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For its 15th anniversary, Orono Schools’ Empty Bowls fundraiser will join forces with the K-5 Family Service Night to have an even greater impact on our community. Both events will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Orono Intermediate School, 685 Old Crystal Bay Rd. N. Dinner will be served… Continue Reading Empty Bowls, Service Fair join forces April 25

A team of 25 sixth-graders from Orono Middle School competed in a Math Masters mathematics challenge March 4 in Chaska. Overall, there were 38 teams with 184 students from around the metro area participating. The competition is divided into three categories:  fast facts, individual rounds and team rounds. In Fast Facts, Jake Pfeifer placed in… Continue Reading Math Masters students compete + succeed

E-Cigarettes and Vaping from Orono Schools on Vimeo . Orono Schools, in cooperation with the Orono Middle School Parent Association and Spartan Parent Association, presented “The Dangers of Vaping & E-Cigarettes” on March 21. A guest speaker from the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota covered electronic cigarettes, vaping use among teens and parent and community resources. Administrators from both Orono Middle School and… Continue Reading Video: Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Six Orono High School students received seven awards in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota. Less than 30 percent of the students who enter artwork in the competition are recognized. OHS students were the recipients of a Gold Key Awards, the top honor, one Silver Key Award and five honorable… Continue Reading Six OHS students win Scholastic Art Awards

Orono Middle School eighth-grader Sam Ertmer won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 16. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 31st annual National Geographic Bee. Eighth-graders Joey Mariani and Charlie Kraus placed second and third respectively in the school competition. Rounding out… Continue Reading Ertmer wins OMS Geo Bee championship

Bob Tunheim was unanimously re-elected by his Orono School Board colleagues as chair for the 2019 calendar year. The vote, taken at the Jan. 14 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… Continue Reading School Board re-elects Tunheim as its chair

Six teachers who received tenure from Orono Schools during the 2018-19 school year were recognized by the School Board in a November 12 ceremony. In the front row, from left: Cami Baumann, Orono Schumann Elementary kindergarten Lindsey Kesanen, Schumann first grade In the back row, from left: Paul Ivers, Orono High School Spanish Briana Althoff, Schumann… Continue Reading Six district teachers receive tenure in 2019-20

Orono Schools has been recognized with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International. The designation recognizes districts that have met high standards for financial reporting and accountability through the publication of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Just 29 of Minnesota’s 327 school districts have earned this prestigious… Continue Reading District earns major financial reporting award

Three Orono High School students have been designated as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. An additional nine OHS students achieved commended status.  All of the students will be honored by the Orono School Board at its meeting Monday, November 12. The semifinalists are:  Jordan Case, daughter of Chris and Carrie Case, Long… Continue Reading 12 OHS students earn National Merit honors

Word has it…that Orono High School students have great vocabularies! OHS placed second in Minnesota in the 2017-18 Vocabulary Bowl, mastering 37,181 words during the year. Our students finished 176th nationally of the 41,000 schools that participated. OHS improved upon its 2016-17 performance in which it finished third in Minnesota and 234th nationally. The Vocabulary… Continue Reading OHS students reach new vocabulary heights

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