The Villages Elemetary School

Media Center

Destiny Card Catalog 

Accelerated Reader

An ice cream party for 2nd and 3rd grade will be held at the end of the year for students who have reached 100 points or higher.

2nd Nine Week Goals:

50% of goal- November 15

75% of goal- December 7

100% of goal- December 22


eBooks are here!

The link is Username is the student's first initial plus their 10 digit ID number found on Skyward. Password is buffalo. We have a variety of books, including PI books for checkout.

Sunshine State Young Readers Award 

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation.



2017-2018 SSYRA 3rd Grade

Allie, First at last by Angela Cervantes

Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly Burnham

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep

Framed! by James Ponti

 The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

Maxi's Secret: Or What You Can Learn From A Dog by Lynn Plourde

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomon

Night of the Living Worms by Dave Coverly

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildne

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Willy Maykit in Space by Greg Trine



 the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr.

The mission of the SSYRA Jr. program is to develop student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing them to a wide range of appropriate literature. Sunshine State Jr. books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to listen to these books read to them, read them in a small group setting, or read independently to develop skills in fluency and comprehension. Students will be eligible to vote in the spring after listening/reading at least three of the books.


2017-2018 SSYRA Jr. 2nd Grade


 Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen

There's a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins

The Rooster Who Would not be Quiet by Carmen Deedy

Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich

Let Me Finish by Minh Le Illustrated

Ferocious Fluffity by Erica per

The Bad guys by Aaron Blabey

Narwal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper

My Pet human by Yasmin Surovec

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke




Mindset Videos


Growth Mindset videos from the Florida Department of Education address how the research of Dr. Carol Dweck who states that the way students think impacts their attitudes toward learning and how they perform in the classroom. 


Each video lesson and accompanying survey will earn parents 30 minutes of informational time.  While both parents may review the three videos and five articles, credit will be awarded to only one parent for a maximum of 4.0 hours per household. 


To take advantage of this opportunity for earning informational hours, access these resources at: Mindset Videos and Resources for PI Time


AR Home Connect

Just as last year, you can be able to check your child's AR information from home! 

The link to this site is:

You will use your child's log-in information for this site. 

AR Book Find

A valuable tool to help figure out if a book is AR is   Please note: not all books and quizzes listed on this site are available at our media center for testing. 

Parent PI Books

  The Elementary Media Centers offer the following books that you may read and take AR tests on for Informational hours.  I recommend you read them earlier in the year as they can be hard to find the closer we get to May!  Please note:  you must have a student enrolled in the Elementary School to read and test on these books for PI time.  The media centers at the Middle and High Schools have books for parents of their students.

1-2-3 Magic (Spanish edition) by Thomas W. Phelan

How We Love Our Kids by Milan Yerkovich

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson 

How to Talk so Kids Will Learn by  Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

How to Parent so Children Will Learn by Sylvia Rimm 

Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

No Regrets Parenting  by Harley Rothbart 

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline

Parenting Without Power Struggles Susan Stiffleman

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Raising Lifelong Learners- Lucy Calkins- NEW*****

Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka 

These books are available at the media centers and at local public libraries.


AR Guidelines


Students must stay in their AR ZPD Range except for the following situations:

    1. A book read to the whole class by the teacher and is related to curriculum
    2. Reading Anthology Quizzes
    3. Sunshine State Books
    4. Books that are part of a series (i.e. some books are in their ZPD range and some are not)( series defined as books dependent on each other to continue the story)
  1. Students (grades 2-5) are responsible for finding books in their ZPD range. Media Specialists/ Assistants will assist when necessary, but it is important for students to become independent in locating a book in their range.




  • 80% comprehension required
  • Goals are set each nine weeks for students. These points & comprehension percentage start over each nine weeks.
  • A reward for those who reach their goal with an 80% or higher comprehension average.
  • Point Clubs: Points are cumulative, including summer reading. Must maintain 80% or higher comprehension in order to receive prizes.
  • Prizes are given in increments of 10.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Bowersox

Primary Center: (352) 259-7700

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300

Contact Information for:

Tara Zawacki 

Intermediate Center: (352) 259-2300

4/5 Building: (352) 259-6850

Media Center Acrobat(.PDF) Documents

October Newsletter-Intermediate Center -

Media Center Links

Association for Library Service for Children - Links to book-related websites
Authors - Children's Literature Web Guide
Book Adventure - Create personal reading lists and take quizzes
Dr. Seuss - Games and activities related to Dr. Seuss books
Magic Tree House - Lessons, activities and news about the Magic Tree House series
Overdrive eBooks - Link to eBooks
Yahooligans - Web guide for kids