Weather related activity changes – Nov. 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 workshop. Watch www.district112.org for... Continue reading Weather related activity changes – Nov. 27

New grant program helps school gardens grow

Eastern Carver County Schools is excited to launch a new School Garden Grant Program.  Funds for these grants are being generously provided by a community donor.  These grants will expand school gardens in the district and enhance outdoor learning experiences for students. Seven school gardens currently serve as a source of learning for students throughout the district. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, and math/engineering often creatively incorporate their school garden into standards-based lesson plans to learn about topics such as life-cycle, germination, the history of the land, and more. Not only do students enjoy the school gardens and have fun taking care of them, but they also walk away with a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship. This sustainable model makes for great learning opportunities. The School Garden Grant Program is open to employees of Eastern Carver County Schools to request funds to create or expand school... Continue reading New grant program helps school gardens grow

Reminder: Save the Date for Connect & Assess!

This fall, all Kindergarten through 5th grade students will be invited to meet their new teacher and complete a brief learning assessment during a 30-minute Connect & Assess meeting on August 27 or 28. Families will find out the name of your child’s teacher in early August. At that time, you will also receive information about how to schedule the Connect & Assess appointment for your child(ren) using an online scheduling system. Instructions on how to make an appointment online will be emailed to parents and posted on your school’s website in early August. These Connect & Assess meetings will take place on August 27 and 28, and will replace the regular “back-to-school night” activity. Daytime and limited evening appointments will be available. What is Connect & Assess? Students and their parents/guardians will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with their child’s teacher and meet other school staff. This begins a positive school-home relationship. Teachers... Continue reading Reminder: Save the Date for Connect & Assess!

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

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 11

Join us for a morning of free family fun to celebrate reading and the arts! Saturday, February 11 9 am to Noon Chanhassen High School This year’s event features David LaRochelle, a former elementary school teacher and author/illustrator of numerous children’s books.  His lively presentations thoroughly engage children as he teaches them about the creative process of writing and illustrating books. A Minnesota native, LaRochelle has won several awards including the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, Golden Kite Award for Picture Books, and he was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. His books include: How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, Absolutely Positively Not, and It’s a Tiger. Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is a community-wide celebration in support of literacy and the arts. The event integrates literacy and the arts in an imaginative and innovative way through activities, performances, and books by local authors.  The annual event is a partnership... Continue reading Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 11