The M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School community, through achieving the Salt Lake City School District performance results will:
We believe that all children can learn. We are dedicated to providing the most appropriate and effective learning experiences possible. We believe that each child must be treated with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. We believe in nurturing recognition of the human dignity and value all people possess.
STEM (Science Technology Engineer and Math) Program
This school year 2014-2015 we launched the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for the students here at M Lynn Bennion. The purpose of this program is to introduce your students to the world of STEM through hands on education. We are currently running two Jr. First LEGO league teams and two First LEGO robotics teams. The Jr. Teams are currently designing and building motorized components for their displays. They have worked hard on their lessons on how gears work and how to design and build. This is not simply playing with LEGOs. The Robotics teams have been working on building their robots to face obstacles set out for this year's challenge and programing them to accomplish these tasks. The Robotics teams are also working on a presentation that each team must complete as part of their competition. The students are getting ready for their first competition January 10 2015. We would like to send a big THANK YOU to Smiths at 800 south and 900 east for supplying our program with healthy snacks for our Friday meetings. We have had several parents volunteer their time and energy as well and we could not have come as far as we have without them.
Lego Robotics Coordinator: Jay Pease
Community Education After School Program:
Our after school program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:55-5:15 PM and on Fridays 12:35-4:50 PM. The program provides support in math, literacy, and science. Students in the Extended day program also work on homework, arts and crafts, enrichment activities, and science club. There is a sliding-scale fee based on income for this program and space is limited, for more information contact Shelby Denski. Our program includes a partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts.
Core curriculum objectives, specific to individual grades are taught by a certified teacher. Topics include computer skills for research, elements of a research paper, library skills. Instruction is provided weekly.
Extended Learning Program:
A pullout program which provides additional activities for students needing extension activities. Students complete individualized lessons under the guidance of a certified teacher.
Students identified as needing special education are provided with a variety of services. An Individualized Education Plan is developed mutually by the school and parents. Assessment battery occurs prior to identification and participation.
Fifth grade students may select to be involved in either strings or general music. Sixth grade students may select to be involved in general music, strings, or band. All students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade receive music instruction under the direction of a certified music teacher.
A highly qualified art specialist works with teachers to offer high quality visual arts instruction to all students in grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade each week. Beverly is a working artist from San Marcos, TX. She is an Assemblage/Mixed Media artist. Her husband, Billy Ray, is a ceramic artist. You can visit her website at http://www.nowplayingutah.com/profile/detail/251.
Performing Arts :
Currently our school works with an artist-in-residence, Penny Caywood, for drama. We expect to continue this partnership next year. Lower grade students dance with Lynn Koshland, a dance therapist, through a grant from Salt Lake Arts Council. Fifth grade students dance with Ballet West through the "I Can Do" grant program.
Students with emotional or other problems including attendance may work with a licensed social worker. As part of these services, the social worker acts as the liaison with other agencies throughout Salt Lake County. Students and their families may be approached and served.
A qualified speech clinician is available to provide services to the students. These services are available to qualified individuals only. An assessment battery is administered to determine status. Please check with your child's classroom teacher or the office for additional information.
Contact your child's teacher for additional information regarding these programs.