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

Back-to-School Open Houses

Here’s a list of each school’s back to school events – contact your child’s school for more details: Elementary Open Houses All are on August 29th Bluff Creek Elementary Kindergarten 3:30-4:30 pm / Grades 1-5 4:30 – 6:00 pm Carver Elementary 4-6 pm Chanhassen Elementary 3:30 – 5 pm Clover Ridge Elementary  4-7 pm East Union Elementary 4-5:30 pm Jonathan Elementary 4-5:30 pm Kinder Academy 3-4 pm La Academia 4-6 pm Victoria Elementary 4-6 pm Middle School Open Houses Chaska Middle School East 6th Grade August 21st: 1-3 pm / All Grades 3-6 pm 7th & 8th Grade students new to district August 22: 2-3 pm / All Grades 3-6 pm Chaska Middle School West 6th Grade August 22nd: 3-6:30 pm / All Grades 4:30-6:30 pm  All Grades August 23rd: 3-6 pm Pioneer Ridge Middle School All Grades August 22nd: 1-7 pm High School Open Houses Chanhassen High School August 20th: Grades 11-12 from 1-7pm August 21st: Grades 9-10 from 10am – 7pm Chaska High School... Continue reading Back-to-School Open Houses

We’re Welcoming More & More Students in Our Schools

You may have noticed there’s a lot of housing construction in our area. This brings a familiar cycle to our community: New single-family homes mean more students in our schools. A year ago, we opened our newest elementary school, Carver Elementary. When we began planning for that school in 2015, the prediction was it would fill up in about five years. Instead, we are one or two years away from nearing capacity. When the unexpected happens, some people wonder whether the district spent enough time and effort in the planning phase. Prior to the 2015 referendum, three task forces of parents, teachers, students, staff and administrators spent three years reviewing facility usage, housing, enrollment and other trends. In spite of all this forethought, it is difficult to predict the economic trends around home buying or how developers use land or when cities issue building permits. We saw that as soon as Carver Elementary was official, all around that location, new housing developments... Continue reading We’re Welcoming More & More Students in Our Schools