What is AR? Accelerated Reader is an online reading improvement initiative funded by the Peabody PTA and supported by the Peabody faculty. Students read books, then take quizzes on them to assess comprehension, and earn points toward prizes and recognition! Lots more info about AR at Peabody is here.
AR Coach Role: Your main task will be to read with students and help them through the process of taking a quiz online (instructions on how to pull up quizzes will be available in each classroom). The teacher will pair you with the student(s) she needs you to work with that day.
Sign Up: Please click on our Volunteer Spot page to view all of the open volunteer times. You can sign up for as many spots as you like, whenever your schedule allows. Some of the windows of time are long, but please know you are not committing to staying for the entire block of time — this is just the window that the teacher could use your help. We would ask that you plan on staying for at least 20-30 minutes.
IMPORTANT: You must be a Level II or Level III approved volunteer before serving as an AR Coach. If you were Level II or Level III approved last school year (2012-13), then are this year as well. If you’re not sure, please call or visit the school office and ask them to check the volunteer list for your name. Info on the Volunteer Approval process is here.
Feedback: This is a bit of an experiment in mobilizing classroom volunteers at Peabody, so please feel free to email any comments or questions about how it’s going!
Interested in making a more regular commitment? Consider being a STAR Tutor.
Have you always dreamed of being a star? Peabody’s STAR tutoring program will give you just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
Super Tutors Achieving Results (STARs) work with Peabody’s younger students (mostly 2nd & 3rd graders) who are struggling readers to put them on a path to success. We’re looking for Peabody parents and other community members who are willing to commit at least an hour every other week through the end of April. This level of commitment will allow you to form a bond with the students you’re paired with and really make progress with them. (Not ready for this much commitment? Be an AR Coach!)
Tutoring times are available throughout the school day and until 5:00 p.m. for students in the aftercare program. Volunteers do not need any special teaching experience — you’ll mostly just be providing extra one-on-one reading practice with your student — but a brief training session will be provided to acclimate you to the tutoring experience.
STAR Tutoring in the News: Click here to read more about the program in the LampLighter, Cooper-Young’s community newspaper.
TO SIGN UP:
Returning STAR Tutors: Please register here.
New STAR Tutors: If you were NOT a STAR tutor during 2012-13, please follow these instructions to be approved as a Level III volunteer through Shelby County Schools and sign up as a STAR tutor:
1. Come to the Peabody office to obtain a Fingerprint ID Form during the school day (8 am – 3 pm). Fill it out and have Principal Melanie Nelson or Optional Coordinator Deirdre Jones sign it.
2. Call the SCS board (416-7600) for a fingerprinting appointment, and take your driver’s license (or other government-issued photo ID) and social security number to your appointment with you.
3. After being fingerprinted, please fill out the STAR Tutoring online registration form. You will be contacted when your name has cleared the approval process and your students have been assigned.
Have other questions? Email Ginger Spickler, volunteer STAR coordinator.
They want our kids to LOVE reading, so they’ve dreamed up a way to make it extra fun! Just try to think of a more magical reading experience than sitting in a park … listening to books … under the starlight!
Join Ms. Barringer and Ms. McMillen for a great night at Peabody Park (the corner of Cooper and Higbee.) It will get your child excited about reading and points for AR!
Note: This is a fun night for child AND parent. No drop-offs, please. We promise — you’ll want to share this night with your kiddo.