Summertime Message from Mrs. Markham

I encourage you to enjoy some good 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

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade:  Hank the Cowdog, 31 Clues, Warrior, 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

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 for the 2017-2018 School Year
School days 8:00 - 3:45

We Have Accelerated Reader Enterprise!

That means we have every AR test!

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 .  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. 

 Online Resources

  Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr.    Video clips, games, units of study in the realm of Health, Science, Math, Technology, English and Social Studies.  Open 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  user: crookedriver    password: school
Parents who are interested in obtaining a home subscription may visit the website at


This is FREE to Georgia schools and educators. Galileo is a virtual library that provides access to over 100 databases. School computers should connect automatically. This is a great source for full text magazine articles.

Please email media specialist for the password to use at home.

Recommended Websites for Elementary School Students  This is a link to Camden County's list of recommended websites.
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