STAR (Students Thrilled About Reading) PROGRAM
STAR is a Madison PTA-sponsored program designed to encourage students to read and be read to. Research shows that the amount of reading done out of school is consistently related to gains in academic achievement.
HOW IT WORKS
The STAR program runs from October to March. Parents record the number of minutes that the student spends reading, or being read to, each day outside of class on the new, on-line Google form that is emailed weekly from Dr. Cash via ParentSquare. All weekly forms are due by the 5th of the next month. For example, all weekly forms for October are due by November 5th. We encourage all families to use the on-line form, however if necessary, you can print the paper forms and turn them into your teacher by the 5th of the following month. We also encourage you to read as much as you want, but the maximum number of minutes that can be earned each month is 2,500 minutes.
REACH FOR THE STARS!
New and exciting rewards will go to the class with the most reading minutes each month*. At the Town Hall Meeting, we will announce the monthly winner of the STAReading Banner and $25 in Scholastic Reading dollars for the teacher to spend on books for the class.
In addition to the top classroom awards, students can earn other prizes for being a STAR reader. Students who reach certain reading levels, based on cumulative minutes read to, earn prizes as follows:
LEVEL 1 – 3,500 MINUTES earns a free book.
That’s an average of 20 minutes a day!
LEVEL 2 – 5,400 MINUTES earns Town Hall recognition.
That’s an average of just over 30 minutes a day!
LEVEL 3 – 6,300 MINUTES earns a gift certificate to Madison’s Spring Book Fair.
That’s about 35 minutes a day!
* For monthly class awards, minutes will be determined by total class minutes divided by the class size. The STAReading Banner will float each month to the top classroom.
LINKS FOR STAR NOVEMBER 2019 ONLINE CALENDARS:
** All weekly forms are due by the 5th of the next month **