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

November's Character Trait is: Citizenship

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Congratulations to Bridger's CharacterPlus winners for October!

Integrity=to do the right thing
Staff of the Month
Michelle Acevedo, SRO
"Officer Michelle Acevedo is the epitome of Integrity. No matter what the task at hand, she is always doing the right thing. No matter how tedious, distasteful, heartbreaking, or difficult the job is, she does it with dignity, grace, respect, love, and integrity. Most often, she also has a smile on her face, always presenting herself in a positive way. Michelle truly cares about the students, the adults, and our building. She finds ways to help teach our students (and even some of our adults) what it means to honestly display integrity. I can think of no one else in this building that deserves this honor more than Officer Michelle Acevedo."
Student of the Month
Yanina Godinez, Purple Team
"I chose Yanina because she is always at her class on time, she is kind, and follows all of the classroom expectations."
"She makes people be in a safe educational environment, where students feel free to give their opinions as they please and not have to feel embarrassed or emotional. Yanina is always showing integrity especially when no one is looking and she is greatly compassionate and generous to others.  Although she doesn't seem to talk much, she is still very nice to people. She is a special kind of person everyone sems to enjoy being around."
Team Winners
Orange=Zach Grippy - "He is doing the right thing, even if no one is looking. Zach gives 100% on every task in the classroom and is a great role model to his peers."
Green= Liliana Eaton - "Liliana is always following directions, helping out others, participating, and on-topic. She always does the right thing."
Blue=Laurie Leroy - "She is honest and always helpful in the classroom. She is someone who always does the right thing even when no one is looking."
Yellow=Samantha Bauman - "She is always listening and participating and doing her work. She has honesty with others. She is respectful and does everything even when the teachers are not looking, she is always nice and helpful.  She alwyas does what she is told whenever the teacher is gone she still shows integrity and she is always honest.  She is always nice to everyone and does the right thing when no one is watching. She does what she is supposted to without being told. She is quiet duing class and does not shout out."
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.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Nov 14th - Chick-Fil-A PTSA Night
  • Nov 22 - 24 No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 11th - Band Concert - 7:00 pm
  • Dec 13th - PTSA Orders Available for Pick Up
  • Dec 14th - Choir Concert - 6:30 pm
  • Dec 18th - Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
  • Dec 21 - Jan 3rd - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


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!