Monday, December 19, 2016

Code Red Lockdown Drill

Today, our school community participated in a Code Red Lockdown Drill. I am pleased to have the opportunity to practice policies and procedures that have been put into place to best protect our school family. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (919) 881-1365. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, December 11, 2016 (Happy Week 16!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, December 12 - Friday, December 16. 

Our leadership focus this week is Habit 3: Put first things first. This is the habit of integrity and execution, and within our community we will address the action step of planning weekly, and acting daily. 

Our Positivity Project focus this week is Self-Control. We all have the ability to control our emotions and our behaviors, and thinking before acting is an important life skill for all school community members to practice. As a friendly reminder, please help us to gather data about the impact that the Positivity Project is having at our school by taking a short survey at If you have not yet participated in the VIA character strengths survey, please do so by visiting

Please join us tomorrow afternoon as we cheer on Carroll's basketball teams, who will both take on Daniels Middle School at home, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Please note that students who attend after school events without a parent present are expected to be picked up immediately at the conclusion of the event. For basketball games, please ensure that your child has a ride on campus by 6:40 p.m. 

Tuesday evening, our strings student leaders will perform their holiday concert beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. It is sure to be a festive evening. 

I'm looking forward to an awesome week at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School! Have a great night. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Updates & Reminders: Happy Week 15!

It's Spirit Week:
Marvel Monday (Be a super hero!)
Twin Tuesday (Find a buddy and dress alike!)
Working Wednesday (Dress for your future profession!)
Go, Gougars! Thursday (Wear Carroll gear!)
Flashback Friday (Choose a decade and rock it!)

Dance Friday!
Who: All Carroll Leaders
When: Friday, 12/9 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Where: Carroll's Gymnasium

Sunday, November 27, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, November 27, 2016 (Happy Week 14!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! I hope that all of our families enjoyed a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2. 

It's Humility Week! The Carroll community will be recognizing and strengthening modesty in ourselves and in each other. 

Carroll will host all WCPSS magnet middle schools on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. as potential magnet families in Wake County explore their middle school options. Please be sure to share all of the exciting things happening in your child's classrooms with friends and families of rising 6th graders.  

Carroll's fall theatre production, And Then They Came for Me, is not something to be missed. Please join us this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and prepare to be impressed. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. each night. 

This Friday is an Early Release Day for all students. Please prepare for an 11:45 a.m. dismissal. 

3 1/2 weeks until holiday break, Carroll Leaders. Let's make them count. 

Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Restart Opportunity

I am writing to inform you of a possible opportunity for our school beginning in the 2017-18 school year – one that I believe will benefit our students greatly.

Last night, the Wake County Public School System Board of Education voted to take an initial step regarding more flexibility in how we operate by submitting an application to the state Board of Education.

If our application is approved by the state Board of Education, our school will be given the remainder of this school year to plan for implementation to begin in the 2017-18 school year.

This shows great promise for improving how our students learn. While our areas of flexibility are focused on funding and scheduling options, we are not required to make any significant changes.

Your input is invaluable as we begin to plan for next school year. We will soon be reaching out to you with opportunities to have a voice in this process. In fact, upon learning about the Board of Education’s intended vote, Carroll’s Principal Advisory Council started to dig into this work yesterday afternoon.

This outreach might include a survey, and it will certainly include informational sessions for you to attend, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

We are excited about the possibilities for exercising flexibility in how we operate our school and how we serve you and your child. We will be contacting you once state approval is granted to let you know how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Letter to My 1003 Middle School Children

Your hopes and dreams matter to me. You are important, and you bring genius to our school. My goal is learn about, from, and with you in order to best serve and support you. Yes, my work is all about you. If your goal is to become a chemical engineer, my goal is to offer you learning opportunities that will deepen your knowledge in converting raw materials into a variety of products. If your goal is to become a professional athlete, my goal is to provide you with the training opportunities that will prepare you with the physical stamina to compete against the strongest of opponents. Web designer? Fantastic. I want you to be using hypertext and hypermedia in class, so that you are ready to begin designing right now. Regardless of where you are headed in this world, my job is make what you do each and every day at school relevant to you and your future.

Also, while we’re working on your #professionalgoals, I want you to have some fun. This is middle school, and technically, you’re still a kid. Let’s go places. Let’s find out what other people in the world are doing. You need to be exploring and investigating. Your challenges are my challenges. Are you ready for some off campus learning? Do you want a professional business partner? Are you interested in making decisions alongside your teachers? Yes? Great. I can arrange for all of that to happen, but I need your help.

