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Media Center




Students visit the library each week for lessons focusing on a  myriad of topics and subjects. Library lessons center on language arts, science, math, geography, reader's theatre, library research and utilization skills, and literature appreciation.  The library is open daily from 8:00-2:50 and readers are welcome to come check in or check out selections at any time during these hours. If other times are required, please email our librarian for arrangements.


Our librarian will be more than happy to assist students in selecting high quality books that are of interest and pleasure. To build a reader who enjoys, learns and practices the skills attained during reading is the the true goal of our library!

***Please click on the blue hyperlinks underneath "Library" for more information about what's happening in our library!!!***



Mission Statement:  

As a resource of service and learning, the mission of Highlands Elementary media center is to encourage and promote reading for pleasure and information, to support the academic goals of our patrons, to provide opportunities to learn about and use technology, and to promote an atmosphere that fosters and encourages leadership.



*Provide resources in a variety of formats and developmentally appropriate levels in order to meet the information and reading needs of students.

*Provide open access to the media center to allow students daily opportunities to browse, explore and use media center resources.

*Provide assistance to students in carrying out resourced-based learning activities.

*Provide support and collaboration between the library media center and staff.

*Promote parental and community involvement and support to the Highlands Elementary Media Center.


Accelerated Reader Guidelines



85% overall accuracy is expected for all students in Grades 1-5.


AR Dot Colors

The following parameters are in place for moving dots and rewards:

·         Pink Dot:  A student must achieve a score of 100 on a minimum of 20 books.

·         Green Dot (1.0-1.4):  A student must achieve a score of 100 on a minimum of 20 books.

·         Blue Dot (1.5-1.9):  A student must achieve a score of 100 on a minimum of 20 books.

·         Red Dot (2.0-2.4):  A student must achieve a score of 100 on a minimum of 20 books.

·         Yellow Dot (2.5-2.9):  A student must successfully read 15 chapter books and score 85% or higher before moving to the next.  It is understood that the level of difficulty and the maturity of topics from yellow to purple dot is significant, so extra practice at longer text material is needed on this level.

·         For all subsequent dots a student must successfully read 10 chapter books each having a score of 85% or higher before moving to the next dot.


AR Log Folders

Teachers will make each student an AR log folder which must be with the students at all times during library visits. Students will be responsible for keeping up with AR folders. Folders will have an appropriate student log with student goal.


AR Testing

Testing may be done in the classroom or in the media center.

Students’ logs must be filled out prior to taking a test.

Teachers will have procedures and rules for testing and will verify students’ test scores and initial folders. Students will have only one opportunity to take a quiz. If students enter the wrong test or wrong language version, students are to stop and alert the teacher. Quizzes will not be deleted unless approved by the teacher and media specialist. Students may not take more than 3 quizzes daily.

Teachers can view class reports in Renaissance Place and adjust students’ book levels as needed to ensure at least 85% accuracy.


Book Choice

Students will have a ZPD range of books that are appropriate for them to read. Teachers will assign students’ levels based on the beginning of the year STAR test scores. Students may choose any book in that range. We want to encourage students to read a variety of books.



Student goals are based on points earned in a specific time period. Students may continue reading after they have met their goals; however, these points will not count toward the next semester’s goal. New goal periods will not begin until the current period is finished.


Incentives and Rewards

Teachers can display a chart, graph, bulletin board, etc in their classrooms to motivate students and allow them to track their progress. Teachers can hold a weekly AR Review and reward students who are working hard to meet their goals.

At the end of each semester, students who have met 100% of their goal with at least an average of 85% accuracy will be rewarded with a celebration/field trip. These will occur in December and May at the end of each goal period. 



Each book has a point value based on the book level and the word count. The number of points that a student earns on a given quiz is based on the total point value and the score the student received.

For Example: On a 10 question quiz worth 5 points…

5 points = 100%

4.5 points = 90%

4 points = 80% and so on…


STAR Testing

STAR testing will be given three times each year in August, January, and May.


ZPD  Range

The Zone of Proximal Development is the range of books that are not too hard or too easy. Sometimes the ZPD is larger than the students need at one time. At the beginning of the year, teachers can start students at the lower end of their range. By the end of the year, they should be reading at the higher end.

Please contact the classroom teacher or the media center with any other questions or concerns! We are always happy to help!