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

January's Character Trait is: Respect

Learn more...

Congratulations to Bridger's CharacterPlus winners for January!



Team Winners
Hannah Bover: Orange
Hannah Findley: Green 
Sophia Crimmins: Blue 
Amanda Baylie: Yellow 
Anjerial McCandless: Purple
School Winners
Anjerial McCandless, Purple Team
Comments from Students
"Because Anjerial is always being nice and never started any conflict with the other classmates. Also she is always respecting the teachers and other adults at the school." "I nominated Anjerial for respect because she doesn't talk when others talk and she respects others." "Anjerial is a nice girl and is kind to others and helps any body that needs help I now this because last week I was stuck on a problem and she enplaned it to me so that I would get it and this is why I chose Anjerial." "she respects the people around her and she respects the teacher when the teacher ask her to do something she does it."
Becky Kolkmeier, Assistant Principal
Comments from Staff
"Rebecca deals with a great many issues on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis, yet she strives to remain professional, upbeat and respectful in every way. Even when students and/or parents are disrespectful or rude, she provides the same quality of service with grace and aplomb."
"Becky has done a phenomenal job this year stepping into her new role. She is respectful to students, yet she holds them accountable for their actions. She also treats staff with the same respect and standards that she holds for herself."
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

  • 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


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!