In order to personalize your learning experience and maximize our success in working together, you’ll have to make two really important commitments that are deeply rooted in our work around leadership and character. Easy, right?

1. Work hard. I’m not expecting you to be the best at everything you do, and I certainly don’t expect you to know all of life’s answers with just 11, 12, 13, or 14 years under your belt. However, I am asking you to focus on doing your personal best. You need to try really hard, even when the work is super challenging. I believe in you. You can do anything you set your mind to doing. Really. It’s true.

2. Be kind. #Otherpeoplematter. It’s not cool to disrespect others. Making somebody else feel bad doesn’t make you smarter, funnier, or better, and being mean does not translate into wealth, power, or success. Adulthood is right around the corner, and you never know who will be your next door neighbor, your potential boss, your loan officer, or your spouse. That kid who you think is uncool now, just may be the next Nick D’Aloisio. Google him. Seriously.

Character trumps intelligence, but together, they create the human jackpot. Do yourself - and everybody else a solid, focus on both.

We have Genius Day coming up soon --- a day filled with choice, freedom, and opportunity. Your own individual learner profile will drive your schedule. Imagine if every day you could lead your own learning, and select opportunities to grow that were specifically designed and personalized for you. This could become the new normal at Carroll, and it requires your leadership.

I encourage you to set ambitious Wildly Important Goals this year and always. Shoot for the stars. Take risks, own your words and actions, and move mountains.

Opportunities and privileges are about choices --- choices that you make every week, every day, every hour, and every minute at school, at home, and beyond.

Our future is in your hands. Make your choices wisely.

You matter.

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, November 13, 2016 (Happy Week 12!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders. This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, November 14 - Friday, November 18. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our entire school community for making our wonderful PTA's No Fuss Fundraiser a huge success. We met our $10,000 goal, and our students and staff have earned a Genius Day! 

It's College and Career Readiness Week! Don't forget to wear some college gear on Wednesday, Leaders. It's also School Psychologist Week. We are so incredibly lucky to have Dr. Mary Whitehouse on our team. Happy School Psychologist Week, Dr. Whitehouse!'s Gratitude Week! I cannot wait to find out what makes all of the members of the Carroll family feel grateful. To get into the spirit, check out what makes Kid President thankful (<-- Watch! : ) by visiting the Carroll Leadership Chronicle.

On Thursday, (I incorrectly communicated Tuesday, initially) don't worry about putting dinner together for your family. Instead, head over to the Panera Bread, located at 4421 Six Forks, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for a Carroll Dine-Out Fundraiser. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

It's going to be another awesome week at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Have a great night!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Q1 Principal's Letter

Please take a moment and have a look at what's happening at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. 

Q1 Principal's Letter

Please continue to contact me directly with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. Community matters. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, October 30, 2016 (Happy Week 10!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4. 

Great news! An incredibly generous family offered to match up to $1000 in donations last week, and we did it! $2000 for Carroll students in just one week! This week, another magnanimous family offered to do the same. If we do it, we will have raised our goal of $10,000, and as a bonus, our students and staff will enjoy a Genius Day. 

School is in session tomorrow for all students and staff as a make-up day for our inclement weather day on Monday, October 10. While we wish all school community members a very happy Halloween, school policy prohibits "disruptive" clothing, including head coverings, hats, masks, and hoods. Students should not wear face paint or costumes to school. 

November 9, the Carroll family will host our first Leadership Showcase of the 2016-2017 school year! Please join us from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. as our dreamers, learners, leaders, and innovators showcase the exciting learning experiences that have captivated our students throughout first quarter. Don't worry about dinner --- our PTA will be selling pizza in the cafeteria. You will not want to miss this opportunity to see the incredible things that are happening at our great school. 

Let's make it a fantastic week, Carroll Leaders! Have a great night. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, October 23, 2016 (Happy Week 9!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders. This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Shara Wolkomir, Carroll's 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Wolkomir is an incredibly dedicated and gifted teacher who is committed to doing right by our kids. She is always going above and beyond to ensure that all of our students' needs are met appropriately. She is a tremendous asset to the Carroll family. 

