Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-2018 Back-to-School Events

It's time to celebrate the new school year, Carroll Leaders! Join #TeamKidsFirst on Wednesday, August 23 any time between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to pick up your child's schedule, learn about what's ahead in 2017-18, and enjoy a food truck dinner. 

On Friday, August 25, the #WeAreCarroll team will welcome students and families for Leadership Orientations throughout the day. Students will meet in the gymnasium at their designated times, while parents/guardians will meet in the auditorium. So many great things are happening at our wonderful school, and #TeamKidsFirst is thrilled to share all of our exciting plans. 

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 6th Grade Students
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Special Education Regional Programs  
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 6th Grade Parents/Guardians
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 7th Grade Students
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 7th Grade Parents/Guardians
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8th Grade Students
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

Get involved in 2017-18! #YouMatter 

2017-2018 Supply List

Thursday, June 8, 2017

8th Grade Ceremony Reminder

We're looking forward to celebrating our 8th grade student leaders tomorrow, Friday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m. at Midtown Park. 
  • Invitation to Families
  • What should we expect?
    • Opening Band Performance
    • Principal's Awards 
    • Team MLK Character Awards (MLK Student Speaker)
    • Team MLK Student Statements (Future Goals/Proud Carroll Moment)
    • Chick-Fil-A Character Award
    • Chick-Fil-A Heart of a Champion Award 
    • Drama Performance (Skit/Song Medley)
    • Team Rockefeller Character Awards (Rockefeller Student Speaker)
    • Team Rockefeller Student Statements (Future Goals/Proud Carroll Moment)
    • Athletes of the Year 
    • Team Disney Character Awards (Disney Student Speaker)
    • Team Disney Student Statements (Future Goals/Proud Carroll Moment)
    • Spoken Word Performance
    • Closing
It is going to be a beautiful day!

Monday, May 29, 2017

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

As a friendly reminder, we are excited to celebrate our 8th grade student leaders with their families on Friday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. at Midtown Park. 

MacWilliams' Weekly Updates

As a friendly reminder, all students should be on campus by 7:20 a.m. throughout testing weeks. Special thanks to our wonderful cafeteria team for serving a free breakfast last Friday. Students who plan to eat breakfast through the remainder of the school year will be charged the typical fee. The due date for students to return their school issued iPads was Friday, May 19. If your child has yet to turn his/her in, please have him/her see Dr. Lanier as soon as possible.  
  • Tuesday, May 30  | 6th Grade Reading EOG, 7th Grade Math EOG, & 8th Grade Reading EOG
  • Wednesday, May 31 | 6th Grade Math EOG, 7th Grade SS NCFE, 8th Grade Science EOG (Online)
  • Thursday, June 1 | 6th Grade SS NCFE, 7th Grade Science (Online), 8th Grade Math I & II
  • Friday, June 2 | 6th/7th Grade Math Make-Ups, 7th Grade Math I, 8th Grade SS NCFE

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday, May 26 - Testing Schedule

Tomorrow, Friday, May 26, our student leaders will begin end-of- grade testing.
  • 6th Grade  | Science (Online)
  • 7th Grade | Reading
  • 8th Grade | Math 8
All students should be in the building by 7:20 a.m. to ensure adequate time for bathroom use. Students who will be eating a FREE breakfast in our cafeteria should arrive no later than 7:15 a.m. Electronics are not permitted. This includes cell phones, tablets, smart watches, Fit Bits, etc. Devices must be turned off and stored in lockers. Having an electronic device in class during testing is grounds for removal from the room and a possible misadministration.

