May 18, 2020
Where: Dragon Stadium; Home Side Parking Lot
When: Thursday, May 21
Time: 4:00 p.m.

In order to manage traffic, 
please arrive according to these times if possible:

Last name:
A-G -----4:00
H-N -----4:30
O-Z ------5:00

We will send more information in a follow-up email once the City of Southlake has approved our plan.

We are excited to get to "see" all of our students to wish them a great summer.  Parents and students must stay in the vehicle and follow the designated route.  CMS staff will line the path to celebrate our students (and parents). Feel free to decorate your cars.  Please, make plans to attend this event.  We miss our students and are anxious to see them.
Counselor's Corner
Dear Parents,
Please click on the link below for important information about lockers, medication, textbooks, library books, summer school, and laptops. 

Personal Item Pick Up
Please provide feedback regarding your child's personal items in their lockers at CMS.   There is a two step process: 
2: If you have items you will be picking up, following the directions in the email that will be sent to sign up for your time.

Welcome to the seventh issue of LIFE in the Middle - Weekly Update, Building Resilience Week 7.  You will find some links to some helpful resources for parents and students related to finding HOPE!
Also, in case you are not aware, we have provided resources and information regarding how your student can connect with the Counselors on our Counseling page, as well as resources on the district COVID-19 page
Please let us know how we can help you during this time. 

CURRENT 8th to 9th Grade Information

Arena Scheduling for rising freshmen, the class of 2024 for school year 2020 - 2021 will be generated in-house for you, and available for viewing in Skyward starting the week of May 11.

CHS Counseling Staff
Janay Hunt Intervention janay.hunt@southlakecarroll.edu

If you have any questions regarding HS Scheduling, 
please contact the High School Counseling Department. 

Assist Students with
  • Understanding self and feelings.
  • Making difficult choices.
  • Setting goals.
  • Developing their individuality vs. peer pressure.
  • Learning self-discipline and responsibility to self, family, and society.
  • Developing coping skills.
  • Resolving conflicts effectively.
  • Learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.
  • Learning to recognize and make the best of their abilities.
 Offer students
  • Classroom guidance lessons.
  • Individual counseling and crisis intervention support.
  • A safe place to talk.
  • Conflict intervention.
  • Anger Management skills.
  • Study skills assistance.
  • Group support for specific issues.
  • Character education.
  • A safe and caring environment.
How Do Students Contact the School Counselor? 
  • Self-Referral
  • Request of a counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher/staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Administrative referral
  Why Do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
  • Self-Referral
  • Request of a counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher/staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Administrative referral
  • Concerns over student achievement
  • Family health problems
  • Test interpretation
  • Discussing special needs of their child
  • Early discussion of potential crises
  • Family difficulties or concerns
  • New school registration/orientation
Classroom guidance is conducted periodically by the school counselors who are trained to work with students in groups as well as individuals. Examples of topics covered are:
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Bully Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Making Choices
  • Setting Goals
  • Multi-Cultural Awareness
If you have a concern and you would like for a counselor to meet with your child, please contact your child's grade level counselor via email or phone.

Jane Kea, 7th grade counselor

Allison Adams, 8th grade counselor

Paula Lynn, 7th & 8th grade counselor

CMS Counseling Page:
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Gifted & Talented Qualification Process for 2020-2021
The annual identification process of gifted and talented students has opened. The district is offering two testing options for those students who are entering 7th and 8th grade at either Carroll Middle School or Dawson Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please click Gifted and Talented Qualification Process for more details.

To begin the identification process, please fill out the CISD Middle School Gifted and Talented Nomination and Referral Form 2020-2021 by Thursday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. for the first testing block and Thursday, Aug. 6 for the second testing block. 

Key Dates in the Process: 
  • The week of July 27 - Students who have signed up for testing will receive a schedule of events for both days 
  • Thursday, July 31 - Nomination Window Closes for GT Referral for the first block of testing 
  • Thursday, Aug. 6 - Nomination Window Closes for GT Referral for the second block of testing 
  • Monday, Aug. 3 - Tuesday, Aug. 4 - First block of testing at Carroll Middle School from 8:30-12:00 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11 - Wednesday, Aug. 12 - Second block of testing at Dawson Middle School from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Any questions or concerns, please contact Danielle Pfaff at CMS at  danielle.pfaff@southlakecarroll.edu  or Ginny Wenger at DMS at  virginia.wenger@southlakecarroll.edu .
Volunteers Needed for 2020-2021
Looking to get more involved at CMS next year?  PTSO is in need of volunteers in the following positions:
  • Fall Bash Coordinators (2)
  • Hospitality
  • Membership
  • Spirit Shop (2 or 3)
  • Treat Cart (2)
If you're interested or would like more information, please contact 
Jennifer Barry at triplebarry@yahoo.com or 817-366-9949. 

