Howard Drive Elementary

Media Center

Hours

Our media center is open daily from 8:00 to 8:30 for students who are accompanied by an adult.  Additionally, for students accompanied by an adult, the media center will be open Wednesday afternoons from 1:50 to 2:20.

Summer Reading

Again this year, summer reading is a requirement for our students.  See below for instructions by grade level.

It is recommended that students continue to read 30 minutes a day, however, they will be required to read assigned books and complete two book reports. The book report forms can be found by clicking on the buttons on the right. Books may be borrowed at your local library or purchased at a local bookstore or on-line. (Powell’s Books, Better World Books, Barnes and Nobles, Scholastic Books, Books A Million). See below for instructions by grade level.

To help in the selection of additional reading materials, the district has compiled a suggested list of books that can be found at Summer Reading List.  Also there is a list of options to encourage our young readers to be creative and demonstrate comprehnsion by completing some of the activities on listed at this site . Be sure to use the AR Bookfinder for reading level appropriate AR books. If using a MyOn book please ensure the rading level is appropriate by checking the ATOS level located in the description/search area of MyOn. Completed book reports will need to be returned at the beginning of the next school year. This assignment will be reflected as a grade in the student's reading effort.  PTA will provide a reward for our students for fulfilling this requirement.  

Incoming Kindergarten

Please read 2 books of your choice. Complete the chart below and return to the homeroom teacher when returning to school in August.

Incoming First Graders

Please read the books listed below. Complete two activities in the Summer Reading Journal for each book. Follow up activities will also be assigned by the Reading and Language Arts teacher in August.

Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie
By: Jeff Brown, Lori Haskins Houran

The Garden Project
By: Margaret McNamara

Incoming Second Graders

Please read the books listed below. Complete two activities in the Summer Reading Journal for each book. Follow up activities will also be assigned by the Reading and Language Arts teacher in August.

Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate
By: Marcia Thorton and Debbie Dadey

National Geographic Kids Tigers
By: Laura Marsh

Incoming Third Graders

Please read the book listed below and one of your choice. Follow up activities will be assigned by the Reading and Language Arts teacher in August.

Owl Moon
By: Jane Yolen

Incoming Fourth Graders

Please read the book listed and one of your choice. Follow up activities will be assigned by the Reading and Language Arts teacher in August.

Frindle
By: Andrew Clemens

Incoming Fifth Graders

Please read the book listed and one of your choice. Follow up activities will be assigned by the Reading and Language Arts teacher in August.

Number the Stars
By: Lois Lowry

Destiny

This is our library online. You can request books, put books on hold, and see if your book is available. To access Destiny just click here.

  • Scroll down to Howard Drive Elementary School

  • Click on the school name

  • Click on the "catalog" tab

  • Search title, author, subject or series by typing the appropriate information in the "find" box

Accelerated Reader (AR) ​

Students will take AR tests during school hours. You can check the level of a book or if a book is AR by clicking here on ARBookFinder  then entering the title of the book or other search criteria. 

AR Home Connect is a tool to help track your child’s progress at home in our Accelerated Reader (AR) program (ask your child for his/her user name and password)

eBooks

Our students are enjoying reading our eBooks online.  To access our eBooks:

  OR if you want more information about the book, i.e., its AR level:

  • On Destiny’s homepage, click on the “catalog” tab

  • Click on the white “visual” tab

  • Click on the “eBooks/Interactive books” icon two times

  • Click "open" on the desired book title

Use this username: 2541-student
Use this password: 2541student 

Birthday Book Club

You can honor your child’s birthday by having him/her join our Birthday Book Club. For a $10 donation, your child can choose a book from a selection of new books in the media center. A bookplate will be placed in the front of the book and the book will be presented to your child on morning announcements.  Your child will be the first one to enjoy the book and after it is returned to our media center, all of our Howard Drive children will have the opportunity to enjoy the book. The money collected will be used to buy more books for our media center. Please see the school librarian approximately a week before your child's birthday to participate. The program runs all year but ends in mid-May.