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Amazing Accelerated Reader Achievements at H-D

Isabel Belina, a 7th grader at Howells-Dodge Consolidated School, achieved an amazing accomplishment in Accelerated Reader: she earned an incredible 500 points during the first semester!

If you are not aware of what Accelerated Reader is (also referred to as A.R.), students choose books to read then take quizzes over them. Each book is worth a certain amount of points, depending on its length and difficulty. Students are required to read books and complete an A.R. point goal each semester.

Depending on grade level, semester goals range from 20 - 40 points. An especially high goal would be 50 - 60 points. Mrs. Audrey VanLengen, 7-12 English teacher said of Isabel, “Many students achieve their A.R. goal easily and go beyond their required amount of points each semester, but to get 500 points is unbelievable! Isabel is a voracious reader who was very motivated to read as much as she could.”

Annemarie Slaughter, also a 7th grader, earned 246.9 points for the first semester, which is an outstanding accomplishment. Both Isabel and Annemarie, along with two boys in the 7th grade, did an excellent job on A.R. Cooper Kreikemeier earned 184.5 points and Nathan Tomcak earned 155.9 points.

Other leading A.R. readers for the first semester are juniors Jordan Howell with 225.6 points, Ashlynn Throener with 180, Sasha Perrin with 173, Ellie Baumert with 111.5, and Jacob Hegemann with 111.  Sophomore Blair Fiala was the 10th H-D student to earn over a hundred points with 103.6. 

The 7th grade and 11th grade won the A.R. Class Challenge by accumulating an impressive 64 point class average. They will enjoy an afternoon of bowling and pizza on February 3rd as their reward.

“I am so proud of these students for their efforts!” said Mrs. VanLengen. “I always tell the kids that ‘reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’, so the more we read at H-D, the better students we will be.”