Monday, February 3, 2020

College/Career Readiness Survey

8th graders, please take this 5 question survey. You will take this same survey again before Spring Break. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Carlisle Middle School Raising Money for Local Families/Kids

 If you missed this past week's Wildcat Weekly, I have reposted a short blurb about an upcoming project at Carlisle Middle School. Not sure how many years we have done this (I think at least 15!), but this is one of our favorite ways to give back every year. Our staff and students work to raise enough money to provide Christmas presents and gift cards to 4-6 local families who are in need. Every single penny raised goes towards providing a great holiday for these families. And it is awesome to see how generous our students are each year. We seem to set a fundraising record each year and I am guessing this year will be no different! If you would like to support this cause, please send money with your middle school child or any middle school student or simply contact Ms. Beydler or Mr. Barry. Thank you!

"Carlisle Middle School will be doing a community service project to purchase toys for families in need in Carlisle.  A group of Carlisle Middle School students will be collecting spare change from all students in the Carlisle Middle School from December 10-18.  The change will then be counted and a group of students will be going to purchase toys to donate to families in need in the Carlisle School District to ensure all children have a gift on Christmas.  Last year $2020 was raised, our goal this year is $2025!  "

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Guest Blogger Addeline Morlan Tells Her Joyology Journey


by Addeline Morlan

            Joyology is a student-run group at Carlisle Middle School that spreads kindness, positivity, joy, and acceptance throughout the school to make people feel more included and welcome in the school environment. 

            I created Joyology in fifth grade when I noticed more and more kids being excluded, and when others were alone on the playground. When I noticed this I started to go over to them and be kind to make them feel included. Soon other friends joined me and we would go around the playground and be kind to those students. We would also offer for them to join us at recess. Not only would we help kids who were excluded, but we would also help solve disagreements between friend groups. 

            In sixth grade, I decided to build upon the same concept, but instead, turn it into a student-run group. This is when many of my friends got involved and wanted to help. Joyology then became an official group. Throughout our middle school years, we have had regular meetings during lunch. At our meetings, we planned events and small acts of kindness to do for the students and staff of our school. 

           Some examples of Joyology’s kind acts include: candy and compliments, hanging up posters, kindness challenges, candy cane bombing the parking lot, and giving the teachers notes and treats.       
            I feel that kindness is important because if someone feels good in response to a kind action, then they are more likely to spread the kindness that they received, creating a ripple effect.  Also, you never know what battles people are fighting, and to do something kind, even though it may be small, could really impact someone who is having a tough time. This kindness is needed to help kids who are having a hard time, and it is especially needed in middle school. It is nice to know that people have your back, so I feel like doing these small acts of kindness is a reminder that there are people who care. 

Joyology has helped me realize how important kindness is, no matter how small the kind acts are, they are always appreciated by someone who needs it. Joyology has helped me strive to do little acts of kindness everyday. If there has been anything that I have learned, it would be that acts of kindness, big or small, can have a big impact. I have also learned that kindness never has a downside. I believe kindness is a super power because it can change the world.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Summer Meal Programs!

Summer Meals and Pantry Programs!

     With summer approaching very soon, our counseling and student support team wants to make sure families in our community know and have a few resources when it comes to food and meals. We know the summer can be tough for some families to provide enough food for their family, especially their children. Our community is fortunate to have two different food pantries. One is our School Food Pantry located in our elementary building. The other is the Community Food Pantry located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carlisle. Here are the “open” dates for the School Food Pantry this summer:

June 6th
June 20th
**July 2nd (This is a TUESDAY. We will not be open on July 4th)
July 18th
August 1st
August 15th

   The Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carlisle (1100 Market St.) has a food pantry open to the community on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This pantry is open from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on these days.

   One final great source of food and meals is the Summer Meal Meet-Up program. There is a graphic attached to this Counselor’s Corner giving more details. This program provides daily breakfast and lunch to children age 18 and under here in Warren County. Polk County also has several daily breakfast and lunch programs as well. If these Warren County locations do not work, feel free to text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find out where the nearest free meal location is each day. You can also call the United Way at 2-1-1 and ask about the Summer Meals program.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to a school counselor in our district. We are here to help and we want to make sure the children and families in our district have resources to help with any of their food/nutrition needs.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Love and Logic Resource Links for Parents

Here is a brief article from our Counseling Corner that gives parents some resources and tools from Love and Logic, a great resource for parents and anyone who works with kids.

