Carver El. Community Open House – Sept. 30

After one year and three weeks of construction, Carver Elementary School opened on Sept. 5. Our community generously supported a bond referendum in 2015 for a school that is needed to serve a growing population. Carver Elementary was projected to open with 594 students and now has 648. Members of the public are invited to visit Carver Elementary for an open house: Saturday, Sept. 30 10 a.m. to Noon Carver Elementary School 1717 Ironwood Dr., Carver   read more

Welcome Back!

Nearly 10,000 eager students are back to school at Eastern Carver County Schools. We are grateful for your support of Eastern Carver County Schools. We are especially grateful for the new Carver Elementary school, which welcomed students through its doors for the first time today. The teachers and staff have worked tirelessly getting ready, and the building is now filled with excited learners. It’s going to be a great school year! Click here to check out the photo gallery of photos shared on social media with the hashtag #ECCS1stDay and be sure to watch the time lapse video below of students entering Carver Elementary on the first day of school!... read more

Change in late afternoon activity bus transportation

To Middle School and High School Parents/Guardians: Last year, the district provided an Activity Bus that transported students home following afternoon school activities. The bus typically left schools at 4:30 p.m. Due to a change in school dismissal times, there WILL NOT be an Activity Bus offered to transport middle and high school students back home this fall. NOTE:  The Shuttle Bus that transports students to school-sponsored co-curricular and athletic practices immediately after school WILL CONTINUE to run between middle schools and high schools.  See Shuttle Bus Schedule HERE. This fall, we will monitor and evaluate the need to offer busing to transport students home from these activities and will notify parents/guardians of any changes. Thank you and have a great school year! Jackie Johnston Community Education Director Eastern Carver County... read more

You can help through charitable giving

Opportunity to help support students coming this fall The District 112 Foundation is a non-profit organization separate from the school district with an independent board of directors. For the first time in the district’s 112 years, the foundation will sponsor a charitable giving campaign. The foundation’s goals include supporting student activities, reducing students’ economic insecurity, building an alumni association and creating an endowment fund. Residents of Eastern Carver County Schools will be asked to consider supporting the District 112 Foundation in November. Watch your mailboxes for more information on how to support the foundation. Remember, the District 112 Foundation is separate from Eastern Carver County Schools — individuals have a choice whether to give to the foundation. This campaign is about improving opportunities for students. This spring, Eastern Carver County Schools hired an advancement director to expand philanthropic giving on behalf of our teacher... read more

District recognized for positive behavior intervention practices

E. Carver Co. Schools was awarded 2017 Exemplar District Recognition from the Minnesota Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) State Leadership team. The PBIS system recognizes and rewards positive student behaviors and seeks to eliminate negative ones, such as bullying. The PBIS plan is to be clear about what is good behavior, to reward good behavior, and to give students a chance to correct bad behavior before consequences. Fewer students sent to the office means teachers are spending more time on coursework than on managing classroom behaviors. All schools in the district utilize the PBIS approach. Some schools have seen discipline referrals to the main office drop by 70 percent over the time they’ve been using this systematic approach called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Underpinning the program are clear expectations for good behavior. Schools call it PRIDE – prepared, respectful, integrity, dependability and excellence. It’s shorthand for a... read more

Jay Woller selected as East Union Principal

The district welcomes Jay Woller back to Eastern Carver County Schools as principal of East Union Elementary. Mr. Woller served as assistant principal of Pioneer Ridge Middle School from 2008-2013 then took the position as principal of La Crescent-Hokah Elementary. He will start this summer, an exact start date is still being determined. Prior to working in our district, Mr. Woller was an assistant principal, teacher and coach in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Woller started his career as a special education teacher and middle school coach in Eagan and also worked in sales in the private sector. Mr. Woller has a Master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and educational administration. His undergraduate work was in elementary education and special education. In addition to providing daily support and oversight at East Union Elementary, Mr. Woller will have responsibilities to help coordinate district-wide teacher staff development. Jay Woller, Principal East Union... read more

Chan High names Athletics Director

Cullen Bahn has been named Assistant Principal/Athletics Director of Chanhassen High School. Mr. Bahn was a teacher at Chanhassen High School and, beginning in 2013, part the administration team. Last year he became an assistant principal and activities director in Jordan Public School District. Bahn helped open Chanhassen High School as a member of the design team and social studies teacher. Mr. Bahn has served in a number of school leadership and coaching roles in the district and in Jordan. read more

Prepare now for your child’s 2017-18 busing needs

The Transportation Department is creating bus schedules based on your child’s home address, or an alternate address that you provide to us.  Preliminary bus information will be posted on Campus Portal by July 31. Any changes to busing must be made by August 11 and final busing information will be posted by August 28.  With the exception of Special Education students, no letters will be sent to student homes.  If your Elementary or Middle School student has any schedule other than traveling to and from home and school, (i.e., shared custody or day care) you must complete the Elementary & Middle School Transportation Registration Form. This form needs to be filled out annually.  (You do NOT need to complete this form if your child will be picked up and dropped off at your home address each day.)   o     Link to Elementary & Middle School Transportation Form o    Link to Elementary & Middle School Transportation Form – Espanòl If you have a high school student in grades... read more

Chaska Middle School East student receives national honor for history research

August Butterworth, a Chaska Middle School East student entering high school this fall, is among the nation’s best for National History Day. Butterworth’s project, “The 1971 FBI Burglary: Taking A Stand Against Illegal Government Surveillance” earned 3rd place last week out of more than 3,000 projects nation-wide. She focused on a Pennsylvania FBI office break-in in 1971 which revealed a 15-year-old FBI program, COINTELPRO, to spy on U.S. citizens.  The FBI never identified the burglars, who only came forward in 2014. Butterworth interviewed two of them, Bonnie and John Raines. More than 1,000 stolen files showed that targets of FBI surveillance were civil rights organizations and anti-Vietnam War activists but also ordinary citizens who merely had similar beliefs. Making this information public led to greater Congressional oversight of the FBI and CIA, and to new laws to protect U.S. citizens from unauthorized surveillance. The University of Minnesota sponsors Minnesota’s National... read more

District to complete purchase of land for future elementary school

Following through on a 2015 referendum pledge, the district will have land in Chaska for a future elementary school. The School Board approved a purchase agreement for 2.45 acres of land in southwest Chaska. The land is northeast of the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 44 (Big Woods Boulevard). In February, the district and the City of Chaska negotiated purchase of 3.2 acres of land. The two parcels are adjacent and will be combined for a future elementary school site. There are no immediate plans for construction. District officials anticipate housing growth in this area of Chaska, which means school enrollment growth. The school will be next to a city park and with a shared-use agreement with the city, future students will be able to use part of the park land for recess and outdoor activities. Similar arrangements are in place for many schools in Eastern Carver County. They save taxpayers maintenance costs and create efficient use of public green space. Eastern Carver... read more