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Principal Advisory Board Info

The Principal’s Advisory Board (PAB) provides a forum for stakeholders to express their ideas on how to improve the

Clayton High School experience for all students in the areas of academics, athletic, and the arts.

 

Attention all High School parents:

 I would like to invite you to join our Principal’s Advisory Board (PAB).  Parent involvement is one of the major factors in improving schools.

Clayton High School recognizes your importance and actively solicits your participation.  The Principal’s Advisory Board provides a link between the community and school.

Parents hear about new programs and discuss ways of improving the High School experience for our students.  The PAB is an important decision making group and I encourage you to join us.

Please contact Terri Tornatore (ttornatore@claytonps.org) to join this group at 881-8701 ext 1001.

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 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month

Press Release

 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month

 

Clayton Police Department has been selected by the L.E.A.D. organization to be featured in their upcoming April Newsletter.  L.E.A.D. staff advised that the Clayton Police Department was selected because of their dedication, enthusiasm, and desire to make a positive impact on their community.

Chief Andrew Davis of the Clayton Police Department, upon being sworn into office in August of 2016, immediately worked to put a proven educational program in place at Clayton Public Schools.  The Program selected was L.E.A.D.  L.E.A.D. not only addresses educating school age children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol but also about a variety of other dangers that face kids every day, such as peer pressure and bullying.  L.E.A.D. is the only proven effective K-12 drug and violence prevention curriculum taught by law enforcement in NJ.

The Program was supported and endorsed by Superintendant Nick Koutsogiannis, Herma Simmons Elementary Principal Scott Uribe, Clayton Mayor Thomas Bianco along with Clayton’s other Council Members.  Chief Davis stated, “I am so fortunate to have such a great working relationship with these administrators.  Their passion and desire to provide the best educational experience for Clayton students is admirable.”

L.E.A.D. is currently being taught to approximately 125 5th grade students at the Herma Simmons Elementary School.  There are 4 trained LEAD Officers; Ptlm. Donavun Rhodes, Ptlm. Nicholas Carr, Ptlm. Edward Hyder, and Pltm. Eduardo Diaz.  The officers are all patrolmen who volunteered to take on the added responsibility that goes with being a LEAD officer.   Chief Davis stated, “At one time or another, officers have to teach on their days off, sacrificing their own personal and family time to teach our students.  Most of the classroom preparation also falls on the officers’ time off.  The officers’ level of dedication and commitment to the students is inspiring.”

LEAD is taught during 10 separate classroom visits by the police.  At the end of the year, a graduation celebration will take place for the students that have completed the program.  The Clayton Police Department is currently in the process of hiring a SLEO-3 officer (School Resource Officer).  The Police Department hopes to expand the program to the 8th grade level once the SLEO-3 officer is hired and trained.

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New PARCC info

March 2018

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

This year New Jersey will again be administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as the statewide assessment for all students enrolled in grades three through eleven. This is a computer-based test that will assess your child’s knowledge of the curriculum standards in two areas – Mathematics and Language Arts.

 

This streamlined schedule was designed to maximize instructional classroom time and minimize test taking time.  This is a computer administered test.  This schedule is subject to change.

 

High School LAL testing is scheduled for April 24th, 25th and Math testing April 27th, 30th.

 

Students will participate in testing with their grade level and/or subject area. PARCC assessments are scheduled in 2 1/2 hour blocks.

         

Students with IEP/504 accommodations may have alternate schedules based on specific provisions outlined in their IEP/504 plans. We are asking students to bring a book with them from their classroom library, media center, or home. If they finish testing early, they will be asked to read quietly until the end of the session.

 

HS Students: 12th grade Non-test takers will report to school by 7:43 and they will be dismissed at 12:15 each day. On Math testing days, Calculus and Pre-Cal students will report to school at 7:43 and stay for a full day.

 

Parent/student checklist for PARCC:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • 8th to 11th grade students must bring their charged iPads to school during testing
  • All students should bring their own ear buds/headphones for testing
  • Do your best on the assessments
  • Bring a book to read during free time

 

For more detailed information about PARCC testing, please visit:

https://parcc-assessment.org/parent-resources/

 

Thank you,

 

 

Marvin Tucker

Principal

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Clayton Middle School’s Annual Spelling Bee March 2018

Clayton Middle School’s Annual Spelling Bee
March 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Below is information on the Annual Spelling Bee. What: Clayton Middle School Spelling Bee When: May 23, 2018 Time: 6:00 PM Where: Clayton Performing Arts Center

Here’s how it works:  A list of words has been given to every student through their Language Arts classes. Please practice these words with your child.  The students will participate in a preliminary round in their Language Arts classes before the end of March. Three winners will move on to a grade level bee.  The three winners from every classroom will move onto the grade level bee on April 20, 2018. The winners of this round will move on to compete in the final spelling bee.  Finalists’ parents/guardians are welcome to attend the final spelling bee event on May 23, 2018.  ALL grade-level finalists will receive a free T-shirt to wear the night of the Bee.

This is going to be a wonderful event for your child. Please encourage your child to do his/her best in the classroom competition and the final spelling bee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us.

Sincerely,

Ms. Gelston, Mrs. Pancoast, and the Spelling Bee Committee

Congratulations to Hailey Cowgill and Arianna Martinez. Their designs will appear on the OFFICIAL Clayton Middle School Spelling Bee shirt. The finalists will wear this shirt the night of the Bee!

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New PARCC Info

March 2018

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

This year New Jersey will again be administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as the statewide assessment for all students enrolled in grades three through eleven. This is a computer-based test that will assess your child’s knowledge of the curriculum standards in two areas – Mathematics and Language Arts.

 

This streamlined schedule was designed to maximize instructional classroom time and minimize test taking time.  This is a computer administered test.  This schedule is subject to change.

 

High School LAL testing is scheduled for April 24th, 25th and Math testing April 27th, 30th.

 

Students will participate in testing with their grade level and/or subject area. PARCC assessments are scheduled in 2 1/2 hour blocks.

         

Students with IEP/504 accommodations may have alternate schedules based on specific provisions outlined in their IEP/504 plans. We are asking students to bring a book with them from their classroom library, media center, or home. If they finish testing early, they will be asked to read quietly until the end of the session.

 

HS Students: 12th grade Non-test takers will report to school by 7:43 and they will be dismissed at 12:15 each day. On Math testing days, Calculus and Pre-Cal students will report to school at 7:43 and stay for a full day.

 

Parent/student checklist for PARCC:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • 8th to 11th grade students must bring their charged iPads to school during testing
  • All students should bring their own ear buds/headphones for testing
  • Do your best on the assessments
  • Bring a book to read during free time

 

For more detailed information about PARCC testing, please visit:

https://parcc-assessment.org/parent-resources/

 

Thank you,

 

 

Joseph Visalli

High School Principal

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