Archive for: February 2015

Safety Tips From East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Cold-weather safety

ETCH-1 When the temperature drops, there are some important things you can do to help your child stay warm, safe, and  healthy. Here are some tips to protect your child during the colder weather. Read more →

Teach Your Children About Home Fire Safety

By American Red Cross

Red-CrossThe American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires. You can reduce your family’s risk of being harmed by a home fire by talking with your children about home fire safety, developing a fire escape plan, and practicing it with them several times a year. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Read more →

Understanding The Developing Teenager

By Jeff Comas



Since 1989 when I became a music educator, I have worked with many hundreds of children and adolescents. While I hold no specialized certification outside of my license as an instructor of the Childbloom Guitar Program, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert in child development. I have made it a point to educate myself through observation and the study of child psychologists such as Jean Piaget. Read more →

A Classical Evening With Hanser-McClellan

by Adam Kalwas


HM-Adam-WebWhile attending my first Knoxville Guitar Society concert, I found myself embedded in a quaint crowd of forty attendees sitting in the pews of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan (located on 425 North Cedar Bluff Road). The evening’s entertainment featured classical guitarists John McClellan and Kirk Hanser performing as the Hanser-McClellan Duo. The event began with an introduction from the President of the Knoxville Guitar Society and fellow Knoxville Parent contributor, Michael K. Smith. After Smith’s warm welcome to the audience, McClellan and Hanser naturally entered onto the dimly lit stage. Read more →

Look At What’s Changing: The SAT College Admissions Test

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



Once again, the SAT, the oldest and most famous college admissions test, is changing. The College Board has redesigned both the SAT and PSAT with the new PSAT starting in the fall of 2015 and the first new SAT in the spring of 2016. Why would the College Board change its most famous assessment? Does this change have anything to do with the challenges it faces from its major competitor, the ACT college admissions test? Read more →

Teens and Technology: Truth or Consequences!

By Tracey Matthews, Supervisor of the Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Department and Tamekia Jackson, Director of the Knox County Schools Family Resource Center Contributing Writer: Eliza Norrell, Family and Community Engagement Department Communications Intern         

It’s no secret that many of us are hooked on technology whether it’s our cell phone, tablet, laptop, or video game console. Teenagers are no exception to our media-obsessed culture. According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, today’s teens spend more than 7.5 hours a day using technology devices to watch TV, connect with friends on social media, play video games, or listen to music. The amount of time teens are looking at screens has both advantages and disadvantages. Read on to learn facts about teenage technology usage that all parents should consider. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Knox County was honored recently to have the President of the United States visit our community. President Obama spoke about his desire to offer community college education free of charge to students in the U.S. This innovative idea began in Tennessee and underscores a prominent strategy in the Knox County Schools to prepare students for post-secondary learning opportunities, a rewarding career, a meaningful role in American democracy, and an enlightened and fulfilling life. Read more →