Bridger Bulletin: Important News and Upcoming Events
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.
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
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.
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!
January's Character Trait is: Respect
Congratulations to Bridger's CharacterPlus winners for January!
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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- Feb 23 - Tdap Clinic
- Feb 19-20 - No School
- Feb 27-28 - Oratory Nights @ Truman Library
- Mar 8 - Elective Night for 2018-19 6th Graders
- Mar 12- Choir Concert
- Mar 16 - Dental Screenings
- Mar 19-20 - Parent Teacher Conferences
- Mar 23-April 2 - No School - Spring Break
- April 13 - Spring Pictures
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!