Dean HenkeAt an April 24 special meeting, the Osseo School Board appointed former board member Dean Henke to the seat that was vacated by Robert Gerhart’s resignation earlier this year. Henke previously served on the board for 13 years, including five as chair. He will formally take office on June 5, following a mandatory 30-day waiting period. Henke will serve until January 2019, completing the remainder of Gerhart’s term.

Learn more about the board’s work to fill the vacancy.

Best Communities for Music Education 2018 logoFor the 10th year in a row, Osseo Area School has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. 

Osseo Area Schools is one of only eight districts in Minnesota to receive this honor in 2018 and the only district in the state to achieve this feat every year since 2009.This year 583 school districts across the U.S. earned this designation.

"Music is important to me because it is creative and inspires people," said one third-grader from Elm Creek Elementary. 

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational,cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. Researchers at Northwestern University found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and improved college attendance. Another study found that early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Osseo Area Schools answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.