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Front row, from left: Dr. Amy Steiner, Renae Von Kaenel, Shiow-Jen Sun, Kristen Rasmussen and John Twernbold. Back row, from left: Rebecca Burnham, Jennifer Ivers, Sara Ibs, Virginia Enfield, Bryce Rasmussen, Maria Bacon, Alyssa Stamm, Dr. Jennifer Runck and Bryan Buzzard. Not pictured: Kristen Huppler and Kirsten Vaage of OMS; Jennifer Stankevitz of OIS; and Kristina… Continue Reading District grants tenure to 19 faculty members

For its service-learning project, the D-ainty I-nvaders, Orono’s grade 3-6 Destination Imagination team, is collecting items to support Crossroads Animal Shelter. Below is a list of items that are being collected. Donations can be brought to Schumann Elementary, Orono Intermediate School, Orono Middle School, Orono High School and Discovery Center through Friday, December 20.

Alex Townsend has been selected to lead the Orono Schools Technology Department as the district’s new Technology Coordinator.  He replaces Penny Pease, who retired in November. Townsend was most recently employed as Digital Resource Coordinator in Eden Prairie Public Schools.  During his three years in that role, his accomplishments included building an online school for… Continue Reading District selects new Technology Coordinator

Orono High School is one of eight Minnesota high schools ranked among the top 500 high schools nationwide in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Of those eight schools, only Orono (#356) and Edina High School (#343) were public schools and/or traditional (noncharter) schools. “In Orono, we pride ourselves on preparing students for success as they… Continue Reading OHS ranks among best STEM schools in U.S.

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

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

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