Valley Ridge Reader

========VRA Media Center News - May 2021=========

We Are Blooming with Good Books

Get connected to the exciting literacy programs in our media center even when you are at home. Below you will find highlights of our upcoming events, special books, super readers, birthday book club members and much more. The Valley Ridge Media Center can help you with all your learning needs. Use this newsletter to guide you to all we have to offer our Hawk School Family.

Congratulations Read-a-thon Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Read-a-thon. Ms. Singleton, Ms. Berg and Ms. Pounder each won a $25 Amazon gift card for collecting the most donations. Thank you to our business sponsors Chick-fil-a and Brain Balance Achievement Center. We also want to thank the VRA PTO for all of their support with the Read-a-thon and getting books from Scholastic. We are so grateful for all of the donations. We will be able to add new eBooks for summer reading and new non-fiction for next school year.

All Books Due May 21, 2021

Last day to check-out is May 14, but you can still check-out on MackinVia.


Happy Children's Book Week! Please enjoy this Choice Board with great stories to read. In addition there are activities to do and stories to listen to. Our access to Capstone is Username: continue, Password: reading. Our VRA Epic class code is wrq8906.


We are so excited to announce the VRA Summer Reading Challenge! Help avoid the summer slide, be more prepared for next school year, and earn fun prizes. All VRA students can participate-find your grade for next year and start reading. All the details can be found here.


All students have been placed in a VRA Media Course. You'll find the VRA Morning News posted every weekday during school. You can connect from there to our online library or message Mrs. Ayrish Booysen. If you have trouble with MackinVia, questions about Summer Reading or SSYRA, the Schoology Course is a great place to find the answers or message Ms. Booysen.


In April, our VRA students joined students all around Florida to vote for their favorite SSYRA & SSYRA Jr. books for 2020-2021. The winners from the state are in the videos below.

Here's how VRA voted:

  • SSYRA 6-8 - City Spies
  • SSYRA 3-5 - Strongheart Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
  • SSYRA Jr. - Can I Be Your Dog
Below are the statewide winners! You will also find the new lists for 21-22 below.
SSYRA Jr. Award announcement 2021
SSYRA 3-5 Winner Reveal 20-21
SSYRA 6-8 20 21 Winner video


We're so excited to share the new list of Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books! Most of them are available for you to read or listen to in Mackinvia. Check out the new lists and get a jump on next year. If you need help with logging in, scroll down to the Mackinvia section before clicking on the links.
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VRA students and staff have been given access to another 8,000 e-books on our MackinVia e-book platform. We have also added some favorite titles like Dogman! Click this link to go directly to MackinVia on any internet device.

At this link type in the location - Valley Ridge Academy and select. You will be directed to the Follett Destiny login page (blue and white). If you are not directed to this login, please click, Not My Location, refresh your screen and try again.

Login to MackinVia with your student number including the 's' and your district password (same as I-ready and HAC). Select an e-book or an audio book then download the book to your device. Read or listen to your story and enjoy.

If you can’t log-in into your account, you can go in as a guest, don’t choose a location, username - vra and password – hawks. Most books will work in this mode but you won't be able to check-out single user eBooks or download them for offline use.

On the the MackinVia App on your phone or tablet. Same login.

Congratulations to Students that Read All 15 SSYRA Books

SSYRA Middle School Grade 6-8

Sam G. - 15

Lily H. - 15

Madison - 15

Emma N. -15

Erin B. - 15

Ella D. - 5

Lidia - 5

SYRA Readers 3-5

Bridget W. - 15

Caleb B. - 15

Anaid A. - 15

Sarah D. - 15

Ella Rae W. - 15

Kyra H. - 15

Danielle P. - 15

Ruby S. - 15

Krupa - 15

Lucia D. - 15

Jacinda B.- 15

Joshua N. - 15

Henry R. - 15

Kayla B. - 12

Yiwen C. - 11

Richie D. - 7

Hudson G. - 7


Evan H. - 15

Abigail H. 15

Adrian B. - 15

Tyler D. - 15

Camden S. - 15

Alexis M. - 15

Blake F. - 15

Lola R. - 15

Jayden A. - 11

Logan S. - 10


Number of books checked out - 3,236

Top Category - Non-Fiction - 1,027

Most Checked out book - Olga & the Smelly Thing from Nowhere (SSYRA)

Top Grade Level - 5th Grade - 761

Most Checkouts K-5 - Jameson from Ms. Pollard's Class - 39

Most Checkouts M.S. - Matthew from Ms. Fineran's Homeroom - 28

Most Teacher Checkouts - Ms. Kearney - 60

Number of Class Visits - 87

Number of Open Checkout Visits - 373

Number of Mackinvia E-books Viewed -121

Number of Mackinvia E-books Checked Out - 60

Most checked out Mackinvia E-Book - Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway

New Choice Board Links on the Media Center Webpage

These are slides that link directly to stories, videos or activities related to the topic. The pages are under construction but I will be adding to them monthly. If what you're looking for is not there yet, visit this newsletter or the media center webpage for updates.

Holiday Choice Boards - boards have been posted in order of the school year

Monthly Choice Boards - special boards created by Shannon M. Miller

Popular Series Choice Boards - stories linked to favorite series

Birthday Book Club

The Valley Ridge Academy Media Center’s Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to commemorate your child’s birthday. Your participation not only enriches the library collection but allows you and your child to be personally involved in its growth. To take part in the Birthday Book Club donate one new undamaged hardcover book (not a board book). This book should be a book that your child enjoys and one that we don’t have in the media center already. You can choose a new book at the book store or a new book from the Book Fair. A quick check of our library catalog (Destiny) will tell you if we already have the book. If you would prefer, you may make a monetary donation of $15 and your child can choose from recently acquired books that are waiting to be put on the shelves.

The following is included with your enrollment;

- A special book plate placed inside the front cover of the donated book with your child’s name and birthday.

-A special Birthday Book Club bookmark.

- A photo that you submit of your child with the book he/she chooses will be displayed in the media center and online in the Valley Ridge Reader. We will take the photo if it is safe to do so.

- Your child will be the first to read and/or check-out the book that he/she


For more information, contact the media center or fill out the form attached below.

Valley Ridge Academy Media Center

The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas, information and technology. Creating a foundation for lifelong learning and a love of reading is at the heart of our program.