school safety systemFour schools will receive a total of more than $500,000 in state grants for safety and security improvements that will be implemented in fall 2019. While district staff submitted grant applications for every Osseo Area Schools preK-12 building, only four sites were chosen at random through the state's grant selection process. 

Three elementary schools (Cedar Island, Garden City and Rice Lake) and Osseo Middle School will gain improvements in secure entryways, an electronic visitor management system, card access readers for exterior doors, door alarms, and digital internal radio systems.

The grant funds will support a portion of the district's overall $16 million plan to address safety and security needs. 

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.