Thank you so much for all of your support.

Box Tops
Keep collecting BoxTops.  Turn the ones you have from summer in a baggie with your students' name on it to the front office.

 Social Media
Please sign up for the Carroll Middle School Facebook page and follow CMS on Twitter to receive information regarding the Spirit Shop.  We will have previews & pre-sales of upcoming merchandise.
Weekly Events
School Closed
All activities canceled until end of 2019-2020 school year
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Band Information
Instruments & Uniforms
Band Director Bethni Lown sent a Google form to set up Instrument and Band uniform return on May 21.

Band Lockers
To request any items from your band locker  to also be available at the time you set up your instrument drop-off, please fill out the Band Locker form.
Yearbook Update
Due to the circumstances, we decided to opt for a fall delivery and push back the distribution for the yearbook to August.  

At this time, I do not know when we will receive the books, so I do not have an exact plan yet.  Once we know more information, we will share the distribution details with you.   Thank you for your understanding.

Extra Books
We will not have the opportunity to sell extra books like in the past, so the link to order a book has been reopened.  This will be your last chance to guarantee a book is reserved for your child.  If you are not sure if you ordered a book, please click Yearbook Orders as of May 8.

To order a book:
Call: 1-877-767-5217
Website:  Jostens.com

From Nurse Bonczyk
Medicine Pick Up information
Please be advised if your student has medication or health supplies in the school clinic, these items will be picked up during your assigned, specific campus pick-up time.  Your campus nurse will have your medication prepared and pass it to you in the outside pick-up line; if possible, please bring your own pen to sign off on the medication document.  

No medication will be "held over" for the next school year.  If you have any questions, please email your campus nurse.
Operation #SAFEdragon

Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is amending his Executive Order calling now for all schools to remain closed in the state of Texas through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Despite the disappointing news that we cannot safely open our facilities for school the rest of 2019-2020, Carroll ISD will still continue online remote learning and meal delivery for qualifying students.
This means all Carroll ISD facilities will remain closed, and school events/activities are canceled through the end of May.

Operation #SAFEdragon (Safety Awareness For Every Dragon) is a multi-faceted response plan that affects all CISD facilities and departments. The program includes a number of intitiatives aimed at fortifying buildings, ensuring regular training, communication and increasing staff and public awareness.

The goals of the #SAFEdragon program are to improve safety and security within Carroll ISD and promote emergency preparedness among students and staff.

Carroll ISD cares about our community and all of our decision-making is geared toward protecting the health and safety of our students and staff. Carroll ISD will be closed by executive order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott . We joined other north Texas school districts and the City of Southlake leaders in announcing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

For the complete information, click here.
Carroll Color Guard 
The nationally ranked Southlake Carroll Color Guard is currently recruiting new members for next fall.  No experience is necessary and all who are interested are encouraged to sign up for more information.  Come join the fun and the team and begin your performance adventure!   Visit the band website at 
District News
Graduation Plans for the Class of 2020
Last week, members of the Carroll ISD Leadership team met with Carroll Senior High School administrative team and student leaders to discuss options for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies.Honoring the Class of 2020 is a high priority during this extended emergency closure. During these discussions, three options for graduation were discussed and decided upon.  Click here to read more about the options. The district also released a Class of 2020 FAQ to help with some of the other questions families may have.  Click here to view the Class of 2020 FAQ.
Anthony Van Buskirk
Boys Athletics Coordinator
Carroll Middle School 

Leslie Berens  
Girls Athletics Coordinator
Carroll Middle School

Interested in golf?
Contact Paige Martin or Matt Glenn

For information on UIL Carroll ISD Middle School (7th & 8th grade) wrestling, please contact Coach Ian Semelroth
For more information, forms, calendars, teacher websites and more, please visit the CMS website at http://www.southlakecarroll.edu/carrollmiddle_default.aspx