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Daniel Bagley Elementary School


Daniel Bagley Academics

Arts Programs

Developing a Life Long Appreciation for the Arts

“The arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey… knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our childrens’ minds and spirits.”

-Purposes, Principles & Standards for School Art Programs
The National Art Education Association

Visual Arts
Daniel Bagley’s exceptional visual arts program provides the foundation for our school-wide arts focus. Twice-weekly classes for all students with our certified arts specialist let them explore, experiment and create in different media. Art History and theory provide the foundation for their creative efforts. The annual STEAM/Art Walk showcases every student’s work. Daniel Bagley also participates in the statewide Reflections arts competition.

Music is an integral part of each classroom’s curriculum. Our 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity for choir and instrumental music instruction. Students are able to select from a variety of wind and string instruments. The student’s work culminates in an end of the year performance for the whole school and an evening concert for parents and families.

Performing Arts
Our artist-in-residence program includes movement classes with dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Fourth and fifth grade students participate in an intensive program learning traditional ballet exercises and choreography. The students practice for a spring performance at McCaw Hall and the school’s annual “Celebration of the Arts” festival.


Once monthly at Daniel Bagley we hold an all-school assembly bringing the students and staff together to share announcements and special thoughts.

Throughout the year we include recognition of our students’ individual achievements, accomplishments and contributions to our school community. 

Assessment and Advanced Learners Information

Our students at Bagley start with shared experiences in their classrooms that become differentiated tasks. That means students are given work that pushes their thinking around a similar skill, while other students may be provided work that breaks down the skill into manageable chunks.  Our students with an Advanced Learning or Highly Capable designation show strengths and areas for growth depending on the subject area. As a result, all teachers are using reading, math and writing assessments in their classrooms to learn about students’ current levels of performance. We then use this baseline to plan reading groups, extension tasks and projects that will stretch student thinking. Some examples of advanced learning work are below.


  • Use of a reading journal, individual conferences, and thoughtful discussion prompts to get students to think more deeply about what they are reading
  • Identifying and supporting reading ‘Just Right’ books
  • Creating small group rotations where students have mini-lessons with their teacher that are targeted to their specific reading level


  • Rubrics with clear and high-level expectations, that reinforce peer conferencing
  • Providing authentic writing opportunities including blog posts/student comments that engage students with an audience of their peers.


  • Enrichment and extension problems within each unit
  • Differentiated tasks to extend student thinking around a similar skill

Health and Fitness

Physical Education, Health and Fitness at the HIVE!

We are very proud of the strong health and fitness program offered at Daniel Bagley. Students participate in activities that focus on improving motor skills, social skills, sport skills, goal setting and increased fitness. Each student receives at least 100 minutes of Health and Fitness every week. Each student’s fitness portfolio allows them to chart their own progress throughout the year. Students take great pride in setting personal goals and improving their strength, flexibility, endurance and sport and motor skills. A report showing each student’s progress in sent home each trimester. 


We recognize the partnership between family and school is very powerful. Homework is one of many tools that teachers use to create a home-school connection. At Bagley Elementary students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are asked to read for 10 minutes per grade for homework. This reading could include a parent reading to a child and asking questions about the book or a child reading on their own and telling the family what they read about.

Kinder and 1st grade- read 10 minutes/night
2nd grade- read 20 minutes/night
3rd grade- read 30 minutes/night
4th grade- read 40 minutes/night
5th grade- read 50 minutes/night

In 4th and 5th grade homework may also include work that was not completed during the school day. This could include online math practice, math worksheets, or writing work.

At our curriculum night, teachers outlined their homework plan for your child. Please reach out to your classroom teacher and the principal if you feel the homework plan is not working for your family.

Reading and Writing

Focus on the Basics

Reading and Writing Reading skills and phonics are stressed for all children with individual reading programs and reading specialists working throughout the school.

Cross-grade reading buddies are a tradition at Daniel Bagley. 4th and 5th grade students work with beginning readers in kindergarten and the1st grade. These student relationships extend well beyond reading time and help create our school’s close family feeling.


The Educational Garden

Environmental Awareness is an important focus here at Daniel Bagley Elementary. Our school community recycles milk cartons, paper, and aluminum. Students participate in the Salmon Study Unit, culminating with the release of salmon into Thornton Creek. With our own local treasure Green Lake within walking distance, our students are exposed to a host of environmental and stewardship concerns.

This year, the students of Daniel Bagley are working with their own “Educational Garden” already in existence outside of Room 105. The space provides an outdoor classroom setting consisting of: 16 raised gardens, several types of composters for making our own compost, a worm bin, a seating area, and space for lots of creative possibilities! The Educational Garden is completely organic and edible garden.

The Native Garden

Every classroom utilizes The National Science Foundation curriculum lesson kits. The children learn scientific observation and analysis skills; and integrate these lessons into their writing experience.

The Native Habitat Garden at Daniel Bagley Elementary provides an opportunity for students to learn about some of the Northwest’s native plants and their plant communities. In the garden, students can learn to recognize and name many of the common native plants they would find in our regional wooded areas. This garden is one of several habitat gardens in the larger Green Lake community forming a local ecosystem and habitat for native birds and insects.

Special Education

Daniel Bagley provides the following service models: Resource, Access and Distinct. These services are provided on a continuum that is driven by individual student needs. The staff focuses on each student’s unique learning needs when implementing researched-based materials and designing supports and modifications to help each student access their general education curriculum.

The Special Education staff works collaboratively with the classroom teachers to ensure students who receive special education services are involved classroom participants and active members in the school community. The continuum of services may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and others based on student need. Please see our special education services information sheet for further detail.

Technology Instruction

Student on a computer, using headphones

At Daniel Bagley Elementary Students successfully engage in innovative learning experiences with technology that is relevant and ready to use. Staff seamlessly integrates technological skills and strategies to enhance student learning and to build community through responsive, dynamic and inclusive communication.

All students have the opportunity to receive a SPS device and accessories at the beginning of the school year.