This is an ongoing list of just some of the many accomplishments of ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools students and staff. Additional submissions always welcome; send to welisten@district279.org 

 


POINTS OF PRIDE

 

OCTOBER 2017

ACHIEVING DREAMS
Lieutenant Robert Coder, a 2007 graduate of Park Center Senior High, participated on a fly-over to mark the opening of the X Games in Minneapolis this summer. On his way there, Coder, who is a pilot in the U.S. Navy, took a birds-eye view photo of his alma mater.

Zoe Adkins, a varsity tennis player for the Maple Grove Crimson, captured the Section 5AA girls’ singles tennis championship on October 17. Zoe will now compete in the Minnesota State Tennis Tournament.

Fair Oaks, Oak View and Palmer Lake elementary schools received $500 “Game On” grants from Action for Healthy Kids to help expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school. Fair Oaks, Oak View and Palmer Lake are among 23 schools in Minnesota to receive Game On grants this year.

The Maple Grove Senior High boys’ and girls’ soccer teams won their respective section championships on October 17. The girls defeated Centennial 3-0 and the boys were victorious against St. Cloud Tech 3-1 to advance to the state tournament.

CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY
Members of the National Honor Society at Osseo Senior High recently volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. During their volunteer shift, students packed 16,200 meals—enough to feed 44 kids for an entire year.

A slight chill in the air didn’t stop students at Elm Creek Elementary from participating in Walk to School Day on October 4. Sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, the event provided students and families with an opportunity to increase their physical activity and connect with friends, classmates and neighbors. At school, students were welcomed by Principal Beth Ness and Osseo Mayor Duane Poppe.

As part of the annual Osseo Reads tradition, Osseo Senior High students passed out bookmarks to elementary students throughout the district on October 18. This event serves to inspire our district’s youngest scholars to develop a love for reading.

LIFELONG LEARNING
Students at Zanewood Community School and Fernbrook Elementary participated in Cardboard Challenge events earlier this month. These events give students the opportunity to hone their inner engineer and artist—allowing them freedom to let their creativity soar. From robots to animals to cardboard computers, there were some ingenious designs on display at both schools.

Fair Oaks Elementary students celebrated Farm to School Month by participating in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on October 12. The event takes place across the upper Midwest and seeks to promote the region’s apple orchards; celebrate healthy eating; and connect rural and urban communities.

MISSION-DRIVEN EMPLOYEES
Philip Luoma Anderson, a teacher at Maple Grove Middle School, had a special opportunity to meet Finnish President Sauli Niinisto at FinnFest in Minneapolis last month. Anderson gave the president a photograph of the homestead his great-grandfather established after emigrating from Finland.

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

ACHIEVING DREAMS

Four students from Osseo Area Schools have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Osseo Senior High’s David Nguyen and Maple Grove Senior High’s Ethan Donaldson, Daniel Du and Ashvin Pidaparti are among the highest-scoring Minnesota students on the 2016 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They represent less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Each semifinalist will now compete to receive one of more than 7,500 scholarships.

An Osseo Area Schools alumna and hockey standout will be inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame this fall. Krissy Wendell-Pohl, who graduated from Park Center Senior High in 2000, is one of ten members in the League’s class of 2017. During her senior year, she had 110 goals, 55 assists, and led the Pirates to the state championship. Wendell-Pohl is a two-time Olympic medalist with Team USA and won two national titles at the University of Minnesota.

The PTO at Elm Creek Elementary received an Honorable Mention distinction in PTO Today’s 2017 Parent Group of the Year search. PTO Today is a national media organization that promotes parent involvement in schools.

Alan Page, former Minnesota Supreme Court justice and player for the Minnesota Vikings, visited with third-graders at Garden City Elementary this afternoon. Page read students his book, Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack, and encouraged students to go after their dreams by learning from their mistakes and working hard in school.

CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY

This summer, Osseo Area Schools students at all four Kidstop locations and The Spot worked hard to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through several events such as a walk-a-thon, silent auction and car wash, students raised more than $5,900 for JDRF and collected items for the organization’s silent auction this fall.

Minnesota Timberwolves player Jamal Crawford visited Crest View Elementary on September 12 to deliver backpacks and school supplies to more than 300 students. Crawford worked with nonprofit World Vision USA to donate the supplies for students; he also donated supplies to Crest View teachers to help get the school year started off right.

