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Destiny Card Catalog

AR Update

 March 9,2017 is the end of the Third Nine Weeks and the last day to achieve those goals.


Sunshine State Young Readers Award

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.

To qualify for votiong students must read and test/ complete a crossword with 80% comprehension on three titles by March 9, 2017. On April 5, 2017 we will have represenatives from the Sumetr County Elections office with us to help our students vote for the SSYRA title of thier choice. 


2016-2017 SSYRA 3rd Grade

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen & Daryle Conners

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Pet War by Allan Woodrow

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks

 the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr.

The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to listen to these books read to them, read them in a small group setting, or read independently to develop skills in fluency and comprehension. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books.


2016-2017 SSYRA Jr. 2nd Grade

The Skunk by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena & illustrated by Christian Robinson

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins & illustrated by Paul Zelinsky

Sparky! by Jenny Offill & illustrated by Chris Appelhans

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Amy Namey in Ace Reporter by Megan McDonald & illustrated by Erwin Madrid

Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Timothy Roland

The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin




Mindset Videos


Growth Mindset videos from the Florida Department of Education address how the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who states that the way students think impacts their attitudes toward learning and how they perform in the classroom. 


Each video lesson and accompanying survey will earn parents 30 minutes of informational time.  While both parents may review the two videos and five articles, credit will be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 3.5 hours per household. 


To take advantage of this opportunity for earning informational hours, access these resources at:


AR Home Connect

Just as last year, you can be able to check your child's AR information from home! 

The link to this site is:

You will use your child's log-in information for this site. 

AR Book Find

A valuable tool to help figure out if a book is AR is   Please note: not all books and quizzes listed on this site are available at our media center for testing. 

Parent PI Books

  The Elementary Media Centers offer the following books that you may read and take AR tests on for Informational hours.  I recommend  you read them earlier in the year as they can be hard to find the closer we get to May!  Please note:  you must have a student enrolled in the Elementary School to read and test on these books for PI time.  The media centers at the Middle and High Schools have books for parents of their students.

1-2-3 Magic (Spanish edition) by Thomas W. Phelan

How We Love Our Kids by Milan Yerkovich

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson 

How to Talk so Kids Will Learn by  Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to Parent so Children Will Learn by Sylvia Rimm 

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

No Regrets Parenting  by Harley Rothbart 

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline

Parenting Without Power Struggles Susan Stiffleman

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Raising Lifelong Learners- Lucy Calkins- NEW*****

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka 

These books are available at the media centers and at local public libraries.


AR Guidelines


Students must stay in their AR ZPD Range except for the following situations:

    1. A book read to the whole class by the teacher and is related to curriculum
    2. Reading Anthology Quizzes
    3. Sunshine State Books
    4. Books that are part of a series (i.e. some books are in their ZPD range and some are not)
  1. Students (grades 2-5) are responsible for finding books in their ZPD range. Media Specialists/ Assistants will assist when necessary, but it is important for students to become independent in locating a book in their range.




  • 80% comprehension required
  • Goals are set each nine weeks for students. These points & comprehension percentage start over each nine weeks.
  • Dress Down Day for those who reach their goal with an 80% or higher comprehension average.
  • Point Clubs: Points are cumulative, including summer reading. Must maintain 80% or higher comprehension in order to receive prizes.
  • Prizes are given in increments of 10.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Bowersox

Primary Center: (352) 259-7700

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300

Contact Information for:

Tara Zawacki 

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300

4/5 Building: (352) 259-6850

Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

March Newsletter - March Newsletter

Media Center Links

Association for Library Service for Children - Links to book-related websites
Authors - Children's Literature Web Guide
Book Adventure - Create personal reading lists and take quizzes
Dr. Seuss - Games and activities related to Dr. Seuss books
Magic Tree House - Lessons, activities and news about the Magic Tree House series
Yahooligans - Web guide for kids

 April 2017
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