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Win the Day, a new program implemented at the Osakis Public Schools by Principal Shad Schmidt, was introduced to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Oct. 9 regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the board room.

Schmidt told the board Win the Day is his own version of Positive Behavior, Intervention and Support (PBIS) which began this fall.

Names of students in grades K-6 who are nominated by their teachers for the award are put into a monthly drawing for a $20 gift card from the Owl Bookstore in Osakis. The student whose name is drawn is featured in a poster with a picture and on the school's Facebook page.

First winner was Dylan Nathe, who was nominated by teacher Dave Dykema, for his volunteering and helping out in class, and being a great citizen in the Osakis Schools.

In addition to the Win the Day program, Schmidt has begun Streaks Academy for grade 6. Meetings will be held monthly to talk with the students about citizenship, transitioning to seventh grade, leadership, responsibility of social media and Facebook.

Mental health staff will meet with the fifth graders monthly to discuss citizenship, relationships, drama, bullying, and to inform students of what types of support are offered by the mental health staff.

Fourth graders will have monthly meetings about citizenship.

Schmidt also updated the School Board on elementary sports, professional meetings and workshops.

Principal Tim Roggenbuck reported on the survey that was taken of the seniors regarding the possibility of changing the graduation dates for the 2019 event.

This year's seniors voted a three-way tie for a Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, or Friday night graduation ceremony. Forty-seven students responded. The preferred time was 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Graduation 2018 will be held as scheduled, on Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. in the school gym.

Coming dates include the end of the quarter on Nov. 3, and Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 10.

Roggenbuck reported the state will require a high school civics test this year, but as yet the state has not produced a test. The school districts will have to write their own tests, which must be passed by 75 percent of the seniors. The former Optional Local Purpose Assessment (OLPA) tests have been discontinued as of this school year.

The PSAT test will be given on Oct. 11, and a CMETS meeting is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Roggenbuck also reported that the new technology is working well. He observed one classroom of 65 students, where the teacher can monitor what each student is working on with the new iPads, and can shut off the iPad if the student is on the wrong website.

In other business the School Board:

• Heard a report from Student Board Rep Riley Moundsden that the Student Council is considering a move of the 2018 Homecoming dance to Friday night after the football game;

• Heard from Supt. Randal Bergquist that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course will be offered starting Oct. 16 at Galeon for students at no charge. Students who completed the course will have to pay for their own state test.