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  • SGA Inductions

    Recently voted in SGA class representatives made their pledges and took the oath of office along with newly elected officers. Our students take pride in knowing they can make a difference and that their voices will be heard! Our students are our future leaders so it is important to teach them early on how to do their civic duty and help to change the world!

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  • Story Element Pumpkins

    Second graders have been busy learning about story elements and character traits. Story elements of focus have been beginning, middle, and end, story summaries, and characters. They learned about character traits and how to use elements of the story to learn more about each character. As a culminating activity, students were asked to select a favorite book and carefully pay attention to the story elements and character traits of each character in the book. Students then created story webs and summarized the beginning, middle and end of their book of choice. To make the activity even more fun, families were asked to decorate a pumpkin to resemble one the characters in the book.

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  • Artist in the Schools

    Thanks to our Artist in the Schools program, our students were able to experience and learn about the history and process of jazz during a performance by Greg Gelb and the La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quartet. The musicians demonstrated the influence of Latin and African rhythms on the Early Jazz of New Orleans, Swing, Bebop and Modern jazz. They played music by players such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente. Some of our students were even invited to dance with the band!

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  • JCPS Spelling Bee

    Our wild and crazy crew representing East Clayton as the "Ageless Spellers Over Decades" at the JCPS Spelling Bee! It is reported that they did a great job and made it past the halfway point! There are some tough words thrown out at the spelling bee so that is a great accomplishment! As you can tell, they definitely had a great time representing our school!

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  • PTA Meeting of the Minds

    PTA meeting in session this morning at ECES. Our parents are very busy planning their activities and budget for the school year. Thank you parents for all you do!

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  • Virtual Field Trip

    Mrs. Ellis' students participated in a virtual reality Google Expedition! I bet they didn't realize when they got to school that they would be visiting so many places without ever leaving the classroom. They visited various ecosystems including prairies, tundras, forests, oceans, salt marshes, and deserts. There's no better way to learn about ecosystems than to "visit" them! Students will remember much more about the different ecosystems now that they have "been there".

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  • Text Feature Surgeons

    Mrs. Barnes class was busy today performing text features surgery! These little surgeons did a great job saving their patients and reviewing text features! We are so proud of our surgeons and their successful work! Patients have been reported as doing well and on their way to recovery!

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  • Spelling Bee Student Honored at Board Meeting

    Gannon was our ECES Spelling Bee winner and recently participated in the District Spelling Bee where he placed 3rd!

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  • Volunteers of the Year

    We are honored to announce Gretchen Weakley as our adult volunteer of the year! We are also honored to announce one of our 5th grade students, Sophia, as our student volunteer of the year! Click on the headline to read more of this story.

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  • Strings and Chorus Spring Concert

    Our Strings and Chorus students recently performed during the Spring Concert. The students have worked hard all year and it really showed! Several of our students were 5th graders where they will go on to play in the middle school bands. Strings is available to students in grades 3-5. Chorus is also available to students in grades 3-5.

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  • Plants and Bugs and Plants and Bugs, Oh My!

    Mr. Darrell Bays recently spoke to Ms. Mitchell's third graders about bugs and how they both benefit and damage plants. He is a plant survey specialist for the USDA. His main job is to coordinate trapping of specific bug species across South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina. Once bugs are caught in traps he sends them to entomologists for further identification

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  • Fun Run

    The Fun Run PTA fundraiser for the 2017-18 school year was a huge success! Students raised a little over $15,000! They had so much fun walking, skipping, and dancing in the gym.

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  • Sign Language Club

    East Clayton is happy to announce the addition of our new Sign Language Club! Today was the first meeting and as you can tell from the picture, we have a lot of students participating!

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  • Lighthouse Projects

    One of the most enjoyable units in 4th grade is the NC Lighthouses unit! Students spend time learning about lighthouses and why they are so important. They study about each lighthouse in North Carolina to learn about their history.

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  • Special Olympics

    Special Olympics for Johnston County Schools were held recently for students. East Clayton had a great team representing the school! Those who were too young to participate, were included in the opening ceremonies and preparatory events.

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  • Green Kids Camping Trip

    Our Green Kids Club went on a camping trip over the weekend to Blue Jay Point County Park. Students enjoyed the weekend with a full agenda of activities!

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  • Student Honored as Courage Award Recipient

    When hearing the definition of courage, we, at East Clayton Elementary, immediately thought of Liberty. This amazing young lady shows great tenacity and does not back down to challenges. She has shown throughout time, dedication, and hard work, that she will do what it takes to accomplish her goals. We have watched as she has grown beyond belief.

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  • Fun Run Kickoff Event

    Students heard all about the Fun Run today from our PTA which included a motivational performance by our AP, Dr. Batchelder!

