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Orono Schools is seeking applicants to serve on a Core Planning Group (CPG) that will assist in designing the Indoor Activities Center recently approved by district voters. Expertise of CPG members will be used to develop recommendations to the School Board about how the design of the center will facilitate student, team and community use, as…

Four K-8 Physical Education teachers and a technology integration coach from Orono Schools presented during the Minnesota Society of Health and Physical Educators fall conference November 10-11. From left are: Luke Runka, Orono Schumann Elementary; Lisa Sperling, Orono Intermediate School; Christine Gagnon, instructional technology coach (6-12), Carrie Senske, Orono Schumann Elementary; and Rachel Starr, Orono Middle School. With a combined 64 years…

The district’s 2016-17 school calendar earned a Gold Award in the 2016 MarCom Awards, an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. This year’s calendar – “Speaking of Success” – features proverbs and quotations reflecting the  goals and values defined in the district’s Strategic Plan. This year the competition received…

The Orono High School Speech Team has been recognized nationally by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). The team received at least 100 degrees last school year, placing it in the top 23 percent of chapters nationwide and securing it membership in the league’s prestigious 100 Club. NSDA has 120,000 members nationwide. “This milestone…

We Scare Hunger, a districtwide food drive conducted October 31-November 3, collected 1,377 pounds of food donations. That exceeded last year’s total by more than 50 pounds. Nonperishable food items were collected at each school, as well as at three businesses in Long Lake:  ChiroCenter, Harvest Moon Natural Foods Co-op and Orono Station. Members of…

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