School to close 2 hours early Friday, Jan. 17

Eastern Carver County Schools will release students 2 hours early tomorrow, Friday, January 17, because of expected heavy snowfall. Buses will transport students home two hours earlier than usual on Friday, January 17. Afternoon Club Care will be cancelled. Afternoon preschool and E.C.F.E. programs will be cancelled. Full-day preschool will close at 4:00 p.m. All district and non-district events are cancelled Friday afternoon and evening. Community Education classes will be cancelled. Updates will be posted on... Continue reading School to close 2 hours early Friday, Jan. 17

Nominations now open for 2020 Teacher of the Year Award

Students, parents, teachers, and principals are encouraged to nominate exceptional teachers within the Eastern Carver County School district for the District 112 Foundation’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. The award honors and recognizes outstanding teachers in the district who advance excellence and innovation in education. Teacher of the Year nominees must be current licensed teachers within the school district during the 2019-2020 school year. Ideal candidates for the Teacher of the Year award will have daily contact with students and will encourage them to build confidence, to learn, and to achieve. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their subject matter and will share it effectively with students, and will make positive contributions within the school community while actively supporting the mission and vision of Eastern Carver County Schools. Nominations are due by Feb. 26. Submit your nomination ONLINE... Continue reading Nominations now open for 2020 Teacher of the Year Award

112 Foundation grant brings poetry to life at CMSW

“Poetry can be anything we want it to be.  It’s your story – it’s how you feel – and that’s powerful.”  That’s the message that poet, artist, and hip-hop musician See More Perspective brought to students at Chaska Middle School West this week, thanks to a generous grant from the District 112 Foundation. Perspective works with COMPAS, a non-profit arts organization that has worked in Minnesota for almost 50 years, teaching students through art. The artist is spending time with West 8th graders who are beginning their poetry unit, and spent time with West teachers Melissa Balcerak and Nancy Tichey-Valois to integrate his presentation with their goals for the unit.  During their time together, students learned about the elements of spoken word poetry, worked together as a team to create a poem, and then developed their own spoken word poetry before the class concluded. It was an opportunity to explore their own identity and values, reflect on those with their peers, and work on... Continue reading 112 Foundation grant brings poetry to life at CMSW

Tis the season to give back

Service is an important part of learning, and across the district students and staff have been giving back in ways large and small to our community.  To highlight just a few: At Bluff Creek Elementary School, the 3-4-5 Family raised $900 at their Market Day, and then turned their profits around to buy fabric and make 25 blankets for Children’s Minnesota and 60 blankets for Secondhand Hounds.  La Academia, Clover Ridge Elementary, and Chaska High School staff and students volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. Chanhassen High School students collected 150 backpacks in October as part of a district-wide backpack drive, delivering them to the Thanksgiving Day Free Store and volunteering time to help shoppers navigate the story on Thanksgiving morning. Chaska Middle School East students started a snack program to provide teachers with snacks to keep in their classroom so no kids have to go hungry. And there are food drives at far too many schools to name.   We are incredibly... Continue reading Tis the season to give back

District to develop budget proposal to address shortfalls

The November 5th Referendum asked for an operating levy increase of $550 per student, or approximately $5.6 million per year to continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment in our district. The operating levy was not approved by voters. Without this funding, expenses will continue to outpace revenue and the district now needs to make budget cuts moving forward. For years, state funding has not kept pace with inflation or increasing operating costs, and does not close the funding gap for our special education services. The district has worked hard over the last decade to implement cost containment measures to minimize classroom impacts.  These budget cuts totaled nearly $10 million in the last decade – including $3.5 million in the last three years alone. Over the last two years, the School Board chose to use $5.6 million in fund balance in addition to those cuts to avoid impacts on... Continue reading District to develop budget proposal to address shortfalls