Carlisle School Board approved the 2017-18 School Year calendar at their February meeting.  Important dates for next year are:

  • First Day of School for Grades 1-12 : August 23rd
  • First Day of School for Kindergarten : August 28th
  • Winter Break Vacation : December 21 – January 1st
  • Spring Break : March 9 – 16th
  • High School Graduation Ceremony : May 20th

2017-18 District Calendar – Board Approved 2-13-17

If you would like to register a student for 2017-2018 Preschool and Kindergarten you may pick up a registration packet in the Administration Office (430 School Street).

Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and for Kindergarten we will also need proof of residency in the Carlisle School District.  Click here for a list of acceptable items to prove residency in the Carlisle School District:  Acceptable Proofs of Residency

To qualify for Preschool your student must be 4 years old by September 15, 2017.

To qualify for Kindergarten your student must be 5 years old by September 15, 2017.

Questions, please call the Elementary Office at 515-989-0339 or the Administration Office at 515-989-3589.

2016-2017 District Calendar

February 12th, 2016

2016-2017 Calendar – Board Approved

Overview of 2016-17 School Year Calendar:

  • Early Out Dismissal Time moved to 1:30
  • Monday, August 22nd – Open House K-12
  • Wednesday, August 24th – First Day of School for grades 1-12
  • Monday, August 29th – First Day of School for Kindergarten & Kinder Prep
  • Thursday, September 1st – First Day of School for Preschool
  • October 12-13th – K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 22nd – January 2nd – Winter Break
  • March 8-9th – K-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 10-17th – Spring Break
  • Sunday, May 21st – High School Graduation Ceremony
  • Tuesday, May 23rd – Last Day of School for Preschool
  • Thursday, May 25th – Last Day of School for KinderPrep
  • Friday, May 26th – Last Day of School for grades K-11



Early Dismissal Reminder

August 26th, 2015

Reminder – Carlisle schools will dismiss every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, August 24.

2017-2018 Registration

April 8th, 2015


District-wide 2017-2018 school year registration for current students will be held Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room.  You will be able to update/complete contact, health and transportation information, as well as pick up your student’s report card and pay fees.

Registration for students new to the district will be Wednesday – Friday, June 7-9 during regular business hours in the Administration Office at 430 School Street in Carlisle.  Office hours at 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If you have questions, please contact the Administration Office at 515-989-3589.


Wildcat Weekly

September 19th, 2014

Wildcat Weekly Newsletter for week ending Friday, April 21, 2017.

Wildcat Weekly 04.21.2017

See What’s Happening at CHS

January 24th, 2014

CHS Announcements 4-26-17

Buses will stop at gravel road intersections as listed below. Please decide which intersection is closest to where you live and wait there.  Plans have both AM & PM times for each stop.  Parents, please be waiting or arrive within the time slot posted on the plan.  We will not drop off students that does not have someone waiting for them.  If we are on a 2-hour delay, please add 2 hours to the pickup times.

Bus #6 Hard Surface Routes Plan

Bus #9 Hard Surface Routes Plan

Bus #12 Hard Surface Routes Plan

Bus #20 Hard Surface Routes Plan






Hartford Happenings 4-14-2017


Agatha Beier NCAA Division I Basketball

Report to Parents – Writing

April Calendar

What’s Happening at CMS

November 11th, 2016

CMS Parent Announcements – April 24


Attention Parents of K-5 Students:

A Parent Information Night will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the math curriculum and resources used in the elementary grades and how you can support your child’s math education at home. To help plan accordingly, we ask that you RSVP to this link.

Note: Childcare will not be available

At the October 10, 2016 School Board of Education meeting, the Board reviewed the proposed 5-year board approved Instructional Support Levy (ISL) resolution, as well as, the importance of the ISL funds for the school district. A public hearing to formally consider the district’s participation in the ISL program will be held on November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  The ISL proposal is not a tax increase, it increases the district’s financial flexibility to invest in providing the best education for our students.

It is important that citizens understand what impact the ISL will have on our district.  That starts with understanding how Iowa’s schools are funded.  In Kindergarten – 12th grade funding, dollars used for educational programs (such as staff, professional development and materials) cannot be used for buildings, and vice versa.  For example, the High School renovations and softball field renovations were paid for with the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and state sales tax (SAVE) funds.  The state imposes a maximum spending per student each year that cannot be exceeded locally, with very few exceptions. One of those exceptions is the Instructional Support Levy.  Carlisle is one of only six districts in the state without an ISL and the only district in the metro area.

