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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… 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… Cornelius, Germanson receive Triple A Award

The Orono High School Speech Team has been recognized nationally by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). The team received at least 200 degrees over the 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… Speech Team among top teams in nation

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… Principal Benson 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… Student journalists attend state convention

The Jostens representative has met with seniors to share information about ordering graduation garb for 2018 graduation ceremonies. The basic “grad package” includes the cap, gown and tassel. Other items, such as graduation announcements, party invitations and thank you notes are also advertised on the Jostens site. Here is a link with more specific information… Order 2018 graduation package online

The slate of Orono High School winter athletic coaches was approved by the School Board at its meeting November 27. One of the changes from last year is a “swap” in the boys’ hockey program between Mark Parrish and William Scholz. Parrish, who has served as head coach for the past two years, will be… School Board approves OHS winter coaches

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… When’s the bus coming? Be app-solutely sure!

Nine teachers employed by Orono Schools have been granted tenure during the 2017-18 school year. This noteworthy accomplishment was celebrated in a ceremony prior to the November 13 School Board meeting. Honored were (alphabetically by school): Orono Schumann Elementary Emily Purnell, second-grade teacher (mentor Betsy Taylor) Becky Schultz, first-grade teacher (mentor Tina Dickinson) Orono Intermediate… Nine teachers earn tenure in the district

Stephanie March, Orono High School Class of 1989, has been recognized as this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Justin McCoy, OHS Class of 2002, as this year’s Promising Alumni. The pair were honored at an October 14 breakfast at Woodhill Country Club Barn. March is senior editor and food and dining editor of Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine.… March, McCoy receive OHS alumni awards

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