February 8, 2019
Recently, many high schools in our area have seen a spike in incidents involving student vaping/juuling. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the issue, and to tell you the steps we are taking at Clayton to prevent this behavior. On Wednesday, February 6, we held class meetings at each grade level. During this meeting, our Student Assistance Counselor, Mrs. Marrero, presented an educational slide show providing facts about vaping/juuling. This slide show is available on our school’s webpage.
Williamstown High School, in conjunction with the Monroe Municipal Alliance, is sponsoring a forum called “Vaping Me Crazy” on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in their HS auditorium. They will be discussing vaping & social media and the risks our children face. This event is open to all high school and middle school parents, including those in neighboring communities.
We will continue to have conversations and provide education to students about this topic. As we learn more, we will certainly share that information.
Thank you for your continued support.
Clayton HS Principal
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.