How will the district use the funds from the Instructional Support Levy? Additional spending authority will be used for all current General Fund purposes.  Spending authority generated by the ISL will support current teaching and learning, current programming, and allow the district to continue expanding learning opportunities for students.

The question you may be asking yourself is, why have so many districts chosen to supplement the amount the state limits us?  Simply, the state maximum amount is not sufficient to provide the level of education that virtually all districts in the state believe is necessary to provide a comprehensive education program for our children.  Expenses such as diesel fuel, natural gas and other energy price increases come from the same pot of money that we fund our educational program with.  These energy costs compete for the same dollars that teaching and learning do.

The district’s levy is composed of different “silos” of funds with specific purposes.  The district’s plan of adding the ISL will not increase the current district levy amount.  The district plans to reduce other parts (“silos”) of the district levy that do not generate spending authority, in order to balance out the implementation of the ISL.  The result will be a levy that is either stable or possibly even reduced.  The ISL could generate an additional $350,000 for the 2017-18 school year.  The school board has the flexibility each fiscal year to determine the levy amounts.

 Instructional Support Levy Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Instructional Support Levy (ISL)? It is a levy available to schools to increase the spending authority of the General Fund, which is the primary fund that supports teaching and learning for our students.  It can be supported through a minimal addition to the local property levy rate.  An instructional support levy can fund up to 10 percent of the regular program district cost as determined by the state education funding formula. The district’s ISL proposal will be solely funded by property tax.  The Carlisle School District is planning to reduce other parts of the current levy rate that do not impact spending authority, in order to keep the current levy rate at either the same or a reduced level.


Why does Carlisle need the Instructional Support Levy (ISL)? Simply put, the district needs the financial flexibility to continue the work of providing our students with increased learning opportunities.  Current funding allowances by the state legislature are insufficient and unpredictable.  There is no need to raise the levy rate, and the Instructional Support Levy will not increase the local school levy rate, but the spending authority will allow continuing to offer a comprehensive program to students.


How can the district say that a levy will not increase the tax levy rate?  The district plans to reduce other parts of the levy that do not generate spending authority, in order to balance out the implementation of the ISL.  The result will be a levy rate that is either stable or possibly even reduced.  So while the ISL does increase part of the levy rate, other parts will be reduced in order to not increase the total levy rate.


Do other districts have an Instructional Support Levy?  Yes, nearly all do.  There are only 6 out of approximately 333 districts in the state that do not have the ISL.  Carlisle is the second largest district in the state without this source of finance flexibility.  Every other district in Metro area has the Instructional Support Levy in place, as well as every school district in the Raccoon River Athletic Conference.  53 of the other 56 3A districts all across the state use an Instructional Support Levy to improve education in their communities.  Without an ISL, Carlisle will have less spending authority per student than comparable districts in the state and metro area.


Is this a “Blank Check” for the district?  Absolutely not!  The school board approves the entire school levy each and every year.  The Instructional Support Levy is no different.  The board can use it, or not use it.  It can be reduced to become a smaller amount if necessary.  The district has taken many steps to become more efficient in the last few years, and will continue to do so.   Implementation of the ISL will not relax accountability; in fact, it is a flexible tool that will be continually monitored. The district does not control all of the factors that influence the overall levy rate and no one has a crystal ball, but all information known now points to either a stable levy rate or decrease in the levy rate in the future.


What will ISL be used for?  The district does not plan to raise the tax levy rate with the Instructional Support Levy.  Additional spending authority will be used for all current General Fund purposes.  Spending authority generated by the ISL will support current teaching and learning, current programming, and allow the district to continue expanding learning opportunities for students.

 ISL Information Flyer 2016

Thank you for taking the time to understand the complex world of school finance in Iowa and your continued support for our school district.  As always, should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, I can be reached by phone at 515-989-3589 or via email at: .

April Menu

August 25th, 2016

Click the following link to access the April 2017 menu: April Menu





The district has been collaborating with DLR Group Architects on the development of master facility planning with a focus on the high school facility.  Starting in the Fall of 2016 work will begin on Phase 1 of the high school addition and renovation project.

Below are links to the Bid Project Advertisement and the Notice for the Public Hearing for the plans, specifications, form of contract and the estimated total cost of construction.

Notice of Public Hearing for Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Estimated Total Cost of Construction – High School Phase 1

Advertisement to Bid Project – Carlisle HS Addition & Renovation Phase 1