The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from Carleton Middle School.

Greetings from Carleton!

I hope you are all having a Happy St. Patrick's Day and are enjoying some college basketball, if you are a sports fan. Speaking of sports, our girls basketball team will wind down their season this week with their final two away games and a tournament on Saturday at WMHS. Good luck girls! Also, last week I wrote about a club that Ms. Syswerda and Ms. Bennett are starting for all female students called Heart and Sole. If you would like more information about this opportunity please contact them or stop by the main office for flyers.

This coming week we have a millage meeting on Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Administration Building, a Writing Celebration on Wednesday at Warren Mott High School at 6:30pm, and an All Area Band Concert on Thursday at Sterling Heights High School at 7pm. I'm sure I will see many of you there and appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to support your students' education. Middle school is often a time when our youngsters begin to push us away as parents, and it's imperative that you support your son or daughter during what many believe are the most awkward and challenging years of our lives.

Thank you for those that attended Parent Teacher Conferences this week and visited our Book Fair. It was great to see so many of you! I encourage you to login to PowerSchool and check your child's grades, attendance, tardies, and lunch balance. Please encourage your student to "finish strong" as we approach Spring Break and what hopefully will be warmer weather.

Clark's Corner

Last night, I was finishing reading Because of Winn-Dixie to my second grader and thought that I might share with many of you how much I love this book. I love the book because it is funny, it speaks to the goodness in people, and maybe most of all because it is about a dog who smiles. I have enjoyed sharing a few chapters a night of it with my own son and would say that it is my favorite book. Of course, if you ask students that had me as a language arts teacher I have a lot of favorite books. I have spoken to a few of our students about their favorite books and hope you will spend some time this month both talking about reading, and reading with your children. Bonding over a book is a great experience.

Here are some of Carleton's favorite books:

Kennedy Reed likes the Cat in the Hat because it is "weird and funny"

Xavier Yousif likes the The Testing because he is "reading it now and likes science fiction"

Aaron Wilson likes the Hatchet because it is "a survivalist book, and action filled"
Arafat Muthanna likes Dragonball Z books because he "enjoys the battles"
Chauna Johnson likes Minecraft books because "they build stuff"
Mr. Kausch likes Mindset because "It sheds light on who I am as a learner and leader"

What is your favorite book?

General Announcements

All parents are invited to attend a short meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 6pm at the Administration Building. We will have information regarding our Zero-Tax-Rate-Increase operating millage renewal. A few important points about our renewal are listed below:

-It contributes directly to our operating budget and assists in maintaining high-quality education programs for students.

-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

Events for Your Calendar

March 21 - Millage Meeting at the Administration Building - 6pm

March 22 - Writing Celebration at Warren Mott High School (Annex) - 6:30pm

March 23 - All Area Band Concert at Sterling Heights High School PAC - 7pm

March 25 - Girls Basketball Tournament at Warren Mott High School -9am

March 28 - Incoming 6th Grade Orientation - 6pm

March 28 - Title I Meeting in Media Center - 7pm

March 31 - End of 3rd Quarter -Half Day (11am Dismissal)

April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 10 - Classes Resume

April 10 - Booster Club Meeting - 6pm in the Media Center