Carver Middle School Newsletter

January 10, 2021

Principal's Message

Carver Family,

As you are aware, this has been an extremely tough weekend for our Carver Cougar family. As you are aware we lost a beloved member of our community, Sophia Studer Friday evening. Sophia attended Carver MS the last two years as she thrived in sixth and seventh grades. She will be dearly missed by friends, family and the entire Carver MS community. Please continue to keep Sophia and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

If your student is having difficulty please complete the Cougar Care Form and a member of our counseling team will provide support.

Thank you and take care of yourselves and each other.

Anthony J. McLaurin, Sr., Ed.D.


G.W. Carver Middle School

Refer your student for Gifted Testing

Please complete the Gifted Referral Form to recommend students to be evaluated for gifted services. The referral deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.

Dr. Jones' Scheduling Updates for Future TDHS Knights

Course Offerings & Selections...

This is the time of year when students and their families, along with their teachers and counselors, begin making decisions about their courses for next year. On January 19, StudentVue will open and students will be allowed to make their selections regarding their classes for next school year.

Prior to selecting their courses, we want our students and families well-informed. For your reference, here is the timeline:

  • Registration Knight (12/9)
  • Information Sessions with Students regarding course selections (January or February)
  • High School counselors will conduct virtual scheduling meetings with the middle schools and students will select their courses for the 2021-2022 school year...
  • Carver Middle School...February 12th

I am extremely excited to release our Course Offering Sheet for 2021-2022!!! You will notice 5 tabs at the top. One for each grade level and a Career Cluster and Pathways tab. Please dig in and explore what we offer and align your child's future to their present!

MAP Testing Begins Wednesday, 1/13/2021!

Carver middle school students will test during our asynchronous days to prevent interruption of instruction.

All Carver students take: Math- Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

To ensure every student has time to test and log in properly start times will be staggered as follows:

(*Students will join their math teacher's normal google meet according to normal blocks and the corresponding times.)

1st Block- 7:45

2nd Block- 8:15

3rd Block- 8:45

4th Block- 9:15

All teachers will end testing at 12:00pm

Mrs. Gordon our CAR will continue testing students on those days from 12:30 pm -4pm. She will be available in a google meet use the code gordon1 for any questions or concerns


The application window has opened for rising 9th grade students to apply to CODE RVA! CODE RVA is a Regional High School which prepares students for careers in coding and computer science.

Students may apply at:

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Curbside Library Pickup

Please see the video below for information on our curbside library pick up! Both digital and paper copies of titles are available. Remember to encourage your Cougar to read and read frequently in 2021!

Yearbook Updates from Mrs. Boyd!

Follow us on our New Official Pages for upcoming news and highlights!

IG - @gwcarver.middle

Twitter - @gwcarvermiddle

Carver Kindness!

Tis’ always the season to be JOLLY! This year has been exceptionally different for each and every one of us. Let’s end this year strong and make an extra effort to build our community and promote KINDNESS! Please take photos or send a written blurb to Michelle Boyd of our Carver students showing KINDNESS for an opportunity to be featured in our 20/21 Cougar Yearbook. Please be sure to include your student’s name and grade!

If you are posting on your own social media please tags us and use the following hashtags:

IG - @gwcarver.middle

Twitter - @gwcarvermiddle





Key Dates

  • Jan. 13- 20, 27- MAP Testing

  • Jan. 13- Math MAP Test

  • Jan. 18- Martin Luther King Day- No School
  • Jan. 20- Reading MAP Test
  • Jan. 27- Language Usage MAP Test
  • Jan. 29- Last Day of the Semester. Three hour early release.

New Pledge of Allegiance ZOOM Link!

Please be sure to share the new Zoom link below with your Cougar to join us for the Pledge of Allegiance live link daily at 7:35 am!

Virtual/Hybrid Bell Schedule Beginning Second Nine Weeks

Beginning November 30, 2020

HYBRID NO PAWS TIME Bell Schedule Warning Bell 7:30 a.m.


1st: 7:35 a.m.-9:01 a.m.

2nd: 9:05 a.m.-10:29 a.m.

Lunch: 10:32-11:02

3rd: 11:06 a.m.-12:32 p.m.

4th: 12:36 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Join the Carver MS Anime Club!

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Share the Love with the Carver Staff!

Please see the flyer below to share videos and show appreciation for your favorite teacher and the Carver MS staff!

Carver Attendance Line

If you are aware that your student will be absent from class please call our attendance line directly at: (804) 524-3627.

Carver MS School Counseling Assignments 2020-2021

Welcome to Mrs. Cathy Whitaker our new School Counseling Coordinator! Please see below for your Counselor's contact information. Sixth grade students are assigned counselors based on last name. Please complete the Carver Schedule Request Form if your child's schedule needs to be adjusted and the appropriate counselor will contact you ASAP.

Thank you!

Grade 6

Mrs. Redding A -

Mrs. Whitaker L -

Grade 7

Mr. Cunningham-

Grade 8


Canvas Support Videos

Thanks to Mrs. Smith for hosting Canvas Support Sessions last week! Please see the videos below if you could not make it to the session.

Carver Canvas Support-Video 1

Carver Canvas Support-Video 2

Carver Canvas Support-Video 3

Support and Self- Care During COVID-19

COVID-19 Support from the Viriginia Department of health:

Please take a look at the COVID-19 Resources link. As we are all dealing with difficult times children and adults both may benefit from ideas and resources to help us to cope positively with our present reality.

Message from our School Nurse Mrs. Geisz

Carver MS School Nurse Video

Here are a few reminders from the school clinic, even though we are starting school virtual all of the following are still required for this school year:

1. Proof of immunization: For a complete list of all required immunizations please see the Virginia Department of health link There are 2 Middle School specific requirements. Note :Effective July 1, 2019, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 7th grade. Also note: Effective October 1, 2008, a complete series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine is required. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 6th grade, however with HPV, after reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.

2. Immunization records can be faxed to 804.520.0189 to the School Nurse.

3. Update Individual Health service plan: If your child lives with any of the following:

    1. Asthma
    2. Life-threatening allergies
    3. Diabetes
    4. Seizures
    5. Or any other health concern that requires medication or specific health related procedures while in school please make sure that we have an updated health service plan and/or medication administrations forms. Required forms can be found here

4. Please keep in mind due to COVID 19 the use of nebulizers will not be allowed this school year, so please make sure to discuss plans for treatment with your physician if your child has asthma.

I am looking forward to supporting your child to be safe, healthy and ready to learn at Carver Middle School! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at or call me at 804.524.3620 ext.143.

Carver PTA!

The Carver PTA needs you!

Use the PTA website at: to sign up.

1. Log in or create an account.

2. On the "Join School" pop up screen enter code: 9XKCHR.

3. Sign up to assist with events, purchase spirit wear, raise funds and assist the PTA in supporting our students!