PL50Palmer Lake Elementary recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house where current and former students and staff gathered to reminisce and celebrate a lifetime of learning inspired within the walls of the school. 

Some of the memories shared at the open house include:

  • The cafeteria wasn’t operational for much of the first year, so students ate in their classrooms every day.
  • During the first few years, teachers took their students on long walkabouts around the acreage surrounding the school as there were no houses built at that time.
  • One former student (now an adult), returned, determined to, “face the demon that has haunted him for year,” and demanded to climb the rope in the gym. Staff obliged, and he climbed it.
  • Staff used to have parties in the nearby potato fields (Fridays after school).
  • One attendee claims he got his first kiss in Ms. Skolnick’s room (years ago, not at the open house party.)

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-Published Sept. 25, 2014

OSH-Soph-Retreat-1-of-1Osseo Senior High held the first of its three-part Sophomore Retreat Sept. 19. It’s an annual tradition that defines the high school experience for incoming students as they learn about the Oriole Way and how to make the most of their time at Osseo Senior High.

Junior and senior leaders guide sophomores through a day filled with relationship building activities, discussions, speakers and games. During the first retreat, the focus was on “What is an Oriole?”

The objectives of the first retreat day are building teamwork and cooperation, getting to know each other and beginning to define what they want to get out of high school individually and collectively. The day also includes learning about Oriole traditions, managing stress and goal setting.

The second retreat day, held in the winter, focuses on overcoming adversity and obstacles that may hinder success.

The third retreat day, held in the spring, focuses on leadership. The goal is to help sophomores close out their school year with an idea of how they can serve as leaders for their remaining years at Osseo Senior High and beyond.


PHOTO: Students participate in a multi-person marble run challenge as part of relationship building activities during the Sophomore Retreat at Osseo Senior High.

-Published Sept. 19, 2014