NIE Newsletter: September 2019

Welcome back to school!

We hope you had a great, fun and adventurous summer! Wishing you a smooth transition into the 2019-2020 school year!

News & Announcements


Our newspapers are proud to sponsor regional spelling bees from around the country. If your school is located in one of these areas, be sure to register your school with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Early bird registration, with discounted pricing, is open now through October 15, 2019.  Get all the details here.


New chapter book! Bring your elementary students on a 10-week reading adventure to follow our favorite pups, Woody & Chloe, in the chapter book, Out of Sorts, where they realize the impact that newspapers have in our hometown, state and country. This series will be available starting Monday, September 16. The chapters will be published each week in the Lexington Herald-Leader and available for for download for all teachers on our website.

Weekly Lesson Prompts

NEW for 2019-2020! Each week we will post new lesson prompts to use with the eEdition. The prompts will include a different subject topic for each day of the week and can be used to enhance your core curriculum. These will start the week of September 9. Visit the page here.

September Lesson Resources…

We have a wide-range of themed lesson resources on our website. The focus for September includes; Kindness, Remembering 9/11 and Constitution Day and National Preparedness month. Get the resources here.

September is also…

National Library Month. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Encourage your students to get their library cards and remind them that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement, lifelong learning, and fun! Check out I Love Libraries for more information and resources.


Autumnal Equinox. September 23 is Autumnal Equinox, which means the Fall season has officially begun! There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Find some great educational resources on this history, lesson ideas, and lesson plans.

Upcoming Events

September 18: The Fresno Bee will host its Focus on Education, where leaders from Fresno and across the state will explore education policy issues critical to the community. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University, one of the most diverse systems of higher education in the United States. The event will take place at California State University, Fresno from 8:00AM to 11:00AM. We hope you can attend, but if you can’t, please share this information with a colleague, parent or family member. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.


We are proud to partner with One Day University to bring you thought-provoking live talks.  Join us at one of our locations for a fascinating day with award-winning professors from around the country. And don’t worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework, just the pure joy of lifelong learning. Current sessions:

Sacramento: Saturday, September 21
Topics: Politics – Rethinking America
Teacher Special Price: $79 (regular price $159). Use Code: SBEDU.

Kansas City: Saturday, October 28
Topics: A Day of Genius – Einstein, Curie & Shakespeare
Teacher Special Price: $79 (regular price $159). Use Code: KCEDU.

Local Interest…

We are currently selling beautiful, heirloom-quality books. If you live in one of these markets, consider buying one for yourself, a family member or a friend. They make great gifts!

Fort Worth Memories, Volume II:  This book will feature historic photos of life in and around Fort Worth from the 1940s through the 1960s. Collections from partnering organizations and contributions from our readers will make this book a unique pictorial retrospective of our community.

Purchase now at  $15.00 dollars off. Special rate $29.95 + tax & shipping. Click here to find out more.


Wichita Memories, Volume I: This book will feature a glimpse of the Greater Wichita area from the early years to 1939 through stunning historic photos. We are thrilled to include photos from our readers, in addition to photos from the archives of Kansas Aviation Museum, Kenneth Spencer Research Library at University of Kansas, Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society, Wichita State University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, and Wichita Public Library.

Purchase now at  $15.00 dollars off. Special rate $29.95 + tax & shipping. Click here to find out more.


Our Sponsors

header-thank-youThank you to the local businesses, non-profit organizations, and subscribers who donate to support our NIE program. Together, we are helping over 300,000 K-12 students around the country to develop reading skills, grow as critical thinkers, and become engaged citizens in their local communities through no-cost access to the eEdition (digital newspaper) and other educational resources. Teachers, parents, students, and interested individuals can click here to view the complete list of sponsors.

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