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Helpful Links for Parents and Students


The websites listed below, not in any particular order, can be accessed at home and can serve as a tool to provide resources for parents and students.

If any of the links below are broken, please contact esperanza.mccrary@cmcss.net

2016-2017 Parent Guide to Being TNReady - A guide for parents, developed by the Tennessee Department of Education. PDF version can be found at here.
Spanish versions of the 2016-17 Parent Guide to TNReady is available here.
Spanish versions of the Parent Guide to TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities is available here.

Curriculum Navigator - This site was developed to share the Tennessee State Standards with parents and community members, and how each student's daily instruction is aligned with achieving a deep understanding of each core content area. The site can be accessed by clicking Curriculum under the Parents and Students tab on the CMCSS website at www.cmcss.net.

Engage TV - EngageTV answers many frequently asked questions in a video format. The videos, which can be located on the CMCSS website and on YouTube, provide parents with anytime-anywhere learning opportunities and are structured to help parents support student success at home. It can be accessed through the CMCSS website at www.cmcss.net and clicking on Focus videos, or by visiting https://cmcssfocus.net/?s=engage+tv. Examples of videos that can be found on Engage TV are, How to Set-up a PowerSchool Account; Attendance Policies for Military-Dependent students; General Population Attendance Policies; Digital Blended Learning; Response to Intervention; and Understanding 2nd Grade Math.

KhanAcademy - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It serves students of all ages. It can be accessed by visiting, www.khanacademy.org.

Homework Hotline - Homework Hotline provides one-on-one free tutoring by phone to Tennessee students and parents. With Homework Hotline, students tackle new concepts, learn to read, complete challenging assignments, and gain academic skills. You can contact them by calling, 888- 868-5777.

Read to be Ready - Read to be Ready provides activities and resources that you can use to enrich your child's literacy journey. It can be accessed by visiting, https://tn.gov/readtobeready/section/why-read-to-be-ready.

Ready! for Kindergarten App - This App was created to help develop school readiness skills while playing games. It is a convenient learning tool for your mobile devices. It can be accessed by visiting, www.tryready.org from your mobile device.

CommonLit - CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. It can be accessed by visiting, www.commonlit.com.

Smithsonian - This website provides curriculum materials and links to educational websites that include family and classroom activities. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.si.edu/Kids.

Tennessee Electronic Library - The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a virtual library that you can access from your home PC, your school library computer lab, or your iPhone. TEL provides access to over 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more! The materials are free to anyone who lives in Tennessee and includes access to databases for research projects; ACT Preparation Resources, Job and Career Resources, and TEL Kids Page – resources for grades K-5. It can be accessed by visiting, http://tntel.tnsos.org/.

The Student’s Friend - The Student’s Friend is a website that provides a concise narrative of world history that may be used in place of a traditional textbook. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.studentsfriend.com/sf/downsf.html.

World Stories - World Stories is a growing collection of short stories including retold traditional tales and new short stories from around the world. The stories can be read and listened to online, or downloaded. And best of all, everything is free! It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.worldstories.org.uk/.

Kids.gov - Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government linking kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. Kids.gov is organized into four audiences: Kids (Grades K-5), Teens (Grades 6-8), Teachers and Parents. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. It can be accessed by visiting, https://kids.usa.gov/social-studies/index.shtml.

Tennessee4Me - Tennessee4Me is a website that provides great information about Tennessee history with lots of images. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.tn4me.org/.

Newsela - Newsela is an education technology startup dedicated to transforming the way learners access the world through words. Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12. It can be accessed by visiting, https://newsela.com/articles/#/category/kids.

Rhymes - Rhymes.net is a unique online dictionary that contains a huge collection of rhyme entries for almost any given word in English. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.rhymes.net.

ABCya - On this fun website, children can practice the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation recognition. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.abcya.com.

Math Planet - Math Planet is an online resource where one can study math for free. Take high school math courses in Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry and practice tests for the SAT and ACT. It an be accessed by visiting, www.mathplanet.com.

Math is Fun - Math is Fun offers mathematics in an enjoyable and easy-to-learn manner from Kindergarten to 12th grade. It can be accessed by visiting, www.mathisfun.com.

Cells Alive! - CellsAlive! provides film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.cellsalive.com.

Science Bug - The educational goals of Catch the Science Bug are to increase science literacy and raise environmental consciousness by adhering to national standards. It can be accessed by visiting, http://www.sciencebug.org/index.html.

Animal Diversity, Museum of Zoology, UofM - Animal Diversity is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan. It can be accessed by visiting, http://animaldiversity.org.