Dear Rocket Readers and Families:
We are excited to announce that the Accelerated Reader program is up and running! AR is a program that encourages all students to improve their reading while having fun and earning prizes. Our PTA supports the program by helping with the yearly subscription costs for AR and by providing the accompanying prizes.
To participate, students select a library book from their current reading level (which is indicated by a colored dot sticker on the book), read the book at school or at home, and take a short, online quiz regarding details from the book. Each book is worth a set number of points based on the length of the book and its level of difficulty; students earn a percentage of those points for every correctly answered question. The program tracks the students’ progress and as points are earned, they advance through the ten planetary levels located on the wall outside the Media Center. Once a month the point’s reports are reviewed and any earned prizes are distributed to the participating students.
The students began taking AR quizzes last week; the program will run through Friday, May 2, 2014. Because AR is not a requirement by the school and is not used for a recorded grade, each teacher has the flexibility to approach the program differently. Please take the time to understand the classroom routine for selecting books and quizzing, and let your child’s teacher know of any questions.
Information about how you can monitor your child’s AR progress at home is on the back; if you have any other questions you may contact the AR Chairperson, Cheryl Marfilius, at 678-363-5176 or firstname.lastname@example.org or our Media Specialist, Dee Tackett at email@example.com
Thank you, and Happy Reading!
AR Points and Prize List
K, 1st, and 2nd 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Level 1: 2.5 pts—planet notepad Level 1: 5 pts—planet notepad
Level 2: 5.0 pts—Skittles Level 2: 10 pts—Skittles
Level 3: 7.5 pts—homework pass Level 3: 15 pts—homework pass
Level 4: 10 pts—school store coupon Level 4: 20 pts—school store coupon
Level 5: 12.5 pts—lead the pledge on Rocket TV Level 5: 25 pts—lead the pledge on TV
Level 6: 15 pts—ice cream token Level 6: 30 pts—ice cream token
Level 7: 17.5 pts—assist in the Media Center Level 7: 35 pts—assist in the media center
Level 8: 20 pts—poster Level 8: 40 pts—poster
Level 9: 22.5 pts—Library lock-in (daytime) Level 9: 45 pts—Library lock-in (daytime)
(one in fall, one in spring) (one in fall, one in spring)
BONUS: 50 pts—Rocketmobile ride BONUS: 100 pts— Rocketmobile ride
You can be involved in your child’s AR efforts too.
Information about your child’s Accelerated Reader progress can be accessed outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection.
Renaissance Home Connect is fun, easy to use, and FREE! It allows you and your child to monitor and discuss AR goals and progress, but it will NOT allow students to take an AR quiz outside of school.
Are you ready?? Then let’s get started!!
To access Renaissance Home Connect:
- You can log in to RHC from any computer with an Internet connection and compatible browser. For a list of compatible browsers, type the following URL in any browser: http://support.renlearn.com/techkb/techkb/10624292e.asp
- To log in to RHC, use the web address
- If you’d like to receive emails showing your child’s quiz results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book.