The Carleton Chronicle

A weekly update from your principal, Mr. Kausch.

Coke and a Compliment

One of the ways that Mr. Clark and I acknowledge the numerous ways our staff goes above and beyond is handing out a "Coke and a Compliment" at our PLC meetings or staff meetings. It struck us, after coming back from break and having a "near snow day" this week that our staff ROCKS! They have high expectations for our students but also for themselves as professionals.

Where normally one or two staff members earn a "Coke and a Compliment" at any given meeting we realized that we would need to make a trip to Costco to support our teachers this past week. We allowed our staff to grab a coke if:

They helped me with the various projects and deadlines set forth by the state and district.

They learned the name of a student they do not teach just for the purpose of saying hello.

They have come in early, given up lunch, or stayed late to help a student.

They spent personal money on their classroom, lessons, or students.

Their spouse knows all about the lesson, field trip, or activity they are planning because it is being worked on at home.

They have greeted their students in the hallway with a high five or fist pump and asked how they are doing.

They have taken longer giving feedback on a paper than a student took writing it, in hopes they would do better next time.

They have given redos, retakes, and/or graded late work in the interest of learning.

They have called home because they were concerned.

They have called home just to let a parent know how great their child is.

They have listened to a student's problems and been there to comfort them.

As you just read above, there are many things that our staff does to enhance the social, emotional, and academic growth of our students. Please thank them the next time you see them. They deserve it!

Clark's Corner

This week I had the opportunity to meet with the 5th graders at Black and Harwood elementary schools. It was exciting to see the smiling faces of so many of our future students. I want to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Tremmel and Mrs. Nedam for opening up their building and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to our future Colts and talk for a few minutes about middle school and the importance of reading. I look forward to visiting Willow Woods soon.

Have a great week past, present, and future Colts.

Ski Club

Students were greeted this week by Matt Orlando during lunch time, who is heading up our Ski and Snowboard Club for this year. There is an informational parent meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm in the Media Center to learn more about this opportunity. If you cannot attend the meeting, please stop by the Counseling Office for more information. I hope to see many of you on the slopes with discounted rates and some Carleton camaraderie.

Events for Your Calendar

January 16 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18 - Ski/Snowboard Club Parent Meeting, 6:30pm in the Media Center

January 20 - Half Day (Dismissal at 11am), End of 2nd Quarter

January 23 - Start of the 3rd Quarter

January 25 - Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Carleton Band