Our Program

The BES Reading Program primarily services the needs of students who are struggling readers. However, students who are advanced readers receive enrichment lessons to help them to continue to grow as readers. Services are met through small group or 1:1 lessons with one of the Reading Team members, either in the classroom or reading room. Varying our program to meet the individual needs of students, the Reading Team helps them become better readers through instruction in the five essential components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Collaboration is important to the success of the program, therefore Reading Team members meet with classroom teachers often to discuss each student's needs and progress. 

The BES Reading Team:
Jennifer Kusnarowis, M.Ed. Reading Specialist
Barbara Randall, Reading Tutor

Reading Strategies

When your child stops at an unknown word, encourage

him/her to try one or two of the following strategies:

  • Look at the pictures for clues.

  • Say the first sounds in the word. Then, make a guess about what word would make sense and look right.

  • Stretch the word out. Put the sounds together.

  • Chunk the word. Look for a known word part.

  • Skip the word, read to the end of the sentence, then go back and reread it.

  • Reread from the beginning of the sentence.

  • If they still can't get the word, they can ask for help.

Keep on reading and never let the word win!

"Boscawen Elementary: 
A CLiF Year of the Book School"

Our school has been fortunate to win a grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) worth $25,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

The goals of Year of the Book:

Goal #1: Create a culture of literacy in the school and community by creating enthusiasm for reading and writing in students, families, teachers, and community members, and by encouraging everyone to read and write for pleasure more often.

Goal #2: Involve parents and caregivers with children’s literacy experiences by encouraging reading with their kids more frequently and by attending more literacy-based programming inside and outside of school.

Goal #3: Support school staff in reaching their goals for reading and writing in their classrooms.

Goal #4: Ensure all students have easy access to high-quality, age-appropriate print materials at home, school, and library.

Goal #5: Strengthen the relationship between the public and school libraries and encourage families to more regularly engage with their public library.

Goal #6: Introduce students to new people, places, and experiences through books, outside presenters, and creative programming opportunities.


  • Kick-off Event with CLiF founder/director/presenter Duncan MacDougall

  • Library Event with author/illustrator John Steven Gurney

  • Family Literacy Celebration with Author/illustrator Marty Kelley- Nov. 27

  • Writer’s Workshop (2nd/3rd grades) with author/illustrator Ted Scheu

  • Storykeepers program (4th/5th grades) with author/illustrator Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

  • Finale Event

  • Book giveaways to build home, classroom, school, and public libraries


  • Mini-Grants for Teachers

  • Read-to Me! Contracts and Ice-cream Social with Author Visit

  • Book Review Boards

  • Book Bundles for reading around the community