Partnership Network advisory board member Wayne Brown, left, talks with fellow board members Dakasha Winton, left center, Valoria Armstrong, right, and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, center right, while touring the Read to be Ready program at Orchard Knob Elementary School on June 18.

Eight schools host reading programs

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Department of Education and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the recipients of 2019 Read to be Ready summer program grants, which include eight Hamilton County schools.

Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, East Lake Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Hardy Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Lakeside Academy and Wolftever Creek Elementary all will host the month long literacy-focused summer camps for the fourth year of the statewide program.

"Reading and literacy is the very foundation of academic success for children and is a major focus for Hamilton County Schools in the Future 2023 Action Plan," said Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, in a statement. "These important summer opportunities help our youngest learners to love reading which will set them on a path to improved learning and success as they progress toward graduation."

Read to be Ready is a coordinated campaign that was launched by Gov. Bill Haslam, first lady Crissy Haslam and McQueen in February 2016 with the goal to increase third-grade reading proficiency in Tennessee to 75 percent by 2025 through a variety of initiatives, according to a news release.

College celebrates pass rate success

The Surgical Technology program at Chattanooga State Community College is celebrating a 100 percent pass rate by graduates on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination cycle between August 2017 and July 2018.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting determines, through examination, if an individual has acquired appropriate knowledge of technology or surgical first assisting, in order to provide professional certification of surgical technologists and surgical first assistants.

The surgical technology program is offered through the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Chattanooga State. For more information about the program, call 423-697-4491 or visit

Krystal donates $20,000 to schools

Krystal CEO and president of The Krystal Foundation, Paul Macaluso, donated more than $20,000 to seven Hamilton County schools this month, including Alpine Crest Elementary, Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, Hixson Elementary, Nolan Elementary, Tyner Academy and Woodmore Elementary.

The schools plan to use the funds in a variety of ways, according to a news release, including for a two-part Discover Museum lesson at Alpine Crest Elementary, an afterschool strings program at Barger, an electric car kit at Calvin Donaldson and a community counselor to provide play therapy for students at Woodmore Elementary.

Chattanooga State names five faculty fellows

Chattanooga State has named five faculty members for its 2018-19 fellows program, which recognizes innovate faculty who support scholarship and student success.

The fellowships are named for former faculty members or administrators. The fellows include Allison Fetters and Scott Douglass, the Amanda Wynn Humanities and Fine Arts fellows; Skylar Davidson, the Bea Lyons Social and Behavioral Sciences fellow; and Elizabeth Norell and William Taylor, the Bea Lyons Social and Behavioral Sciences fellows.

Among the innovate projects, Fetters and Douglass are designing a student-seminar-style course, "Mayhem, Mischief, and Mirth: Shakespeare in Cinema," which will offer students literary and film study experience focused on historical analysis of William Shakespeare's contributions to English literature and his influence on modern thought.

Faculty members must apply for a fellowship with a project and are selected by the Faculty Senate Fellows Selection Committee.

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