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Principal's Message




March 1, 2018


Bertram Elementary Parents –


After 16 wonderful years spent at Bertram Elementary as a classroom teacher, Diagnostician, Assistant Principal and Principal, I have been called to yet another position in Burnet CISD. While I am extremely excited about my new role as Coordinator of Special Programs/District Testing Coordinator, my heart is tremendously sad about leaving my home at Bertram Elementary. My new position will not begin until next school year so I will finish the year here.


As I reflect on the past 16 years, I am overwhelmed with all the special memories I hold dear in my heart and mind. Students have always been my focus and I think what I will miss most are the daily hugs and conversations with them! The good news about my new position is that I will have the opportunity to visit all campuses so I am happy to say that I will get to stay in touch with my kiddos.


The relationships I have developed with parents and caregivers over the years will forever be cherished. Working alongside one another to help our students has proven to be effective and your support has always been appreciated.


I know many great things are yet to come at Bertram Elementary. I will be in contact with Bertram Elementary often and hope that you will continue to keep in touch with me.


Sincerely and with love,

Jen J







February 2018


It is hard to believe that we are in the month of February! As many of you know, the STAAR state assessment season is approaching quickly. You will find the dates for STAAR state assessments below.


3rd Grade –

Math – May 14th

Reading – May 15th

4th Grade –

Math – May 14th

Reading – May 15th

Writing – April 10th

5th Grade –

Math – April 10th

Reading – April 11th

Science – May 16th


Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. is the founder of “aha! Process” and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. Recognized internationally for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, her foundational book and workshop, Dr. Ruby Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success. I recently came across the following quote by Ruby Payne:


Dear Parents,

The exams of your children are to start soon. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.

But, please do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams there is an artist who doesn’t need to understand Math… There is an entrepreneur who doesn’t care about History or English literature… There is a musician whose Chemistry marks won’t matter… There is an athlete whose physical fitness is more important than Physics… If your child does get top marks, that’s great! But if he or she doesn’t…please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it’s OK, it’s just an exam! They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score…you love them and will not judge them.

Please do these, and when you do…watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take away their dreams and talents. And please, do not think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.

Ruby Payne


We have seen tremendous student growth in Reading since beginning the ARC Reading Program this year. Please continue to support your students by encouraging them to read at least 30 minutes (2 steps) each night. Please be sure to “like” the Bertram Elementary Facebook page to see pictures of students earning their medals. There you will also see many more pictures of all the great things taking place at Bertram Elementary.


Jen Simpson J







January 2018


Bertram Elementary had a wonderful beginning to the 2017-2018 school year. As we reflect on the beginning of the year, we are reminded of the mBertramany successes we have accomplished thus far.


ARC (American Reading Company), our newly implemented reading program, has taken off and students have accepted the challenge to read, read, read! We have seen students immerse themselves in books in an effort to reach goals they have set for themselves and for those set by their teachers. We have celebrated students earning medals for the number of steps they earn for the amount of time they devote to reading each day. Our goal is that we close the reading gaps and that students develop a love and passion for reading.


Bertram Elementary is also celebrating being selected to participate in two AVID pilot programs. In recognition of our designation as an AVID National Demonstration School and AVID staff-recommended elementary school, Bertram Elementary was among the first in the nation invited to engage in the revised focused note-taking (FNT) process in advance of the national rollout at the AVID Summer Institute in 2018. Bertram Elementary is one of the 129 participating in this field test. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Science and Social Studies classes will be participating.


In addition, Bertram Elementary will host an AVID Elementary Spotlight on Monday, March 5, 2018 where our school will be showcased to visitors from all over. I am so proud of our amazing Bertram Family!


Be sure and check out the Bertram webpage at 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 January 9, 2018!


I wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with an abundance of blessings!

Jen Simpson J








November 2017


A lot of great things have happened at Bertram Elementary these past few months. We celebrated Grandparent's Day in September and Green Ribbon Week in October. Be sure and check out our Bertram Elementary webpage and FaceBook page to see pictures posted from these events and many others. These are also great locations where you can keep up with upcoming events and special recognitions. 


As mentioned previously, we have implemented a new Reading program this year (ARC - American Reading Company) where we are already seeing student progress and successes in the area of reading. Students read at least 30 minutes daily during the school day and are encouraged to read at least 30 minutes at home daily. We are asking for volunteers to come read with our students throughout the school day so if you are interested, please contact your child's teacher or our main office at 512-355-2111. 


Below are upcoming events now through the end of November:

  • Monday, October 30th - SOCKTOBER - Staff and students will wear crazy socks to recognize those who are homeless or less fortunate. Staff and students are encouraged to bring socks to donate to those in need.
    • Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want 2 million people to show that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. 
  • Tuesday, October 31st -
    • Favorite Book Character Parade at 8:30am - Students will dress up as their favorite book character and participate in the parade with their book.
    • Beginning at 12:45, each grade level will trick-or-treat around the campus for candy and prizes.
  • Friday, November 3rd - 3-hour early release
  • Thursday, November 9th - 2nd Annual Turkey Trot from 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Monday, November 20th - Friday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Holiday
A big SHOUT OUT to our parents who volunteer to read and work with students! You are making a difference in the lives of our students!
Happy November!
Jen Simpson :)



September 2017


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.

  • Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15am.
  • Students will be dismissed to class with their teacher at 7:45am each morning.
  • The tardy bell rings at 7:50am.
  • Parents may walk their child to their classroom on the first day of school. Beginning the 2nd day of school, we ask that parents allow their child to go to their classrooms with their teacher and peers.
  • Dismissal will begin at 3:05pm for Pre-K – 1st grades and 3:15pm for 2nd – 5th
  • For students who are car riders, all parents are asked to pick up their child in the car rider line beginning the first day of school rather than picking them up in the office.


Be sure and check out the Bertram webpage at 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