This is an ongoing list of just some of the many accomplishments of ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools students and staff. Additional submissions always welcome; send to 




Four students from Maple Grove Senior High have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Heather Breidenbach, Jordan Chacko, Shreya Golakoti and Zachary Majorowicz are among the highest-scoring students on the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They represent less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. Each semifinalist will now compete to receive one of more than 7,600 scholarships.

Osseo Senior High students Jack Betker and Noah Poppe competed at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship in Tennessee last month. Both students, who are members of the Osseo Fishing Club, gained great experience at this event.

Fifty-nine seniors at Osseo Senior High can now call themselves members of the school’s “30 Club.” These students scored a 30 or higher on at least one section of the ACT.

In August, Osseo Middle School student Ava Lee earned a gold medal at the 2019 World Taekwondo Cadet Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The accolades keep rolling in for Krissy Wendell, a 2000 graduate of Park Center Senior High. This winter, Wendell will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Wendell led the Pirates to the state championship in 2000, was co-captain of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, and won two Olympic medals with Team USA (2002 silver; 2006 bronze).

For the past several years, students in Renee Pelton’s 2015-2016 third grade class at Park Brook Elementary collaborated with Three Rivers Park District officials on the redesign of French Regional Park. After the new park opened to the community this summer, Three Rivers Park District received an award of excellence from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association. This award will be hung inside Park Brook.

In late August, Passion Church made a generous commitment to contribute $25,000 this year toward students’ negative lunch account balances in Osseo Area Schools.

Bryan Skavnak, author of a popular “Be the Nice Kid” quote, visited Fernbrook Elementary on Sept. 6 to talk with students about the importance of being kind and building community at school. After hearing him speak, students then contributed to a mural on the fence overlooking the Fernbrook playground that will remind them about kindness each day.

D.A.R.E. officer Jennifer Foster with the Brooklyn Park Police Department entered a national competition and earned a $1,000 grant for Crest View Elementary. The check was presented to Crest View Principal Shawn Stibbins on Sept. 9.

Chick-fil-A Maple Grove held a cookie fundraiser last month and pledged to donate 50 percent of all cookie sales to Osseo Area Schools to help cover students’ negative lunch account balances. Our community heeded the call, purchasing 11,571 cookies—a 600 percent increase over August 2018. That meant $8,000 in support for the district!

A Healthy Tree Canopy Grant from Hennepin County gave students at Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School the opportunity to replace dead trees on their campus last week. The grant totaled $2,400 and covered the cost of 13 new trees that will support student learning in the years to come. As the trees mature, students will use them for phenology lessons, observe maple syrup production, and study invasive species.

First Student’s Safety Dog Bus Tour rolled into Edinbrook Elementary on Sept. 17. Throughout the morning, students had the opportunity to learn about bus safety, sign a safety pledge, contribute to a “thank you” banner for bus drivers, and meet Safety Dog. The tour will visit several other states this year.  

Superintendent Cory McIntyre welcomed new Osseo Area Schools educators to the district at a New Teacher Breakfast on Aug. 19. At this event, staff members also had the opportunity to hear from Jess Davis, Minnesota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Mary Pat Smith, a nurse on the Willow Lane Early Childhood Special Education team, was named Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s 2019 Outstanding Nurse in Children’s Health in August.

Michael Lehan, principal at Osseo Senior High and a former player with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, headed back to Ohio in early August to talk to students about the importance of attending school regularly. Lehan spoke as part of the Get 2 School Network, a statewide initiative launched in part by the Cleveland Browns Foundation and designed to put an end to chronic absenteeism.

Zac Blair and Emily Bollinger, two teachers from the Osseo Area Learning Center, were selected to attend the U.S. Department of State’s Global Teaching Dialogue program last summer. This experience equipped them with strategies to connect their students with others around the world in order to understand global challenges and find ways to work together.