It's already the last week of the first quarter of the school year. It's also Red Ribbon WeekSpooktacular Bookfair Week, and Creativity Week at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. We are busy dreamers, learners, leaders, and innovators!

The 2016-2017 No Fuss Fundraiser deadline has been extended until this Friday, October 28. This is a very important event for our school because 100% of the money raised stays at Carroll to support our students this year. Our PTA has set an ambitious goal of $10,000, and we need your help in order to reach it. Donations can be made online by visiting our school website and selecting the PTA link under the Parents tab or directly at If we reach our goal, the Carroll team will facilitate a 'Genius Day' at Carroll, allowing students to create their own schedules from a list of super exciting course offerings. 

As a friendly reminder, Carroll PE uniforms are a required supply. For families who have ordered a uniform, please encourage your child to see Coach Fish to pick it up this week, including all students who will not have PE until 2nd semester. If you have yet to order, please do so as soon as possible.

I'm looking forward to another incredible week at Carroll! Have a great night!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, October 16, 2016 (Happy Week 8!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, October 17 - Friday, October 21. 

It's hard to believe that it's already week 8! With only 2 weeks remaining in quarter 1, leadership expectations are in full swing. Curiosity, open-mindedness, kindness, fairness, and perspective have laid the ground work for students to focus on being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand, synergizing, and sharpening the saw. We are strong believers in the power of community at Carroll. Thank you for reinforcing these concepts with your children at home, so that together, we can strengthen our students' opportunities to 'discover their stories' happily, healthfully, and productively. 

Communication is a priority at Carroll. If you are having difficulty following your child's academic experience, please contact his/her teachers for individual and team methods of communication. Our school website is a great launching point for contact information and classroom websites. 

A Business Alliance meeting will be held this Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Carroll's learning commons. We are always looking to establish and deepen relationships within our community in order to strengthen real-world learning opportunities for our students. If you are interested in joining the Business Alliance, please contact Ms. Tanya Guinn, our Career Development Coordinator. 

On Tuesday night, grab breakfast after dark at Biscuitville on Wake Forest Road and Carroll will receive 20% of the proceeds. It's a win-win! See you there between 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

There are so many great things happening at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Stay current by visiting our master calendar, located on our website. 

We have an awesome week ahead of us! Have a great night. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (Happy Mid-Week 7!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with some mid-week updates and reminders. 

It's Perspective Week at Carroll, and our students are working to recognize the world from many points of view. The ability to appreciate that people see things in different ways is an important strength, and we are excited to start recognizing perspective in ourselves and in each other. 

Our wonderful PTA's No Fuss Fundraiser is coming to a close and we need your support. If your family hasn't already contributed, the time to act is now. Every dollar counts. Plus --- the team of students with the most donations will win a dessert celebration. Please consider participating in this great opportunity to positively impact your child's learning experience at Carroll. 

This Saturday, October 15, please join us for our 3rd Annual Sami 5K Run/Walk event. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. at Carroll, and if you still need to register, no worries --- you can register the day of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m. A special thanks to Mr. Snarey who coordinates this event each year. My family and I can't wait to participate in this very special race. #OtherPeopleMatter at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. 

Have a great night!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, October 2, 2016 (Happy Week 6!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 7. 

It's hard to believe that week 6 is already upon us. Interims will go home with students on Tuesday. 

October 14 is right around the corner, Leaders. Please don't forget to participate in our amazing PTA's No Fuss Fundraiser. 

Did you know that Carroll made the most proficiency growth out of any Wake County middle school during the 2015-2016 school year, and that as compared with all of the schools in the WCPSS, Carroll’s proficiency growth was more significant than 167 of all 171 schools? Yes, only 3 schools in the entire district improved student achievement more significantly than Carroll --- but we are a school on the move, and we aspire to become better every single day.

In addition to cultivating an engaging, fun, real-world, and safe learning environment for students, we want to grow them --- all 1003 of them. We are also working toward 80% proficiency, while closing the opportunity gap at our school.

Our Positivity Project focus this week is Fairness. Fairness enables us to see the value in all people, and it helps us to approach situations with an unbiased mindset, allowing us to treat all people with respect. 

Our Girls' Soccer and Volleyball teams are home this week, taking on Ligon at 4:00 p.m. this Wednesday. Football, also competing against Ligon, will be away on Thursday for their game beginning at 4:00 p.m. as well. 

