Welcome to Clinton Elementary School

Clinton is geographically located in the western section of the City of Plainfield. Our diverse school population consists of approximately 391 students whose ethnic backgrounds are various and represent many cultures. Our school maintains a safe and secure learning environment and one of our most important core values is that all students can learn and achieve high academic standards when provided with the right opportunity. In September 2016, we continue provide data driven class instruction based upon a traditional classroom model for all grades K-5.

Included in our K-5 structure, we offer bilingual education to students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade providing one-way immersion as the bilingual model offered. This model aligns with our district bilingual program goals.

All students receive Physical Education, Health, Music, Art, Technology and Spanish as their World Language. Additionally, students visit the library at least once a week for book exchange. This year we are planning to extend our social and emotional character education initiative to Project Wisdom. This program is thematic based and infused with numerous student friendly lessons geared at making every imaginable student conflict or issue, one in which a better choice can be made. Clinton School will also hear daily messages by way of “Project Wisdom”, a nationally recognized character education program. Character education is an intentional effort to help students understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values, doing things the “Clinton Way”.

Clinton Elementary school also includes three early childhood Special Needs classes in collaboration with our Special Education Department. Our teaching staff consists of highly qualified teachers at all instructional levels our staff includes the following: includes one principal, 33 teachers, one School Social Worker and one School Nurse. Our educational support team consists of one Principal’s Secretary, one Attendance Secretary, one Security officer, one Head Custodian, one Night Second Man-In-Charge, two night Custodians, and two Lunchroom Assistants.

Clinton School’s Leadership Team (SLT) and School Leadership Council (SLC), working collaboratively together, are comprised of staff members, family and community members. The SLT is primarily responsible for the instructional program and the SLC supports the school’s goals aligned to support our District’s mission.
Our air-conditioned facility includes 22 classrooms, 4 small group instruction rooms, a state of the art media center, computer lab, Cafetorium, gymnasium, music room, family resource room, three offices, three age-appropriate playground areas, and a beautifully appointed courtyard.

Several programs are available at Clinton School for our students and families to take advantage of in the 2016-17 school year including: Plainfield Community Outreach Century 21 Program, Dragon Academy, Tae Kwon Do Club, Chess Club, Safety Patrol, Student Council, Track and Field, Basketball, Book Club, Cheerleading, and School Spirit and Dance club. We will participate in the Tools for Schools program for the fourth year, which will provide materials and supplies to our students throughout the year. Additionally, four members of the Clinton School Faculty were grant recipients of the CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) grant in collaboration with Kean University and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public School

There are several aspects of our school which support our instructional goal to decrease the number of students scoring below proficiency from the 2015-16 school year. To support our literacy and math instruction, our master schedule provides 90-minutes of instruction for all students in both content areas every day. In addition, the master schedule includes job-embedded professional development for our instructional staff. These strategies are aligned with our district goals and implementation and execution supports our school theme, Health and Family First.

Professional Development is a high priority for our school. Most of our work is guided by our School Improvement Panel (ScIP). Clinton’s ScIP also receives professional development for operating as a committee from the district’s Office of Professional Development. Our Professional Development Committee consists of three teachers and a Principal’s designee. The Principal collaborates with the team in collaboration with our School Leadership team throughout the year to develop a shared decision-making process. All faculty of Clinton School are members of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) who meet regularly to discuss ways to improve instruction.

At Clinton we believe in One Family…One Mission!