Two Osseo Area Schools elementary magnet schools have earned national honors from Magnet Schools of America, an organization that provides leadership and instructional support to magnet schools across the U.S. Both Weaver Lake Elementary  and Birch Grove Elementary School have been named a 2014 National Magnet School of Distinction. Only 13 schools in Minnesota earned national recognition this year.

Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math and Technology School provides a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment for students in grades K-6. Weaver Lake’s program incorporates value-added, hands-on activities that focus on problem solving and analytical thinking skills, and are based on real life experiences. The school’s integrated project-based, thematic approach to teaching has increased academic growth in all areas. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Osseo Area Schools elementary STEM program has been honored nationally.

Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts is an arts magnet for grades K-6 that integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance into the classroom curriculum while providing value-added opportunities in the arts.  Students receive daily standards-based instruction with arts specialists and have the opportunity to participate in arts elective classes, performing troupes, early-entrance band and orchestra, and an all-school musical. This is the sixth time Birch Grove has been national recognized by MSA.

“Announcing the recipients of our national merit awards is always a highlight of the year for the magnet school community. It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge our nation’s most exemplary theme-based magnet programs,” said MSA Executive Director, Scott Thomas. “Nearly 300 schools applied for merit awards this year making 2014 especially competitive.”

Principals Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) and Jeff Zastrow (Birch Grove) will receive their respective awards at the 32nd National Conference on Magnet Schools in May.

Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is under way at all ISD 279 schools. To enroll, contact the district’s Enrollment Center at 763-585-7350.

-Published March 27, 2014

vlad webVlad Lelyukh, a senior at Osseo Senior High, has been admitted into the Bühler Apprenticeship Academy with Bühler North America in Plymouth.

Bühler North America is a specialist and technology partner for plant, equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials.

The Bühler Apprenticeship focuses on integral basic training, which develops technical, methodological, and social skills. It is a three-year program that includes classes at Dunwoody College of Technology and training at the Bühler Apprenticeship Workshop in Plymouth. The program is paid for by Bühler, contingent on successful completion and employment commitment.

Upon graduation from the program, Lelyukh can expect to work as a customer service engineer traveling t he world to help Buhler customers.

Lelyukh is the fourth Osseo Senior High student accepted into the Bühler Apprenticeship Academy since it began in 2012. 

 -Published March 27, 2014