St. Joseph's School
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
     
 

New SJS Library Site

Check out the brand new St. Joseph School library website! The site allows a visitor to search for a book in the school library and learn all kinds of information about the book as well as interesting links to other book-friendly places. 

The website still has information being added daily. Be sure to visit to learn more about the SJS library!

SJS Library

Summer Reading 2014-15

Summer is the time to take a break and rejuvenate, but it can also be a time where students fall out of the routine of reading.

Summer Reading is an important activity to keep students learning and growing during the break.

In order to simplify our program for Summer Reading, a few changes have been made. 

Students who will be in grades 1-5 in the fall have been given specific titles to read. 

Students who will be in grades 6-8 have one title that all students will read, and they will choose one title from the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Nominee List for a total of two books in all.

We always encourage the students to read beyond the goal that as been set for them. Therefore, when students come for the tesing dates in the summer, they may take quizzes on more than just the required titles.

All AR Quizzes taken this summer will count toward the first quarter goal.

To find out the Accelerated Reader information for specific titles, visit AR BOOK FINDER.

Kindergarten

No required reading list

First Grade
Students entering First Grade must read all three of the following books before the first day of school:
Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems
Hi, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.

Second Grade--- 
Students entering Second Grade must read all three of the following books before the first day of school:
The Day Jimmy's Boat At the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps by Cynthia Rylant
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.
 

Third Grade --- 
Students entering Third Grade must read all three of the following books before the first day of school: 
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo
by Judy Blume
Dragon of the Red Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.

Fourth Grade --- 
Students entering Fourth Grade must read both of the following books before the first day of school: 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.
 

Fifth Grade --- 
Students entering Fourth Grade must read both of the following books before the first day of school: 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Witches by Roald Dahl
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.

Sixth Grade --- 
Students entering Sixth Grade must read the following book AS WELL AS at least one book from the LYRC Nominee list (see below) before the first day of school: 
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.

Seventh Grade ---
Students entering Seventh Grade must read the following book AS WELL AS at least one book from the LYRC Nominee list (see below) before the first day of school:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com

EighthGrade ---
Students entering Eighth Grade must read the following book (listed above) AS WELL AS at least one book from the LYRC Nominee list (see below) before the first day of school:
Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.
***** All titles are available at www.amazon.com

LYRC Nominee List
Students entering Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades must read the required book AS WELL AS at least one book from the LYRC Nominee list (see below) before the first day of school: 
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The False Prince
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner
Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand by Eric LeGrand and Mike Yorkey
Anyway*: * A Story about Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations and 1 Plate of Spaghetti by Arthur Salm
The Selection by Kiera Cass
 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Wonder by R. D. Palacto
** All titles are available at www.amazon.com.

Summer Reading Testing Dates 2014

As always, the library is open on special dates during the summer for AR testing on Summer Reading books.

For the first time, this year 1st grade has their own time slot so that they can be introduced to Accelerated Reader without interruptions.

Friday, June 20
9:30-10:30 - 1st grade
10:30-12:30 - 2nd-8th grades

Friday, June 27 
9:30-10:30 - 1st grade
10:30-12:30 - 2nd-8th grades

Friday, July 11 
9:30-10:30 - 1st grade
10:30-12:30 - 2nd-8th grades

Friday, July 18
9:30-10:30 - 1st grade
10:30-12:30 - 2nd-8th grades

Summer quizzes can also be taken in the first two weeks of the new school year during, before and after school library times.

Accelerated Reader


ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM
Students in first grade through eighth grade participate in the Accelerated Reader Program, a computer based program which tests students' reading comprehension. Students earning the highest points in each reading class are announced each quarter and again at the end of the year. Students earning a minimum of 100 points are named to the Accelerated Reader 100 Points Club and are given a medallion as well as a certificate at the end awards ceremony in May. Other incentives such as spirit dress days and pizza lunches are used throughout the year.

Our librarian is Mrs. Jeri Carroll.



ACCELERATED READER POINTS CLUBS -
Please see "Photo Albums" on this website for pictures and names of students in our Accelerated Reader 100, 250, 500+ Points Clubs.

ACCELERATED READER LIST OF TITLES
There are over 110,000 AR quizzes available. We do not have every AR book in our library, but we do have access to every AR quiz. Because we have our program online, your child may read any AR book with a quiz, and, athought we may not carry it in our library, will take a test on it.

To determine if your books from home or any other book you may be interested in purchasing are AR books, you may use the AR Bookfinder website. Because there are so many books available to our students, it would not be feasible to print a list for every child. However, the advanced search n the AR Bookfinder website may be used to search for certain book levels and interest levels. You may also look at the collections option for recommendations and lsits of award winning titles. 

HOW IS MY CHILD DOING WITH ACCELERATED READER?
A TOPS Report prints automatically after a child takes a quiz to give feedback on your child's understanding of the book and shows cumulative data for the marking period and school year. These records are given to your child's teacher and may come home in your child's Wednesday packet.

New to our program this year is a special feature called Home Connect that lets you see how many points your child has, what quizzes they have taken, and how well they did. You will need your child's username and password to use the site.

 
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