The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from Carleton Middle School

An Update from our School Improvement Team

Over the first few weeks of school our School Improvement Team decided upon our Building Goal in order to challenge ourselves as professionals but more importantly challenge our students in the effort to achieve more every day!

Here is the first component of our Building Goal: In order to help students develop understanding, staff will implement Classroom Instruction that Works (CITW) strategies minimally once per week. These strategies include number talks, language acquisition strategies, and accommodated instruction. This will work to improve students' reading scores across all subgroups, as measured by the 2017-2018 NWEA assessment.

There are many other components of school improvement, district improvement, and personal growth goals but I wanted to take a moment to share with you one of the areas we are focusing on regarding teaching and learning. Lastly, below are a few more highlights of who we are and what we stand for as a learning community.


The mission of Carleton Middle School is to value the individual and celebrate learning.


Carleton Middle School is a caring and confident community committed to excellence.

If we want to build a school with a collaborative culture, we must...

-Be committed to working with one another.

-Consistently communicate with one another in a professional manner.

-Presume positive intentions.

If we want to build a school with a culture of high expectations for students and staff, we must...

-Make our expectations clear.

-Consistently hold students and ourselves accountable to meet our expectations.

-Model appropriate behavior for students and for one another.

If we want to build a school which produces caring, confident and committed students, we must...

-Focus on student learning.

-Develop and maintain high quality relationships with our students and colleagues.

-Provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.

-Provide interventions for students who need extra help or an extra challenge.

-Maintain a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

If you have an interest in serving as a parent liaison for our School Improvement Team, please contact me at as we would like to involve all stakeholders.

Clark's Corner

On Thursday I spent some time walking around our halls, and classrooms. I am pleased to say there were very few students in the halls, and a lot of interesting and exciting things going on in our classrooms. I want to take a minute to share some of what I saw today so that when you ask your son or daughter what they did in school when they say "nothing". Today in class our teachers:

-Had students writing interviews based on research about monsters and other Halloween themed characters

-Discussed story structure

-Added negative integers

-Conducted an experiment identifying mineral properties in rocks

-Discussed author's organizing information in a sequence of events

-Did vocabulary builders

-Had an impromptu discussion on the effects of poaching on animal populations

-Spent time reading to our students

-Gave our students time to read

-Discussed the importance of trade in ancient civilizations

As a parent I am happy to know that our children have an opportunity to participate in these activities during a very busy week.

Book Fair & Yearbooks

Are you looking for a way to help out at school?

Mrs. Hardy is looking for help running the book fair November 13-20th.

This link has an easy sign up for the times that are needed.

Volunteers make a difference.

We need help to pull off our best Book Fair ever! Even an hour of your time would help. Sign up now!

Mrs. Hardy will be giving anyone who covers a shift a discount. Please sign up to help!

You can email Mrs. Hardy,, if you have any questions.

If you know of anyone else that would be interested, please spread the word!


This school year will live forever in the pages of the Carleton Yearbook. Help your child remember friends, classes, fun, and more by purchasing a yearbook for them today.

Type in into your web browser and search for Carleton. Please order early, as the price increases the longer that you wait.

Please contact Melissa Hardy at with any questions.

Don't miss out - buy a yearbook today!

Events for Your Calendar

November 6, 8 - 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts, 3-4:30pm - Must have physical on file

November 7 - No school for students

November 8 - Booster Club Meeting, 6pm - Media Center

November 9 - Report Cards go home

November 10 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal at 11am

November 15 - Dine to Donate - Leo's Coney Island (Van Dyke and 14 1/2 Mile Road)

November 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences 5-8pm

November 21 - Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30-3pm & 5-8pm