Captain Elementary School

  • Final Session of SummerQuest Provides Fun Time for All

    Campers are enjoying the third and final session of SummerQuest this year. On Thursday, July 10, campers enjoyed a variety of fun activities including archery, making arts and crafts and rock climbing. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Captain Elementary Students Meet Their Teachers

    Captain Elementary hosted its Captain Kickoff event for all students on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Accompanied by their parents, Captain students had the opportunity to meet their teachers for the 2014-2015 school year, visit their new classrooms and meet their classmates. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • First Day Begins New Chapter for Captain Students

    Captain Elementary students returned to school on Wednesday, Aug. 13, to begin a new grade level and start their next chapter in Clayton. Students enjoyed getting to know their teachers and classmates while settling into their new routine for the 2014-2015 school year. Click on the headline to view photos from the first day of school.

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  • Kindergarteners Practice Important Skills

    Captain Elementary kindergarteners in Jan Wilson’s class practiced using their letters during Writers Workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 27. When students in Claire Wiese’s kindergarten class visited the art room on Wednesday, Art Teacher MaryEllen Picker taught them the proper techniques for cutting and gluing. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Students Focus on Writing a “Great Beginning”

    Captain Elementary second-graders focused on the goal of creating a “great beginning” to their personal narratives during Writer’s Workshop on Friday, Sept. 5. The students’ personal narratives focused on a past experience, from riding on an airplane to visiting Disneyworld. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Protect Your Family Against the Flu

    Cold and flu season is here. Please consult with your child’s physician to find out when flu shots will be available for your family. Students with chronic health conditions, including asthma, and those who are immunocompromised are highly encouraged to obtain a flu shot early. Click on the headline for more information about protecting your family this flu season.

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  • Two Clayton Orchestras Selected to Perform at MMEA Conference

    Two talented groups of Clayton musicians have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association’s 77th annual In-Service and Conference in January 2015. The two groups include the Clayton Chamber Ensemble, featuring Clayton elementary and middle school students, and the Symphonic Orchestra, which is comprised of students from Clayton High School. Click on the headline to learn more.

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  • Download Your Child's Summer Math Packet

    Summer math packets provide opportunities for continued practice and help maintain computational fluency and problem solving throughout the summer. Click the headline to download the summer math packets and answer keys for students entering first through sixth grade.

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  • Fifth-Graders Celebrate Accomplishments, Prepare for New Challenges

    Fifth-Grade Promotion at Captain Elementary serves as a time for fifth-graders and their teachers and families to celebrate their successes while excitedly anticipating future endeavors. Captain fifth-grade students were promoted to the next chapter in their education during the special ceremony on Friday, May 30. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Captain Hosts the World’s Fair

    Captain Elementary third-grade parents had the opportunity to visit the World’s Fair on Tuesday, May 20. Captain’s take on the longstanding event featured the research of the school’s third-graders. The students conducted research throughout the 2013-2014 school year on a country of their choice, focusing on the country’s culture, geography and economics. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.  It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

~Carol Dweck, author of Mindset

 Dear Ralph M. Captain Families,

The students of Ralph M. Captain Elementary are the heart of our school community.  Faculty and caregivers work in partnership to foster a caring, supportive learning environment where all children embrace challenges, think critically, and persevere to reach high levels of learning.

Creativity, innovation, and leadership are just a few of the unique characteristics that describe our diverse group of young learners.  Our teachers ensure that each child’s individual strengths are nurtured and serve as the foundation of learning.  Ralph M. Captain Elementary students partake in differentiated learning experiences designed to deepen understanding, in order to transfer knowledge and skills to new learning situations.

From assisting in the classroom to chairing a school event, parents have many opportunities to volunteer in our school, and they enjoy doing so! The Parent Teacher Organization welcomes parent involvement and continually seeks avenues to further enhance teaching and learning.

The Ralph M. Captain Elementary website is a wealth of information; however, please feel free to contact the school directly.  On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. We are excited to work with your children.


Jennifer Martin, Ed.D.

Principal, Ralph M. Captain Elementary



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