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 feel.good.song. 

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
5:00-6:15PM

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.