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  • Kindergarteners Celebrate Chinese Traditions

    Captain Elementary kindergarteners paraded throughout the school in celebration of the Chinese New Year, “the Year of the Goat,” on Friday, Feb. 20. In preparation for the parade, the kindergarteners created lanterns, masks and a giant paper dragon that led the parade. Click the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • District Launches New Website Design, Navigation

    The School District of Clayton is excited to unveil the new design and functionality of our District and school websites. Click the headline to learn more about the new features of the websites.

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  • Historical Figures Gather for Captain Wax Museum

    Sightings of historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks and Neil Armstrong, athletes including Larry Bird, Mike Tyson and Serena Williams, and entertainment icons like Shirley Temple and Walt Disney occurred at Captain Elementary on Monday, Feb. 9, during the Second-Grade Wax Museum. Click on the headline to read the article and view photos.

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  • Captain Elementary Has Heart!

    Captain Elementary students and staff wore red on Friday, Feb. 6, to commemorate the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Students learned about heart health, participated in heart healthy activities and Chartwells, the District’s food service provider, served red food items. Click the headline to view photos.

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  • Fourth-Grade Poets Display Writing Talents at Poetry Café

    The poets in fourth grade at Captain Elementary let their work take center stage during the school’s annual Fourth-Grade Poetry Café on Wednesday, Feb. 4. During the morning event, each student read two original poems to their parents, teachers and classmates in attendance. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Counselors are Pivotal Part of 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. In honor of National School Counseling Week, which is celebrated from Feb. 2-6, the School District of Clayton is highlighting the role of these individuals in their school communities. Click the headline to read the article.

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In Other News

  • FDA Alert - Cumin and Peanut Allergies

    Chartwells, the District's food service provider, has notified the District that the FDA issued a consumer alert to people who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts. Click the headline to learn more.

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  • Fifth-Graders Hit the Slopes

    Captain Elementary fifth-grade students took part in the annual fifth-grade ski trip to Hidden Valley Ski Resort on Thursday, Jan. 15. During their trip, which is connected to the elementary physical education curriculum, the students learned skiing basics before hitting the slopes. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Students and their Families Enjoy the Annual Holiday Sing

    Captain Elementary students performed for their parents on Dec. 18 as part of the school's annual pre-Winter Break tradition: the Holiday Sing! Click on the headline to 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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