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Electronics Letter to Parents (posted 9/11/2017)

September, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians


It has always been a practice here at Clayton Middle School to prohibit students from using ANY electronic devices in the HALLWAYS and CLASSROOMS (unless teacher permits) during the school day. The cafeteria is the designated area where students can use their devices freely, unless instructed otherwise by administration. Electronic devices can be considered as, but not excluded to; cell phones, headphones, ipads, ipods/other music devices and hand-held games etc. Students are required to put all electronics away when leaving the cafeteria and keep them unseen, until entering the cafeteria during lunch periods or at the dismissal of the school day.

Please assist us and remind your child of these guidelines. If messages need to get to your child before the end of school day, please feel free to contact our office and they will relay the message to your child. If you do send your child text messages, please do so during their assigned lunches or encourage them to check their messages during that time.

Restricting technology use in the hallways and classrooms will reduce off task behaviors, distractions, and improve instructional time. This will allow students to focus on their academics. Isn’t that why we are here? We also want your child to have a memorable and enjoyable experience here at Clayton, so their time in the cafeteria is available for that purpose. As we know, technology is great! However, it can be a distraction and a hindrance at times. Please help us create an environment where our teachers can maximize their time, efforts and resources to provide the best education possible for your child here at Clayton!


Marvin Tucker

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MS Back to School Letter 2017-2018 (posted 9/11/2017)

September, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We cordially invite you to attend our annual “Back to School Night” on Wednesday, 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.


Marvin Tucker

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Forward 2021 Strategic Plan Letter to the Community (8/29/2017)

Office of the Superintendent
350 East Clinton Street, Clayton NJ 08312 

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis                                                                Phone:            856-881-8700
Superintendent of Schools                                                                 Fax:               856-863-8196 



 Dear Faculty, Parents, and Community Members:

The Clayton Public School District is about to embark on Forward 2021, a strategic planning initiative that engages employees, parents, students, community members, business owners, and government leaders in the future planning of our school system. This collaborative planning process will result in a three-year plan that will begin in July 2018 and will focus the District’s efforts and financial resources on mutually determined goals that support the needs of our students and the District as a whole.

Strategic planning will begin with a first meeting to discuss the District’s accomplishments, successes, and traditions that instill in us a sense of pride. A second meeting will focus participants on the expectations and needs which represent and reflect every aspect of the Clayton Public School District. The last meeting will provide participants an opportunity to define action steps critical in meeting the community’s goals and expectations by the year 2021. Details of the meetings can be found below.

Date Time Place Meeting Theme
October 4, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Points of Pride
November 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Expectations for the Future
December 6, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Clayton High School


Creating an Action Plan

There is increasing pressure on our students to compete with 21st century skills. Forward 2021 allows us to identify opportunities during these challenging times and focus all of the community’s resources toward common goals. I invite you to join with the Board of Education, our faculty and staff, and all those who have a vested interest in the success of the Clayton Public School District as we begin this journey forward towards 2021.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools
Clayton Public School District



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Clayton celebrates school’s new performing arts center

Clayton celebrates school’s new performing arts center

Clayton School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community concert as its first official event to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Nick Koutsogiannis, Board of Education President Anthony Grafton, and seniors from the choir and band helped cut the ribbon to officially open the center.

“This a great opportunity for not only our students to showcase their talents but the community as a whole,” says Koutsogiannis. “For our high school students to say they finally have an auditorium instills a great sense of pride.”

Choir Director Sarah Mickle began the ceremony by leading the choir in the singing of the school alma mater followed by the cutting of the ribbon. After comments by Koutsogiannis and Grafton, the choir and band each performed songs. The ceremony concluded with a combined performance of the two groups and closing comments from Mickle and Band Director Dave Dashefsky.

The Performing Arts Center was part of the Bond Referendum, which was passed last year by the town.

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