Valley Ridge Reader

========VRA Media Center News - May 2022=========

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.

All Books Due May 13, 2022

Last day to check-out is May 10, but you can still check-out on MackinVia. All books are due May 13, 2022. All media resource classes will end on May 20, 2022 in order for the media center staff to conduct inventory. Please look high and low to find all those library books that are still outstanding. Use the form below with directions on how to log-in and see which books students and teachers have checked-out.


Summer is almost here and we are excited to share the 3rd Annual Capstone Virtual Summer Camp Adventure, a very special program for all children and families this summer. Virtual Summer Camp Adventure is a twelve-week learning and reading camp with six bi-weekly themes of places we will GO!

The six camp themes, as shown in the image below, will have a special choice board filled with reading, learning, making, outside adventures, exercise, coding, technology, StickTogether virtual stickerboards and a Weekly Community Connection.

Each choice board will also include 20 FREE Capstone Interactive eBooks per theme. That is 120 FREE eBooks for summer reading, which will be available until September 15, 2022. There will be a variety of formats, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and chapter books, for all ages, TK to 6th grade.

All children can access the Virtual Summer Camp Adventure at with no special username and password, and families can visit for helpful information on the summer program and how to use choice boards. You can click the image below to get started.

Here’s to a happy and memorable summer full of adventures!


In April, our VRA students joined students all around Florida to vote for their favorite SSYRA & SSYRA Jr. books for 2021-2022. The winners from the state are in the videos below.

Here's how VRA voted:

  • SSYRA 6-8 - When Stars are Scattered
  • SSYRA 3-5 - Midnight as the Barclay Hotel
  • SSYRA Jr. - The Yawns are Coming
Below are the statewide winners! You will also find the new lists for 22-23 below.
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Look for the NEW SSYRA BOOKS FOR 2022-2023 - Coming Soon!

Read all Summer on MackinVia EBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS

VRA students and staff have access to over 800 e-books and audio books in MackinVia. We have 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

Madison P. - 15

Lily H. - 15

Hollyn V. - 15

Dani - 13

Aishani - 15

Bridget W. - 10

Mihika - 5

Sydney D. - 4

Evangeline W. - 4

SYRA Readers 3-5

Anaid - 15

Caleb B. - 15

Jonah C. - 15

Kyra H. - 15

Annabella F. - 15

Abigail M. - 15

Sofia B. - 15

Jake S. - 15

Krupa - 15

Thomas E. - 15

Ella W. - 15

Jiya - 15

Danielle P. - 12

Hudson G. - 11

Ellery - 9

Elle O. - 7


Olivia F. - 15

Savanah F. - 15

Emily H. - 14

Rocco A. - 15

Ellie L. - 15

Beckett - 12

Finley P. - 8

Ryland - 8

Jaxon P. - 15

Advaith - 9

Ellie R - 7

Sahana G. - 8

Austin N. - 15


Number of books checked out - 3,833

Number of Mackinvia E-books - 469

Top Grade Level - 5th Grade - 884

Most Checkouts K-5 - Ellie R. 46

Most Checkouts M.S. - Kiara S. 14 & Dannielle R. 14

Most Teacher Checkouts - Ms. Kristi Ray 46

Number of Class Visits - 92

Number of Open Checkout Visits - 321

Number of New Books and Magazines - 107

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.