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Dr. Brittany Aarestad
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Principal's Message

Dear Parent/ Guardians:

I hope that you have had a relaxing summer and are ready to begin a great school year. I am looking forward to a great school year ahead as well. Welcome back to our returning students, and we welcome our newcomers to the Carr family. I encourage you to become involved by volunteering or visiting school when you can. I want to take this time to say thank you for entrusting your child’s educational growth to me and the outstanding staff at Carr Middle School. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, as part of our educational family, to the 2016-2017 school year.

As an International Baccalaureate School, we want to encourage our students to learn through an international lens as thoughtful and compassionate world citizens. We actively embrace intellectual rigor, intercultural respect, and service to our local and world communities.

Now, allow me to briefly explain what being an International Baccalaureate (IB) school means. The first aspect of IB is philosophical. Students will work toward becoming more knowledgeable of the global community and issues that face different regions of the world. Another aspect of IB is academic which includes core content subjects, a foreign language, arts, and technology. Specific components of the IB curriculum are English (Language A), foreign language (Language B), science, humanities (social studies), math, physical education, performing or visual arts, and technology. The technology component will be embedded into the classes not taught separately. To give them a greater sense of world culture, every student will take a foreign language and continue to take the same foreign language for the duration of his or her time at Carr. This curriculum is standard for IB schools worldwide, and its rigor will make students more competitive in a global market.

We have divided each grade level into two continental teams. The sixth grade teams are Australia and Africa, seventh grade teams are North and South America, and eighth grade teams will be Europe and Asia. Each team will be comprised of an English, science, math and social studies teacher and will share the same students during the day. In terms of academics, because teachers share the same students and have common planning times, they can better assess and monitor students’ progress as a team. Parent conferences will be conducted with all of the teachers on the child’s team.

Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic support in ensuring your child’s success at Carr this year, and I look forward to meeting you soon. Please visit our website at http://www.carr.mps-al.org/ to stay up to date on upcoming events and check teacher’s calendars for academic updates. Register for NOTIFY ME in the left hand corner to receive important updates from Carr.

Go Jaguars

Brittany Aarestad, Ed.D. Principal

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