Library Media Specialist: Nikki Slinkard
During the 2021-2022 school year, students will be able to visit the library with their Language Arts classes every 3 weeks. Students also have the ability to use Destiny Discover online catalog and place books on hold that are not readily available. *Note that the below video will give a tutorial of how to do this, however books are delivered through the media center during class visits when available.
Students can checkout 3 books at a time.
Books are due 3 weeks from checkout date.
Students are provided with regular notices throughout the year of any overdue items and fines.
There are several ways to satisfy fines for lost or damaged library books:
-Payments are accepted in the media center. Exact cash OR check payable to “Mulberry Middle School.”
-Sign up to work in the library to pay down your fines. 1 hour = $5 towards your fine!
*Fines are assessed if books reach the status of 45+ days overdue, based on age and condition of the book.
Through a partnership with Polk County Public Library Cooperative, all PCPS students have access to books and resources. Students can checkout books in person, by mail, and also have access to thousands of eBooks. Watch this video to learn the basics of how to get started!
What is Accelerated Reader?
AR is a program that assists teachers in monitoring students’ independent reading practice. Students choose books within their own individualized reading level to read. When finished, a short quiz is taken on the computer. Passing the quiz with an 80% or higher indicates a student comprehended what was read. Teachers, as well as students, are given feedback on quiz results.
At Mulberry Middle School, Each student has a personalized goal each quarter to reach. Students who meet their quarterly reading goal with an AR comprehension average of 85% or higher, will earn the school-wide rewards. Teachers may also choose to offer classroom rewards.
At Mulberry Middle, students reach their Accelerated Reader goal and earn school-wide rewards by:
- Reading books within or above their suggested ZPD (Reading Level) and then taking the AR quiz
- Maintaining an overall comprehension average of 85% or higher
- Reaching or exceeding their individualized point goal
How do I know if the book I am reading is an AR book?
Most all books in the Mulberry Middle School Media Center have a label inside the front cover that tells what the book’s AR level is. You can check any book by using the link below.
How do I monitor AR progress towards my goal?
You can view AR progress through the Accelerated Home Connect link below.
User Name: Student’s Class Link username
Password: 4 DIGIT Birthday MM/DD
Parents can sign up for email notification of tests taken and grade earned. This is a great tool for parents to support and encourage their child while they are working towards their A.R Goal. Just look for the “Email Setup” in the top right corner.
Sunshine State Young Readers
Students may check out ONE Sunshine State book at a time.
Students can read and test on any Sunshine State Books, even if the book is not within their A.R ZPD level.
Pass the SSYRA A.R test with a 70% or higher to earn:
Brag Tag for each book read
3 Books-Participate in SSYRA state voting in the spring
6 Books– Library Prize Cart-Reader’s Choice
12-14 Books– Sunshine State Reader Certificate, End of Year Awards
15 Books– Trophy, End of Year Awards