Construction going strong as 2015 bond projects take shape

Carver Elementary School is under construction in April 2017.Voters approved a bond referendum in 2015 for a few projects including Carver Elementary School, a pool addition at Pioneer Ridge and a multi-purpose facility at Chaska Middle School East. Here are some updates shared with the School Board on April 24: Carver Elementary School is starting to look like a school. It is scheduled to open this fall. A video update of progress this week is courtesy of district parent Eric Kirsling. The steel shell of the building is complete along with the roof. Exterior walls, weather barrier and insulation are about 90 percent complete. Exterior brick and masonry work is underway. The gym floor was poured on Monday. Electrical and plumbing rough-ins and HVAC ducting are nearly complete on the first floor academic wing, and framing is starting. Utility rough-ins on the second floor of the academic wing continue this week. Regarding the multi-purpose facility and pool: Fences will be up around Pioneer Ridge as leveling the ground and digging the hole... read more

What do parents think about E. Carver Co. Schools?

86 percent of residents are satisfied with students' educationThis week the School Board heard survey results from a random-sample, community survey. The district conducts a scientific survey every two years as part of monitoring satisfaction and gathering opinions on the direction of the district. The 2017 survey marked many new highs in parent/guardian and community opinions. Here are 10 takeaways: The consistent high ratings from this year’s survey put Eastern Carver County Schools into a category with the top three or four school districts in the metro area. Compared to a 2013 survey, nearly all topics this year increased in favorable opinions. 99% of parents would recommend Eastern Carver County Schools to others. 98% of parents agree our public schools are a good value for the investment. 96% of parents rate the quality of education as excellent or good. 98% of parents rate the job performance of instructional staff as excellent or good. 99% of parents agree that students have a safe learning environment. 97% of parents agree that the... read more

Celebrate Chaska Elementary School!

Alumni of Chaska Elementary are invited to the school May 18 at 6 p.m.Chaska Elementary Alumni Night Thursday, May 18 – 6-8 p.m. 1800 N. Chestnut St., Chaska Come celebrate and reminisce with past and present Chaska Elementary School students, staff members and families. Live Music from The Tuxedo Band Tour the “Little White School House” Food trucks on site Take a tour through the building and a walk down memory lane! Watch for updates at   read more

State champ & more from state speech this weekend

Thomas Price of Chanhassen High School is state champion in Humorous Interpretation after Friday’s Speech State Tournament at Apple Valley. Chanhassen’s Elijah Rockhold and Jeylin Yavas both took second place in Original Oratory and Creative Expression, respectively. Chaska and Chanhassen high schools combined sent the following 19 students to the speech state tournament this year and nine as noted made it to the elite final round: Kush Brahmbhatt, Sam Buisman, Zeke Chapin, Ava Ewald*, Max Fulkerson*, Sam Gottl*, April Grabner*, Hailey Frye, Jackson Manna, Anthony Meng, Meghan Payne, Nathan Pharis, Thomas Price*, Patrick Quinn, Elijah Rockhold*, Jack Senske*, Emma Tierney, Rachel Ward* and Jeylin Yavas*. read more

Jake Jauert Named Teacher of the Year

Jake Jauret TOYJake Jauert was named 2017 Teacher of the Year at this year’s award banquet on April 23. Jauert has taught 1st and 2nd grade at Clover Ridge Elementary since 2006. In addition to Jauert, the Teacher of the Year finalists included Eric Billups, CMSE; Laura McCaghy, CRE; Nancy Netz, CHN; and Travis Rother, CNS. Each finalist received a $500 grant for their schools. As this year’s Teacher of the Year award winner, Jauert will receive a $3000 grant from sponsors of the annual award: Community Insurance Advisors, IWCO Direct, KleinBank, Clarity Solutions Group, and the District 112 Foundation. Past Teacher of the Year award recipients include: Edie Stearns, Tim Beckler, Candice Galipo, Bob Downs, Michele Schnaare, Sara Rother, Mary Perrine, Julie Myhr, Arlene Borner, and Eric Songer.... read more

Parent Information Meetings

Carver Elementary School will be holding Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday, April 25th and Monday, May 1st from 6:30-7:30 pm at Chaska High School in the Blue Forum.  Parents are welcome to pick an evening to join Principal June Johnson and staff to learn more about the program at our new school. Click here to save the date in your calendar read more

5 district students named to All-State Speech Team

Eastern Carver County Schools saw five students named to the 66-member All-State Speech Team. This is the first year of the all-state speech team recognition, who were nominated by their coaches. All-state members must have qualified for the state tournament for two years and must have demonstrated speech skills in at least three other activities such as student council, theater, National Honor Society or athletic leadership. All-State Speech Team will be recognized at the state tournament April 21-22 at Apple Valley High School. Our district’s All-State Speech Team members are: April Grabner, Chanhassen High School Hailey Frye, Chanhassen High School Kush Brahmbhatt, Chanhassen High School Sam Buisman, Chanhassen High School Patrick Quinn, Chaska High School   read more

Dick Ungar named Chanhassen High School principal

Associate Superintendent Clint Christopher shared the following message with staff and Chanhassen families today: Dick Ungar has been named principal of Chanhassen High School. He has been serving as interim principal since December and he is the right person to continue to lead the school. Mr. Ungar builds strong relationships and his skills working with students, staff and families are well-suited for Chanhassen High School. Mr. Ungar earned the position through a competitive hiring process that included internal and external candidates. A group of parents, teachers and district administrators helped to assess and interview qualified candidates. We are confident in Dick’s ability to lead and to continue to build on the strong academics and exceptional opportunities for students that characterize high school in Eastern Carver County Schools. Mr. Ungar has been part of Eastern Carver County Schools since 1993, starting as a middle school art teacher. He earned a Master’s degree from... read more

Reception to honor retirees – May 10

Congratulations to the following staff who retire this year from Eastern Carver County Schools: Jim Bauck Ann Berne-Rannow  Diane Bourassa Laura Bros Ann Curtis Lori Domholt Helen Farrington Mary Frank Jan Kellner Sue Klingenberg Connie Liestman Dave Lundquist Jan Lundquist Michelle Mauren Marie Moran Ivy Paul Rita Redman Laura Scanlon Patricia Schlesinger Gail Simon-Kian Wendy Theis Janet Vestal Cynthia Yokiel Retirees will be honored at a FREE social reception and banquet on Wednesday, May 10, 4-5:30 pm, at Hazeltine National Golf Club. The Dinner & Program will be held immediately following the reception (5:30-7:30 pm). The cost of dinner is $28/each. Click HERE for more info. Event sponsored by Charter... read more

Record-high rate of kindergarten families choosing E. Carver Co. Schools

Two years since voters approved a referendum to build Carver Elementary and add classrooms at two schools to ease crowded classrooms, the district has enrolled 171 more students. The School Board heard the annual enrollment report at its work session April 10. District enrollment this fall in grades K-12 was 9,445. The fall of 2015 to fall 2016 saw the largest enrollment growth over one year since fall of 2012. What’s driving Eastern Carver County Schools enrollment is a combination of the district’s high-quality educational programs and housing growth. Examples of new and improved educational opportunities are as follows: In the past few years, the district has expanded preschool options. More than 90 percent of district preschoolers exceed or meet their math and literacy growth targets. Five years ago, the district opened La Academia, a two-way, dual-language Spanish immersion school. “Two-way, dual-language” is the preferred model to ensure elementary students become... read more