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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. 

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. 

Extended Learning Program

The Extended Learning Program (ELP) provides specialized education services for identified gifted and high-ability middle school students. 

As part of the eligibility process for the 2018-2019 school year, gifted and high ability 6th and 7th grade students may participate in the middle school testing which includes an online 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 8 testing window.

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

Applications for magnet ELP testing will be available on the ELP website, beginning September 25, 2017 and are due to the ELP office by November 1, 2017. The testing window will be from November 2-December 14.

Parent information meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017. They will begin at 6:00 pm at the Administration Building, 440 E. 100 S., rooms 112-114.

For more information about the Extended Learning Program at Bryant,  please visit this page.

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

Qualifications:

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.
Superintendent
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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