Archive for: September 2015

What To Do If Your Pet Is Lost

By Monica Brown, Director of Shelter Operations, Young-Williams Animal Center



Most families with pets will at some point experience the anguish of a missing pet. When the unthinkable happens, parents need to remain calm as they map out a plan for finding the pet. Ideally, every person in the family should be recruited to help. Read more →

Reading Knoxville: Under The Same Blue Sky

Book by Pamela Schoenewaldt, Reviewed by Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



Hazel Renner’s mother foresaw great things for her daughter: “…I’ve known from the first that you were destined to be extraordinary…an extraordinary teacher. I’ve seen signs.” Hazel, however, had different plans: “In my future dreams, the ‘extraordinary’ meant travel, sketching, painting, meeting great artists, and passing golden hours in a storied café, funding these adventures through teaching and tutoring.” Read more →

Conversing With Pamela Schoenewaldt

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



Each novel is about one person’s journey,” Pamela Schoenewaldt told me as we lunched at Viet Taste on a nice fall afternoon. Pamela is the best-selling author of three novels tracing the experience of female immigrants in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. As we talked about her research for these novels, she also described her own journey. Read more →

Bonding Through Book Clubs

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


Reading and talking about books with your child, whether formally in a book club or informally at home, is a great way to strengthen the bond between a parent and child and open the door to discussions about all manner of interesting topics. Read more →

Getting The Most Out Of Practice: Part IV

By Jeff Comas



As I mentioned previously, I believe all people should learn to read music. I have witnessed how learning to read music helps children (and adults) develop their cognitive abilities, improve their understanding of concepts such as time & space, pitch, volume, conservation, division & multiplication, and increase their attention span. It also helps students improve coordination (motor skills). Read more →

The Power Of Negativity

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville



Remember that stuff last month about exponents?  You might remember that we discovered that if you raise any number – any number at all – to the power of zero you end up with an answer of 1.  We arrived at that conclusion by doing a series of divisions, and I think I mentioned that if we continued on that path we might discover something about negative exponents. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Welcome back to school!  My favorite time of the year is the start of school, when students are back in the classrooms and teachers are engaging young minds to grow and learn.  While I visit our schools throughout the year, during the first few weeks of each year I make it a point to visit as many classrooms as possible.  Each year, I witness our teachers using incredible creativity, energy, and skill in leading their students.  I’m not at all surprised to witness this.  I know our educators are professionals who work diligently every day to reach our students, personalize their learning, and help them succeed. Read more →

Creative Parenting Solutions

By Tracey Matthews Wynter, Supervisor of the Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Department

This month’s theme is “Creativity.” I can tell that I am ready to assume my impending role as a full time parent of three boys as my first instinct for this month’s article was to write about how to parent children creatively! Let us know what you think about some of the parenting ideas below that are not only creative, but also almost guaranteed to be very effective as well! Read more →