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Independent Reading Program
In August students will complete a STAR assessment to compile a reading diagnostic report. Those
reports will be sent home for parents to view as well. From the diagnostic report, students will have their
AR reading goals created. Those goals will always appear on the student’s AR reading record so he or she
will be able to monitor his or her progress. As a parent you may wish to read the Accelerated Reader
Parent’s Guide. The guide is designed to answer your questions regarding this reading program.
Your child will be bringing home a letter within the first or second week of school entitled the “Home
Connect” which will contain the login information you and your child can use to check your child’s
progress with Accelerated Reader. From your personal electronic device, you will be able to check your
child’s AR progress. Your child will not be able to take AR quizzes outside of the school or after school
Independent Reading Homework
Students should be reading their independent reading material on an average of twenty minutes per day
or 140 minutes per week. As students complete a selected AR book, they should then take the
corresponding AR quiz. Students will be expected to have their AR books with them at school throughout
the day. Many teachers will have extra time
at the end of a period in which students will
be expected to read. Students who come to
my class without their reading material can
expect to receive a tardy if they have to go
to their lockers in order to get a book. We
are scheduled as a class to have library
time every other week with language arts
scheduled on the off weeks so students will
have weekly library time during classtime.
Students will have opportunities to go to
the library during their Warrior Time.
Students can also go to the library in the
morning after 7:30 a.m. until the first bell to
use the resources as needed.
A mid-term grade for AR will count as 50
points. This is a grade to encourage
students not to wait until the last minute to try and reach their AR goals. Each nine weeks an AR grade
will be given which will count as 100 points. This grade reflects the student’s AR goal. Students who have
achieved more points than their required AR goal may receive up to and including 30 extra- credit
points each nine-week grading period.
Each nine-weeks, students with the most AR points per class will receive an award for their achievement.
Occasionally, students may be asked to complete a
passage using the ReadWorks.org website. This
site is another independent reading tool that
allows the teacher to select texts which are geared
to a student’s reading level.
ReadWorks is an online digital site which can be
accessed on any digital device. Tools are available
on the site to assist students with their reading.
Students will be notified when they are to
complete a passage using the ReadWorks site.
Students will be asked to login using a code that I
will give them.
AR Due Dates
1st Midterm Grade - Sep 21
1st Nine-weeks - Oct 22
2nd Midterm Grade - Dec 7
2nd Nine-weeks - Jan 4
3rd Midterm Grade - Feb 8
3rd Nine-weeks - Mar 15
4th Midterm Grade - Apr 19
4th Nine-weeks - May 17