Jenkins Middle School has long been a leader in all things reading, from being a pilot school for the Florida Reading Initiative, to creating dedicated reading classes for all students with focused School-Wide reads so both students and teachers can read together and learn from each other. We understand that for students to do well in school and in life, strong reading skills are a must!
We support reading both in the classroom and independently. Our library is open every day to provide students with many chances to visit, including during their lunchtime and during the new club time as well. We provide students with over 11,000 titles to choose from, more than any other middle school (and some high schools) in the county. We believe in free choice when picking books from the library. Students are encouraged to explore different types of genres as well as fiction AND nonfiction. We want to help them develop a love for reading.
We use Accelerated Reading to help students track their progress and take tests showing comprehension of the books they’ve chosen to read. To ensure that all students are working on their reading, AR points do count 45% towards students’ grades in their critical thinking classes. Students are only allowed to take an AR test on a single book one time. However, if a student receives a failing grade, they are able to improve that grade by completing an AR Book Report form available in the library and from their teachers. The completed book report form will then earn students 60% in replacement of the failing grade.
Every nine weeks, students who successfully reach their AR goal will be rewarded. We offer Movie Days, free prizes, free books, drawings for bigger prizes, food and even giveaways for yearbooks and t-shirts. We plan to add even more incentives this year!
There are rewards for students who read all fifteen Sunshine State Young Reader Award titles and for students who read at least one million words.
Reading is important to us and your child’s success in reading is our ultimate goal. For more information about our reading program and our Media Specialist, Mrs. Gastelum, please visit her website, JMSReads.com.