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Letter about Accountable Independent Reading


Dear Parent or Guardian:


Our school values reading. Because we value reading, we require our students to read independently texts that they choose. We monitor student reading progress, make recommendations about new things students might like to try, and give students an opportunity to interact and to develop reading skills through independent reading. We both support and hold students accountable for this reading.


Although each teacher has his/her own way of tracking and monitoring reading, we have set up a system in which students set goals for their reading.  Some of the changes that you will see at MVMS are:


  • Create a 1 on 1 – All students will be required to meet one-on-one with a teacher to discuss current book.  Other activities include, but not limited to,  reading logs, book trailers/visuals and written reviews.
  • School Wide Visuals - Posters will be displayed to promote reading throughout MVMS.
  • Daily Announcements about Reading – social media posts, videos, overviews
  • SRT Reading Time –Time in the weekly schedule will be designated for just READING.


Please ask your child to share what he/she is doing in the classroom during reading time. Be sure you know your child’s reading goals so you can support him/her on staying on track, celebrating successes, and problem-solving as needed (including knowing when to abandon a book and choose one that is a better fit).


We hope independent reading will be enjoyable for your student and lead to a lifetime of reading.