St. Joseph's School
Wednesday, April 23rd, 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 2013-2014

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 going into grades 2-8 will no longer be given specific titles to read. Instead, a point requirement will be made. This will allow students to read more of the books that interest them.

These students will be graded by the amount of AR points that they obtain out of the amount that is required. As an added bonus, any points obtained that exceed the Summer Reading requirement will be added to the first quarter!

Students (grades 2-8) may read whatever book they choose as long as:
* it meets grade level requirements, and
* the student has never taken a test on the book before.

Students in grade 1 will be given specific titles to read because they are not familiar with the AR program yet.

No required reading list

First Grade
Students entering First Grade must read all three of the following books before the first day of school:
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barret
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins 
***** A copy of this list has been sent to local book sellers and all titles are available at

Second Grade---
6 points     any level

Third Grade ---
8 points     level 2.0 or above and at least 2 novels

Fourth Grade ---
10 points     level 3.0 or above and all novels

Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade ---
15 points     level 4.0 or above and all novels

Seventh Grade & Eighth Grade ---
20 points     level 4.0 or above and all novels

***** To find out how many points a book is worth, visit AR BookFinder at

Summer Reading Testing Dates 2013

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 7
9:00-10:00     1st grade
10:00-12:30    2nd-8th grades

Friday, June 21
9:00-10:00 1st grade
10:00-12:30 2nd-8th grades

Friday, June 28
9:00-10:00 1st grade
10:00-12:30 2nd-8th grades

Friday, July 12
9:00-10:00 1st grade
10:00-12:30 2nd-8th grades

Friday, July 26
9:00-10:00 1st grade
10:00-12:30 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

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.

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

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. 

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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