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Candace Hanners Phone: 3349834537  

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Welcome to Kelly Springs Media Center
Mission Statement

The mission of the Kelly Springs Elementary School library media program is to empower students as independent readers and effective, self-reliant and critical users of ideas and information, thereby encouraging lifelong learning.


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 students with opportunities to explore library media center-based units of instruction.
Provide assistance to students in carrying out resourced-based learning activities.
Library Media Program

At Kelly Springs, we have a combination of fixed scheduling and flexible scheduling. What this means is K-5 classes have an assigned weekly library time where a variety of skills are taught including traditional library skills as well as reinforcing the components of reading.

In 1993, Kelly Springs Elementary School adopted a flexible access library media program. Prior to this, a traditional rigid schedule was employed in which a yearly schedule for whole class visits to the library was established. The librarian met with each class once a week for a predetermined length of time. Library skills were taught, but there was little opportunity for students to practice those skills in a way that was relevant to their needs.

The advantages of a flexible library media center schedule are many:

Information skills are correlated with classroom learning activities, making them more relevant to the needs of the student.
Frequent practice of information skills encourages students to become lifelong library users.
Students develop important skills which will enable them to better manage the information explosion and become more effective users of a wide variety of information resources.
The media center is used all day, every day, allowing costly school-owned resources to be used more fully.
Students work independently in using library resources and take on more responsibility for their own learning.
Students are encouraged to read by being able to check out a book on any day instead of having to wait for their weekly turn in the media center.
Teachers view the library media center as an extension of their own classroom with the librarian as a partner in the planning and implementing of learning activities for students which meet curricular needs.
                                       Accelerated Reader Guidelines


85% overall accuracy is expected for all students in Grades 1-5. For Kindergarten students, 80% overall accuracy is acceptable, the computer will continue to compare to 85%.

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. For each nine weeks, a different color log will be used.

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.

AR Testing

Testing may be done in the classroom or in the media center. Students' logs must be filled out prior to taking a test. Students' TOPS reports will automatically print out when they have completed the test. Students will have only one opportunity to take a quiz, but they will be given partial credit depending on the percentage correct.

Book Choice

Students will have a ZPD range of books they are appropriate for them to read. Colors are assigned to book levels according to the AR Grade Level Color Chart. Students may choose any book in that range. Should a student choose a book they do not like, they may turn it in for another book. Should this become a reoccurring problem, then the teacher can use her judgment in whether or not the student can choose another book. We want to encourage students to read a variety of books, but we do not want to limit them to only certain kinds of books.

Certification Levels

Students will be working towards certification levels. Requirements for each level have to be met before students can be awarded that certification. The Certification Progression Chart will be used to move students through the certification levels. Certification levels will continue on from the previous year. This will encourage students to choose books that are appropriate for the level of certification they are working towards.

Sometimes students may have read books that qualify for a higher certification, but the book was counted towards the current level of certification the students are working on. Once a book has been counted, it will not be counted again.


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.

The TOPS reports will show what percentage of the goal the student is currently at and the percentage of the nine week period. If the students are steadily working on reading and testing AR books they should be close to the percentage listed for the nine week period.

Goal Sheets

Students in grades 1-5 will have a goal sheet in their folder. This goal sheet will cover one year and will be updated after each STAR test. Goals sheets are to be filled out by the teacher. They will include student name, teacher, and grade. For each nine week period the teacher will write in their ZPD range and color range as well as their goal. The goal range is divided into 4 stages. Students will color in the appropriate square as they progress through the nine weeks until all 4 squares are colored.

Kindergarten students will have a more simplified goal sheet that will include the color dots they are reading and the goal they are working towards.


***Grades will not be taken in AR.

Incentives and Rewards

At the end of each nine week period students that have met 100% of their goal with at least an average of 85% will be rewarded with a celebration to be decided on by the LMS. At the end of the year all students will be given a certificate for the highest level of certification they have reached for the current school year. Medals will be given to Classic (gold), Star (silver) and Advanced Reader (bronze) certifications.

Lowest Book Level Goal

The Lowest Book Level Goal is determine by the lowest number of the student's ZPD range. This means that this is the lowest book level this student can read during this nine week period. As the year progresses, this number should move higher up in the ZPD range as we challenge the student to read higher level books in the ZPD range for the student.

Millionaire Club

A plaque has been purchased to hang in the front hall with the names of all millionaires in Accelerated Reader. At Honor's Day assemblies, the new millionaires will be announced and their names will have been added to the plaque. The Millionaires will also receive a certificate listing the number of words they read at the time of becoming a millionaire.

New Students

If the new student is coming from another Dothan City school, their AR information will transfer to our school when he/she is enrolled in the school's database, and the LMS will pass on the student's information to be recorded in the folder. If the student is out of system, then the LMS will direct the teacher to administer the STAR test and record the new information in the folder.


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 3 times a year, August, December and May. ZPD Ranges will need to be updated after each STAR testing.

TOPS Reports

TOPS reports will automatically print out after a student completes a test. Students will be taught how to read these reports in the LMC.

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.