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Principal's Message

Principal's Welcome

Welcome Families,

I cannot explain enough how excited and honored I am to have the opportunity to be your partner in education this year. On behalf of all of us here at Bertha Neal Elementary, I would like to welcome you and your family to our wonderful #LittleRailroaders school. We have a phenomenal staff that are here for you and your family to ensure you have the best experience possible at Bertha Neal. Our parents and families are an essential part of our educational team that supports student achievement. Bertha Neal belongs to our families and we encourage you to be involved in any way you possibly can. We always welcome and need parent volunteers. Your involvement is a vital support to our school and student achievement. We are always looking for parents and family members looking to be involved with our PTAC which sponsors and funds so many wonderful things at our school.  This is also another way to get involved and familiar with other parents or guardians. There is free child-care during our meetings. Watch our website for meeting dates and times.

Our students are just beginning their journey as Railroaders and our staff prides itself on preparing students for PK-12 success. Our learning environment is safe and orderly which remains our number one priority, and we are dedicated to creating an environment where all students can learn and succeed through a growth mindset approach.

Bertha Neal uses a Positive Behavior Intervention Support model for helping to establish a safe and orderly environment. This program begins each year with teaching students the expectations for each area of our school and continues to reteach these areas after long breaks and throughout the year as needed. It is our hope that students will gain a deeper understanding of acceptable behavior and meet those expectations. When students are not meeting those expectations, we follow a growth mindset and reflective approach that helps students think through and grow from their mistakes. Sometimes this involves visiting our On-Track Room and speaking with our behavior interventionist to identify a plan for making better choices. We believe that all students can learn from their mistakes and that all students can be successful. We value the positive impact that our PBIS approach has at Bertha Neal Elementary.

I sincerely look forward to meeting all of you and partnering with you to help make this school year an enjoyable and successful school year for you and your family. If there is every anything you need, I am more than happy to help and be your number one advocate. Thank you for putting your trust in us with the most valuable thing in your life, your child.

Your Partner in Education,

Robert Cawson
Principal/Preschool Director