PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named Teacher of the Year

Nina Kirkman was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the District 112 Foundation Excellence in Education Awards Banquet on April 28. Kirkman is a 7th grade science teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. Although she’s a science teacher, she incorporates music, poetry, and other forms of learning to help bring the subject alive for her students. Kirkman also helps build a stronger school community through implementation and facilitation of the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program. This middle school transition program where 8th graders serve as mentors and work with 6th graders to help them feel comfortable in their new school environment. Her colleagues have identified her as a district-wide leader, helping other teachers while keeping a “kid lens” on curriculum writing and development. Her passion for science is infectious, and her students praise her ability to connect with them both in and out of the classroom, helping them achieve more than they think is possible. Read more... Continue reading PRMS science teacher, Nina Kirkman, named Teacher of the Year

Chan High Jazz Festival – Feb. 3-4

Chanhassen High School will host the 23rd Annual Community Jazz Festival Feb. 3-4. The public is invited to attend many of the events, culminating with the Finale Concert on Saturday Feb. 4, 7 p.m. in the Chanhassen High School Theatre. Tickets for Saturday night’s concert can be purchased at the door ($6 students & seniors, $9 adults). Tickets can be purchased online at Featured this year are the spectacular talents of guest performer Russ Peterson (saxophone). Mr. Peterson has performed with some of the most notable artists in the business:  Phil Woods, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Weckle, Peter Erskin, Henry Mancini, Gregg Bissonette, Ray Charles, Wayne Newton, Bill Watrous, Gregg Field, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Maureen McGovern, Samuel Sanders, The Eroica Trio, Will Kennedy, Frankie Avalon, Tommy Igoe, Nick Brignola, Zoro, Ignacio Berroa, Terri Lyne Carrington, and the Four Tops. Peterson will double as clinician for the events... Continue reading Chan High Jazz Festival – Feb. 3-4

#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

First Day of School

We are excited to see everyone on Monday, August 29th, for the first day of the 2016/17 school year!! Here are a few reminders as we kick off the school year: All FRESHMEN are to report directly to the Main Gym at the normal start time (8:10 a.m.). Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for all UPPERCLASSMEN. All buses will run on their normal schedule. All CO-OP students, students that normally travel to Chaska High School, and Online students are to report to the FORUM the hour they are scheduled for the CO-OP/CHS/ONLINE. The counselors have been AND continue to work on the schedule to help balance class sizes. PLEASE RERUN AN UPDATED COPY OF YOUR SCHEDULE ON SUNDAY NIGHT. Chanhassen Administration & Staff Go... Continue reading First Day of School