wbrlogo largeWastebasket Revue 2.0: Not the Same Old Song and Dance will be presented April 10-17 at Park Center Senior High and Maple Grove Senior High. The Wastebasket Revue is an annual student scholarship fundraiser variety show featuring hundreds of Osseo Area Schools employees and community members. In its 47-year history, Wastebasket Revue has raised more than $1 million in donations for scholarships to 746 graduating seniors in District 279.

Park Center are April 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Center Senior High, Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park.

Maple Grove performances are April 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Senior High, 9800 Fernbrook Ln. North, Maple Grove.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students and seniors. Premium seating is available at a variety of special contribution levels. For more information or to order tickets contact the ticket hotline at 763-391-7205 or visit www.wastebasketrevue.org.

-Published March 27, 2014

BCME LogoFor the sixth year in a row, the NAMM Foundation has named Osseo Area Schools one of the “Best Communities for Music Education.” The Foundation’s annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of comprehensive music education in schools. Osseo is one of only five districts in Minnesota to earn the designation and the only district in the state to earn the designation six years consecutively.

“These schools and districts make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child,” said Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation executive director. “Strong, engaging programs that offer students access to music cannot thrive in a vacuum. The Best Communities designation and the SupportMusic Merit Award bring hard-won visibility to music classes, programs and departments that are keeping music education alive in our schools.”

In its 15th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

The BCME survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

-Published March 27, 2014