Carson MS Weekly Updates -PTA Information-Week of April 22

Carson Middle School


Rachel Carson MS PTA Mission Statement

"Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering our school families and communities to advocate for all children."

 Important Dates


  • April 29 Panther Prowl Kick-off


  • May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 16: PTA Elections for 2024-25 school year
  • May 18: 8-11 AM Panther Prowl Family 5K Run/Walk
  • May 22: 4-8 PM Chipotle Spirit Night, Franklin Farms


  • June 7: 5:30-8:00 PM 8th Grade Graduation Party 

Message from the PTA Board

We had a great virtual PTA meeting last week with many new names on the call. If you missed it please find the April 18 Meeting Minutes here.

Remember to register for the Panther Prowl! If you register now, your student will have their t-shirt to wear for all of the spirit days leading up to the Prowl. Be sure to order some raffle tickets as well - the prize line-up is pretty amazing!

We are also looking for a few parent volunteers from 9:30 am - 12:45 pm to assist with the April 29 Panther Prowl Kick-off event with teachers. Please sign up here to help!

Teacher Appreciation week is quickly approaching! We are asking families to donate food items for a treats buffett on May 8. Please consider donating via the Sign-Up Genius below.

Now Accepting Nominations

Believe it or not, the Rachel Carson PTA is already planning for the 2024-2025 school year! Are you or is someone you know enthusiastic about supporting Rachel Carson and all of its students, teachers, and staff? We are soliciting nominations for several positions that will be open next year including:

  • President - oversees and coordinates the executive board to effectively run the PTA; presides at PTA board and association meetings; serves as the official contact, communicator, and representative of the PTA
  • Recording Secretary - takes minutes at board and association meetings; maintains and preserves PTA records and documents to pass on at the end of term
  • Financial Assistant - works closely with the treasurer and other financial officers in handling PTA funds; deposits funds in the PTA bank account and reconciles the bank account monthly
  • VP of Fundraising and Social Events - oversees and coordinates with individual event Chairpersons for PTA fundraising and social activities
  • Membership Chair - works with the membership committee to create and implement the annual membership campaign; promotes membership throughout the year; provides membership reports at PTA board and association meetings.
  • Basketball Game Chair - works closely with the RCMS After School Activities Specialist and the LHMS PTA Basketball Chair to plan and execute the annual RCMS vs. LHMS Basketball Game event
  • Restaurant Spirit Night Chair - arranges and coordinates for restaurant spirit nights throughout the school year
  • STEAM Night Chair - arranges and coordinates a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) event

Current Board members will assist new members with the transition. Please email if you are interested, or know of someone who would make a great addition to our team!

Panther Prowl Registration 

Register here for the Panther Prowl Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

May 18th, 8 - 11 am

Join us in the renewal of a beloved community tradition- the Panther Prowl! 

Register your student and/or your whole family for a morning of fun, food and exercise. Register soon before prices go up for last call!

We will have RCMS spirit days every Wednesday in May. All staff members and registered students will wear the race shirts designed by RCMS students.  Registered students will also be eligible to win in-school raffle prizes every week! The Panther Time classes with the highest number of Panther Prowl registrants will receive a donut party the week after the Prowl. PE teachers also plan to offer incentives for registering. 

There are virtual race options, a virtual only raffle and extra T-shirts for sale if you'd like to participate but can't join us in person on May 18th.

Grab a t-shirt, and a virtual raffle ticket and be a part of the Panther Prowl! We don’t want you to miss out! 

April 16 - May 6: 

$15 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$30 for a Family registration

$12 for an extra T-shirt

Register by May 5th to guarantee you have your shirt for the race.

May 7 - May 18: 

$20 for RCMS Student or Individual only

$40 for a Family registration

$15 for an extra T-shirt

Registering after May 6th? Shirts will be available for pickup on May 31st.

Register here.

Families that need assistance with the fee, please contact Mr. Barrows,

We are also in need of parent volunteers and donations for the Panther Prowl Kickoff on April 29th from 9:30-12:45. Please see the sign up genius here.

Join the PTA

We encourage you to join the PTA to support RCMS, including our children, teachers, staff, school programs, and community events. Click here: Join the PTA

Winners of the 2024 Panther Prowl T-Shirt Design Contest

We had some terrific entries to our design contest and we combined 2 entries- one for the front and one for the back.

Congratulations to the winning designers: 7th graders Eliana E and Blaize C.

Thank you to all the students who submitted design entries!

Panther Prowl

Teacher Appreciation Week Donations Needed

Let’s celebrate our awesome teachers at Carson! We have several events planned for teachers this year, including an Anita’s breakfast, a gift card raffle, and a sweet treats buffett. Please donate to the teacher gift card raffle and treats buffett via the SignUp Genius. All donations can be dropped off Wednesday, May 8.

8th Grade Party Date Announced

Parents of all 8th graders, please block your students' calendar for June 7th, 5:30-8pm to attend the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. The theme this year will be Hawaiian/Luau and the event will be free for all 8th graders. The planning committee is busy putting the details together which involves food, a DJ, and plenty of activities.  As we get closer, more details will be provided so be on the lookout for sign-up opportunities to support and chaperone the event.

Spirit Wear Still Available!

Did you miss out on spirit wear sold at the basketball game? You can still order through the website:


Become a Rachel Carson Corporate Sponsor!

Please check here to view the Carson Middle School Sponsorship package. We can get your company name out to an even wider audience. If you want to become a corporate sponsor or host a Spirit Event at your business, please email Thao Beirne at Thank you!

Important Links




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