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Ontario Middle School
Independent Reading Program
As a part of their independent reading, we use the Accelerated Reader program to monitor student
progress. This is an online program which allows students to choose the books they like to read and then
will quiz them over the content, once they have finished reading the book. As a parent you may wish to
read the Accelerated Reader Parent’s Guide if you have The guide is designed to answer your questions
regarding this reading program.
Your child will be bringing home a letter within the first or second week of school entitled the “Home
Connect” which will contain the login information you and your child can use to check your child’s
progress with Accelerated Reader. From your personal electronic device, you will be able to check your
child’s AR progress; however, your child will not be able to take AR quizzes outside of the school or after
Independent Reading Homework
Students should be reading their independent reading material on an average of twenty minutes per day
or 140 minutes per week. As students complete a selected AR book, they should then take the
corresponding AR quiz. Students will be expected to have their AR books with them at school throughout
the day. Many teachers will have extra time
at the end of a period in which students will
be expected to read. Students who come to
my class without their reading material can
expect to receive a tardy if they have to go
to their lockers in order to get a book. We
are scheduled as a class to have library
time once a week so students will have
plenty of library access time. Students will
have also have opportunities to go to the
library during their Warrior Time. Students
can also go to the library in the morning
after 7:30 a.m. until the first bell to use the
resources as needed.
Unless there is a specific reason for using
audio books at school, it is not
recommended that students use them for
their independent reading at school. For those students who are struggling with reading, audio books can
be a great resource. Unfortunately there are those students who use the audio book as an excuse to use
their electronic devices for other purposes other than just reading. Since students are provided
independent reading in all their classrooms, teachers would prefer all students to have hard copy books
with them during independent reading. It is imperative that students learn to improve their reading skills
including the use of a hard book. Students may certainly use audio books for independent reading
outside of school. FYI - During testing, students are not permitted to use any electronic devices
which prevents the use of audio books.
AR grades are based on student goals. The goals are determined by the student’s reading level and a variety of
other assessments. Studetns AR grade is determined by the student reaching his/her AR goal. A mid-term
grade for AR will count as 50 points. This is a grade to encourage students not to wait until the last minute to
try and reach their AR goals. Each nine weeks an AR grade will be given which will count as 100 points. This
grade reflects the student’s AR goal. Students who have achieved more points than their required AR goal
may receive up to and including 30 extra- credit points each nine-week grading period.
Each nine-weeks, students with the most AR points per class will receive an award for their achievement.
To assess student reading achievement, we will be
using an online diagnostic tool known as I-Ready.
In the past we have used the STAR test, but we are
moving to I-Ready to be consistent with the
younger grade levels. You can find more
information regarding this program by clicking on
this link: Parent Guide .
The I-Ready is an adaptive assessment designed to
measure a student’s reading ability but to also
provide individualized instruction to encourage
reading growth. Theses assessments will take
place three times throughout the school year in
order to track student growth and performance.
AR Due Dates
1st Midterm Grade - Sep 13
1st Nine-weeks - Oct 11
2nd Midterm Grade - Nov 15
2nd Nine-weeks - Dec 13
3rd Midterm Grade - Jan 7
3rd Nine-weeks - Mar 13
4th Midterm Grade - Apr 17
4th Nine-weeks - May 22
Classic Novels to Read
Use the link to locate a listing:
“An A to Z of Classic Literature for
Middle School Students”
It has a short description for each title.
The first seventh grade student to reach
1,000 AR points will earn a $20.00 Barnes
& Noble gift certificate.
Any student who earns 500 AR points or
more will receive a $10.00 Barnes & Noble
Each nine weeks, students have
opportunities to win prizes for having the
most AR points in their class period or for
the entire grade.