Thursday, March 21, 2013
Several other business in the area were also affected.
Update from Orono Superintendent (March 21 at 5:30 p.m.): Our sincere appreciation to all of our families and staff members for their patience and cooperation today with the power outage. It was a perfect example of how, when everyone works together, a difficult situation can go smoothly. Here is an update on what happened. Work by Xcel Energy at County Road 6 and Highway 12 caused a power outage, which subsequently caused our equipment to fail. The affected equipment controls different things in different buildings. Xcel’s estimate of a half hour to restore power was correct. However, that is when we learned the outage created a new problem "on our end.” It was our hope that repairs could be accomplished quickly and the remainder of the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Empty Bowls events occur around the world to draw attention to and help alleviate world hunger. The first event was held in Michigan in 1990—the idea of a high school art class.
Tuesday, March 19
Orono Schools’ ninth annual Empty Bowls fund-raiser will take place this year from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the cafeteria of Orono High Schoo. The event is open to the community. Tickets are available at the door, and all donations are tax deductible. For $10, participants will enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, entertainment and be able to choose a hand-made bowl to take home—all while helping to curb hunger in our community. All proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and Maple Plain Food Shelf. Most of the bowls have been created by Orono students. Back by popular demand this year is the silent auction featuring bowls created by teacher and other staff celebrities, local artists, community …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy ran over two consecutive week-long programs from February 23 to March 8, 2013, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.
Honeywell announced last week that 227 students from around the world—including four from Wayzata High School—attended this year's Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA). The scholarship program uses interactive technology and science-oriented workshops and team exercises to teach children of Honeywell employees between the ages of 16-18 leadership skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Wayzata High School students selected: Additionally, Austin Taylor—who lives in Wayzata and attends Orono High School—was selected to be part of a new component this year called the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy Ambassadors (HLCAA) program. Throughout the HLCAA program the Ambassadors will be assigned …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The concert will take place at the Orono High School gymnasium from 7-9 p.m. next Saturday, March 16.
Wednesday, March 6
The Orono High School band will be presenting the annual POPS concert on Saturday, March 16. The evening will feature musical performances by each of the high school bands with student-directed entertainment presented during the breaks in the musical program. Refreshments will be served by eighth-grade students midway through the concert. The concert will take place at the Orono High School gymnasium from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Six swimmers and two divers from Orono and Mound Westonka advance to the Class A Boys State Swimming and Diving Tournament Feb. 28-March 2 at the U of M. Mound sets five new school records; Jordahl continues undefeated season.
Six swimmers and two divers from Orono and Mound Westonka (OMW) have advanced to the Class A Boys State Swimming and Diving Tournament Feb. 28-March 2 at the U of M. The OMW co-op team is required to compete as separate teams in the post season. At 2A Sections, Orono finished 4th with 255 points, and Mound Westonka was 3rd with 264 points following Monticello (466 points) and first place Breck/Blake (468 points). The top 16 finishers in prelims competed in section finals, where the top three finishers in each event advanced to State—as do those who qualify by time during finals. “Sections went really well especially after all the ups and downs we’ve gone through this year,” said Orono senior captain Mitch Miller. “Everyone’s been working …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Lucy Kearney had an impressive 30th finish, moving up 39 spots from her 69th starting postition.
Tuesday, February 19
Orono's Alpine ski team finished the 2012-13 season strong, competing in the Minnesota State High School Alpine Championships at Giant’s Ridge last Wednesday, Feb. 13. This was Orono’s fourth-consecutive year sending athletes to State and their highest team finish to date. The boy's team finished 3rd out of eight competing schools, and eighth-grader Rosie Hust finished 3rd overall for the girls—out of 88 athletes. “Skiing for the team is really important,” said captain and senior Woody Hust. “Skiing is normally an individual sport, and what we do in high school is really cool because we have the ability to make it a team sport. Normally you’re competing against everybody else, but here you have to come together as a team and make sure …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Jack Ellis qualified for the NIETOC Tournament this month, and sets yet another record for the Orono Spartan Speech Team
Although the Minnesota Speech season is only a few weeks old, sophomore Jack Ellis has already set a new record for the Orono Spartans: he is the first student in school history to qualify for a national tournament. Ellis qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions on Feb. 2 in the category of "Humorous Interpretation." “Jack is a leader," Katie Stanley, a seventh-grade English teacher at Orono and Jack’s humorous interpretation coach. "He helps me with the younger kids on the team and he teaches them things that he already knows,. He’s a like a mini coach to them.” Ellis qualified in humorous interpretation through the bid process. The NIETOC Board of Directors have set up three ways that students can qualify for …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) co-op boys swim and dive earned the title of Wright County Conference Champs for the third year in a row, showing depth across all events.
For the third year, the Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) co-op boys swim and dive team earned the title of Wright County Conference Champs, showing depth across all events. Competing in Hutchinson on Feb. 9 with the top-12 finishers scoring in each event, the team earned 396 points to second place Hutchinson at 323.5, Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield’s 308 and Waterown-MayerWaconiaDelano’s 307.5. “This was a great meet,” said Mound Westonka High School senior captain Ryan Strother, who was sidelined due to an injury. “A lot of swimmers swam some of their best times which helped clinch a third conference victory." The meet started with Hutchinson taking first and sixth place in in 200-yard medley relay to OMW’s third and fifth place finishes. Orono …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The district was honored by the state once before, in 2008, while Orono's Schumann Elementary, Orono Middle School and Orono High School have all been recognized nationally with Promising Practice Awards.
Thursday, January 31
Orono Schools has been named as a 2013 Minnesota District of Character by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the national organization—Character Education Partnership (CEP). The honor celebrates all of the district's efforts—from classroom projects to districtwide initiatives—that promote strong character in every one of its schools and programs. Orono Schools will be acknowledged for its accomplishments at the Minnesota Schools of Character and Promising Practices Award ceremony May 16 at the State Capitol. “Our work in character education has benefitted the community, as well as people around the world,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt. “With character as …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Complementing the team's 8-2 overall record and 3-0 in conference, the Orono Mound Westonka co-op was the only team to have all four divers advance to finals at True Team State—with Tyler Jordahl placing first.
The Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) boys swim and dive team had a rigorous schedule last week—competing in three meets. They won two dual meets at home against Simley and Watertown-Mayer Waconia Delano to secure an 8-2 overall record and 3-0 in conference. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the team traveled to the University of Minnesota for the Class A Boys True Team State. “The last three meets have exceeded all of my expectations,” said Mound Westonka High School senior captain Merv Moorhead. “We made it to True Team for the first time ever and everyone performed to the best of their ability.” True Team State The OMW divers competed brilliantly at True Team State as the only team to have four divers advance to finals. Mound Westonka senior Tyler Jordahl…