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

Kindergarten Screening

Children who turn five years old by Sept.30th of this year should attend one of our Kindergarten Screening dates. Please call Mrs. Huckins in the office to schedule a screening time for your child. Also, please attend our Parent Information Night to learn details regarding the screening process.


April 19th       Parent Information Night        6:00 - 6:30pm
April 30th       Kindergarten Screening         9:00am - 3:00pm      
May 1st          Kindergarten Screening         9:00am - 3:00pm     

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!