Pocantico Power Readers

WELCOME READERS!

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Pocantico Power Readers program! Students can enter their reading minutes online at this website (parents can do it for younger students).

Once the minutes are entered, an email will be sent to parents/family members so that they can approve the minutes via email. Once we receive the approval email from families, student accounts will be updated to include their reading minutes. The website should make the process quick and easy.

The Pocantico Power Readers program runs from January 10th - March 7th.  The reading week goes from Friday through the following Thursday. Every Friday afternoon, the minutes from the previous week are tallied and prizes are given out to the classes who have met their reading goals. So, while you should try to record your minutes online frequently throughout the week, it is especially important that all minutes have been recorded and approved by Thursday night. If you miss the deadline, your minutes will be added to the total for the next week.

How to get started

1) Go to "Set Up a New Account" on the main page. Here you will be asked to choose a password for your account, provide an email address and the name of your child. NOTE: you do not need to fill in all the fields - only the email address and name of your child.

Note: if you set up an account last year, you do not need to set up a new account; you can use your existing account again.  However, you will need to update your child's grade level. Just login to your account, click on your student's name, then the "edit" button (looks like a pencil) and save your changes. If you do not remember your password, please send an email to Mrs. Gordon at the Library for assistance.

If you have any questions or run into any problems while entering minutes, send email to Mrs. Gordon at agordon@pocanticohills.org, and we will be happy to help you.

How to set up an account for Parents or Teachers:

Parents and teachers are encouraged to be Power Readers too...you can set up your own account and track your reading minutes separately.

Parents - after you have set up an account for your child, you can add yourself by clicking on "add a student" and typing in your own name. Select "Grade 11" and "not known" for the teacher name.

Teachers - go to "Set Up a New Account" on the main page. Use the form that says "Parent info." Here you will be asked to choose a password for your account, provide an email address and the name of a student. Instead of a student name, fill in your own name, and select "grade 12, and "not known" for the teacher name. NOTE: you do not need to fill in all the fields - only the email address and name of your child.

If you have any questions or run into any problems while entering minutes, send email to Mrs. Gordon at agordon@pocanticohills.org, and we will be happy to help you.

 

Student Instructions - how to record your reading minutes:

  1. Please record your minutes at home if you can! Ask your parents for permission to use a home computer, laptop, or tablet (iPad, etc.) to enter your Pocantico Power Reader minutes. Also ask them to watch as you do it the first time, so that they can help you as needed.

  2. Click here to go to the student entry form.

  3. When you are prompted for the student password, type in the password that was provided to you in the Pocantico Power Reader paper instructions given to you in class.  If you don't know the password, ask your parents to send email to agordon@pocanticohills.org, and we will tell you what it is.

  4. Enter your first and last name, and choose your grade and teacher.

  5. Now you will see your reading log! Enter the minutes that you read each day, and press “Save”.

  6. The minutes you entered will show up as “Pending”. This means that we are waiting for your parents to approve them. Your parents will get an email asking them to approve your minutes. Remind them to open the email and approve your minutes, otherwise they will not count!

  7. You can visit your online reading log as often as you wish during the week to enter additional minutes. But all of your minutes for the week must be entered and approved by Wednesday at midnight in order to receive prizes for that week! If you miss this deadline, your minutes will be counted the following week.

Parent Instructions - how to approve your child's reading minutes:

We encourage students to record their own minutes if possible! But you must approve their minutes in order for them to count. When your student enters their minutes, you will get an email asking for your approval.

  1. The email you receive will contain a link for you to click on. This link will take you to the website to approve your child’s minutes.

  2. When you arrive at the website, you will need to sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the “Forgot your password?” link.

  3. You will see all of your students listed. Click on one of them to go to their reading log.

  4. Check the “Approved” boxes next to the minutes that you wish to approve, and press "Save."

  5. Weekly reading minutes must be approved by Wednesday at midnight in order to count! If you miss this deadline, your child’s minutes will be counted the following week.

If your child is too young to use a computer, you may enter his/her minutes for them.

  1. Click here to go to the parent entry form.

  2. You will need to sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the “Forgot your password?” link.

  3. You will see all of your students listed. Click on one of them to go to their reading log.

  4. Enter their minutes and press Save. These minutes are automatically considered to be “approved”.

  5. Weekly reading minutes must be entered by Wednesday at midnight in order to count! If you miss this deadline, your child’s minutes will be counted the following week.

Questions or problems? Contact agordon@pocanticohills.org