782 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013    973-470-2410


Welcome to School #13!

School Thirteen, the Athenia School of Clifton, is a school that upholds three universal principles: truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. At School Thirteen, we believe that every child has the ability to learn, and will learn best in a positive, respectful, and happy environment. It is our mission to meet students' individual needs and encourage their achievement of realistic goals.


To kick off our Relay for Life fundraisers, we celebrate on St. Patty's Day with a green bagel breakfast. Yum!

St. Patty's Day
St. Patty's Day St. Patty's Day

Last week we had a wonderful Cat in the Hat visit our kindergarten! Thank you to New Horizon Pioneers from Verizon for such a special treat.

Cat in the Hat Cat in the Hat
Kindness Certified School

 School Thirteen participated for the first time in the National Great Kindness Challenge. It was an outstanding week allowing students to give and receive acts of kindness from staff and students.

Locks of Love

Christopher Columbus Middle School will be hosting Locks of Love Cut-a-Thon again this year. Our 10th annual event is set for May 18, 2015.  We will be in the CCMS Media Center from 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Individuals who would like to donate (and have at least 10 inches of hair) will need to email kdreher@cliftonschools.net to schedule an appointment.  Professional hairstylists will be here to cut and style hair.

Please Read HERE for more information and permission slip.
Also visit http://www.locksoflove.org

On Wednesday, January 7th, we had our last of three Literacy nights. The first night (November) gave parents an understanding of reading comprehension skills and difficulties they may be seeing at home with their child. At the second Literacy night (December), parents and their children went to specific courses to learn and practice reading strategies they can try at home to support their child's progress. Then at the last Literacy night, families came to enjoy a night of fun stories, dressed in their pj's with their favorite stuffed animal. Thank you to all the teachers and families that came out on such a chilly night!

At the end of October, our third grade had the opportunity to participate in the St. Barnabas Fire House Safety program. The children review with the fire officials safety procedures that includes the entire home from kitchen to bedroom. This is an outstanding program! A huge thank you to Mrs. Liszner for helping to coordinate this event!

Fire Safety Fire Safety

At School Thirteen, October is Soctober! Please donate socks of every shape, color and size during the month. They will be donated to Red Cross.

Socktober Socktober

On Patriot's Day we wear our red, white, and blue. We gather together as a whole community to say the Pledge of Allegiance, to sing, and to have a moment of silence.

School 13 Patriot's Day
School 13 Patriot's DaySchool 13 Patriot's Day

Our first days of school have been wonderful...even in the heat! Thank you to families getting all the children to school on time. Thank you also for respecting our 'Kiss and Go' policy making the playground a safer environment. Looking forward to our Back to School Night on September 23rd. These pictures of our first day together represent the excitement of our new year!

First Day of School First Day of School
First Day of School First Day of School
Family School 13 Provides Extensions: Before and After School Care  Click Here for More Information

School Anti-Bullying Specialist: Marilyn Torley, Principal
(973) 470-2410
782 Van Houten Avenue