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Virtual Incoming Freshmen Orientation Night

January, 2021

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:

I hope this letter finds everyone in your family safe and healthy.  One of the biggest events for the 8th graders as they prepare for High School is our Incoming Freshmen Orientation night.  We are moving forward with this event, but like many things in school this year, it is taking a new form.  I cordially invite you to attend our “Virtual Incoming Freshmen Orientation Night” on Thursday, February 4th At 6:00pm. At that time, you will be able to view my introduction video posted on the Clayton High School’s webpage.

At the completion of my introduction video, please click the links to view informational videos for elective teachers, Supervisor of Guidance, 9th grade guidance counselor, and the Athletic Director.

You can also view teacher webpages, located at the left of the website, under High School Menu. Click on Faculty & Staff Websites for access.

The purpose of Freshmen Orientation is to give an overview of the curriculum, graduation requirements, course selections, and academic philosophy of the high school.  The videos will be accessible for at least one week.

It is our goal to provide your child with a positive and smooth transition to High School. Please help us to achieve this by attending our “Virtual Freshmen Orientation Night” on Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 pm.

Sincerely,

Joseph Visalli

High School Principal

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Virtual NJ Child Assault Prevention Workshop

January 27, 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

On February 8th, 9th, and 10th, all of our 7th and 8th graders will be participating in a virtual NJ Child Assault Prevention workshop during their Health and PE class periods. The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive prevention programs in the country today. The teen version of CAP (Teen CAP) is designed to meet the following goals:

• Increase community awareness of assaults against teens
• Provide teens with knowledge and skills to handle dangerous situations
• Change the basic, underlying causes of violence

We would also like to invite all parents/guardian to attend a virtual information session on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 6:00p.m. You may attend by using the link at the bottom of this email. This session will provide important information on the following:
• Assaults against teens and the roots of that violence
• Criteria for effective primary prevention
• Teen CAP’s design and implementation
• Common signs of abuse in adolescents
• How to respond effectively to a teen in crisis
• Community resources available for teens in crisis
• Responsibilities regarding the reporting law

 

 

Thank you,
Mr. Tucker

Principal
Clayton Middle School

 

 

Link for Adult Workshop:
Meeting ID
meet.google.com/nvc-otev-nhy
Phone Numbers
(‪US‬)‪+1 573-362-4020‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
PIN: ‪229 778 594#‬‬‬‬‬

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Return to School MS Principal Letter/Schedule

Hello Parents & Students,

Clayton Middle School, at this time has fully transitioned to synchronize learning for all students. Starting Monday, January 25th, we will be returning to Phase 2 of The Back to School Plan for all Middle School students. We will continue using the 8 period ½-day schedule as outlined in this letter.

*Students are required to attend every class period whether in person or from home. This includes all Hybrid and Cyber students

*Attendance will be taken in every Google Meet each Day

*Students’ cameras are expected to be on during instruction with blurred backgrounds

 

Clayton Middle School

*BLUE/GOLD TWO-DAY ROTATION SCHEDULE*

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Blue Team (A-L)

In School

Blue Team(A-L)
Remote Learning via Google Meet & Enrichment Period
Remote Learning via Google Meet /

Enrichment Period

Blue Team (A-L)

In School & Enrichment Period

Blue Team(A-L)
Remote Learning via Google Meet & Enrichment Period
Gold Team (M-Z)

Remote Learning

Via Google Meet &  Enrichment Period

Gold Team (M-Z)

In School & Enrichment Period

Remote Learning via Google Meet /

Enrichment Period

Gold Team (M-Z)

Remote Learning

Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

Gold Team (M-Z)

In School & Enrichment Period

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote

Learning Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote

Learning Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Via Google Meet & Enrichment Period

 

Class Schedules

We have revised the schedule. The Break between Period 4 & 5 is shortened

HR- 7:25 – 7:40

P1 – 7:40 – 8:14

P2 – 8:18 – 8:48

P3 – 8:52– 9:22

P4 – 9:26 – 9:56

BREAK  9:56 – 10:02

          P5 – 10:06 – 10:36

P6 -10:40 – 11:10

P7 – 11:14 – 11:44

P8 – 11:48 -12:18 Dismissal

1:00-2:26 Enrichment Hours

 

  • Students in GRADES 6-8 will arrive at school NO EARLIER THAN 7:25.
  • Students in GRADES 6-8 arriving on buses are to remain on buses until administrators give ALL CLEAR at approximately 7:25 to enter the building through the cafeteria and report directly to their classroom.
  • Dismissal will be staggered as per announcements at the end of the day.  All students must exit the building at this time.
  • All students will continue to fill out AT Genius before arriving to school
  • Apex Learning will be no longer be used as the primary learning platform. Cyber School students will be part of the daily synchronized learning

 

Lunch Distribution Schedule

Hybrid Students: “Grab & Go” Bag lunches at dismissal

Cyber Students:  “Grab & Go” –Mon. & Thurs. between 12:30-2:30pm @ the HS/MS Cafeteria

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and stay safe.

 

Mr. Tucker

MS Principal

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Return to School Plan Update – Letter to the School Community (1/7/2021)

January 7, 202

Dear Clayton School Community:

First, allow me to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. It is my sincere hope that, in this upcoming year, we will be able to return to some normalcy. Until then, we must continue to take all the necessary health precautions.

The purpose of this communication is to update you on our return-to-school plan. As I stated in my November 18th letter to the community, my intentions are to begin to bring students back to school beginning January 19th. With that in mind, I am announcing that starting January 19th, all preschool, kindergarten, and special needs programs will be returning to a phase 3 early dismissal schedule on a daily basis. The remaining grades (1st through 12th) will return the week of January 25th. Grades 1 through 12 will be returning to a hybrid phase 2 learning schedule with students remaining in their blue and gold cohorts. Wednesdays will continue as remote learning days for all 1st through 12th grade students. The building principals will be following up shortly with the details of each building’s schedule. Please be reminded that the return days remain flexible and are subject to current health conditions.

It is my hope that we can continue to bring additional students back on a daily basis, but this can only happen if we all follow the CDC recommended COVID-19 guidelines. Please keep your children home if they are sick. Remember to wear face coverings, wash your hands, and social distance whenever possible.

As always, thank you for your support and flexibility.

We remain Clipper Strong!!!!

 

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

NK/rml

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Positive Case Notice – Letter to the School Community (11/25/2020)

November 25, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

This letter is to inform you that an employee at Clayton Public School District has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This individual was in close contact with the employees who tested positive earlier this week and had been quarantined as a precaution. The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. The people who have been in close contact have been notified and quarantined.  Initial contact tracing has indicated that no students have been in close contact with this individual.

The District is cleaning and disinfecting all exposed areas. The school is also taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely.

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:

  • Staying home when you are sick;
  • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks, and utensils;
  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
  • Wearing a face covering while in school; and
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern.

Sincerely yours, 

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools
NK/rml

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