James Bridger Middle School

School Times

Start: 7:20 am

Dismiss: 2:14 pm


Principal: Dr. Janet Richards

Assistant Principal: Kevin Lathrom

Assisstant Principal: Steve Painter 



  • 9/08/14     STAR & Acuity Tests Begin
  • 9/15/14     Spirit Week at Bridger
  • 9/15 14     Dress like a PE Teacher Day (Shorts, Sweatpants, etc.)
  • 9/16/14     Pajama Day
  • 9/17/14     Crazy Socks Day
  • 9/18/14     Be Fit/Favorite Sport Team Day (Dress in team apparel)
  • 9/19/14     Hat & Bridger Spirit Wear Day
  • 9/22/14     PTSA Board Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 9/26/14     iPod Day
  • 10/1/14     Major Saver Assembly
  • 10/2/14     Choir Concert 7:00 pm
  • 10/3/14     Picture Re-Takes
  • 10/9/14     Flu Clinic @ Bridger 7:20 -2:00
  • 10/9/14     School Play @ Nowlin Middle School
  • 10/10/14   School Play @ Nowlin Middle School
  • 10/13/14   No School 
  • 10/23/14   Scholastic Book Fair Begins in Library
  • 10/28/14   Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • 10/29/14   Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • 10/30/14   Last Day for Scholastic Book Fair
  • 10/31/14   No School
James Bridger Middle School

James Bridger Middle School

18200 E. M78 Highway
Independence, MO 64057

Phone: 816.521.5375
Fax: 816.521.5632

Upcoming Sporting Events

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


Special Thanks

We would like to send out a special THANK YOU! to the girls of Girl Scout Troop 1721.   These girls worked very hard to beautify Bridger's Courtyard over the summer.  We tallied up the total work hours of the project and projected 66 hours.  The project consisted of removing two gas grills, scrubbing and cleaning the plastic picnic tables and concrete benches, adding dirt and seed to the area where the grills were, picking up trash, and finally painting the concrete benches and center post. 

The following girls earned the Silver Award which is the second highest award given to a Girl Scout. It consists of earning a National Leadership Journey badge and at least 35 hrs of planning and execution of a community project that is sustainable.  It is generally earned during the Middle School years and takes about 2 years to complete.

The participants:

  •        Caylei Benson
  •        Alyssa Clark   
  •        Brooke Clark
  •        Caitlyn Cruz
  •        Adriane Hall
  •        Anna Hagadorn     
  •        Melanie Stamps
  •        Melanie Valencia

We would also like to thank the following Adults:

  •        John Benson
  •        Gargar Hagedorn
  •         Michele Fowler


About Bridger Middle School

James Bridger Middle School History

James Bridger Middle School, named after the famous pioneer James Bridger, opened in 1966. Composed of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, Bridger offers a caring, safe environment. 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.

Vision Statement

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

Character Trait of the Month

September - Responsibility

To be accountable for your actions.

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

Box Tops

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


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Last Update: Thursday, September 11, 2014 07:57:08