The School District of Clayton is reducing its impact on the environment while saving an estimated $700,000 through the installation of 12 arrays of solar panels on eight buildings across the District and at the Center of Clayton. The Board of Education approved a 20-year lease proposal from Microgrid Solar, which includes Microgrid’s donation of an array of solar panels at Wydown Middle School. The District is projected to save $700,000 over the course of the expected life of the solar panels. Click on the headline to read the article.
It’s never too early to start preparing for a successful new school year! Click on the headline for a list of resources to help you and your family prepare for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
The Captain Elementary students in Carolyn O’Dea’s second-grade class participated in a lesson on international poetry during their Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, May 15, led by English Language (EL) Specialist Azniv Tcherkezian. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.
Clayton alumna Alyssa Hartel and Captain Spanish Teacher Lorie Madriz have been working together this year to coordinate a pen pal program for the fourth-grade Spanish students at Captain. Hartel, a former Captain student and a 2007 Clayton High School graduate, currently is teaching English to elementary students in Galicia, Spain. Click on the
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First-grade students spent time in the Captain Elementary library conducting research on dinosaurs on Monday, April 8. With the help of Librarian Tom Bober and Educational Technology Specialist Mark Lynn, students used books and laptop computers to learn important facts about their chosen dinosaurs. Click the headline to view photos.
Following a field trip to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Ill., the third-grade students in Dr. Larry Rennick’s class spent time in the Captain Elementary library computer lab on April 8 creating comic books based on their trip. Click on the headline to read more and view photos.
The second-grade students at Captain Elementary are becoming fairytale authors this spring as they use their imaginations to create their own fairytales during Writer’s Workshop. Click on the headline to read the article and view photos.
Captain Elementary first-grade students in Cathy Chamberlin’s class rotate to different reading stations throughout their classroom on Wednesday, April 3. Students enjoyed reading fiction and nonfiction books, writing their names with hieroglyphic letters and using computer programs to practice reading. Click on the headline to view photos.
The news of the devastation caused by the tornado in Oklahoma on May 20 is both shocking and saddening. Our hearts and thoughts are with the community of Moore and the surrounding areas impacted by the tornado, especially the students, staff and families at Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools. Click on the headline for a letter from Superintendent Dr. Sharmon Wilkinson containing resources for talking with your children about this tragedy and for suggestions on how you can help the individuals directly impacted by the tornado.
Captain Elementary fifth-graders in Jen Crowley and Laura Winkler’s class celebrated Pi Day, March 14, with the second annual Pi-Off, a competition that tests students’ memory by seeing who can remember the most digits of pi. Click the headline to learn more.
Captain Elementary students in Jennifer Crowley’s fifth-grade class spent time writing literary essays as they analyzed poetry relating to their language literacy curriculum. Click on the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary fifth-graders participated in a Landforms activity on Feb. 28 as part of their FOSS (Full Option Science System) unit, which introduces students to the fundamental concepts of earth science. After creating a three-dimensional model of their schoolyard, the fifth-graders used an overlay to transfer the model to a two-dimensional map. Click on the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary students are learning to recognize and become “heroes of compassion” this school year as part of the school’s 2012-2013 theme of “living compassion.” One way in which students are understanding compassion is by spending time throughout the year with their multi-age learning teams studying historical figures who are true “heroes of compassion.” Click on the headline to read the article.
Captain Elementary kindergarteners paraded throughout the school playing various instruments during Captain's annual Kindergarten Chinese New Year celebration. Afterwards, students enjoyed Chinese-themed snacks. Click the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary students and staff wore red on Friday, Feb. 1, 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.
Captain Elementary students participated in a variety of fun activities and counting exercises to celebrate the 100th day of school on Thursday, Jan. 24. Click on the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary English Language Specialist Azniv Tcherkezian described hummus as the Middle Eastern version of peanut butter when she spoke to the school’s first-graders about the chickpea-based food on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Tcherkezian presented to the students through a collaboration with the first grade team at Captain and Chartwells Food Service Director Bridget Jordan. Click on the headline to read the article and view photos.
Captain Elementary students have enjoyed playing with, reading to and cherishing the companionship of Shay, the 12-year-old black lab who joined the Captain school community when he was only seven weeks old. On Friday, Jan. 11, the entire school attended a special retirement assembly for Shay on his last day at Captain. Click on the headline to read the article and view photos.
Captain Elementary students performed for their parents on Dec. 19 as part of the school's annual pre-Winter Break tradition: the Holiday Sing! Click on the headline to view photos.
In conjunction with the second-grade science curriculum, Captain students have been researching animals. On Friday, Nov. 30, the students took their research to the library, where they advanced their computer skills while creating their own animal trading cards featuring a photo and facts about their animal. Click on the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary second-graders showed their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue at the annual Second Grade Patriotic Program. Students sang patriotic songs including, the National Anthem, America the Beautiful and Yankee Doodle Dandee. Click the headline to view photos.
Captain Elementary first-graders invited their parents to school for a special Publishing Party to celebrate the students’ recent writing accomplishments. Parents enjoyed breakfast treats while their students read the stories they “published” in class this year. Click on the headline to view photos.