The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from Carleton Middle School.

A Constant Reminder

Focus on the Positive, Find the Good Stuff, Lead with Hope.

Those words are written on a white board in Mr. Kausch's office at Carleton Middle School as a reminder of all the good things that are happening around us. Lately, we have been inundated with news and social media posts of some of the tragic events that also fill our lives. However, everyday, in every school, there are uplifting, positive moments, that fill our hearts with hope.

Over Winter Break five of our staff members gave up some of their break and family time to come in and paint positive messages in the boys' and girls' bathrooms. This has been something that many members of the Carleton staff have been working on, discussing, and bringing supplies for, for the last few months. Their work has added brightness and positivity to our restrooms.

Mr. Knowlton was kind enough to allow Mr. Clark to spend an hour doing one of the things he loves and teach social studies for an hour. During Mr. Clark's time in class he saw students working together to discover answers, stretching their thinking, and daring to be wrong as they attempted to answer questions about history. The students energy was invigorating and the intelligence they displayed gives us both great hope for the future.

This week our 7th and 8th grade basketball girls have made great strides, improving their defense, scoring, and overall court awareness. Our 8th grade girls improved to 2-2 with a victory over Carter Middle School. The willingness of these young ladies to work hard and believe that they can be successful against a team that had previously beat them is an inspiration to all of us.

Mr. Kausch had the privilege of attending the Pre-Festival band concert where he observed students going from good to great on stage. Pre-Festival is formatted in a way that allows the students to perform on stage, receive written comments, and work with a clinician immediately after their performance. This year's clinician was the band director from Warren Mott H.S. (Erik Miller) and he did a great job not only praising our students but truly taking them from good to great. The bands perform at Roseville Middle School on Saturday.

It is very easy to get caught up in all of the tragedy, drama, and negativity that we encounter in our day to day lives. Our time, energy, and resources will continue to remain on students feeling connected at school and feeling safe to learn. The countless moments, like the ones above, help us to focus that there is a lot of "good stuff" that we can focus on and a tremendous amount of hope for the future.

Parents thank you for raising kids that make us smile everyday.

March is Reading Month

Mr. Kausch had the opportunity to read to a group of 4th and 5th grade students at Willow Woods Elementary School on Friday. This experience reminds us about the importance of reading, not only in the month of March, but for the entire year. We recently came across a poster that explains the following: Student A that reads 20 minutes each day will read 3,600 minutes in a school year or approximately 1,800,000 words. If Student B reads 5 minutes a day, they will read 900 minutes in a school year and if Student C reads 1 minute each day, they will only read 180 minutes in a school year.

Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary? Which student would you expect to be more successful in school and in life?

8th Grade Updates

This week, our 8th graders enjoyed a performance by WCSPA (picture below) and were able to enjoy some acting, singing, and dancing. Our students were a respectful and observant audience and enjoyed this special treat.

We also started to plan our 8th grade Farewell party which will occur on June 12th during the school day. Thank you for those that participated in the meeting and were able to offer ideas and suggestions. We are excited for this special day and are looking forward to a terrific event.

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Events for Your Calendar

March 7 - Booster Club Meeting, 6pm - Media Center

March 9 - Half Day for Students - PLC Day

March 12 - Home BB Game vs. Roseville

March 13 - All Area Concert, 7pm - SHHS PAC

March 14 - Home BB Game vs. Warren Woods

March 15 - Half Day for Students - Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30-3pm, 5-8pm