Our kids are ready. We are incredibly proud of their hard work. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

End of Year Updates

With the end of the 2016-17 school year quickly approaching, Carroll Magnet Middle School is bustling with exciting events.  
  • Proctors Needed  | We are in desperate need of test proctors for Friday, May 26, Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31. Please contact Ms. Stanley at 919-881-1370 or if you are available to volunteer. 
  • Yearbooks | Yearbooks are $25 through Friday, May 26. Any yearbooks sold from Tuesday, May 30 - Friday, June 9 will be $30. Please have your child see Ms. Cooper ( for a copy. 
  • Testing Schedule | Please review our testing schedule. Students must arrive on campus by 7:25 a.m. (at the latest) on all testing days. The cafeteria will provide a FREE breakfast for students on Friday, May 26. Please ensure that your child sleeps and eats well during testing. 
  • Cell Phones | Per school policy students are required to store cell phones in thier lockers during the instructional day. During testing, no cell phones are permitted in the testing environment, including teacher cell phones.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Carroll (WCPSS) Communication Update

Dear Carroll Families,

Wake County Public School System is pleased to continue a service that enhances communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you. Starting May 22, we will expand that service to include text messaging and email.

The School Messenger Notification System will alert parents and staff on matters such as principal messages, school closings, early dismissals, attendance, special activities and school emergencies.

You will receive an opt-in message on the cell phone we have on record.  We hope you will take a few moments to follow the steps to "Opt-In" to text messages. Or, you can simply opt-in to receive text messages by texting YES to the number 67587 now. Note: If you have already opted in for another school, you will not receive the opt-in text message.

In addition to performing the opt-in process, you will want to ensure that we have your phone numbers and current e-mail addresses in our student information database. You can do that by visiting Student Services.

Lastly, the expanded service calls multiple phone numbers for all associated parents/guardians. You can choose how you would like to be contacted by using the new SchoolMessenger infoCenter website or infoCenter mobile app for Android and iOS. Review the Parents Guide to infoCenter ( for instructions on setting up your infoCenter account and setting your communications preferences.

For support, review the Parent FAQ ( or contact your school. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. More information can also be found at

Thank you,
Elizabeth MacWilliams

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Early Dismissal - May 17

Thank you to all of our families for your patience and support this morning. The Carroll family is looking forward to a regularly scheduled instructional day tomorrow, Thursday, May 18. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Spirit Week - 5/15 - 5/19

Music Monday 
Dress as your favorite musician. 
Back in Time Tuesday
Dress in your favorite decade.
Walt Disney Wednesday
Disney, all the way!
Team Thursday
Rock your favorite team's swag.
Funky Socks Friday + Carroll Swag
Wear your craziest socks and Carroll gear. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

iPad Collection

Carroll Magnet Middle School will collect student iPads on Friday, May 19, 2017. Your child(ren) should make sure to do the following before turning in their device:
  • Ensure that the device is charged
  • Upload any documents or projects to their Wake County Schools Google account (devices will be wiped over the summer to install new updates)
  • Remove any stickers or other residue from the case

If your child(ren) does not return his/her device, a fee of $350 will be assessed. (As a reminder, if you purchased iPad insurance ($38), this fee only covers accidental damages and not theft/loss.) Although anyone who has paid the insurance fee, this amount will be deducted from the $350 ($350 - $38 = $312).

If your child(ren) does not return his/her charger, a fee of $10 will be assessed.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Lanier in the Digital Learning Department at (919) 881-1370 ext. 23056.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

End-of-Grade/Course Testing Schedule

Fri., May 26
Tues., May 30
Wed., May 31
Thurs., June 1
Fri., June 2
Mon., June 5
Tues., June 6
6th Science (online)
6th Reading
6th Math
6th SS
Make Ups 
6th/7th Math
Make Ups

7th Reading
7th Math
7th SS
7th Science (online)
Math I (7th grade)

8th Math
8th Reading
8th Science (online)
Math I (8th Grade)
8th SS
Make Ups
8th Science
Make Ups
Math 8/Math 1

Math 2 (online)

CTE Testing
CTE Testing

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Busy Week, Carroll Leaders!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, Carroll Leaders! The #WeAreCarroll family is thrilled to welcome more than 100 WCPSS educators on Wednesday to showcase the Positivity Project. Many of our 8th grade student leaders are off to D.C. this Friday --- what an incredible opportunity!!! I am #CarrollProud!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Our Week Ahead

