Language Arts & Visual Arts Contest


The Department of Educational Equity invites 7th-12th grade students to participate in a visual and language arts contest.

This year’s theme is SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR ALL. For contest rules, entry form, and other information, please click here.

Please note: The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14, 2018; winning entries will be displayed March 5-16, 2018.

SCREENAGERS @ Bryant on January 18, 2018

We will be screening the documentary movie Screenagers on January 18 at 6:30 PM. All members of the Bryant community are welcome.

The movie is 70 minutes long and appropriate for ages 9+. There is no charge for this event. 

Bryant students will view this movie during the regular school day.

A little more about the film, from the Screenagers website:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can
empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Learn more about Screenagers by clicking on the links below:


Basketball Season is Underway!

Please click here to see the schedule of games for January/February.

This schedule is also stored on the After School Program page, under “Resources.”

Please come support our Bobcat basketball players!

International Baccalaureate Information Night for 8th Graders & Parents

Highland High School is excited to invite all 8th graders and their parents to attend their IB Information Night on January 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Highland HS Library. 

We will only be holding ONE Info Night, so it is important for parents to attend if they would like to ask questions about the program.

For more information about Highland's IB program, please visit Highland’s Counseling page by clicking here

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Dec. 7

This term, parent-teacher conferences will take place at Franklin Elementary School from 4:30 – 7:30 PM.

At 7:00 PM, the December SCC meeting will take place at Franklin as well.

Spanish language interpreters will be available for both events. 

Next SCC Meeting is December 7

The December 7 meeting will be held at Franklin Elementary School from 7:00 PM– 8:30 PM​, following parent-teacher conferences.

Please note: this is a change from our usual SCC meetings which take place at 7:00 AM in Bryant’s Library.

Spanish interpreters will be available at the SCC meeting.

Rock Star Tori Allen Visits Bryant

“See the possibilities in life, not the roadblocks”

When 10-year-old Tori Allen was shopping with her dad in a sporting goods store, she tried the newly-installed climbing wall. She loved the activity and begged her parents for climbing equipment that Christmas. Less than 4 years later, she not only won the X Games’ speed climbing event but became the world record holder for it, scaling the 65-foot wall in less than 15 seconds.She faced so many roadblocks-- her young age, lack of experience, negative press, and most importantly, no wall high enough to really practice on-- yet overcame them with a positive, growth mindset and a no-nonsense attitude that has led to so many other achievements as well.

The lessons that Tori spoke about at Bryant’s Middle School assembly on November 15 have inspired students to think about their own challenges and how to overcome them to achieve big goals and dreams.

“I thought the assembly was very motivational, and taught me I can do whatever I put my mind to,” said Alexis E. in grade 8. Another 8th grader, Siale S., stated that Tori “taught me how to tell people to stop bullying me.” And Julie B. enjoyed hearing Tori’s story because she realized that Tori’s “life was not perfect growing up.”

Tori Allen to Visit Bryant

On November 15, Bryant students will have a chance to hear Tori Allen speak. Tori is a former X-Games gold medalist and a record holder in the world of climbing. She is also a motivational speaker and has many other accomplishments.

 The assembly starts at 8:30 and will run about one hour. 

Parents are welcome to join us in the theater for this event.

Never heard of Tori Allen? Check out this video:

Attention Bryant Girls!

Northern Utah Girls WRESTLING will be starting an ALL GIRLS BRYANT WRESTLING CLUB! If you want to learn the basics of wrestling, nutrition, conditioning, cardio work, and build mental fortitude, wrestling is the sport for you!

Practice starts November 7th afterschool in the main gym with Coach Gomez!

Practice days will be TUESDAY and THURSDAY 3:30pm – 5:00pm

COME AND WORK OUT! If you have questions See Coach Gomez in ROOM 112

Please click here for more information

Sugar Skulls Art Class

On November 3rd, Ms. Emily Pierce will offer an after-school art workshop from 1:35 - 3:30. The cost is $3 for one skull and $5 for two.

Sign up by paying the treasurer (Ms. Claudia) in the main office by Thursday November 2nd.

If you normally take the school bus and stay after for this class, you can take the activity bus home.

Please click here for more information about this activity

Vision Screening on Nov. 2

All Students in 7th grade will be required to participate in a vision screening on Thursday Nov. 2nd. The screening will take place in the cafeteria. When all  7th graders have been checked 8th graders whose parents have requested it, will be screened as well. 

KIndness Challenge

Over the next 3 weeks, students and teachers at Bryant will be participating in a Kindness Challenge. We will complete activities that will help us to be empathetic and aware of others’ feelings. Please talk to your middle school son or daughter about the activities and what s/he is learning. To learn more, please click here for a letter from principal Larry Madden about the Kindness Challenge. Thank you for your interest and participation!

Flu Clinic on Nov. 9

Get a flu shot on Nov. 9 at Bryant in the Conference Room from 10:00 AM to noon.


  • Available to all students, parents, siblings, in the Bryant community
  • COST varies depending on your situation:
    • $15 for students with private insurance,
    • $10 for students, or other children under 18, that qualify for VFC vaccinations. (Vaccines for Children who have Medicaid, or are American Indian, or are un-insured). 

Got Art? Yes!

We are very proud of our arts program here at Bryant. Check out Mr. Schwemmer’s second period band class playing “Louie, Louie” at the beginning and then at the end of September. They went from GOOD to GREAT in a short amount of time. 


Occasionally Ms. Emily Pierce, art teacher, will offer free art classes to students. This Friday, Oct. 27, students can create coil pottery. 

Sign up outside of room 215. Space is limited, so sign up in advance.

If you ride the bus, you may take the after-school bus home on that day. 

To download a flyer about the coil pottery class, click here.

Read more about how students experience the arts at Bryant by clicking here

School Land Trust Final Report 2016-17 Now Available

The School Children’s Trust Section at the Office of the Utah State Board of Education was created to represent, support and advocate for the public school beneficiaries. The section is responsible for:

  • administering the School LAND Trust program,
  • monitoring the School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA) as they manage the trust lands for the benefit of the public schools, and
  • overseeing the investment of the permanent State School Fund by the School and Institutional Trust Fund Office (SITFO).

To visit the School Land Trust website and view the final report for 2016-17, click on the following link: School LAND Trust Plan, Choose the “schools” tab and Salt Lake (District) and Bryant MD from the dropdown menus.

You may also visit the School Community Council (SCC) page for more information. 

After School Theatre Program

Interesting in writing, acting, directing and designing theater productions? Consider signing up for Salt Lake Community College’s 8-weeks program. Click here for more details or contact Jean Garcia, After School Coordinator.

A Two-Author Assembly at Bryant

Wednesday, September 13th was a great day to be a Bobcat! Students and staff were treated to a special presentation by not one, but two, bestselling authors, Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone. The pair are on tour to promote their newest books. After a brief introduction, students engaged in a trivia game followed by a question-and-answer session during which they learned about the authors’ previous careers, favorite and least favorite things about being writers, life events, and, of course, their work. Requests for books by Bracken and Stone have been nonstop since the assembly!

Alex Bracken is the author of nine books including The Darkest Minds trilogy, which is set to be released as a movie in 2018. She describes her newest book, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, in just three words: Halloween. Magic. Family. In this story, a demon, who Bracken says is “snarky, as most demons are” wants to take revenge on young Prosper for a betrayal by his great-great (x5) grandfather. The book has been described as “darkly delicious” and “occasionally frightening.” Bracken admits to liking “dark, sad things,” but she assures us that this book is not too scary. A second book about Prosper is already in progress.

Tamara Ireland Stone has written “timebending” romance stories and realistic books about serious topics such as OCD. In her new book, Click’d, she explores the consequences of social media and apps that are launched before they have been perfected. Readers of Click’d will be treated to a riveting story and might even be inspired to try to make their own apps or learn about coding. With Stone’s background in technology-- she used to work with Steve Jobs-- she’s able to explain “technology stuff” in a fun, accessible way.

It was an honor to host these two authors and we are grateful to them for coming all the way from California (Stone) and Arizona (Bracken) to share part of their morning with us. Students went away inspired to try their own hand at writing, and they can’t wait for the Bracken/Stone books to become a part of our library collection.

Visiting Authors

Click'dTamaraIrelandStoneHere at Bryant we are fortunate to have a great relationship with The King’s English, a locally-owned, independent bookstore located right in Salt Lake City.

Thanks to their generosity, Bryant will host two authors of middle-grade books on Wednesday September 13. We are excited to welcome Tamara Ireland Stone and Alexandra Bracken to our school. Click on either author’s name to learn more about each of them.

