worse, the “Summer Slide” is cumulative, meaning learning losses build up each year.

It’s time to stop the summer slide. Be a reading superhero and read every day BUT don’t forget to log your time.

If you’re the parent of or are a Tennessee student in grades 5-12 and haven’t registered yet to be a Superhero with Tristar Reads, be sure to register online for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!

Sign Up Now!

#TristarReadsWithUs

Our featured superhero of the week is Meredith Daniel.

She is the Theatre Director at the Centennial Performing Arts Studio in Nashville. Before stepping into her new role, she was the Theatre Teacher at Brentwood Middle School.

Check her Superhero skills and a special reading of the book, Escargot.

Watch now!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 2:

Nominate a teacher and we will surprise them and YOU with some yummy goodies. 

BONUS: Post a photo with your favorite teacher on social media and use #ThanksTNTeachers to enter them for a chance to win a $100 gift card!