Throughout the PHPS school day, students are engaged in active hands-on learning experiences. The students have access to both multisensory activities as well as digital learning resources to not only solidify the material being taught but to engage each child's specific learning style and needs.
To learn more about our digital learning resources please see the information below. For all existing PHPS families, click on the resources below to access our dedicated PHPS login pages.
Google Classroom is used in K-6th grade as the student's main hub for learning information. Their students will access classwork and homework within their assigned classrooms. Students can also communicate directly with their teachers. Students have access to Google Drive through their school-issued credentials. Students do not have access to email.
Accelerated Reader Book Finder
For students to be good readers, they must be encouraged to read, read, read! To this end, students in Grades 1-6 participate in the Accelerated Reader program. Accelerated Reader is a widely used computerized reading program that is designed to motivate students to read, thereby improving their comprehension and vocabulary, raising their reading levels, and improving their test scores.
In the program, the students select and read a book. Their teachers help them choose books that are of interest to them and that are at their independent reading levels as determined by their scores on the STAR Reading Test.
After reading the book, the students take a comprehension test on the book on a computer in their classroom. The tests are multiple-choice questions based on the information from the book. Students earn points for correct answers and the score earned is immediately displayed. The computer keeps track of the students' accumulated points. We are very fortunate at PHPS to have access to all the many thousands of AR tests that the Renaissance Learning Company offers.
Acknowledgment of our students’ efforts and successes in the Accelerated Reader program is a fun part of our school life at PHPS. With great thanks to our PHPS Parent Club, our students visit the AR Store twice a month. Students are allowed an opportunity to browse the store and spend the points they have accumulated to purchase a variety of items. While “reading is its own reward,” the AR Store seems to increase excitement about the program and provide a fresh supply of motivation.
Students are further motivated as they accumulate points by becoming members of different point clubs. Membership in a point club is rewarded with a special point club button, a certificate presented at the monthly Citizenship Assembly, their name being posted on the AR Wall of Fame outside the school office, and a special reward. On Awards Day, the students who have earned the most points during the year in grades 1-3 and 4-6 will receive a special award.
The Accelerated Reader Program is a valuable adjunct to our core reading program at PHPS. It aids us in realizing our goal for our students of continuous growth of their reading skills and ultimately, their development of a lifelong love of reading. We encourage all students to enthusiastically participate in this program.
Reflex Math is used in 2nd-6th grade to support student math fluency. Relex Math will be assigned by your child's math teacher as needed.
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The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a reading deficit, providing them the opportunity to achieve in school and in life. Gaining access to the books they want to read—and the books they need to read—in an easy-to-absorb format can be a game changer.
Used primarily in K-3rd grade at PHPS. Seesaw is the best platform for empowering students to demonstrate and share their learning. Students use powerful tools in the Seesaw app to create, reflect and demonstrate learning. When students share their learning in their Seesaw portfolio, teachers and families gain valuable insights into what their students know and can better support their development throughout the school year.
Typing Club is a school-provided keyboarding program for 1st-6th grade students. Depending on the grade level, keyboarding is practiced during homeroom, technology class, and during summer break. Keyboarding is an essential skill, but like all acquired skills, students must practice frequently. We encourage students to continue their keyboarding practice at home for a minimum of 10 minutes 2-3 times a week. Students should work towards accuracy first, and then speed, with an emphasis on proper hand placement and body ergonomics.