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Sara Clayton

About Me

 I am so excited to get to know your 6th graders!  This is my 11th year of teaching.  I graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) in 2004 with a degree in Journalism & Broadcasting.  I worked as a newspaper editor and then for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in child welfare and at a juvenile detention facility as a teacher before becoming alternatively certified to teach in 2008.  I worked in a small school teaching 7th through 12th grade and yearbook, then a metro school district teaching 7th/8th Language Arts, and Title I Reading.  
I have one son, who is in 7th grade, and four dogs who are spoiled rotten.  In my spare time, I love watching sports, reading, and being outside.   I love all things OSU and Thunder, chocolate, and the color purple.  
I was born with permanent genetic nerve damage to my hearing, so I am hard of hearing.  I can adapt to most situations, but at times it takes a little more patience from students.  I have been very open about my disability with students, and am always happy to answer questions. In January and May of 2019, I had surgery to get cochlear implants.  They're still very new and overwhelming but I'm noticing a difference already.  I'm doing lots of rehab and listening practice and I'm confident this will make me a better educator.  My test scores have already improved drastically.  I am so excited I get to teach ELA Enrichment this year and I have chosen to teach American Sign Language.  I have been slowly learning for several years and am eager to give kids a basic knowledge of a new language.
I look forward to a great school year! Please contact me anytime with anything you need at all! Please keep checking back, as I hope to update this page with more soon!

Important Classroom Information

why reading is important -- reading statistics
1. I have an extensive classroom libarary as well as the ability to check out books digitally from 3 different library systems.  I do not believe it is my job to censor what your child reads.  I do keep some of the more mature YA and adult literature in a safe space and require written permission slips for students to check these books out.  However, the majority of my library is available for any student.  If your student brings home a book you are not comfortable with him or her reading, just have them return it and choose a new one.  No harm done!  Every student reads differently and I belive in exposing children to many different types of literature.
2. The yellow team at Horizon has a new bathroom policy.  Each student will receive a pass from homeroom teachers that has 5 passes per core teacher per quarter.  (That's 5 for ELA, 5 for math, 5 for social studies, and 5 for science.)  Students can use the bathroom pass at teachers' discretion (Ex.  In my classroom I do not allow bathroom during first or last 15 minutes or during instructional time).  Once students have used all 5 in one class, they will not be allowed to use another in that class until the next quarter.  Students have been told of the bathroom policy and reminded that they are responsible for keeping up with the pass.  Each pass has the student's name on it so if it is lost and not returned, that student will not receive a new pass until the following quarter.  If you need any clarification or have questions please ask me!   

How to contact me

Sign up for Remind and text me!
Call the school (256-6282) -- leave a message and I will get back to you ASAP!

Ms. Clayton's Remind Info

Text @mhiclayton to the number 81010 or enter code @mhiclayton in the Remind app (Don't forget the @ sign!).  You will receive reminders about tests, important events, assemblies, and other various things throughout the school year.  You can also text me here with questions or requests.  I love to send texts to parents when kids are caught being super awesome also!

Lesson Plans

Click HERE for lesson plans

Important Dates

February 3rd - 7th -- National School Counseling Week
February 6th -- Career Day for 6th grade (speakers from 8:30 to 11:30) -- 6th grade lunches begin at 11:40 am on this day
February 7th -- Mindset Matters Assembly @ 8:15 am 
February 10th -- STEAM Night @ Horizon -- 5 - 6:30 pm 
February 10th - 14th -- Kindness Week at Horizon 
February 12th -- Picture Day -- retakes and group pictures
February 13th -- Enrollment packets sent home 
February 17th -- Professional Day -- no school
February 18th -- 6th graders tour MMS
February 25th -- Enrollment packets due 

Links for homework and reading