School to close 2 hours early Friday, Jan. 17

Eastern Carver County Schools will release students 2 hours early tomorrow, Friday, January 17, because of expected heavy snowfall. Buses will transport students home two hours earlier than usual on Friday, January 17. Afternoon Club Care will be cancelled. Afternoon preschool and E.C.F.E. programs will be cancelled. Full-day preschool will close at 4:00 p.m. All district and non-district events are cancelled Friday afternoon and evening. Community Education classes will be cancelled. Updates will be posted on... Continue reading School to close 2 hours early Friday, Jan. 17

Nominations now open for 2020 Teacher of the Year Award

Students, parents, teachers, and principals are encouraged to nominate exceptional teachers within the Eastern Carver County School district for the District 112 Foundation’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. The award honors and recognizes outstanding teachers in the district who advance excellence and innovation in education. Teacher of the Year nominees must be current licensed teachers within the school district during the 2019-2020 school year. Ideal candidates for the Teacher of the Year award will have daily contact with students and will encourage them to build confidence, to learn, and to achieve. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a thorough knowledge of their subject matter and will share it effectively with students, and will make positive contributions within the school community while actively supporting the mission and vision of Eastern Carver County Schools. Nominations are due by Feb. 26. Submit your nomination ONLINE... Continue reading Nominations now open for 2020 Teacher of the Year Award

112 Foundation grant brings poetry to life at CMSW

“Poetry can be anything we want it to be.  It’s your story – it’s how you feel – and that’s powerful.”  That’s the message that poet, artist, and hip-hop musician See More Perspective brought to students at Chaska Middle School West this week, thanks to a generous grant from the District 112 Foundation. Perspective works with COMPAS, a non-profit arts organization that has worked in Minnesota for almost 50 years, teaching students through art. The artist is spending time with West 8th graders who are beginning their poetry unit, and spent time with West teachers Melissa Balcerak and Nancy Tichey-Valois to integrate his presentation with their goals for the unit.  During their time together, students learned about the elements of spoken word poetry, worked together as a team to create a poem, and then developed their own spoken word poetry before the class concluded. It was an opportunity to explore their own identity and values, reflect on those with their peers, and work on... Continue reading 112 Foundation grant brings poetry to life at CMSW

Winter storm – activity changes 11/27

Due to the approaching major winter storm, the following changes have been made to programs and activities in Eastern Carver County Schools for Wednesday, Nov. 27. All district buildings will be closed until 3:00 p.m. to allow for snow removal. District activities and practices can go on as scheduled after 3:00 p.m. Activities sponsored by outside user groups are cancelled all day. Club Care/Kidz Venture is cancelled. StormHawks Full-Day Preschool & Care is cancelled. There is no school Nov. 27-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. No school on Monday, Dec. 2, for teacher... Continue reading Winter storm – activity changes 11/27

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