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

Details of end of the academic school year

According to the 2019-20 school calendar, the end of the current school year is set for Wednesday, May 20th. After looking at the Nebraska Department of Education requirements for minimum hours, the Bertrand Community School will have met that requirement on Friday, May 8th. The Board of Education and the Administrative team at Bertrand Community School have determined that all 7th-12th grade students that have completed all assignments and are passing all classes by May 8th will have completed all requirements for the 2019-20 school year effectively ending their school year. Those 7th-12th grade students that have not completed all assigned course work and/or are not passing their classes will be given until Wednesday, May 20th to meet these requirements. The students not meeting the above criteria will be notified by their teacher on May 8th when they can discuss an individual student plan for the remainder of the school year. All junior and senior high teachers will be available to assist students as needed between May 8th and 20th.

Our K-6 teachers will be using the time May 8th-20th time to work with struggling students in areas of greatest need and/or whole group activities to reinforce specific state standards and positive academic growth. Our goal over these eight days is to provide ample opportunity for struggling students to end the school year on a positive note. Please call Mr. Kidder at 308-472-3427 or email at if you have any questions.

Official Letter Regarding End of the School Year Details

BerMis FFA Recipient of Anonymous Donation

The BerMis FFA Chapter recently received a check for $2000 from LandMark Implement through the generosity of an anonymous donor. LandMark Implement each fall invites customers to sign up for prizes that are given away at their EXPO event in December. The man who won the zero-turn mower already had one. Typically the customer then chooses store credit to use for purchases they will make in the future. A different situation unfolded this time. Jessica Janitscheck, Marketing Manager for Landmark said, “he spoke with the Lexington location manager and asked if we could donate it to your cause instead of store credit or him taking the mower.” As a chapter, we were definitely surprised when we got this phone call. We are extremely grateful for this man passing on his “win” for the benefit of our FFA Chapter.

Students Document “life” during Social Distancing

The students in Mrs. Mason’s Software Apps classes were given an assignment to document what their day was like during the Covid-19 “social distancing” order. The students had been learning about different types of camera shots and angles before the school closure. For this assignment, the students were to make a video about “A Day in the Life of a Covid-19 Social Distancing Victim.” This video was to be at least 2-3 minutes in length, show different angles that had been discussed in class, and to be creative.

Please take a look at what the students have been doing during this time.

Julia’s Video

Dashiell’s Video

Kaylee’s Video

Tabby’s Video

Ana’s Video