Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Athletics - Week of December 4-8

Winter Athletics - Basketball

  • Girls play at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Boys play immediately following the girls

(Home) vs. Ligon; Monday, December 4
(Away) vs. Ligon; Thursday, December 7 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Opening Night!

Please join us for Carroll Theatre Company's Opening Night of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tonight at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Additional performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happy Week 13! (November 20-21)

Happy Thanksgiving, Carroll Families!

Congratulations, #TeamKidsFirst!
30 Carroll instructional leaders participated in Google Certification Training this weekend. Congratulations to our awesome teachers!!!

Principal's Advisory Council 
Monday, November 20 - 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons

Early Release Day - Tuesday, November 21
Students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Week 12! (November 13-17)

No-Fuss Fundraiser Update
We did it! Thank you, Carroll families!!! Our No-Fuss Fundraiser raised more than $12,000 for our great school. Once our matching donations are added, I will share our final number. To celebrate, Mr. Aldridge and I participated in a Dino Dance Off at last Thursday's pep rally. Whoooooohooooo! Go, Cougars!

Fall Athletics Banquet - Wednesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. 
***Correction made.

iPads Update
Rollout begins tomorrow for students who have submitted all necessary paperwork and the $40 fee, and whose parent(s) has watched and completed the Required Presentation Acknowledgement Form

  • 8th Grade Rollout - Tuesday, November 14
  • 7th Grade Rollout - Wednesday, November 15
  • 6th Grade Rollout - Thursday, November 16

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Happy Week 11! (November 6-10)

No-Fuss Fundraiser Update
We have raised $10,500 of our $12,000 goal. With just 125 donations, this means that 895 families still have the opportunity to participate. If we receive 895 $5 donations this week, we would raise $4,475. Additionally, we have another generous family who is willing to match donations for this last week of No-Fuss. Thank you for your help --- we can do this!

Interested in planning ahead? Feeling like it is impossible to stay current with events and updates? Carroll's master calendar is updated regularly. Many of our events through the end of the school year are already posted. Bookmark this calendar link

PTA Meeting
Monday, November 6 (7:30 a.m. in the Innovation Lab)

Spirit Night - Milton's Pizza and Pasta
Tuesday, November 7 (5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
8853 Six Forks Road

Athletics - Home (Go, Cougars!)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. Wakefield, 11/8 at 4:00 p.m. 
Football vs. Wakefield, 11/9 at 4:00 p.m. 

Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
Friday, November 10

iPad Update
Our iPads are expected to arrive back to Carroll from the district warehouse this week for rollout. Whoooooohooooo! 

Team Websites 
6 Team Fierce
6 Team Magic
6 Team Fearless
7 Team Vanguard 
7 Team Maverick
7 Team Apollo
8 Team Incredibles 
8 Team Dream
8 Team Avengers

Curriculum Resources Reminder
Looking for resources to support your child academically?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Week 10! (October 30-November 3)

Tuesday, October 31 - Teacher Workday
Happy Halloween! 

Progress Reports
Quarter 1 progress reports will be sent home with students on Friday, November 3. 

Positivity Project 
This week's character strength is Gratitude

iPad Update
The district is in the final stages of preparing our iPads for rollout. Whoooohoooo! As soon as the iPads arrive, students who have submitted their paperwork and usage fee will receive their devices. I will send a message to update families when this happens. 

Athletics - (Go, Cougars!)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs.Wakefield, 11/1 at 4:00 p.m. (Home)
Football vs. West Millbrook, 11/2 at 4:00 p.m. (Away)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy Week 9! (October 23-27)

Book Fair
It's Book Fair Week at Carroll! Please support our PTA by volunteering an hour or two during this very busy time in our Learning Commons. Please, please, please select a time that works with your schedule here. Your help is greatly appreciated. 

