Website – http://bernshausen.kleinisd.net
Twitter – @BernshausenKISD
Facebook – http://fb.me/BernshausenKISD
Phone – (832) 375-8000
Fax – (832) 375-8050
School Hours – 8:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Rating – Met Standard
Enrollment – 814
Mascot – Bengals
Principal – Cassandra Christian
Assistant Principals – Alex Alvarenga & Amber Standley
Counselor – Erica Scott
Bernshausen Elementary School opened to serve students for the first time on August 26, 2013. The school is named in honor of the Henirich Bernshausen family who arrived in Texas in 1852. He married Maria “Magdalena” Hofius and both were charter members of Trinity Lutheran. Bernshausen Elementary School encompasses 117, 280 square feet and is the district’s fourth high performance designed school and meets the standards of a Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools (TX-CHPS Verified). Unique design features include bio swales, harvesting of A/C condensate and rain water, a human sun clock and an instructional garden.
Bernshausen Elementary is a Met Standard campus in the Klein ISD.
Bernshausen has one full time counselor, who works to help all students succeed. Our counselor, Mrs. Erica Scott works with students individually, in small groups and entire classes via request. Our counseling program is an additional resource in helping students to learn character, and how to be productive citizens through learning how to solve problems and display the appropriate social skills everyday. The counselor leads our students to be respectful and celebrate diversity as we work to obtain recognition with No Place for Hate, national program created by the Anti Defamation League to empower tolerance and acceptance in schools’ nation wide. In addition to working with children individually or collectively our counselor may organize programs such as Red Ribbon Week, College week, Career day, Fifth grade transition day (which helps our fifth graders transition to the sixth grade), Friendship Week and other activities that are reflective of our district’s mission statement and core beliefs. Our student council will work closely with the counselor to implement our service learning projects as our council represents the student population that serves our campus. Our counselor also works to establish a meaningful, positive connection for students through the use of mentors.
Bernshausen Elementary School has an active volunteer program. The PTO is organizing ways for parents to volunteer throughout the year and fundraising events.
Bernshausen Elementary provides pre-kindergarten through grade five students with a state and district supported curriculum that encourages critical thinking and active learning with hands on activities. Prescriptive interventions are implemented as needed to support student learning needs.
English Language Arts
In the elementary ELA program, the emphasis is on the development of fundamental reading and writing skills. Reading instruction includes training in phonics, structural analysis, sight word recognition, context clues, vocabulary development, comprehension, study skills, and literary appreciation. Our genre based reading instruction occurs during Reader’s Workshop. Writing instruction, conducted through Writer’s Workshop, teaches students how to use written language appropriately. Instruction includes specific training in grammar, word study, handwriting, word usage, punctuation, and capitalization as well as more generalized training in composing written expressions. Skills in speaking and listening are also taught with the instruction for reading and writing.
In grades K-5, students discover mathematical concepts and vocabulary through the use of hands-on activities, interaction with their peers, and invigorating class discussions. Students use interactive notebooks to track and organize math concepts and to evaluate their learning over the course of the year. Students also have data trackers where they can self-evaluate their knowledge of mathematical topics and track personalized goals. To increase math fact fluency, K-5 classes participate in the Reflex district wide competition and are recognized throughout the year in our Reflex Rally. Participants who reach 100% fluency will be invited to attend the Reflex 100% party at the end of the year! In grades 3-5, students participate in Think Through Math, which is an online program that targets individual needs of students. All who pass at least 30 on-level lessons will be included in the Think 30 Club! To enrich our students, a “Challenge of the Week” problem is posted in the hallway for grades 3-5 to help prepare for those students who would like to participate in the Noetic Math Contest. This is a national math competition for third, fourth, and fifth graders that provides opportunities to earn distinguished medals and awards for outstanding performance. Math vocabulary is broadcasted biweekly via Word Wise Wednesday during morning announcements and is employed within the classroom via concept-specific word walls. Students are always challenged to grow in their mathematical thinking by justifying their answers and finding more than one way to solve a problem.
In grades K-5, students discover science in the world around them through weekly hands-on and engaging lab investigations, peer collaboration, research, and class discussions. Topic posters called “graffiti walls” are outside of the science lab where students can post what they know about a topic including examples of drawings, words, and vocabulary. Photos of students engaging in stimulating lab investigations will be displayed on these graffiti walls along with the student input. Word Wise Wednesday via morning announcements will provide opportunities for students to learn and apply their scientific knowledge to the classroom and everyday life. Interactive notebooks allow students to document their background knowledge and growth of science concepts throughout the year. Our goal is to provide an energetic atmosphere that cultivates student curiosity to discover the world around them.
In grades K-12, students build a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology and society, and social studies skills. The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.
Bernshausen Elementary School offers activities that encourage student involvement. Marathon for Life, Coding Club, After school Learning Support, Choir, Destination Imagination, and our student led Bengal Council are some examples of programs designed to encourage student involvement and school pride.
The outdoor science classroom/garden allows project based learning for students. The school is built to meet TX-CHPS standards of environmental awareness. A water reclamation and smart irrigation system is used to sustain the native plants on the school site. Building construction design and materials also promote the efficient use of energy. All of these items are highlighted for student and parents on an interactive touch screen monitor used to tell about the school.