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SES Media Center






I hope your child has a wonderful 2016-2017 School Year. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be of assistance with your childs reading and academic journey.


        Student Hours: 7:45 – 2:50                                     Staff Hours: 7:30 – 3:30 



The First Nine WeeksTop Readers are as follows:

K - Charlee Gainous

1 - Rhylie Tarin

2 -Jade Davis

3 - Michelle Brinson

4 - Gianna Goosby

5 - Jonathan Miller

We are SO proud of you all. Keep up the great work!


Southside Elementary Media Center Mission Statement

The mission of Southside Elementary Media Center is to develop life-long readers and learners in a technologically rich, literary environment. Our goal is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. We believe that reading for pleasure will enrich your childs success in all academic areas, reading for pleasure also unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

* Set the example. Let children see you read!

* Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.

*Allow your children to choose their own books to read. 


Philosophy of the Media Center

Southside Elementary Media program supports all areas of instruction, providing media resources and services to the staff and students. Resources are available in a variety of formats to meet various learning styles and interests. Flexible scheduling of the Media Center allows individual students or whole classes to use the Media Center when needed. This concept of media service contributes to the development of life-long learners and to individual self-fulfillment.


    Media Center Rules and Procedures          Renaissance Place 
        Accelerated Reader Guidelines

                 AR Bookfinder

             Roddenberry Library

         Educational Links



Rules and Procedures


Respect library materials (so we’ll have plenty for everyone.)


Everything has a correct place. (Use your shelf marker!)


Always return books when they are due (or before then.)


Don’t disturb others! (Use your 5 minutes wisely.)


*In addition, all school rules apply in regards to proper behavior.


Students may come to the Media Center individually to check out books anytime during the day, but only one visit per day.

Students should bring their AR folder  library pass provided by their teacher when coming to check out books.

K - 5th grade students may check out one book.

Loan period is for one week. Chapter books may be kept for 2 weeks. At the end of that time the books may be renewed for 1 additional week.

3rd, 4th, & 5th graders are highly encouraged to read chapter books!

COUNTY-WIDE POLICY: Students may not check out books if they owe fines for lost or damaged books from our school or any other school in Grady County.

Do not try to repair damaged books. The media specialist will take care of this when the book is returned.

In the event that a book is damaged or lost, a fine will be assessed for the cost of replacing the book.





Accelerated Reader Guidelines

1. Students' reading level is determined by the STAR test and where the student was at the end of the previous year. The independent reading level on the STAR will identify the appropriate zone for each student. At a level of 3.0 and above, students should be encouraged to read chapter books.

2. All students in grades 1 - 5 will keep a reading log (Kindergarten is optional). The log must be brought to the media center when AR books are checked out. It is essential that these logs be kept correctly and up to date. Teachers must initial and write score in for each AR test taken. Reading logs should be filled out as soon as they return to the classroom. The inside front cover should have the reading zone and colored dots. Media Center will supply the first folder. Lost folders will need to be replaced by the student.

3. Students maintaining an 85% average or higher, good classroom behavior, and meeting their grade level goals each nine weeks will be rewarded with various reward celebrations.

4. Reading promotions and special events will be held throughout the year. Information will be sent out prior to each event.

5. Consequences for dishonesty in AR (lying about score, cheating, forgery, filling out log inaccurately, etc.) will result in lose of rewards celebration (s).

6. All books should be read and tested before coming to the library for new ones.

*Our focus will be on the average percent correct on each test. Lower grades (K-3) should concentrate on one book per night and one test per day. This should ensure that each test taken is 85% or higher.

Accelerated Reader is not a reading program; it is built on the premise that practice strengthens performance.

The Student Diagnostic Report should be printed weekly followed by immediate feedback through monitoring, instruction, motivation and intervention. Conferences should be held daily for At-Risk students to discuss reading strategies and good book choices. 


Educational Links




Read Write Think 




Scholastic Kids 


Interactive games 


Educational Games 


Computer games and activities 


Harcourt Learning 


Enchanted Learning 


Kids Planet 


National Geographic Kids 


Educational Games 


Bios 4 Kids 


U.S. History 


Science for Kids