Our school library has a collection of books, audio-visual and computerized materials avaialble for the religious education needs of adults and children. The library is located in the Junior High Building.
All About AR
What is it? AR stands for Accelerated Reader. This is a supplemental, individualized reading program in which students read library books and then take comprehension quizzes on the computer based on the contents of the books.
Who is involved? Grades 1-8 participate in the program. The Kindergarten teachers will determine how Kindergarten students will participate.
How do we find AR books? All of the fiction books in our library have quizzes available. We are very fortunate to have purchased Accelerated Reader Enterprise in the 2008-2009 school year. This enables us to have access to over 110,000 quizzes. To find AR books, go to www.arbookfind.com to conduct a search. When visiting the public libraries, the children's desk librarian should be able to help you access this site to find books. Due to the number of titles available, we will not keep a hard copy of book titles.
What is STAR Reading? STAR Reading is a 10 minute computerized reading assessment which will help us establish a personalized reading plan for each student. All students in Grades 1-8 will take a STAR reading test. After taking the test, a student will receive a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) range. ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. The optimal score for an AR test is between 85%-92%. If a child consistently scores above 92%, the book may be too easy, or the content too short. The book may be too difficult if scores are consistently below 85%. Students must have a signed Internet permission form on file in order to participate in STAR Reading and AR.
Why do we use AR? When children read with a high degree of comprehension within their ZPD's, optimal learning occurs.
What are AR points? Each AR book has been assigned a point value. Points are based on the difficulty and length of the book. Based on the child's quiz score, points are earned. For example, a 2.2 (second grade, second month) level book may be worth 1 AR point. If the child scores an 80% on the quiz, he/she may receive 0.5 points.
What happens with AR points?
Challenges: As a school we will keep a running total of our accumulated points. The AR teacher committee will determine a school goal to be reached as well as an incentive for the students to reach that goal. In addition, students will work for individual points. Individual classrooms may have classroom challenges (requirements) or goals.
Point Levels: Beginning in September, students will be awarded for reaching various point levels. Incentives will be given out during each class's library time once a month. It should be understood that a 1st grader may only get to the 25 point level by the end of the school year, whereas a 7th grader should progress much further. The points a child earns throughout the year are continuously accumulated from month to month.
What is the PARENT role in this program? The answer is easy, READ WITH YOUR CHILDREN, encourage the program, monitor your child's progress, and ask questions when you don't understand things.
What is the SCHOOL's role in this program?
Encourage reading time: We strive to give each child reading time during each school day. In addition, the child MUST read at home as well. If reading is the most important academic skill needed, we must allow time for it to flourish.
Provide computer time for quiz taking: Each classroom is equipped with computers for taking quizzes. All students may take quizzes in any of their classrooms as well as the library and computer lab.
Give better access to book availability: With the purchase of AR Enterprise, students should be able to find books they enjoy from our library, the public libraries, or book stores. Tests will be readily available for most every book.