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My name is Rhonda West. I began my education right here at Double Springs Elementary School, and I am a proud 1984 graduate of Winston County High School. In the last 29 years, I have taught in almost every grade level from K-6. I entered the library in August 2002, and it is the best job in the school. I am also an aide on bus SE-3 for the Winston County Transportation Department. I am married to Patrick West, and we have two daughters. Anna Kate teaches 7th Grade Social Science at Muscle Shoals Middle School. Abby is a student at the University of North Alabama. Our newest member of the family is Max, our labradoodle. In additon to church, work, family, and community activities, I like to read, walk, and go riding in our side-by-side. I just recently started piano lessons. I love my job, our school, and our town.
BS Elementary Education: University of North Alabama
MA Elementary Education: University of Alabama Birmingham
Add on Library of Science: Jacksonville State University
What Does the DSES Librarian Do?
-Encourages a love for books and reading
-Has a 35 minute scheduled time for each homeroom class one day a week during which we may read, have lessons on library skills, do author studies, sing, dance, learn, talk (quietly of course), have book discussions, check-out books, etc
-Collaborates with classroom teachers to promote learning
-Assists teachers in locating books, videos, equipment
-Assists students in locating and checking out books during AR trade time
-Manages the library collection which includes:
1) ordering new books, audio-visual materials, equipment, magazines, etc.
2) cataloging new materials to get them ready for check-out
3) repairing and maintaining books and equipment
4) weeding the collection
-Administers the STAR test
-Maintains and oversees the Accelerated Reader Program
-Manages the DSES Web Page
-Serves as editor of the yearbook
-Serves as the LEA at IEP meetings
Library Check-out Policies:
Kindergarteners are allowed to check out 1 book per week during their regular scheduled library time.
First and Second Graders are allowed to check out 1 book per week during their regular scheduled library time. Students select books according to the homeroom teacher's instructions. I suggest that the book be an on level AR book.(at least until AR goals are met) Students are allowed to come back and swap AR books (after testing) during allotted times with teacher permission.
Third and Fourth Graders are allowed to check out 2 books per week during their regular scheduled library time. Students select books according to the homeroom teacher's instructions. I suggest that at least one book be an on level AR book. Students are allowed to come back and swap AR books (after testing) during allotted times with teacher permission.
Book Return Policies:
Students are allowed to keep a book out for 1 week from the day of check-out.
There is a $.05 charge for everyday a book is overdue.
Students are responsible for the total cost of the book if the book is lost or returned damaged.
I encourage the students to always keep their library book in their backpack unless it is in their hands or desk at school.
This way it is safe from siblings, pets, accidental spills, etc., and it will always be at school on their library day which helps them avoid overdue charges and allows them to swap it for another book.
About the AR Program:
The Accelerated Reader (AR) is an electronic reading incentive program that is designed to motivate students to read more and better quality books. First, students read AR books and take a computerized test. After the test has been scored, points are awarded to students based upon the number of correct answers given and the point value of the book.
Remembering Our Goal:
Please keep in mind that AR is NOT all about the points. The purpose of AR is to
1.) Encourage a love for reading.
2.) Improve reading skills by allowing children to read and test on books that are on their reading level.
AR Home Connect login
Login with your child's AR Username and Password
Click here to learn how to view your child's AR progress from home.
Accelerated Reader Help!
To find out if books you have at home are AR books, follow the steps below.
1. Go to www.arbookfind.com
2. Click the Quick Search tab (on the top of the page).
3. Type a book title, author, or series in the search box.
4. Click Go.
5. To narrow the results, select any of the options on the left of the screen under Refine Your Search.
You can continue to refine your search until you get your desired results.