Recently, many high schools in our area have seen a spike in incidents involving student vaping/juuling. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the issue, and to tell you the steps we are taking at Clayton to prevent this behavior. On Wednesday, February 6, we held class meetings at each grade level. During this meeting, our Student Assistance Counselor, Mrs. Marrero, presented an educational slide show providing facts about vaping/juuling. This slide show is available on our school’s webpage.
Williamstown High School, in conjunction with the Monroe Municipal Alliance, is sponsoring a forum called “Vaping Me Crazy” on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in their HS auditorium. They will be discussing vaping & social media and the risks our children face. This event is open to all high school and middle school parents, including those in neighboring communities.
We will continue to have conversations and provide education to students about this topic. As we learn more, we will certainly share that information.
On September 4, Clayton Middle School students arrived at school carrying more than their book bags. This year, they brought with them their summer reading projects, a tri-fold board that detailed interesting facts about their summer reading book and its author. Throughout the first week of school, students shared with their classmates and teachers the literary elements of the books they had read. Along with details about the book and author, their boards contained decorative images that added interest. Students who completed the summer reading project and submitted it on the first day of school, were eligible to receive prizes and extra credit points that they could use in any subject during the school year.
“I’m extremely happy with the results of this event,” stated Superintendent Nikolaos Koutsogiannis. “Participation in this new program is greatly improved over past years, when the students returned to school expecting to take a test. Our goal was to find a way to prevent the “summer slide” when students traditionally lose a percentage of the reading gains they made during the year. The increase in the number of students who read a book and completed a project tells me we’re on the right track with this new shift. The students are excited about being recognized and rewarded for their efforts, and the extra-credit points they receive can give them a little boost when they need it. Feedback from students, parents, and staff has been really positive.”
Summer Reading projects will be on display in classrooms on Back-to-School Night at the middle school, scheduled for September 20th.
We cordially invite you to attend our annual “Back to School Night” on Thursday, September 20th, the doors will open at 6:30 pm. at which time you will go directly to your child’s Homeroom/1st period class. The night will begin at 6:45 pm with a brief welcome message. In class you will receive a copy of your child’s schedule, course syllabus, a school map, PARCC scores from last year and other important information.
This is a very important event for your child and the faculty at Clayton Middle School. Back-to-School Night provides an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with our facilities and to meet your child’s teachers. It’s an opportunity to find out what the expectations, curriculum, classroom procedures, and methods of assessment will be for each course. Most of all, it allows you to put faces with the names of the people who teach and are involved in your child’s success.
Lunch periods will not be a part of our program. Members of our Guidance Department will be available to discuss any questions concerning PARCC scores. Clayton Place and the 21st Century, will be in the cafeteria to discuss student support services. Please feel free to stop by and speak with them during the evening.
It is our goal to provide your child with a positive and successful educational experience. Please help us to achieve this by attending our “Back to School Night.” I am looking forward to seeing you there.
The Clayton Public School District is pleased to announce its new strategic plan, “Forward 2021: In Pursuit of Excellence.” Developing Forward 2021 was a true collaborative effort that documented multiple community workshops, focus group sessions, survey questions, and comments. The process began in Fall 2017 with a collection of stakeholder input from current community leaders, parents, students, members of the Clayton Board of Education, District administration, teachers, and staff.
In Spring of 2018, a planning committee was formed to create a strategic plan in response to the primary stakeholder priorities. Forward 2021includes a mission, vision, theory of action, goals, metrics, and core values driven by research and best practices. The strategic planning committee utilized extensive data gathering to gain an understanding of the strengths and needs of the District from the perspective of the internal and external constituents. The collected data was used to set forth a purposeful plan that is directed towards establishing higher standards for the District.
Forward 2021 holds the District accountable to measureable goals that will drive student success now and in the future. The identified goal metrics are a combination of qualitative, quantitative, and perception data. The achievement of this plan will continue to rest on the collaborative process within the District and among community partners.
Forward 2021 Strategic Plan Goals:
Goal 1: Provide professional development opportunities to address the instructional needs of staff and students.
Goal 2: Provide professional development opportunities to address the instructional needs of staff and students.
Goal 3: Provide technology to staff and students to support curriculum and programs to increase student achievement.
Goal 4: Foster a healthy, safe, and supportive learning environment for all staff and students.
Goal 5: Foster positive community relations through active engagement and effective communication.