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8th Grade Bridge Program


8th Grade Bridge Program 2018-2019

The Bridge Program is a dynamite lineup of grouped classes taught by extraordinary teachers at the Resource Center in Modesto on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm each week! The Bridge Program is designed to ensure your student will be ready for the rigor of high school.

To sign up please click this link:

8th Grade Bridge Program 2018-19 Sign Up Sheet

Monday Schedule

9:00 - 10:00 am Physical Science taught by Lisa Crawford

 (note: the Monday class will be taught online only)

10:00 am-12:00 pm    History taught by Denise Schrock

12:00 pm-12:30 pm   Lunch

12:30 pm-2:00 pm    Algebra 1* taught by Debbie Kutz (meets the high school Algebra requirement.

Students must pass an Algebra Readiness test to take this advanced course.)

OR your student will take

2:00pm-3:30 pm   Math 8* taught by Debbie Kutz   

 *Elective courses ( photography, drama) are taught on 8 Monday afternoons when students are not in their math class.

Study hall 8 Monday afternoons when no elective is in session with Anita Madoski


Wednesday Schedule

9:00am-10:00am Physical Science taught by Lisa Crawford

(Wednesday classes/labs will be twice monthly as scheduling permits);

9:00am-10:00am STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math) taught by Anita Madoski

(classes will be held on non-lab Wednesdays)

10:00am-12:00 pm  English taught by Denetrice Howard

12:00 pm-12:30 pm   Lunch

12:30 pm-2:00 pm    Algebra 1 taught by Debbie Kutz (meets the high school Algebra requirement.

Students must pass an Algebra Readiness test to take this advanced course.)

OR your student will take

2:00pm-3:30 pm   Math 8 taught by Debbie Kutz   

*Wednesdays - Students not attending a math class will be taking-Study hall with Anita Madoski.

Elective Courses:

1st semester elective- Photography taught by Maureen Lemos

2nd semester elective- Drama taught by Julie Hilbert

 (these classes with take place 8 Mondays during the semester, either before or after their math class).

First day of class:  The first day of class will be Monday, August 20th  at the Resource Center.  The students will sign into their online physical science class with Lisa Crawford at the Resource center. Students will be using chromebooks to access the online class provided by the Resource Center. Students should arrive at the Resource center at least by 8:45 so they are ready to sign into the online class on time.

Parent and Student Orientation:  The student and at least one parent must attend the Parent and Student orientation on Wednesday, August 22rd  at 8:30 am at the Resource Center.  You will meet the Bridge Program teachers and find out what is expected of you and your student in order to achieve optimal success in the program. You will be able to ask any questions you may have at that time.

Cost: $900.00 per semester will be deducted from the student account to pay for the cost of materials, supplies and instruction for the Bridge Program.

Field trips dates :

Fall  --TBA

Spring  --(TBA)

State Testing: Bridge students will have CAASPP testing at the Resource center TBA


The curriculum that will be used and provided for each student is listed below. Each student will also receive a Chromebook to use as an aid for their classes. The English and History will be a historical US History study approach with a focus on analytical and research based writing. Students will also use the following books provided by the library:


Glencoe Focus on Physical Science-CA Student Edit. 0078794404

California Science Notebook: Active Reading workbook 0078794455

English: Collections by Houghton Mifflin

History: Pearson My World Ca American History Growth and Conflict

*Math 8: Go Math!, by Houghton Mifflin OR Algebra 1 ACE by Houghton Mifflin

*Math 8 is the grade level course for 8th grade students. Advanced students who want to complete high school Algebra in 8th grade would take Algebra 1, but must first pass the High School readiness test with a score of 80+%. Talk to your ES or Debbie Kutz to sign up for this test.

Bridge dates for 2018-2019 (dates are subject to change)

 Physical Science Lab dates:  Select Wednesdays

Aug 22

Sept 5, 12

Oct 3, 10, 31

Nov 7

Dec 5

Spring dates TBD


STEM Dates:  

Aug 29,

Sept 19, 26

Oct 17, 24

Nov 14, 28

Dec 12


Elective Class Dates (Depending on which math class is taken)

12:30-2:00 & 2:00-3:30

Photography (Maureen Lemos) First Semester

Aug. 20

Sept. 10, 24

Oct. 8, 22  

Nov. 5 & 26

Dec 10

Drama (Julie Hilbert) Second Semester


Study Hall dates (When there is no Elective) Mondays

Aug 27

Sept 17

Oct 1, 15, 29,

Dec 3