Principal's Message

Academic Growth

The new semester is a great time of the year.
  With a new semester starting it is a wonderful time for students to make goals that lead to academic success.  The staff would like to offer these reminders and supports to help students make the most of their education at Carson Elementary. 

  • Showing up is a prerequisite to success in anything that we do. Data shows that students who typically have more than 5 absences have lower grades than their peers and the State of Washington considers a student chronically absent if they have 10 or more absences in a year, regardless of the reason(s).Being late to class, even occasionally can make it challenging to get all the information needed to be successful in class, as the introduction to the day’s lesson happens when the bell rings. This is just as important whether we are online or in-person.
  • Planners, and other organizational tools can help students stay on track in their class. Many families take a few minutes each week to talk to their student about their planner, or go on the Google Classroom and see the work that is being done in class.
  • Carson Elementary tries to give you many ways to stay informed on how you student is doing in class and what is going on in the school. In addition to emails and messages from teachers, the Cougar Connection Newsletter goes out weekly. Facebook posts share some of the great things that are happening around the school and our school website is another resource for information.

 Sarah (Marino) Dodson

Principal, Carson Elementary

Welcome To Carson Elementary School

Carson Elementary is a small school, typically just under 300 students grades three through six.  We are located in Carson, Washington in the Columbia Gorge and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  All students participate in basic skill development, including English Language Arts through our CKLA curriculum, Math through Math in Focus, Science/STEM, Social Studies, Physical Education, Library, and Music.

Additional services are provided to our students through programs including Highly Capable, Special Education, Transitional Bilingual, and Math & Reading support through Title 1 and LAP.  We also provide special events and enrichment including family events, student performances, and recognition assemblies.

Our Vision and Mission statements are still a work in progress.  We welcome your input.  

Carson Elementary turns out very successful students academically and socially, that are prepared for the next step in their lives. 

Carson Elementary’s professional staff cares about each individual students’ academic and personal growth.  Through engaging students by building relationships, modeling team work and focus on a growth mindset.


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