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Principal's Message about Reading

Ohanian Comment: I received this message from a student at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School:

In the benjamin cosor elementary school, recess is almost nonexistant. do you know what the schedule for 5th grade is like?

9:15-10:45: reading/ language arts

10:45-11:30: special (computer, phis-ed, art, library, or music, depending on the time of year (art and library are at different times of the year) and day of the week)

11:30-12:15: writing

12:15-12:45: lunch

12:45-12:50: RECESS

12:50-3:15: math

3:30: dismissal

This means that students have to pracically SWALLOW THEIR LUNCH WHOLE to have enough playtime to check on the frog in the pond made by tire ruts (seriously, there's a frog there)

PS: I'm a student there.

Principal's Message: Reading is First

Reading is first at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School. We believe that strong and effective reading instruction is the cornerstone of all learning.

For KG-3rd grades, we are part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Reading First initiative. This provides us with immeasurable support in reading instruction. All classes in these grades are committed to 90-minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction (daily); flexible grouping in learning centers; and a regular assessment framework that gauges not only student achievement, but also the effectiveness of our programs. We have taken the instructional plan of Reading First, and applied to reading instruction in grades 4-6 as well. Our assessment results have shown progress in all areas of reading achievement. We are proud of the efforts our students, staff, and community have made to make this possible.

Our school’s mission is, quite simply, “Achieve.” This permeates our school on all levels—ranging from student achievement in academic areas to teacher achievement in professional development in their craft. We thank you for your continued support in our programs. Feel free to take an active role in your child’s education. For more information about our curricular and extra-curricular programs, please contact the main office, at 434-4110.

— Matthew T. Evans, BCES Principal and a student
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