Have things been a little chaotic lately?   Looking for a few new tools to add to your parenting toolbox?

Perhaps you will find exactly what you need with Love and Logic.   Love and Logic provides strategies to help raise self-confident, happier, responsible, and motivated children while making parenting fun and rewarding.

Sound too good to be true? Check out
This website is full of articles, video samples, and resources to get you on your way.

For frequently asked questions check out

Love and Logic does offer online classes ( and many short video clips can be found on Youtube.

CMS 8th Graders to Visit College Campuses Around Central Iowa

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            Our 8th graders have begun their final semester of middle school and now is the time we really begin to get ready for high school. But we do not only prepare for high school, we also prepare for life after high school. We have a focus on creating students who are “College and Career Ready” at Carlisle and for 8th graders, this means a busy final semester. So while 8th graders are making their 4-year plans and selecting high school courses, they are also going on one of six college campus visit days as well!
            Beginning this week with an Iowa State trip, groups of 20-35 8th graders will go on a trip to either Iowa State University, Simpson College, Grandview University, Central College, Drake University, or Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny sometime in the next month or two. Each student was placed on one of these visits based on college or career interests they listed on a notecard. The goal of these visits is for students to see what a college or university looks like, help students see themselves on a college campus someday, and to get ideas and plans in their heads as they begin to plan their high school coursework. While not every student goes on to a 2 or 4-year college after high school, we want all students to know and understand this option and how a student could pursue this option if that is the route he/she chooses to go.
            Near the end of the year, the Carlisle Alumni Association puts on a Career Day for our 8th graders. This event brings 20 or more Carlisle High School Alumni who are working their careers and want to help our students understand how to work towards getting into a similar career. This helps our students who have already seen what colleges are like to now see what a few careers are like. These two events combined are a great way to expose our students to the “College and Career Ready” culture we try to foster each and every day across our district. Being that this is our 5th year of doing the college visits, when this year is done, every student grades 8-12 will have been on a college campus via this annual program!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

School Counseling Week 2019!

School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, February 4-8, 2019

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated February 4-8, 2019, to bring attention to the unique contribution of professional school counselors.  National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and graduate college and career ready.

School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Carlisle Community School District has a strong team of professional school counselors who work with students every day.  The counselors host many events throughout the school year including:  College Planning Night, Financial Aid Night, Resource Fair, Mental Health Awareness Night, Career Day, 8th Grade College visits, Character Education, and Operation Backpack. 

Be sure to thank the counselors for all the work they do with our students!
Elementary Counselor:  Alex Wright
Hartford and Middle School Counselor:  Kim Flagor
Middle School Counselor:  Ben Barry
High School Counselors:  Stephanie Guthrie and Leah Heidemann

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Counseling Corner: Counselors Busy with 2019-20 Student Planning and Registration!

Counselor’s Corner

            Our High School and Middle School counseling staff is starting to get very busy helping our 8th grade through 11th grade students get prepared for the 2019-2020 school year. This means a lot of meetings with groups of students to look over possible courses and plan for courses for the next school year. This is an exciting time for students and an important time for students to be thinking not just about next year, but to be thinking about their future after high school graduation.
                Currently, Mr. Barry has been working with 8th graders using our Naviance software. Naviance Student is an amazing system for students and parents to use to research possible careers and colleges for ALL students in grades 8-12. Eighth graders have taken a few surveys to learn more about their personality and career interests. They have also spent some time looking into other post-secondary options such as 2-year college, 4-year college, military, and other options that students bring up as possible interests. Be sure to ask your 8th grade child about Naviance and have your child show you how they log in. Once logged in, you will be able to see what careers and colleges he/she has saved and favorited. This site is available 24/7 year round, so feel free to explore it with your child whenever you want!
                Our high school counselors will soon join Mr. Barry and work with 8th graders to actually learn about high school, learn about the courses the high school has to offer, and eventually create a 4-year plan of courses that will help each student graduate with enough credits. This is a big step for 8th graders but a fun one.
                Our high school counselors also stay very busy in February and March working with each high school grade of students to help the students get registered for their next year of courses. If you have a high school student or an 8th grader, February and March is a great time to ask your child about their career and college interests and what courses they are thinking about taking in the next year.
                By the time our students hit Spring Break, with the help of our counseling staff, their parents, and their own hard work and planning, all 8th graders through 11th graders should have an updated 4-year plan and should be registered for their 2019-20 courses. From there, our HS counselors have the tough job and getting all the students placed into their courses and adjusting the master schedule to make everything work as smooth as possible. It is a tough job, but getting everything to balance so that our students can benefit and achieve as much success as possible makes it all worth it. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our counseling staff.

