Beaumont ISD Read-A-Thon Support Page
Welcome to our Beaumont ISD Read-A-Thon Information Page!
Who can participate in the Read-A-Thon?
We encourage all Beaumont ISD students, Kindergarten through 8th grade, to participate by reading each day (even on weekends) for a minimum of 20 minutes.
How do students participate in the Read-A-Thon?
After completing an appropriately-leveled book, the student asks to take the Accelerated Reader quiz over it. Upon successful completion, the student earns AR points that go toward his/her Read-A-Thon count total.
How do students and campuses earn recognitions in the Read-A-Thon?
We recognize the top readers in each grade cluster on each campus: K - 1; 2 - 3; 4 - 5; and 6 - 8. The boy and girl on each campus in each grade cluster earning the most AR points in the Read-A-Thon by successfully completing books within his/her reading range will be crowned the King and Queen of Reading. Top point earners will be provided prizes such as treat bags, certificates of achievement, and free books. Campuses can earn a Recognition Banner in categories such as earning the most AR points or reading the most books.
How can I find out my child's reading level range?
Every BISD student is screened using the STAR 360 screening instrument at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Please ask your child's reading teacher for the ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) reading range that is provided by the screener.
How can I find out what books my child is testing over and the test scores?
Renaissance Learning makes it very easy! Simply sign up for Home Connect at: https://hosted404.renlearn.com/234989/HomeConnect/
Your child's ID (Lunch) number is the user name. Your child's birthday (two digit month, day, year) is the password. For example, January 23, 2010 would be 012310. You can also sign up for Email alerts in the upper right of the Home Connect screen. It will email you every time your child takes an AR quiz and provide you with the score immediately. No more wondering!
How do I know if a book is on Accelerated Reader?
Simply go to www.arbookfind.com to type in the name of the book or author. You can then search for the particular book and see how many points it is worth for AR, the reading level of the book, and more.
Can we take Accelerated Reader tests at home (K - 8th grade)?
No, we require students to take AR tests on the school campus under the supervision of a teacher. This prevents any misuse of the program.
Where can I find books for my child to read?
All students have access to check out books in their campus library, but we also have a vast digital library available for EVERY Beaumont ISD student, PreK through 12th grade. See below for how to access the MyOn digital library which contains thousands of engaging books! These books can be accessed on any desktop computer, smartphone, ipad, or Kindle Fire HD. Plus, you can use an old smartphone or device. Simply go to a place with free WiFi, such as our local McDonald's, open the MyOn platform on the smartphone/device, log in to MyOn, and you can download up to 20 books onto the device to read offline at home. No WiFi needed once the books are downloaded! There are also AR quizzes available for almost every MyOn book.
How will this help my child on the STAAR test?
If you are worried about your child's performance on the STAAR assessment, remember that your child's ability to read is a HUGE factor in STAAR performance success -- not just on the reading tests, but on every other test as well, including math. One of the best things you can do to prepare your child for the STAAR test is to ensure they are reading each day and responding to the reading through writing.
What else can we do to foster comprehension when reading?
Responding to reading through writing will greatly help to solidify your child's comprehension of what was read. We offer many different reading response organizers below. Feel free to print and use as needed.
As your child finishes reading for the day, have him or her briefly summarize what happened in the book and add to it during each reading session. This will help your child to remember important events, allows you to review the book contents with them, and will also help prepare them for their AR quiz over the book (Kinder through 8th grade students have access to Accelerated Reader quizzes).