As a small independent school, our strength comes from our ability to quickly adapt to the circumstances at hand. Well equipped with talented staff ready to embrace the necessary technology, we have focused on innovation while redeveloping our program to utilize distance learning in order to maximize student outcomes. During a time of great uncertainty, this ethos will continue to guide our work whether the learning occurs in school or, if necessary, at a distance. No matter where our schooling occurs, the bonds of friendship and cooperation amongst our families and the support of our children will remain at the center of The Bridges experience.

Dear Bridges Community,

As chairman of the Board of Directors, I wanted to share a quick update on our school. As you know, our teachers and staff under the leadership of Mr. Rubenacker have done an amazing job with distance learning, and we are confident that our students are on track with their academics for the year. We could not be prouder of how quickly our team reacted and deployed a solid and engaging way to teach virtually. Their creativity, hard work, and dedication have made us a leader in distance learning, and because of that, we plan to expand our offerings with a summer program and beyond.  

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gina Richter, PhD, Director of Curation at The St. Charles Consulting Group, has agreed to join our Advisory Board to consult with and counsel our team on best practices for virtual learning. Dr. Richter has more than 20 years of experience in this field. As distance learning develops as the primary contingency plan for supporting our regular program, we welcome her expertise in this area to further improve our practice.

We have also formed a task force to begin to address the needs of bringing our community back to the campus when it is permitted. We are looking at a variety of scenarios as we await guidance from New York State and our local health officials. We will keep you posted as soon as we have plans in place, but our goal is to bring back our students, teachers, and staff in a safe manner when it is appropriate. We are also planning to continue virtual learning in some capacity to bridge any gaps we may have during the next school year.

Bridges is in a great position to overcome the many obstacles schools are facing during the COIVD crisis. Our size, dedicated team, and supportive community give us the ability to continue to excel in educating our students. I am confident we will weather this storm and come out a stronger and better school.

On a final note, I want to acknowledge our tremendous group of 8th-grade students who exemplify all that is great at Bridges. We are so very proud of each and every student and are confident that we will have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge this class as they embark on their high school careers.

Thank you for your continued support.  

Stay well,

Molly Hays-Jette


Bridges opened in September, 2013 as a fully independent, federally recognized not-for-profit, offering Preschool through 8th grade,  an “all-through” school with no need to change schools at various grade points.

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West Islip, NY 11795

Phone: (631) 358-5035
Fax: (631) 677-3900
Email: info@thebridgesacademy.net


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