National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

Two seniors from Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This achievement puts them among the top high school scholars in the country. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, which are announced in the spring of 2019, the students must fulfill several requirements. Finalists are chosen based on their academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. Rory Bartels, Chaska High School National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Tanner Brady, Chanhassen High School National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist  ... Continue reading National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

Teacher of the Year, Anna Edlund, honored as Junior Achievement Capstone Educator of the Year

Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest has announced that Anna Edlund, Teacher of the Year and STEM and Gifted Services Facilitator at Bluff Creek Elementary School, has been honored with award of Capstone Educator of the Year. Reaching over 150,000 K-12 students each year, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest provides education around financial literacy, career and college readiness and entrepreneurship. The purpose of the Capstone Educator of the Year is to recognize Junior Achievement (JA) educators who have performed outstanding service in making JA’s capstone programs available for their students. BizTown is one of a list of JA capstone programs which encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems and develop real-world skills. The program gives elementary school students a peek at what it’s like to own and run a business, run a city, work and learn a profession or trade, be responsible for payroll, and earn a paycheck. “Anna was instrumental in introducing... Continue reading Teacher of the Year, Anna Edlund, honored as Junior Achievement Capstone Educator of the Year

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

High School Parent Preview Night

Calling all current 8th grade parents: Join us for High School Parent Preview Night   Chaska High School Parent Preview Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska • Blue Forum OR Chanhassen High School Parent Preview Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. 2200 Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen • Theatre Find the school boundary for your home at tiny.cc/Attendance2017 Private/parochial school parents are invited to a small group session that will take place before our Parent Preview Night on Nov. 10. This is a short, special meeting at 6 p.m. for parents who may be new to our schools. Any high school can give your student a diploma, but not every high school will teach your student to succeed in life after graduation. “Exceptional, personalized learning” means your student will experience courses, lessons and projects that develop 21st century skills and prepare him/her for future careers. The result is life-long learners who are ready for the road ahead. At Chaska and Chanhassen... Continue reading High School Parent Preview Night

Chromebooks distributed to 11th grade students

This fall Eastern Carver County Schools provided another 2,200 Chromebooks to 3rd, 6th, and 9th grade students. All 9th and 10th students are using Chromebooks. The district will expand Chromebook access to 11th grade students later this month, a year ahead of schedule. This is possible because a significant number of teachers who teach combined 10th- and 11th-grade classes are moving coursework online. The price of Chromebooks dropped and Eastern Carver County Schools was able to purchase additional devices while still saying within the budget outlined for the 2013 technology and security referendum. Visit connexion.district112.org to learn more about how Chromebooks are being used to personalize learning in our schools.  That site also is where parents can purchase a damage waiver plan for a district-issued... Continue reading Chromebooks distributed to 11th grade students