Our elementary school plans remain unchanged, and we look forward to welcoming back our pre-K through second graders on Tuesday, January 19. Our third through fifth graders will return on February 1. What has changed is an acceleration of the timeline for our high school students. On Thursday, February 18, all secondary students, grades 6-12, will return to in-person learning in a hybrid model.
Chaska High School
Eastern Carver County Schools students learn at their own pace — it’s part of personalized learning. High school students have opportunities to participate in advanced placement courses, numerous electives aligned with interest and passion areas, and project-based learning choices.
Students, parents, teachers, and principals are encouraged to nominate exceptional teachers within the Eastern Carver County School district for the District 112 Foundation’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. The award honors and recognizes outstanding teachers in the district who advance excellence and innovation in education.
As a nation, we have all been impacted by the troubling events that happened this week in our nation’s capital. Now more than ever it is important for us as parents, teachers, and community members to model and teach our children about civility and respect for our democracy.
If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, it's time to enroll in kindergarten. Kindergarten enrollment is open until January 15.
As we head into winter break, I know you have been anxiously awaiting updates on what school will look like for our students when we return in January. As was the case when we started the school year, our district’s top priorities continue to be health, safety, and quality instruction. While we will be sharing more specifics in early January, I wanted you to know broadly what our district’s plan is.
We continue to work closely with our local and state partners to make sure we are using the best data available to make decisions. While we lay out a plan for a return to in-person learning, it’s important to understand that this may change based on the guidance of our local public health officials. As we move into winter break, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus so we can make sure we keep our students in-person once they return.
Teachers in Eastern Carver County Schools not only lead instruction but also facilitate learning for each student. They teach by guiding students towards mastery of content and instilling 21st century skills. Students have access to a variety of resources and tools, and teachers connect student learning beyond the classroom.
Engagement with Learning Tools
With teachers as facilitators, students use a variety of educational tools and resources to maximize learning. While technology will never replace the role of the teacher, it will shape the future careers of our students. Our goal is to prepare students for success beyond high school, wherever their aspirations take them.
Most living and working environments have changed dramatically over the last several decades. Design of spaces and their furnishings reflect purpose: how we live, how we work, and how we learn. We are redefining learning spaces with a variety of furniture, layouts and technology that facilitate collaboration, creativity, comfort, and safety. They also convey a sense of belonging and purpose. School should be a place where students feel welcomed and empowered to learn.
Learner Voice & Choice
Students have the freedom to design the way they showcase their learning based on individual styles, experiences, passions, and needs. Respected as capable co-designers, learner agency is cultivated throughout all learning experiences. As learners become increasingly self-aware they grow into their own best advocates: showcasing their learning based on their individual styles, experiences, passions, needs, and knowing “what’s next” for their ongoing development.