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Accelerated Reading (AR)

Accelerated Reader is a reading program, used by St. Joseph Catholic School, that offers more than 200,000 quizzes to motivate and monitor students’ reading performance and vocabulary growth. Students can test on books read from the school library, classroom library, or books from home.

Accelerated Reader (AR) – Incoming 2nd – 8th Graders

It is required for students to test on books in their individual reading range and reach their grade-specific point goal over the summer. The individual reading range for your student was sent home prior to the end of school.

At Home Testing

  • June 3 – August 13
  • Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 8:00pm

 

At School Testing

  • Beginning the week of August 14th, students will test only at school. 
  • Students have until August 23 to complete their Summer Testing Requirements.

 

Grade Requirements

2nd Grade: 2 points on individual reading level

3rd Grade: 3 points on individual reading level

4th Grade: 4 points on individual reading level

5th Grade: 5 points on individual reading level

6th Grade: 6 points on individual reading level

7th Grade: 7 points on individual reading level

8th Grade: 8 points on individual reading level

Summer: June 3 – August 23, 2024

1st Quarter: TBD

2nd Quarter: TBD

3rd Quarter: TBD

4th Quarter: TBD

  • Students may take AR quizzes during the school day at the discretion of their classroom teacher. Testing is available to students 7:30am – 2:45pm Monday – Friday.
  • Students must take AR quizzes independently. Parents may not take AR quizzes for their children or help their children take the AR quiz.
  • Rewards will be based on AR quizzes taken from June 2024 through May 2025.
  • AR Top Readers: The top 3 readers (point totals) from each class will receive a special prize at the end of the school year. The top 4 readers (point totals) of the entire school will be recognized on a special plaque displayed in the library at the end of the school year.
 
  • AR Million Word Club: Students who read a million words or more during the school year (June-May) will be recognized quarterly for their achievement, with their name displayed on the Million Word Club board in the library and recognized during quarterly Star Shout-outs.
 
  • AR Prize Distribution: At the end of each quarter, students will receive small prizes if they reach their AR point goal for that quarter. Distribution of prizes will occur during Media Research class. Students who reach their individual point goal all 4 quarters will receive a non-uniform day in May.
 
  • Beat the Teachers: Can you earn more points than the teachers? All students who earn more points than the teachers’ total points will be invited to a Winners’ Breakfast in May. You must read books on your level (or higher) –don’t test on easy books for extra points (no cheating!).
 
  • Individual prizes per quarter, for completion of point goal:
    1st Quarter: Bookmark
    2nd Quarter: Pencil
    3rd Quarter: Treasure box choice
    4th Quarter: Book
 
  • All 4 Quarters: Non-uniform day (in May)
 
  • End of year individual large point prizes, by grade group:
  • 2nd grade
    50 points: Lunch and movie afternoon in the library (in May; lunch provided)
    100 points: Lunch with the principal (in May; location to be determined)
    150 points: Both events
 
  • 3rd grade
    80 points: Lunch and movie afternoon in the library (in May; lunch provided)
    150 points: Lunch with the principal (in May; location to be determined)
    230 points: Both events
 
  • 4th – 5th grades
    175 points: Lunch and movie afternoon in the library (in May; lunch provided)
    300 points: Lunch with the principal (in May; location to be determined)
    475 points: Both events
 
  • 6th– 8th grades
    300 points: Lunch and movie afternoon in the library (in May; lunch provided)
    450 points: Lunch with the principal (in May; location to be determined)
    750 points: Both events