Planting Seeds for Life-Long Learning: Our School Garden

Our school garden has blossomed into a fruitful outdoor classroom, thanks to the dedication of students, parents, staff, local businesses, and Carver County Master Gardeners! Four years ago, the first seeds were planted with the goal of establishing an outdoor focal point for learning. At the start of every garden year, students start seeds inside the school and keep them watered while making observations during STEAM classes. In May, we have a planting day where Carver County Master Gardeners and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture guide students through planting and agricultural education sessions. Families volunteer to water the garden throughout the summer and often bring the fresh produce to local food shelves. When students come back to school, they spend time in STEAM classes exploring the garden and the changes they’ve observed since spring. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, math/engineering, etc., often creatively incorporate the... Continue reading Planting Seeds for Life-Long Learning: Our School Garden

Bus Information on Campus Portal this summer for 2018-19 school year

Bus schedules for the upcoming school year will be posted online on your child’s Campus Portal account in late July. With the exception of Special Education students, no letters will be mailed to student homes. Transportation forms and important information for the next school year will be posted on the Transportation webpage. The first day of school for grades 2-12 is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Kindergarten and 1st grades start on Thursday, Sept. 6,... Continue reading Bus Information on Campus Portal this summer for 2018-19 school year

2018-19 School Year Calendar change for K-1st grade

K-1 assessment days Sept. 4 & 5 – their first day is Sept. 6 Beginning fall of 2018, families of K-1 students will schedule a 30- to 40-minute assessment conference on Sept. 4 or 5. The first day of school for kindergarten and grade 1 will be Sept. 6. Eastern Carver County Schools elementary schools are building off of a current practice where kindergarten students have an assessment time with the teacher before the start of the school year. Parents/guardians should plan for an hour in order to prepare information or complete forms prior to the conference. A large portion of time will be devoted to the student to complete assessments with the teacher or a paraprofessional. This conference has three goals: Students will be on track with their learning earlier in the year. Teachers get to know their students individually right from the start and can plan more personalized instruction earlier in the school year. Parents/guardians can have one-to-one time with the teacher before... Continue reading 2018-19 School Year Calendar change for K-1st grade

Celebrate Summer! with free family fun and learning!

Join us in a neighborhood near you this summer for free fun and learning! All children and families are welcome to join Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education staff as we play games, enjoy a healthy snacks, complete an art project and many other educational activities.  The weekly events are free and offered one afternoon each week in the following neighborhoods: June 18 – August 2 (no program during the week of July 4) Mondays – 2:45 – 4:15 pm Brandondale / Heritage Park Tuesdays – 2:45-4:15 pm Carver Crossings / 1593 Hartwell Dr, Carver Wednesdays – 2:45-4:15 pm Riverview Terrace / main park area Thursdays – 2:45-4:15 pm Chaska Community Park / east of Clover Ridge Elementary Need more information? Talk with an Intercultural Specialist or call Community Education at... Continue reading Celebrate Summer! with free family fun and learning!

Summer 2018 Chromebook Information

Will students be able to use the district-issued Chromebook during the summer? Students in grades three through eleven who were issued a Chromebook this year will be allowed to take their Chromebook home for the summer. During that time they will be responsible for taking care of their district-issued device.  If a family does not want their child to have the Chromebook over the summer, the student must return the Chromebook and charger to their school’s media center before leaving for the summer. When school resumes in the fall, the same Chromebook and charger will be returned to the student during the first week of school. Consider a Protection Plan to reduce or eliminate potential fees (chargers are not covered by the protection plan) from accidental loss or damage. During the first or second week of school (each school will provide detailed directions), incoming sixth and ninth grade students will exchange their current Chromebook for a new one. Returning your Chromebook Think... Continue reading Summer 2018 Chromebook Information