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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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