Byron Middle School
Media Specialist: Tina Smith
About the Media Specialist
Mrs. Smith is a product of the Peach County School System, and she is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with degrees in middle grades education, early childhood education, and library media. She and her family enjoy spending time together outside, participating in church activities, and visiting new places.
About the Media Center
The Byron Middle School Media Center is an important part of the instructional program at BMS. We hope that you will find a variety of resources that interest you and can be helpful to you. Developing a love of reading early in life is an essential component for academic success throughout your life, and we want to help you develop that life-long love of reading.
Tho goal of the media center is to teach students how to access, analyze, and use information; foster a love for reading; and support teachers, curriculum, and instruction at BMS.
Programs used in the Media Center
"What is Accelerated Reader (AR)? AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher or librarian may help your child: • Choose another book that is more appropriate. • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz. • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace." https://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R003985016GG79F2.pdf
"Destiny Library Manager is a complete library management system that can be accessed from anywhere, 24/7, helping to strengthen the crucial bond between the library, the classroom, and home." https://www.follettlearning.com/technology/products/library-management-system
How can I see what my child is reading and how he/she is doing on A.R.?
To log in to Renaissance Home Connect Website:
Username: (This is your child's 10-digit number) If your child does not know his/her number, there should be a label in the agenda with the number.
Password: (This is the same password they use to take A.R. tests) Typically this is the child's first initial and last name or last name and first initial.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the media specialist, Tina Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-825-9660.