LIFELONG LEARNING

Two Osseo Area Schools students participated in STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. James Schrode from Maple Grove Middle School presented his exhibit on conductivity, while Jamison Adams from Woodland Elementary showed off his robot to fairgoers. Both students were grand prize winners at Kidstop’s STEM Fair last spring.

Last school year, 12 students in the marketing class at Park Center Senior High partnered with nonprofit The BrandLab to gain real-world marketing experience through summer internships. Student Tyrus Jenkins was also awarded a rolling $4,000 scholarship that will support him throughout his college journey.   

Two teams of students from Osseo Area Schools were semifinalists in the 2017 Minnesota Cup—a statewide entrepreneurial competition where entrants competed for prize money, support and training to help make their ideas a reality.

  • From Maple Grove Senior High, the team of Akhil Gupta, Ian Lim and Sam Byun represented their business, Crimson Café, which serves convenient and quality coffee to students and staff at the school.
  • From Maple Grove Middle School, the team of Meghan Barton, Abby Polen and Paige Meierhofer created an app called “Eye on Walleye” to support the preservation of the walleye population in Lake Mille Lacs and boost tourism to the community.

AUGUST 2017

ACHIEVING DREAMS

Palmer Kraus and Hannah Theisen, 2017 graduates of Maple Grove Senior High, were named two of the four Triple Threat Award winners at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s annual Spotlight Showcase in June. Triple Threat winners demonstrate excellence in singing, acting and dancing, as well as community leadership, teamwork and artistry. More than 80 high school juniors and seniors across Minnesota applied for the award. Kraus and Theisen are the first Osseo Area Schools students to receive this honor.

A 2016 Maple Grove Senior High alumna is among this year’s ambassadors in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Program. Ellie Brimeyer will represent the Minneapolis Aquatennial at nearly 300 community festivals and events in North America throughout the next year.

Osseo Senior High grad Bashiru Kormah was elected as Day Student Body President at Augsburg College for the 2017-2018 school year. During his senior year at Osseo, BK was named an Act 6 Scholar and last spring, he earned a Newman Civic Fellowship at Augsburg. He has also served as a Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth intern for our district’s community education program.

CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY

Ela Kanade, an eighth-grader at Maple Grove Middle School, created a mural to show her school’s commitment to equity. The mural, which will be displayed at the school, features a woman with a variety of colors in her hair, representing the skin tones of people who attend and work at the school. The rainbow depicted in the young woman’s eyes symbolizes peace and understanding.

Osseo Area Schools and the City of Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Department partnered to update playgrounds at Elm Creek, Rice Lake and Rush Creek elementary schools this summer. The city worked with stakeholders at each school in a collaborative process to generate ideas and solicit feedback.

As part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award, Maple Grove Senior High junior Megan Gosian collected 22 musical instruments and donated them to Osseo Area Schools. The donated items will allow students to have more options for choosing an instrument they prefer when participating in music programs at school.

LIFELONG LEARNING

Summer Kidstop students at Weaver Lake Elementary have had a busy summer of learning and discovery. From gleaning cake decorating tips from Nadia Cakes’ Erin Campbell to understanding weather cycles with KARE-11 Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, there was no shortage of weekly adventures for students.

MISSION-DRIVEN EMPLOYEES

Several Osseo Area Schools principals made personal connections with residents of their school communities during this year’s National Night Out. Shown in this photo are Elm Creek Principal Beth Ness, Maple Grove Senior High Principal Bart Becker, Osseo Senior High Principal Michael Lehan, and Maple Grove Middle Assistant Principal Sara Looby, along with members of the Maple Grove Police Department.

Emily Bollinger, English teacher at Park Center Senior High, was selected to participate in the “Bridging Cultures Initiative” last month. Through this national program, Bollinger exchanged ideas and perspectives with eight other U.S. teachers and 20 teachers from across the globe. This opportunity was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by the Illinois-Northwestern African Students Consortium.

Kindergarten teacher Marci Rahne was named “Best Elementary Teacher” by Maple Grove Magazine. Rahne has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Osseo Area Schools. This fall, she’ll bring her teaching talents to Cedar Island Elementary.