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Niche.com has ranked Orono among the top five school districts in Minnesota. The 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users. Specifically, the ranking is composed of: Academics (50… Continue Reading Niche.com ranks Orono among state’s best

The Orono High School yearbook and newspaper staffs took home a number of honors from the Minnesota High School Press Association’s fall convention. It was held October 10 at the University of Minnesota. The Spartan Annual (yearbook) was recognized for: Student life photo, first place Best in show, second place Theme concept, second place Yearbook… Continue Reading OHS yearbook, paper garner many awards

John Morstad, director of business services for Orono Schools, has earned the School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification from the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO). SFO certification is granted to highly-qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements. These include proving eligibility through work experience and education, passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency… Continue Reading Morstad earns prestigious certification

Two Orono High School students have been designated as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  An additional three OHS students achieved commended status.  All of the students will be honored by the Orono School Board at its meeting Tuesday, November 12. The semifinalists are: Brendan Kanwischer, son of Jeff and Tenley Kanwischer, Maple… Continue Reading OHS students receive National Merit honors

The Orono Middle School Unified Breakfast Club will be participating in a unified party and fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. This year’s Unified Night Out will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America. Students from OMS have the opportunity to fundraise for this event to help celebrate… Continue Reading OMS Breakfast Club joins Unified Night Out

Three seats on the Orono School Board are up for election this fall. The four-year terms will begin in January 2020. Current Board Clerk Michael Bash and Director Laura Wallander are seeking re-election. Two new candidates – Ali Howe and David Shuler – are also on the ballot. Current Treasurer Dick Lewis is not seeking… Continue Reading Watch School Board Candidate Forum online

Instructional staff members new to Orono Schools began the new school year on Thursday, August 22, for two extra days of training. Returning staff members begin the year on Monday, August 26. We welcome 21 new members to our faculty: Orono Schumann Elementary Molly Hautman, second-grade teacher Orono Intermediate School Abby Halloran, third-grade teacher Ashley… Continue Reading New school year starts for new staff members

More often than not, when you see “Orono Schools” it is followed by, “Where excellence is a tradition and a goal.” In the business world this is known as our brand promise:  what our stakeholders can expect from our product and services. These eight words eloquently and succinctly state that, while we are proud of… Continue Reading Welcome to a new year of pursuing excellence

Ever wonder where the school bus is and when it will get to your stop? No more need to guess; download the new Versatrans MyStop app! This free service will launch Monday, December 4, for elementary students and December 11 for middle school and senior high students. The simple, yet informative tool gives parents, guardians… Continue Reading When’s the bus coming? Be app-solutely sure!

Understandably, parents and guardians want assurances that personal information and data about their children are secure and protected by the district. These questions are rising as we use the Internet, mobile apps, cloud computing, online learning and other technology to deliver instruction in exciting new ways. In Orono, we strive to be clear about what data… Continue Reading How the school district protects student data

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