Recently, Osseo Senior High held a fall retreat for freshmen and sophomores themed “What is an Oriole?” The purpose of the retreat program was to bring together 500 freshmen and sophomores who are new to the school this year to build their respective classes and start defining what they want to get out of high school, individually and collectively.
They spent the school day getting to know each other and working on their teamwork and cooperation. They rotated through different areas learning about OSH traditions, managing stress and goal setting. The day was filled with games, activities, discussion, music and fun. Juniors and seniors built their leadership skills by serving as retreat leaders.
The Osseo Senior High retreat is one example of many school community and culture-building activities that took place all across our system this fall. Those activities carried extra importance this year because of the large number of students who were new to their middle or high school as a result of the new grade spans.
-Published Oct. 9, 2015