Summer bridge program a springboard to upper grades

Students in our ninth-grade and sixth-grade bridge programs wrapped up their summer studies with successful Gallery Walks on Wednesday, July 28, to show off the work they did in their language arts classes. 

The students created displays on tri-fold boards to illustrate their reading and analysis of the books “Mister and Me” for incoming sixth-graders at McManus and Soehl middle schools and “Monster” for incoming ninth-graders at Linden High School. They were proud to show off their writings and illustrations for parents, teachers, administrators, and other visitors to the school cafeterias.


The bridge programs are new this year and give students academic support and social and emotional learning as a springboard to success as they make the big jump into middle school and high school.

“The program was a success, and the Gallery Walk allowed students to showcase the hard work they’ve done over the past five weeks,” said Dr. Patricia Tartivita, supervisor of language arts for secondary schools. “The tri-fold projects synthesized individual fiction and non-fiction writing and research with the novels they completed as a class.”

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