Have an awesome evening! I'm looking forward to a fantastic week ahead at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, September 25, 2016 (Happy Week 5!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders. Happy Kindness Week! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30. 

Come support our girls' volleyball and soccer teams this Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. as they take on Carnage at home. Our football team will compete against Carnage away on Thursday, September 29. 

Friday, September 30 is an Early Release Day for all WCPSS students. Carroll will dismiss at 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be served. 

I'm looking forward to another amazing week at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Have a great night!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A School on the Move

It's a Friday afternoon at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School; day 19 of the 2016-2017 school year. Our dreamers, learners, leaders, and innovators have settled in nicely, and the continuous, yet ever-changing rhythm of learning and teaching has set a positive and forward thinking tone at our school. I'm scurrying around the building, excited and rejuvenated after a Thursday filled with camaraderie and new learning among all of Wake County's principals. 

I am thinking about an approaching meeting that some of the 8th grade students at Carroll have requested. Per the videos they have created as part of their request for this meeting, they are in need of "more rights and freedom to enhance student leadership at our school." I smile, reflecting on the image of the waving American flag that they selected for the opening message in their first video. They are developing critical life skills. They are learning to advocate for themselves appropriately and respectfully. Feeling proud, I check my iPad for the time. I have 40 minutes. 

Standing just outside of Student Services, I take a moment to admire our beautiful display cases - Dream, Learn, Lead, Innovate. My eyes meet our School Improvement goal. It's ambitious, but we're going to achieve it. 

By July 2018, 100% of Carroll students will meet or exceed expected growth outcomes in Math, ELA, and Science as measured by state and local assessments, in order to achieve 80% overall proficiency, with no subgroups performing below 50% proficient.

This past school year, we made more proficiency growth than any other Wake County middle school, and among all 171 buildings in our school system, only 3 buildings outperformed us in this area. We believe in our kids, and in their ability to achieve anything they set their minds to doing. We believe in Wake County's Strategic Plan. We believe that every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning each and every day. 

Heading down the main hallway, I glance through the window of the first door that I pass. I have to stop. Open-Mindedness is displayed on the classroom's monitor. Social-Emotional learning is a priority at Carroll, and we are privileged to have recently partnered with the Positivity Project. We are spending time each day facilitating dialogue around each of the 24 character strengths found in all people. Students have begun to recognize strengths in themselves, and as a result, they are becoming attuned to recognizing strengths in others. Powerful stuff. 

Continuing down the hallway, I pass a smiling Mr. Highsmith. I snap a photo, and he begins to laugh nervously. This is probably the 10th time that I have seen him today. Each time, today and every other day, he is happy and focused. He gets it. He is committed to doing right by kids. He sees them. He cares, and it shows. 

I keep moving. I visit 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade classrooms. I visit electives and core classes. Without fail, I am in awe of what is happening at Carroll. #LearnerAgency

Students are thinking deeply and critically about their learning. They are exploring, communicating effectively and respectfully, creating, collaborating, and innovating. Some students are sitting at tables, and others are standing in circles. Some kids are using iPads and others are typing feverishly on laptops. Some kids are writing, and some kids are talking. They are reading, drawing, making connections, applying, and accessing. They are on the floor, they are in the hallways, and they are all engaged. They are learning. It is magic to my eyes, and I am amazed. 

My 40 minutes were well spent. I am energized and prepared for my meeting. I will seek first to understand, and with 4 weeks of awesome at Carroll in the books, I think that our 8th graders make some great points. Let freedom reign. Our kids deserve it. 

If you are already a member of the Carroll family, and you would like to take a more active role in what is happening at our great school, please let us know here. Community is everything. If you have yet to become a Carroll family member, the time is now. We are changing the world, 1002 kids at a time. 

Week 1 at Carroll

Week 2 at Carroll

Week 3 at Carroll

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dinner on the Lawn & Open House - Updated 9/22/16

We have a very busy schedule for Thursday's Dinner on the Lawn & Open House event at Carroll. 

