The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from Carleton Middle School


Please take a moment to read the entire Chronicle and look at all of the pictures. Our students have been involved in a lot of great activities over the past week and have represented Carleton with the utmost dignity...CONGRATULATIONS!

Another congratulations is in order for Ms. Darling. Ms. Darling has earned tenure status in the State of Michigan and Warren Consolidated Schools by demonstrating proficient and distinguished teaching through teacher evaluations and walkthroughs, meeting the stringent requirements of professional development hours, and managing the proper continuing education and training of a probationary teacher. Our school board recognized the group of master teachers on Wednesday evening's meeting with class and honor. (See picture below).

Good News

Carleton is represented by two award winners at the 2018 Festival of the Arts!

Shaan Bashir (7)- Best of Show

"Legs & Shoes," Pencil

One of three "Best of Shows" among all five middle schools

Rojina Gorgees (8) - Honorable Mention

"Rhythm in Layers," Cardboard and Tempera

One of five "Honorable Mentions" among all five middle schools.

Come check out their artwork (and others) and the Festival of the Arts at the Sterling Heights Senior Center between May 1st and May 21st. The Middle School Opening Ceremony is Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm.

Bravo to both our Cadet and Concert Bands on their recent performance at State Band Festival. Both groups received a Superior rating and represented Carleton in a positive light with their behavior, performance, and attention to detail.

Many of Carleton's finest competed at a high level during the recent County Games for Special Olympics. Our students were prepared mentally and physically, had a positive attitude, and REACHed for success. Great job everyone and congratulations on your achievements. We'd also like to thank the Hungry Howie's at 14 Mile Road and Schoenherr for donating the food for our student athletes. If you stop in, please thank Melissa (the manager who helped us) and the rest of the staff for their generosity.

Clark's Corner


Last week we ran our first track meet and the weather forecast does not appear to be calling for any more frost. By all appearances spring has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner. As we begin to approach the home stretch of the school year I want to first tell you how proud I am of so many of our students. I have seen so many of our 8th graders grow, mature, and prepare for high school. Over the last three years many of them have mastered maneuvering through a building that seemed really large, and now seems very small, opening and closing lockers, and budgeting time and knowing what they need to do to be academically successful. So what is left from them in these last 6 weeks? I would suggest three focus areas for all of our learners as we enter this home stretch.

1.) Support a friend. The end of the school year is filled with band concerts, the Festival of the Arts (district art show), track meets, and many other events at the elementary and high school level. This is an excellent time for our students to experience something new and show their peers the social and emotional support that can only be given in person.

2.) Find balance. All of our kids are doing something just a little bit too much. In the Clark house, I have heard the word "Fortnight" once too often. Whether it is doing more outside, spending more time on school work, or getting away from the phone and having a face to face conversation with a friend or family member, our children (our learners), will go further if they work on balance during this busy time.

3.) Finish Strong. As a coach I always told my players, you are only as good as your last game. Being successful as the end of school draws near, summer sports start, and the days get longer is definitely a challenge. However, whether it is giving your all on the MSTEP, focusing in class when you can see the sun shining outside, or coming in and putting the phone down to study taking the steps to be successful when it is the hardest to do so is a life skill that will pay dividends in the long run.

Events for Your Calendar

May 4 -Half Day for Students, Dismissal at 11am

May 7 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

May 7-11 Nurse & Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 - Track Meet @ SHHS vs. Roseville

May 7 - Festival of the Arts, Opening Ceremony 7:30pm - Sterling Heights Senior Center

May 7 - 6th Grade Math MSTEP begins

May 8 - No School for Students

May 9 - Booster Club Meeting, 6pm

May 9 - 8th Grade Farewell Planning Meeting, 7pm

May 14 - Credit Union here all 3 lunches