Accelerated Reader (AR) goals and rewards

Students will again this year have an individual AR goals set for them based on their STAR reading test score each nine weeks. The STAR test is not a test for a grade. This score helps in determining what a student's ideal reading range is for successful reading practice at their own level. The STAR reading test is given each nine weeks to adjust with the student's reading ability. Every student will have the goal of earning an 85 percent or higher average for accuracy on AR quizzes. This is a reasonable goal because students should be reading books they have chosen themselves and that are in their individual reading range that is right for them. Along with the 85 percent accuracy, each student will have an individual point goal set based on their STAR reading test. The last goal students will have for AR is an average Book Level goal (BL). This goal is the low end of their reading range. So, if students are reading in their range, their average will always be higher than their Book Level goal.

For those students who have worked hard and have earned their individual AR goals for the nine weeks, they will be able to attend an activity/assembly at the end of each nine weeks. Students will also have their name placed on an AR Wall. Students who meet their goal will be listed as a Goal Getter. Students who double their goal will be listed as a Goal Buster. Students who triple their goal or more will be listed as a Goal Crusher. No points or percents will be listed, just the students' names.

First nine weeks A

R activity

Students who earn their first nine weeks individual AR goals will get to attend our first activity at the end of the nine weeks. The high school marching band will be coming to West School on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to entertain the staff and students. They will hear the power of the drum line, some modern day songs, and watch the flags and majorettes. West students, make sure you earn your goals so you get to attend!

AR Home Connect

Home Connect is a program by Renaissance Place that allows parents and students to check AR progress at home using the student's AR username and password to log in. This program is user friendly, shows the child's AR progress for each nine weeks, progress for the year, shows the score of the most recent quiz taken, and allows you to view a virtual bookshelf of all quizzes ever taken.

Parents and students may log on to AR Home Connect by going to our school's website, www.nctschools.org, clicking on Library, and choosing AR Home Connect at the left of the library page.

AR Book Finder

If you are looking for a way to find if books are AR, use www.arbookfind.com. This website allows you to type in a title and search what AR level and point value it is. If you are looking for a way to get a list of AR books within a certain reading range or subject area, or are looking for a list of vocabulary quizzes and literacy skills quizzes, use the Advanced Search tab. They do not necessarily have all the books listed in our school library, but you may be able to find them at the public library.

Building AR celebration goal

The building goal for the year is to earn 16,000 AR points again. If this is achieved, we will have our last day celebration with inflatables, the dunk tank, game stations, and a picnic. If they reach this goal by the end of the year, all students will be able to celebrate on the last day of school.

The second grade students are off to a great start! We are learning our way through the building and getting to know all the staff here at West. Students will be bringing home math or reading homework each night. Please read the stories with your child and sign the reading contract. Be sure to stop and ask your child questions about what he/she just read. You can also have them retell or summarize the selection when you are finished reading. We have started our AR time. Each student knows his/her reading range. Students are welcome to take AR tests on books from home. Just send the book in or write the title down. Students can also take classroom books home. They just need to following the procedure that their teacher uses for taking books home. In math, we are working hard on our facts. Students are taking weekly tests to help improve the speed of the answers. Any help with these facts at home would be wonderful. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Second grade news

The second grade students are off to a great start! They are learning our way through the building and getting to know all the staff here at West. Students will be bringing home math or reading homework each night. Read the stories with your child and sign the reading contract. Be sure to stop and ask your child questions about what he/she just read. You can also have them retell or summarize the selection when you are finished reading.

They have started our AR time. Each student knows his/her reading range. Students are welcome to take AR tests on books from home.

Just send the book in or write the title down. Students can also take classroom books home.

They just need to following the procedure that their teacher uses for taking books home. In math, they are working hard on our facts.

Students are taking weekly tests to help improve the speed of the answers. Any help with these facts at home would be wonderful. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.