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Community of Belonging event – Nov. 16

Our community is comprised of people from many different backgrounds, countries, and cultures. We all belong here. Eastern Carver County Schools families and community members are invited to understand, embrace, and learn about our neighbors at a Community of Belonging event: Community of Belonging Saturday, Nov. 16  Open House:10 am – Noon  La Academia Elementary Schools  1800 N. Chestnut St., Chaska  This is a free event sponsored by Community Education. Enjoy fun family activities and sample numerous foods from around the world. Learn more about the Community of Belonging event... Continue reading Community of Belonging event – Nov. 16

July 22: A Community Conversation on Equity and Eastern Carver County Schools

Join Superintendent Clint Christopher and other district leadership at Carver Elementary School for continued conversation about the work being done within Eastern Carver County Schools to create school environments where every child feels welcome, safe, and included. District updates on equity, diversity, and inclusion work will be provided, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Keith Brooks, our new Director of Equity and Inclusion. Join us to learn about the work, ask questions, and talk about what this means for our community. Parents, students, and community members are welcome to attend. Monday, July 22nd 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Carver Elementary School, 1717 Ironwood Drive,... Continue reading July 22: A Community Conversation on Equity and Eastern Carver County Schools

#Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues

#Stigma180 is the name of an anti-stigma campaign that runs January through April 2017.  The campaign is aimed at reversing — “doing a 180” — about the stigma surrounding mental health.  You’ll see the hashtag #Stigma180 used to tie different elements of the campaign together across social media, buildings, and school and community events. The campaign was created by specialized services staff with  the following goals in mind: to provide accurate information and resources about mental health to increase awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and responsiveness to mental health in our schools and community to engage members of the district and community in a dialogue and conversation about mental well- being and overall health. Questions? Contact ECCS Family School Coordinators: Samantha Lundgren (lundgrens@district112.org) or Eric Dean (DeanE@district112.org).  Follow @Stigma180 on Twitter for updates. Join us for one of the 10 presentations in the... Continue reading #Stigma180 – reverse the stigma on mental health issues

Edie Stearns named district Teacher of the Year

Edie Stearns wanted to be a teacher since she was a young girl.  Twenty-five years ago her dream became reality when she started as an intern at Chanhassen Elementary School in a 1st grade classroom with teachers Carol Berg and Peggy Kaufhold. She has also spent time teaching elementary students at Bluff Creek and, for the past six years, at Chaska Elementary teaching multi-age (4th/5th) language arts, math and science. “Edie is a gift to everyone she encounters!” says Chaska Elementary Principal June Johnson.  “Her intuitive sense of what students need and her passion to help them succeed is evident in all she does. Whether you’re a current or past student, family member or teammate, you’ll feel the deep caring and compassion Edie brings to education each and every day.” As a leader among her peers, Stearns has been very involved in writing elementary language arts curriculum for the district and piloting innovative teaching tools like Chromebooks and Empower. The2016-17 school year... Continue reading Edie Stearns named district Teacher of the Year

Zanner Rowe named nation's best history teacher

Jenny Zanner Rowe, who teaches social studies at Chanhassen High School, received the prestigious Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. This honor is bestowed on only one high school and one middle school teacher in the nation.  She is the first teacher in Minnesota to win the award.  Zanner Row was eligible for the national award after winning top honors for Minnesota. The national honor, which comes with a $10,000 award, recognizes outstanding commitment to student development, creativity and inspiring students to engage with history. “The finest teachers I know are History Day teachers and media specialists, so this is an incredible honor for me,” said Zanner Rowe.  “Connie Nuss (Media Specialist) was critical in helping me get the program off the ground at Chanhassen High School.” Zanner Rowe currently teaches AP Human Geography and Sociology. She coordinates National History Day participation at Chanhassen High School, in which students present... Continue reading Zanner Rowe named nation's best history teacher