Meeting for drug testing policies Set for August 11

On Tuesday August 11th, there will be a mandatory meeting for all students entering grades 9-12.  The meeting will be to clarify and complete all paperwork for the drug testing policy that was adopted for the 2020-21 school year.   Both parents AND students are required to attend.

At 6:00 p.m. the 9th grade students and parents will be meeting in the west gym while the 10th grade students and parents meet in the east gym. At 7:00 p.m., the 11th grade students and parents will meet in the west gym while the 12th grade students and parents meet in the east gym.

If you have multiple students in high school, parents and students will only be required to attend one meeting together of your choice.  If you are unable to attend on August 11th, please contact the office to make arrangements to meet with administration and to complete paperwork. 

 Thank you for your cooperation.

Flexibility needed for start of school

With the start of the 2020-21 school year right around the corner, administrators at schools across the state are attempting to put together plans for the re-opening of school after mandated closures in the spring.

At Bertrand, the start of school is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17th. Mr. Jason Brown, Superintendant, and Mr. Shaun Kidder, Principal, have been working hard to develop plans for a safe return to the building. Keeping things as normal as possible, and following suggested guidelines from the Nebraska Department of Education and Two Rivers Health Department have proven to be a tricky and somewhat difficult task. Information and guidelines from these organizations continues to evolve and change quite rapidly, making it difficult to set definite plans this far in advance.

Detailed plans developed by the administrators have already had to be changed because of updates sent out by the organizations listed above just this week. Because of this, the administration at the school is asking for patience and understanding as this is a fluid situation. Changes and updates will occur as needed, as recommendations and updates continue to develop.

At this time, the use of masks at Bertrand Community School will be optional.  More detailed information will follow in the near future as the start of school gets closer. Meeting the needs of the students of our Bertrand Community School family is the main priority.

Lions Club to donate school supplies

The Bertrand Lions Club has announced that they will be providing school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary students in grades PK-6 will receive their supplies at the start of school. Supplies will be sorted and distributed to each student’s classrooms. Please help us thank the members of the Lion’s Club for their generous donations!

Para-Position Opening for 2020-21 School year

Bertrand Community School has an opening for a Para-Educator position to begin with the 2020-2021 academic year. This position will be linked to work with the high school resource teacher and high school teaching staff. Candidates should possess the skills to build relationships with students and staff, assist teachers in modifying assignments, reinforce classroom information with students, possess strong organizational skills, and computer competency is considered a plus for this position. The time requirement is roughly 7.5 hours per day, 184 days a year. The current hourly pay for this position is $12.14 per hour and single health insurance. Applicants must have at minimum a high school diploma.

Those interested in applying should pick up an application packet from the office at Bertrand Community School. This position is open until filled…Bertrand Community School is an E.O.E.

school weight room re-opens to public

The Bertrand School Weight Room will be opening back up for community use beginning Monday, June 15th. Access will be available around the scheduled times set aside for our high school students.
We do ask that the following guidelines be followed:
– Observe social distancing practices, and please wipe down any equipment that you use. There are sanitizing wipes on the desk for this purpose.
– The water fountain in the weight room has been disconnected and is not usable, so you will need to bring your own water bottle.

The times that will be available to use the weight room are:
-5:00 – 6:30 a.m. (The weight room door should be accessible during this time, as has been in the past)
-9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (You may enter through the front office doors using the doorbell system)
-8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (You may contact Mr. Shaun Kidder, Mr. Craig Newcomb. — or Dr. Dennis Shipp through June 30th, and they will access the weight room door for you)

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through this time, and allowed us to get the students back into the space prior to opening back up to the community.

2020 Academic Banquet: Virtual Recognition

Because of Covid-19 and mandated distancing policies, many traditional ceremonies and activities have been cancelled across the nation. One such tradition at Bertrand High School was started in 2008 with Dr. Dennis Shipp. Dr. Shipp believes that academic excellence is of utmost importance and that the hard work and achievement of the students at Bertrand High School should be recognized. Upon his arrival as Superintendent of Bertrand Community School, he established the Academic Banquet. This banquet honors those students who demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom based on their GPA. On his departure from Bertrand, Dr. Shipp wanted to reach out one more time to publicly give recognition to those high achieving students and all that they have accomplished.

Please take time to watch the video posted below and help Dr. Shipp honor those students who have worked extremely hard to earn academic excellence.

Banquet Video