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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR)
2019-2020 AR Theme: Reading Is My Favorite Sport

Accelerated Reader is a supplementary reading program for Kindergarteners, 1st graders and 2nd graders that encourages students to read books independently and to check their comprehension by taking an AR quiz at school.  Parents are encouraged to read to and with their children, and to listen to those students who are able to read independently.  

Each year our AR program has a theme.  The theme for 2019-2020  is "Reading is my favorite sport". Each student will have a minimum yearly goal of earning 20 reading practice points by reading to and with their parents. 

AR books will be sent home by the classroom teacher several times each month or more often if requested by the parent.  First and Second Grade students will also bring home library books each week that are considered AR books.  

Parents, please read the books several times to or with your child, and then complete the ready to quiz form or sign the reading log that should come home with each book.  Return the book and the quiz form/reading log, and your child's teacher will give your child the opportunity to take the quiz at school. Students may only take quizzes at school.  

At the first report card conference, parents will receive information about how to use HOME CONNECT, which is an email notification system that sends you a message each time your child takes an AR quiz. Once on the Home Connect site, you will need your child's username and password to login.  Ask your child's teacher if you did not get that information at report card time.  You can see your child's progress for the grading period or you can change the dropdown menu to School Year to see how they are progressing toward their 20 points goal or how close they may be to Wall of Fame status. Click on email setup to have an email sent to you every time your child takes an AR quiz. 

Rewards, Awards and Celebrations

The Accelerated Reader program begins each year the week following the Labor Day holiday. A family project based on the theme and a dress-up day help kick-off the program. Students will get to choose a new free book to celebrate the start of the reading program.  The books are provided with VLE Library Book Fair profit and the FirstBook Foundation program.

Students have a points goal set for each nine weeks. If they reach their nine weeks goal, they are rewarded with a free Pizza Hut personal pan pizza coupon compliments of the Pizza Hut Book-it program.

First nine weeks goal: 4 points (read and quiz on 8-10 books)
Second nine weeks goal: 6 points (read and quiz on 12-16 books)
Third nine weeks goal: 6 points (read and quiz on 12-16 books)
Fourth nine weeks goal: 4 points (read and quiz 8-10 books)

Students who reach their 20 Points goal will receive a brag tag to display on their backpack.  Students who earn 25 points while maintaining an comprehension accuracy average of 85% or higher will be recognized on the AR Wall of Fame. Students may earn additional bragtags by reading and earning 25, 50, 75 or more points.  

The AR program ends this year on April 24th with a Bubble and Shine Day to celebrate the success of our program.  Students will get to choose a new free paperback book compliments of the VLE Library Book Fair profit.

An AR Awards program is held each year in May. The top points earner and the student with the top accuracy average from each class will be recognized with a medal of honor.  The top reader in each grade level will be recognized with a trophy.  The top three overall readers for the school will also be recognized with a trophy and a prize package.  Students who reach the 50, 75 and 100 points clubs also receive special awards and recognition.

Students who reach the wall of fame will be invited to a special activity at the end of the school year.

If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader, you may contact our librarian at smingee@cpsbla.us 

Click on the file below for details about this year's AR family project!