2 Hour Late Start – Tuesday 3/6

Due to poor travel conditions, Eastern Carver County Schools will begin two hours late Tuesday, March 6 . All schools will start two hours later than usual. Morning Club Care is cancelled. Full-day preschool will open two hours late at 8:30 am. Morning half-day preschool and morning E C F E sessions are cancelled. Staff should report as per your contractual guidelines.  Thank... Continue reading 2 Hour Late Start – Tuesday 3/6

Message to Chanhassen High School families – March 1, 2018

The following message was shared with Chanhassen High School families at 9:30 a.m. today: Yesterday we received information about a threat a student made against our school. A few students heard the student make threatening statements Wednesday in a conversation during class. Those students reported that information to us at the end of the school day. We contacted our School Resource Officer and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. Here is what we know now and we will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Students will receive this information from their teacher at 10 a.m. today. The student who made the threat is not in school, pending investigations by the Sheriff’s Office and Eastern Carver County Schools. The student was taken into custody by the Sheriffs’ Office yesterday. Their investigation is on-going. There were additional sheriff’s deputies at school this morning as a precaution. If there was any concern for the... Continue reading Message to Chanhassen High School families – March 1, 2018

Transportation topics before the School Board this month

At the Feb. 12 School Board work session, Transportation Manager John Thomas updated the board on transportation services. On Feb. 26, the board’s regular meeting, he presented proposed contract extensions for the district’ two bus contractors, Koch Bus Company and Positive Connections.   Driver shortage About 8,000 students receive transportation through the district, including 650 non-public school students. Thomas noted that new school start are tighter this year than before. A bus that runs late on an early morning route is more likely to continue to be late because there is less down time between routes. This, and most other issues, are compounded by a shortage of bus drivers, Thomas said. Without drivers in reserve, it is difficult to relieve a route that is running late. Few additional buses and drivers have become available in the last month, allowing his department to adjust and fixing some routes. The low unemployment rate in Minnesota means high competition for... Continue reading Transportation topics before the School Board this month

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. Help honor and recognize these special individuals by sharing your nomination by March 25 for this year’s Excellence in Education Award.  Learn more... Continue reading Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

What’s standards-based grading? Why does it matter?

If you’ve had a performance evaluation at work, the most valuable part of an evaluation is not a ranking or score. We want to hear what our supervisor says about how we’re doing our work: What we did well and what we could do to improve. It’s constructive feedback that helps us learn and grow. We know this as adults. Yet school systems have focused almost exclusively on grading systems that relied on accumulations of points and calculations of percentages. As a result many students become adept at “playing school.” They figure out for each teacher exactly how much work to do to get the grade they want. This puts all the emphasis on the points, not on the learning. Like a good job evaluation, a good grading system should give students constructive feedback about learning. In Eastern Carver County Schools, we are improving the feedback teachers provide to students. Students should know clearly if they have mastered a learning target or if they need more practice. Elementary gradebooks... Continue reading What’s standards-based grading? Why does it matter?

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 24

Join us for a morning of free family fun to celebrate reading and the arts! Saturday, February 24 9 am to Noon Chanhassen High School This year’s event features Douglas Wood, author-illustrator and accomplished musician and composer. Wood has written more than 30 books with over 2.5 million in print. Old Turtle is a famed international classic, and his What Grown-Ups Can’t Do books are kid favorites and New York Time bestsellers. Douglas Wood signs and performs on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, often appearing with his Wild Spirit Band. Today, he visits schools across the country, inspiring them to create and share their own stories. Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is a community-wide celebration in support of literacy and the arts. The event integrates literacy and the arts in an imaginative and innovative way through activities, performances, and books by local authors.  The annual event is a partnership between Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education... Continue reading Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 24

High School Registration Night

Calling all 8th grade families – It’s time to get ready for the 2018-19 school year. Attend Registration Night on Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m at Chaska High School or Chanhassen High School. Use our boundary finder app to determine your school. Receive information about registration, graduation requirements and course offerings. There will be time to ask questions, meet the staff, discover opportunities like clubs and activities, and learn about Capstone, the culmination of your student’s high school career through the application of real-world... Continue reading High School Registration Night

Middle School Parent Preview Night

Calling all 5th grade families – It’s time to get ready for the 2018-19 school year. Feb. 1 is Parent Preview Night at your middle school. Use our boundary finder app to determine your school. Meet our staff and get answers to your questions. Chaska Middle School West: Thu., Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. Pioneer Ridge Middle School: Thu., Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. Chaska Middle School East: Thu., Feb. 1, 6:30-8:00... Continue reading Middle School Parent Preview Night

District receives Meritorious Budget Award

Eastern Carver County Schools’ Finance Department has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for its 2017-18 budget presentation. Applicants must create an easy-to-read, accurate budget document that clearly communicates the district’s goals and objectives, and builds credibility and trust with their community. Only three districts in the state received this high honor. You can view a copy of the 2017-18 budget document, and other finance documents, HERE. In addition, the district has received six consecutive awards (2011-2016) for excellent, comprehensive financial reporting by the ASBO. These honors reflect the districts commitment to transparency and accuracy in budgeting and... Continue reading District receives Meritorious Budget Award

Bus drivers needed!

Positive Connections is seeking bus drivers to work in Eastern Carver County Schools. There is a desperate need to train additional drivers before the busy spring sports/field trip season begins. The bus company is offering excellent wages and $500/$1,500 signing bonuses if you apply before March 31.  Learn more... Continue reading Bus drivers needed!