Anna Edlund Named Teacher of the Year

Anna Edlund was named 2018 Teacher of the Year at the Excellence in Education award banquet on April 22. Edlund is the Gifted Services Facilitator at Bluff Creek Elementary, but her realm of influence goes far beyond the school’s walls. She has grown initiatives in Bluff Creek Elementary and Eastern Carver County Schools including Biztown, the Bluff Creek Podcast, the Bluff Creek Garden, Project Impact, and more. Our district’s expanding partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is largely due to the tireless work by Edlund. She is also the founder of Funky Minds Nonprofit, a youth leadership organization and catalyst for community connection. Edlund’s dedication to building partnerships with parents, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations truly creates exceptional, personalized learning opportunities for students in our district. The Excellence In Education Award is a program of the District 112 Foundation, a non-profit... Continue reading Anna Edlund Named Teacher of the Year

ACT Test Rescheduled for April 28

The ACT test scheduled for April 14 at Chaska High School was postponed due to heavy snowfall. We received information today from ACT, Inc. that the Chaska site test date is rescheduled for April 28. If this date is a conflict for your student, you must contact ACT directly starting tomorrow to change your test center: Click HERE  (Chaska and Chanhassen High Schools do not have the ability to change a student’s test center, it must be done by ACT.) All testing sites in Minnesota are rescheduled to April 21st or 28th. More information about rescheduled test dates will be communicated from ACT to students via email and by letter if there is no email on file with... Continue reading ACT Test Rescheduled for April 28

On-call Language Services Specialists Needed

Eastern Carver County Schools is seeking qualified oral interpreters and written document translators for on-call work. Selected candidates must be able to interpret fluently and translate documents effectively, have computer skills, and email access. Review the On-Call Language Services Specialist position description  Complete the On-Call Language Services Specialist Application and return to Jackie Johnston, 11 Peavey Rd., Chaska, MN 55318, On-call position ($30/hour – 2-hr minimum for oral interpretation) For more information, please contact Jackie Johnston, Community Education Director, at or... Continue reading On-call Language Services Specialists Needed

Eastern Carver County Athletic Center dome deflation scheduled to begin April 16

What goes up…. now comes down Since the dome on the new Eastern Carver County Athletic Center was raised for the first time in late November last year, the space has been used for middle school physical education classes and school sports team practices. More than a dozen community groups have rented the space after school hours. The athletic center, located just west of Chaska Middle School East, is scheduled for deflation beginning April 16. Raising and lowering a dome is a highly technical and intensive activity. The process includes removing the more than 120 lights and 90,012 feet of cable. The last thing to come down is the dome fabric which must be dry before it is stored away in the facility’s storage building until it is raised again next November. The process is expected to take at least a week, but can be longer depending on weather. During the summer months, community groups can rent the 100,000 square feet of artificial turf for soccer, lacrosse and other athletic... Continue reading Eastern Carver County Athletic Center dome deflation scheduled to begin April 16

Baseline for Olmstead Quality of Life Survey Results

The Olmstead Quality of Life Survey is the first comprehensive study to learn about the quality of life for people with disabilities in Minnesota. More than 2,000 people with disabilities throughout Minnesota were interviewed about their daily life at home, work, and in the community. The Olmstead Subcabinet chose to incorporate the Quality of Life Survey into the Olmstead Plan as a way to measure improvements in quality of life for people with disabilities. State agencies that serve people with disabilities will use this first set of data as a baseline, or a starting place, to understand and learn about their quality of life over time. This data will help to shape the direction of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan, which works to ensure that all people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting of their choice.  Highlights from the baseline data of the Olmstead Quality of Life Survey: 2,005 people with disabilities throughout the... Continue reading Baseline for Olmstead Quality of Life Survey Results

Parent Education Night, United For Independence

A big thanks to the 80+ families who attended our 7th Annual Parent Education Night on January 18, 2018.  It was a valuable evening of learning and partnering together.   We had over 80 parents and guardians attend learning sessions and 55 children and young adults attend daycare, social inclusion fun, or student transition activities.  This event allowed parents the opportunity to choose from a variety of sessions that were of interest to them. Eleven sessions were offered on topics which included positive behavior strategies, assistive technology, working collaboratively with your children and transition panels.  Feedback from the night was extremely positive with all sessions offered receiving a rating of 4.7 or higher on a 5 point scale. Additional feedback shared is displayed below. 99% of respondents felt that the date and time worked well for their family 93% of respondents felt this should continue to be an annual event 94% of respondents believed the sessions provided... Continue reading Parent Education Night, United For Independence

Specialized Emergency Safety Plans

While high profile crisis events and instances of violent crimes at school are extremely rare, it is essential that all schools be prepared to respond to emergency situations as part of their school safety and crisis planning and preparation.  Eastern Carver County Schools is dedicated to the education and safety of all students. In the event of an emergency, it is the obligation of the school district and personnel to ensure that all students have a plan in place to meet their needs. Each school’s IEP / 504 Plan Team(s) are responsible for identifying, discussing, developing and implementing emergency safety plans for students who are in need of a specialized plan. Majority of our students with disabilities can effectively follow district and school emergency plans, but for students who need individualized plans, our teams follow specific procedures to plan and implement safety plans. Examples of emergency procedures that may be addressed include fire drills, tornado drills,... Continue reading Specialized Emergency Safety Plans

District leaders present at National School Boards Association conference

One reason Eastern Carver County Schools work to personalize learning stands apart is because it is a district-wide effort. Every school in the district is working on it, with specific action plans. It is not isolated to one school or a few classrooms. How the district is accomplishing this is the focus of a presentation given by district leaders at the National School Boards Association conference, April 8 in San Antonio, TX. Board Member Lisa Anderson, who is active in state and national school board associations, was invited to present at the national conference, along with Superintendent Clint Christopher and Leaders of Personalized Learning Brian Beresford and Brenda Vogds. They discuss how to bring personalized learning to scale in a large school district. They shared lessons learned along the district’s journey to give students skills and knowledge relevant for the 21st century. District and school leaders regularly share information like this with groups that tour... Continue reading District leaders present at National School Boards Association conference

Superintendent Clint Christopher: Safe schools are about more than secure buildings

Recent events have all of us concerned about maintaining safe environments for our students and our staff. It feels like this is becoming an all too common occurrence. Many ask, what can we do? How can we prevent this from happening in our school or our community? Sometimes these conversations lead us into frustrating and emotional political conversations. But I think it is important to talk about what we are doing, and what we’ve done here as a community – that, I believe, sets us apart. This community has been very supportive of the school district, and has made a financial commitment to increasing security at all of our buildings. The voters approved a capital projects levy in the fall of 2013. Part of those dollars fund technology in our schools, but significant portions of that have provided the installation of secured entrances. In the initial year that was nearly $2 million to create secured entrances and install visitor management software. Each year, that levy has provided... Continue reading Superintendent Clint Christopher: Safe schools are about more than secure buildings