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Season Opener Football Game - Go, Cougars!
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Parent iPad Session in the Learning Commons for any families who have yet to attend - Please enter from the bus loop. 
5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Dinner on the Lawn - Informational tables will be set up on the landing leading to the cafeteria entrance. Bathrooms will be accessible through those doors, and parents are encouraged to complete their volunteer clearance application and character strengths survey in the hallways leading to 7th grade and the main office
6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. General PTA Meeting - Please gather on the landing leading to the cafeteria
6:20 p.m. Classrooms Open - Please report to 1st period. 
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Open House - Please be prepared with your child's M, T, F (A) schedule. If you forget it, please stop by Student Services for a copy. Families will rotate through their child's 8 period schedule. Student ambassadors will be stationed throughout the school to assist families in finding their way. Teachers will present on a strict 5 minute schedule. Please use the post-it notes and the 'parking lot' (designated place for questions) in each classroom to 'park' (post) your questions - and please don't forget to include your name and email address. You will receive a response from your child's teacher by Monday, September 26. Please follow the below schedule to ensure that you are able to meet all of your child's teachers. 

6:30 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. 1st Period
6:37 p.m. - 6:42 p.m. 2nd Period
6:44 p.m. - 6:49 p.m. 3rd Period
6:51 p.m. - 6:56 p.m. 4th Period
6:58 p.m. - 7:03 p.m. 5th Period
7:05 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. 6th Period
7:12 p.m. - 7:17 p.m. 7th Period
7:19 p.m. - 7:24 p.m. 8th Period

Sunday, September 18, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, September 18, 2016 (Happy Week 4!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23.

It's Open-Mindedness Week! Student leaders will be talking about considering new things and ideas from various perspectives without jumping to conclusions.

Wednesday, September 21, Carroll's volleyball and girls' soccer teams will take on the Martin Mustangs at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, join us on our home field as we support our football team in their first game of the season against another Martin Mustangs match-up at 4:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Mr. Lanier will host another Parent iPad Session for any families who have yet attend one of these required, very important informational sessions. From 5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. our wonderful PTA will host Dinner on the Lawn, followed by a General PTA meeting from 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. Open House will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Please be prepared with your child's daily schedule, as parents/guardians will walk their child's schedule during this time.

If you missed Carroll's club information last week, please visit the Carroll Leadership Chronicle or our website. Community matters. Encourage your child to get involved and make a difference at our great school.

There are so many amazing things happening in our classrooms each and every day. I'm looking forward to another incredible, fun-filled week of learning and teaching at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School.

Have a great night!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How do I access Powerschool (Home Base)?

How do parents get started? 

Step 1. Complete the access request forms.
Hand deliver the completed access request form to Carroll's Student Services. Notarized forms can be mailed. Download the notary public form or the photo ID form. 
Step 2. Wait for your access letter and instructions.
Once your we have verified your forms, we will provide you with a welcome letter with a link to a Quick Guide Elementary School (English) / Elementary School (Español) | Secondary School (English) Secondary School (Español).  
Step 3. Create a Parent Portal account.
Use the information you received in your letter to create your Parent Portal account. For help creating an account, download directions (links below). When you are ready, you can create an account here:
Step 4. Link your students to your account.
Once you’ve created your Parent Portal account, use the access ID and password provided on the letter from the school to view your child’s data. Does your access ID and password still not work? Make sure you’ve created your Parent Portal account first. Still having issues? Download and read the directions.
Step 5. Need Help? Please review the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I can’t remember my username and password?
A: Click 'Having trouble signing in' on the login page. You will be asked to enter your username to reset your password. You will need to enter your e-mail address if you have forgotten both your username and your password. Information will be sent to your e-mail address.
Q: What is the web page for the parent portal?
Go to
Q: Where does my child log in for the student portal?A:The student portal for grades 6-12 may be found at:
Q: How do I add my student to my Parent Portal Account?
Please download the Parent Portal User Guide. 
Q: Will my child still have access if I do not create an account?
Students will be provided information to access their data even if parents do not request access.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PBIS at Carroll

Interested in learning more about what PBIS looks like in your child's classroom at Carroll? Take a moment to read this informative letter from Ms. Treadwell and Ms. Bryant, our PBIS Chairs. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, September 11, 2016 (Happy Week 3!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 16. 

On Tuesday, September 13, Mr. Lanier will host a make-up iPad Parent Session from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. If you have not attended one of these very important sessions yet, and you would like for your child to be permitted to take his/her iPad home, please join us this Tuesday. 

Friday, September 16 is Picture Day at Carroll. We're looking forward to day filled with beautiful smiles. 

