The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from Carleton Middle School.

Points of Pride

On Wednesday five of Carleton’s students were honored at the District Writing Celebration, for their achievements as writers. These students along with many other students from Warren Consolidated Schools were able to listen to Craig Custance a senior writer for ESPN, as well as a former Carleton Colt, talk about his feelings on writing and more importantly hear other stories about personal achievements as writers and the diversity that Warren Consolidated Schools has to offer.

We would like to share three pieces of advice that Mr. Custance shared with every young writer. They are:

1. Writing can be taught, it is a craft

2. Never apologize for your writing

3. When writing, "show" don't "tell"

These three pieces of advice speak to the personal and visual nature of writing as well as the ability for young author’s to develop their writing ability over time. We would be remiss if we did not share our own advice for student writers. Dare to write a bad story, bad poem, or bad essay because every great book started as a book that needed a lot of revision. If you want to get better at something, focus more of your time on it. Use other works to learn from, model after, and borrow ideas.

On Thursday our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands performed at the Carleton Area Band Concert with our future 6th graders from Black, Harwood, and Willow Woods elementary schools. The Sterling Heights Symphonic Band and Patriot Marching Band were also present. We were able to visit and connect with many Carleton alumni. We wanted to take a moment to congratulate the students on a great performance (we also had some student guest conductors). It is remarkable to hear the difference in tone production, sonority, intonation, musical nuance, and interpretation with a year of instruction. Bravo to all! We want to thank the many parents, students, and alumni that showed up to support our bands. The support of Carleton activities from the community is noticed and appreciated.

As we close, we want to take a moment to recognize our many staff members that came out to the Millage Meeting on Tuesday, the Writing Celebration on Wednesday, and the Carleton Area Band Concert on Thursday to support our students. Nearly 20 staff members came to one of these events giving up time with their families to spend time supporting their second family, Carleton. Thank you!!!

A word about WCS

Please remember that on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 we will not have school for students that day as it is an election day. Below are some important reminders about our millage renewal:

-It contributes directly to our operating budget and assists in maintaining high-quality education programs for students. Some examples are the Writing Celebration, Carleton Area Band Concert, and the Basketball Tournament this weekend.

-Without it, WCS would receive 23% less funding for the next 10 years. Programs, class sizes, learning materials, staffing, and extracurricular offerings would be significantly impacted.

-The millage impacts only the general fund operating budget and is NOT related to the capital improvement bond passed in 2016.

Remember to vote Tuesday, May 2, 2017

General Announcements

We invite you to spread the word about our upcoming 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, March 28th at 6pm. Please tell your 5th grade friends to join us at Carleton for an informative evening and tour of the school.

Anyone that is interested in learning more about our Title I programming at Carleton can join us on Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm in the Media Center for our Spring meeting. We will be going over how Title I impacts programs, services, and students at Carleton. We will also share some plans for the upcoming school year.

Events for Your Calendar

March 25 - Girls Basketball Tournament at Warren Mott High School

March 28 - 6th Grade Orientation (6pm, Cafeteria)
March 28 - Title I Spring Meeting (7pm, Media Center)
March 30 - Booster Club 8th Grade Farewell Planning Meeting (6pm Media Center)
March 31- Half Day (End of 3rd Quarter - Dismissal at 11am)
April 3-7 - Spring Break, No School
April 10 - Classes Resume
April 10 - Booster Club Meeting (6pm, Media Center)
April 13 - Half Day (Dismissal at 11am)
April 14 - No School for Students