Caruso Connect - August 26th

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Caruso Middle School is an inclusive and vibrant community where Blue Jays take ownership of their social-emotional and academic growth by supporting, challenging, and celebrating self and others.

Dear Caruso Families!

First, thank you to those who were able to attend this week's open house. It was amazing to have families back in person. If you were able to attend, please complete this short feedback form so we can improve for next year. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to reach out to our staff via e-mail with any questions.

To celebrate the end of the first week and the start of the school year, we had an all school pep assembly. Students and staff competed and cheered! Please see a few photos below.

As it was our full first week of school, we had our first batch of Blue Jays of the Week! Each week our teams nominate a student that exemplifies the Caruso Way. You can help us by celebrating our staff with the link below.

Finally, our Check-In System will be starting next week. Please read on for a refresher about it. If you have any questions, reach out to any of your student's teachers. Each of our teachers will be reviewing this with your students next week prior to its implementation.

Please enjoy the weekend!

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any of us.


Tim Brodeur - Principal -

Jim Monaco - Associate Principal -

Caitlin Lucci - Coordinator of Student Support -

Upcoming Events

September 5th - No School

September 7th - 6th Grade Camp Duncan

September 9th - Picture Day

September 12th - PTO Meeting (7 PM)

September 21st - 7th Grade Camp Duncan

September 26th - No School

October 5th - No School

October 10th - No School

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Caruso News

Blue Jays of the Week

*If you would like to nominate a staff member for this you may do so HERE!

All School Pep Rally

PE Classes Begin to Change

Our students have begun to change for PE! Our PE teachers have asked that the uniforms come home on Friday to be washed are are to be brought back to school on Monday. They also wanted to share this with you!

Why do we change for PE?

by 7th Grade Students

SW - VR - EB

You may be wondering why we do change for physical education?

A few reasons why we do this is:

  • For safety reasons, to protect students from injury

  • So your clothes don't get sweaty and you smell for the rest of the day (personal hygiene)

  • So you can locate your belongings so people don’t take your supplies

  • So your nice clothes don't get dirty

  • So you don't have to wear shared smelly pinnies for teams during game play.

  • Work at a higher level because your PE uniform is made for exercise and game play.

  • Enhance teamwork and focus on the physical tasks instead of students focusing on what others are wearing.

  • Just like any sport/activity outside of school, proper clothing is required to participate.

Girl's Volleyball is Starting

Please see more info HERE!

Gear Up and Homework Club

District News

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Google Classroom Guardian Invitation

(Communicated 8/19/22)

You should receive a Google Classroom Guardian invitation by the end of the day Friday, August 19th. Accepting this invite will set things up so you start receiving email summaries of your child's Google Classroom classes. The email used to send the invitation is the one you've provided in Skyward. If you'd like the email changed, please contact your student's first period classroom (CORE) teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Please watch this video to learn more about how Google Classroom Guardian Summary Emails work:

A few notes to help!

When accepting the invitation:

  • To adhere to student privacy, guardians will not be joining the actual classes, so you won't need a class code or the Google Classroom app or Google Classroom login.
  • When prompted, select DAILY as the frequency otherwise the email summary will be delivered only once a week. You can always change the frequency anytime:

Please feel free to direct all questions regarding Google Classroom to our Innovation Curriculum Specialist, Maria Galanis, and she will be happy to help.

Include the following information when contacting Maria:
Your child' name, school, grade, team, and first period core area teacher (math, ELA, science, social studies).

Caruso Bell Schedules

Check-In System

(Communicated 8/12/22)

The Check-in system at Caruso is a way for staff to proactively engage with students in making better choices for both academics and behavior. The key to this program is allowing students to reflect on their area(s) of growth.

