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Principal’s Message

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – TeachingPartners

Dear Spartan Community,

Welcome to a very unique 2020 - 2021 school year! Despite the global pandemic and the impact that it has had on our communities, faculty at Bridges is committed to the learning of all our students. As a new member of this community, I am looking forward to growing with our community as we work together to understand how we can best meet the needs of our Spartans during this time.

As the son of Salvadoran immigrants who came to the United States for more opportunities for their family, I am very aware of the importance of a quality education for all students. While being an educator in the Bay Area, I have falle
n in love with East San Jose and have become even more convinced that our students deserve to be working with educators that care about them and our community, and are working as a team to ensure that all of our students are learning and growing everyday. I look forward to working with our students and families to help our Spartans gain the academic and socio-emotional skills to help them be successful in high school, college, and beyond!

Franklin-McKinley School District has made it clear that our priorities during full distance learning are community safety, equitable high quality teaching and learning for all students, mental social and emotional well-being for our school community, and family and community engagement. As we try to identify the best possible outcomes for our Bridges’ students we are using these tenets, and local health mandates to guarantee that our community is learning and growing. At Bridges we pride ourselves in providing a rigorous project-based learning experience so that our students are prepared to meet the college-prep demands of high school.  We will continue to provide these opportunities to our students in a digital format. Additionally, we will also offer electives and physical education so that our students have a well-rounded middle school program. 


My goals for this school year are to make sure our students have the tools to be successful in distance learning and to learn as much as I can about Bridges from our students, faculty, and families. I value open, honest communication and feedback. I hope that you do not hesitate to reach-out if you have a question or concern. Please be on the look-out for upcoming family meetings/events, office hours, and coffee chats. In the meanwhile, if you would like to contact me to get to know me, ask questions, or share any concerns, please do not hesitate to call the main office at 408-283-6400, or you may also email me directly at

I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with our students, families and faculty this school year!

Edwin Avarca