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Osseo Area Learning Center (OALC) was represented by five students at the 24th Annual MAAP STARS Spring Conference in Bloomington last month.
Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition and Self-Esteem (STARS) is a competition that tests students’ skills in categories such as Public Speaking, Employment Interview, Team Management Decision Making, and LifeSmarts—a consumer economics knowledge bowl.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has once again recognized Osseo Area Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. This honor acknowledges efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the curriculum.
This year, 527 school districts across the U.S. earned this designation. Osseo is one of only seven districts in Minnesota to receive this honor in 2017 and the only district in the state to achieve this feat every year since 2009.
With recent studies showing strong correlation between music education programs and students’ brain function, discipline and language development, the designation takes on added significance this year.
“Studying music has intrinsic benefits and, on its own, is core to learning,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation. “The links between student success and music education have now been demonstrated by brain researchers in multiple studies.”
Now in its 18th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.
The Best Communities for Music Education survey requires districts to answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music education program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
Now seeking community members for the 2017-2018 Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee! Learn more and apply.
The Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee is a critical element of the planning and communication framework created by the Enrollment and Capacity Management Task Force in February 2016.
The purpose of the Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee is to analyze information affecting enrollment, capacity, and building use, and to generate observations and recommendations to be communicated to district administration.
Observations and recommendations will:
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.