The 19th Annual American Indian Education Day & Wacipi will be Saturday, April 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at Osseo Junior High. A wacipi is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration.
This is a free, family-friendly event where participants can explore American Indian heritage and culture. Event highlights include American Indian artisan exhibits, demonstrations, college recruitment, community and curriculum resources and contemporary Native American exhibition dancing and drumming....
After months of study and community engagement, the ISD 279 School Board has approved Supt. Kate Maguire's recommendation to reconfigure grade spans to PK/K-5, 6-8, 9-12 beginning in 2015-16.
The recommendation includes a plan to gain the additional space needed to accommodate 9th graders in high school by building additions and repurposing space at each of the three comprehensive high schools – Maple Grove Senior High, Osseo Senior High, and Park Center Senior High.
The final recommendation, presented to the School Board on March 18, reflected community and staff feedback received over the past few months.
For example, participants in community information sessions expressed a strong preference for adding space at high schools to accommodate incoming 9th graders in order to avoid school boundary changes caused by grade configuration. Along with building additions, some work will need to be done to remodel or repurpose existing space in each high school.
In her presentation to the school board, Supt. Maguire also highlighted how feedback led to a special focus on transitions for students and staff.