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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt has been named the recipient of the 2017 Polaris Leadership Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Orcutt will be honored for her exemplary school leadership and a lifetime of achievement in education and the wider community at a statewide recognition ceremony during the 2017 MASA fall…

Orono Schools’ 13th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the cafeteria of Orono High School, 795 Old Crystal Bay Rd. N., Orono. The event is open to the community. Tickets are available at the door. All donations are tax deductible. For $10, participants will…

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…

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…

Orono High School Principal Dave Benson has been named Person of the Year by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce . This honor is reserved for an individual or business that goes “above and beyond to make this area a great place to live and work.” Benson was recognized at an event on Saturday, March 4 at Burl Oaks Golf Club. Each…

Jack Prisendorf, a seventh-grader at Orono Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 25. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee . Eighth-grader Luc Forsans and seventh-grader Caroline Close placed second and third respectively in the school competition. Additional…

Twenty-three Orono students in grades 8-12 participated in the 63rd Model Assembly Session of the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government program January 5-8. Local students debated bills, passed proposals and sat on the jury for court cases. More than half of the delegation spent the weekend in the newly-renovated State Capitol, as well as in…

Members of the 2017 Orono High School Winterfest court are, from left: front – Abby Haglin, Melanie Iversen, Abby Wilfert, Kat Antonenko, Mattie Rice, Queen Sammy Patterson, Naish Invie, Connor Brown, Gab Wengler and Chris Johnson. Back row: Amelia Singleton, Ellie Eskuche, Kate Edwards, Nora Luetmer, Madison Michel, Elise Anhorn, Laura Landgraver, King Danny Murley,…

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