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  • Famous Missourians Gather at Meramec Elementary

    Sightings of famous Missourians including Amelia Earhart, George Washington Carver, Maya Angelou and Walt Disney occurred at Meramec Elementary on Tuesday, April 26, during the fourth-grade Famous Missourians Wax Museum. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Four CHS Seniors Earn Perfect Scores on ACT or SAT

    CHS seniors (from left) Gabrielle Choo-Kang, Omkar Venkatesh, Elizabeth Wolfgram and Sarah Widder each earned a perfect score on either the ACT or SAT this school year. Click on the headline to learn more.

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  • Second-Graders Bring Fairy Tales to Life

    Captain Elementary second-graders took the stage on Tuesday, April 19, for a dress rehearsal performance of the annual Fairy Tale Theater. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Science Fair is District-Wide Celebration of Learning

    Clayton students, families and community members convened at Clayton High School on Saturday, March 12, for the District's annual Science Fair. About 150 elementary and middle school science projects were on display at the event, and CHS students and staff hosted fun, hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Glenridge, CHS Students Partner in the Name of Science

    Glenridge Elementary students in second through fifth grade partnered with Clayton High School students this school year to research and develop science projects for the Clayton Science Fair, which will be held on Saturday, March 12. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Students Gain New Perspectives Through Literacy Unit

    The fourth-graders at Captain Elementary have been participating in an interconnected reading and writing unit during the past several weeks centered on the theme of social justice. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Exploring the Family Center’s Urban Forest

    If it’s not thunderstorming or extremely cold outside, visitors to the Family Center are likely to see classes of students exploring all that nature has to offer by spending time on the school’s nature trail. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Meramec Celebrates the Harlem Renaissance

    The Meramec Elementary community gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for their annual Black History Night Extravaganza, a special celebration highlighting the impact of African culture on the U.S. and the important work of African American individuals throughout history. Click the headline to learn more and view photos.

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Principles of Teaching and Learning
The School District of Clayton’s Principles of Teaching and Learning guide leaders, schools, departments, teams of teachers and individuals when making decisions related to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and professional learning.  These principles inform the teaching and learning process in the classroom, the implementation and evaluation of the written and taught curriculum, and remind us of our own educational expectations.  We see a direct connection between these Principles of Teaching and Learning, the Standards of Professional Practice and Standards of professional learning within the District.  Our District mission, vision and core values anchor these principles.

We are accountable to our learners by
  • Committing to collective inquiry, evidence-based decision-making, innovation and reflection of the results of teaching and learning. 
  • Empowering students to take ownership in their own learning.
  • Measuring student learning through multiple assessments and using data and information to monitor and improve student learning.
  • Providing ongoing, specific feedback to students as a part of regular instruction.
  • Monitoring student progress to guide instructional decision-making.
We support collaboration and build sustaining relationships by:
  • Partnering with parents, students and other educators to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning.
  • Building individual motivation and social interaction for purposeful engagement in learning.
  • Promoting self-reflection that results in improved learning.
We develop and implement curriculum that is grounded in rich and relevant content by:
  • Supporting the development of teachers’ craft and content expertise.
  • Engaging in dynamic and challenging content related to local, regional and global issues.
  • Guiding deep understandings of content areas and their connections to one another in order to synthesize skills and communicate knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • Nurturing understanding and communication of ideas while participating in intellectual endeavors.
  • Ensuring that curriculum, instruction, and assessment are dynamic, intellectually stimulating, developmentally appropriate, grounded in research and attentive to the range of student learning needs.
We invest in innovation and responsiveness in a positive learning environment by:
  • Understanding diversity to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high expectations.
  • Ensuring that our curriculum is a place where students can explore the unfamiliar, but also see their own lived experiences validated and valued.
  • Engaging in opportunities that offer choice and exploration that require critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Attending to the varied learning needs of students through instruction and assessment that are dynamic and intellectually challenging.
  • Acknowledging that to be truly innovative one must take risks in teaching and learning as a part of an authentic avenue of learning.
We encourage and foster an environment committed to ongoing growth and learning by:
  • Providing leadership and growth opportunities.
  • Embracing a growth mindset.
  • Supporting professional learning through thoughtful, informed opportunities.
  • Upholding our mission, vision, core values and strategic goals.

Curriculum Coordinators

Learn more about each coordinator by clicking on his/her name below. 
Anthony Henderson, Counseling Coordinator • 314-854-6351

Kristen Retter, Early Childhood Education Coordinator • 314-854-6900

Karen Hales-Mecham, English Learners Coordinator • 314-854-6810

Paul Varley, Fine Arts Coordinator (Visual & Performing) • 314-854-6475

Sharon Slodounik, Gifted Coordinator • 314-854-6454

Victoria Jones, Library Coordinator • 314-854-6450

Jennifer Sellenriek, Literacy Coordinator • 314-854-6832

Angela Caracciolo, Mathematics Coordinator • 314-854-6610

Julie Connor, Physical Education & Health Coordinator • 314-854-6400

Janet Crews, Professional Development Coordinator • 314-854-6281

Nathan Peck, Science Coordinator • 314-854-6763

Paul Hoelscher, Social Studies Coordinator • 314-854-6858

Steve Beauchamp, Technology & Career and Technical Education Coordinator • 314-854-6080

Susan Christopher, World Languages & Cultures Coordinator • 314-854-6421

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Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Administrative Assistant for Assessment and Professional Development

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