Student-Led Conferences
This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, our amazing student leaders will showcase their Quarter 1 learning during their My Learning classes. If you have not yet scheduled a time with your child's My Learning teacher, please contact him/her. Teachers and volunteers will be attending the conferences of students whose parents are unable to attend. 

Leadership Exhibition
Please join us on Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for our first Leadership Exhibition of the 2017-18 school year. We have incredible learning to showcase!

Progress Reports & Personalized Learning 
Quarter 1 will come to a close on Monday, October 30, and progress reports will go home with students on Friday, November 3. With 9 weeks of learning under our belts, our instructional leaders are closely monitoring student progress and mastery. Students will begin to access mastery passes on November 1. Mastery passes are earned when students exhibit content mastery on multiple formative assessments, which then provide them access to our Innovation lab and other instructional spaces during their regularly scheduled instructional time. Additionally, throughout this school year teachers will be utilizing current progress monitoring data to continuously drive appropriate student groupings. With each quarter, the sequence of our students' core classes may shift as instructors collaborate within their teams to determine groupings that will best support highly rigorous instruction each and every day. No courses will shift during this time. Quarter 2 sequence changes will occur on November 6. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Week 8! (October 16-20)

PTA's No-Fuss Fundraiser - $12,000 Goal
We're up to $2,681! Thank you, Carroll! We still have lots of work ahead of us, but we have another generous family who will match up to $1,500 in new donations this week! Let's do this!!!

Parent Academy - Adolescent Development
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Carroll Commons 
Looking for support in best influencing healthy adolescent growth in your child? Please join us for our first parent academy of the 2017-18 school year. This is a parent only session. Please RSVP.  

Early Release Day - Friday, October 20
Students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. 

Positivity Project Board Meeting Event - How did it go?
Wow! What an incredible day!!! I am so proud of our entire school community - especially our student leaders, who led powerful discussions throughout the event. 

News Coverage: The Power of Positivity is on Display at this Raleigh Middle School, News and Observer
National Organization Focusing on Character Education Visits Raleigh School, WNCN

More In the News! - Thank you, Shara Wolkomir!
Raleigh Middle School Helps New Foreign Students Adjust to America, WNCN

Sami 5K - How did it go?
Thank you for supporting this awesome Carroll event. #CommunityMatters! Congratulations to Mr. Aldridge for taking first place. 

Thank you! - Principal of the Year Celebration

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the cards, messages, and treats! Carroll is becoming one of the best schools in the country because of the tireless, collaborative efforts of all members of our #TeamKidsFirst. We have the best students, teachers, parents, and community members around! 

Future Leader Tours 
Know any potential Carroll magnet families? Send them our way

iPad Update
Unfortunately, rollout remains on hold until our devices are returned to us from the district warehouse. As soon as the iPads arrive, students who have submitted their paperwork and usage fee will receive their devices. I will send a message to update families when this happens. I am crossing my fingers for this week or next. 

Athletics - Away (Go, Cougars!)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. Durant, 10/18 at 4:00 p.m. 
Football vs. Durant, 10/19 at 4:00 p.m. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Week 7! (October 9-13)

PTA's No-Fuss Fundraiser - $12,000 Goal
All student leaders have received an envelope to return the funds they raise for our PTA's No-Fuss Fundraiser. The homeroom in each grade level with the most returned envelopes will earn a pizza celebration, courtesy of our PTA. One generous family will match donations up to $1,000!!! Please remind your child to return his/her envelope to his/her homeroom teacher by October 12. 

Positivity Project Board Meeting Event - October 11
As a friendly reminder, Carroll will host the P2's annual board meeting on Wednesday. At 10:30 a.m. the board will arrive, along with 17 WCPSS partner principals. (Please note that we will likely have media on campus covering this exciting event). From 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., our guests will tour our beautiful school, allowing our student leaders to showcase some of the awesome things that are happening at Carroll this school year. At 11:00 a.m., the board will meet with WCPSS partner principals for lunch, followed by their closed session meeting. Please remind your child to wear green on Wednesday. 

