Parent & Guardian Resources and Tutorials
Welcome, DJA Parents & Guardians!
We encourage you to use this page to learn more about Academic Resources for your family, as well as to gain more insight into the academic programs your child may use at school. Feel free to begin by reviewing our school’s Academic Resources for At-Home Learning for a general overview of how you can support your child’s learning outside of school.
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Parent Portal Through Focus
Accelerated Reader (AR) Book Finder
Polk County School’s Parent Portal is a service offered to parents and guardians for accessing certain student records, including current student grades and attendance. The service allows parents and guardians to access information about ALL of their students through one convenient website. This eliminates the need to visit several different websites, make telephone calls, or visit the school to access records and information.
View these instructions below:
After you create your Parent Portal account, the following video tutorial will help assist you in learning how to navigate the best features that Parent Portal has to offer.
The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is based on the fundamental principle that practice improves reading. As part of the program, students are encouraged to read AR books (any book that has an AR test) based on their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). ZPD is the student’s reading level range of AR books and is determined by the STAR test – a test given at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to determine a student’s reading abilities. Choosing books within this range will ensure maximum reading growth. Each book is rated at a specific reading level, and is assigned a point value that students earn from passing an AR test.
An AR test is a computerized reading comprehension test that can only be taken on school computers. The program uses the tests to assign points for proficiency and monitor student achievement. At DJA, students can take AR tests in the Media Center before school, during lunch, or after school. Additionally, once every two weeks, students receive one full class period through Language Arts to spend in the Media Center. Students, Parents, & Guardians can use AR Book Finder to match books in their home, school, or local libraries to AR tests available. If you need assistance navigating AR Book Finder, please watch the tutorial below. You may also reach out to our Media Specialist, Susan Carleton, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or your child’s language arts teacher.
#3: Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Teachers who use Google Classroom will often assign homework assignments through the online platform, so it is important that your student knows how to access and navigate Google Classroom. The following video provides a basic, student-friendly introduction to Google Classroom.
#4: Imagine Math
At DJA, students in Intensive Math Courses have an account with Imagine Math. Imagine Math is adaptive, engaging, and intentionally designed to teach foundational math skills to all learners. Topics covered include number and operations, geometry and logical reasoning, measurement and data, algebraic thinking, and word problems. Each Imagine Math Lesson follows a structured, consistent format that is student-friendly. While students work on Imagine Math in school, they should also be completing lessons at home. Students can access their account by logging into their Polk ClassLink and then selecting the Imagine Math app icon. If you’re interested in a video overview of Imagine Math, then the video below is the perfect place to start!
At DJA, students in Intensive Reading Courses have an account with Achieve3000. Achieve3000 reaches every student at his or her own level. Each student will regularly receive reading and writing materials that are not too easy or too difficult, but are at just the right level to help increase literacy skills. With game-based foundational literacy learning, proven-effective differentiated literacy instruction, and a curriculum platform designed to deepen thinking, Achieve3000 helps unlock every student’s potential. For more information, please check out the Achieve3000 Parent Guide and watch the tutorial video below.
ClassLink is the district Single Sign-On (SSO) that will be used by students and staff to access digital curriculum/resource sites that are SSO capable. This eliminates the need for a user to remember multiple usernames and passwords. Students may use ClassLink to access the District Curriculum Apps, such as Algebra Nation, Imagine Math, Achieve3000, & Renaissance/AR Learning.
Note: If you have more than one student in your home that is using ClassLink for Students, all browser windows will need to be closed before another student logs into ClassLink for Students.
- Before accessing ClassLink for Students, close all browser windows (Internet sites/pages) that are open.
- Open your browser and go to https://launchpad.classlink.com/mypolk?autosamllogin=1
- Type your username + @mypolkschools.net in the Authentication Request box. (Example: email@example.com) Then type in your password. (In some instances, you may have to do this twice.)