COMMON SENSE MEDIA
COMMON SENSE MEDIA is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. They exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development. As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, they provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
DIGITAL PASSPORT is a program Common Sense Media has created for the interactive, fun, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship to 3rd-5th grade. Third through fifth grade students here at Sunset will be given a username and password to reinforce the lessons they are learning in the library. Students can use this program at home.
Our school library is open every morning before school. The doors open at 8:15 a.m. You may check in or check out books, take AR tests and use the reference materials for research projects. The library is also open after school on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the same purposes. We hope to see you there!
Students cannot take AR tests at home. However, you can check your student’s progress in AR by going to Home Connect. You can receive updates on reading progress, view a list of all books that have been read, monitor progress toward goals, see the number of quizzes taken and words read, search for the next book to read, view vocabulary words learned and create e-mail notifications.
Click HOME CONNECT
You need your student’s username and password to view their records.
About Home Connect
A few families have reported their students AR Points don't match what is reported in HomeConnect. Remember that HomeConnect is the Renaissance Learning program that allows parents to track their students AR activity from home and will email the parents every time a student takes an AR quiz at school.
In HomeConnect there is an area marked My Overall Progress to the right of this description is a toggle switch that allows parents to look at activity for the School Year or just the Current Marking Period. The default appears to be the Current Marking Period. Parents will need to toggle to School Year in order to see the points for the entire school year. This has just become a problem because of the new trimester.
Hopefully, this will answer any questions/concerns that you or your student's families may have.
Library Media Specialist
Sunset Elementary School
Remember, we have access to every AR quiz available. This means students can read books from our school library, the public library, home libraries – basically, a book that you obtained anywhere. To determine a book's reading level, interest level and point value, use AR BookFinder.
Click AR Book Finder
You need your student's username and password to view their records.
LIVERMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Livermore Public Library is a great place to supplement our school library. Not only do they have wonderful books and programs to enjoy, but they have a wonderful database that our students frequently use for school projects. It’s called Kid's Place. You'll need a Livermore Public Library card to access the databases.