Thursday, September 22 is Carroll's annual Dinner on the Lawn and Open House from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. As a friendly reminder, all guaranteed dinner orders must be turned in by this Wednesday, September 14. Unfortunately, late orders will not be accepted. A limited number of dinners will be available on the 22nd for those who missed the deadline. Order forms can be downloaded and orders placed online by visiting our PTA's website at

We have another fun-filled week of exciting learning opportunities ahead at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Have a great night!

Character Strengths

Each of us has 24 character strengths? What are your top strengths? Find out here ---> Ask your child about his/her top strengths. At Carroll, we are dedicated to recognizing the strengths in ourselves and each other. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Important Parent Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete this 7-9 minute survey to help us learn about the impact that the Positivity Project is having on your child and our school community. This survey is the first of three surveys that Partner School students, parents, and educators will take during the 2016-17 school year. Please complete this survey by Friday, September 16. The remaining two surveys will take place in December and May.

Your responses are critical in helping us determine what’s working, what’s not, and how to best implement the Positivity Project at our school. I am consistently humbled and inspired by the great things happening at our school. Thank you for your continued support in helping our kids see the good in themselves and others.

The link for all survey takers is:

Monday, September 5, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Monday, September 5 (Happy Week 2!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders. Happy Labor Day! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Tuesday, September 6 - Friday, September 9. 

The Carroll team is dedicated to ensuring open lines of communication with all members of our school community. If you have not done so already, please visit our website or the Carroll Leadership Chronicle to subscribe to our email distribution list. We're currently 430 members short of our enrollment for 2016-17. Please don't miss out on important information regarding your child's middle school experience. 

As a friendly reminder, all students are required to have a Carroll PE Uniform. The order window has been reopened, but it will close again this Friday, September 9. Please be sure to visit our website or the Carroll Leadership Chronicle to order. 

An additional iPad Parent Session has been added on Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. If you were not able to attend one of the sessions held last week, please mark your calendar for this very important informational meeting. 

This Friday, September 9 is an early release day for all students, who will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served. 

I'm looking forward to an incredible Week 2 at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Have a fantastic night!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Relationships; Magical Moments in Learning

The week prior to our official start of school on August 29, the Carroll family spent a great deal of time learning about ourselves - our character strengths, the pillars of our personalities, and our foundational and perceived weaknesses. We focused on recognizing strengths in each other, and on building trust to enhance camaraderie, collaboration, and climate, and we made the decision to prioritize relationships; relationships with each other, relationships with our families, and relationships with our students. 

Our week 1 priorities with students, we decided, would include:
  • Our students feel safe. 
  • Our students feel that they are valuable members of our community. 
  • Our students trust us. 
  • Our students know that learning is about getting smarter --- not just looking smart
  • Our students recognize that personal reflection leads to growth.
  • Our students recognize Carroll's focus on LEAD, P2, & Digital Learning, and have a foundational understanding of the why? for each. 
On Tuesday, my September issue of Educational Leadership magazine arrived with Relationships First splashed across the cover. In the first article, entitled What to Do in WEEK ONE?, Rick Wormeli writes, "Although we can build positive relationships throughout the school year, the first weeks are crucial. They set the tone and conditions for the year ahead, creating a more effective learning environment for everyone. James Comer, a professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University, often declares, 'No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.' This connection is especially powerful for students who struggle."

So true. 

While Carroll made significant academic gains last school year, (Composite Student Proficiency +10 percentage points, Math 1 +27 points, Science +17 points, and Reading and Math +7 points each), officially removing us from the Department of Public Instruction's Low Performing Schools list, we know that we can do even better. 

Our students are smart and savvy, and they have the potential to achieve their most wildly ambitious goals. They're more than test scores, they're people, and in order to best serve and support them, we need to know what kind of impact they aspire to have in this world - today, tomorrow, and in the future. Relationships matter. 


As I have walked the halls this week, I have seen magical moments in learning --- learning that is deeper than content in isolation, the kind of learning that I believe will pave the way for a thousand lifetimes of learning. 

At Carroll we have smiling, engaged middle schoolers who are discovering their story - experiencing, firsthand, the power of their voice, gaining the skills to be successful in wherever their paths may lead them. 

It's simply incredible. Pure magic.


Dream Big.

You have a voice. 

Practice the 7 Habits. 




                  Choose happiness.

                                                                 Dare to be different.

           Aspire to become better.

Dream. Learn. Lead. Innovate.

      LEAD by example.

Use your power for good.

Teamwork makes the dream work. 

How will you make the world 
better place today?