We are so lucky to have an open, flexible schedule as advocated by the American Association of School Librarians. Students visit with their class for scheduled lessons, and they also visit in small groups throughout the day. It is expected that all students will visit the library as often as necessary with a minimum expectation of at least once a week. Students in grades 3 – 5 may also visit the library before school, excluding Mondays, in order to take RC tests for any SSYRA titles they have completed.
Check Out Procedures
Students who check out books may keep the book for one week and then renew it for one more week if they have not finished reading it. No fines are assessed for overdue books, but students may not check out another book until the overdue book is returned. In addition, if a student damages or loses a library book they are responsible for the current replacement cost of the damaged/lost item.
*Parents & family members, please do everything you can to encourage your student to take care of their library books. You can help:
1. Remind your child to keep their books clean & dry (no water bottles in backpacks)
2. Help keep books in a safe place away from pets & small children
3. When changing a residence, place library books in your child's backpack for safekeeping/return
Our goal for this school year is 100,000,000 words.
Reading Counts is an extra-curricular, literature-based motivation and management program that is designed to encourage students to read for pleasure.
Students in grades 2 – 5 who choose to use the Scholastic Reading Counts program may use it to track their progress and will receive positive recognition for their efforts. Students at Freedom Elementary must take RC tests at school with at least 80% accuracy in order to receive a passing score.
The Latest Swoop
The Latest Swoop is our daily, student-produced news program where our principal, our students, and special guests share important school news, events, reminders, and recognition. All Freedom Elementary community members, including parents and families, are welcome to view the news show each day via the link in the Destiny tile found in VPortal.
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3–5. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure. The books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum alignment, and diverse representation. Students at Freedom Elementary must read the selected titles independently and take the respective RC test in the media center. Students receive recognition and prizes for each title passed. Students who read and pass at least 3 titles are invited to a voting celebration in the spring.
The purpose of this program is to create student interest in reading for pleasure by exposing our primary students to a variety of appropriate literature. The SSYRAjr titles are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and diverse representation. Miss Ross will share the picture book titles with students during scheduled lessons. Students are encouraged to read the chapter book titles independently.
Each month, the Freedom Elementary Library hosts two challenges open to all students in grades 3 – 5. The Genre Challenge encourages students to read a specific fiction book each month. Our Nonfiction Challenge requires participating students to read a book from a specific Dewey section.
Additional Media Programs:
The Freedom Community will provide a strong foundation for academic and social growth to support our students in achieving their personal best.
Lauren Ross - Media Specialist
Beth Boggs - Media Assistant
The Mission of the Media Center at Freedom Elementary is to be the best in Volusia County and the State of Florida. The Media Center will provide a book collection that will pique student interest and encourage a lifelong love of reading!