I am writing to you to make you aware of recent rubberized floor issues in surrounding districts that are prompting us to test two of our rubberized gym floors. The issue is related to the installation process and the use of mercury. As a precaution, we have contracted with Epic Environmental to conduct testing of our High School/Middle School auxiliary gym floor and the gym floor at Simmons Elementary School.
The floors are being tested to see if mercury had been used during the installation process. Floors that contain mercury, under certain conditions, may emit vapors which can be hazardous. The use of mercury in the installation process was banned in 2000. The High School/Middle School auxiliary gym floor was installed in 2003, and the gym floor at the Elementary School was installed in 2015. In addition to testing the floors we will also be temporarily relocating all of our physical education classes from those areas. This also applies to all of our after-school activities. The areas will remain closed until we receive the test results. I feel this is a prudent step to take while we await the results of our testing. I will be sharing the testing results as soon as they become available as well as any additional precautionary measures that may need to be taken.
As always, Clayton Public School District is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment. Thank you for your continued support.
Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools
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.