Community resources to support individuals with special needs

Eastern Carver County Schools’ surrounding communities have a wide variety of resources and opportunities to support individuals with special needs. Two resources are listed below: 1.   Needs assessment at Prairie Care for Mental Health Concerns Taken from Prairie Care website: A Needs Assessment is a face-to-face interview with a trained counselor to help determine which level of care is most appropriate for that person. Anybody can schedule a Needs Assessment at one of our six locations. PrairieCare will schedule needs assessment appointments at the first opening available. A Needs Assessment is not a full psychiatric evaluation, but rather a comprehensive assessment which determines the most appropriate mental health services to address an individual’s needs. This may include but is not limited to: outpatient clinic services, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospital, inpatient hospital, residential treatment, or substance abuse treatment. Contact Jame Barten, MA, LMFT,... Continue reading Community resources to support individuals with special needs

5 Tips for working effectively with your student’s IEP manager

As students and staff move toward the second semester, here are some friendly tips to keep in mind when working with school staff: 1.Establish a communication plan What works best for your IEP Manager and you? It might be e-mails, phone calls, or in-person communication. Work together to make a plan on the best medium of communication, as well as the frequency (bi-weekly? monthly? quarterly?). Having a clear plan can help avoid unnecessary meetings or frustrations. 2.   Be Proactive Alert your student’s IEP Manager to any significant changes that could impact in school performance. These changes might include: Sleep changes (trouble sleeping, overly tired) Medication changes Mood changes Home/Family changes or stresses (sibling moving to college, parent job change, schedule changes, family death, the birth of a sibling, etc.) 3.     Reach out at Conferences Make a point to connect with your child’s IEP Manager at conferences. IEP Managers are present and available during building... Continue reading 5 Tips for working effectively with your student’s IEP manager

Board approves school calendars for next two years

At its regular meeting on Dec. 10, the School Board approved the school calendars for the next two years. All students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, will start school the day after Labor Day. New next year: the district has added two assessment days for grades K-5 during the week before Labor Day. Completing these “Assess & Connect” sessions for students in kindergarten through grade 5 will allow teachers to plan and deliver personalized instruction sooner. Targeted reading instruction and interventions can also begin earlier in the year. Students in grades K-5 will be released two days earlier than middle and high school students in the spring of 2020 and 2021. 2019-2020 calendar highlights include: Aug. 27-28 — Assess & Connect grades K-5 Sept.2 — Labor Day Sept. 3 — 1st day of school grades K-12 Oct. 17-18 — No School/Education MN Nov. 1 — No School/Conference-Workshop Nov. 27-29 — Thanksgiving Break Dec. 2  — No... Continue reading Board approves school calendars for next two years

District welcomes new leadership for 2018-19 school year

Kelli Krick Oborn, Specialized Education Supervisor Kellie has worked in the field of special education for more than 20 years. Most of her teaching career was with St. Paul and Minneapolis Schools, teaching in both mainstream and center-based special education classrooms. Most recently, she spent several years preparing special educators at the University of St. Thomas. Kellie supervises specialized education programs at Chaska Middle School East and West, Jonathan and Clover Ridge Elementary, and La Academia. Michelle Cuka, Specialized Education Supervisor Before joining E. Carver Co. Schools Specialized Services, Michele worked in St. Louis Park, New Prague and Shakopee. In her new role, she supervises the 9-12+ programs at STAR, Chaska High School, Chanhassen High School, Integrated Arts Academy, and the district’s 17-21 program. Kim Franta, Nutrition Services Director Prior to joining our district, Kim served as director of Nutrition Services at New Prague Area Schools for 3 ½... Continue reading District welcomes new leadership for 2018-19 school year

When it comes to district finances, no news is good news

We’re happy to report news about the district’s finances that is, frankly, not news. When district finances are audited, which they are every year, the best outcome is that the auditors find no compliance issues. That was the case again this year. An audit was conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen and its opinion was “clean.” This is the best that any organization can do in an audit. The auditors also help advise the board and district staff about important changes in accounting practices. The School Board approved the audit at its Oct. 22 meeting. Visit the finance department’s website to view all the district’s finance documents.  E. Carver Co. Schools was one of many in the districts in the state of MN to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence (COE) for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). For the second year in a row, the Finance Dept. received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International... Continue reading When it comes to district finances, no news is good news