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Reading Rally

We had a blast at the first Reading Rally of the year! Congratulations to all 291 BES students who met their Lexile goals and completed the Genre Challenge!!! We are SO proud of you!!
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BES Teacher of the Year is....

Berrien Elementary is SO excited to announce Ms. Amy Holt as our 2022 Teacher of the Year! What do her students think of this honor??
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BES COVID-19 Q&A

Parents or Guardians Berrien Elementary School administrators have provided answers to some questions that you may have had in regards to the school during the statewide school closure. Please read at your earliest convenience. Thank you for all that you do and please be safe.
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Reading Room

The Reading Room at Berrien Elementary School (BES) is a hub of activity every day.  The room houses hundreds of leveled books, both fiction and nonfiction, used throughout the year for increasing reading fluency. Reading is one of the most effective activities to increase children's vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension skills, all of which are essential components of lifelong literacy (Nippold et. al, 2005).  Throughout the day, four paraprofessionals trained in researched based strategies meet with small groups of students to strengthen reading skills. Progress is monitored and groups change throughout the year according to students needs. In addition, four community volunteers spend mornings collecting and dispersing bags of books throughout the school for reading practice.  These books are changed weekly and students are encouraged to read each book at least three times. Throughout the year, hundreds of students participate in this program to increase fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
 
The Reading Room also maintains all reading data collected throughout the year. This includes the Dynamic Indicator of Basic Essential Literacy Skills (DIBELS) benchmark given to all students three times a year.  Also, the DAZE which is given three times each year.  The Reading Paraprofessionals also progress monitor monthly, when needed, to assess effectiveness of small group strategies.  The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is also administered which identifies a student's reading lexile.