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Summer Update – August 14, 2017

It’s one of our favorite times of the year. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of back-to-school pictures and we’re certain your shopping list is full of back-to-school supplies. Whether you are sending a student to school, leading a classroom, or engaging in education from outside our schools, we are thankful for you. Here’s to a great and successful year!

We wanted to share a few things this week you might have missed. We’d love for you to share them with your networks. While we’re mentioning sharing, you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, right?

1) Tristar Reads – There’s still time to sign your K-12 (incoming or outgoing) student up for Tristar Reads. Head to the Tristar Reads website and log their reading hours for the summer. Yes! You can log their hours for the whole summer at once! We’re giving away three $1,000 college scholarships and there’s still time to win.

Teachers – any reading time that occurs in your classroom before September 1st can be logged! Encourage your students to sign up at TristarReads.Com today.

2) Back to School – Starting a new school, a new job, or a new year can be stressful and scary. We asked one of our Tennesseans for Student Success teachers to give some tips on how to make sure this school year is the best one yet. You can find those on our Facebook page. Feel free to share!

3) Eclipse – Next week, Tennessee will have prime viewing for our nation-wide solar eclipse. We wanted to share this great NASA website full of science lessons, activities, tips for viewing, and fun eclipse facts. You can even become a citizen scientist and help NASA collect data! We’ll be posting facts and safety tips on our social media networks as we all get ready for the big event.

We hope this new school year has started with a bang. We’re cheering you on and can’t wait to see all the success that comes from this year.

Weekly Update – June 5, 2017

We’re certain the Predators are going to win tonight.

And we like to celebrate success – success in the classroom, on the ice, inside a book – because it’s important to take a moment and see how far you’ve come. We thought we’d take a moment to celebrate and share just a few wins this year with Tennesseans for Student Success. We share these successes with you and couldn’t do this work without you.

– Protecting our Legislative Priorities in the General Assembly: After a long first session of the 110th General Assembly, we looked at the legislative priorities we set at the beginning of the year. We were glad to join with you in defending those priorities and principles to make sure every student in Tennessee had an opportunity to succeed. We’d like to share our 2017 Legislative Recap with you in case you missed it.

– Tristar Reads redesign and rollout: We know reading over the summer is one of the best things our students can do to keep their literacy skills sharp and that it is often forgotten in the thrill of summer break. We created Tristar Reads last year to encourage Tennessee’s students to read at least 20 minutes a day over the summer. This year, we rebranded, launched a new website, and doubled the scholarship amount to $1,000. Make sure the student readers in your life are signed up today for

– Deploying our Field Program: In classrooms and civic meetings across the state, our field staff is hard at work sharing the message of student success. They’ve celebrated #iLoveTNTeachers week, spoken at conferences, talked to community leaders, teachers, and parents about the needs of their classrooms, and brought teachers to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and participate in committee meetings. We’d love to be involved in your community. Email us at and we’ll get our top-notch field team in touch with you.

These are just a few of the things we’re celebrating this summer. While they aren’t Tennessee students, we certainly are cheering on the Predators and hope to add winning the Stanley Cup to this list.