Another busy week ahead, Carroll Leaders! The Carroll family is proud to host Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools tomorrow to showcase our Leader in Me focus, followed by Knoxville Schools on Wednesday to share our Challenge Based Learning work. Please join us on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for an informational session for parents on social media. Stay current by visiting our master calendar

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Our Week Ahead

Looking to stay current with all of Carroll's exciting events? Visit our master calendar each week for updates about athletics, clubs, field trips, and more!  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sometimes, you just have to have some fun.

It was an unseasonably warm Wednesday in Raleigh, and the morning traffic moved swiftly and seamlessly along the beltline. With Six Forks Road just ahead, I transitioned into the far right lane. Admiring the pinks and yellows beginning to peak in the skyline in front of me, I considered my busy day ahead. Then, making the wide, righthand turn along the exit ramp, my head began to bounce, and I found myself singing. 

I got this feeling inside my bones
It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We're flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone

Music can generate immediate happiness, and Can't Stop the Feeling, by Justin Timberlake is just a 

As I parked among the sea of cars in our parking lot, I thought about the spontaneous fun that I was having as I jammed out in my vehicle. Sharpening the saw is important. Carroll needs a spontaneous dance party, I decided. 

Immediately upon entering the building, I broke the news to our teacher leaders. "Have your iPads ready to record at 9:15 a.m.," I announced, "and be ready to stand up and get down. Don't be shy."

When 9:15 a.m. came, this is what happened. 

Thank you, Mr. Snarey, for the video.

It's amazing the positive impact that 5 minutes of spontaneous fun can have on a middle school learning environment --- even for the kids who haven't found their groove --- yet

Sunday, February 26, 2017

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Field Trip

Attention 8th Grade Families: As a friendly reminder, there will be a D.C. informational meeting held on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the learning commons. In partnership with Carroll's teachers, Holbrook Tours will share important details about this exciting learning experience. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's Week 25, Carroll Leaders!

Happy Week 25, Carroll Leaders!

We are incredibly proud of our students who are achieving academic excellence at our great school. Families of students who earned A or A/B Honor Roll last quarter are invited to join us for grade level specific cake receptions throughout the day tomorrow, February 20. 6th grade students will be announced starting at 8:20 a.m., followed by 7th grade students at 10:00 a.m., and 8th grade students at 1:00 p.m.

Attention 8th grade families: As a friendly reminder, please join us tomorrow evening for Rising Freshmen Night from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Representatives from area high schools will be on campus, including Dr. Decker, principal at Sanderson High School. Please don't miss this important evening.

I'm looking forward to an amazing week ahead at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Week 24, Carroll Leaders!

Happy Week 24, Carroll Leaders! 

Great things are happening at #WeAreCarroll! Stay current by following @CMMSCougars and @MsMacWilliams on Twitter. 

Positivity Project: It's LOVE week...again! Our school community began learning about the character strength of love last week, and we discovered that love is more than just hearts and a significant other. Love is about relationships and being close to people. Please ask your child about what he/she has been discussing with his/her Lead Crew class. 

Honor Roll Cake Receptions: Please mark your calendars for Monday, February 20. We will be honoring academic excellence with a cake reception for each grade level. Students who have earned As and Bs Q2 will be announced as they arrive to the reception. A student leader will speak, and our digital storytelling team will share their latest story about academic excellence at Carroll. *If your child is an honor roll student, he/she will receive an invitation with specific information on Monday, February 13. 

Home Visits: I have lots more to go, Carroll!---and I can't wait!!! Before you know it, I may be knocking at your door. 

