Bridger Bulletin: Important News and Upcoming Events

 
Support Our Attendance Efforts!

 We are asking for your help in improving our yearly attendance rate at Bridger Middle School throughout the 2017-18 school year.  We are striving to reach a building goal of 95% student attendance, but we will need everyone’s support in doing so.  

We feel this is an important area of focus for us at Bridger as there are many positive results with increased attendance.  One of the key positive impacts of increased attendance is the improvement in overall student academic performance. 

As a student’s absences accumulate throughout the school year, they have a huge impact on a student’s overall attendance.  A student maintaining just a 90% attendance rate will miss 17.5 days or 3 ½ weeks of school this year!  During the course of a student’s K-12 educational career, this would mean 227.5 days of missed school or 1.3 years of lost education!

Parents can help by supporting the following:

  • ensure that pupils arrive punctually to school each day
  • avoid taking family vacations during the school days
  • schedule doctor appointments after-school to avoid missing as much school as possible
  • make time to encourage and show interest in school
  • attend school events and functions
  • don’t let your child miss school without a good reason
  • create consistent routines for your child

We want to thank you for supporting Bridger as we work to increase attendance and impact student achievement. Remember, we count every minute for attendance. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 521-5375. 

 
The School Year is Underway!

We would like to thank each of our families for your support in helping us get a successful school year underway!

Important School Information:

Doors open at 7:00am

Late Bell at 7:20am

Dismissal is 2:23pm

Car Riders:

In an effort to ensure the safety of students, we ask that all parents utilize our car rider line when picking up or dropping off your student.  You can speed up this process by pulling all the way up to our staff when unloading/picking up.  This practice greatly increases the efficiency of our car rider line.

 
Making Connections with the Independence Police Department!

We invited Independence Police to visit when school let out and the result was incredible! Students gave high fives, handshakes, flowers, treats and said thank you to the officers. It was a powerful and positive afternoon. Look at all of the smiles. Thank you IPD!

 
Character Trait of the Month

May's Character Trait is: Self Control

Learn more...

Congratulations to Bridger's CharacterPlus winners for April!

 

 

Team Winners
Nick Haslett: Orange Team
Green Team: Jalen Grubbs
Justina Castro: Blue Team
Darrius Gorman: Yellow Team
DeAndre Jones: Purple Team
 
 
 
School Representatives
 
Justina Castro, Blue Team
Comments from other students
"Justina always completes missed work, and she never makes excuses for missing school."
"Justina responds in a responsible way to any challenge that she faces. She is always willing to help others."
 
 
Angy HillELA Teacher - Orange Team
Comments from staff
"Having worked with Angy for a number of years, one thing that always shines through is her positive outlook and upbeat manner despite any circumstance.  Angy is someone who finds the positive in all situations and remains positive for her students.  Her wonderful sense of humor and kind heart help others to persevere!"
"When faced with unimaginable challenges she always shines through with positivity and optimism. She is a great mentor, a great teacher to our students and fellow colleague because of the charisma and strength she has to overcome overwhelming obstacles." 
 
 
Congratulations to all who were nominated!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bridger Welcomes Truman Medical Center Dental Bus

Independence Schools Dental Health Program(ISP) is a collaboration between The Independence School District and Truman Medical Centers(TMC) Dental Services at Lakewood to provide dental health education and dental health care to the students on location at the schools.  They have been in operation since August 2012. Our program is expanding from elementary to middles schools.  The dental health program will target and engage middle school age children to increase their knowledge and positively change their behavior regarding oral health hygiene practices - emphasizing personal hygiene and self-confidence, while receiving dental care. Our Bridger students will take part in the dental bus sometime between January-May through our Physical Education classes.  Consent forms can be accessed HERE.  Spanish version also available HERE.

 
Bridger School Calendar
 
Bridger School Newsletter

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 3 - Choir Concert
  • May 8 - 4th Quarter Incentive Field Trip to Union Station - Art of the Brick
  • May 10 -  Band Concert
  • May 15 -  Orchestra Concert
  • May 18 - Green Team Field Trip to George Owens
  • May 22 - Yellow Team Field Trip to George Owens
  • May 23 - Purple Team Field Trip to George Owens
  • May 23 - Blue Team - Field Day
  • May 24 - Orange Team Fiedl Trip to George Owens
  • May 25 - Last Day of School

 

 
 
Bridger Releases New Branding

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to share the new look of Bridger! The fun work is ahead as we bring it to life! Thanks to @designengagency for their support!