ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
LIBRARY BOOK LIST BY SCHOOL – Find out which books are available at a particular school library.
AR BOOKFINDER – See if a particular book has an Accelerated Reader (AR) test available.
AR LOG-IN FOR STUDENTS – While at school, students may log-in to take an AR test here.
AR LOG-IN FOR PARENTS – Renaissance Home Connect provides access to view a student’s Accelerated Reader (AR) activity. The site shows Overall Progress with the average percent correct, points, and average book level on all quizzes taken by either current marking period or by school year. It will not show all quizzes taken over multiple school years. Home Connect also shows the result of the last quiz taken. Parents and students can view “My Bookshelf” which displays the book covers of the quizzes taken as well as find more AR quizzes with AR BookFinder. Home Connect also allows parents to specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates on reading progress. To access: Log in use your student’s AR user name and password.
GEOGRAPHY BEE PREPARATION (GEOBEE)
Elementary students can sign up to receive 10 new questions per day at the Geobee website, offered by National Geographic.
2019 R AND R Summer Reading & Writing Program w/Mrs. Schmuckal
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING
Freshman English and Honors Freshman English
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slaveby Frederick Douglass
Many of the initial assignments at the beginning of the school year will be related to summer reading. Assignments will include annotating passages, answering comprehension-based questions, providing written responses, and participating in class discussions.
Sophomore American Literature and Honors Sophomore American Literature
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Animal Farm by George Orwell – please refer to Animal Farm Context page
Honors British Literature
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Senior English and Composition
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Upon beginning classes in the fall, a unit on Vietnam War writing will start, which includes The Things They Carried.
Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition (12th grade)
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
Studies show that students experience “summer learning loss” without additional math practice. In order to ensure that all of our students are placed in the proper math course and have the basic skills necessary for success, the math department is encouraging students to practice math skills over the summer.
Students enrolled in algebra 1 in the fall will take the Basic Math Skills evaluation, while students enrolled in either geometry (or honors) or algebra 2 (or honors) will take the Basic Algebra Skills assessment the first week back to school in the fall. How a student does on this exam might allow the teacher to recommend the student for additional help or a different course. A change in schedule may be recommended for students in honors geometry or honors algebra 2 who score below 80%. Please see the attached sample tests (with answers) for practice.
Khan Academy is a great resource for free online videos to review and learn math concepts. Additionally, ACT practice is always a good idea to prepare for future standardized tests. We encourage you to purchase “The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017,” published by Wiley. This book can be found on Amazon and at local bookstores, and it includes practice tests with answers and explanations. Please have your student take advantage of these resources over the summer.
It is our hope that the summer math resources and assessment of basic math skills early in the year will assist in your student’s success. We look forward to working in partnership with you as we educate your child. Please contact one of us if you have any questions.
Blessings to you and your families,
Jim Hornyak, Molly Klettner
SummerMathRPM2019 with Ms. Gray
ACT TEST PREPARATION
You’ll find a variety of great tools here, including an ACT Question of the Day.
- Quizlet is web site that allows teachers and students to make on line flash cards and other on line “games” to help prepare you for a quiz, test or final. There is no cost.