magnet schools of america award logoBirch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School have been named 2018 National Magnet Schools of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

Schools receiving these awards are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Principals Jeff Zastrow (Birch Grove) and Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) will be recognized and receive National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Awards on behalf of their schools at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago next month.

About our elementary magnet schools

Birch Grove Elementary is an arts magnet for grades K-5 that integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance into the classroom curriculum while providing value-added opportunities in the arts. Students receive daily standards-based instruction with arts specialists and have the opportunity to participate in arts elective classes, performing troupes, early-entrance band and orchestra, and a school musical.

Weaver Lake Elementary provides a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment for students in grades K-5. Weaver Lake’s STEM program incorporates value-added, hands-on activities that focus on problem solving and analytical thinking skills. The school is dedicated to creating lifelong learners who are actively involved in inquiry, exploration and discovery.

supt search graphicThe ISD 279 School Board has named six finalists for the position of superintendent of Osseo Area Schools.

The search firm of Ray and Associates, Inc. vetted 28 applicants based on their experience, academic background, and the qualities and criteria the school board had identified in its preferred superintendent profile. After screening by the search firm, ten candidates were given further consideration by the school board. The six candidates who are advancing to first-round interviews are:

  • Rupak Gandhi, research, data and accountability officer at Harrison School District Two, Colorado Springs, CO
  • James Harris, superintendent, Daniel Boone Area School District, Douglassville, PA
  • Krish Mohip, chief executive officer, Youngstown City Schools, Youngstown, OH
  • Kelli Parpart, assistant superintendent, Osseo Area Schools, Maple Grove, MN
  • Erick Pruitt, area superintendent, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
  • Marc Schaffer, assistant superintendent, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO

On Monday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3 beginning at 5 p.m., the first-round interviews by the school board will take place.

On Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m., finalists who advanced from the first round will be interviewed by the school board. Starting at 5 p.m., each finalist will return to make a brief presentation that includes a moderated question and answer component.

All interview sessions with the board are open to the public and will be held in the Board Room of the Educational Service Center, 11200 93rd Avenue North, Maple Grove. After each interview and/or presentation, audience members will have an opportunity to provide written feedback on each finalist.

Learn more about the superintendent search.