Archive for: July 2014

Does Your Child Have Trouble Sleeping

by Ehab Mansoor, M.D
Photo by Wade Payne



The story has been read, the last glass of water has been given and your child has finally been tucked into bed. As you leave the room you hope, for your child’s sake and yours, he’ll sleep well through the night. Unfortunately, for many children, this doesn’t normally happen. According to the National Sleep Foundation approximately 70 percent of children age 9 and younger have some type of sleep problem. Read more →

Help Your Child Develop Competence In Adaptive Functioning

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.



As you get ready for the new school year, take some time to assess your child’s progress in the area of “adaptive functioning,” also known as “activities of daily living” (ADL’s). ADL’s refer to non-academic skill development. Some good places to start taking stock of your child’s proficiency with ADL’s would be self-care and household chores. Read more →

It’s Still Time For Vacation And … Braces

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.


Untitled-10The lazy days of summer are beginning to wind down, and we parents are confronted with getting our children ready for the upcoming school year. This is the time where we seem to cram a last-minute vacation into our schedule while trying to purchase new wardrobes and school supplies for our children. As a parent, I have discovered that the summer break does not seem to be as relaxing a time as it used to be. There are camps to attend, vacations to plan – which, if you are like me, you will need a vacation FROM the vacation – and this year for me, high school sports practices. With all of this near-constant activity and planning, is there anything else we as parents need to do to ease the transition into the school year?

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Heliotrope Rash: What Is It, And Why Call It That?

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.


Heliotrope is a plant that produces clusters of sweet scented flowers in summer and has a very brilliant violet or purple color. It is considered poisonous, as it contains alkaloids, potent liver toxins, and will cause gastric distress in humans and animals if ingested. There are reported cases of death among horses, cattle and dogs. There have been no human losses to date, as this would be an unusual part of our diet.  Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

The Knox County Schools continues to prepare for a successful 2014-15 school year, and we are excited by the direction we are establishing through our proposed five-year strategic plan, entitled Deepening Our Work:  Excellence for Every Child. Read more →

7 Fun, Educational Apps To Keep Your Child On Track For The New School Year

By: Tracey Matthews, KCS Family and Community Engagement (FCE) Supervisor Contributing Writer: Nicole Galler, KCS FCE University of Tennessee Intern


Summer is a wonderful time for fun and memorable experiences, but it also serves as the perfect transition period for your child to continually improve upon his or her knowledge for the coming school year. This is an important time for your child to practice subjects he or she may have struggled with in the past using enjoyable and educational games available on the go.  With technology available at the fingertips of many families, it is easier for parents to take advantage of the many free educational applications (also known as “apps”) that are available on tablets and smart phones.  Below you will find a list of seven highly recommended apps personally reviewed and designed to promote learning in enjoyable and interactive ways for both children and adults! Read more →

Back To School Time

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools




Ahhh, the hot, leisurely, delightful days of summer! Every year, when the last dismissal bell of school is heard, parents, students and teachers alike settle into the fabulous wonder of summer. You know, those days of basking in the warm rays of summer sunshine or swimming in cool waters. Time seems to slow down, and work is put aside for glorious vacations to the beach or new and exotic places! Sometimes those ‘vacations’ are simply staying home to enjoy a few additional hours of sleep and rest in the comforts of home. Read more →