Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
The Eden Prairie High School Speech Team placed first and second overall at the past two tournaments. You can check out all of the results on the Speech Team website.

EPHS announced Term 2 A Honor Roll and B Honor Roll students.
Three EP Schools Teachers Nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Eden Prairie Schools teachers Courtney Heinz (starting left), Casey Ostdiek, and Lauren Scherer were nominated for the 2021 Education Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
State of the District Presentation
Our community is invited to watch the State of the District presentation by Dr. Josh Swanson. This presentation includes district updates and was part of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce State of the City virtual event on Jan. 26, 2021.
Singing Valentines at EPHS
Our students share some harmony, joy and love through song that traditionally surrounds Valentine’s Day with our community. #weareinspired

AdoreYou/Stuck with You:  Music arrangement by Julia McGuire
Julia McGuire, Sophia Gaston, Taylor Muhlbauer, Lilly Rau, Lizzy Reardon, Avery Longie

Out of My League/Cheerleader:  Music arrangement By Josie Axelson
Josie Axelson, Karah Shirley, Abbey Ladegaard, Sydney Juntunen, Favour Nache, Halle Bretz

Taylor Swift Medley: Music arrangement by Thuy-Yen Tran
Jilly Pearson, Thuy-Yen Tran, Celeste Frakes, Georgia Becker, Grace Urban, Halle Bretz,
Tessa Pemantel, Mara Miller, Josie Axelson 

Nothing But Beautiful Girls: Music arrangement by Ian Brown
Ian Brown, Peter Dolan, Ben Jorgensen, Ben Boehm, Coleman Madland,
Tommy Mendyke, Evan Carter, Will Foster
School Tax Levy for 2021 Supports the Mission to Inspire Each
In December, the School Board approved the school tax levy for taxes payable in 2021. This is an annual process that helps the board set the next school year’s budget, which is approved by July 1.

About 23 percent of the school district’s operating budget comes from property taxes, which includes voter-approved referendum. At the time of the 2014 referendum, it was projected to maintain programs and services for five years. With the 2021 budget year, Eden Prairie Schools will have operated with no reductions to programs and services for seven years -- effectively extending the life of that levy by two years so far. The 2019 referendum was a bond to support renovations at Central Middle School, neighborhood preschool housed at Eden Prairie elementary schools, classroom updates at all schools, and improved safety and security. All of those projects, including construction at Central Middle School have been underway since 2019.

The total school tax levy is increasing by 2.14 percent over last year. Here’s how that affects an Eden Prairie home valued at $400,000: If the home’s value goes up by 1 percent, there would actually be a decrease of $10 from taxes payable in 2020. This is because of financial management by the school board and district staff, and because the value of all properties in Eden Prairie (homes and business) also increased.

Eden Prairie Schools provides all of its budget and financial documents on its Finance Department webpage. This allows residents and members of the public to review them, along with documents from previous years.
District-wide Student Surveying
Eden Prairie Schools will be conducting district-wide surveys with students in grades 3-12 to help the district improve the experiences of students in our schools. The surveys will be completed during school hours and will be collected anonymously.
Honor Someone Outstanding with a FEPS Legacy Award Nomination
The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools (FEPS) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Legacy Awards. FEPS established the Legacy Awards in 2008 to honor outstanding teachers, staff, students, volunteers, alumni and community members who contribute to the success and excellent reputation of our school district.

Nominations can be submitted online on behalf of the outstanding individuals from across Eden Prairie who have gone above and beyond making a difference in the lives of Eden Prairie students. Four winners will be awarded for their contributions; one in each of the following categories: Teacher of the Year, Staff of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Alumnus or Community Leader of the Year.

The deadline to submit a nomination is due by Friday, Feb. 12.

Eden Prairie Optimist Club Scholarship Essay Contest - Apply Today!
The Eden Prairie Optimist Club is encouraging EP area students to contemplate the phrase “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2020-21 school year.

The contest includes three age categories with the essays judged separately in each age group. The club will be awarding Barnes & Noble gift cards for first, second, and third place winners in each age group. The winner in the top age group moves on to further competition to compete for the $2,500 scholarship. Learn more about the scholarship on the EP Optimist's Facebook Page.
Featured Opportunities:

  • Paraprofessionals: Do you take pride in watching students grow and discover new things? If so, apply to be a paraprofessional with Eden Prairie Schools. We are hiring multiple paraprofessionals. Check out our website for more details.

  • Custodian (Night, Non-Licensed) – Multiple Openings at Multiple Locations - Eden Prairie Schools is looking for someone who enjoys creating a safe environment for all staff and students as a night custodian. These are great opportunities to work with a fantastic team, students, and the public. Check out these opportunities.
Feb. 10 & 11: CMS & EPHS Cohort B in person / Cohort A virtual learning
Feb. 12: No School, K-6 conferences & 7-12 professional development
Feb. 15: No School, Presidents' Day
Feb. 22 – Mar 5: District-wide student survey, grades 3-12