James Bridger Middle School

Bridger Administration

Principal: Dr. Janet Richards

Assistant Principal: Kevin Lathrom

Assisstant Principal: Steve Painter 

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

Proud Partner of the MU Fellows Program

Click HERE to learn more about Teaching Fellows.


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.


  • 5/18/15       Power Play Field Trip (All Teams)
  • 5/19/15       Team 5 Trip to George Owen
  • 5/19/15       Team 4 Lunch in Courtyard
  • 5/19/15       Locker Clean Outs - 4th hour
  • 5/20/15       Teams 2 & 4 Trip to George Owens
  • 5/20/15       Team 1 Field Day @ Track/Soccer Fields
  • 5/21/15       Last Day of School
  • 5/21/15       Talent Show
  • 5/21/15       Yearbook Distribution/Signing
7th Grade Course Enrollment Information '15-'16 (Click on image to view presentation.  Click on last slide to open video)

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

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Character Trait of the Month

May's CHARACTER trait is:   Self-Control


Learn more about ISD's CHARACTER program.

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.