K-8 Organization

Salmon Bay K-8Elementary school (K–5)

We have two classes at each grade level (K–5). In addition to their classroom teachers, elementary students are supported by a team of professionals including: special education teachers, instructional assistants, a physical education teacher, an art teacher, a librarian and a reading specialist.

Middle school (6–8)

Our middle school has double the number of students at each grade level that our elementary school has. This provides the opportunity for new students to join Salmon Bay and for students who attended elementary at Salmon Bay to make new friends. All middle school students start their day in a homeroom and proceed through their core classes (social studies, language arts, math, and science) and exploratories (e.g. visual arts, ceramics, band, choir, creative writing, drama, Japanese, Spanish, video production, theater arts). Sixth grade students attend core classes with other sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth graders are divided into two mixed-age teams (Olympics and Cascades) and attend all core subjects except math with students from their team. Math classes are divided by age. Exploratories include a mix of students from all middle school grades and teams.

Special education

Salmon Bay hosts several special education programs, ranging from resource room services (SM1) to self-contained classrooms (SM4). These programs serve students with a wide range of social, academic and behavioral needs. Salmon Bay works within the district’s processes and policies to ensure students receive the support they need to thrive. Students are served according to their individual education plans (IEPs). Salmon Bay follows an inclusion model, which we believe benefits all learners. Special education students participate as much as possible in regular education classes and enrichment offerings at Salmon Bay.

Art, music, exploratories and physical education 

In addition to classroom instruction in core subjects, Salmon Bay students enjoy the following. 

Art: Our certified art teacher instructs all K-8 students. Elementary students attend art once per week for the majority of the year. Middle school students have several art exploratory options (e.g. visual arts, ceramics). 

Music:
Our musical artist in residence provides musical education for elementary students. Our community comes together each week at Friday Morning Sing, with parents and families welcome. Fourth grade students have an opportunity to join an instrumental music program. Middle school students can participate in band or orchestra as an exploratory. 

Exploratories:
In addition to core subjects, middle school students select exploratory classes based on their interests and needs. Exploratories may include, but are not limited to: instrumental music, choir, theater arts, visual arts, languages and cultures, creative writing, study skills, mathematics, business skills and more. 

Physical education (PE):
Our PE program provides opportunities to try different challenges in traditional and alternative sports. Our program focuses on: cardiovascular endurance, balance, flexibility, strength, power and accuracy, and learning about a healthy lifestyle. Elementary students have PE four days a week. Middle school students have PE every day for half of the year. 


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