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  • Artist in the Schools

    We are always excited when an Artist in the School day rolls around! Today we were able to enjoy storytelling by Antonio Rocha whose unique style of storytelling fuses mime with spoken word.

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  • Treasure Island

    The ECES Drama Club presented Treasure Island last week at the Clayton Center! We are so blessed to have teachers who are willing to give of their free time to work with students throughout the year in preparation for their performances.

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  • Wax Museum

    Parents and students were recently invited to visit the 2nd Grade Wax Museum of Famous Americans. The students each chose a famous American to learn about through research.

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  • National Weather Service at ECES

    Nick Petro, National Weather Service meteorologist, and Blake Ellis, National Weather Service technician recently visited East Clayton Elementary to talk to the 5th graders about weather.

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  • Caterpillar Donates Supplies

    East Clayton 3rd grade students were so excited to get to watch employees from Caterpillar drive up on one of their front loaders full of school supplies and non-perishable food to donate to East Clayton Elementary today!

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  • States of Matter

    Melting, mixing, absorbing and freezing…oh what fun it was to be a second grader! They were even the Spotlight School of the Week at Science Fun for Everyone!

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  • Leading With The Heart

    Meagan is known for her kind and humble spirit, her professional work ethic, as well as her dedication to the success of her students. She is proof that one person truly can make a difference and that is why East Clayton Elemjetnary is proud to have meagan Parrish as its Leading with the Heart recipient.

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  • Months of the Year

    Did you know the Months of the Year Parade came to East Clayton? Yes they did! Our Kindergarten students have been learning the about the months of the year and this was their culminating activity!

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  • Book Study Activities

    See all the concentration? See how everyone is engaged? Believe it or not, this is a picture of teachers at a meeting after teaching all day!

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  • ECES Spelling Bee

    East Clayton recently held our Annual Spelling Bee for 5th graders! Wow! We've really got some great spellers! You could tell that the students who participated had been studying because the spelling bee lasted over an hour and a half before having our final 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

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  • Mrs. Chmelo Awarded Art Grant

    Mrs. Chmelo recently received a grant from the Clayton Visual Arts Club. Money from the grant will be used to fund the 4th grade's annual project of making pillows.

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  • Veterans Visit 1st Graders

    Veterans from the 40 & 8 Organization visited the 1st graders at East Clayton Elementary today! They taught our first graders the symbolism of the star and stripe, how to care for our flag, and the symbolism behind the 13 folds.

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  • Winter Chorus and Strings Concert

    It was an evening of great music and singing! Students in the Chorus and Strings program here at East Clayton Elementary gave an award winning performance at the Winter Chorus and Strings Concert!

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  • Clayton Christmas Tree Lighting

    Our ECES Chorus was once again invited to sing at the Clayton Christmas Tree Lighting this year. The chorus was very excited about getting to bring Christmas Cheer to everyone on Main Street.

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  • Breakfast with Santa

    You can't have Christmas without attending Breakfast with Santa! Students and parents enjoyed a wonderful time Saturday eating breakfast with Santa, listening to stories, doing crafts, and singing songs! What a great way to start the holiday season!

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  • Santa Shop

    Going shopping at school? Why, yes we do! December is a time to help students focus on the joy of giving to others and doing for others rather than themselves.

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  • Thanksgiving Feasts

    Let's eat! After learning about being thankful and the history about the first Thanksgiving, students, parents, and teachers enjoyed feasts in the classrooms.

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  • 50's Day

    All around East Clayton it seemed as if we had gone back in time! Kindergarten students enjoyed dressing in 50's clothes to celebrate the 50th day of school!

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  • NC Day

    Imagine an entire day filled with mini field trips on-site to various places in North Carolina! That's what NC Day is all about! PTA sponsored NC Day at East Clayton on Friday, Oct. 6th.

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  • Dr. Frankenstem

    Artists in the School presented Dr. Frankenstem through Bright Star Theatre at East Clayton on Friday, Oct. 13th! Dr. Frankenstem and his trusty assistant did an excellent job of getting the students excited about STEM in the school.

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  • Book Fair

    Calling All Readers!! Book Fair begins Monday, September 25th!! It's going to be one Rootin' Tootin' Rodeo all week in the Innovation Hub aka Media Center!

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  • Google Leadership Roundtable

    East Clayton recently had the honor of hosting Google Leadership Roundtable Conference for the state of North Carolina! Representatives from all over the state came to meet part of Google's Education Team to learn about what is new with Google for Education.

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  • Hot Horns

    Our students were able to enjoy a visit from Hot Horns through the Artists in the Schools Program! The program began with a blast from a prehistoric cow horn.

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