Battle of the Books 2017

On April 4, at Bryant Middle School, students from six middle schools competed against each other to see who would be the champion of the first annual Battle of the Books organized by Bryant Middle School Librarian, Emily DeJong, and Salt Lake City School District Library Director, Tiffany Hall.  West High 7th and 8th graders, Clayton Middle School, and Bryant Middle School students competed against students from three Granite Middle Schools.

Students who participated have been reading books from a recommended reading list of 21 books.  Students then worked in teams to answer questions about the books to see which team knew the books the best.  Mrs. DeJong, Librarian of Bryant Middle School, stated that participating in the Battle of the Books has really motivated students to read.  “The books on our recommended reading list are the most popular books in the school.  By getting the students excited about the same set of books, students talk to one another and to their teachers about the books that they are reading.  They recommend books to one another.  It really develops a community of readers at our school!”

The champion of the Battle of the Books is the Bryant Middle School eighth grade team consisting of Zion B., Hanna F., Chloe N., Emily D., and Rachel S.!  The winning team was awarded a traveling trophy and every student that participated received a free book.

Student Artists at The City Library

The artwork of over 100 Bryant students is on display at the Sweet branch of the City Library. Many of the projects that students have been working on throughout the school year are showcased and some of the mediums include fused glass, paper mache, Pysanka eggs, Sumi-e ink, string art, and wheel thrown pottery.  There was an art opening on March 29th where students received certificates for their achievements.  The show will remain open during library business hours until the 22nd of April.

Cooking with a Chef

Bryant SCC chair, Phillip Baker, has made it possible for Bryant CCA students to learn to cook from Salt Lake City Chef, Justin Shifflett.  Chef Shifflett has always enjoyed mentoring young chefs and was involved in the Teen ChefPro with the Utah Restaurant Association a few years ago.  Chef Shifflett , Philliip Baker, and CCA teacher, Maria Gomez, have focused on teaching students sanitation rules, cooking techniques, knife skills, and understanding ingredients.  Chef Shifflett said, “We are focusing on teaching students things that they can use at home.  We teach them basic knife techniques that will allow them to make multiple meals.  The way we teach them to cook the chicken, they could transfer to cooking other types of meat.  We also have them cook meals that have six ingredients or less so that they could buy the ingredients and make the same meal for their family.”  Gomez, Baker, and Shifflett were able to make these meals for students because of donations from numerous companies.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Students are working hard to get ready to present this year’s musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.  The performances will be:

Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m (performance for feeder Elementary schools)
Wednesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. (open to the public)
Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. (open to the public)
Friday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m. (Bryant student assembly)

The cost for tickets is Adults- $4.00, Students 5 and up- $2.00, and Children 4 and under are free!

2016-2017 Cesar Chavez Visual Arts and Essay Contest

Mrs. Brings’ ELP language arts class recently competed in the District Cesar Chavez Visual and Language Arts Contest.  Students wrote an essay or created a piece of art that centered around the questions: “What can be done to support the rights of people in our communities?  What Social Justice causes are people fighting for today that make a difference in the lives of individuals?” 

Mrs. Brings stated that she has participated in this program for many years.  She explained, “I love participating in this program.  It gives my students a real reason to write or produce artwork and it gets their work out in the community for others to read and see it.  It also informs me as a teacher because it really helps me to understand my students better.  This year I was amazed by the variety of topics that my students chose to explore.”

In the seventh grade essay category, Elijah T. won 1st place, Molly B. won 2nd place, and Isaac W. won Honorable Mention.  Bryant students swept the 7th grade Visual arts category by Elijah M. winning Grand Prize, Parker W. winning 1st place, Kimberly G. winning 2nd place, Guadalupe R. winning 3rd place, and Jenna B. winning Honorable Mention.  The student artwork is available to view at the Glendale Branch of the Salt Lake Public Library from February 27- March 10.

Annual Agency Fair

The Annual Agency Fair will be held on April 26, 2017, from 6-8 pm, at Highland High School (2166 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City).  The Fair is for student and adults with disabilities and their families and teachers to receive information about employment, advocacy, education, housing, health care, recreation, and more!  If you have questions, call 801-578-8429 or 801-583-1661 x1172.

Needs Assessment survey


Please fill out the Needs Assessment Survey.  The needs assessment is a place where parents and students are asked to answer questions about the needs being addressed by the school. Your answers are important because they help provide a better understanding of how the counseling department can help your student. Please contact the counselor, Mrs. Perese, with any questions.  

Math Motivation through Math Hoops

Jeffrey Zivkovic, a math teacher at Bryant Middle School, has seen his students motivated to learn math concepts through playing the game Math Hoops.  Math Hoops is a board game that simulates playing basketball, but students do math to make points. 

