BRIDGESThe primary focus of the BRIDGES program is to develop a school community that promotes engagement and a sense of belonging for all members of the MIHS community. Groups of 20-25 equally mixed freshman, sophomores, juniors and senior students meet once a week for a 55 minutes session. Each group has student leaders who work in partnership with teachers to facilitate the lessons. In order to keep groups small, every full time MIHS teacher is assigned to a BRIDGES group and every appropriate and available space in the building is utilized. A diverse set of activities and lessons are developed around topics determined to be relevant by students, staff and parents that are not generally addressed in the regular classroom. Each year the curriculum and activities change even though some topics may remain the same.
(Building Relationships in Diverse Groups to Empower Students & Staff)
BRIDGES Program Purpose:
1) Develop relationships throughout the school community
o A place where adult staff get to know students to become their advocate, support and guide.
o A place where every student is known personally by an adult and a cross-age group of their peers.
2) Create a positive school climate
o A comfortable, safe, positive place for everyone, where we all can celebrate the diversity of all members of the group.
o A place where everyone demonstrates respect and feels that they belong.
3) Empowers students
to take on leadership roles to create a sense of community.
4) Engage students in
learning and discussion around current and relevant academic,
social, physical and emotional issues that impact students.
For additional questions or concerns related to the BRIDGES program please contact Craig Olson at Craig_Olson@misd.wednet.edu