June 1, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Wow I can’t believe the school year is already coming to an end. What an amazing year this has been. From an outside perspective, Bernal may seem like just another regular middle school. But as students learned from the beginning of the school year, once you got to dig a bit deeper, you learned how special and unique the Bernal Intermediate School experience really is. Students and parents learned very quickly that---as our school focus shows—everything we are about and everything we do and every reason for why we exist centers around ensuring positive student outcomes for all students. That goal begins with building and maintaining a positive and safe school environment. Through the use of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), we developed a R2ISE expectation for all behaviors and expectations on campus. Meaning, we expect and teach our students to be Respectful, Responsible, show Integrity, Safety, and Excellence in all they do at Bernal.
Once we established the culture and consistency, we built connections between and among students and teachers in advisory class. Advisory is a 20-minute class at the start of each morning, except Wednesday, where students and teachers have sprit competitions, learn lessons on citizenship, bullying, digital safety, and hygiene (you’re welcome). Advisory allows students to get themselves ready for the rigor of the academic school day. Speaking of rigor, we maintain high expectations for the standard of lessons that we ask our teachers to prepare for students on a daily basis, using the terms Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships, as the basis for every lesson that takes place in the classroom. We want their minds being challenged with support (Rigor); we want the work to be relevant to the student’s lives (Relevance); and we want all learning goals to be understood in the context of “you gotta connect before you correct” (Relationships).
Outside of class time, we enjoyed student clubs, organizations, dances, field trips, after school sports and athletics, band concerts and competitions, noon-time activities and music, spirit rallies, career day and history day, math club competitions, honor’s nights, OGSD Vision Award winners, student council, recycling, running the mile, buying cool things from the student store, and on, and on! Didn’t I say it was an amazing year?
Be sure to celebrate your student and yourselves for another successful school year. As always, take care of yourselves and each other.
Jamal D. Splane, Principal