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Staff Spotlight: Basswood Elementary School’s Michael Ahrendt

Michael Ahrendt, or Mr. Michael to the students, has worked as a custodian at Basswood Elementary School for five years, but the impact he has on students goes far beyond the traditional job requirements.  

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Birch Grove Elementary principal Dr. Ronald Salazar wins Distinguished Alumni Award

Birch Grove School for the Arts principal Dr. Ronald Salazar recently received recognition for his outstanding work with a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, where Salazar received his doctoral degree in 2003.

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Deepen your learning at Osseo Area Schools, deadlines quickly approaching!

In schools across our district, your child will be engaged and challenged, encouraged to develop new interests, and supported intellectually, socially and emotionally. Our unique opportunities include: 

  • STEAM and health-focused learning through six different magnet schools. Note: Dec. 31, 2023 – priority application for the first magnet lottery is due.
  • Full time online learning through 279Online

Taking the first step in helping your child thrive and achieve their dreams by enrolling with Osseo Area Schools today. 

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Find Your Path

In Osseo Area Schools, scholars benefit from exceptional opportunities, support and partnerships that help them graduate with the confidence, courage and competence to make their dreams a reality. 

Dream. Explore. Discover. 


Building a Better Future next steps

The Building a Better Future plan was backed by voters in 2022 (Question 1, Question 2) and 2023 (Question 1). Our strategic plan is being realized as a result of our community's investments as well as safety, learning, technology and school building needs. This means that every school and scholar will have an improved learning experience. 

Enhancements are starting to take shape with individualized learning and classroom technology. Planning has also begun for the school building projects portion of the plan. In total, 66 projects will be completed over a four-year span. 

Continue to stay tuned to for the latest updates.

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