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The final results are in and a holiday service learning project at Orono Intermediate School was un éxito muy grande (a very big success), raising $5,600. “To have raised this much money is absolutely unheard of for a single sale,” said Colin Crane, one of the founders of The Pulsera Project ,” and immediately places your school among…

Bob Tunheim was unanimously re-elected by his Orono School Board colleagues as chair for the 2017 calendar year. The vote, taken at the January 9 meeting, was part of the board’s annual reorganization. Tunheim was first elected to the board in 2009, and succeeded John Malone as chair in 2016. He will continue to serve…

To ensure its new Indoor Activities Center is a vibrant addition enjoyed by community members of all ages and interests, Orono Schools has created a Core Planning Group. The group, comprised of 26 community members and seven ad hoc members, met for the first time on January 4. The Core Planning Group is charged with…

Orono is not satisfied to be among the best in Minnesota or the United States. By participating in the Global Learning Network, the district is able to compare the performance of Orono High School 15-year-olds to those around the world. The most recent international PISA test results were released December 6. The Program for International…

Leadership of the Vote Yes! for Orono Schools Committee was recognized by the School Board at its December 12 meeting. From left are Carrie Case, Deb Van de Ven, Kari Groth-Swan and John Malone. John and Brittany Kado-Spears (not pictured) co-chaired the committee, which encouraged district voters to support both questions on the November 8…

Orono High School senior Ella Gagne and junior Caroline Koehl won first place in the Classic Debate Championship Tournament held December 2-3 at South St. Paul High School. OHS brought four teams with two students each. In all, there were 123 teams representing 14 different schools from the Twin Cities, Rochester and Mankato. Thirty teams…

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…

Food drive scares up more donations in 2016

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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