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Orono Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its commitment to music education. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Of the 583 districts spotlighted nationwide,… Music program earns national recognition

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… Prisendorf repeats as Geographic Bee champ

The Orono Middle School Spartan Singers, directed by Shannon McCauley, sang the national anthem Sunday, December 3, at the Minnesota Timberwolves game. They performed on the court of the newly-renovated Target Center. It is the fifth appearance for the group there, this time impressing 13,172 Wolves fans with its patriotic prowess. The singers also brought… Spartan Singers perform at Target Center

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

Students who need to ride a bus other than their assigned route must present a written request to the office before the start of the school day. No bus requests will be accepted after 10 a.m. Students should present passes to the driver as they enters the bus. Bus passes are not issued during the… Need to ride a different bus? Pass is required

Orono Middle School yearbooks are currently on sale for $27.  Click here  for additional information or to order a yearbook.

Follow SpartansRead! on social media! It is an additional resource to parents that includes book talks, resources and information about literacy along with media center events and happenings. SpartansRead! is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As you search, look for Sparty — he is the face of SpartansRead.