Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services is proud to be partnering with Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  Ferndale Market is a third generation free range turkey farm that prides itself on growing turkeys the way nature intended, without the use of antibiotics or growth promotants.  The turkeys are processed naturally, without additives, binders and fillers, using only simple ingredients.  And furthermore, they are DECLICOUS! All Eastern Carver County Schools will be serving Ferndale turkey as part of our locally sourced menu on Thursday, November 15th. Click here to watch a video of the turkeys on the... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Informational Meetings for New Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School Families

If you have a student or know a student entering kindergarten, middle school, or high school next year, you may be interested in attending one of the following events. These events are not required but give parents an opportunity to learn more about what our schools have to offer. Middle school and high school registration events will take place in February. Enrolled kindergarten students will be invited to a special event in May. Kindergarten Parent Preview – An informational meeting for parents/guardians. Children will be invited to a special kindergarten event in May. Attend either the webinar or in-person event; the same information will be presented. Webinar | Tue, Nov. 13, 12:00 p.m. – Learn more about our kindergarten options from the comfort of your own home or office. Sign up at eccs.mn/kweb. If you cannot attend the live event, register anyway to receive a link to the recording. Parent Preview at Your Child’s School | Thu, Nov. 15, 6:00 or 7:30 p.m. – Attend a... Continue reading Informational Meetings for New Kindergarten, Middle School, and High School Families

Planning for the future of our facilities

And just like that, we’re back to school. School routines have been re-established and classrooms are busy again with learning. We’re grateful for each family that chose Eastern Carver County Schools this year. We have a number of advantages that make us a destination for families, including our commitment to personalized learning, safe and welcoming schools and opportunities for students whatever their interests. As discussed in a previous column, this summer was dedicated to studies for Eastern Carver County Schools’ future. Housing growth is all around us. New homes bring young families and children. All four of our cities – Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria and Carver – have new home construction. As a result of developments underway and planned, we expect to have 1,000 more students in our district in four years. Enrollment is only half the story. We have to maintain our existing facilities. Previous generations of residents helped establish our district with schools that met needs... Continue reading Planning for the future of our facilities

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? I look forward to each day knowing adventure awaits and no 2 days are the same!  I am proud to work in a great district for the past 18 years and to be able to support the students. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first started in the district, a student came and told each staff member “You’re Fired!” This was a daily occurrence. Then one day, I replied, “O.K. then there won’t be anyone to get your lunch”. He said,  “I could stay this once” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? My favorite thing to cook is something for my family and friends, like a big breakfast.  I also enjoy making jams and baked goods. Then give them away as parting gifts. Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life and why? My grandmother Anita, she shared her cooking and canning skills with me! She rarely measured unless it was a new recipe and she saved... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

Teacher of the Year, Anna Edlund, honored as Junior Achievement Capstone Educator of the Year

Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest has announced that Anna Edlund, Teacher of the Year and STEM and Gifted Services Facilitator at Bluff Creek Elementary School, has been honored with award of Capstone Educator of the Year. Reaching over 150,000 K-12 students each year, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest provides education around financial literacy, career and college readiness and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the Capstone Educator of the Year is to recognize Junior Achievement (JA) educators who have performed outstanding service in making JA’s capstone programs available for their students. BizTown is one of a list of JA capstone programs which encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems and develop real-world skills. The program gives elementary school students a peek at what it’s like to own and run a business, run a city, work and learn a profession or trade, be responsible for payroll, and earn a paycheck. “Anna was instrumental in introducing... Continue reading Teacher of the Year, Anna Edlund, honored as Junior Achievement Capstone Educator of the Year