The first component is a behavioral plan which will promote a positive environment in our school. Social responsibility begins with taking ownership for behaviors and how they impact others. It is our expectation that your student will behave responsibly in school just as you expect them to do so at home and in public. We believe this plan will encourage positive behavior in all common areas. The goal of this plan is to raise students’ awareness concerning appropriate behaviors and build within them the proper tools to behave in a way to achieve success. Please note that behaviors that are unsafe for a student or to others may result in an immediate office referral.

The second component of this plan is to achieve the common goal of having students come to class “Ready to Learn.” Our expectations are that students will come to every class with the needed materials and completed homework. This preparedness increases essential student instructional time.

A student will “check-in” during the class period when expectations have not been met. The student will meet with the teacher to reflect upon classroom behavior either after school that day or the following morning to develop a plan to increase their success in class. We believe the reflective process is the most important piece of this plan for the student. If multiple check-ins occur, we will implement a sequence of interventions to support the student’s future success.

Check-In System Intervention Ladder:

At the beginning of each quarter, students will start with a “clean slate." If they earn check-ins throughout the quarter, the following steps will be taken:

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Rewards Day:

At the end of each quarter, students who have demonstrated positive behavior and completed all assignments, will be invited to participate in the Rewards Day celebration. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to participate in the planned Rewards Day activity and will have an alternative activity.

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Reflection Room:

When students are assigned a visit to the Reflection Room, they will stay after school from 3:05 to 3:55 pm on Monday or Thursdays where they will complete a reflection form. The intention is for students to have a stronger understanding of their actions and abilities to change them for the positive. The reflection room supervisor will then email a copy of the reflection form to families.

We look forward to your support in this endeavor. By working together, we can improve student success in school with the goal of graduating productive members of society. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher.

Attendance and Tardies

(Communicated 8/12/22)


If your student will not be in school, please report the absence to the health office by phone ((847) 945-8430 x6103) or email ( before 8:00 am. If you do not contact our school nurse by this time, she will contact you at home or at work to ascertain your child’s whereabouts. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will only be dismissed to a parent or legal guardian, or to emergency contacts designated in Family Access.

Student Tardiness to School:

Students who arrive late are greatly disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and miss out on the instruction given at the beginning of class. This means that they are often unsettled and confused about tasks, resulting in reduced achievement, regardless of academic ability. It is also very important that students establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their lives. Punctuality is a life skill that is important to develop.

Tardiness to school will be unexcused even if a family member brings the student(s) to school. Oversleeping, missing the bus, car/traffic problems, etc. are all unexcused. Tardies are excusable under the following circumstances: personal illness of student, serious illness or death in the family, a doctor/dentist/professional appointment (a note or phone call from a parent or a professional), family emergencies, and religious holidays.

School begins promptly at 8:00 am. Students are expected to be in class ready to learn by 8:00 am. If students are not in the classroom, they will be sent to the office for a pass. The consequences for tardiness are as follows:

  • Tardy #1: No consequence

  • Tardy #2: Warning and a phone call home

  • Tardy #3 & 4: Student will be assigned to the after school Reflection Room.

  • Tardy #5: Return with a family member. A family member must meet with a member of the administrative team and the student to discuss intervention measures going forward.

  • Please note: at the beginning of each quarter, students’ tardies will be reset to zero.

Student Tardies to Class:

Students are expected to be in class, in their seats, ready to learn at the start of class. Students who are not will receive a check-in.

Coffee w/ Caruso

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Join Cross Country

(Communicated 8/5/22)

Cross Country is one of many ways to become involved this Fall at Caruso! Cross Country is the place to be for the incoming 6th graders (7th and 8th grade too!). It is a perfect opportunity for students to meet new friends and be part of the cross country family all while being active. Every year we have over 100 students across three grade levels join because it is an amazing experience; don't miss out on the fun!

HERE is the information needed to be completed to sign up. Hard copies are available in the main office at Caruso.

For more information contact or

Who to Contact?

Please see the helpful list below who to contact at CMS for your needs. You may also visit the DPS 109 Website to learn more.
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