Captain Elementary School

  • Families Use a Pumpkin as their Canvas

    Captain Elementary students and their parents got into the Halloween spirit during Kid Zone’s annual Pumpkin Painting Night on Friday, Oct. 24. Kid Zone families gathered at Meramec Elementary to spend the evening creating pumpkin masterpieces. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Author Talks with Students about Value of Persistence, Goal-Setting

    Captain Elementary fourth-grader Amaya Everett asks Author Kate DiCamillo a question during DiCamillo's presentation at Saint Louis University on Friday, Oct. 24. Captain students in first through fifth grade traveled to SLU to listen to the two-time Newbery Medal winner talk about her journey to becoming a successful author. Click the headline to learn more.

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  • Witches, Superheroes and Princesses on Parade!

    Captain Elementary students paraded around the school showcasing their creative Halloween costumes during the school’s Halloween festivities on Friday, Oct. 31. The parade culminated with a dance performance by the school's fifth-graders. Click the headline to view photos.

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  • Students Witness Professional Artists in Action

    Captain Elementary students had a unique opportunity to watch 13 professional artists in action during the school’s Art Demo Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13. From painting and printmaking to weaving and woodworking, students not only saw the artists’ progression from start to finish on previous projects, but they also witnessed the visitors creating art before their eyes. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Kindergarteners Prepare for Annual Thanksgiving Feast

    Captain Elementary kindergarteners have been actively preparing for the annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 24. The students spent time writing and coloring about Thanksgiving during class time on Nov. 19. 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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  • 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