Capstone project promotes AED awareness

For their Capstone project, three Chanhassen High School juniors this year helped coaches know where to find life-saving equipment. Matthew Boyum, Ben Gustafson, and John Morley worked with Athletic Director Cullen Bahn to develop a presentation to show coaches locations of all AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) around district athletic facilities. Defibrillators are used to restart someone’s heart in the event of a heart attack by delivering a precise electric shock. The juniors then applied to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for a $2,000 grant to purchase an AED for the Eastern Carver County Athletic Center, which opened in December of 2017. The AED, is located at the main entrance of the Athletic Center. Capstone is a graduation requirement in Eastern Carver County Schools, where students must develop a project that engages or benefits the community beyond their school. It is a real-world application of classroom... Continue reading Capstone project promotes AED awareness

Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10

Eastern Carver County Schools’ new pool facility is scheduled for completion by the end of May. Community members and parents are welcome to come view the new facility at a special Open House: PRM Pool Community Open House Sunday, June 10 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School The competition sized pool, located at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, is 75 ft x 61 ft and includes 8 lanes, a separate diving well, and room for 520 spectators. The new facility will be used by students at Pioneer Ridge Middle School for personal wellness classes and district swim teams. It is also available for rent to outside user groups.... Continue reading Come see the new PRM Pool Facility – June 10

Class of 2018 Senior Project Exhibition – June 6 at Chaska High School

The Senior Project Exhibition is a service learning opportunity offered to Chaska High School senior students each year. This year, more than 200 seniors worked on developing their senior projects and meeting with community mentors. During the last two weeks of school, these seniors work outside of school to complete their work. On Wednesday, June 6, seniors will return to Chaska High School to exhibit their work to the public. Community members and parents are welcome to attend the following events: Wednesday, June 6 10:30 – Noon or 6-7:15 p.m. Chaska High School Commons 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska The Senior Awards Program will follow in the Auditorium at 7:30... Continue reading Class of 2018 Senior Project Exhibition – June 6 at Chaska High School

Google Expeditions AR: Bringing the World into the Classroom

This week, students at Jonathan Elementary got a glimpse of what the future of education looks like when the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program visited their classrooms. This new augmented reality (AR) technology allows students to use an Android phone to bring 3D digital objects into the classroom. As teachers guide students through lessons, like learning about an erupting volcano or exploring ancient Rome, the 3D objects appear on the student’s device so that everyone can examine it together at the same time.  This technology allows students to see a 360-degree view of things they have read about or have seen in books. Jo Jacobson, one of the district’s digital learning coaches, helped bring this learning experience to Jonathan Elementary. “We saw a lot of excitement, energy and noise from our students today as they used this innovative technology,” she explained. “Students were immediately engaged when they viewed a variety of three dimensional objects using this Google... Continue reading Google Expeditions AR: Bringing the World into the Classroom

CMSE students’ public policy project goes to national competition

On May 15, 24 students from Chaska Middle School East presented their public policy solutions at the state Capitol. Students and identified a community problem, conducted research and proposed a solution. This is a project-based learning program called Project Citizen, and is developed and sponsored by The Center for Civic Education. The goal is to promote competent and responsible participation in government. Students Petra Causton, Micaela Cornell, and Chelsea Lohrenz won the “Best Visual Board” award and will be sending their board to the national competition in California this summer. Their project, “Feeding Children Everyday,” will be the only project representing Minnesota at the National Conference for State Legislatures, which will take place August 6–9 in Los Angeles. Project Citizen develops 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, research and analysis. Students also learn about their government, including how to monitor... Continue reading CMSE students’ public policy project goes to national competition

Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools Advance in U.S. News & World Report Ranking

This year, U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools in Minnesota awarded Chanhassen High School and Chaska High School silver medals. Both schools advanced in ranking from last year and surpassed nearby districts. Chanhassen High School was ranked #10 in Minnesota, up from 13 last year. Chaska High School was ranked #17 in Minnesota, up from 20 last year. For the full list of Minnesota High School rankings, click HERE. If you are interested in the methodology of this report, learn more... Continue reading Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools Advance in U.S. News & World Report Ranking