2019 Teacher of the Year Finalists Named by District 112 Foundation

The 2019 Teacher of the Year will be named at an awards banquet, Sunday, April 28, 4 p.m., at Oak Ridge Conference Center. The District 112 Foundation has announced five finalists for Eastern Carver County Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to: Bill Gilness – Chaska Middle School West Nina Kirkman – Pioneer Ridge Middle School Mary Mobeck – Carver Elementary School Virginia Jackson – Chanhassen Elementary Justin Newman – Chaska Middle School East CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE BANQUET TICKETS Past Teacher of the Year award recipients include:  Anna Edlund (’18), Jake Jauert (’17), Edie Stearns (’16), Tim Beckler (’15), Candice Galipo (’14), Bob Downs (’13), Michele Schnaare (’12), Sara Rother (’11), Mary Perrine (’10), Julie Myhr (’09), Arlene Borner (’08), and Eric Songer (’07). The Teacher of the Year will receive a $3,000 grant for use in their schools and finalists will receive a $500 grant through Teacher of the Year sponsors The Chaska... Continue reading 2019 Teacher of the Year Finalists Named by District 112 Foundation

Board Chair Klein Opening Statement – March 18 Board Meeting

First of all, the board realizes we have several individuals who want to speak during open forum tonight. Our process for open forum does not allow for board comments or reaction to any points made by speakers. This time is designated exclusively for public comments. The board’s job during open forum is to listen. If helpful, we plan to follow up with speakers to answer questions or clarify facts in the days after tonight’s open forum. The Board has heard the voices raised at recent meetings through other channels. While the district was already engaged in a process to address diversity, equity and inclusion, it has become clear that more needs to be done. Fundamentally, the Board understands the importance of our schools embracing and welcoming students and families regardless of race, religion, gender or culture. We are all Eastern Carver County Schools and it is critical that every student feels included, respected and cared for. The board sees this work as critically important... Continue reading Board Chair Klein Opening Statement – March 18 Board Meeting

Chanhassen High School Student Named 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar

Shea Kerry, a senior at Chanhassen High School has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. Shea is one of 150 high school seniors were selected from an initial pool of 95,715 applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership, and service demonstrated in school and community activities as part of a 3-stage selection process. See the full list of those selected.... Continue reading Chanhassen High School Student Named 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar

Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

The short answer is no. After yesterday’s cancellation, all of our schools still meet the statutory minimums for instructional minutes. We are monitoring our current status by calculating days and minutes given the weather related cancellations/adjustments to schedules. Statute requires independent school districts to schedule at least 165 instructional days; we are fortunate to have a calendar with 173 student contact days as well as more instructional minutes than required. The decision to make up lost instructional time would be made by the school board, which sets the school calendar and has the authority to make changes. We will notify families should any days be added to the school... Continue reading Will students need to make up time due to the school closures?

Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

The District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Program (Teacher of the Year) celebrates innovative teachers in pursuit of the best possible public education for students in our district. Each year, we recognize these professionals by awarding them grants to support continued innovation in the classroom. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to share your nomination by March 1 for this year’s Excellence in Education Award. Read more and complete the simple online application... Continue reading Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

District 112 Foundation Fall Grants Awarded

District 112 Foundation has funded eight teacher grant requests for a total of $15,000 in awarded funds.   1 & 2. Chanhassen Sensory Room (Chanhassen High School) and The Reset Room (Chaska High School) These grants support the creation of rooms where staff could encourage students to go for a quick reset when they are dealing with anxiety, high stress, or high emotions. The rooms will give students the opportunity to regain composure and assist them in self-regulating behavior in an appropriate space. ​ 3. Extending Makerspace: Circulating Makerspace Kits (Chaska Middle School East) This grant provides for expansion on the weekly offering of Makerspace sessions during WIN time. By creating mini Makerspace kits that can be checked out by staff or learners, CMSE will expand the Makerspace Learning Center program into classrooms and exponentially increase learners’ opportunities to enrich and extend their learning. 4. Next Generation of Music Education (Chaska Middle School West)... Continue reading District 112 Foundation Fall Grants Awarded