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

Donations welcome to district Angel Fund

E. Carver Co. Schools’ Nutrition Services department maintains an Angel Fund that is by funded by donations. The Angel Fund is used to assist families in our district that need assistance paying for meals for their children. School administrators help identify how to best allocate the funds that will make a positive difference in the lives of our students and their families. Donations come from individuals, businesses and charitable foundations. Many families donate the balance left in a student’s account when they graduate or leave the district. Every bit helps! Donations can be sent to the Nutrition Services department, Attn: Julie Eklund, 11 Peavey Rd, Chaska, MN 55318. Questions? Contact Julie Eklund in Nutrition Services at EklundJ@district112.org, or call... Continue reading Donations welcome to district Angel Fund

FAQ on District Growth and Funding Needs

To address continued enrollment growth, budget pressures and student academic needs, Eastern Carver County Schools has been working hard to ensure it has the spaces, funding and tools it needs to continue to provide exceptional, personalized learning to its students. This work has included a Facilities Task Force, ongoing budget analysis, School Board work sessions, input sessions and community surveys to help identify priority projects and the funding needed. This work will continue over the next several months, with a request for local funding support on the November 2019 ballot. Learn more about this work and the district’s growth and funding needs on this comprehensive website, which includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please send them to 112feedback@district112.org. We are projected to grow by more than 1,400 students in five years, with nearly two-thirds of those students at the elementary level. If state funding had kept pace with... Continue reading FAQ on District Growth and Funding Needs

Music Performances

Performances in the Spring: Thursday, May 2 = 2nd and 3rd Grade Concert       6:30-7:10 pm Tuesday, May 7 = 4th/5th Grade Concert                 6:30-7:10 pm Tuesday, May 21 = Band & Choir Concerts            (6:00 pm)  Kindergarten and 1st Grade Informances               May TBA Mini educational ‘concerts’ for parents in our Music Room during their regular Music Class... Continue reading Music Performances

Join the Community Conversation – April 16

Join us for a Community Conversation focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in Eastern Carver County Schools. Families, students, district staff, and community members are welcome to attend: Community Conversation on equity, diversity & inclusion Tuesday, April 16 6:30-8:00 p.m. Clover Ridge Elementary Community engagement and dialogue is critical to ensure that equity in our schools is more than just a concept. We must listen better, understand more, and create school environments that respect all backgrounds and beliefs. You’re invited to join the conversation as the district continues to develop a more coordinated commitment to equity. As a district, we still have a lot of work to do in our journey to be more equitable and inclusive. We are committed to this work and believe that it will make us a better school district – a district that has a deeper respect, understanding and appreciation for diversity, and a district that embraces and fosters inclusion. Clint... Continue reading Join the Community Conversation – April 16