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Long Creek
9213-A Beatties Ford Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Courier #: 444
P: 980-343-6095  |  F: 980-343-6144 
Principal: Felisa Simpson
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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AR & Renaissance Place

AR Corner

Long Creek Elementary School proudly participates in the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader (AR) Program using the web based version with Renaissance Place.  Based on the results of a preliminary reading test, each child is provided with a reading level range and a quarterly point goal.  You can help your child benefit from AR by understanding how it works and by supporting/encouraging your child's participation. 

What is AR? 

AR is a research based reading program that helps your child increase his or her reading comprehension and word recognition skills.  Click here to learn more about the research behind the AR program.   

How does AR work? 
Students read AR books and then take computerized tests at school (in their classroom, computer lab, or the Media Center) to assess their comprehension.  The computer grades the test and tracks the student's reading success.  The goal is to achieve at least an 85% comprehension grade as well as the student's individual point goal.  Each student also has an AR page in his/her planner, which has his/her reading range and quarterly AR progress recorded in it.  The planner is taken to the Media Center when the students are checking out AR books to ensure the students stay within their reading range.

How do I know my child's reading range and AR progress? 
The best way to track your child's progress is using Renaissance Place Home Connect. This will allow you to view your child's progress as well as sign up for email messages when your child takes an AR test (see your child's teacher for log-in and password). The student planner also has your child's reading range, point goal, and AR progress. 

How does the school motivate the students to participate in the AR program?
There are three school-wide motivators for AR:
  • At the end of each quarter the students who have met their personal AR goals will get to participate in an AR celebration. The celebrations will be announced each quarter over the morning news. The AR celebration for 1st quarter of 2009-2010 will be a dance.
  • When students receive 100% on AR tests, they put their name on an AR Ticket.  These tickets are placed in a jar in the media center.  Once a week, Mr. Thomas, pulls names from the jar and those students receive a small prize.
  • Each quarter the school has a word-count goal.  Each student who contributes to our word-count goal will receive a prize.
Where is the AR list? 
You can find out if a book is an AR book by visiting

Where are AR books? 
Our Media Center has a selection of AR books, all marked with an AR sticker.  Students are allowed to checkout AR books from the Media Center daily.  Most classrooms also have a selection of AR books.  The public library has many AR books in their collection; and those at branches other than the North County Regional Public Library can be ordered and picked up at the North County Regional Public Library (the public librarians can help with this). 

If you have further questions about the AR Program, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Alexander.  Thank you. 


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