Educational Resources

RESOURCES FOR USE DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

There are many education resources on our website, but here is a list of links compiled specifically during the school closure.

Resource Website List – for elementary age children – posted March 17, 2020


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:

https://global-zone51.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/755848

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 via Renaissance Home Connect.


GEOGRAPHY BEE PREPARATION (GEOBEE)

Elementary students can sign up to receive 10 new questions per day at the Geobee website, offered by National Geographic.


SUMMER READING


HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING 

Summer of 2021 – Updated June 11, 2021

  • Freshman English and Honors Freshman English: The Search by Chris Stefanick. Please e-mail Mr. Davis at tdavis@gtacs.org for a copy of the accompanying Golden Line Journal.
  • Sophomore American Literature:  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card w/Dr. Walter Scott and Mrs. Liana Dunlop
    • Brief Summary: A dystopian novel about kids trained from age 6, mostly by playing computer games, to find a way to wipe out an entire species of alien invaders.
    • Ongoing Question: Each chapter begins with a brief dialogue between unseen people. In this dialogue, you can find a purpose for reading the chapter. What questions are raised in your mind as you read the introduction? How are your questions answered?
    • The Hero’s Journey: We will be using Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey to analyze the characters and their story arcs in the novel. Please come to class with an idea of where some of the major characters fall in this model. We have attached a copy of the hero’s journey for your convenience.
  • British Literature (not Honors): Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Also available in a compilation of stories titled, “Tales from the Perilous Realm” at bookstores, libraries or online
    • We will answer questions on the story as well as do some writing related to the themes during our first week of school in September.
  • Honors British Literature:  The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  • Senior Literature and Composition: Brave New World by Alduous Huxley or 1984 by George Orwell. Please e-mail Mr. Davis at tdavis@gtacs.org for a copy of the accompanying Golden Line Journal.
  • AP Literature:  The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

SUMMER MATH

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.

Basic Algebra Skills Assessment

Basic Math Skills Evaluation

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 2021-2022,” 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


ACT TEST PREPARATION

You’ll find a variety of great tools here, including an ACT Question of the Day.


ADDITIONAL TOOLS

  • 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.