8th Grade is headed to Washington, D.C.! If you are the parent of an 8th grade student and you have any questions, please contact your child's core team. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Leadership Showcase

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Leadership Showcase
Please join us!
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Carroll’s dreamers, learners, leaders, and innovators will showcase the exciting learning experiences that have captivated our school community throughout our first semester. Don't worry about dinner --- pizza will be sold in the cafeteria. You will not want to miss this opportunity to see the incredible things that are happening at our great school.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Upcoming PTA Meeting & Parent Learning Session

Please join us for a PTA meeting on February 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the learning commons. We will be joined by a special guest speaker, Rebecca Wheeler from the Poe Center. She will be speaking on Youth Culture - Adolescent Brain Development and the Role of Social Media (and what parents need to know!).  Refreshments will be served, please RSVP here.

Busy Week for our Cougars!

Carroll's basketball teams will be away this week on Monday at East Garner, Wednesday at Dillard, and Thursday at Sanderson (North Garner). Please note that Thursday's games will be played at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Attention Rising Freshmen - Magnet Application

As a friendly reminder, all 8th grade magnet students who intend to attend a magnet high school must apply for a magnet seat in order to maintain their priority status with student assignment. The magnet application deadline is January 31. 

Q2 Report Cards

Please expect your child's Q2 report card on Friday, February 3. Report cards will be sent home with students. 

Leadership Showcase - Save the Date

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 8. The Carroll family will host our 2nd Leadership Showcase of the 2016-17 school year from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Details to follow. 

Genius Day

Genius Day was a tremendous success! The Carroll family looks forward to planning another exciting day filled with community voice and choice. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

SchoolMessenger: Monday, January 16, 2016 (Happy Week 20!)

Good evening, Carroll Leaders! I hope that you have enjoyed a relaxing and reflective Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This is Mrs. MacWilliams calling with your weekly updates and reminders for the school week of Tuesday, January 17 - Friday, January 20. 

Tomorrow afternoon, Carroll's basketball teams will compete away as they take on Ligon starting at 4:00 p.m. On Thursday, come join us in support of our Cougars at home as they compete against Daniels. 

This Friday is Genius Day at Carroll! This exciting occasion has afforded our creative and enthusiastic teachers the privilege of dreaming up a course beyond their typically assigned instructional responsibilities. Based on the results of our monthlong leadership challenge, our 7th graders had first dibs in the registration process this past Friday. Our 6th graders will register on Tuesday, followed by our 8th grade students on Wednesday. I cannot wait to enjoy what is sure to be a highly engaging learning experience with our school family!

Friday is also an early release day for all students. Dismissal will be held at 11:45 a.m. 

As a friendly reminder, we will makeup last weeks inclement weather days on Friday, January 27, Friday, February 20, and Friday, March 31. 

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Genius Day

Thanks to our awesome school community members who met our PTA's ambitious $10,000 fundraising goal this year, next Friday, January 20 will be Genius Day at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School. Whoooooohooooo! This exciting occasion has afforded our creative and enthusiastic teachers the privilege of dreaming up a course beyond their typically assigned instructional responsibilities. Our students are thrilled to have the voice and choice to select 3 new and exciting course offerings for a fun-filled day of learning. Based on the results of our monthlong leadership challenge, our 7th graders had first dibs in the registration process today. Our 6th graders will register on Tuesday, followed by our 8th grade students on Wednesday. I cannot wait to enjoy what is sure to be a highly engaging learning experience with our school family! 

Check out our Genius Day course offerings:

