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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 Art Walk during our spring”Celebration of the Arts” 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 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 yearperformance 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.


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.

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.

Writing is an all school focus at Daniel Bagley. Our teachers are trained in writing instruction according to the Columbia Univeristy’s Writers Workshop model and the six writing traits. At all grade levels, writing is integrated across discipline areas. 


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. 

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 an average of 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. 

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.

Daniel Bagley currently has 1 laptop cart and 1 iPad cart for use either in homeroom classrooms or in collaboration with our librarian or other specialist.  Beginning in the Winter of 2017 we will add 2 additional laptop carts and one addition iPad cart. 

Students have access to Typing Agent through a Seattle Schools license agreement.  Please ask your homeroom teacher for more information.  Daniel Bagley does not currently offer a technology focused class.  It is our belief that our teaching and use of technology should be integrated into the day to day work students are already doing while at school.  

Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO)

ALOs are District-supported individual school-based programs for students identified as needing more academic challenges. All students who are District-Identified for Highly Capable Services or Spectrum, as well as teacher-identified students at ALO schools, may participate.

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.