Librarian: Mrs. Jennifer Nelson, Library phone number 601-631-2928
Students visit the library with their class one time per week. However, students and parents may visit the library as many times as they'd like during the following open check out times:
Monday - Friday 7:25 am - 8:00 am or during their class library time
Monday-Friday 7:25 am - 10:30 am
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
Accelerated Reader (AR)
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computerized reading management program. It motivates children to read and tracks their achievement. Students select and read books of their choice and take computerized tests when they finish reading.
Accelerated Reader Frequently Asked Questions
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a reading program designed to encourage and promote successful reading. It helps students to track their reading comprehension by providing them the tools to measure their improvement. Students read books on their assigned ZPD, or reading range, and take computerized tests to earn points.
How does it work?
Children read books in their ZPD. After the parent or teacher signs off on the AR log, the child takes an AR quiz for the book they just completed. They earn points based on their success on each quiz. The questions are designed to show how well the student understands the material. All tests must be taken at school with permission from a teacher.
How is my child’s Reading Level established?
At the beginning of the school year, your child will take a Star Reading test that determines his/her appropriate reading level. This test can be given three times per year. Based on his/her performance on this diagnostic tool, he/she is assigned a zone of proximal development, or ZPD. The number roughly correlates to the expected performance in a specific grade at a certain month of school. For instance, a level of 3.4 indicates third grade, fourth month. Students must take tests within this range. They may take tests above their ZPD with a note from a parent. Students are NOT allowed to take tests below their ZPD.
How can I find out how many points my child has accumulated?
Your child can check his/her reading record through the AR program at school. You can also check the Renaissance Home Connect website to see your child's AR quiz scores. You will log in using your child’s username and password. This site also gives you the option of having your child’s test scores emailed directly to you after they test. Another option is to check the reading log, which should have the score and number of points earned for each quiz taken.
Why can’t my child read a book on a higher/lower level?
Accelerated Reader is designed to promote successful reading experiences. Therefore, the ZPD assigned to each student places him/her into a range that is in the child’s fluency level. This means that your child should be comfortable independently reading the AR books within that range.
Can my child take quizzes on books we own or check out from other libraries?
Yes, but the tests will need to be taken at school with permission from a teacher. To find out if books are AR, follow these directions:
It is important that you help your child choose materials in his/her ZPD. Students are only allowed to quiz on books that fall within their ZPD. Students are NOT allowed to take tests below their ZPD.
Can my child retake a test if he/she does not do well?
No. Students will not be allowed to retake tests. Students should read picture books 2 to 3 times before testing on them. Please discuss with your child the importance of reading the story carefully and don’t forget to ask them questions about the story.
How can I help?
Assist your child with his/her daily reading assignment. Help them make book choices appropriate to their reading level. Encourage their efforts and ask them about the stories they're reading.
How do I find AR books appropriate for my student?
Check for AR test, book level & points using Accelerated Reader (AR) Bookfinder
Reading and Research Related Web Resources
Magnolia: Provides access to encyclopedias, images, newspapers and magazines. Great for school reports & projects!
Storyline: Famous actors & actresses reading quality children's fiction
Mightybook: Animated stories for kids to listen to
Between the Lions: Website based on PBS show with stories and related games.
We Give Books: Owned by Pearson Foundation with hundreds of e-books for kids to read for free.
Bowmar Reading Fair
Held in the fall of each year
Printable guidelines can be found here.
2015/2016 Reading Fair Winners
2014/2015 Reading Fair Winners