            Mr. Zivkovic learned about the program through an email and then attended a training in October at the Vivint Arena with the Bryant Math department.  The Math Hoops program was developed by Learn Fresh, a nonprofit organization that’s mission it to make learning fun for everyone.  Math Hoops works because “by making math fun and engaging, students are more likely to score better on tests, but they are also more likely to develop the intrinsic motivation and drive that leads to self-directed learning (”  Hasboro also donated 12 of the Math Hoops board games to Bryant Middle School. 

            Mr. Zivkovic recently took 12 students who have been participating in the Math Hoops afterschool program on a field trip to the Vivint Arena.  Students were able to play a real life game of Math Hoops where Jazz players were present to make the shots that students needed to make for the games.  Students were required to do the math that determined where the Jazz player had to shoot.  Students also were able to meet Jazz players, Shelvin Mack and Raul Neto, after the game and get autographs.  Mr. Z said that the program “helped make math more of an ordinary, cool thing rather than just for some kids that are good at math.  I also found that students who are good at math but not into basketball have started to like basketball as well!”

Prospective Student Assembly

6th grade students from Bryant feeder schools came to Bryant for a Prospective Student Assembly on Thursday, January 26.  Students were able to hear from principal, James Yapias, about the programs that are available at Bryant, such as Dual Language Immersion, AVID, and Neighborhood ELP.  Science teacher, Jason Snow, described how the Science department has implemented the new science core and also described extra programs that the Science students have been involved with this year.  Prospective students were also able to hear from students in the Student Government who described some of their favorite things about being a student at Bryant Middle School.  6th grade students were then lead on a tour of the school where they could see the library, the lunchroom and classrooms at Bryant Middle School. 

BioEYES science lab

Students were hunched over microscopes, frantically writing down notes, and having excited conversations with lab partners.  These students are involved in the week long BioEYES Science lab at Bryant Middle School in December.

In collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, 7th grade students learned about the scientific process by developing a scientific question in relation to Zebrafish embryos and then determined what data they would need to collect to answer the question.  Students then counted, observed and tracked the zebrafish embryos and recorded data in their science notebooks.

7th grade Science teacher, Marc Ellis, observed how engaged his students were while participating in this lab project.  Ellis stated, “The most important thing that students learned was how to solve a problem using a lab experiment.  The students were very excited because it’s hands-on and they get to work with live animals.  The students were amazed at how rapidly they could see the embryos change.” 

During the lab, students learn about embryo and tissue development by seeing how a cluster of cells in an embryo develops into organs including a heart, brain, blood, and eyes.  Students also learn about genetics by receiving a normal and mutant zebrafish and exploring how the traits are passed down in a dominant or recessive inheritance pattern.  Science students were also able to explore how the inherited traits and structures allowed the organisms to adapt to their environment.

Bryant Winter Concert

On Thursday, December 8, from 6:30- 8:00 pm Bryant student groups presented the Bryant Winter Concert.  The Orchestra I and II, Band I and II, Choir I and II, Dance, and Drama department performed at the event.  The music groups performed a combination of holiday music and traditional music.

7th grade dancers have learned a variety of partner dances this year: Cha-cha, Waltz, Swing, and Bachata.  Their favorite is the Bachata because of its addicting music and natural movements.  They performed a dance showcasing the style and variations of this beautiful Latin dance.

8th grade dancers have had the opportunity to attend a performance and workshop with a hip-hop dance company based in Los Angeles called VersaStyle.  They learned some basic hip-hop dance moves, along with the origin and meaning of these motifs.  They performed choreography based on the dance combinations they experienced during this field-trip.

Drama students also performed in the concert.  Part of the Drama curriculum is performance and so as part of this students memorize a poem that is at least 16 lines long and use gestures and expression to perform it.  Several of the students who have a more polished performance were chosen to perform their piece at the Winter Concert.

Steve Schwemmer, Bryant orchestra, band, and choir teacher, feels that students’ participation in the Fine Arts has positive effects in all areas of student school performance.  “Students develop self-discipline and learn how to set individual goals,” Schwemmer explained.  “Students have a sense of pride and accomplishment when they’ve practiced and learned a challenging section of the music.  The focus and concentration that students learn in our program allows them to focus and concentrate in all academic areas.”

Science Interactive Notebooks

Bryant Middle School is a school wide AVID school.  Last summer, 6 teachers from Bryant were able to go to the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego.  They learned about the AVID program and how to implement AVID in their classrooms.  AVID’s mission is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

The Science department at Bryant has utilized the tools they were taught in the Summer Institute to have all students use Science interactive notebooks.  Students have a notebook for each standard.  They use the notebook to keep the vocabulary pages, labs, and Cornell notes that they create in class.  Students review the notebooks each evening so that they can retain the information that they are learning throughout the unit.  The use of Cornell note taking and having students regularly review their notes is a core principal of the AVID program.

7th grade Science teacher, Marc Ellis, has found that the interactive notebooks are having many positive outcomes for the students in his classes.  “Students are better organized.  I am getting more assignments turned in and very few no-name papers.  Students have something to reference when studying at home.  I’m finding that 90% of my students bring their notebooks to class every day.”

