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    Physical Education

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    Bryant provides a success oriented physical education program that teaches basic skills while also exposing students to activities that include unicycling, juggling, and fun, lifetime sport pursuits. The curriculum is designed to work with students where they are, at a variety of levels, and works to integrate classroom curriculum in to its basic focus.


    Instrumental Music

    TBD


    Science

    Bryant was a pioneer in the hands on science program adopted by the Seattle Public Schools for its elementary curriculum. The program was started by a group of Bryant parents in the early 1990’s with funding through the National Science Foundation. Every teacher at Bryant is trained to provide an enriching science experience using kits developed by a number of education groups. Each grade completes three kits throughout the year. The kits range from the study of electricity,composting, weather, rocks and minerals, fabrics, magnetism, and more.The science lab support science instruction on a daily basis.

    The annual mentored Science Fair is a highlight of the Bryant experience for our fourth and fifth graders. A complementary K-3 Science Night is also held annually. Parent and community volunteers are an integral part of the science program at Bryant.


    Technology

    Bryant has a robust technology program. Every class room is equipped with multiple computers (from 2-8 machines depending on grade level), internet access, local and network printers, a DVD and cable TV, and an overhead projector or document camera.
    In the computer lab, up to 30 students can be accommodated for full class lessons (e.g. creating a PowerPoint project or acquiring keyboarding skills) or for individual work on an assignment (e.g.researching science fair topics). The school’s network is set up with classroom accounts so that students can access their individual work from any computer in the building. Often, a project begun in the lab is later competed in the classroom over the building network.

    The library is equipped with an additional 14 computers for students to access the collection catalog or to work on their individual projects.The librarian also serves as a technology resource person for collaborating with classroom teachers and in teaching computer research skills to students.

    Although the school is well-endowed with tech resources, the school’s philosophy is not to simply use technology for technology’s sake.Rather, the objective is to integrate technology into the curriculum where it assists student learning in a broader, deeper, or more productive manner. Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum including science, art, mathematics, writing, research, and presentation.

    Digital photography has been a recent addition to our school’s resources. Each teacher has access to a digital still or video camera (9 stills and 3 mini-DV cameras throughout the building). Currently, the teachers are becoming adept at teaching students to incorporate digital images into their work.

    In 2007, as a result of a recent school levy, each class room received anew computer and document camera. These cameras replaced the standard overhead projector and allowed students to show their work to the whole class (anything from full-color art work to PowerPoint presentations). Teachers no longer have to rely on transparencies, Vis-a-Vis markers and, and wiping down overhead projector film. Any printed page can bedisplayed using this technology.

    Typical student projects might be:

    Kindergarten – Kidpix art drawings, Jumpstart, simple one finger keyboarding

    First Grade – Jumpstart, Kidpix art, internet math manipulatives

    Second Grade – Kidpix art incorporated into a simple Word document story, internet math manipulatives

    Third Grade – creating stories with pictures in Word, Kidpix art, formal keyboarding, internet research

    Fourth and Fifth Grade – Word documents, Excel graphing, PowerPoint projects, internet research, math manipulatives