fernbrook third grade studentsWhat happens when you take Fernbrook Elementary students, add six weeks of math questions, and sprinkle in some Winter Olympics fun? You get Fermi math competition champions, of course!

This winter, 23 teams of Fernbrook students joined 49 other elementary-level teams from across the United States in the Fermi Off-the-Wall math program. Open to students in grades one through nine, Fermi is an internet-based math competition where participants work on weekly problems. Each problem contains very limited information; in order to solve it, participants must generate additional questions. Fermi questions emphasize the process rather than the answer, requiring students to use their communication and writing skills to come up with a solution.

The recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, provided a different flavor to this winter’s Fermi competition. During the six-week challenge, problems included references to the games’ white tiger mascot, Soohorang, and even gave competitors an opportunity to make their own curling stones. The last week of competition ended with a Pi Day scavenger hunt.fernbrook first graders

When the final problem was solved, two Fernbrook teams took top honors in their respective divisions: team “Subtracting Maniac Attackers” (first-grade) and team “The Bacon Animals” (third-grade).

TOP PHOTO: Fernbrook Elementary third-graders (L to R) Eleanor Wassenberg, Awashima Andzenge, Derek Jaeck and Nathan Como took first place in this winter's Fermi Off-the-Wall math competition at the third- and fourth-grade level.

RIGHT PHOTO: Taking top honors in the Fermi first- and second-grade division were Fernbrook students (front row, L to R) Logan Cornick, Gino Miller, Austin Lieser, Vinny Boisclair, (back row, L to R) Noah Bruun, Aaron Edelmann and Matias Vallejo. 

OMS 2017 multicultural fair

We are celebrating our community at various fairs throughout our district this month. Osseo Area Schools students reflect our vibrant global community, coming from homes where more than 80 dialects or languages are spoken. Because our schools are racially and culturally diverse, students experience rich, real-life learning environments that prepare them for the 21st-century workplace. 

Basswood Elementary Celebration of Cultures

  • Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m. 
    15425 Bass Lake Road, in Maple Grove
    Kindergarten students at Basswood Elementary will share what they’ve learned this year with their families during the “Celebration of Cultures” event. Throughout the school year, the students have used stories, music and art to learn about cultures and communities around the world. Families of Basswood kindergartners are invited to attend this event to enjoy a concert and art display.

Brooklyn Middle School Third Annual Multicultural Fair

  • Thursday, May 24, from 5-8 p.m. 
    7377 Noble Avenue N, in Brooklyn Park 
    All are welcome to join students and staff at Brooklyn Middle STEAM School as we celebrate our community’s cultures through song, dance and art and food samples from local restaurants.

Garden City Elementary Multicultural Night

  • Thursday, May 10, 6-8 p.m.
    3501 65th Avenue N, in Brooklyn Park 
    Garden City Elementary will host its One School/Many Cultures event celebrating the diverse cultures of the school’s students and their families. Community members are invited to attend this free event and will have the opportunity to sample food from other countries, create art projects, listen to music and storytelling, and watch a multicultural fashion show. (Flyer)

Osseo Middle School Multicultural Night

  • Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m.
    10223 93rd Avenue N, in Osseo
    The Osseo Middle School Annual Multicultural Night provides opportunities for our students and families to try food from other countries/cultures and learn about our programs and opportunities, and much more. The event is possible through a collaboration with families, staff and equity team, and community members.

Park Center Senior High Multilingual Family Nights

  • Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m.
    7300 Brooklyn Boulevard, in Brooklyn Park
    At these monthly multicultural and multilingual family nights, we invite parents to connect with other Hmong, Vietnamese, Spanish and Liberian families. At the monthly multilingual family nights, PCSH has featured special guests and hosted cultural celebrations.

Photo: Osseo Middle School students participate in a drumming activity as part of the multicultural fair last year.