BCME 19 logoThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has once again recognized Osseo Area Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. This honor acknowledges efforts by students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders who work together to ensure access to music learning.

This year, 623 school districts nationwide earned this designation. Osseo Area Schools is one of seven districts in Minnesota to receive this honor in 2019 and the only district in the state to achieve this feat every year since 2009.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In 2018, Music Matters, the condensed guide from the Arts Education Partnership and co-sponsored by the Country Music Foundation and The NAMM Foundation, was released. The report offered two key findings: first, that music students do better in English, math and science than their peers without music; and second, that more music and art equals fewer dropouts and a reduced number of suspensions.

Now in its 20th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the core curriculum. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, districts must answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time and more. Responses are verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

 

The Insomniacs four team membersNine teams of middle, elementary and senior high students from Osseo Area Schools will put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test at the Minnesota Destination Imagination (DI) State Tournament on March 23 in Brooklyn Park.

Aside from medals and bragging rights, these 47 students are also vying for spots at the DI Global Finals, held May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri. The state's top three finishers in each category at the elementary, middle and secondary levels will earn the right to compete against teams from around the world in Kansas City.

Osseo teams that placed first or second at the regional competition and advanced to state this weekend are:

Fernbrook Elementary
DI Besties
(first place at regionals in the Fine Arts category)

  • Team members: Maggie Howell, Sydney Lieser, Nora Schaefer and Ella Schumacher
  • Coaches: Courtney Chapple and Jessica Spurrell

Rush Creek Elementary
The Six Smarties
(first place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Isabel Bauerly, Makayla Elkins, Madelyn Good, Sydney Manning, Mady Nash and Emma Roach
  • Coach: Laura Thompson

Super 7 Sensations (second place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Summer Glover, Carly Krier, Evie Nelson, Adele Noble, Lilah Resman, Tanya Sai and Stasia Zebrev
  • Coach: Laura Thompson

Weaver Lake Elementary
Brainstorm Troopers
(second place at regionals in the Engineering category)

  • Team members: Sebastian Bodin, Serani Hassan, Landon Koster, Sierra Madden, Samuel Meier, Emmaus Olson and Natalie Vuong
  • Coaches: Mary Brimacomb and Myla Meier

Maple Grove Middle School
The Insomniacs
(first place at regionals in the Fine Arts category)

  • Team members: Grace LaTourelle, Lydia Moser, Adella Mulawarman and Sammy Swensson
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

I AM A TEAM (second place at regionals in the Scientific category)

  • Team members: Gautham Barani, CeCe De Oliveira, Eshwar Garlapati, Isaiah Johnson and Kat Klopotek
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Gentlemen Boys (first place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Ryan Ault, Samuel DeRusha, Seth DeRusha, Jake Kilander and Mark Stanley
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Freesh Avacadoo (second place at regionals in the Improvisation category)

  • Team members: Connor Elfstrand, Laeney Gallagher, Rohith Garlapati, Owen Grismer, Miel Honeck and Charlotte Woods
  • Coaches: Jody Kinneberg, Sam Bostrom and Haley Travis-Eull

Park Center Senior High
The Third Charm
(second place at regionals in the Technical challenge)

  • Team members: Abby Battan, Anna Carstens and Grace Seifert
  • Coach: Angie Vivatson

Destination Imagination is a creative problem-solving challenge competition that seeks to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Challenges incorporate STEM, improvisation, performing arts and visual arts skills; each challenge is open-ended and enables teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. In working to solve their challenges, students build confidence and creativity and hone skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Learn more.

PHOTO: "The Insomniacs" from Maple Grove Middle School placed first in the middle-level Fine Arts category at the 2019 Minnesota Destination Imagination West Metro Regional Tournament on Feb. 23. Team members Grace LaTourelle, Lydia Moser, Adella Mulawarman and Sammy Swensson will compete at the state tournament on March 23. View all the team photos on Facebook