Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Welcome!

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!

Regards,

Dan Sadler, Principal
Carson Middle School
dsadler@carson.k12.nv.us

cms.carsoncityschools.com