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2013-14

 Dear Parent,

 Your child is participating in the Accelerated Reader Program (AR). The program is designed to help students make choices of books they can read and comprehend. Each time they come to the Red Library they select a book from the appropriate level. This level has been determined from the STAR test they are given on the computer. After reading their book they take a short computerized comprehension test on that book (5 or 10 multiple choice questions). Each book is worth points. If they receive 100 on their test they will receive all the points for that book. Lower grades receive a percentage of the points. Failing is below 60 for most books. Receiving a grade below 60 means a student will not receive any points for that book. Tests can’t be retaken.  Since our school is networked for AR, they can take the test in any classroom or in our school library. As they read and pass more tests, their reading level and scores should improve. 

As a parent you can help your child by encouraging him/her to read at home. 

 Each child in grades 1-5 will receive 2 or 3 AR grades to be averaged in with their other reading grades each quarter. (First grade will only receive grades the last two quarters). If their goals are met they will receive a 100. If these goals are not met the student will receive a lower grade based on what they have read. Another grade will be given based on their percentage of correct answers. The requirements and explanations of the program are listed on the attached sheets.  You may keep this packet.

 Please sign and send back to your child’s homeroom teacher the last sheet only so we know you have read this packet.

 

Thank you.

 
Respectfully, 

Michelle Smith / Librarian 

 
Teachers in grades 1,2,3,4,5

 

 
 

EXPLANATION OF AR GOALS

 

Ready Reader (grades K,1, 2 only)Accumulate 5 points through any combination of Read To, Read With, or Read Independently.

Independent Reader(IND) – a student must accumulate 10 AR points, with at least 3 books read independently at the 1.2 level or higher.

 Super Reader(SUPER) – a student must be an Independent Reader. They must then read 3 books at the 2.0 book level or higher worth at least one point.

 Advanced Reader(ADV) – a student must be a Super Reader. They must then read 3 books independently at the 3.0 book level or higher worth at least 2 points. (Books must be read at a student’s STAR level)

 Star Reader(STAR) - a student must be an Advanced Reader. They must then read 3 books independently at the 4.0 book level or higher worth at least 4 points. (Books must be read at a student’s STAR level)

 Classic Reader– this is optional. A student must read 3 books independently at the 6.0 book level or higher worth at least 7 points.  If a student reaches this goal they will get a 100 for extra credit.

 *STUDENTS MUST HAVE A PASSING AVERAGE OF AT LEAST 75% TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

 

Bluebonnet Books (BB) – for grades 3-5

 The Texas Library Association picks 20 nominees for the prestigious Bluebonnet Award. Students in grades 3-5 must read and pass the AR tests on at least 5 by the beginning of January. They then get to vote for their favorite book. The votes are sent to the committee in Austin, Texas by Ms. M. Smith. The winner is determined by the most votes from students across Texas. 

 Each student in grades 3-5mustread and pass the AR tests on at least 5 by January. A 100 will be awarded for those who make this goal. If a student reads 4 they will receive an 80, 3 a 60, and so on. 

 Students in grades 3,4,5 may come to a breakfast in the library in late April or May if they read and pass the tests on 10,12, and 15 respectively. This will be mandatory for certain students and optional for others. Teachers will let students know if this is a requirement for them. 

 
 
 

Honor-Based AR

 

The AR program is a wonderful way for your child to read books and increase their reading levels while earning great grades. 

Tests can be taken at various computer terminals at Red Elementary. AR tests are not always monitored by a teacher. We expect our students to be honest about their work. 

 AR is an honor-based system. If cheating occurs we have a policy to deal with this. We will discuss this in school however please read this over with your child so they know the consequences if this happens. 

 If cheating occurs:

  • A student will receive a U in conduct for the week.
  • A parent will receive a letter from the principal and librarian to be signed and returned the next day.
  • A student’s entire AR test record will be wiped out and they will have to start the program again. They will not be able to retake any tests. This may affect their grade(s) if they can’t catch up in time for quarter grades to be issued.

 Examples of cheating:

  • Having another student give you answers to an AR test.
  • Giving another student answers to an AR test.
  • Looking at another student’s computer while they are taking the same test.
  • Taking AR tests for books not read.
 
 
 

AR (a product of Renaissance Learning) is a web-based computer software system. In the next few weeks your child will be bringing home a sheet of paper entitled RENAISSANCE HOME CONNECT. This will explain how you as a parent can monitor your child’s progress from your home computer. If you have access to EMAIL be sure and choose the EMAIL SETUP tab to sign up to receive emails showing your student’s AR test results. 

The letter will include your child’s USER NAME and PASSWORD, however if your child knows these already (these are needed for your child to take tests and most of the older students know these) you can get started by logging on to the website below.

 

https://Hosted1.renlearn.com/230869/HomeConnect/Login.aspx

 

 

If you have questions you can email me at

msmith4@houstonisd.org

 

Thank you,

Ms. M. Smith

Librarian

 

DATES FOR AR THIS SCHOOL YEAR

1stquarter – 8/26/13-10/18/13

2ndquarter – 10/21/13-12/13/13

3rdquarter – 12/16/13-3/7/14

4thquarter – 3/10/14-5/16/14

 
 
 
AR CERTIFICATION LEVEL REQUIREMENTS and BLUEBONNETS
 
 
  

GRADE

1st

quarter

2nd

quarter

3rd

quarter

4th

quarter

Bluebonnet

Voting

Bluebonnet

Breakfast

1

 

 

Ready Reader

Independent

NA

NA

2

Ready Reader

Independent

 

Super

NA

NA

3

Independent

Super

 

Advanced

read 5 by Jan.

teachers will let students know if this is a requirement for grades third, fourth, and fifth

4

Independent

Super

Advanced

 

read 5 by Jan.

5

Independent

Super

Advanced

Star

read 5 by Jan.

 
 
 
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1must have 5 points by 3rd quarter5
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310101515
415202020
525252525
 
 
 
 
 
 
AR Points for Free Books

 

Pre-K – 3 points (then 10, 25, 50)

 

Kindergarten –5 points (then 25, 50, 100, 200, etc.)

 

1stGrade – 10 points (then 25, 100, 200, etc.)

 

2ndGrade – 25 points (then 50, 100, 200, etc.)

 

3rdGrade – 50 points (then 100, 200, 300, etc.)

 

4thGrade – 75 points (then 200, 300, etc.)

 

5thGrade – 100 points (then every 100 points)

 


Dear Parents,

 

The money to purchase these books comes from the PTO. Please join the PTO to support this wonderful opportunity for your child/children to receive free books!