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Summer Update – September 3, 2018

Since May 1st, we’ve invited Tennessee’s K-12 students to tell us the stories they’ve read and the adventures they’ve taken in books this summer. Tristar Reads, our summer reading program, is coming to a close this week and we look forward to awarding our three $1,000 college scholarships this fall.

We wanted to let you know a little bit more about Tristar Reads and ask you to share this information, or one of our posts with your social media feeds:

-Tristar Reads is open to all Tennessee students in Kindergarten – 12th grade
-It’s free to sign up www.tristarreads.com
Using the website, students log all the time and books they’ve read since May and through September 7th. All reading counts! Reading in the classroom, reading on vacation, reading at the ball field, reading before bed – count it all.
-Three $1,000 college scholarships will be rewarded: one to the top reader (as judged by how many hours read) in K-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th grade.
-Encourage students, teachers, and parents in your life to sign up this week and log all their hours. We’ll be accepting entries on the website until midnight on September 7th.

One of the best ways students can improve literacy skills by practicing literacy skills. Reading 20 minutes a day is a key to student success, and that’s the focus of what we do at Tennesseans for Student Success. Share one of our posts, forward this email, or sign up K-12 graders for Tristar Reads to join us in this focus.

Weekly Update – July 30, 2018

In no particular order, we wanted to bring you three things this week we’re sure you will enjoy.

-It’s almost Election Day for the August Primaries. Tennessee is last in voter participation, and that’s a trend to turn around. Here’s a link to find your local polling place. The last day to vote early was Saturday, so if you need to vote, you’ll cast your ballot on Election Day. Looking for information on whether your elected official voted to support student success? Here’s our 2017 and 2018 TNSuccessCard Scorecard. We hope it’s a useful tool as you raise your voice for Tennessee’s students.

-The 2017-18 TNReady results were recently announced. We wanted to share with you our response to those results:

“Through bills, legislation, amendments, and statutes, the framework for student success is in place in Tennessee. It’s clear that high academic standards, an assessment aligned to those standards, more choices in public education, and accountability for student success have been a driver for student growth and achievement.

“By closing the achievement gap, strengthening literacy, and seeing growth in historically underserved groups, this week’s TNReady results prove that the progress is on the move.

“There is still work to be done to make sure every student in Tennessee has an opportunity to succeed and reach the goals, achievements set out for their success. It’s time for everyone involved in the classroom – from local school districts to administrators, elected officials to educations – to continue to implement, with fidelity, the student-centered reforms responsible for Tennessee’s growth.”

-There’s still a month left in our summer reading and scholarship program. Tristar Reads is up and running, and still taking participants! Any Tennessee student heading into or coming out of Kindergarten-12th grade is eligible to participate. Head to TristarReads.com for more information, to sign up, to log your reader’s hours, or see how we award our three $1,000 college scholarships!

Thanks for all you do for Tennessee’s students, teachers, and classrooms. We’re grateful to be in this work with you.