Jasmine Gates stands outside of Basswood Elementary in cap and gownJasmine Gates

Maple Grove Senior High 2019 graduate

Basswood Elementary second-graders are cheering for Jasmine Gates, as she says "thank you" to a teacher who inspired her many years ago and continues to inspire her today. 








Chris Robinson stands in front of OALC in cap and gownChistopher Robinson 

Osseo Area Learning Center 2019 graduate

The graduation bells are ringing for Christopher Robinson. Tune in as he thanks a teacher who has greatly impacted him.








Jack Irmiter stands in front of Osseo Senior High building in cap and gownJack Irmiter

Osseo Senior High 2019 graduate

Jack Irmiter says "thank you" to the staff member who gave him the confidence to chase his dreams. 









Alexus Cha stands in front of PCSH building in cap and gownAlexus Cha

Park Center Senior High 2019 graduate

Alexus Cha says "thank you" to a teacher who helped her find her path.


Latinx performers dancing on stage at Latinx Youth Leadership Conference

Park Center and Osseo senior high students had the opportunity last month to attend the Latinx Youth Leadership Conference put on by La Oportunidad, a Twin Cities nonprofit, and sponsored by a District 279 Foundation grant. On May 3, more than 50 Osseo Area Schools students and staff participated in this learning opportunity at Augsburg University to develop leadership skills and confidence in advocating for community change.

The Latinx Youth Leadership Conference was focused on sustainability and how the Latinx community can combat climate change. Each year, the conference changes themes and is organized and coordinated by youth participants from the previous year.

Students had the opportunity to spend the day with other Latinx youth from all over the metro and the state to learn more about:

  • Latinx cultures and how they intersect with a history of caring for and respecting the environment
  • Art and music as a form of activism
  • How to advocate for improving and sustaining the environment

Photo caption (above): Members of the community perform on stage to show the way art and music intersect with sustainability efforts. 
Photo caption (below): Group photos of PCSH and OSH students who attended the Latinx Youth Leadership Conference on May 3. 

OSH PCSH students seated at a lunch table at the conference  PCSH OSH students in large group photo