Athletics - Home (V&S)/Away (F)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. East Wake, 10/11 at 4:00 p.m. 
Football vs. East Wake (Away), 10/12 at 4:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Week 6! (October 2-6)

Please join #TeamKidsFirst for dinner tonight between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at McDonald's (7301 Six Forks). Our faculty and staff cannot wait to serve our students and their families! The team who has the most participation in tonight's event will enjoy a special frozen treat next week at school. I'm crossing my fingers that I get to work the drive-thru! :)

Positivity Project Annual Board Meeting
#WeAreCarroll is thrilled to welcome Kerri Walsh Jennings, Mike Erwin, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and others to our beautiful school on Wednesday, October 11. As a friendly reminder, all students, faculty, and staff will wear green to celebrate the awesome P2 movement. 

Athletics (Home)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. Leesville, 10/4 at 4:00 p.m. 
Football vs. Leesville, 10/5 at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Register for the Sami 5K

Today is your last chance to receive a Sami 5K shirt when you register for this special community event that will be held on Saturday, October 14. For more information, please visit the Sami 5K Facebook page

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Week 5! (September 25-29)

Positivity Project
This week at #WeAreCarroll, students will be in engaging in meaningful activities and discourse around Teamwork

Dinner on the Lawn & Open House
It's here! Please join us this Wednesday, September 27. 
  • 4:45 p.m. Dinner on the Lawn
    • Food Trucks in the bus loop. Please bring chairs and blankets.
  • 5:30 p.m. PTA Meeting
  • 5:45 p.m. Open House
    • Meet all of your child's teachers. (Schedule)
Interims will go home with students on Friday, September 29. (Carroll's Grading Plan)

Early Release Day
This Friday, September 29 is an Early Release Day for traditional calendar students in Wake County. Carroll students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. 

Athletics (Away)
Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. Pine Hollow, 9/27 at 4:00 p.m. 
Football vs. Pine Hollow, 9/28 at 4:00 p.m.

In case you missed it...

2017 iPad Rollout
If your child has not yet submitted his/her iPad paperwork with the $40 fee (or partial payment), please bring it with you to Open House on Wednesday.

Curriculum Resources at Carroll

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy (Belated) Week 4! (September 18-22)

Teacher Workday
There will be no school for students on Thursday, September 21.

Positivity Project

You heard it right, Carroll Families! Kerri Walsh Jennings, U.S. Olympian, among other amazing Positivity Project leaders will be visiting Carroll on October 11. Let's share our excitement by representing the #OtherPeopleMatter movement with Positivity Project t-shirts. Order here for $7 by Friday, September 22. This week our Positivity Project character strength focus is Perspective.

2017 iPad Rollout

Parent Presentation
iPad Paperwork will be collected each day this week between 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. in the gym. 


Volleyball and Girls' Soccer vs. Ligon, 9/19 at 4:00 p.m. (Home)
Football vs. Ligon, 9/20 at 4:00 p.m. (Home)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Menchie's Spirit Sunday

YUM YUM! Support Carroll at Menchie's today on SPIRIT SUNDAY: September 17, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. A portion of the proceeds will come back to us. See you there!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Code Yellow Community Lockdown

Safety is our top priority at Carroll, which is why I wanted to provide you with information about an incident that happened at school this morning. First, please know that all students were safe during the duration of the incident.

The PNC Bank adjacent to our school was robbed this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. We were notified by law enforcement, and web immediately employed a community lockdown.

In a community lockdown, all exterior doors of the school are locked and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from police. The school operates "business as usual" with the exception of no outside activities.

Due to swift action by the Raleigh Police Department and Sheriff's Office, the suspect was apprehended by 9:45 a.m., and the community lockdown was lifted. We have continued to operate on a normal schedule.

We greatly appreciate the relationship we have with law enforcement and WCPSS Security in responding to such situations. They work closely with us to ensure the safety of our students every day.

