Utah Food Bank Dates

Food Bank Truck Dates

Backman Piano Recital

Backman Piano Recital

Backman's Breakfast in the Classroom

Welcome Mr. Dallin Miller

Backman Elementary would like to welcome Dallin Miller as the new assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year.  Some of you might recognize him from Northwest Middle school where Mr. Dallin was the library technology teacher. When not at work, Mr. Dallin enjoys being on the warm water of the surrounding lakes in the state, running with his dogs, and cooking Thai food.  As you come to school over the next few weeks, please introduce yourself.

dog and a boat


After School Program Registration

All applications for the after school program need to be completed online only.

Registration will begin Tuesday, August 2, 2017. Please contact community education for questions.  

Click here for more information.



Backman Community Celebrates Earth Day with Jordan River Clean Up

Earth Day 2017The Backman community will sponsor an Earth Day event April 22 to both continue the clean up of the Jordan River area that borders the school and celebrate science. This is the second such event the school and its community partners have sponsored this year. On an overcast Saturday morning this fall, more than 80 members of the Backman community gathered in this same space to clean, clear branches and repair the trail that runs along the river. This project, overseen by Backman’s family and school collaboration specialist Karina Lugo Villalba, was one step in a plan to create a safe and clean space for students as they travel to school from River Cove apartments and other complexes on the other side of the river from Backman Elementary. Additional steps include petitioning the city for an area that will include a bridge that spans the river and green space nearby that could be used for an outdoor classroom.

The morning of the Jordan River clean up, community organizations gathered early to get project areas set up. REI’s outreach program greeted families, students, staff and neighbors with t-shirts and an encouraging smile, while workers with the Utah Conservation Crew helped unload mulch along the trail. Volunteers used rakes and shovels to create a smoother path for running and walking along the river. Families of Backman students worked side-by-side with teachers and other staff members to clear the current path used by students traveling to school. Students of all ages, including former Backman students who are now in middle school, came to pick up trash. The collective effort made a big difference for students. David, a 4th grader at Backman who participated in the event with his mom, said, “Now when I go to school and pass by the river, it reminds me of the hard work people did for us.”

The Earth Day event will include some of the same clean-up activities but also opportunities to explore science themes, such as plant growth by planting wildflower seeds. All members of the Salt Lake community are invited to help. As David, the 4th grader, pointed out after the fall event, “I wanted to help because it’s MY community and we should take care of our community.

Author: Jeanne Winters Morriss, Backman Elementary

Backman Racks Up Kindness during RAK Month

Kindness Week​Backman students were racking up kind acts in the month of February during a school-wide focus on Random Acts of Kindness. The idea grew out of the district Character Education committee’s focus on kindness during February. During the first week of the month, Kindness Kits were delivered to each classroom. These kits held ideas for activities, lessons, books, and videos that would help students learn about being kind to each other. Some classes watched kindness videos and discussed themes, while other classes wrote acrostic poems about kindness or wrote examples of kind language to use with others. Teachers also worked with students to identify kind acts they could do throughout the month.

Throughout the school students were seen holding doors, giving compliments, and helping teachers. Some classes took on bigger projects as well. Sixth-grade students cleaned up trash outside, and third-grade students wrote thank you letters to soldiers and other community helpers. Throughout the month, students used bingo boards, posters, and tally marks to add up all the kind deeds they performed. All that effort added up: the final total of kind acts topped 1,000 in just one month.

Author: Jeanne Winters Morriss, Backman Elementary

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