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The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 19-23 as School Board Recognition Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Orono Schools is joining public school districts across Minnesota in honoring local board members for their commitment to the students… Continue Reading Week pays tribute to School Board service

Message from the Superintendent Dear Parents, The school shooting tragedy in South Florida yesterday reminds us again of our vulnerability and our obligations. Our hearts go out to the students, families and staff in the Broward County School communities. This is a tragically sad moment and a low point in our society and together we must solve… Continue Reading Priority #1: Keeping students and staff safe

Steve Fedie, former Orono High School teacher, athletic director and football coach, will be inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. A maximum of six inductees is accepted per year. The honor is reserved for those who have made “significant contributions to Minnesota high school football” and been a head coach… Continue Reading Hall of Fame welcomes new inductee Fedie

Kevin Cornelius and Gabrielle Germanson are the recipients of this year’s Triple A Award at Orono High School. The award, sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, honors high school seniors who have excelled in academics, arts and athletics. Cornelius was additionally recognized as the Section 2A male winner. He and other section winners… Continue Reading Cornelius, Germanson receive Triple A Award

Orono Middle School eighth-grader Jack Prisendorf won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee January 23. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. Prisendorf also won the school bee last year. Eighth-grader Mitchell Erb and seventh-grader Joey Mariani placed second… Continue Reading Prisendorf repeats as Geographic Bee champ

Orono Schools placed among the top 3 percent of districts nationwide in a ranking released by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. NCHSS has previously ranked the safest cities and safest colleges. To rank the Best School Districts in America, NCHSS collected data from a total of 9,577 school districts. The following factors contributed… Continue Reading Orono earns a new national quality ranking

The Orono High School Speech Team has been recognized nationally by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). The team received at least 200 degrees or last year, placing it in the top 8 percent of chapters nationwide and securing membership in the league’s prestigious 200 Club. Students earn points and degrees based on competitive… Continue Reading OHS Speech Team among top teams in nation

Bob Tunheim was unanimously re-elected by his Orono School Board colleagues as chair for the 2018 calendar year. The vote, taken at the January 8 meeting, was part of the board’s annual reorganization. Tunheim, as well as Martha Van de Ven and Sarah Borchers, were re-elected to four-year terms in November 2017. Each took an… Continue Reading School Board re-elects Tunheim as its chair

Orono High School Principal David Benson announced his plan to retire at the end of the school year in a meeting with his staff Tuesday (December 19) afternoon. The news was shared later in the day with other district staff members and district families. “While his departure will be a huge loss to the high… Continue Reading OHS principal announces his retirement

Student journalists from Orono High School recently attended the Minnesota High School Press Association state convention at the University of Minnesota. They returned to school informed, inspired and with a number of awards. The Spartan Annual yearbook received an All-State Gold Award in recognition of excellent writing, editing, photography and design. It also received second… Continue Reading Student journalists attend state convention

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