If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact me directly. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy Week 3! (September 11-15)

Positivity Project
It's the official kick-off week for the Positivity Project! This week at #WeAreCarroll, students will be in engaging in meaningful activities and discourse around Open-Mindedness. Ask your child what his/her top strengths include, and if you haven't done so already, take the VIA Character Survey yourself. On October 11, #TeamKidsFirst is incredibly honored to host the P2 Board of Directors for their annual board meeting. #OtherPeopleMatter at our great school!

2017 iPad Rollout
In an effort to meet the diverse scheduling needs of our families, #TeamKidsFirst is pleased to announce our 2017 iPad Parent Informational Presentation will be released digitally this week. All required paperwork will be posted to the Carroll Leadership Chronicle, the Carroll website, and Facebook. During the week of September 18, students must submit their paperwork and $40 usage fee between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. in the gym lobby in order to receive their device during the initial rollout period of Monday, September 25-Wednesday, September 27. However, parents may also elect to submit required paperwork and fees at Open House on Wednesday, September 27, with students receiving their iPads on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29. Please note that payments may be made in full or in four $10 increments between September and December.
  • September 11: Parent Informational Presentation Release
  • September 18-22: Paperwork & $40 Usage Fee Collection
  • September 27: PTA Dinner on the Lawn & Open House
  • September 25-29: iPad Rollout to Students
2 Year Proficiency Gains
#TeamKidsFirst continues to remain focused on strengthening student achievement outcomes. While we are proud of our 2 year gains, we are committed to reaching our 100/80/50 School Improvement goal. (100% Growth, 80% Proficiency, No Subgroup below 50% Proficiency). Students will be digging into their individual data during My Learning this month. Please keeps the lines of communication open with your child's teachers and your child to closely monitor your child's academic performance. We are dedicated to ensuring that every child participates in rigorous, relevant coursework each and every day. 

Group2 Year Gains
All Students5.5
6 Reading8.7
7 Reading5.1
8 Reading3.1
6 Math10.2
7 Math2.4
8 Math0.3
(8) Math 113.5
8 Science3.2

What are some of the new curriculum resources at Carroll in 2017-18?
Dinner on the Lawn & Open House
Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 27. 
  • 4:45 p.m. Dinner on the Lawn
    • Food Trucks in the bus loop. Please bring chairs and blankets.
  • 5:30 p.m. PTA Meeting
  • 5:45 p.m. Open House
    • Meet all of your child's teachers. (Schedule)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Week 2! (September 5-8)

So many awesome things are happening at #WeAreCarroll!

Discovery starts this week! Discovery is 30 minutes of time each day that is dedicated to supporting voice and choice for Carroll stakeholders, while directly addressing our students’ personalized learning needs. It’s a three-way marriage between Genius Hour, SMART Lunch, and Team Time. Two weeks of the month, instructional leaders will facilitate acceleration or enrichment courses that are aligned with their assigned content areas, and the other two weeks of the month, instructional leaders will facilitate learning around their own personal interests and/or the interests of our students.

If you have not already heard from your child's My Learning teacher, please expect a phone call this week. My Learning is 30 minutes of time each day that is dedicated to supporting students and staff in taking ownership of their learning. Faculty and staff will serve as My Learning coaches, mentors, and advocates for small groups of 15-20 students. Students and teachers alike will create academic and personal WIGs (wildly important goals), progress monitor them, compile artifacts, and celebrate accomplishments in My Learning digital portfolios. Students will showcase their portfolios during student-led conferences throughout the school year.

Fall athletic try-outs are in full swing. Keep an eye on our master calendar for upcoming game information.

Club information is coming soon!

As questions arise, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Leadership Orientation Presentation

Missed the parent sessions during our #TeamKidsFirst Leadership Orientations last Friday? No problem. Check out the information you missed here

2017-18 Campus Map

Interested in mapping out your child's day at Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle School? Check out our 2017-18 campus map

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.