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 firstname.lastname@example.org
POINTS OF PRIDE
Congratulations to the Maple Grove Senior High girls’ soccer team for winning a historic state title on Oct. 31. The Crimson defeated Centennial by a final score of 2-1 to lift the championship trophy for the first time in school history.
A record number of students earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board, based on Advanced Placement exams taken during the 2018-2019 school year. The district’s three comprehensive high schools reported a combined total of 279 scholars who received recognition this year. Students Anna Chabica (class of 2020) and Brenna Saladin (class of 2019) earned the National AP Scholar award—the highest honor available. Justin Li (class of 2019) earned the AP International Diploma.
Section tennis champion Zoe Adkins from Maple Grove Senior High placed fourth in the Class AA singles state tournament last month.
Park Center Senior High’s Bai Jassy was featured as a CCX News Standout Student on Nov. 6. Jassy has excelled in his studies at Park Center and was one of 40 students who participated in the Career Immersion Program at the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences last summer.
CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY
On the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, schools throughout the district honored the sacrifices of U.S. military personnel. At Elm Creek Elementary, members of the Osseo Maple Grove American Legion led a short ceremony that honored local veterans and helped students understand the importance of the day.
Community partners have impacted several elementary schools this year:
- Greater Twin Cities Honda dealers donated $5,000 to Crest View Elementary; Luther Brookdale Honda General Manager Jim Haertzen pledged an additional $3,900 to cover negative lunch balances at the school.
- The Osseo/Maple Grove Knights of Columbus donated winter coats and snow pants to keep students at Crest View, Fair Oaks and Park Brook elementary schools warm this winter.
- The Brooklyn Park Rotary donated four boxes of hats and gloves to Crest View Elementary.
In late September, students from Fair Oaks Elementary had the opportunity to meet best-selling children’s author Dav Pilkey at St. Catherine University. This opportunity was made possible thanks to a partnership with Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul.
Pang Yang, a Hmong for Native Speakers teacher at Park Center Senior High, received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures on Oct. 26. This award recognizes Pang’s outstanding instruction, leadership and advocacy for students and the Park Center community.
Six students from Osseo Area Schools are National Merit Commended students this year. These scholars earned this honor by scoring highly on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are Maple Grove Senior High’s Katherine Bottema, Abigail Jackson, Sunaina Johri, Samiksha Kanukunta and Ayden Schaffler, and Osseo Senior High’s Jane Oh.
The Maple Grove Senior High soccer teams each won their section championships last week. The girls’ team defeated St. Michael-Albertville 1-0 and the boys’ team was victorious over Brainerd by a final score of 2-1. The girls’ team begins state tournament play tonight and the boys’ team plays its opening round match on Wednesday.
Maple Grove’s Zoe Adkins is also headed to state in girls’ tennis. Adkins won the Section 5AA singles championship on Oct. 15. She will play in the state tournament starting Oct. 24 at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
Osseo Senior High’s Lauren Seeger was featured as a CCX News Standout Student on Oct. 9. Seeger is actively involved in her school community as National Honors Society president, Drama Club vice president, and captain of the Mock Trial team. She plans to study law after graduating from Osseo in June.
CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY
Zanewood Community School: A Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math School is the recipient of a recycling grant from Hennepin County. Using the grant money, Zanewood implemented a sorting table in the cafeteria this year to boost recycling and composting efforts. On the first day alone, the school reported an 80 percent reduction in waste.
Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math and Technology School is featured in a new video by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. The video highlights how Weaver Lake scholars learn science argumentation skills through data collection.
Hope was the key message of Erin Gruwell’s presentation at the Osseo Area Learning Center on Oct. 15. Gruwell is the author of “Freedom Writers Diary,” a best-selling book that inspired a movie in 2007. She came to the OALC after students there read her book and wrote letters inviting her to visit.
Last month, Elm Creek Elementary music teacher Liz Miller participated with her quartet in the Sweet Adelines International women’s barbershop quartet competition in New Orleans. With competition from more than 300 teams from the U.S. and around the globe, Liz and her group placed 23rd in the world!
Four students from Maple Grove Senior High have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Heather Breidenbach, Jordan Chacko, Shreya Golakoti and Zachary Majorowicz are among the highest-scoring students on the 2018 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 7,600 scholarships.
Osseo Senior High students Jack Betker and Noah Poppe competed at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship in Tennessee last month. Both students, who are members of the Osseo Fishing Club, gained great experience at this event.
Fifty-nine seniors at Osseo Senior High can now call themselves members of the school’s “30 Club.” These students scored a 30 or higher on at least one section of the ACT.
In August, Osseo Middle School student Ava Lee earned a gold medal at the 2019 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The accolades keep rolling in for Krissy Wendell, a 2000 graduate of Park Center Senior High. This winter, Wendell will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Wendell led the Pirates to the state championship in 2000, was co-captain of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, and won two Olympic medals with Team USA (2002 silver; 2006 bronze).
CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY
For the past several years, students in Renee Pelton’s 2015-2016 third grade class at Park Brook Elementary collaborated with Three Rivers Park District officials on the redesign of French Regional Park. After the new park opened to the community this summer, Three Rivers Park District received an award of excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association. This award will be hung inside Park Brook.
In late August, Passion Church made a generous commitment to contribute $25,000 this year toward students’ negative lunch account balances in Osseo Area Schools.
Bryan Skavnak, author of a popular “Be the Nice Kid” quote, visited Fernbrook Elementary on Sept. 6 to talk with students about the importance of being kind and building community at school. After hearing him speak, students then contributed to a mural on the fence overlooking the Fernbrook playground that will remind them about kindness each day.
D.A.R.E. officer Jennifer Foster with the Brooklyn Park Police Department entered a national competition and earned a $1,000 grant for Crest View Elementary. The check was presented to Crest View Principal Shawn Stibbins on Sept. 9.
Chick-fil-A Maple Grove held a cookie fundraiser last month and pledged to donate 50 percent of all cookie sales to Osseo Area Schools to help cover students’ negative lunch account balances. Our community heeded the call, purchasing 11,571 cookies—a 600 percent increase over August 2018. That meant $8,000 in support for the district!
A Healthy Tree Canopy Grant from Hennepin County gave students at Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School the opportunity to replace dead trees on their campus last week. The grant totaled $2,400 and covered the cost of 13 new trees that will support student learning in the years to come. As the trees mature, students will use them for phenology lessons, observe maple syrup production, and study invasive species.
First Student’s Safety Dog Bus Tour rolled into Edinbrook Elementary on Sept. 17. Throughout the morning, students had the opportunity to learn about bus safety, sign a safety pledge, contribute to a “thank you” banner for bus drivers, and meet Safety Dog. The tour will visit several other states this year.
Superintendent Cory McIntyre welcomed new Osseo Area Schools educators to the district at a New Teacher Breakfast on Aug. 19. At this event, staff members also had the opportunity to hear from Jess Davis, Minnesota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Mary Pat Smith, a nurse on the Willow Lane Early Childhood Special Education team, was named Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s 2019 Outstanding Nurse in Children’s Health in August.
Michael Lehan, principal at Osseo Senior High and a former player with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, headed back to Ohio in early August to talk to students about the importance of attending school regularly. Lehan spoke as part of the Get 2 School Network, a statewide initiative launched in part by the Cleveland Browns Foundation and designed to put an end to chronic absenteeism.
Zac Blair and Emily Bollinger, two teachers from the Osseo Area Learning Center, were selected to attend the U.S. Department of State’s Global Teaching Dialogue program last summer. This experience equipped them with strategies to connect their students with others around the world in order to understand global challenges and find ways to work together.