Integrated Arts Academy
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.
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!
Students learn culinary techniques and management skills hands-on from educators in the classroom, but also gain experience with culinary professionals.
We teach environmental studies, ecology, business skills, teamwork, and more through the lens of the horticultural arts. We partner with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and other local experts.
Our teaching methods combine a rigorous curriculum with active learning through the arts. Areas of study include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, videography, and decorative art.
Floral & Textile Design
Integrated Arts Academy offers basic instruction in floral and textile design techniques with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design.