OALCLegDayOsseo Area Learning Center students attended the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) STARS Legislative Day at the state capitol to meet legislators, share their stories, promote learning options programs and tour the capitol.

The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) youth organization, STARS (Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition & Self Esteem) hosts this event each year where students throughout the state come together to meet with their senators and representatives to share their stories, promote learning options programs and tour the capitol.

The Osseo ALC students visited with Rep. Joyce Peppin, Sen., Warren Limmer and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion.  They heard from speakers Rep. David Bly, Rep. Sondra Erickson and Rep. Linda Slocum, as well as Mary Barrie of MDE and Steve Allen, Executive Coordinator of MAAP.  They even ran into our superintendent, Kate Maguire.

The OALC students shared information about their school, the district, MAAP and MAAP STARS.  They invited the representative and senators to visit the OALC and the MAAP STARS regional and state conferences.  


PHOTO: OALC students with Rep. Joyce Peppin

-Published March 19, 2015

mark frenchRice Lake Elementary Principal Mark French has been named a Minnesota 2015 National Distinguished Principal finalist. The award is presented by Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

The award recognized elementary and middle level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families and staff in their learning communities.

Finalists were chosen based on criteria including:

·      At least five years experience as a principal

·      Demonstrated evidence of outstanding contributions to the community and to the education profession

·      Leading a school that is clearly committed to excellence

·      Leading a school that has programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students

·      Leading a school that has firm ties to parents and the community

“At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal,” said Gail Connelly, NAESP executive director. “Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally, and communities are strengthened.”

French was nominated by peers from the North Suburban MESPA division. A selection committee will determine the winner in May after an interview process.

-Published March 19, 2015