The calendar at Osakis Public Elementary School is full of fun dates for the last two weeks of school, according to the report by Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt to the Osakis School Board on Monday, May 13. The calendar includes field trips and graduations. The dates are as follows: May 14 - Pre-school visits Hemker Zoo, Freeport. May 16 - Fourth grade goes to Battle Point. May 17 - Fifth grade goes to Luther Crest on Lake Carlos. May 17 - Second grade parent/visitor day. May 21 - Kindergarten visits Hemker Zoo.
Capital expenditures totaling $294,500 for the Osakis School District were approved for the 2019-2020 school year at the Monday, May 13 regular Osakis School Board Meeting. The board approved funding of $41,000 to be added to the basic requests, which will add boys tennis and girls dance for the coming year. The expenditures will be funded from nine different sources, including general, Long Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM), curriculum, technology, secondary/general, district, SPED, custodial and food services.
The Osakis School Board approved a technology budget for the coming school year amounting to $210,818, which includes hardware, licensing, networking, software, student and staff devices. The new devices will include 135 Chromebooks for grades 3 and 4 at a cost of $44,415, and 155 iPads for grades K-2 at a cost of $52,800, along with nine teacher iPads, at a total of $104,905. Networking includes replacing and updating some security cameras at a cost of $4,800, and 30 percent of the eRate Grant Projects at $36,800.
A June 2020 trip for the Osakis High School Band and OHS Choir was approved by the School Board at its Monday, May 13 regular meeting. Band director Randy Resley, and choir director Nicole Mattfeld, presented the itinerary for the trip scheduled for June 19-27, 2020 to Orlando and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The cost figures were based on using two motor coaches. "This is the exact same trip we have done the last three times," Resley told the board.
Brad Hoffarth, who has been on the Osakis school staff for 25 years, will officially take over his new position as the Osakis High School principal on July 1. However, he has already been part of the meetings and planning sessions leading up to the next school year.
A Community Action Research Project (CARP) was completed in Chris Hunter's 10th grade English class, and two of the projects were presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, April 8 regular meeting. Brittany Dietrich and Austin Zarbok's project addressed the need for additional interaction between the elementary and high school students in the Osakis Public Schools. "Kids are looking up to us in high school, whether we want it or not," Dietrich said, addressing the importance of role models for the younger students.
A BSN/Nike agreement for the Osakis Public Schools athletic department has been signed, and Activities Director Brad Hoffarth presented the agreement to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, April 8 meeting. BSN Sports is a distributor of Nike apparel and equipment. Hoffarth said the five-year contract had been approved by the head coaches of the school sports, and that all Osakis High School varsity teams must be wearing Nike uniforms by the end of the five-year contract.
"VEX IQ Robotics" now implemented in the Osakis schools were demonstrated for the School Board at its Monday, April 8 regular meeting. Students snap together VEX IQ parts to build simple, powerful robots to explore open-ended challenges, which are designed to enhance their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills. Students Tyler Stier and Cohen Bensen are among eight boys and four girls in the Beta test group, which was in its fifth day of presentation.
After a severe winter which resulted in the loss of six school days at Osakis Public Schools, Supt. Randal Bergquist discussed the present calendar situations with the School Board at its April 8 meeting (before another bad storm cancelled school on April 11). Bergquist told the School Board, "Because Osakis is above the 165 days threshold, we don't have to abide by the Snow Day Bill they passed in the State Legislature." Of the six days missed, two summer bank days were included in the current year calendar.
Jodi Stotesbery presented a report on the Osakis Schools' food service to the April 8 meeting of the Osakis School Board. The Osakis district converted over to the A'viands Food Service this school year. Stotesbery said the menus are on a six-week rotation, and 80 percent of the food is homemade. Two entries are offered every day, plus a la carte for grades 7-12. "Students will actually try some of the foods we are serving," Stotesbery said.