District recognized for positive behavior intervention practices

E. Carver Co. Schools was awarded 2017 Exemplar District Recognition from the Minnesota Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) State Leadership team. The PBIS system recognizes and rewards positive student behaviors and seeks to eliminate negative ones, such as bullying. The PBIS plan is to be clear about what is good behavior, to reward good behavior, and to give students a chance to correct bad behavior before consequences. Fewer students sent to the office means teachers are spending more time on coursework than on managing classroom behaviors. All schools in the district utilize the PBIS approach. Some schools have seen discipline referrals to the main office drop by 70 percent over the time they’ve been using this systematic approach called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Underpinning the program are clear expectations for good behavior. Schools call it PRIDE – prepared, respectful, integrity, dependability and excellence. It’s shorthand for a... read more

Jay Woller selected as East Union Principal

The district welcomes Jay Woller back to Eastern Carver County Schools as principal of East Union Elementary. Mr. Woller served as assistant principal of Pioneer Ridge Middle School from 2008-2013 then took the position as principal of La Crescent-Hokah Elementary. He will start this summer, an exact start date is still being determined. Prior to working in our district, Mr. Woller was an assistant principal, teacher and coach in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Woller started his career as a special education teacher and middle school coach in Eagan and also worked in sales in the private sector. Mr. Woller has a Master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational administration. His undergraduate work was in elementary education and special education. In addition to providing daily support and oversight at East Union Elementary, Mr. Woller will have responsibilities to help coordinate district-wide teacher staff development. Jay Woller, Principal East Union... read more

Chan High names Athletics Director

Cullen Bahn has been named Assistant Principal/Athletics Director of Chanhassen High School. Mr. Bahn was a teacher at Chanhassen High School and, beginning in 2013, part the administration team. Last year he became an assistant principal and activities director in Jordan Public School District. Bahn helped open Chanhassen High School as a member of the design team and social studies teacher. Mr. Bahn has served in a number of school leadership and coaching roles in the district and in Jordan. read more

Prepare now for your child’s 2017-18 busing needs

The Transportation Department is creating bus schedules based on your child’s home address, or an alternate address that you provide to us.  Preliminary bus information will be posted on Campus Portal by July 31. Any changes to busing must be made by August 11 and final busing information will be posted by August 28.  With the exception of Special Education students, no letters will be sent to student homes.  If your Elementary or Middle School student has any schedule other than traveling to and from home and school, (i.e., shared custody or day care) you must complete the Elementary & Middle School Transportation Registration Form. This form needs to be filled out annually.  (You do NOT need to complete this form if your child will be picked up and dropped off at your home address each day.)   o     Link to Elementary & Middle School Transportation Form o    Link to Elementary & Middle School Transportation Form – Espanòl If you have a high school student in grades... read more

Chaska Middle School East student receives national honor for history research

August Butterworth, a Chaska Middle School East student entering high school this fall, is among the nation’s best for National History Day. Butterworth’s project, “The 1971 FBI Burglary: Taking A Stand Against Illegal Government Surveillance” earned 3rd place last week out of more than 3,000 projects nation-wide. She focused on a Pennsylvania FBI office break-in in 1971 which revealed a 15-year-old FBI program, COINTELPRO, to spy on U.S. citizens.  The FBI never identified the burglars, who only came forward in 2014. Butterworth interviewed two of them, Bonnie and John Raines. More than 1,000 stolen files showed that targets of FBI surveillance were civil rights organizations and anti-Vietnam War activists but also ordinary citizens who merely had similar beliefs. Making this information public led to greater Congressional oversight of the FBI and CIA, and to new laws to protect U.S. citizens from unauthorized surveillance. The University of Minnesota sponsors Minnesota’s National... read more

District to complete purchase of land for future elementary school

Following through on a 2015 referendum pledge, the district will have land in Chaska for a future elementary school. The School Board approved a purchase agreement for 2.45 acres of land in southwest Chaska. The land is northeast of the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 44 (Big Woods Boulevard). In February, the district and the City of Chaska negotiated purchase of 3.2 acres of land. The two parcels are adjacent and will be combined for a future elementary school site. There are no immediate plans for construction. District officials anticipate housing growth in this area of Chaska, which means school enrollment growth. The school will be next to a city park and with a shared-use agreement with the city, future students will be able to use part of the park land for recess and outdoor activities. Similar arrangements are in place for many schools in Eastern Carver County. They save taxpayers maintenance costs and create efficient use of public green space. Eastern Carver... read more