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Updated Message from the Superintendent in regarding Rubberized Gymnasium Floors

August 20, 2019

Dear Clayton Community:

I am updating you in regards to the HS/MS Auxiliary Gymnasium mercury floor testing that was conducted this summer. As I informed you in my previous letter, in April of 2019 we tested the High School/Middle School Auxiliary Gym and found that the while the floor does contain traces of mercury, it is below the New Jersey State Department of Health action limit criteria. These results indicated that under normal operating conditions the mercury level does not pose short or long term health risks. As an additional precaution, it was recommended that a second air quality test be taken in the hot summer months with the ventilation system turned off for 8 hours. During this “worst case scenario” testing, the mercury vapor level did rise above the recommended limit.

We have now conducted two air quality tests. One under normal conditions and one under the “worst case scenario” conditions. I have received a recommendation from Epic Environmental that allows us to re-occupy the Auxiliary Gym with no restrictions. The Auxiliary Gym would only need to be closed if we were to have a malfunction of the ventilation system. In addition, it is recommended that semi-annual air sampling be performed. Based on this recommendation, I am authorizing the opening of the Auxiliary Gym along with the recommended semi-annual testing.

As always, thank you for your support of Clayton Public School District.

Thank you,

Nick Koutsogiannis
Superintendent
Clayton Public Schools
(856)-881-8700

Additional Information:

Please visit the Board of Education page for all notices and information.

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6th Grade Orientation – Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

August 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

It is a pleasure to welcome you and your child to Clayton Middle School.  I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.  The new school year will arrive before you know it.

The purpose of this letter is to invite you and your child to attend 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

This orientation will provide you and your child with important information and tools to help them succeed at CMS.  During the orientation, students will receive a copy of their schedule and the following topics will be covered to ease the transition to middle school:

 

Location of lockers and practice combinations

Academic requirements

“Sail to Success” Initiative Parent Session

Location of classes

Code of Conduct

Supplies required for school

Transition to middle school

Cooperative games (students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers)

 

You and your child should arrive at the HS/MS cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. for a continental breakfast and welcoming session.  Parents will have an opportunity to purchase Physical Education uniforms for $20.00 at 8:45 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  Please see attached schedule for the remainder of the orientation.

The new school year provides the opportunity for your child to work toward his or her educational goals to ensure a successful future.  We need your help and support in making sure your child comes to school ready to learn and willing to participate in our many programs and activities.

Thank you for your help and support.  On behalf of the staff, teachers, and administration, I want to welcome your child to the new school year and wish him or her much success.

Sincerely,

Marvin Tucker

Principal

 

 

6th Grade Middle School Orientation Schedule

 

 

Student Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:43 a.m.                Continental breakfast/Introduction/Transition to 6th Grade

8:45 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.                1st period/Location of classes and lockers

8:57 a.m. – 9:07 a.m.                2nd period

9:09 a.m. – 9:19 a.m.                3rd period

9:21 a.m. – 9:31 a.m.                4th period

9:33 a.m. – 9:43 a.m.                5th period

9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.                6th period

9:57 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.              Cooperative Games in the Gymnasium

 

Parent Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:43 a.m.                Continental breakfast/Introduction/Transition to 6th Grade

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.                Parents will walk over to the PAC to purchase gym uniforms

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.              “Sail to Success” Informational Session in the PAC

 

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Shortened Day Schedule June 12th-18

Dear Parents/Guardian(s):

 

The last full day of school will be Tuesday, June 11th.  Beginning Wednesday, June 12th through Tuesday, June 18th, Clayton HS will be operating on a shortened day schedule.  On the shortened days, dismissal will be 12:00 pm and lunch will NOT be served.  Breakfast will continue to be served in the morning.

Thank you

Mr. Visalli
High School Principal

June 12-18 – Shortened Day Schedule (12:00 pm Dismissal)

 1st Period                                              Period 1           7:43-8:12

2nd Period                                             Period 2           8:15-8:44

3rd Period                                             Period 3           8:47-9:16

4th Period                                             Period 4           9:19-9:48

5th Period                                             Period 5           9:51-10:23

6th Period                                             Period 6           10:26-10:55

7th Period                                             Period 7           10:58-11:27

8th Period                                             Period 8           11.30-12:00

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Student 1:1 iPad Summer Take-Home Program

We are announcing that we will be continuing our student 1:1 iPad Summer Take-Home program this summer.  Starting today, we are giving you the option to keep your iPad during the summer or return it until the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students with no outstanding fines who elect to keep their iPad during the summer must pre-purchase the 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan before June 12, 2019.  The new cost of the 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan is $30 per student, per year.  This payment will cover the device during the summer and through the end of next school year (two incidents per year).  Please review the financial responsibilities and 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan details in the attached packet.  Payment can be made in the Board of Education office between 8am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.  We accept cash and checks made payable to “Clayton Board of Education.”  Students and Parents/Guardians are required to submit signed Apple iPad Terms and Agreement paperwork found on page 4 along with your payment.

Students who have outstanding fines or opt out of the iPad Summer Take-Home Program will have their devices collected on June 12, 2019.

Click to Download the Agreement Paperwork (PDF)

Thank you,

Clayton Board of Education Technology Department

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Updated Message Regarding Mercury in Gym Floors

April 25, 2019

Dear Clayton Community:

I would like to update you in regards to the gymnasium floor testing that was conducted in our school buildings. As I informed you in my previous letter, we took the proactive steps to test our rubberized gymnasium floors for mercury. Toward that end, we contracted with Epic Environmental Services to conduct the bulk core floor sample testing for the presence of mercury.

The initial core test for the Simmons Elementary School gymnasium found that the floors were non-mercury containing and that no further action was required. With this result in mind, I have authorized the re-opening of the Elementary School gymnasium effective immediately.

The core testing of the High School/Middle School auxiliary gymnasium found that the floor does contain mercury. Once I had received the core testing results, it was recommended and I authorized that an air quality test be conducted for the High School/Middle School auxiliary gymnasium during normal operating conditions.  I received the air quality testing results, and I am pleased to inform you that they are below the New Jersey State Department of Health action limit criteria. However, it was recommended that a second air quality test be taken during the hot and humid summer months. This will give us results under worst-case conditions. I have authorized that the second air quality test be done and will wait for those results to determine any further action.

In light of this recommendation, the High School/Middle School auxiliary gymnasium will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. I feel this is the prudent and safe thing to do until we have the complete results from the second air quality test. Attached to this letter is a copy of the Mercury Air Sampling Summary from Epic Environmental.  The final reports will be posted on our District website as soon as they become available.

As always, thank you for your support of Clayton Public School District.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

Additional Information:

Please visit the Board of Education page for all notices and information.

 

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