Our Staff at CES is “Sweet as Pie”

Our Staff at CES is “Sweet as Pie” On Valentine’s Day (2/14) the PTO would like to give our staff a special treat to let them know how special they are to us.  We are seeking volunteers to donate pies and Reddi Whip for Valentine’s Day.  The pies can be homemade or store bought.  You can drop your pies in the office anytime before 10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day (2/14).  Thank you in advance for your generous donations! Please use the link below to sign up.... Continue reading Our Staff at CES is “Sweet as Pie”

February is I love to Read Month

February is I Love to Read MONTH! We are excited to make February a fun and exciting month focused on reading at CES! Here’s how: I LOVE TO READ CHALLENGE:  Attached to this email is a calendar with 28 different, fun ways to practice reading. If students complete twenty­-one of the twenty­-eight activities by the end of the month, they can bring it into the Media Center for a special treat. You will then be entered into a drawing for a $20 Book Fair gift certificate at the end of February! ALL FOR BOOKS: We will be collecting spare change for a program called All for Books, during the month of February. Each classroom’s contribution will be counted, and homerooms have the chance to win a party during media for their class. Proceeds from this fundraising will go towards our end of the year CES Book Swap. The goal of this book swap is to put a book into every CES student’s hands. 2017 CES BOOK FAIR: Our Book Fair will be held the week of February 21- ­28th. The theme... Continue reading February is I love to Read Month

Middle School Parent Preview Night

Calling all 5th grade families – It’s time to get ready for the 2017-18 school year! Save the date for Parent Preview Night at your middle school. Meet our wonderful staff and get answers to your questions. Chaska Middle School West: Thurs., Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m.       952-556-7400 Pioneer Ridge Middle School: Thurs., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m       952-556-7800 Chaska Middle School East: Thurs., Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.       952-556-7600 We look forward to welcoming your student this... Continue reading Middle School Parent Preview Night

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 11

Join us for a morning of free family fun to celebrate reading and the arts! Saturday, February 11 9 am to Noon Chanhassen High School This year’s event features David LaRochelle, a former elementary school teacher and author/illustrator of numerous children’s books.  His lively presentations thoroughly engage children as he teaches them about the creative process of writing and illustrating books. A Minnesota native, LaRochelle has won several awards including the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, Golden Kite Award for Picture Books, and he was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. His books include: How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, Absolutely Positively Not, and It’s a Tiger.  Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is a community-wide celebration in support of literacy and the arts. The event integrates literacy and the arts in an imaginative and innovative way through activities, performances, and books by local authors.  The annual event is a partnership... Continue reading Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! – Feb. 11

#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 ( or Eric Dean (  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

Ryder Cup coming to Chaska – no school Sept. 26-30

If you haven’t heard by now, the Ryder Cup is coming to Chaska!  The 2016 Ryder Cup host, Hazeltine National Golf Club, is located in the heart of the school district. Tens of thousands of golf fans, media from around the world and even heads of state are expected to be in Chaska for the match and preliminary events.  Roads will be closed, traffic will be jammed, many of the district’s buildings and parking lots will be closed, and there will be no school the week of Sept.... Continue reading Ryder Cup coming to Chaska – no school Sept. 26-30

Bus schedules posted on Campus Portal in August

Watch for bus schedule information to be posted on Campus Portal the first week of August (look under the “Reports” tab).  With the exception of special education and students who attend non-public schools, no letters will be mailed.  Any changes to busing must be made by August 12 and final bus information will be posted on Campus Portal by August 24. The first day of school is August... Continue reading Bus schedules posted on Campus Portal in August