ProsperReddingAlexandraBrackenBecause we want students to be able to interact with the authors, we will hold two assemblies, one at 9:00 for seventh grade and another at ~9:30 for eighth. Parents are welcome to attend either session to hear about the authors’ books, lives, and creative processes. We also encourage you to consider purchasing a copy of their latest books, which will then be signed by the author and delivered to you on Friday. Click here to download an order form, or see Claudia Mares, school accountant, for one. She will also collect your cash or a check payment and ensure that your order is fulfilled. Signed books make a great gift!

Listening to authors speak about their experiences is a great way to motivate readers and budding writers. This is an exciting opportunity for students and teachers alike! Parents, please join us if you can.

Get involved with the School Community Council!

The first meeting will take place on September 15, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 AM in the Hospitality Room at Bryant.

Get even more involved!

Serving on the School Community Council is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to contribute and help improve academic performance at our school. The school receives an annual dividend from the school trust lands. Our council decides how these funds will be used. This year our school received $37,631 from the School LAND Trust Program. The council reviews and prepares other academic plans for our students each year. All plans are reviewed for final approval by our school board. Councils also act in an advisory capacity to school and school district administrations.

Want to apply? Please visit the SCC page by clicking here


Every public school in Utah has a School Community Council.  The councils are made up of school employees who are elected by employees and parents who are elected by parents of students attending the school.  Membership terms are for two years.  Elections are held at the beginning of each school year.  Parent members must have a student attending the school. Employees must be employed by the school district at the school.  

Search the SCC page and click on the candidacy form under “Resources”

A Message from Superintendent Cunningham


Dear SLCSD Families,

Excellence and Equity: Every Student, Every Classroom, Every Day: this is our vision statement for the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD). We are committed to achieving this vision and ensuring ALL students in our district obtain a quality education. 

We believe in our students and in their hopes, dreams, and potential. Our schools and our students are strengthened by our district’s diversity. SLCSD embraces and supports all of our students, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, or any other factor. And we will continue to champion our students and families, and to welcome and teach every single child who enters our school doors.

In January 2017, the SLCSD Board of Education passed a Safe School Resolution affirming our district’s commitment to our students and our schools. During these uncertain times, we appreciate the support of our teachers and our parents in having conversations with students about current events and reassuring them that school will always be a safe space.

Below are some tips to help adults talk with children about these important yet challenging topics:

·       Don’t be afraid to talk to children about recent events that appear in the news and on social media.

·       Promote a sense of safety by acknowledging current events, and ask children if they have any questions or concerns they would like to talk about.

·       Use age-appropriate language (i.e. talk to elementary-school-aged children about the importance of being a good friend and valuing each other’s differences).

·       Share experiences, when appropriate.

·       Model good behavior, such as being supportive of other cultures.

·       Share ideas about how our children can respond to those who are displaying inappropriate behavior.

During the school year, SLCSD administrators and counselors are a good resource to assist teachers and parents in addressing any concerns that may arise when speaking to children. We in SLCSD will never stop doing what is right for ALL of our students.

Yours in education,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Salt Lake City School District


Welcome to a stellar new school year!

August 21  is our first day of class, and the future is bright!

So bright, in fact, that we’ll be handing out sunglasses, because on August 21, a total eclipse will span the entirety of the United States. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and students will be given the opportunity to observe the eclipse using special sunglasses provided by the school. Please do not use  your own sunglasses for this! It is very important that your have extra protection for your eyes.

Did you know?

  • the path of totality will stretch from coastal Oregon to the coast of South Carolina.
  • Salt Lake City will not experience totality (which happens when the moon completely blocks the sun), but we will have 91% coverage
  • Start time for the eclipse in Salt Lake City will be 10:13 a.m., with maximum coverage at 11:33 a.m., and end time at 12:59 p.m.

For more about the eclipse, and safety tips, click here for a pdf from the Clark Planetarium

Path of totality for Augustu 21, 2017

Immunization Requirements for 7th Graders

Remember, 7th graders must be up to date on all of the state-required immunizations.

Click here to view immunization requirements for the state of Utah.

Besides your family doctor, where else can you get immunized?

  • Salt Lake City Health Department: Call 385-468-SHOT (7468) to schedule an immunization appointment.

  • Community Nursing Services: Call 801-207-8777 (uninsured, underinsured, and most other health insurances accepted)

  • Local Pharmacies: Walgreens, Smiths, Rite Aid

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