Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The POWER of INNOVATION (use the force!!!)

Carson Middle School is a learning community that is at the forefront of creativity and innovation in education.  I wanted to take a moment to highlight just one of many incredible innovations that is taking place right now at Carson Middle School.  Through the outstanding leadership of Mr. Rob Hostler (7th and 8th grade Technology and STEM teacher) our students have launched a school media production laboratory called "CMNEWZ."  In the short time that we have been in school (since August 22) nineteen students in Mr. Hostler's advanced multi-media class have created a school media website, linked our social media accounts, created a YouTube channel, and have begun production as a fully independent news media channel.  We are so excited to see what this wonderful group of learners and leaders bring to our school and community.  Please take a moment to explore the work that they have created so far this school year.  What they have created and achieved in such a short amount of time is truly incredible!  I am so proud of the effort and passion that Mr. Hostler and his students are pouring into this project and can't wait to see the positive impact that they are going to have on our school culture.  As we launch this project we want to make sure to highlight students, staff members, community organizations, athletics, academics, clubs, extra curricular activities, and all of the wonderful things that are taking place at CMS and in Carson City School District.  This is where we need your help!

We have created an e mail address for you to send information to be considered for our communication and media news networks.  Anything related to CMS that you would like to highlight, celebrate, or communicate in a positive manner will be considered.  All you have to do is send an e mail message to: That's it - it's that easy!  Please make sure to send as much information as you can, as well as a contact name and phone number or e mail address so that we can follow up with questions.  You can also contact the CMNEWZ CREW directly.  Check out their links below.  They are still building the media network before officially launching next Monday, October 3.  A huge thank you and congratulations to Mr. Hostler and our CMNEWZ CREW for supporting innovation in our school and community!  Congratulations on a successful launch!!!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  Actually, we are already completing our fifth week of school if you can believe that!  Fast and furious has been our pace so far this year and the forecast shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.  Anyhow, welcome to my first blog post for the 2016-2017 school year.  I will be using this site weekly to increase communication with staff, students, parents, and community members.  Thanks for stopping by!

With the quickened pace of opening the school year and implementing a new student information system (Infinite Campus) it has been critical for us to remain focused on our task at hand: student learning.  During the 2015-2016 school year our staff (along with parent input) met numerous times to craft a vision and belief statements to assist in guiding our school and clarifying our purpose as a learning community.  It was important for our school community to craft a vision that was clear, concise, easy to communicate, and most importantly meaningful and relevant.  Every decision that is made at Carson Middle School is filtered through our vision and beliefs.  Here are our statements:

Carson Middle School Vision:
Carson Middle School will create a culture of shared responsibility to engage, empower, and inspire successful lifelong learners.  

We believe:
All students are capable of learning.
High expectations for learning are reasonable to ensure academic success.
Every challenge is a learning moment and an opportunity for re-teaching.
All students and teachers deserve a chance to work and learn in a safe and respectful environment.
All students deserve to be challenged in a way that empowers them to take control of their own learning.
All staff, students, and family members hold stake in the educational process through shared responsibility.

As a school community we will continue to monitor, implement, and adjust our vision and belief statements throughout the school year and into the future.  These statements are not just words on a page, rather, they are directions and guidance for our moral compass as a school community in supporting our school motto, "Learners today...leaders tomorrow."  I would like to thank all of our staff and parents that assisted in creating our vision and beliefs and look forward to working with all of our school community members as we implement, instill, and adapt our vision and beliefs in the future.

This is already shaping up to be a wonderful school year at CMS!  We have some exciting new projects underway including a student run news network, remodeling and addition to our STEAM facility (science/technology/engineering/arts/math), new Chromebook devices for all students, increased technology integration, updated communication systems (Facebook, Twitter, school website, etc.), just to name a few.  We will be focusing on increased communication, innovation in learning, and building relationships with our students and community throughout the school year.  Please stop by on a regular basis to see what's happening at CMS!  I look forward to working with all of you throughout the school year!


Dan Sadler, Principal
Carson Middle School


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