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. Our goal is to challenge ourselves as professionals but more importantly, challenge our students in the effort to achieve more every day!

Here is one of the components of our building goal for the 2018-2019 school year. Staff will implement Classroom Instructional that Works (CITW) strategies and learn and grow in the familiarity of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) common expectations to work to improve students' reading and math scores as measured by NWEA.

Both Classroom Instruction that Works (CITW) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are high leverage, research based strategies that are proven to increase student achievement and the overall culture for learning in schools. We are excited to continue to work on these strategies as a staff to benefit our learners.

Lastly, below are some collective commitments that we revisited at the start of the school year.


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.

Yearbook and Media Center Update

Don’t forget! These days it’s important you get the most value for every dollar you spend. When you buy your student a yearbook, you are buying a product that will be treasured today and for years to come. This invaluable keepsake of the 2018-19 yearbook is $30.00!

Buy online with a credit card, debit card or PayPal at:

Order now, so your student won’t miss out when the yearbook is distributed in June. A limited supply of yearbooks will be available and once they are gone, they are gone. Get your money’s worth while securing your child’s memories – buy a yearbook now!

Are you looking for a way to help out at school? Mrs. Hardy is looking for help running the book fair November 12-20th.

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

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!

Lee's Lingo

Bullying is an ongoing epidemic and an occasional issue that I deal with as an assistant principal. October was National Bullying Prevention Month. Carleton culminated the month by bringing in JET theatre to perform for our 7th and 8th graders. They performed the production “Shame” during 2nd hour on Halloween. It was a powerful play about the effects of both physical bullying and cyber bullying. The message was that words and actions might be “jokes” or cause students to say “I didn’t mean it” but could have lifelong impacts to everyone involved. Bullying prevention is not just a month-long novelty but a year-long journey. This play could be the start of discussions we need to have with our students both in the classroom and at home. I encourage you to talk to your child about this play or just the topic of bullying. When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Together we can stop this epidemic! Kindness is one of the most significant contributors to a positive school climate. Choose kind and REACH for your best Colts.

Events for Your Calendar

November 6 - PD Day - No School for Students

November 9 - PLC Friday - Half Day for Students, Dismissal at 11am

November 13 - Extra Credit Union here during all three lunches