Carver Middle School 
Community Brief
Your Weekly Update from the GREAT Carver Middle School!
Friday, October 4, 2019
I am pleased to share with the community that our positive momentum from this past month has carried forward into October! The weeks have certainly been passing quickly and we now only have nine school days remaining in the first quarter of 2019-2020. Please note that Thursday, October 17th which was originally scheduled to be a student holiday will now be used as regular school day to make-up for lost instructional time due to Hurricane Dorian. Friday, October 18th will still remain a student holiday, but is a planning day for our teachers.     
This Saturday, October 5th we are offering one of our "Bounce Back Saturday" tutoring sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you have a student at Carver and they need some extra help, please try to have them attend. We only have a few of these special Saturdays over the course of the year and they are excellent opportunities to help your child with their classwork (breakfast and a snack is provided).   
Thank you for looking over our progress below and have a great weekend! 
In Bear Pride,

Jackie Ramsey
Proud Principal
Carver Middle School

Pictured very top: Mrs. Bolden at the board with the "teacher-led center" during Thursday's 7th grade math class. On this day her students were studying proportional relationships (her story continues just below).

"The Carver Way"
At Carver Middle School we believe . . .
All students have potential.
All people should be treated with dignity.

At Carver Middle School we will . . .
Talk to students without degrading them.
Be supportive and uplifting to one another.
Show respect.
Dates to Watch For 
Oct. 5: Bounce Back Saturday Tutoring *   
Oct. 8: Science and Civics PMAs  
Oct. 9: Dapper & Dolled Up Day 
Oct. 10: Carver's Virtual Parent Academy, 6-7 PM  
Oct. 10 & 11: Algebra and Geometry PMAs  
Oct. 12: Bounce Back Saturday Tutoring *  
Oct. 16: Long Wednesday - NO EARLY RELEASE
Oct. 17: Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Day 
* The tutoring program will be held at Carver Middle on designated Saturdays from 9am-12pm (below). Students will receive a breakfast and snack. 
Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Days Determined 

Classroom Spotlight 
7th Grade math with Mrs. Bolden (continued from the very top of this week's issue) 

Students work in centers to understand proportional relationships. In the pictures below, you can see Mrs. Bolden's students working in IXL within the "digital center" (upper image) and then working on task cards as part of the "independent group."

Bear Athletics 
Celebrating this year's soccer season 

We recently had our soccer post season pizza party. During the event we also celebrated two of our young student-athletes with special awards:
  • Dave Cantave - Highest GPA
  • Joshua Henris - Coach's award (always on time, team player, follows all expectations)

Dave and Joshua with their certificates of achievement! Super effort boys!!

Classroom Spotlight
Mrs. Carter-Thomas' students have been practicing how to find evidence to support claims made within a story . . .

Attention 8th Grade Students! 
Valencia College Family Nights
IB News 
Attention Carver IB parents . . .    

Every 5 years, the IB organization visits IB World Schools to evaluate their program to ensure that standards and practices are being maintained. This will result in a formal report that identifies major achievements and areas for further development. All parts of the school community are involved in this process and will involve interview panels with students and parents, as well as teachers, administration and the OCPS directors of curriculum.

If you have a student in IB classes and wish to volunteer to be on our panel of parents at 9:00 am on October 25th, please reach out to Debbie Villar at

** IB parents are requested to complete the parent survey (click below). Thank you.

Teacher Spotlight 
Andrew Browne, 7th Grade English Language Arts  

Q: Hometown?
A: Buffalo, NY

Q: What College/University did you graduate from?
A: Buffalo State College

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: 10 years.

Q: Most memorable teaching moment?
A: Having 4 of my volleyball players at Evans High School get offered scholarships in one year. There had never been a single player offered before and that year we had 4.

Q: Favorite quote?
A: "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of person to elevate his or her life by conscious endeavor." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Club News: "The G-Squad" 
G-Squad members learning to tie ties after a lesson on first impressions. 

The purpose of G Club shall be:
* To develop young leaders for future success and prosperity
* To motivate and increase morale
* To stimulate the achievement of excellent service
* To foster shared values and team work

**  Members must be boys attending Carver Middle School who are in good academic standing.

Club sponsor: Mr. Pernell E. Croskey
7th Grade Civics Instructor
Room 04-215

NEXT THURSDAY! Parent Academy at Carver    

Carver will be hosting it's first interactive Virtual Parent Academy on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In this session, parents will be able to understand what digital learning is and be able to identify the changes it brings to the families. "Digital Citizenship" will provide parents with information on changes in the classroom environment, curriculum, instruction, and the home-school connection. 

This event is geared for all grade levels.

If you have not already done so please register for this event at this link:

Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation with the link to attend the virtual event.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OCPS Parent Academy Community Engagement Team, via email at or our call our Parent Engagement Coordinator, Ms. Manning at 407-296-5110.

We hope to see you online for the OCPS Virtual Parent Academy!

Meet Our September Students of the Month!  

 6th Grade - Yameliz Santos Perez  
7th Grade - Micala Williams   
8th Grade - Kimora Hunter

Student Safety
Carver Middle School students now have IDs!

School issued ID cards must be worn on the school-issued lanyards. ID cards are property of the school and cannot be defaced or altered in any way.
  • ID cards must be worn at all times on campus and during field trips.
  • All students will receive an ID card by the end of this week.
  • ID cards are the property of the school and cannot be defaced or altered in any way.
  • Student ID cards will be used in the library, cafeteria and used for our new positive reward system, HERO.
Upcoming OCPS Parent Academy  
Saturday, November 2 at Oak Ridge High School

* Title: "This is US: Our Family, Our School, Our Community"
* Saturday, November 2, 2019
* 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
* Oak Ridge High School, 700 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando

* On event day registration will be available during the hours of 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
* Free for all families (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
* Onsite registration will be available during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on the day of event. Pre-registration recommended.

Special accommodations provided to children of participating parents. Children of participating parents have an opportunity to attend the Youth Academy. The Youth Academy follows the same schedule as the adult sessions. The Youth Academy is for students ages 4 to 18. Registration required for children and parents must attend adult sessions.

We have 3 ways to register:
  • Online: Click "Register Now" located next to each event
  • Phone: Participants can contact the Parent Academy office to be registered online by staff members at (407) 317-3300.
  • Onsite: Participants can register on-site on the day of the event (pre-registration recommended).

Closing Images for the Week . . .

From our whole team at Carver Middle we thank you for attending our school's Open House last month! We enjoyed meeting all our parents, family members and children and having the opportunity to share the learning that goes on in the classroom. We hope that it was informative, as well as fun for you. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with our community to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. Thank you as well to Brothers N Arms Food Truck for providing food to our staff and families following the event!

Carver Middle's PTSA and School Advisory Council - "We Need You!"
The Orange County Library System has many ongoing programs and a wealth of free learning resources available to our students.
Fresh fruit in the cafeteria for our Open House guests thanks to the Carver Middle School Fresh Market.
Assistant Principal Lovely providing information to parents about the new Skyward student information system.
Brothers N Arms BBQ food truck serving during Open House. Thank you!

Friday's Motivational Moment!


There is no secret of success.
Success is for everyone.

Your life becomes better only
when you become better.

There is no success without sacrifice.

Success is achieved in inches,
not miles.

The greatest enemy of tomorrow's success
is today's success.

No advice on success works unless you do.

Carver Middle School Leadership Team

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