david mechelle freeman FO webFourth- and fifth-graders at Fair Oaks Elementary received an inspirational boost this week from David and Mechelle Freeman, a husband-and-wife duo whose collective resumes include the roles of Olympian, entrepreneur, personal trainer and motivational speaker.

Speaking to the group of eager learners on Feb. 28, the Freemans told students how they can use goal setting to stay on track, find their purpose, and achieve their dreams. Through athletic and self-reflection exercises, the Freemans also discussed the importance of teamwork and positivity.

After representing the United States in track and field at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China, Mechelle founded TrackGirlz, an organization that seeks to empower women and girls involved in track and field to be their best. David, who played professional football in both Denmark and France, is now a Twin Cities-based personal trainer and motivational speaker.

During their visit to Fair Oaks, the Freemans encouraged students to think about their own dreams—helping them make the connection between being “purposeful” and being “driven.”

“You can do anything that you put your mind to,” said David. “Keep your purpose in mind and you can achieve your goals.”

PHOTO: David Freeman (standing, far left) and his wife, Mechelle (kneeling, first row center), pose with fourth- and fifth-graders at Fair Oaks Elementary on Feb. 28. During their presentation, the Freemans encouraged students to use goal setting to achieve their dreams. 

graduation capData released by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on February 27 showed that Osseo Area Schools is making progress in several areas used to measure improvement in high school graduation rates.

It’s important to note that MDE is using a new approach to calculate graduation rates as part of its implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Learn more about the new calculation.

District staff is continuing to analyze the data available from the state, and will dig deeper into individual student data to do detailed analysis for the purpose of identifying areas for course correction yet this year and planning for continuous improvement for subsequent school years.

Preliminary findings for Osseo Area Schools include:

  • The 4-year graduation rate rose from 82.2% in 2012 to 84.0% in 2017.
  • The 7-year graduation rate rose from 86.6% in 2012 to 92.1% in 2017.
  • The dropout rate for 2017 (4.3%) was lower than the state rate (4.7%).
  • All reported racial student groups increased 4-year graduation rates from 2012 to 2017.
  • For 2017, all reported racial student groups have 4-year graduation rates equal to or higher than state averages for those same student groups.
  • For 2017, the district’s 7-year graduation rate (92.1%) was higher than the state rate (87.0%).

Learn more about state and local graduation rate data.