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Summer Meal Program

Eastern Carver Co. Schools’ summer food service program was created to ensure that children could continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation, when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. The summer food service program is free to all children ages 1-18 and will be provided at Clover Ridge Elementary for six weeks this summer. Summer Meal Program Location: Clover Ridge Elementary (114000 Hundertmark Rd, Chaska) Dates: Monday through Thursdays, June 24 – August 1 (no food July 4) Times: Breakfast: 8:45-9:00 a.m. / Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Children, ages 1-18, eat free / adults pay $2.30 for breakfast & $4.05 for hot lunch Meals must be eaten on site at Clover Ridge Elementary. For more information, contact the Nutrition Services Dept. at... Continue reading Summer Meal Program

Clover Ridge Elementary School Students Receive Awards

Students from Clover Ridge Elementary School participating in The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) were recently recognized for taking 4th place in the Elementary Division of the special Minnesota SMG Allianz Challenge Session. This team was taught by Emily Stoddart and Elizabeth Johnson. The 2nd place team of students included Mackenzie Geiger, Clara Lund, Emerson Maass, and Cate Stoddart, The SMG is an interactive learning program for students in grades 4-12 and is managed in Minnesota by BestPrep, a local non-profit. Students work in teams to invest a virtual $100,000 over a 14-week period, competing with other Minnesota students for the highest-valued... Continue reading Clover Ridge Elementary School Students Receive Awards

District Equity and Inclusion Updates

At the May 6 work session, staff updated the board on ongoing work around the district’s equity and inclusion initiatives. The updated District Equity Vision and Framework arrived late last week, and will now be reviewed by multiple audiences. Those include the District Leadership Team, which includes building administrators and the superintendent’s cabinet, the district building leadership Intercultural Harmony Group, the district Equity Leadership Team, and the new Equity Advisory Council. Khalifa, who is conducting the district equity audit, will be at the May 20th school board meeting. The purpose of the equity audit is to identify and highlights the causes of the achievement gaps, discipline gaps, and other inequities within our district. It will enable us to understand how to improve instruction, curriculum, and school climate for all students in our district, especially those that are traditionally underserved. The district equity and inclusion position has been reposted and... Continue reading District Equity and Inclusion Updates

Teaching and Learning Evaluation Results

At Monday night’s board work session, Asst. Superintendent Amy LaDue and her Teaching and Learning team provided an update on recent parent, student, and staff surveys and focus groups around personalized learning, standards-based learning, standards-based grading, and Empower. This has been an ongoing evaluation process as the Teaching and Learning team has continued to evaluate the performance of the tools that support the district’s work in personalized learning. The results of the most recent feedback loop, which included parent, staff, and student surveys as well as staff and student focus groups – and analysis by an outside, independent consultant – are clear.  There is strong support among all groups for personalized learning.  The parent survey also showed a gap between what families value about personalized learning and the student experience. The feedback loop also showed ongoing concern with Empower and practices related to standards-based grading. Despite efforts... Continue reading Teaching and Learning Evaluation Results

Options for managing growth and budget needs previewed by Board

For the past several months, Eastern Carver County Schools has been looking at ways to manage growing enrollment, aging buildings, budget pressures and academic needs. Staff have reviewed the hard work of the Facility Task Force, used community surveys and listening sessions to gather public input, and analyzed budget projections. All these pieces came together at the May 6 School Board work session. DeeDee Kahring, Director of Finance and Operations, presented some options for Board members to consider to support the district’s commitment to exceptional, personalized learning, including: An increase to the district’s operating levy of either $450 per student or $550 per student. The first option would provide approximately $4.6 million per year to fund school staff and operations and the second approximately $5.7 million per year. Both options provide funding to bridge the funding gap and to operate a new elementary school and larger bus garage. A $111,675,000 bond request to build... Continue reading Options for managing growth and budget needs previewed by Board

E. Carver Co. Schools Graduation Rate Makes Gains

Eastern Carver County Schools continued to post strong graduation rates at its high schools, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education on April 23. Across both high schools, the number of graduating seniors rose almost three percent, from 91.7 percent in 2018 to 94.9 percent in 2018. The 2017-2018 statewide graduation rate was 83.2 percent. Graduation rates at Chanhassen High School remain stable, moving from 96.4 percent in 2017 to 96.9 percent in 2018.  Graduation rates rose significantly at both Chaska High School and the Integrated Arts Academy. The Integrated Arts Academy graduation rates in 2017 were 43.9 percent and hit 69.6 percent last year. The percentage of Chaska High School graduating seniors rose to 97.5 percent in 2018 from 92.6 percent in 2017. The district is also working hard to close the graduation achievement gap and showed significant improvements – at least 10 percentage points but in many cases more, among the following MDE-identified... Continue reading E. Carver Co. Schools Graduation Rate Makes Gains

Nina Kirkman named 2019 Teacher of the Year

Nina Kirkman was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Banquet on April 28. Kirkman is a 7th grade science teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. Although she’s a science teacher, she incorporates music, poetry, and other forms of learning to help bring the subject alive for her students. Kirkman also helps build a stronger school community through implementation and facilitation of the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program. This middle school transition program where 8th graders serve as mentors and work with 6th graders to help them feel comfortable in their new school environment. Her colleagues have identified her as a district-wide leader, helping other teachers while keeping a “kid lens” on curriculum writing and development. Her passion for science is infectious, and her students praise her ability to connect with them both in and out of the classroom, helping them achieve more than they think is possible. The... Continue reading Nina Kirkman named 2019 Teacher of the Year

Strengthening Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Superintendent Clint Christopher opened up Monday night’s board meeting with the following: “Right now we have students in our schools who don’t feel safe. I take that very personally. It’s not acceptable. Every student’s lived experience must be that they feel safe, that they are seen, and that they are heard and valued. Every student… Our students need to see a difference and feel a change in their daily lived experience. So do you. We can do better. We must.” Christopher’s remarks preceded an extended Open Forum during which many community members voiced their anger, hurt, frustration, and concern over racial incidents in the district. During the board meeting, Asst. Superintendent Amy LaDue provided an update on ongoing work on equity and inclusion within the district, which includes the following: A draft of the district’s Equity Action Framework will be completed on May 3rd. Over 50 feedback sessions were held to shape and inform the equity vision to define the “what” and the... Continue reading Strengthening Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion