Carleton Elementary School, offering grades PreK-5, has a clear mission to promote a learning community that includes staff, students, parents and the neighborhood at large. We strive for high academic performance in a nurturing environment that promotes social and emotional growth. We are a neighborhood-centered, quality school, nestled within a vibrant residential area with strong support from community partners.
School of the Week: Carleton Elementary School
Posted on November 11, 2013
Educators and parents who are searching for the secret to make students absolutely love coming to school—look no further. Carleton Elementary School kindergarten teacher Marla Nenninger offers her top-secret tip for molding children into life-long learners: lots of smiles.
Nenninger said her main strategy with any lesson plan created for the district’s early learners is to “make sure they’re having a blast with every single assignment, and if you see lots of smiles, that means they’re enjoying learning.”
“We are the start of their education, so you want to make learning fun for them,” she said. “Every day, I hear kids saying ‘I love school.’ That, I feel as a kindergarten teacher, is my job—to make them love school starting now so that when they’re in first grade, second grade and beyond, they’ll continue to love learning.”
Investing early in our youngest learners
District leaders had that same mind set when Detroit Public Schools launched a Universal Pre-Kindergarten initiative in July by adding Pre-K classrooms across the district, vastly expanding early childhood offerings to eligible students.
Carleton is one of nearly two dozen schools to add a new Pre-K classroom during the 2013-2014 school year under the district’s five-year Strategic Plan. In total, DPS now operates Pre-K classrooms at nearly 70 schools with a capacity for 3,530 young learners.
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