In April, teachers will hand the notebooks for each Science strand back to students for them to review for the SAGE exam.

Shannon Hale Author Visit

On October 4, all students at Bryant Middle School were visited by author and Bryant alumnus, Shannon Hale.  Hale is the best-selling author of fifteen children’s and young adult novels, including the Ever After High series, The Books of Bayern series, The Princess Academy series, and Book of a Thousand Days.  She has also co-authored the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack with her husband Dean Hale.  Hale is the only Utah author to ever have received a Newbery Medal or Honor which she received for Newbery Honor winner The Princess Academy in 2006.

At Bryant Middle School, having authors visit the school is a critical component to developing students who are readers and writers.  Emily DeJong, the librarian at Bryant Middle School, said “We are so proud to have an author of Shannon Hale’s caliber that was a student at Bryant Middle School.  Our students are going to hear from Shannon and see what she has been able to accomplish in her life and know that with dedication and hard work that they can accomplish great things in their lives as well.”

Hale talked to students about the rejection that she faced as she began her writing career.  She said she continued to write because, “I didn’t want to get to an age and look back and say, ‘What if?’ I wanted to spend my time doing what I love.”  She described how when she writes a novel she focuses on “world building” and thinks about what the culture of the characters and society will be, what they will wear, what they will eat. 

Hale said that often boys think they can’t read her book The Princess Academy because of the word “Princess” in the title and encouraged them not to limit themselves by thinking something is “for girls.”  She showed pictures of famous male authors and boys reading The Princess Academy including Jon Scieszka and James Dashner.  To become better writers she advised them to “read, allow yourself to daydream, think, question, try new things.”  She finished by telling students not to write what they know, but to write what fascinates them. 

Margaret Peterson Haddix author visit

On September 22, all students at Bryant Middle School were visited by author Margaret Peterson Haddix.  Haddix is the best-selling author of over 35 books including The Shadow Children series, The Missing series, Uprising and Under Their Skin.  Haddix introduced her newest release, The Children of Exile.

At Bryant Middle School author visits are a very important part of developing students who are readers and writers.  Emily DeJong, the librarian at Bryant Middle School, said “hearing a real author speak is the ultimate literacy incentive.  When students meet the author of a book, the book becomes real and something they want to read.  And when they start to read one book, they will read more.”

Haddix described how she gets ideas for her books from things that happen in her own life.  She advised students that if they want to become writers they need to “read a lot, play around with poetry, keep a journal, and make sure you have time to think.”  Haddix said, “When I write, I get to imagine other worlds.  I get to imagine other people’s perspective on things.”  Haddix explained that she was inspired to become a writer from all the books she read as a child. 

Salt Lake ELP Middle School Assessment Information

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP)

Salt Lake City School District’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides specialized educational services for identified gifted and high ability 7th and 8th grade middle school students. ELP services are available at all district middle schools with more extensive services provided through ELP Magnet Programs at Clayton, Hillside, and Glendale Middle Schools, and West High School.

As part of the eligibility process for the 2017-2018 school year, gifted and high ability 6th and 7th grade students may participate in the middle school testing which includes an out-of-level CogAT, an abilities assessment, and out-of-level IOWA reading and math assessments. The assessments will be given at our school during the November 2 – December 14 testing window. The dates for testing will be chosen by the administration and proctors at our school. Check back on our website for those dates. Students who live outside district boundaries may call the ELP office for a testing appointment. This testing will be scheduled on November 4, 11, 18, December 2 and 9.

Parents must submit registration and disclosure statement forms to the district ELP office between September 19 and November 2, 2016. Registration and disclosure forms are available on the district website:, or contact Amy Burris, ELP Administrative Assistant, at the district ELP Office at 801-578-8573.

Parent information meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 27, 2016. They will begin at 6:00 pm at the Administration Building, 440 E. 100 S., rooms 112-114.

Students who are currently in magnet ELP do not need to retest.


The Front office will be open August 11-18 Mon-Fri 9:00 am -3:00 pm to assist any parents/guardians with late registration.   Computers will be available in room #103 for you to complete the online portion of registration. Please go to the Counseling Office to complete the registration, apply for fee waivers, and/or pay fees.  NEW students will receive their schedules on the first day of school, incoming 6th graders from a Bryant feeder school and returning 8th graders will receive their schedules once they are registered.

What do I bring?

Bryant Staff will be collecting the required documentation below:

Returning 8th Grade Students

  • Proof of address

Incoming 7th Grade Students

  • Immunization records
  • Proof of address
  • Birth Certificate

New Students

  • Proof of address
  • Transcripts from previous school
  • Immunization records
  • Birth Certificate

Special Permits

Students outside of Bryant boundaries will need to complete a Special Permit Form and meet with Principal Yapias.

Note: There is a $5 fee for all approved special permits.

  • Proof of address
  • Transcripts from previous school
  • Immunization records
  • Birth Certificate

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