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Brendan Kanwischer, an eighth-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee February 1. The school bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. Eighth-graders Nick Byrnes and Georgia Bunkers placed second and third respectively in the school competition….

Joey Delaney and Sylvia Roberts were crowned Winterfest King and Queen in the coronation February 2 at Orono High School. Members of the Winterfest Court are, from left: front row – Camdyn Parrott, McKenzie Gill, Jessica Woessner, Sarah Harrison, Pierce Pennaz, Jordan Case, Hailey Pugh, Clare Halloran, Megan Anderson and Jean Hauff. Middle row –…

Michelle Swenson, Orono High School mathematics teacher, is one of 114 teachers in the running for the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. “In my many years of work in education, I cannot recall another teacher who affects student learning more positively than Michelle Swenson,” wrote Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt in her letter…

The Orono High School science team won first place in regional competition Jan. 30 at Inver Hills Community College.  The team topped 11 other schools and will now advance to state competition March 5 at Bethel University. In addition to winning the competition, a number of students also medaled in individual events: Emma Peterson and…

February is I Love to Read Month in Orono Schools. The importance of reading is emphasized all year long – and with special summer programs – but this month allows us to give it even more attention. Why is it important your student reads outside the classroom? The infographic below makes a pretty strong case….

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