Media Center

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 Lexile and

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. To help achieve this skill, students read AR books and take computerized quizzes. 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. 

      Students can only test on titles which have a corresponding AR test. There are currently over 150,000 quizzes and new quizzes are added each month.  Books from home and the public library may very well have a corresponding AR quiz!  Not sure if your book from home is AR?  Visit this website to check:

       What is a Lexile? How Can I Improve my Child’s Lexile Reading Level?  A Lexile measure is one way to measure and monitor your child’s reading level.  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). 

      In our school library we label our books with colored dots on the spine to help children find a book that is within their individual Lexile measure.  We call these books “good fit” books.  The following chart helps the students see the color dot that matches their Lexile reading level.

  Crooked River AR/Lexile Book Color Dots


AR chart



     To monitor your child’s AR progress from home, Renaissance Place has a component called Home Connect that can be used outside of school at any computer that has internet.  You can access Renaissance Home Connect by going to: 

      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. 

     If you have any questions about the Accelerated Reader program please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Markham, the CRES Media Specialist at (912) 673-6995.


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.