Media Center

I encourage you to enjoy some great books this summer!  Relax and read all the books you WANT to read.  Don't worry about levels, points, or number of books.  Just READ!  Research has proven that the top three ways to become a better reader are: 
      1. Read 
       2.  Read 
          3.  Read!!!! 

Here are some series I suggest: 

1st and 2nd grade: 
Frog and Toad, Mr. Putter and Tabby, Henry and Mudge, Franklin, Clifford, Encyclopedia Brown, Magic School Bus, Berenstein Bears, A to Z Mysteries, Magic Tree House, Bailey School Kids, Nate the Great, Horrible Harry, Arthur, Fly Guy, Black Lagoon.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade:  Hank the Cowdog, 31 Clues, Warriors, Goosebumbs, Secrets of Droon, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Series of Unfortunate Events, Charlie Bone, Little House on the Prairie, Everest, Artemis Fowl, Spiderwick Chronicles, Harry Potter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Wings of Fire, Lightning Thief

Suggested Authors:  Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Bill Wallace, Paula Danzinger, Avi, Betsy Byers, Peg Kehret, Dan Gutman, Jerry Spinnelli, Kate DiCamillo, Roald Dahl, Sharon Chreech, Henry Winkler, Carl Hiaasen, Bruce Coville, Matt Christopher, Gary Paulsen, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Andrew Clements, Lloyd Alexander, Richard Peck, Pam Munoz, Barbara Robinson, Jack Gantos, Dan Gutman, Elvira Woodruff, Will Hobbs, Lois Lowery, Margaret Peterson Haddix

Media Center Hours of Operation
School days 8:00 - 3:30

Mrs. Markham and Mrs. Griffis

Mrs. Markham, Media Specialist (left) and Mrs. Griffin, Media Clerk (right)

What is a Lexile? How Can I Improve my Child’s Reading Level?

A  Lexile measure is like a thermometer, except rather than measuring temperature, the Lexile Framework measures two items; a book’s text complexity and a reader’s skill.  When used together, “Lexile Reader Measures” and “Lexile Text Measures” help parents to select books to match their child’s reading ability.  Research has shown that maximum reading growth is achieved when children read books that are aligned with their reading level.  You can use Lexile “Find a Book” ( to help your child choose books within his/her Lexile range (best is 100 below or 50 above his/her Lexile measure). 

What is Accelerated Reader?

Reading is a skill, and like every other skill, it requires practice. The more you read, the better you become at reading.  Our Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is based on the fundamental principle that practice improves reading. It combines the power of computer technology with sound teaching strategies.

To help achieve this skill, Crooked River Elementary students read certain books and take computerized AR tests. The program assigns points for proficiency and monitors students’ achievement.  There are various rewards and prizes presented throughout the school year for students as they progress toward their individual AR point goals.  Although the selected books can be found anywhere, students may only test on titles which have a corresponding AR test. There are currently over 300,000 tests and about 30,000 new tests are added each month.  You can check if a book has an AR test at this website:

What is the STAR test?  The STAR test is a computerized reading assessment for first through fifth grades and is given at the beginning of the school year to determine reading levels for the AR program. Assessments are also given at the middle and end of the school year. These tests provide valuable diagnostic information about a student’s reading abilities and growth.  The STAR test will tell teachers your child’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).

What is my child’s ZPD?  ZPD stands for Zone of Proximal Development. This is a student’s reading level range of AR books. ZPD is determined by the STAR test.  For optimal success your student is asked to only take AR tests within their ZPD range.

Crooked River AR Book Color Chart

ZPD Level Book Dot Code
0.0 - 0.9 Orange
1.0 - 1.9 Dark Blue
2.0 - 2.9 Dark Green
3.0 - 3.9 Red
4.0 - 4.9 Yellow
5.0 - 5.9 Pink
6.0 and up Lime Green

You can access your child's AR reports and monitor their progress from home as well as via any computer with internet access at HOME CONNECT . 

If you would like to receive emails to instantly inform you of your student’s quiz or test results, click the “email set-up” link in the top right hand corner of Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions.

Login with your child's Accelerated Reader username and password (the same one they use at school to take AR tests).  Contact your child's teacher if you're not sure about your child's AR username and password.  


Accelerated Reader

Aquatic Center REWARD

We are excited to announce an Accelerated Reader REWARD visit to the St. Marys Aquatic Center in May, 2019 for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  In order to attend, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students must meet their goals for at least 3 out of the 4 nine weeksEach nine weeks your child’s AR goals include three parts;

1.  Students must have an average of an 85% or greater on AR quizzes. 

2.  Students must reach their AR point goal assigned by the classroom teacher.

3.  Students must show growth in Lexile level each nine weeks.

If your child meets all three of the above requirements for at least 3 out of the 4 nine week grading periods, they will receive an invitation to the Aquatic Center in May! 

Reading is a skill, and like every other skill, it requires practice. The more you read, the better you become at reading!  We encourage students to read each and every day to achieve these goals!  Thank you for your support.