MN Orchestra

 

More than 650 students who participate in orchestra, band or choir from Osseo Senior High, Park Center Senior High, Maple Grove Middle School and Osseo Middle School were able to experience the magic of hearing a world-class orchestra perform in their own high school auditorium. Minnesota Orchestra members traveled with instruments in hand to Osseo Senior High to perform in an exclusive concert designed specifically for secondary students. Conducted by the internationally renowned music director Osmo Vänskä, the Minnesota Orchestra also invited questions from the audience after the program. Students asked how the musicians handled the pressure of being on stage, how they overcame challenges they faced with their instruments, and how they stayed motivated to practice. 

This performance was one of four outreach events planned across the metro area this year. Through this partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra, students were inspired to continue playing their instruments and build more appreciation for music and art. 

Logo SqWebThe Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee is resuming its work to analyze enrollment and building data, and to share its observations and recommendations with district administration.

Last year's committee report identified overcapacity conditions at three elementary schools (Basswood, Rice Lake and Garden City), one middle school (Brooklyn) and all three comprehensive high schools. Administrators are now exploring potential options for addressing current capacity concerns and future enrollment growth.

One option, among other potential actions, could be adding space at some schools through a state-authorized funding mechanism (lease levy). At this time, however, no specific actions have been approved. If space additions are eventually approved by the school board, they would be implemented in Fall 2020 or later.

Learn more about the advisory group's work at district279.org/ecmac.