Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope your summer has been filled with wonderful times with family and friends! With the beginning of the school year just a few weeks away, I wanted to share important news and information to ensure a smooth transition into the new school year.
I consider it a privilege to begin my 3rd year as Principal at Bertram Elementary. I attended an AVID Conference this summer where we were asked by our presenter to share one of our most prized memories from our experiences in education. Without hesitation, I immediately thought about not just one, but many students, who have found success either while at Bertram Elementary or as a result of attending our school.
Bertram Elementary is known for our family culture and atmosphere and I would like to welcome all parents and family members to join us for the many events we have planned. The first is our Meet the Teacher event on Thursday, August 17th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
I am thrilled to announce Kendell Luedtke as our new Assistant Principal! Mrs. Luedtke comes to us from Pflugerville where she has worked as an Interventionist and Instructional Coach. Please read more about Mrs. Luedtke on the Assistant Principal’s page on our webpage. I cannot wait for everyone to meet and get to know her. She is a phenomenal asset to our campus and I couldn’t be happier to have her join our team!
I am excited to share about the new reading program (American Reading Company) that will be implemented district-wide this year, grades Pre-K – 12th. You will learn more about this program through a variety of resources that will be shared with you throughout the year. This program includes a home component where students are required to read 30 minutes each night and parents are asked to encourage their children to fulfill this expectation.
We will also be focusing on math facts and problem-solving in Kindergarten – 5th grades. Our goal consists of increasing success of learning expectations at each grade level and for encouraging students to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers. Be watching for news about the exciting things we have planned for our math program.
Another focus at Bertram Elementary this year will be to continue the campus-wide implementation of AVID. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) You will learn more about this program at Open House where we will have an AVID Showcase Room.
The first day of class for students is Monday, August 21st.
Be sure and check out the Bertram webpage at http://bes.burnetcisd.net/ where we continually keep it updated with pictures and important information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bertram Elementary at 512-355-2111.
I look forward to seeing everyone on August 21st. I hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of summer. The 2017-2018 school year promises to be full of a variety of new adventures where we will celebrate many successes!
Jen Simpson J