Click the following link to view the 2016-2017 school supply lists for preschool through 8th Grade:  2016-2017 PS-8 School Supply


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



CHS Hall of Fall Induction

January 18th, 2016

Click the following link for more information regarding the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction on Friday, January 22, 2016:  2016 Hall of Fame Release

State School Report Card

December 17th, 2015

The state now provides an additional source of information with the release of the Iowa School Report Card yesterday. This Report Card is a new web-based tool that provides a snapshot of every Iowa public school’s performance on certain educational measures, such as student attendance and proficiency rates.

The goal of the Iowa School Report Card is to present specific educational data in a way that makes it easier for the public to find and understand.  Specifically, the Iowa School Report Card scores schools on up to eight educational measures and then assigns an overall rating to each school based on its performance on the measures. Our schools’ overall ratings are:

             Carlisle Elementary (PK-3):               Needs Improvement

            Hartford Upper Elementary (4-5):   Commendable

            Carlisle Middle School (6-8):             Commendable

            Carlisle High School (9-12):              Commendable

While I believe this information can add to conversations in our community about how we’re preparing our students for success, the data used for the report card ratings are weighted heavily on the Iowa Assessment student data, and only a small sample of the data that represents the work we do with students every day.  Schools are so much more than ratings.   Ratings do not tell the whole story.  For example, in all of our grade levels we are increasing in the total number of students scoring both in proficient and advanced levels on the Iowa Assessment over the past three years in all grade levels.  The high school has seen increases in the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes over the same time period.

As a district we are focused on improving our system to better serve our students. While I encourage you to explore the information provided in the Iowa School Report Card, I also urge you to get to know the school behind the rating. Ask questions about our improvement efforts, and ask what you can do to support our teachers and students.

You can locate our schools’ results, as well as more information about the Iowa School Report Card, on the following website: .

Thanks for all you do for our schools.

Bryce Amos


Early Dismissal Reminder

August 26th, 2015

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



*****WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 IS AN EARLY DISMISSAL (1:30 p.m.) ***********

Carlisle Elementary (Grades 1–3) : 

First Day of School, Wednesday, August 24 from 8:10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hartford Upper Elem. (Grades 4-5) : 

First Day of School, Wednesday, August 24 from 8:10 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

The Hartford shuttle bus will leave the Carlisle main campus at 8:00 a.m.

Middle School (Grades 6-8):  

First Day of School, Wednesday, August 24 from 8:05 a.m. – 1:22 p.m.

Students riding the Middle School shuttle bus will leave the Carlisle High School Commons at 7:50 a.m

High School (Grades 9-12) :   

First Day of School, Wednesday, August 24 from 8:10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kindergarten and Kindergarten Prep : 

K-Prep, First Day of School, Monday, August 29 from 8:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Kindergarten, First Day of School, Monday, August 29 from 8:10 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.


First Day of School:  Thursday, September 1

AM Session, 8:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. and   PM Session, 12:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.



Click the following link for the 2016-2017 Activity Pass order form: Activity Passes Form 2016-17

PPEL is the primary source of funding for repair, equipping and improving schools in Carlisle.

What is being proposed?

The appearance, condition, safety, and equipping of Carlisle schools is important, not only to the students, parents and teachers who come to the schools each day, but also to the community that uses our facilities for thousands of hours of programs.  The Carlisle Board of Education is asking Carlisle patrons to consider renewal of the school district’s voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), the primary source of funds for repair, equipping and improving schools.

Although this levy already exists in Carlisle, the state of Iowa requires a vote on whether to renew it every 10 years.  Carlisle patrons approved the PPEL funding in 2007, continuing the support that is part of the Carlisle tradition. 

This election requires a 50 percent +1 majority “yes” vote to pass.  If passed, the levy will continue at the same rate it has been since 2007.

Fast Fact #2 PPEL

What types of support has PPEL provided to Carlisle Schools?

Security Equipment & Upgrades
Computers & Technology Equipment
Fiber Optic Repair & Replacement
Sports Field Improvements
Music Instruments
Emergency Repairs
Transportation Security Upgrades
Increase Student Transportation Fleet
Maintenance for District Fleet
HVAC & Boiler Repairs & Upgrades
Roof Repair & Replacement
Structural Repairs
Parking Lot Upgrades
Student Information Systems Upgrades
Sports Equipment
Maintenance & Grounds Equipment

What does the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy mean in terms of my taxes?

The school tax will not increase if PPEL is renewed; this is only continuing an existing levy.
This is not a new tax; Carlisle patrons have provided this funding for repair, equipping and improving our schools for many years.
PPEL is one of several levies that make up the overall school tax rate.
PPEL represents $1.34 of the school tax rate, applied per $1,000 of taxable assessed valuation.
The total school tax rate was decreased again this year, marking the sixth consecutive school tax levy rate reduction.

What is the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL)?

PPEL is the main source of revenue used to maintain infrastructure in the Carlisle school system.  It is property tax specifically designated by the state to allow school districts to repair facilities, buy equipment, improve and expand schools and other facilities, lease buildings or equipment, and more.

Voter-approved PPEL represents $1.34 of the current school tax rate and will provide approximately $415,000 this school year.

Who can Vote on September 8th?

Residents of the Carlisle School District may vote if they are registered and 18 years of age or older on election day.Fast Fact # 1 PPEL

This information is not intended to advocate that you vote for or against the 10-year renewal of the PPEL, but instead to inform you of the facts about the election & PPEL.