Thanks to all who have attended our recent Coffee Talks. One of the intended benefits of hosting our coffees is the opportunity for me to speak with parents and receive feedback from them about our special programs at Polaris. At our most recent Coffee Talk, parents expressed an interest in learning how to support and progress-monitor their child’s independent reading at home.
To challenge and engage our many gifted readers, every Polaris student participates in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program at school. Using Renaissance Place software, students are able to keep a log of the books they read, take quizzes to assess their understanding of the book’s content, and, with the help of their teacher, monitor their progress during the school year. This helps students select books at their reading level.
This program has a feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which allows you and your student to access his/her account from home. This tool can help you encourage independent reading time at home, and keep you informed about your child’s reading progress.
Renaissance Home Connect can be accessed by any computer and is easy to use. It allows you, your child, and your child’s teacher to share information about his/her progress in AR.
To access Renaissance Home Connect from home, click on the following link and login using the user name and password below:
User Name: DPS (followed by student’s DPS ID number)
Password: student’s birthdate (010204 format)
If you would like to receive email updates showing your student’s results, click the Email Setup link at the top right corner of your student’s page and follow the directions. If you have any questions about Renaissance Place or the AR program used at Polaris, please feel free to contact me.
Read and delight,
Principal Karin Johnson