Mrs. Cherri Bays

Phone: 919-550-5311


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cherri Bays

Welcome to Second Grade! The 2019 - 2020 school year will mark my 20th year of teaching. I have a BS degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a BS in Education from Salisbury State University.  I am also AIG certified from Barton College. Most of my teaching career has been at East Clayton Elementary school. However, I have also taught in Virginia and California before landing here.  My experience is mostly elementary education, specifically third grade.  But, I have also taught 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades.     This school year marks my 3rd year in second grade, and I must say it is my FAVORITE grade yet!  I just love this school and all it has to offer the students who are educated here.  I have two children, Rylee and Campbell.  Rylee is entering her Freshman year at NC State University, and Campbell will be entering her 6th  grade year at Innovation Academy in Smithfield. When I was a new teacher is was my goal to make sure that my students left my classes having shown academic growth.  After becoming a mom, I realized that that was not enough.  It then became my goal to help students grow socially and personally as well.  This change in my mindset allowed me to form closer relationships with my students.  Afterall, that is what life is all about....relationships.  I will come to love your children like I do my own.  I strive to be the kind of teacher that I want for my own children to have.  I am excited about this school year and all that I have to learn from your children!  To view classroom specific information please click on the link to the left that says News and Information.

  • Our Daily Schedule

    8:20 - 8:55 Morning Arrival and Soft Openings

    9:00 - 9:50 Enhancement

    9:50 - 12:00 Integrated Language Arts

    12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

    12:30 - 2:05 Math

    2:10 - 2: 40 Recess

    2:40 - 3:30 Science or Social Studies (alternating)


    3:45 Dismissal


    Enhancement Rotation

    Monday :  Art

    Tuesday:  Music

    Wednesday:  PE

    Thursday:  Media

    Friday:  Guidance

School Announcements

  • Fee for Service Preschool Application

    We are pleased to inform you that the preschool classroom at East Clayton Elementary School has limited space available for enrollment in the Fee For Service Program for the 19-20 school year. The Fee For Service Preschool Program is designed to provide a high-quality early childhood experience. To be eligible for this program, children must be four years old on or before August 31st.

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  • YMCA Summer Camp

    Camp Explorer is one of two summer day camps run by the Johnston County YMCA serving children in the Clayton area. Camp Explorer is a full-day summer camp that will keep your child active and engaged all day long! Your camper will enjoy activities such as swimming, skill development, awards, weekly themes, crafts and outdoor games. Click on the heading for more information.

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JCPS Announcements

  • COVID-19 District Updates

    JCPS has created a COVID-19 COmmunication website. This site features all of the latest information surrounding COVID-19, including meal sites and delivery information, support opportunities, learning at home, and more.

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  • Board of Education Meeting set for April 7

    The April Johnston County Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7. The meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. and be held in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield.

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