Mrs. Amy Blackstock 334-794-1459 Email


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 K-5.

AR Log Folders

Each student will have an AR log folder which will be provided by the LMC. Students will be responsible for keeping up with their log folders. The folders will have an appropriate goal sheet and student log. AR folders should be sent home by the homeroom teacher when the conduct folders go home each week.

Kindergarten students will be given a folder when they begin AR.

Extra log sheets will be kept in the LMC for distribution as needed.

Folders for new students will be made as needed by the request of the homeroom teacher.


Student goals are based on points earned in a specific time period. Goals will be set by taking the Grade Equivalent Score from the STAR Reading Test and finding it on the AR Goal Setting Chart.

Students may continue reading even after they have met their goal; however these points will not count towards the next nine week's goal. New goal periods will not begin until the current nine week period has been cut off.

AR Rewards:

Students who met 100% of the AR point goal at 85% accuracy will be awarded at the end of each 9 weeks a prize as designated by his/her classroom teacher. The library will recognize students who earn 100% of the points goals at 85% accuracy in December and May. Students who reach first and second nine weeks goal will be invited on a fieldtrip in December. Students who reach third and fourth nine weeks goals will be invited on a fieldtrip in May.

Students who reach 100 AR points will attend a luncheon at school at designated times throughout the year.

Students will also be given an AR necklace at the beginning of the school year. As points are earned, colored beads and dog tags will be added. Please see the information on the “news” section of the media center for more information.


***Grades will not be taken in AR.  Accelerated Reader is an enhancement to the reading instruction already in place in classrooms.  Participation in Accelerated Reader, while strongly encouraged, is not mandated. 



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...

The cut-off for earning any points on a 5- or 10-question quiz is 60%. The cut-off for a 20-question quiz is 70%.

STAR Testing

STAR testing will be given 5 times a year: at the beginning of each nine week period and the end of May. New goals and reading ranges (ZPD) will be given each time the STAR test is administered.

ZPD Range

The zone of proximal development is a term borrowed from psychologist Vygotsky. The ZPD is a range of book levels that is not too hard but not too easy.

Sometimes the ZPD range is larger than the students need at one time. At the beginning of the year the teacher needs to start them at the lower end of their range. By the end of the year, they should be reading from the higher end of their range.


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