Session Title & Location
Session Description
Fun Fitness Activities
Cougar Leaders will have the opportunities to participate in Fitness stations. Stations will include exercises in cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.
Focus will be toward students who want to get their workout on!
Wilderness Survival
Room 1710
Teach students different basic methods of wilderness survival and survival preparedness.
Geometric Sculpture Construction
Room 1409
Using polygons, construct your own polyhedron. You are only limited by your imagination.
Sports Management
Room 1216
Do you enjoy sports? Do you want a career in sports other than being an athlete? A sports career is big business with lots of challenging and exciting opportunities with professional sports franchises. Whether it's marketing or operations, the business side of sports can be a very rewarding.
Parabolic Curve Art
Room 1408
One of the most basic and versatile configurations is the Parabolic Curve line design. The basic principle of this design is the creation of curved shapes from the intersection of straight lines.
Mindful Jars
Room 1411
Mini lesson on mindfulness and self awareness through the creation of glitter jars.
Brain Food
Room 2703
We will do a variety of word puzzles to get our brain going.
Learning to Play Role Playing Games
Room 1401
Students will learn to play and run a simple role playing game. This game will take students on adventures, let them play fun characters and learn to problem solve social simulations.
Custom Workout Plan
Room 1406
Students will identify a specific muscle group and create a custom workout plan for them to use.
LittleBits and M&Ms
Room 1415
Station 1: littleBits Electronics
Explore circuits through littleBits electronics by approaching 7 design challenges.
Station 2: M&M Statistics
Adventure through the scientific method of testing your hypothesis to determine which color M&M appears the most in a bag of M&Ms.
You choose. You ask. You just may receive.
Room 1707
Let's get some stuff for school...FOR REAL...Think outside the box. What do you want? Why?
Introduction to Barre Exercise
Room 1716
Would you like to learn how ballet, pilates and yoga inspired movements can give you an extremely efficient workout? Would you like to participate in a low impact exercise that will raise your heart rate, increase strength, and improve mind-body concentration? If so, please sign up for Introduction to Barre Exercise with Ms Edwards. All fitness levels can participate. No materials required, just wear comfy clothes. If you have a yoga or exercise mat, please bring it too!
Fossil Making
Room 1407
Students will create replica fossils using plaster and molds.  Students can paint the fossils when dry.
Theatre - Informed Improv Performance!
Create and perform a short scene using bits of script, improvisation and images!  Every scene will be unique as it is created, on site, by the students.  This  will be a zany, fun and high energy event!  =)
"Dead Fish" Story Beginnings
Room 1412
I hate Dead Fish Handshakes. It’s that thing when you offer a handshake and the other person returns a grip that is more like a lifeless fish flopping in your hand. But I hate “dead fish” beginnings even more. You know, when you’re bored to tears by the first few pages of a book? Not anymore. Bring a story to work on, or be ready to write a new one!
Room 2706
Have you ever seen those awesome signs or posters written in beautiful calligraphy? You can learn to write calligraphy, too! Take this class to create your very own handmade calligraphy poster with a special phrase or quote.
Yoga for Beginners
Room 1410
Mastering your mind and body can have significant positive effects on your life at home and at school. Come learn the basics of yoga and meditation so you can find that peaceful self-control. Also beneficial for building core strength in athletes. Wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat if you have one.
Train Like A Roman Gladiator
Room 2710
Students will view an introductory video of ancient Roman gladiators training and competing.  Challenge:  Train like a gladiator.  Students will work through a basic Camp Gladiator workout.
Great American Entrepreneurs
Room 1808
This class will discuss some of the most relevant entrepreneurs in American history and how they helped to shape the world and change history.
Building Apps
Room 1806
In this class you will have the opportunity to build your very own application and see what taking Computer Science 1 is all about!
How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse
Room 1414
This lesson asks students to think about the nature of fear and teaches them about the different types of zombies they may encounter. Students will also learn some basic survival skills, estimate spread of potential zombie causing agents in NC, and how to use geography and nature to increase their survival chances.
Creating MATH cartoons
Room 1702
This project will allow students to create a comic strip that demonstrates or explains a mathematical technique or concept.
Make a Rainbow in a glass!
Room 1701
