James Bridger Middle School

Bridger Administration

Principal: Jeff Williams

Assistant Principal: Kevin Lathrom

Assisstant Principal: Steve Painter 

Bridger Middle School's "Three A's"

Bridger is dedicated to the success of every student through the “three A’s”

1. Attendance: Our goal is for all students to attend more than 95% of the time

2. Attitude: Positive attitudes toward learning and school make excellence possible

3. Achievement: Our school strives to ensure that every student can achieve academic and emotional success in a climate of high expectations and personal support

Vision Statement

It is our vision to celebrate individual efforts and achievements while encouraging students to accept responsibility for learning, decisions and actions.

School Times

Start: 7:20 am

Dismiss: 2:14 pm

James Bridger Middle School

James Bridger Middle School

18200 E. M78 Hwy.
Independence, MO 64057

Phone: 816.521.5375 Fax: 816.521.5632


The Bridger Buffalo motto, “We Are All Part of the Herd”, perfectly defines the culture of our school.  Bridger students, staff, and parents work together to ensure the success of each and every child that passes through our doors.  Teachers at Bridger are encouraged to utilize their innovative creativity and leadership skills to build highly engaging classrooms.  Those who visit Bridger will be met with dynamic teachers and students, a caring climate, and an involved community.


•June 1st-July 2nd  Summer Success

•July 30th   Residency Verification and Schedule Pick-Up                                 (8:00am-7pm)

•Aug. 4th    Orientation Day, 12pm-2pm

•Aug. 12th  First Day of School

Orientation Day, Aug. 4th, 12pm-2pm

We hope each of our incoming Bridger families are enjoying their summer break!  As we approach the 2015-2016, we are excited to provide students with an opportunity to become more familiar with Bridger prior to the start of the school year.  On Tuesday, August 4th, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Bridger Middle School will host an Orientation Day for incoming sixth-grade students.  Students will have an opportunity to tour the school, meet staff, and learn about what to expect at the middle-level.  Please make sure to save this date.  Additional information, including information regarding ISD transportation for this event, will be shared within the upcoming weeks.

Upcoming Sporting Events

Go to: http://www.isdsports.org for  information on  sporting events.


About Bridger Middle School

James Bridger Middle School History

James Bridger Middle School, named after the famous pioneer James Bridger, opened in 1966. Bridger offers a caring, safe environment to district sixth-grade students. Students have the opportunity to select from a variety of exciting and interesting exploratory courses. They may also participate in our Latitude program which offers tutoring and a variety of clubs.  Bridger also offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletics and activities.

About James Bridger

Click HERE to learn more about James Bridger.


Character Trait of the Month

June's CHARACTER trait is:   COURAGE


Learn more about ISD's CHARACTER program.

Box Tops

Bridger Middle School is a collection location for Box Tops. Please drop them off in the main office at any time.


Breakfast & Lunch Prices

Breakfast prices are $1.70 for secondary students and $2.00 for adults. Lunch Prices are  $2.50 for a secondary student lunch and $2.85 for adults. A school milk or juice can be purchased for .50 cents

Proud Partner of the MU Fellows Program

Click HERE to learn more about Teaching Fellows.