Installation of solar panels & energy education at Clover Ridge Elementary

Clover Ridge Elementary was recently granted the gift of solar panels by Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) through a program that aims to educate students first-hand about energy production and how sunlight is converted into electricity. The power generated will benefit the building by helping run lights and other electrical elements. Fourth- and fifth-grade students will experience the greatest benefit through curriculum and lesson plans, provided by MMPA, surrounding power generation, renewable energy and energy conservation. Project costs associated with the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the solar installation are covered by the grant. Construction will be complete in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year. How will the solar panels generate electricity at Clover Ridge... Continue reading Installation of solar panels & energy education at Clover Ridge Elementary

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

MyStop gives parents and students access to live bus GPS info

MyStop is a web-based application available to all Eastern Carver County Schools parents and students that lets them access live bus GPS information. Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, parents and students can view the current location of buses on routes and the estimated time of arrival at their neighborhood bus stops. This simple and informative tool gives parents, guardians and students the ability to know approximately where the school bus is on its route. MyStop displays the school bus’s approximate location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to a specific student’s bus stop. The school bus’s location is automatically updated every few minutes, and the ETA is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while the bus is en route. Please note: does not work for after-school activity routes since there are no students assigned to them and no set stops. Learn more about MyStop and how to download the app on the district’s Transportation... Continue reading MyStop gives parents and students access to live bus GPS info

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

Planting Seeds for Life-Long Learning: School Gardens

School gardens throughout the district are thriving, thanks to the dedication of students, families, school PTOs, staff, local businesses, and Carver County Master Gardeners. These gardens are a source of learning for students throughout the summer and into the school year. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, math/engineering, etc., often creatively incorporate their school garden into Standards-Based lesson plans to learn about topics such as life-cycle, germination, the history of the land, and more. Not only do students enjoy the school gardens and have fun taking care of them, but they also walk away with a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship. This sustainable model makes for great learning opportunities. Learn about the school gardens in our district: Bluff Creek Elementary Students planted the first seeds in this garden four years ago with the goal of establishing an outdoor focal point for learning. At the start of the... Continue reading Planting Seeds for Life-Long Learning: School Gardens

SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet at Pioneer Ridge Pool

We hosted Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meet and greet at the new Pioneer Ridge Middle School pool, June 19. The school district is a member of the chamber and Superintendent Clint Christopher currently serves on its board of directors. A number of our high school students have business mentors through a program coordinated by the chamber. It was a hot and humid morning in the pool, but that didn’t stop good conversations and... Continue reading SW Metro Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet at Pioneer Ridge Pool