La Academia names new principal

     Gretchen Kleinsasser, Principal / La Academia & Kinder Academy Gretchen Kleinsasser has been named principal of La Academia, the district’s two-way dual language Spanish Immersion elementary school. The school also houses the district’s Kinder Academy program. Kleinsasser brings a mix of leadership experience, working in a traditional immersion school and teaching in Mexico.  Most recently, she worked in Eden Prairie Schools where she was associate principal of Oak Point Elementary School. She has served roles in that district in Q-Comp leadership and as an elementary immersion teacher. Kleinsasser has an Educational Specialist Degree from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s degree from Hamline University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. La Academia is a two-way immersion program that combines students from two language groups for instruction in both of their languages. In a two-way dual language... Continue reading La Academia names new principal

Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10

Eastern Carver County Schools’ new pool facility is scheduled for completion by the end of May. Community members and parents are welcome to come view the new facility at a special Open House: PRM Pool Community Open House Sunday, June 10 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School The competition sized pool, located at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, is 75 ft x 61 ft and includes 8 lanes, a separate diving well, and room for 520 spectators. The new facility will be used by students at Pioneer Ridge Middle School for personal wellness classes and district swim teams. It is also available for rent to outside user groups.... Continue reading Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10

Class of 2018 Senior Project Exhibition – June 6 at Chaska High School

The Senior Project Exhibition is a service learning opportunity offered to Chaska High School senior students each year. This year, more than 200 seniors worked on developing their senior projects and meeting with community mentors. During the last two weeks of school, these seniors work outside of school to complete their work. On Wednesday, June 6, seniors will return to Chaska High School to exhibit their work to the public. Community members and parents are welcome to attend the following events: Wednesday, June 6 10:30 – Noon or 6-7:15 p.m. Chaska High School Commons 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska The Senior Awards Program will follow in the Auditorium at 7:30... Continue reading Class of 2018 Senior Project Exhibition – June 6 at Chaska High School

Google Expeditions AR: Bringing the World into the Classroom

This week, students at Jonathan Elementary got a glimpse of what the future of education looks like when the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program visited their classrooms. This new augmented reality (AR) technology allows students to use an Android phone to bring 3D digital objects into the classroom. As teachers guide students through lessons, like learning about an erupting volcano or exploring ancient Rome, the 3D objects appear on the student’s device so that everyone can examine it together at the same time.  This technology allows students to see a 360-degree view of things they have read about or have seen in books. Jo Jacobson, one of the district’s digital learning coaches, helped bring this learning experience to Jonathan Elementary. “We saw a lot of excitement, energy and noise from our students today as they used this innovative technology,” she explained. “Students were immediately engaged when they viewed a variety of three dimensional objects using this Google... Continue reading Google Expeditions AR: Bringing the World into the Classroom