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The Orono Alumni Association, in collaboration with Orono High School and Orono School District, is seeking nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni and Promising Alumni awards. Fellow alumni, friends and community members are encouraged to nominate an Orono High School graduate who has demonstrated excellence in their chosen field or occupation and/or has demonstrated leadership…

Author Abby Fabiaschi visited with Orono Middle School sixth-graders March 6 about writing her first book, “I Liked My Life:  A Novel,” which was published in January. Fabiaschi, who attended Orono Schools through her junior year, lives by the motto “It’s not rejection, it’s feedback.” Those were the words she told herself after submitting the…

Orono Middle School will present “Annie Jr.,” which features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. Performances will be: Thursday, March 16 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 – 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18 – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18 – 7 p.m. The play is based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the…

The Imaginators, a team of third- and fourth-grade students from Orono Intermediate School, placed second in Destination Imagination regional competition. The South and Southwest Metro regions were held February 18 at Maple Grove Junior High. The team, which tackled a fine arts challenge, will now advance to state competition April 22 at Jackson Middle School…

Three Orono Middle School band students have been selected to perform with Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) state honor bands. Seventh-grader Jacob Basil (below middle) and eighth-grader Laura Schoenzeit (below right) were selected for the MBDA 6-8 Honor Band. They were two of the 86 selected from the 274 students who auditioned this winter for…

Orono Intermediate School fourth-graders spent January 31 or February 1 in an all-day Kindness Retreat led by Youth Frontiers . The retreat supports the school and district’s work in character education , and aligns with the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat that eighth-graders experience. Students met in small groups to talk about their school, what is currently happening and how it…

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