Captain Elementary School

  • Multiage Teams Focus on Self-Expression

    Captain Elementary students have been meeting in their multiage learning teams this school year to gain a greater understanding of self-expression. To help students examine how they express themselves, they are conducting a yearlong study of Maya Angelou and how she used poetry, acting, dancing and activism as an outlet for her own self-expression. Click on the
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  • Math Night Gives Parents a Glimpse into Their Child’s Math Class

    Captain Elementary staff invited students and their families to attend a fun-filled evening of math on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The school’s Math Night featured activities at each grade level that highlighted integral components of the math curriculum. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Kindergarteners Take Part in Thanksgiving Tradition

    The kindergarteners at Captain Elementary took part in a school tradition that spans more than 40 years when they donned their pilgrim and Native American costumes and performed Thanksgiving songs for their parents on Thursday, Dec. 4. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • The Playground That Captain Built

    Captain Elementary Principal Dr. Jennifer Martin cut the ribbon to officially open the school's new playground on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The playground project was a joint venture by the entire Captain community. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Students Expand Their Horizons During The Hour of Code

    Captain Elementary students are trying their hand at computer science this week in conjunction with one of the largest worldwide learning events in history: The Hour of Code. Every class at Captain is spending one hour during Computer Science Education Week, held Dec. 8-14, with Educational Technologist Mark Lynn to learn about coding. Click on the headline to learn more and 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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  • Students Learn Ceramic Techniques from Visiting Artist

    Captain Elementary art students were treated to the expertise of Artist Tom Dykas, who recently spent a week in the school’s art room alongside Captain Art Teacher Maryellen Picker. Dykas is a local ceramic artist whose work recently was shown at SOHA Gallery and Studio in St. Louis. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Clayton’s Counselors are a Pivotal Part of the School Community

    School counselors are often the individuals who work behind the scenes to ensure students are ready to learn each day and are prepared for success beyond graduation. Click on the headline to learn more about the important role counselors play in their school communities.

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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