Education

Barbara McDonald with items from her travels: a wooden inlaid music box from Damascus, Syria that plays a famous Arabic lullaby, a hand-carved wooden vase with pastoral nature scences from Beijing, China, a hand woven tribal bowl from South Africa, and a throne seat carpet circa the late 1800s, u

For the eighth year in a row, the Natl. Assoc. of Music Merchants Foundation recognized Osseo Area School’s music education programs with a 2016 Best Communities for Music Education designation.

This year, three Osseo Area Schools teachers—Dennis Loeks, vocal music teacher at Palmer Lake Elementary, Kristin Pengra-Anderson, fifth grade teacher at Edinbrook Elementary and Lisa Wisti Schutte, fourth grade teacher at Basswood Elementary— were named semifinalists for Minnesota Teacher of the

Having a baby is exciting, but not without its intimidations. This weekly class is designed for expectant parents in the 28 to 30th week of pregnancy who have not previously taken a childbirth class.

Birch Grove School for the Arts and Weaver Lake, A Science, Math and Technology School, were two of six Minnesota schools named 2016 National Magnet Schools of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America.

May has been declared Maternal Mental Health Month by Governor Mark Dayton. So, in the spirit of promoting awareness and advocacy for this issue, we talked to Maple Grove resident Lisa Cross and Dr. Amy Hammers.

Last fall, Education Minnesota honored Becky Hespen as the 2016 Education Support Professional of the Year. Over the last 24 years, Hespen has been making a difference in the lives of students with special needs in the Osseo school district.

Ariam Aman, a fifth grader at Fernbrook Elementary, won the fifth-sixth grade division of the 2015 six-week long Fermi Off-the-Wall Math league competition. Participants solve questions by estimating, guessing, rounding and integrating writing skills.

Lauri Miller is a resident and First Lego League team mom. Her husband Jeremy is the coach, and they have two sons on the team, along with six other members they’ve met through friends and school.

Modern technology means more multitasking—listening to music, texting, surfing the web—all tasks that can lower awareness of what’s going on around you.

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