DECA team scores high in international competition

Earlier this month, 20 Chanhassen High School DECA members attended the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA with over 19,000 high school students from around the globe. We are very proud of this group of students and how they represented Chanhassen High School International Competition Attendees: Brian Ash – Restaurant & Food Service Management Role Play Event Ashley Benson – Apparel & Accessories Role Play Event Carley Benson – Quick Serve Restaurant Management Role Play Event Chloe Duffing – Public Relations Project Isabelle Gallagher – Business Services Operations Research Project Emma Graves – Public Relations Project Amanda Hadden – Hospitality Team Decision Making Event Lana Hanson – Business Services Operations Research Project Matt Hove – Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research Project Ellie Loehrer – Business Services Operations Research Project Jake Maus – Hospitality... read more

District honors 2016-17 retirees

Congratulations and thank you to the following staff who retire this year from Eastern Carver County Schools: Jim Bauck – Superintendent Ann Berne-Rannow – Clover Ridge Elementary Diane Bourassa – District Administration Laura Bros – Chanhassen Elementary Cina Chapman – Pioneer Ridge Middle School Ann Curtis – Bluff Creek Elementary Lori Domholt – Victoria Elementary Helen Farrington – Chaska Elementary Mary Frank – Bluff Creek Elementary Jan Kellner – District Education Center Sue Klingenberg – Chanhassen High School Connie Liestman – Community Education Dave Lundquist – East Union Elementary Jan Lundquist – Jonathan Elementary Michelle Mauren – Holy Family Marie Moran- Chaska Elementary Ivy Paul- Pioneer Ridge Middle School Rita Redman – District Education Center Laura Scanlon – Chanhassen/Chaska High School Patricia Schlesinger – STAR Wendy Theis- East Union Elementary Janet... read more

Two CMSE students now have National History Day credentials

Chaska Middle School East sent 15 projects to Minnesota’s National History Day competition on April 30. For History Day, students research a topic and develop their research into a presentation. Students then enter their projects into History Day competitions at school, regional, state, and national levels. August Butterworth qualified for National History Day and Sydney Turner is an alternate for Nationals. Butterworth’s presentation was “The 1971 Burglary: Taking a Stand Against Illegal Government Spying” and won second in state. Turner’s presentation was “Maya Angelou: The Serene Stand of the People’s Poet” and also won second place. Evan Violette won the Immigration History Topical Award for the presentation “Maria Altmann: A Symbolic Stand for the Victims of the Holocaust.” Ellen Adams won the Environmental History Topical Prize for “Frida Kahlo: A Feminist Icon.” These two presentations and six others... read more

6th Graders perform in Regional Second Year Honor Band

The Minnesota Band Director’s Association presented their Regional Second Year Honor Band at South View Middle School in Edina on Saturday, April 29.  This band represents the top band students in the South Central region of Minnesota.  Eleven 6th graders from Chaska Middle School West and Pioneer Ridge Middle School were selected and performed in this band: Joci Follmuth, flute; Hope Greer, clarinet; Abby Owusu, bass clarinet; Caleb Songer, alto saxophone; Keegan Cummings, baritone saxophone; Valerie Rakotomalala, trumpet; Natalie Roth, Trumpet; Seth Veng, Trumpet; Caleb Smith, French horn; Cameron Pauly, Tuba; and Anna Holk, percussion.... read more

Construction going strong as 2015 bond projects take shape

Carver Elementary School is under construction in April 2017.Voters approved a bond referendum in 2015 for a few projects including Carver Elementary School, a pool addition at Pioneer Ridge and a multi-purpose facility at Chaska Middle School East. Here are some updates shared with the School Board on April 24: Carver Elementary School is starting to look like a school. It is scheduled to open this fall. A video update of progress this week is courtesy of district parent Eric Kirsling. The steel shell of the building is complete along with the roof. Exterior walls, weather barrier and insulation are about 90 percent complete. Exterior brick and masonry work is underway. The gym floor was poured on Monday. Electrical and plumbing rough-ins and HVAC ducting are nearly complete on the first floor academic wing, and framing is starting. Utility rough-ins on the second floor of the academic wing continue this week. Regarding the multi-purpose facility and pool: Fences will be up around Pioneer Ridge as leveling the ground and digging the hole... read more

What do parents think about E. Carver Co. Schools?

86 percent of residents are satisfied with students' educationThis week the School Board heard survey results from a random-sample, community survey. The district conducts a scientific survey every two years as part of monitoring satisfaction and gathering opinions on the direction of the district. The 2017 survey marked many new highs in parent/guardian and community opinions. Here are 10 takeaways: The consistent high ratings from this year’s survey put Eastern Carver County Schools into a category with the top three or four school districts in the metro area. Compared to a 2013 survey, nearly all topics this year increased in favorable opinions. 99% of parents would recommend Eastern Carver County Schools to others. 98% of parents agree our public schools are a good value for the investment. 96% of parents rate the quality of education as excellent or good. 98% of parents rate the job performance of instructional staff as excellent or good. 99% of parents agree that students have a safe learning environment. 97% of parents agree that the... read more