• Dear Carlisle Families,


    It is my pleasure to welcome you back for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

    I hope you have been able to take advantage of the summer break to spend time together, and that our students are now anticipating the start of the new school year.  I am pleased to report that our staff has been working diligently all summer getting our schools ready to open next week and that the building looks great.  I am also pleased to report that the water issue we experienced later in the summer has been addressed and rectified.  Our teachers have also been in throughout the summer, participating in a wide variety of professional development activities and making preparations for a smooth start to another great school year.

    We are fortunate to have a wonderful faculty, staff and administration, and I am pleased to welcome the new members to our team.  We have a new Director of Student Support Services and her name is Lori Bruce.  Lori started with us in July and she has been hard at work this summer getting to know our students, families and our district.  Lori brings with her a great deal of experience and expertise in the field of special education, and we are thankful to have her working with us in Carlisle.  I am also pleased to welcome two new classroom teachers to our faculty; Meghan Laughlin joins us as a Health/Wellness/PE teacher, and Marie Laure Rivier will be our new French teacher.  We are also starting the year with two teachers on maternity leave, for whom we have long term substitutes; they are Rose Begin who will be working with the 6th grade team substituting for Stephanie DeCoste in the role of special education teacher, and Steve Peisch who will be the Choral instructor substituting for Valerie Thomforde.  We also welcome five new paraprofessionals;  Jill Candlen, Diana Gargas, Lisa Pepe, Hannah Springer, and Lucy O’Connor.  In addition, we have Brittney Effler joining us as one of our permanent substitutes, Joe LaFlamme joining our Technology Department, and Brett Lifner, who joined our custodial team earlier this summer.

    The dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff to providing each and every student and their family with a truly outstanding educational experience is impressive, and as a school district, we remain committed to our core values of academic excellence, respect, responsibility and creativity and ensuring that our students feel known, cared for, included, supported and safe. 

    I am grateful and proud to serve as Superintendent of the Carlisle School District.  We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers and administrators, motivated students, and supportive parents, and I look forward to our work together this year. 

    Please mark your calendars for the Middle and Elementary School Open Houses, which will take place on September 19th and 26th respectively.




    Jim O’Shea