Eric Songer was named the 2021 Teacher of the Year by the District 112 Foundation as part of their Excellence in Education Awards. Songer is a music teacher at Chaska Middle School West, teaching music and band to 6th through 8th graders.
Chaska Middle School East
Eastern Carver County Schools students learn at their own pace — it’s part of personalized learning. Students can easily work above grade level in reading and math, and in a few cases some students have gone to a middle school or high school for what they need.
This has been an extraordinary year for our nation, our state, our community, and our schools. We’ve weathered many storms together, learning in a pandemic, moving into and out of different learning models, adjusting to mitigation strategies and a temporary new normal. As a new superintendent, it has been amazing and inspiring to me to see the partnership between our schools, our parents, and our community to do everything we can to support our students.
In early 2019, the School Board approved a proposed two-year cost containment plan for the district. The failure of the November 2019 Operating Referendum, along with inconsistent state and federal funding, continue to impact the district’s budget. At the April 12 School Board Work Session, DeeDee Kahring, Director of Finance and Operations, presented an updated report on budget cuts for the current fiscal year and proposed budget cuts for the 2021-22 school year. In addition to the $6 million cuts to the budget for this current school year, the district must cut an additional $3.1 million in next year’s budget.
The District 112 Foundation has announced the top five finalists nominated for the 2021 District 112 Excellence in Education Award
Congratulations to the Chanhassen and Chaska students on their accomplishments!
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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.