Our media center is open daily from 8:00 to 8:30 for students who are accompanied by an adult. Additionally, for students accompanied by an adult, the media center will be open Wednesday afternoons from 1:50 to 2:20.
Again this year, summer reading is a requirement for our students. It is recommended that students continue to read 30 minutes a day, however, they will be required to read two books and complete two book reports. The book report forms can be found by clicking on the buttons on the right. To help in the selection of reading materials, the district has compiled a suggested list of books that can be found at Summer Reading List. Also there is a list of options to encourage our young readers to be creative and demonstrate comprehnsion by completing some of the activities on listed at this site . Be sure to use the AR Bookfinder for reading level appropriate AR books. If using a MyOn book please ensure the rading level is appropriate y checking the ATOS level located in the description/search area of MyOn. Completed book reports will need to be returned at the beginning of the next school year. This assignment will be reflected as a grade in the student's reading effort. P.T.A. will provide a reward for our students for fulfilling this requirement.
This is our library online. You can request books, put books on hold, and see if your book is available. To access Destiny just click here.
Scroll down to Howard Drive Elementary School
Click on the school name
Click on the "catalog" tab
Search title, author, subject or series by typing the appropriate information in the "find" box
Accelerated Reader (AR)
Students will take AR tests during school hours. You can check the level of a book or if a book is AR by clicking here on ARBookFinder then entering the title of the book or other search criteria.
AR Home Connect is a tool to help track your child’s progress at home in our Accelerated Reader (AR) program (ask your child for his/her user name and password)
Our students are enjoying reading our eBooks online. To access our eBooks:
Go to our Destiny homepage (http://destiny.dadeschools.net)
Click on Abdo or Lerner
OR if you want more information about the book, i.e., its AR level:
On Destiny’s homepage, click on the “catalog” tab
Click on the white “visual” tab
Click on the “eBooks/Interactive books” icon two times
Click "open" on the desired book title
Use this username: 2541-student
Use this password: 2541student
Birthday Book Club
You can honor your child’s birthday by having him/her join our Birthday Book Club. For a $10 donation, your child can choose a book from a selection of new books in the media center. A bookplate will be placed in the front of the book and the book will be presented to your child on morning announcements. Your child will be the first one to enjoy the book and after it is returned to our media center, all of our Howard Drive children will have the opportunity to enjoy the book. The money collected will be used to buy more books for our media center. Please see the school librarian approximately a week before your child's birthday to participate. The program runs all year but ends in mid-May.