Key Dates for Students/Parents with Course Registration

February 13th: HS Counselors will have met with all HS students on course selections.
February 13th/19th: HS Counselors work with 8th graders on HS course selections and 4-year plans
***February 26th***:  9th grade Registration/Orientation Evening for 8th graders and parents in the HS Auditorium at 6:30pm
March 7th: By this date, HS students will have registered for 2019-20 courses
March 12th: 4-year plans from 8th graders DUE!
April 2nd: ACT testing for all juniors (no school for 9th, 10th, and 12th graders)
April 5th: No school for Juniors

Monday, January 14, 2019

Counseling Corner: Our School Food Pantry...What is it, How Do I Use it, and Where Did it Move to?

School Counseling Corner

Our K-12 Counseling team would like to highlight the Carlisle Schools Food Pantry.  The pantry is an extension of the Food Bank of Iowa.  The pantry is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 4-6pm.  The pantry is now located in the elementary just across from the nurse’s office.  Visitors to the food pantry should use the West Entrance of the elementary.    We ask that community members wait until all students and buses are off campus before visiting the pantry (around 3:45pm).  Carlisle students are also able to access the pantry during the school day by contacting a school counselor. 

There is also a Carlisle Community Food Pantry located at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 4-5:30pm. 

Families and community members of the Carlisle School District. 

There are no income guidelines. A brief, one-page application must be completed once per calendar year by individuals visiting the school food pantry.  

Available foods will vary depending on Food Bank of Iowa’s supplies. Basics such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruits, juice, etc., will always be available. Fresh dairy, produce, and bread are typically available during the times open to the public.

Can I make a donation to the School Food Pantry?
YES!  We accept donations at any time to the pantry.  You can drop off donations at the elementary or high school office during school hours.  We are always in need of personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toilet paper, deodorant, etc.  We also accept monetary donations that help us purchase milk, bread, and eggs each time the pantry is open. 

We would like to say “Thank You” to many groups in our community that have helped organize collection drives or make regular donations to the pantry.   Some of the groups include:  American Legion Auxiliary, Great Western Bank, Peoples Bank, Carlisle Student Council, Eagle Scout projects, Carlisle Wrestling and Football teams, and many others.  THANK YOU!

Monday, November 12, 2018

6th Grade Needs Assessment

6th Graders, please take the following survey. Your answers will not be seen by anyone other than Mr. Barry and Ms. Flagor. The results from the 6th grade as a group will be reported to your 6th grade teachers. Mr. Barry and Ms. Flagor will review the individual results and may invite you to groups based on these results. If you are in immediate need of talking to someone, please stop down and visit with one of us.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Great Links for Parents when it Comes to ESDs (Electronic Smoking Devices)

  Instead of making a variety of posts on our Counseling Facebook page, I figured it would be easier to put all the links in one blog post. Thank you to ISTEP (Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention) for all of these links and more in their recent newsletter. Electronic Smoking Devices (ESDs) such as Vapes and JUULs have exploded in use in middle and high schools across the country including our own schools. Some kids don't think it is that big of a deal. But it is. For teens and adolescents, these are not "Smoking Cessation" devices, these devices are designed to encourage students to smoke more and more and even take up smoking cigarettes. The information is there, the research is there, but our kids aren't seeing it, hearing it, and/or believing it. As parents and adults, educating ourselves so we can educate our children is key. With that being said, please take some time to click on these links and review the information.

Infographic on what Juuls are and how they hurt our young people

4 things Parents need to know about Juuls

Another Infographic from the CDC on ESDs such as Juuls

Smoking E-cigarettes Increases Likelihood Adolescents Will Smoke Cigarettes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

8th Grade 2018-19 Needs Assessment

8th graders: Please take this Needs Assessment by clicking "Agree" or "Disagree" for each question. Make sure to type in your first name and last name in the first two questions. Please know that your answers may not be reviewed immediately, so if you do need to see Mr. Barry or Ms. Flagor about something important, come see them and do not wait for your survey to be reviewed. Your personal answers WILL NOT BE SHARED with anyone other than our counselors. Grade level data/answers will be shared with teachers, BUT NOT EACH STUDENT'S RESPONSES! Thank you!