Thursday, March 24, 2016

4th Quarter Message

Dear Carroll Families,

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, the Carroll team has been highly engaged in the implementation of the Wake County Public School System’s Strategic Plan. In direct alignment with this plan, Vision 2020, our priority focus continues to be supporting an annual graduation rate of 95% by the year 2020.

We believe that every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning each day. We expect every student to learn, grow, and succeed while we eliminate the ability to predict achievement based on socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. All student leaders at Carroll must and will be held to leadership excellence.

After careful review of district-wide data, with the start of Quarter 4, our team will be strengthening expectations for all school community members, both academically and behaviorally. We will review, clarify, and uphold school-wide leadership expectations, offer increased opportunities for parent involvement, and host families for celebratory and informational events.

Within the framework of existing 6th and 7th grade teams, we will increase opportunities for effective collaboration, co-teaching, and inclusion among instructors, reduce cluster groupings of identified students to a maximum of 30% per class, and provide a 30:1 maximum student to teacher ratio in all core classes.

Through an acceleration model with built-in scaffolding structures, all 6th and 7th grade students will be exposed to high level content, including all Math Plus standards. Our high-impact instructional framework will use acceleration to immediately get all students moving in the right direction, make standards and learning goals explicit to students, tackle student motivation, build students’ self-efficacy so that they become active, academically sound participants in class, encourage students to persevere, rather than give up, address the problem of skills gaps within the context of new learning, and improve students’ vocabulary. Strategically designed instructional support systems will provide personalized learning opportunities for all students, and will not impede the rigor, scope, and sequence of existing Math Plus courses.

At Carroll, we are committed to becoming the top performing middle school in Wake County --- and beyond! Together, we will achieve greatness. As a friendly reminder, please let your voice be heard by participating in our Family Feedback survey, which can be found on our website at We’re looking forward to hosting you on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. for our second Carroll Round Table Vision event.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, and/or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, March 21 - Thursday, March 24. In observance of the Good Friday holiday, school will be closed on Friday, March 25. 

It's hard to believe that Thursday, March 24 marks the end of 3rd quarter for the 2015-2016 school year. Please be on the look-out this week for my Principal's Report, which will include important information about some of the great things that are happening at Carroll starting 4th quarter. 

As always, this information will also be posted to the Cougar Chronicle, located at

Please mark your calendars for the last two weeks of school, Thursday, May 26 - Thursday, June 9th. All end-of-grade and end-of-course testing will occur during these very important weeks. It is essential that all students are on campus every day during this time. Please note that this includes Friday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 31, the two days surrounding this year's Memorial Day holiday. 

Attention Rising Freshmen Families: Ms. Guinn will be hosting high school registration informational sessions tomorrow, Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in our media center. 

Please join us at Carroll in support of our athletics programs on Tuesday, March 22, when our Track & Field team takes on Dillard at 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, March 23, as our boys' soccer team competes against Carnage, also at 4:00 p.m. Go, Cougars!

As a friendly reminder, students who are picked up in carpool each afternoon are required to remain on campus until their ride arrives. In order to provide appropriate supervision, after 2:45 p.m. we require students to be checked out of our student services office. 

I'm looking forward to another epic week filled with meaningful learning and teaching at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. 

Have a great night!

Carroll's Leadership Matrix

Are you aware that Carroll's Positive Behavior Intervention & Support team recently implemented Carroll's Leadership Matrix? Leadership is a critical component to our work at Carroll, where we believe in every student's potential to reach their wildest dreams. Please review this matrix with your student leader and help us to strengthen shared understanding of our school-wide leadership expectations. 

Attention 8th Grade Families

From Ms. Guinn, our 8th Grade Counselor:

Mrs. Guinn is visiting all first period classes to do a lesson on High School Registration. She is working with students 4th period who would like help registering online at school. Sanderson wants students to register on paper and online, parents must sign the gold form that is coming home, students will return to their first period Teacher.  

Students must have access to Power Schools through the student or parent portal, their user name is their Id or Lunch number. If they do not know their password, or their parent's password, they must have it reset in Student Services. There will be two Parent Info Sessions this Monday, March 21st. One at 1 p.m. and one at 6 p.m., both in the Media Center. If your student will be registering for high school at home, and has not had the lesson 1st period, you may pick up the Registration packet for your teen during one of the Parent Info sessions on Monday. If he/she registers at home, please print out a copy and send it in with the gold paper Registration form. The Teacher Recommendation letters will be given out to parents as well.  If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Guinn, your 8th grade Counselor at 919-881-1377 or email her at

The next & last Sanderson Tour is April 15 at 2:30 p.m., not done by Carroll, but by Sanderson Staff & Students.

Dress Code

Appropriate dress is necessary in order to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and safety. In order to support this, the Board of Education adopted the following dress code to be implemented at all Wake County schools. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing, which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene is prohibited.

Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • All pants must be worn around the waist. Sagging pants and exposed undergarments are not acceptable. Leggings are not pants, and may only be worn as tights and/or stockings.
  • T-shirts and other articles of clothing must not contain messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent, or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors.
  • Hats and hoods of any kind may not be worn in the building.
  • Short shorts, as determined by the longest finger of the student when his/her hands are at his/her sides, bare midriff shirts, strapless shirts, spaghetti strap shirts, see-through clothing, tight garments, and other distracting clothing are not acceptable.
  • Any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon are not permitted.

If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health and safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the student should be given an opportunity to change by the teacher. If the student does not have an appropriate change of clothing, the student will be referred to Student Services to contact his/her parents. If a student repeatedly violates dress code, administration should be notified.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

It's Spirit Week! Let's have some fun by participating in: Mustache Monday, Crazy Hair Tuesday, Favorite Team Wednesday, Disney Day Thursday, and Hawaiian Friday. Help your homeroom win Carroll's Penny Challenge in support of our awesome Student Council. The class with the most pennies in each grade will celebrate with a delicious pizza lunch and ice cream dessert, sponsored by the Student Council. To conclude the week, join us on Friday from 2:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. for the Spring Dance. Students must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. 

Carroll's softball team is away at Carnage on Monday at 4:15 p.m., but our Cougars are back home at North Hills Park on Thursday to take on East Garner. Track and Field opens their season on Tuesday at Martin at 4:00 p.m., followed on Wednesday, again at Martin, by a 4:00 p.m. boys' soccer match. 

Congratulations to Carroll's student leaders who will be participating in Tuesday's Music Performance Adjudication, hosted by North Carolina's Bandmasters Association. Your Carroll family is very proud of your hard work. We believe in you!

We have an epic week ahead of us, Cougars! Have a great night. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

SchoolMessenger: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11. 

Tomorrow, Monday, March 7, please join us at 4:15 p.m. at North Hills Park to cheer on our softball team as they compete against North Garner Middle School's Trojans. 

Tuesday, March 8, all 7th and 8th grade student leaders at Carroll will be participating in the Cultural Arts event, Marc Spiegel's Einstein Alive. Thank you to our wonderful PTA for supporting the arts at our great school. 

Wednesday, March 9, our boys' soccer team takes on the Blue Jackets of Daniels Magnet Middle School at home, beginning at 4:00 p.m. 

As a friendly reminder, we invite all families to participate in our survey, which can be found on our website, as well as on the Cougar Chronicle. Your voice matters. The feedback that we receive will not only impact the site-based decision making at Carroll, but it will drive the agenda at our April 12 Carroll Round Table event. 

There are so many wonderful learning and teaching opportunities happening at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. As always, if you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 919-881-1365. 

Have a great night!