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Bridge Enrichment Activities

Bridge Enrichment Activities

February 2024: Bridge Students Give Report at February 8 Board Meeting

Watch two of our Bridge students - Araceli Aguilar and Jose Angel Bahena Sanchez - who serve as student board representatives - give a report at the February 8 SMUHSD Board Meeting.

January 2024: District Facilities Manager Discusses Construction Management with Bridge Students

Collage of Jose Quintana discussing construction management with Bridge students

On January 25, the SMUHSD Facilities team collaborated with Bridge Program Principal Dr. Samia Shoman on a facilities presentation and tour of a District construction site with 20+ Bridge students. Led by Capital Facilities Fiscal Manager Jose Quintana, the presentation - done in Spanish - provided a comprehensive overview of construction management and fiscal accounting practices. Bridge serves students who are new to the country and its academic program is built around their language development.

The half-day presentation covered a range of disciplines related to project management, including project design and fiscal analysis. Jose and Facilities Specialist Jasmine Andrade had the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects in design, construction, and the closing out process. They also talked about digital blueprints and software relevant to managing all components of a construction project. 

Bridge students asked thoughtful questions and engaged in discussions about the project, trades, accounting, schedules, and management practices. 

The presentation ended with a tour of the San Mateo High School gymnasium construction site, where students saw first hand the different trades and roles that are involved. Students met Greystone Project Managers Royce Rippere and Mikael Estrada, who oversee the construction project.

February 2023: Bridge Program Science Students Break Ground on Outdoor Ecosystem Lab  

Photo collage of Bridge Students at Community Garden and EcoLab

Bridge Program students in Jessica Valera's Science Class recently broke ground on a Community Garden that will serve as an outdoor lab for learning about ecosystem ecology and the role of healthy soils in climate resilience.

The project’s objective is for students to design, build and maintain a vibrant and abundant garden to serve as a living lab and model ecosystem for the study of ecology, growth and development of living organisms, genetics and biological evolution. 

Some goals of the project include: 

  • An integrated and meaningful biology curriculum rooted in the process and continued cultivation of the garden that is engaging and accessible for emerging bilingual learners 

  • Student investment in garden-based learning experiences

  • Increased student connection to the earth and natural spaces, including understanding of the role of healthy soils and ecosystems in climate resilience

  • Vegetable harvest to supplement Bridge nutrition services

  • Beautification of the outdoor space where the Bridge Program is housed

Photo collage of Bridge and BHs students in culinary class

November 2022: Culinart Arts

Burlingame High School Culinary Teacher Shannon Couch and several of her bilingual students invited Bridge students to learn about various cooking techniques.

Bridge Soccer Team, coaches and family

October 2022: Bridge Soccer Team

The Bridge Soccer Team finished in second place in the Andy Hodzic ELD Soccer League. The League was developed as a partnership between SMUHSD and the San Mateo Police Activities league as an opportunity to engage our English Learner students in our ELD programs outside of the classroom. The goal of the soccer league is provide students with an opportunity to represent their school doing something they love and building community at the same time

Bridge students and teacher pose in front of large aquarium

May 2022: Bridge Students attended a field trip at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco where they learned about the world of science.

Bridge students stand outside the 826 Valencia Building

March 2021: Almost every year, Bridge students visit 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826 Valencia's services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.