South Hill Elementary offers Accelerated Reader as an incentive program to introduce students to the wonderful world of books. For some children, the point system increases the motivation to read. Students are ENCOURAGED to utilize the program, but not mandated to test on books read. Students in each classroom will have the OPTION to test on books read and join point clubs. AR Start Date—August 19, 2019
All students (grades 1-5) participating in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program will be recognized as they reach point goals with 85% accuracy. There is no limit to the highest point club that can be reached.
Each nine weeks, students will be invited to participate in a special recognition activity if they have reached their personal reading goals. Personal reading goals will be set based on assessment data and student/teacher conferences this year. Offering recognition based on meeting individualized goals means all students have an equal chance at success.
There will be an end of year celebration and a certificate of achievement for students who attain 50 points and above, with 85% accuracy. Grades 3-5 will have to achieve their 50 points prior to April 3 to be eligible for the celebration. This is due to time constraints around Spring Break and SOL testing. They may continue to take quizzes through May to receive the certificate of achievement. Grades 1-2 will continue through May and “celebrate” then. Certificates will be awarded at the end of year Awards Ceremony for each grade. Students reaching the 100 point club, 150 point club, 200 point club, and up will also receive special medallions at the Awards Ceremony.
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SOUTH HILL ELEMENTARY ACCELERATED READER GUIDELINES
The primary purpose of the Accelerated Reader program is to encourage students to read and develop lifelong reading habits. The program has been proven to improve reading comprehension skills in students participating fully in the program.
• Students must read and answer test questions independently without adult or peer intervention unless specified by accommodations on a 504 or IEP.
• No movie viewing may be substituted for reading a book.
• Most points should be earned from books that students have read independently. Students may also test on books used as a “Read Aloud” by a teacher.
• During homeroom, students may test in their homeroom classrooms or a supervised computer lab. Classroom teachers will offer students opportunities to take quizzes in the classroom during the day at times determined by the individual teachers.
• No students may test under parent supervision at any time.
• Students may only test during the school day between the hours of 8:00-3:15.
• Parents are encouraged to check their child’s progress by logging on directly to RenPlace.
• Teachers should frequently review student progress by checking the Class Summary Report.
• Please encourage students to read books within their reading range, but DO NOT limit them to that range.
• Per administration, AR practice quizzes are NOT to be used as a grade.
• Be sure to close out the program completely when not testing. Failure to do so may cause data to be lost.
• In order to accommodate those students with ESL, IEPs, or 504 read aloud accommodations, these students may use the read-aloud feature. If needed, Case Managers should notify the database manager.
****BOOKS MUST BE CLOSED DURING AN AR TEST!
****STUDENTS SHOULD NEVER TAKE A QUIZ FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
****STUDENTS CAUGHT CHEATING WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE REWARDS PROGRAM AND ALL POINTS WILL BE ERASED.