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We are placing one of our five COVID-19 planning days on Friday, September 18, 2020, in order to fine-tune many of our health and safety plans, technology adjustments, and additional time for teacher planning and team coordination. This will be a Professional Day – No School K-12. Students will not receive instruction on that day. We are grateful… Professional day/No School K-12 on September 18, 2020

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.

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… OHS ranks among best STEM schools in U.S.

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… Yearbook, newspaper garner many awards

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… OHS students receive National Merit honors

October brings a change of season, but also important deadlines concerning the Orono High School yearbook. INDIVIDUAL SENIOR PORTRAIT: Due Wednesday, October 16 Full-color, head and shoulder shot No hats, props or busy backgrounds Digital photos must be 300 dpi or greater Digital images are preferred; high-quality professionally printed images are accepted as well. If… Important OHS yearbook deadlines approach

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… 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… 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… Welcome to a new year of pursuing excellence

Orono High School students return to classes Tuesday, September 3. Students need to bring a copy of their class schedule on the first day. Newsletter All you need to know (and more!) can be found in the 2019-20 OHS Back-to-School Newsletter . School Supplies High school students are encouraged to bring their favorite school supplies that they know they… Get ready! Here’s 2019-20 back-to-school info