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A media center is much more than just books; a media center is a vital connection between kids, teachers and their curriculum. Several major studies have determined that student test scores can be directly linked to the quality of a school district’s media centers. When visiting the media center, students can perform research through books, magazines, and other computer-assisted devices. They can also find reading materials in the fiction and nonfiction areas for personal or classroom assignments. Students and staff also have access to other technology, including audio books, e-books, digital and video cameras, and much more.

Accelerated ReaderAccelerated Reader provides computerized comprehension quizzes for many of the school library books. The books are given a grade level number so students are able to self-select books at their individual reading level. Once a student finishes reading the book, they logon to a school computer to answer questions based on the book they have read.

Click here to search for more than 145,000 book titles based on authors, topics, or titles. Just type what you want to search for in the blank field. You will then be able to sort your search results, select book titles to add to your AR BookBag, print a list of your search results, or start a new search. You will also find reading practice, vocabulary practice, literacy skills and recorded voice quizzes.

Accelerated Reader Renaissance Home Connect for Parents
Home Connect links the school and home so students and parents can see progress toward reading goals, conduct book searches, review quiz results, view number of books and words read, quizzes passed and more. Enter student user name and password that was sent home with the student.

Accelerated Reader Enterprise offers unlimited access to more than 150,000 AR Quizzes (nearly half of which are nonfiction). There are five types of quizzes:

  • Reading Practice Quizzes ask questions that measure a student’s comprehension of a book. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Recorded Voice Quizzes allow beginning readers and/or ELLs to take quizzes on their own because they include professionally narrated audio. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Vocabulary Practice Quizzes reinforce key vocabulary words in books students choose for independent reading.
  • Literacy Skills Quizzes help you measure your students’ proficiency with 24 higher-level reading and critical-thinking skills.
  • Textbook Quizzes enable you to monitor comprehension of material that students read in the specific textbook series you use.

Online Resources

Destiny

Destiny is the online catalog for St. Francis Area Schools. Students have the ability to check their accounts and use online resources via Destiny. Contact your school's media center for more information.

Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications. 

Culture Grams

Culture Grams allows users to experience the cultures of more than 200 countries in reports that include maps, statistics, a glossary and in-depth information on 25 categories.  Or, take a tour of our 50 states and the District of Columbia in fun filled reports.

Research from Home

The Electronic Library for Minnesota offers students and staff a world of information at their fingertips. This site allows you to research newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and academic journals on thousands of topics. The best thing about this site is that you can access it from anywhere and it is free.  In the teen section, students can access encyclopedias and almanacs, pro/con issues, the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Science Reference Center, and much more.  There is even a section that contains copies of hundreds of e-books.  This is a one-stop location for all of your school research needs.

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