Ten students from Maple Grove Junior High earned Superior ratings at the Regional Mid-level Solo and Ensemble Festival. This is the highest rating awarded by the event’s judges.

Musicians earning a Superior rating are: Kaylee Shibley, 7th grade flute solo; Janelle Hyde, 7th grade baritone solo; Lucas Jackson, 9th grade clarinet solo; Emilia Biason and Kyra Kjeldahl, 9th grade clarinet duet; and the MGJH jazz combo including Andrew Aakre, Berin Blashack, Calvin Caron, Jacob Hyers, and Andrew Lovdahl.

Approximately 50 band students from Maple Grove Junior High School performed at the festival.

Additionally, Maple Grove Junior High student, Lucas Jackson, attended this year’s Minnesota Band Director’s Association 9th/10th grade all-state band rehearsal and concert at Alexandria High School. 

-May 2015

Halverson CTEAwardThe Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Administrators named Julie Halverson, Osseo Area Schools coordinator of career and technical education, the 2015 Outstanding CTE Administrator of the Year. Halverson’s nomination highlighted her commitment to, advocacy for, and involvement in career and technical education at the local, state and national level. Within the district, she has led efforts to create and grow programs such as the health science magnet and automotive program at Osseo Senior High, the Project Lead the Way engineering program at all secondary schools, and the districtwide Community-Based Vocational Assessment and Training program.

Halverson has also been a leader in developing our advisory curriculum, which was launched in the district’s secondary schools long before it became a state requirement under the World’s Best Workforce legislation.

This is the highest state-level recognition for CTE administrators. Halverson previously received this award in 2002, making this the second time she has been recognized with this honor. 

-May 2015