Using our knowledge of density, we will make a beautiful rainbow in the lab!
Event Planning
Room 2025
Students will learn about logistics involved with planning an event and evaluating  cost/benefit analysis, using systems of equations.
Sports in American History
Room 1223
Students will connect the growth of sports in American culture and how many sports events, teams, and players have shaped our nation's history.
Operation Gratitude - Write a letter to a Soldier
Room 2705
Operation Gratitude is a Non-Profit who sends care packages to military service members overseas. They ask for teachers to have students write personal handwritten letters to include in the packages to show our gratitude for their service.
LED Circuits
Room 1416
Are you interested in circuits and electricity? Have you ever used a soldering gun before? No? That is okay you can learn today!  We will be making LED circuit and a battery tester that you can take home.
Interactive Logic Puzzles
Room 1215
Logic Problems come in a variety of forms, and have been fascinating mankind for countless centuries.  The three basic forms include classic logic problems, visual logic puzzles, and the newest and most difficult of the triad, lateral thinking.
Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology
Room 2709
Explore a brief history of forensic chemistry and toxicology and take part in hands-on fingerprinting and DNA extraction activities.
Assembly Line and Mass Production
Room 1614
Build a product to be sold using mass production that incorporates the assembly line. At the end of the period each student should be able to take home a finished product.
Real Care Babies
Room 1602
Have you ever spent extra time trying to figure out why a baby would not stop crying? How about those times when you had to feed the baby? Spend time today understanding basic child care.
Music Appreciation with Mr. Turner
Room 1717
Have your musical horizons expanded by exploring music in all of its many varieties! Find something new you might love!
Room 2704
Learn how to use critical thinking skills to play checkers.
Music Games
Room 1508
Students will play music games to heighten student's aural perceptions of the characteristic sounds produced by many familiar musical instruments.  Students will also play motivational games to sharpen and focus listening skills while recognizing and identifying the basic components of melody.
Introduction to Fiber Art
Room 1616
SPECIAL NOTE: If you choose this class, you must attend all day!
Learn the basics of working in Fiber Art! Students will experiment with basic techniques of hand stitching, embroidery, fabric dyeing, screen printing, and digital fabric design.  When the day is done, you will walk away with a unique fabric collage that you designed yourself!
Introduction to modern dance
Room 2707
Interested in expressing yourself through movement? Come for a basic introduction to modern dance. We will explore dance history, technique, flexibility and strength exercises, and share opportunities for continuing dance education in the Raleigh area.  
Plan Your Dream International Vacation
Room 1717
Come join us in planning your dream international vacation! Where will you go? How much will it cost? Do you need a passport? What immunizations will you need? Answer these questions and a whole lot more as you plan and prepare the vacation of your dreams!
Pep/Community Band
Room 1501
Play an instrument?!?  Let's come together and learn fun songs for the Carroll Community Band!
Owl Pellet Dissection Lab
Room 1220
Are you a fan of wildlife?  Would you like hands on experience with animal identification? If so, this is the lab experience for you!  Come join me as we explore the inner workings of owls...
Movie Plots
Room 1714
Come join us for an exploration of movie plots. We will be examining different movie genres and developing a plot for our own movie.
Room 1222
The situations in these starters should be fairly easy for beginning improvisers to put themselves into. Each character has a motivation, what that person wants in the scene. The actors should decide the "why" behind their desire before they start the scene. This will help them to keep focused during the improvisation. The specifics of the scenes can either be determined ahead of time, or they could be made up during the improv.
Songwriting & Audio/Visual Production
Room 1214
Are you the next songwriter?  Do you love music?  Do you get in trouble for drumming all the time?  Explore your love of music!  Sign up for Audio/Visual Production!
Comic Strip Creation
Room 2708
You will be creating comic strips using a toondoo template or other cartoon application to create a comic strip to demonstrate who you are, what your interests are or step by step instructions explaining how to do something you are really good at.
Chinese Brush Painting / Calligraphy
Room 1712
Come learn how to create Chinese brush painting/calligraphy.
5 Tips for Filming Interviews
Room 1703
This lesson will teach students how to properly set up an interview on camera and ensure the best results. It will highlight concepts such as depth of field, the rule of thirds, and using light sources.