Introducing StormHawks Preschool

Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education Preschool is now “StormHawks Preschool.” Welcome future Chaska Hawks and Chanhassen Storm. We are excited to join you on your journey of exceptional, personalized learning. StormHawks Preschool information can be found here. read more

Free cultural relevance presentation–Oct. 19

Cultural Relevance October 2016Join us on Wednesday, October 19 for a free presentation on how to meet the learning needs of immigrant populations. Why is Minnesota a unique place for education? Together, we will examine the booming immigrant populations that bring so much richness to our state. In this interactive presentation, attendees will consider the unique learning needs of our varied immigrant populations and how schools can respond in ways that foster positive cultural identity. Presented by Dr. Michelle Benegas Assistant Professor, Second Language Teaching and Learning Michelle Benegas is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning in Hamline’s School of Education. Also an alum, Benegas earned her ESL teaching license and MA.Ed. at Hamline in 2003. Her teaching career began in secondary ESL at LEAP High School in Saint Paul where she taught newcomers to the United States. In addition to her work in teacher education, Benegas has taught ESL and Spanish at the secondary, adult... read more

Grant award leads to healthy community connections

auburnIt is harvest time at Auburn Manor! Thanks to a “Neighborhood Health Connection” grant from Allina Health, the kinship project was started. Partnering with SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288 and Master Gardeners through the University of Minnesota Extension, Community Education place garden beds at Auburn Manor. Senior residents were able to plant, tend to, and harvest gardens this summer. Another community benefiting from the kinship program is the Riverview Terrace neighborhood. Residents in this neighborhood were able to attend trips to the Como Park Zoo and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. More about the kinship program and the community connections can be read in the Chaska Herald here. read more

Middle school garage bands to perform at State Conference

garagebandOn Thursday, February 16 the middle school garage bands will head down to the Minneapolis Convention Center to perform at the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association State Conference alongside a few select ensembles. The Garage Bands consist of students in grades 6-8 at all three middle schools and meet once a week after school from November through February. They perform at a variety of events in the community including Chaska Rocks Toys For Tots in downtown Chaska, the CMSW Talent Show, the interdisciplinary Rock-It! concert, and more. Students audition in October for the bands. We have three bands that meet during the school year. Each band includes vocalists, guitarists, keyboardists, bass players, drummers and occasionally other instruments such as brass, saxophones and violins. Students learn technique, theory, listening skills, form, intonation, rhythm, and more while working up a variety of music including 1960s rock and Motown, ’70s and ’80s rock, ’90s... read more