CMW Band Director earns “high notes” and recognition

The district recently received two awards for its outstanding music education staff and programs: Eric Songer, Chaska Middle School West Band Director, was named 2019 Music Education Innovator by the Give A Note Foundation. Grant funds support The Next Generation of Music Education, a public school program that opens up the world of chamber ensembles, pop, hip hop, improv and songwriting. E. Carver Co. Schools music programs were named among the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants... Continue reading CMW Band Director earns “high notes” and recognition

PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named 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. Read more... Continue reading PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named Teacher of the Year

#Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues

#Stigma180 is the name of an anti-stigma campaign that runs January through April 2017.  The campaign is aimed at reversing — “doing a 180” — about the stigma surrounding mental health.  You’ll see the hashtag #Stigma180 used to tie different elements of the campaign together across social media, buildings, and school and community events. The campaign was created by specialized services staff with  the following goals in mind: to provide accurate information and resources about mental health to increase awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness to mental health in our schools and community to engage members of the district and community in a dialogue and conversation about mental well- being and overall health. Questions? Contact ECCS Family School Coordinators: Samantha Lundgren (lundgrens@district112.org) or Eric Dean (DeanE@district112.org).  Follow @Stigma180 on Twitter for updates. Join us for one of the 10 presentations in the... Continue reading #Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues