We are off to an awesome start to the school year, as students and staff are learning and growing together.

When I do my classroom walk through, I am impressed with the teaching and learning process and engagement of our students. Our teachers PK-12 work hard to plan lessons to challenge students in their classrooms, while preparing them for post-secondary options.

Mitchell County and the City of Maples are very fortunate to see the positive economic growth and expansions at many of our businesses. The downside is we have many, many job openings with some of the lowest unemployment in the state. Many good paying jobs today only require a one-year certificate or two-year degree, where students accrue less debt and are able to find jobs easily. For others, a four-year degree path is best and we are confident our school system is preparing them for that next step as well.

One measure of school success is the ACT test. The chart below shows five year trend data and we are proud the Osage Schools have performed above the state average in all areas. Our class of 2017 data is in bold and at the bottom of the chart.

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OHS ACT

Whatever paths our students take, we know they will be successful as many are fully engaged in school and the multitude of clubs, organizations, and extracurricular offerings where students hone in on communication and leadership skills.

Simply put, our students are well-rounded and have the capacity to be whatever they choose to be. They are lucky to be a part of this great community. Thank you to all the businesses and community members who continue to support the school and help us when needed.

We are also very excited for the new playground structures for our students and the community at Lincoln Elementary School. This is being paid for from our SAVE fund (one cent sales tax).

“It takes a Village” is so, very true as we have had wonderful help. A huge shout out to Havig’s Excavation, Mayers Digging and Rick Slettin for the preparation and groundwork of the site. Also to Brent Jennings and our MS and HS Construction Class students, as they are getting real world experiences. Finally, to all the volunteers and the Osage PTO for helping make this all happen. It is an exciting time to be a Green Devil! Go Big Green!

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