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

Facility study points to maintenance costs and management of enrollment growth

Eastern Carver County Schools has been a growing district for decades. Apart from a few, individual years when enrollment was flat or declined slightly, every school year brings higher enrollment. While Eastern Carver County Schools opened a new elementary school last year, some of its schools are nearly 50 years old. We’re like a parent in a demographic sandwich, who’s caring for young children and aging parents at the same time. To navigate this situation, the school district conducted a facilities study in early 2018 led by Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. Keep schools in good shape The results, which the School Board heard on Monday, say Eastern Carver County Schools is facing more than $150 million in maintenance costs over the next 10 years. The 2015 referendum provided $7.5 million for deferred maintenance, and like a residential home, upkeep is an ongoing need. The study analyzed each school in detail. Issues identified include heating and ventilation systems,... Continue reading Facility study points to maintenance costs and management of enrollment growth

Encouraging action that makes a positive impact with #StartTheRipple

My band instructor and CC coach each had a tremendous impact on me during my high school years. They gave me the encouragement and support to reach beyond what I thought I was capable. #StartTheRipple Jeff Lenzmeier Art Teacher, Clover Ridge Elementary This week, Eastern Carver County Schools employees were asked to share messages on Twitter using #StartTheRipple to encourage actions in the 2018-19 school year that make a positive impact on students. Messages were shared about plans to make an impact in students lives as well as about people who made an impact in their own lives. By the time a wave hits the shore, you don’t always know the pebble that started the ripple. Schools have the opportunity to influence students every single day – that is why it is so important that Eastern Carver County Schools staff uses their power for good. Supt. Christopher acknowledged the amazing Deborah Norland this morning as he welcomed back the staff of ECCS. She made a difference for him and did... Continue reading Encouraging action that makes a positive impact with #StartTheRipple

Hwy 41 construction project extended through first week of school

Families of Eastern Carver County Schools, We have been informed that Highway 41 between Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail will remain closed next week. This is our first week of school. This road has been under construction by the state of Minnesota and Carver County all summer. •    If you or your student driver needs to get around this area, please review the project web site for detours. •    If you have a student driver traveling around this area, or if you drive your student to school, please allow for extra travel time around this area. •    The Highway 41 intersections at Hundertmark and Pioneer Trail are very slow during rush hours. There is always more traffic on the first day of school. Chaska Police and the State Patrol will provide additional traffic support next week. •    District bus transportation will experience delays. Please be patient and use the free MyStop app to track the travel of your student’s bus. Multiple routes may be affected, including schools... Continue reading Hwy 41 construction project extended through first week of school

6 Back-to-School Tips

It seems that every year, we soak up summer after Minnesota’s long winters, and before you know it, it’s back to school. Here are some tips to start the school year strong: 1. Stick to a routine Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. MIT neuroscientists have found that a small region in our brain’s prefrontal cortex called basal ganglia plays a key role in our habit-making. Choose a routine, and stick with it; it is said you have to do something for 21 days to form that behavior into a habit. 2. Get a good night’s sleep Routine building is not possible without a good night’s sleep. Not only is it important to be rested while learning, but you should know that it’s equally important to get a good night’s sleep the night after a long day of learning (or habit-making). Studies show that when we sleep, our brains re-process and consolidate what happened the previous day. Sleep plays an indispensable role in learning. 3. Do not multi-task In... Continue reading 6 Back-to-School Tips

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

Reminders – get your school supplies, sync calendar, and more

The four communities of our school district continue to grow. More than 9,600 students will soon fill the halls of Eastern Carver County Schools. A few reminders as you prepare for school: 1. Get your school supplies! Click on your school for a school supply list: Bluff Creek Elementary Chanhassen Elementary Carver Elementary East Union Elementary Jonathan Elementary La Academia/Kinder Academy Victoria Elementary 2. Mark your calendar with your school’s open house Click here for a list of each school’s back-to-school events. Your school will be in touch with further information. 3. Check portal for your bus information. Final bus schedules are posted on Campus Portal under the reports tab. Click here for information about our transportation department. Also, download MyStop, an app with your bus’s GPS location and ETA, updated every 1-2 minutes. 4. Sync your school’s calendar with your personal calendar. Watch this how-to to subscribe to our calendars or print the 2018-19 school... Continue reading Reminders – get your school supplies, sync calendar, and more

Installation of solar panels & energy education at Clover Ridge Elementary

Clover Ridge Elementary was recently granted the gift of solar panels by Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) through a program that aims to educate students first-hand about energy production and how sunlight is converted into electricity. The power generated will benefit the building by helping run lights and other electrical elements. Fourth- and fifth-grade students will experience the greatest benefit through curriculum and lesson plans, provided by MMPA, surrounding power generation, renewable energy and energy conservation. Project costs associated with the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the solar installation are covered by the grant. Construction will be complete in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year. How will the solar panels generate electricity at Clover Ridge... Continue reading Installation of solar panels & energy education at Clover Ridge Elementary

Back-to-School Open Houses

Here’s a list of each school’s back to school events – contact your child’s school for more details: Elementary Open Houses All are on August 29th Bluff Creek Elementary Kindergarten 3:30-4:30 pm / Grades 1-5 4:30 – 6:00 pm Carver Elementary 4-6 pm Chanhassen Elementary 3:30 – 5 pm Clover Ridge Elementary  4-7 pm East Union Elementary 4-5:30 pm Jonathan Elementary 4-5:30 pm Kinder Academy 3-4 pm La Academia 4-6 pm Victoria Elementary 4-6 pm Middle School Open Houses Chaska Middle School East 6th Grade August 21st: 1-3 pm / All Grades 3-6 pm 7th & 8th Grade students new to district August 22: 2-3 pm / All Grades 3-6 pm Chaska Middle School West 6th Grade August 22nd: 3-6:30 pm / All Grades 4:30-6:30 pm  All Grades August 23rd: 3-6 pm Pioneer Ridge Middle School All Grades August 22nd: 1-7 pm High School Open Houses Chanhassen High School August 20th: Grades 11-12 from 1-7pm August 21st: Grades 9-10 from 10am – 7pm Chaska High School... Continue reading Back-to-School Open Houses

MyStop gives parents and students access to live bus GPS info

MyStop is a web-based application available to all Eastern Carver County Schools parents and students that lets them access live bus GPS information. Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, parents and students can view the current location of buses on routes and the estimated time of arrival at their neighborhood bus stops. This simple and informative tool gives parents, guardians and students the ability to know approximately where the school bus is on its route. MyStop displays the school bus’s approximate location on a map, as well as the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to a specific student’s bus stop. The school bus’s location is automatically updated every few minutes, and the ETA is recalculated to accommodate any delays due to traffic while the bus is en route. Please note: does not work for after-school activity routes since there are no students assigned to them and no set stops. Learn more about MyStop and how to download the app on the district’s Transportation... Continue reading MyStop gives parents and students access to live bus GPS info