FAQ

How can I help my child reach his or her AR goal?
How can my child take an AR quiz?
How many books may I check out at a time?
What are the media center hours?
What happens if I turn in a public library book to Frank C Martin media center by mistake?
Where can I find second grade (first, fifth, etc.) books?
Why are students only allowed to take two AR quizzes per day?


Q: How can I help my child reach his or her AR goal?

A: AR is one of many tools and requirements designed to help students develop and sharpen reading skills. There are a number of ways parents can help students achieve their quarterly AR goal.

  • Find out what the goal AND the deadline is for the current term. This information is available on the media center website and from the homeroom teacher.
  • Help the student select books that are interesting to the child AND are within the child’s reading range. AR is successful in helping students become better readers when students read books within their ZPD (zone of proximal development) and gradually increase. The student’s ZPD is determined by the STAR test given at the beginning of each term. See the homeroom or language arts teachers for more details.
  • Monitor student’s progress by logging on to AR Home Connect. Parents may sign up to get an email report every time the student takes a quiz.

Q: How can my child take an AR quiz?

A: Students may take AR quizzes in the media center before school and during the school day. No AR quizzes may be taken after school. The students need to go to the AR website, log on with their username and password, find the quiz they wish to take then raise their hand so that media center staff may enter the monitor password. Additional detailed instructions are available on the How to Take an AR Quiz handout.

Q: How many books may I check out at a time?

A: Students are permitted to check out two books at a time. Kindergarten students may check out one at a time. Parents may check out up to six books at a time on the students’ account. Because we do not charge late fees, borrowed books must be returned before more can be checked out. A students’ record must be clear (no lost or overdue books) before additional books may be checked out.

Q: What are the media center hours?

A: The media center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day except Wednesday. The media center is open until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Q: What happens if I turn in a public library book to Frank C Martin media center by mistake?

A: Any book that is turned in to the media center that does not belong to the media center is forwarded to the appropriate owner. If a book belongs to another school, we place it in school mail. If a book belongs to the public library, we drop it off at the local branch. There is no way to determine who dropped off the book by mistake, so we simply turn it in on behalf of the patron.

Q: Where can I find second grade (first, fifth, etc.) books?

A: All throughout the library. Books are NOT arranged by grade level. Books in our media center are arranged in three main categories: EASY, FICTION, and NON-FICTION. The best way to find a book on a specific grade level is to use the DESTINY online catalog and limit your search to specific criteria (i.e. title, author, AR points, AR reading level, etc.) See How to Find a Book in the Media Center for additional details.

Q: Why are students only allowed to take two AR quizzes per day?

A: There are two basic reasons for this. First, students need to develop the routine of regularly taking quizzes on the books they read. Because students are expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes each night, it is expected that students will be taking quizzes on a regular basis. So students need to pace themselves and take quizzes as they finish reading their books. Secondly, AR is NOT a contest. Students should not try to take as many quizzes as they possibly can in one day just to earn points, especially if that one day is the deadline for the quarter. Students are limited to two quizzes per day to help them establish the habit of taking AR quizzes on a regular basis throughout the marking period, not just as the deadline approaches.