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Message from Mary Katayama, Principal - July 27, 2020

Superintendent Coleman recently shared information in response to several frequently asked questions, the message can be viewed here

There have been a number of questions around what distance learning will look like when we start school in just a few short weeks. I am very excited for the enhanced program we have developed for our students over the summer. It will look different from the emergency at-home remote learning we experienced in the spring. This new program is built around a virtual classroom experience that provides high quality learning for all students through a structured mix of live video, recorded lessons and self-directed learning. The program has been designed to meet state requirements for distance learning, including daily live interaction, attendance and instructional minutes. Here are some of the key elements:



As we start the school year in distance learning, your child's teacher will be building the foundational skills for success in the new online format. The first few weeks of school will focus on relationship building, virtual classroom etiquette, social and emotional wellness, basic technology skills and routines and expectations. Teachers will build student stamina in the online learning space and establish a strong foundation from which to move forward with academic instruction. 


Everyone on the Carlton staff is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for all of our students in the face of exceptional challenges. We have all been impacted by the inability to bring students back on day one.  But we are committed to doing all that we can to create a positive learning environment that exemplifies our Carlton spirit. In that spirit, I ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this school year together.


Distance Learning Schedules

Here are the distance learning schedules for: 1) Kindergarten, 2) First -Third Grade, and 3) Fourth and Fifth grade.  



Parent/Guardian Survey

In order to help us better support you, a Family School Survey was sent via email. Please submit a form for each student in your household, if you have not done so already. Please complete one questionnaire for each child enrolled in USD. At the end, this form will allow you to complete additional submissions. Here is the Link to Carlton Family School Survey 2020-2021  Please respond no later than Wednesday, July 29, 2020.


A School Chromebook for Every 2nd-5th Grader. An iPad for every TK-1st Grader

I would also like to strongly encourage you to check out your child’s school issued device for the upcoming year. Even if you already have access to a family device at home, the school device will come pre-loaded with school assigned applications and remote tech support. We are not able to support access to district applications if you choose to use a personal device. We are fortunate to have a device available for every student. If you would like to arrange to pick up your child’s district issued device prior to the start of school, please complete this FORM ( and you will be contacted to arrange for pickup starting Monday, August 3rd.


The situation continues to evolve rapidly. I’ll be following up with more updates over the coming days.  If you have questions or concerns please fill out this form. These questions and the answers will be included in a document for all families to view.  I will also be holding some online community meetings by grade level.


                                   Online Community Meetings By Grade Level  


Kindergarten  meeting

Wednesday, July 29th at 1:00 pm

First Grade meeting

Wednesday, July 29th at 2:30 pm

Second Grade meeting

Friday, July 31st at 1:00 pm

Third Grade meeting

Monday, August 3rd at 9:00 am

Fourth Grade meeting

Monday, August 3rd at 11:00 am

Fifth Grade meeting

Monday, August 3rd at 1:00 pm



It's going to be an exciting year. It will also undoubtedly challenge all of us, including the children, in different ways. Flexibility and grace towards each other will be essential to building resiliency and making this a year of growth for all of us in spite of the circumstances.  

By working together, we will get through this and our children will flourish as a result.  Mattie Stepanek once said, “Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.”  With our extraordinary staff, students and parents/caregivers, I have no doubt that we will create wonderful learning opportunities together for our children this year.

Mary Katayama