Tuesday, Nov. 5th is Election Day!

Over the last several months, Eastern Carver County School District has shared information about the needs facing district schools and the resulting referendum.  On Nov. 5th, district residents will be asked to vote on three questions:  Question 1: An operating levy increase to support student learning. Question 2: Bond funds to address growth and building maintenance needs. Question 3: Levy renewal to support school security and technology.  Without this funding, there would be negative impacts, such as continued crowding, increased class sizes, deteriorating facilities, teacher layoffs, continued cuts to academic programs and services, cuts to technology equipment and supports, and limited updates to school security systems.  Get the facts about the referendum and the funding needed to manage growing enrollment and budget gaps at www.district112.org/vote2019.  Whatever your position, the district urges you to get out on November 5th and vote. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to... Continue reading Tuesday, Nov. 5th is Election Day!

Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum

Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum Three questions on the ballot at the November 5 election At their Monday, June 24 meeting, the Eastern Carver County School Board unanimously approved putting a referendum before voters with a three-question ballot on November 5, 2019.  The three questions address enrollment growth and funding needs necessary to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves. Question 1: An operating levy increase to help bridge our budget gap, continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment. Question 2: A bond request to build a new elementary school on district-owned land in Chaska, address deferred maintenance needs across the district and build a larger bus garage on a new site. Question 2 can pass only if Question 1 is approved. Question 3: A no-tax increase renewal of our existing security and technology levy,... Continue reading Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum

Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

The District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Program (Teacher of the Year) celebrates innovative teachers in pursuit of the best possible public education for students in our district. Each year, we recognize these professionals by awarding them grants to support continued innovation in the classroom. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to share your nomination by March 1 for this year’s Excellence in Education Award. Read more and complete the simple online application... Continue reading Looking for a way to recognize an outstanding teacher in our district?

Why is two-way dual immersion the recommended way to learn a new language?

The advantage of a two-way dual-language program is that it combines native speakers with new-language learners. Each student has the opportunity to be both a first-language model and a second-language learner. The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) states some of the benefits for both groups of language students in a two-way program. “Language-minority students build their native language proficiency, which in the long run strengthens their acquisition of the majority language (English). English speakers develop proficiency in a new language, and their English skills are strengthened by this additional cognitive process. They maintain use of English in the majority culture, so their English skills do not diminish during the time they are immersed in the new language, and their English school achievement eventually outperforms that of native English speakers who have been schooled in English-only instruction.” The University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced... Continue reading Why is two-way dual immersion the recommended way to learn a new language?

Our new-look elementary gradebooks/Parent Portal

If something looks different when you check grades in Parent Portal (aka Infinite Campus), it’s by design. As part of our focus on personalized learning, we modified Parent Portal to match a grading system that measures learning — the concepts a student knows and can apply. Too often in the past, traditional grades were goals to reach in order to stop learning. That’s not productive or a reflection of how people actually learn. Learning is a process — sometimes it comes quickly, sometimes it requires extra review and practice. And a final grade, especially at elementary, should reflect a year’s worth of learning. Here’s what’s different in Parent Portal: Subjects (math, reading, etc.) are organized by Power Standard and learning targets. Each subject has Power Standards and under each Power Standard are learning targets. Students show their teacher they have learned each target and once all targets are learned, we are confident the student can apply that Power Standard.... Continue reading Our new-look elementary gradebooks/Parent Portal