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Model PLC District; Solution Tree 2018

Middle School

Hello!  My name is John Elkin and I have served as the principal of CMS since 2014.  Prior to CMS, I was both the principal (and assistant principal) at Webster City High School from 2004-14.  I began my career as a high school English teacher at both Saydel (Des Moines, IA) and Paton-Churdan (Churdan, IA).
At Carlisle Middle School we enjoy teaching students!  The cornerstone of CMS' success is built upon the foundation of its staff operating as a Professional Learning Community; we collaboratively focus on academic success through assessment for learning according to each student's needs.
At CMS, our staff is equipped to teach Pre-AP strategies and tools to engage all students in rigorous academic levels; this not only assists them in a successful transition to Carlisle High School, but also begins the process for preparing them for success in college-and/or-career-programs. 
Along with Pre-AP core courses, CMS also offers Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and Computer Programming in every grade.  Furthermore, we offer several Pre-High School credit classes including Algebra 1, Physical Science, and Spanish 1.
CMS operates within a 7 period schedule in which all classes are 52 minutes in length.  Four (4) times a week we also have a 20 minute embedded intervention period called WIN ("Whatever I Need") which is tailored towards specific student needs in the areas of core academics.
If you're moving or considering moving to Carlisle and want to visit CMS, I would be happy to personally meet with you so you may learn more about CMS and its programs.  Feel free to contact me at 515.989.5402 or via email at
Mr. John W. Elkin
CMS Principal
325 Scotch Ridge Road
Carlisle, IA 50047

Phone:  (515) 989-0833
Fax:  (515) 989-5497

Office Hours:   7:45 am – 3:45 pm
Monday – Friday

Mr. John W. Elkin, Principal   |   Email:
Mr. Andy Seiler, Assistant Principal   |   Email:
Mrs. Rhonda Ermler, Secretary   |   Email:
Mr. Ben Barry, Counselor   |   Email:
Mrs. Veronica Eighmy, Nurse   |   Email: